Let’s twist! Here’s how you can get a flat belly and toned core with Russian twists

If we have to vouch for one move that works on the belly and sides, simultaneously, then the Russian twist will win hands down.
Russian Twist
Move your core, Russian twist style!
Nikita Bhardwaj Published: 24 Jun 2020, 17:12 pm IST
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Maintaining a toned and flat belly is no child’s play because a lot goes into sculpting your abs. If you’ve tried, you probably already know this. 

Another extremely important aspect of developing those beautiful abs is adopting the right mix of exercises so that they hit the right muscle group. If you’ve been struggling to pick the right move for your abs then relax because we have got some advice right here, right now.

Ladies, it is time to hail to Russian twists.

To gain muscles and to sculpt your body in a certain way contraction of muscles plays a major role. You need to pick those exercises that contract your muscles to the maximum because that will pump up the muscle group and help you burn more calories. In fact, a study published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy also suggests that more contraction will help you get a leaner body. That’s why Russian twist is the move for you.

This is how you can do Russian twist the right way:
Well, it is a simple move but yes, it requires you to be a little agile. So, follow these steps to pull this one off:

1. Sit down on the floor and straighten out your legs.
2. Now lean back slightly so that your torso and legs form a V shape.
3. Hold this posture and now, twist your upper body from side to side without moving your legs.

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Tips: Don’t forget to engage your core by keeping it firm. Also, go slow while doing the Russian twist as that will help you in maximum contraction. And don’t forget to breathe.

How many of these can you do?
For beginners 15 repetitions on each side and 4 sets. For intermediates and experienced folks, doing 25 repetitions on each side and 5 sets is enough.


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What muscle group does the Russian twist target?
The core muscle group on which Russian twist works is your abs and side or obliques. But that’s not all, this exercise also works on your glutes, lower back, and traps. So, all in all, it takes care of your upper body.  

Weighted Russian twist versus self – which one is better?
Well, there are multiple variations that are there when it comes to Russian twists. The most common ones are self and weighed. In a weighted Russian twist, you either hold a dumbbell or a plate to increase the impact of the exercise. 

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Get a lean tummy with a Russian twist. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

For beginners, it is not advisable to do weighted twists as it might cause soreness in the muscles. Also, if you are looking for a leaner body without any cuts then self Russian twists are something you must try out. 

However, if you want all those muscles to pop out for that ripped look then after getting acclimatized to self Russian twist, you can definitely opt for the weighted ones. 

So, you have learned everything about this power move for your belly. Now, it’s time to fire it up!

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