Focus On: Russian Twist

Good morning!

Oh it is SO going to be a great day.

I am launching BodyPUMP release 82 (you’ll hear my thoughts about this release next week) today with another instructor (Part-AY!), getting in some IM training in the form of running and biking, and I have a blogger potluck in the afternoon and a friends’ party to attend in the evening.

All TODAY.

Wow, if those things weren’t super fun, I could be really stressed out. Haha 😉

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Today I want to share with you a great move that will rock your core, the Russian Twist.

Focus On: Russian Twist

To work your obliques, you must do a twisting type motion, and this move (Russian Twist) has it all.

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How to:

  • Sit down on your sit-bones and lean slightly back with your hands extended in front of you, and knees bent (feet on the floor).
  • Twist from your center, bringing the hands to one side (past the level of the knees).
  • Come back to the center and repeat on the other side.

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As with all other moves, the Russian Twist can be made even more challenging.

A Russian Twist can be done on a stability ball:

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This challenges your core even more than a ‘regular’ Russian Twist as the ball is not a ‘stable’ surface!

And the move can be done in an even more challenging way : with legs off the floor, and holding a weight or medicine ball.

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Incorporate a Russian Twist into your next circuit, and your abs and obliques will be burnin’!

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HAPPY Birthday to my lovely, oldest sister! She is amazing and just had her 3rd baby (little boy) last month. I love you, Anna!

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Have a GREAT weekend, my friends!!

Have YOU tried the Russian Twist?? What do YOU love about working YOUR obliques?? Is YOUR Saturday going to rock too??! :)

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Comments

  1. Haha oblique DOMS are always fun to have 😉 Side planks with dips are good too 😀

    Have a great day 😀 It sounds like it’s going to be a blast 😀

  2. i LOVE the burn that russian twists give me! and you better believe my saturday is going to rock! :) and by the way, now that it’s july tomorrow (where did the time go?!), we need to figure out a time to get together! 😉

  3. I sure love me some russian twists! They definitly get the abs burnin!

    Hope your launch goes well today! I bet it’ll be a blast :)

  4. Love these! I need those weighted ab exercises. I’ll never get used to my obliques feeling sore. It just feels WEIRD. :) Enjoy your weekend!

  5. I love using russian twists to work my obliques!

  6. Russin twists are my go to exercise for working my obliques. I love feeling the burn. My Saturday has rocked – slept in late, had breakfast with my hubby and daughter, got my sweat on with a great workout, then attended a family reunion.

  7. Busy day! This is such a great, informative post. I do these but didn’t know their name. :) I like them with my feet off the ground the best. Are you training for an Ironman? I just signed up for my first tri- excited to venture beyond running!

  8. I totally did some Russian Twists after my jog today! It was super fun on a medicine ball!

  9. [email protected] says:

    LOVED LOVED MEETING YOU!!! Seriously, you are so sweet and fun to be around and I wish we could have talked for hours!!! So happy we finally met. Dang this Russian Twists make my abs (or lack thereof) burn just reading about them:)

  10. Candice says:

    Love Russian twists! It was do nice meeting you at the potluck! Love your blog and love you!!!

    • Thank you! It was AWESOME meeting you. We’ll stay in tough–you are definitely inspiring, and your kiddos are adorable. I wanted to tell you this on Sat, but didn’t get a chance too…I secretly want twins eventually :)

      talk soon! xoxox

  11. kristle says:

    we did these during stretching and warm ups at roller derby practice for 2 minutes! we’d hold our helmet and tap it on the floor on each side as we went along. i knew my core was getting stronger when i was the only one on the team who could do this move while holding my skates up off the floor!

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