This exercise works your obliques where as most core exercises just work your mid section (abdominals) it also strengthens your back which in turn helps with maintaining good posture.
There is no equipment needed for the Russian twist unless you wanted to add a weight so they can be done cheaply and anywhere there is a bit of space.
MUSCLE GROUPS WORKED
Inner and outer obliques, rectus abdominals and latissimus dorsi.
HOW TO DO A RUSSIAN TWIST
- Sit on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground.
- Lean back so your torso is at a 45-degree angle to floor, making sure to keep the spine straight and not rounded.
- Lace your arms straight out in front of your chest with one hand on top of the other.
- Race your core and slowly rotate round to the right as far as you can, pause then reverse this movement all the way round to the left as far as you can.
- That is 1 rep.
RUSSIAN TWIST VARIATION
To make this harder you can lift your feet slightly off the ground or use a weight such as a medicine ball or a dumbbell to twist with.
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