Pike Side Twist Exercise Guide

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Pike Side Twist is a none exercise that works your obliques.

Pike Side Twist is a great moderate move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your core and waist.

It requires mat to do.

Pike Side Twist
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How to do Pike Side Twist


Hold a left side plank with your wrist directly above with your shoulders. Point your toes. In the lifted position, spiral your upper body forward while turning your navel to the floor to “thread the needle” with your top hand. Maintain the lifted Plank position as you un-twist.

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do pike side twist from this step-by-step illustrations:

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Muscles Worked

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

Primary Muscles

  • Obliques

Synergyst Muscles

  • Deltoids
  • Rear Deltoids
  • Transverse Abs

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Pike Side Twist work?
Pike Side Twist works obliques.
What is Pike Side Twist good for?
Pike Side Twist is beneficial . It works the best for core and waist, as it works obliques. Pike Side Twist is a great none exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Pike Side Twist a good exercise?
Pike Side Twist is a popular none exercise for obliques.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Pike Side Twist Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Pike Side Twist Standards and Averages


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Pike Side Twist Variations

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Muscles Worked Deltoids, Obliques, Lateral Deltoids, Transverse Abdominis
Difficulty Level(s) Moderate
Equipment Mat
Location At Gym, At Home, Outdoor
Major Exercise Twist

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Obliques
Synergyst muscle(s) Deltoids, Rear Deltoids, Transverse Abs

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