Medicine Ball Russian Twist Exercise Guide

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Medicine Ball Russian Twist is a strength exercise that works your obliques.

Medicine Ball Russian Twist is a great moderate move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your core and waist.

It requires medicine ball to do.

Medicine Ball Russian Twist
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How to do Medicine Ball Russian Twist

Setup

Lie on floor with elbows and shoulders crossed. Hold medicine ball in both sides. Recline back slightly balanced on knees with bent legs placed as counterbalance.

Exercise

Touch ball on floor to one side by turning torso and reaching arms to same side. Touch ball to floor on other side by turning torso and reaching arms to opposite direction. Continue movement by rapidly moving ball from side to side.

Tips

  • Alternative form is to hold ball in front of chest with arms fully extended and parallel to thighs. Rotate upper body to each side, keeping arms in same plane. This alternative form prohibits the ball in making contact with floor at any point in movement.

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do medicine ball russian twist from this step-by-step illustrations:

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Muscles Worked

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

Primary Muscles

  • Obliques

Synergyst Muscles

  • Upper Pecs

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Medicine Ball Russian Twist work?
Medicine Ball Russian Twist works obliques.
What is Medicine Ball Russian Twist good for?
Medicine Ball Russian Twist is beneficial for conditioning and to strengthen. It works the best for core and waist, as it works obliques. Medicine Ball Russian Twist is a great strength exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Medicine Ball Russian Twist a good exercise?
Medicine Ball Russian Twist is a popular strength exercise for obliques.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Medicine Ball Russian Twist Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Medicine Ball Russian Twist Standards and Averages

Alternatives

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Medicine Ball Russian Twist Alternatives

Variations

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Medicine Ball Russian Twist Variations

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Classification

Type(s) Strength, Compound
Muscles Worked Obliques, Pectoralis Major
Difficulty Level(s) Moderate
Equipment Medicine Ball
Location At Gym, Outdoor
Major Exercise Twist

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Obliques
Synergyst muscle(s) Upper Pecs

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