Seated Russian Twist

The Seated Russian Twist (sometimes referred to as the V Twist) is an intermediate ab workout that strengthen your abs and lower back. They can be very effective when done with good form, and can cause permanent damage to your lumbar region if done with bad form.

Benefits of the Seated Russian Twist Exercise

Main Muscles:

  • Abdomen
  • Obliques

Secondary Muscles:

  • Lower Back

How to do Seated Russian Twists

  1. Sit on the floor on your hips with your feet flat and your knees bent at 90 degrees.
  2. Clasp your hands together and fully extend them out in front of you. Lean back until your torso is 45 degrees from the floor and your body is in a V shape.
  3. Bring your hands towards your chest and twist as far as you can control from left to right to complete one repetition.

Common Seated Russian Twist Mistakes

It’s important to keep your back straight and to not “slouch” into the twists. Many people feel the need to touch the floor in order to make the exercise more difficult. This is not recommended because it puts far greater strain on the lumbar region and can result in permanent damage.

Variations of Seated Russian Twists

If you find that these are too easy, try one of these.

  • Ab Twist
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