Ab Twist Video

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Ab Twist Description

Step 1. Stand upright with your feet just wider than shoulder-width apart. Your knees should be unlocked.

Step 2. Hold a broom handle or light bar across your shoulders.

Step 3. Keeping your hips and knees stationary, use your oblique muscles to twist your torso to the left as far as you can go.

Step 4. Then, twist back to the right for a full range of motion to complete one repetition.


The ab twist is a basic exercise for working the obliques. It is safe and easy for those with back problems to perform. The exercise is performed without any weight, so it is predominately an endurance exercise rather than a strength building exercise. Because of this, the abdominal twist is typically performed at a much higher rep range than usual core exercises. When twisting to either side, the user should focus on twist the body with the core muscles and really squeezing the oblique muscle at the end of the range of motion. Do not use upper body momentum to make the exercise easier. The abdominal twist should be performed slowly and deliberately.

Ab Twist 1

Ab Twist 2

Updated: April 11th, 2015