How to Russian Twist
1- Sit with your knees slightly bent and your feet flat. Hold the ball out in front of you and lean back at a 45-degree angle, curving your torso slightly.
2- Keeping your hips stationary, control your movement with your core, turning your torso as far to the right as possible in a smooth motion.
3- Hold briefly, then reverse back through to the start position, again controlling the movement from your core, and keeping your shoulders and hips relaxed.
4- Continue the movement to your left, rotating your torso and lowering the ball toward the floor. Hold for a few seconds, then return to the start position.
Russian Twist Benefits
- Russian twists strengthen your core, obliques, and spine. Obliques are the muscles which connects your lats and abs these muscles help in twisting or turning our upper body. The Russian bend is useful for strengthening oblique muscles, but some physiotherapists do not recommend this exercise, claiming that the back hump in the half-sitting position puts pressure on the discs. Although advanced athletes are doing the exercise correctly, it is not recommended for beginners.