How To Do Russian Twist

Russian Twist Exercise

Russian Twist is a fantastic exercise to build your abdominal area. It engages the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, the serratus muscles and also works the hips and lower back.

Russian Twist helps tone and tighten up your midsection, strengthen your core and develop stability and mobility in the hips and lower back.

Russian Twist Progression & Mobility

  • Sit on the floor with a medicine ball on one side of your hips.
  • Keep your feet together; bend your knees at an angle of 90 degrees.
  • Lean back slightly so that your shoulders are behind the hips.
  • Take a secure grip on the sides of the medicine ball.
  • Contract your abdominal muscles by pulling your upper abdominals toward your ribcage.
  • Twist and bring the medicine ball over your thighs and over to the other side of your hips. Let the medicine ball lightly touch the floor before twisting again and bringing it back to the other side.
  • Repeat the exercise until you have completed the targeted number of reps or time interval.

Faults, Form and Technique

The most common fault when doing Russian Twist is losing the bent position of the legs and having your shoulders assume a more upright position. This removes tension on the abdominal muscles.

Variations: Plate Twist