Russian Twist Exercise Guide
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A Russian Twist is an abdominal exercise that emphasizes the obliques, the abdominal muscles running down either side of your upper body. It involves twisting your body from side to side in the “sit-up” position, and often includes the use of a heavy weight, such as a medicine ball or kettlebell, to add resistance and build explosiveness in the upper torso.
How to do Russian Twist
Sit with your hands clasped, knees bent and heels off the ground. Touch your hands to the ground each time you twist from side to side. If you want, hold a weighted ball!
This technique will be suitable for breastfeeding, so please consult with the healthcare professional first. Make sure to let your professor know you're planning until class starts and he or she can track everything.
When you reach the stage that you can do multiple attempts without too much exertion, you can render this step more complex by utilizing a heavy weighted item like a kettlebell, medicine ball or weighted.
Because this exercise does impose pressure on your knees, you may find more support by placing a band around them or a ball between them to provide stabilization.
Do not allow your body to sway back and forth as you twist.
Learn how to do russian twist from this step-by-step illustrations:
The muscles used for 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 russian twist are:
- Lower Abs
- Upper Abs
Frequently Asked Questions
Training, Progressions and Regressions
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Russian Twist Training and Progressions
Standards and Averages
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Russian Twist Standards and Averages
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|Type(s)||Bodyweight, Calisthenic, Strength|
|Muscles Worked||Abdominals, Quadriceps, Obliques, Lower Abdominals, Upper Abdominals|
|Equipment||No Equipment, Weight Plates|
|Location||At Gym, At Home, Outdoor|
|Target muscle(s)||Abs, Quadriceps, Obliques|
|Synergyst muscle(s)||Lower Abs, Upper Abs|