Russian Twist Video

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Russian Twist Description

Step 1. Sit on the floor with your hips and knees bent at 90 degrees. Your feet should hover a few inches off the floor.

Step 2. Hold your hands straight out in front of you and keep your back straight.

Step 3. Twist your torso and arms as far as you can to the left and then reverse the motion to the right for one full repetition.


The Russian twist is a full abdominal exercise that works the upper and lower abdominals, the obliques, and transverse abs. Sitting on your hips with your feet off the floor requires your to work your upper and lower abdominals as well as your transverse abs. The twisting motion engages your obliques. The important thing when performing this exercise is to keep the core as tight as possible throughout the motion and to keep your back straight throughout the motion. One full rotation to the left, then to the right equals one complete repetition.

Russian Twist 1

Russian Twist 2