Supine Twist

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Supine Twist Description

Step 1. Lie with the small of your back on an exercise ball with your knees at 90 degrees and your feet flat on the floor. Hold your arms straight out above you with your hands together.

Step 2. Slowly twist your upper body to the right until your arms are parallel with the floor.

Step 3. Then, return to the starting position.

Step 4. Repeat the motion to the opposite side for one full repetition.


The supine twist is an oblique exercise that is similar to an abdominal twist. By performing the exercise on an exercise ball rather than standing, the user must engage his core muscles throughout, making this exercise tougher and more complex. The user should concentrate on keeping his feet planted on the ground during the exercise so that he is balanced throughout. Like the abdominal twist, this exercises does not involve the addition of any weight, and is commonly performed at a higher repetition range than other core exercises. The user should concentrate on performing the exercise slowly and deliberately. Focus on squeezing the oblique muscle at the end of the range of motion.

Supine Twist 1

Supine Twist 2

Updated: April 11th, 2015