How to do a Russian Twist

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About Russian Twist

Sets Logged
3,423,707
Popularity Rank
46th
Difficulty
Beginner
Abs Strength
93 mSCORE 22nd
Equipment Required
    Bodyweight-only
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles

Instructions: How To

Russian Twist is one of the more common core exercises. This exercise targets multiple muscles in your core, but the reason for including this exercise is usually to target your obliques. By raising your feet off the ground, engaging your core, and twisting to each side, you can better target this specific muscle in your core.

  1. Sit in an upright position with your knees bent and feet off the floor underneath a stable object.
  2. Hold onto a weighted apparatus or clasp your hands in front of your chest with your elbows slightly flexed.
  3. Extend your hips to angle your torso 45 degrees from the floor.
  4. Rotate your shoulders to the right while keeping your weighted apparatus or your hands in the middle of your chest.
  5. Once you have rotated far enough to touch the weighted apparatus or your hands to the floor by your side, rotate your shoulders to the left to again touch the floor.
  6. Keep the movement controlled as you return to the starting position.

Common Mistakes

  • Overusing Arms

    Make sure you’re using your core to twist to each side rather than simply reaching to either side with your arms. This will make the exercise more effective.

Reps & Weight: How much to lift

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  • beginner
    8
    reps
    10
    lbs
    1 Rep Max
    12.5
    lbs
  • intermediate
    8
    reps
    12.5
    lbs
    15
    lbs
  • advanced
    8
    reps
    15
    lbs
    20
    lbs

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