Cross Legged Twist Exercise Guide

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Cross Legged Twist is a bodyweight exercise that works your abs.

Cross Legged Twist is a great basic move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your core and waist.

It requires no equipment to do.

Cross Legged Twist
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How to do Cross Legged Twist


Begin by sitting cross legged and holding the ankles aligned beneath the knees.

Take your fingertips on your right hand and position them on the floor in front of you while your left fingertips are positioned behind your back.

Keep fingertips in place bring pressure back on the table, turning to the left or right, use some of your neck in the move, then exhale to avoid twisting harder.

Hold this position for up to 10 breaths keeping your spine up straight so that your neck and head are aligned over your hips then return back to the starting position.

Perform this position except in the reverse direction.

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do cross legged twist from this step-by-step illustrations:

Cross Legged Twist 1
Cross Legged Twist 2

Muscles Worked

The muscles used for cross legged twist may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for cross legged twist are:

Primary Muscles

  • Abs

Synergyst Muscles

  • Glutes

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Cross Legged Twist work?
Cross Legged Twist works abs.
What is Cross Legged Twist good for?
Cross Legged Twist is beneficial for conditioning, for stretching and to strengthen. It works the best for core and waist, as it works abs. Cross Legged Twist is a great bodyweight exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Cross Legged Twist a good exercise?
Cross Legged Twist is a popular bodyweight exercise for abs.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Cross Legged Twist Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Cross Legged Twist Standards and Averages


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Cross Legged Twist Alternatives


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Cross Legged Twist Variations

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Type(s) Bodyweight, Calisthenic, Strength, Compound
Muscles Worked Abdominals, Gluteus
Difficulty Level(s) Basic, Easy
Equipment No Equipment
Location At Gym, At Home, Outdoor
Major Exercise Twist

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Abs
Synergyst muscle(s) Glutes

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