Build a strong core with the Russian Twist-The mid section cork screw.

Here is another stomach exercise that you can do to mix things up when you’re working your abs, You have probably seen these twists done before but did not know what they were called. The Russian Twist is a rotational move that works your obliques and entire core to give you a strong foundation. This move will also strengthen and stabilize your spine. It is not hard to do and it can be done anywhere.

How to do Russian Twists.

1. Sit on the floor and bring your legs out straight. Lean back slightly so your torso and legs form a shape like the letter V.

2. Balancing at this point, twist your torso from side to side without moving your legs.

3. Move slowly and breathe. Do not disengage your core when fatigue sets in.

4. Aim for 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions.

The Russian Twist hits the most overlooked stomach muscles.

This movement will not leave your side body behind in the pursuit of working your entire core. It is the hard to get stomach muscles that surfers get from paddling out in to the ocean. It hits all sides of the core area. It helps with our ability to move in different plane of motion and focuses on utilizing our obliques. This part of our abs often gets disregarded in daily routines. If you do your Russian Twists on regular basis you will have no problems bending down or twisting your torso during the day.

What are the benefits of doing the Russian Twist?

These twists strengthen the muscles like the obliques that would normally be missed by just doing your regular crunches and sit ups. Regular twisting can also improve your posture. It is basically a total core exercise that also builds up your balance, builds stability in your in your spine and trims your mid section all at once. It engages all of your stomach core muscles. It not only strengthens the lower back but it also helps prevent slouching. This projects confidence and trims your shadow.

Do Russian Twists make your waists bigger?

The answer is no. They do not make your waist appear thicker or larger. This a false myth that is giving to most ab exercises and is simply untrue. The more work you put in your stomach exercises the tighter you will see them get. You will then begin to notice how much flatter your stomach is getting and then comes the small stomach muscles. This is were it gets interesting. Side muscles that you didnt know begin to flare out. The cardio and burn that you will get from Russian Twists are a fat burner in itself. There is no getting thick here whatsoever.

Include these twists in your daily routine for best results.

Doing the Russian twist everyday will help you burn calories, be in good shape, lose belly fat, improve balance and posture and reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases. Add at least 3 sets of 25 reps of Russian twists in your stomach work out days and you will start to have a slimmer belly and stronger core.

Just as important as sit ups and crunches.

For many years I did not take Russian twists that serious. I would always do my sit ups and push-ups but I would never remember to do my twists. It took a lot for me to believe in Russian twists and I always thought that they were bad for your back. Well this not true and is a reason why you should approach these exercises slow and with good form. No jerking or bending over without using your legs. Just be smart and use your head when you are twisting and lifting. All it takes is one wrong bend with an empty box and you can pull the muscles in your back. So always go slow and then gradually move up when your ready. If you can include these exercises in your ab routine you will feel the difference in your daily routine at work and at home. A stronger core can only help you fell better and make things easier for you as time goes on. Please leave any comments about Russian Twists. Have you tried doing them before? How do you feel after doing them for a couple of weeks? What do you think about them?


Author: Jaime
I started jogging when I was just 12 years old. I knew I was doomed to be chubby if I didn't do something. Luckily, my Dad would take me jogging with him so I learned to deal with it at an early age. Now I feel fortunate because now I can show others what it takes to keep feeling good inside and out.

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