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Exercise 101 : Russian Twist

Exercise 101 : Russian Twist

Love them or hate them, abdominal exercises are essential for strong backs and burning belly fat. The Russian Twist is a very simple but effective exercise and is suitable for all fitness levels.

Set aside a few minutes each day and you will soon see and feel the difference. Here’s how:


1. Lie on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground, or underneath something which will stop them moving.

2. Lift your torso so you create an imaginary V-shape with your thighs. Make sure you keep the spine straight. Extend your arms straight out in front of you with your hands laced on top of each other.

3. Raise your core, take a deep breath and slowly twist round to the right as far as you can with your arms level with your rib cage. Hold for a second, then breathe out as you move back to the starting position.

 4. Repeat the movement to the left.

Repeat as many times as required, remembering to keep breathing through the exercise.


The Russian Twist is a great workout for the whole abdomen. Most core exercises  just work on your mid-section, but this exercise also works your inner and outer obliques (the flat muscles that run down the sides of your torso), as well as your rectus abdominals and latissimus dorsi.

It will help to shift excess weight around your middle, which is a major contributing factor in the development of disease.

Done regularly, you will see improved muscle tone and increased range of motion. This can help improve posture and prevent slouching, minimise injuries during sports and daily activities.


Try this move holding a medicine ball or dumbbell, touching the weight gently to the floor on each side.
You can make it harder by lifting your feet slightly off the ground.


the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.