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The Russian Twist is a core muscle exercise that targets the abdominals, but also works the lower back. This is a compound exercise which is well suited to intermediate lifters.



  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees and your back at 45-60 degrees to the floor, using your abs to hold you in that position. Clasp your hands together in front of you with your arms bent at the elbows.
  • Keeping your legs still, rotate your upper body from side to side. Keep your back at the same angle to the floor throughout.
  • If you struggle to keep your feet on the floor, have someone hold your feet down or place your feet under the handles of some heavy dumbbells.

Abdominal Muscle Diagram.

Abdominal Muscles