Russian Twist

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Abdominals
Secondary Muscle(s) None
Equipment Medicine Ball
Emphasis Isolation
Type Other

Russian Twist Instructions

  • Be seated on the floor with your legs extended in front of you.
  • Hold a medicine ball by your abs. 
  • Bend your knees slightly and elevate your legs so your feet are off the ground.
    • Don't cross your legs.
  • Your torso is leaning back slightly. Still maintain the strong position of your shoulders back, neutral spine, and your neck in a neutral position.
    • Your low back is not arched.
  • With your abs and obliques controlling the movement, rotate the medicine ball from side-to-side, touching the floor with each rep.


  • This is a controlled movement. Resist the urge to speed through it.
  • Create the mind-muscle connection that your legs are passive throughout the movement.
  • Don't let your low back arch during the execution. 
  • Don't drop the medicine ball after each twist. 
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