Russian twists are one of the best ways to work your obliques, the muscles that help rotate your torso. These are often neglected by bodybuilders seeking a tapered torso, women who want a smaller waist and fitness fanatics obsessed with the 8-pack abs.
How to do it:
- Sit on the ground with your knees bent and your heels a foot from your butt. Gradually recline backward till you feel your lower abs engage. It is important that you keep your back straight and not let it curve.
- Put your arms in front of you, on top of each other. Pull your navel towards your spine and twist gradually to the right. Inhale and rotate to the left. This finishes one rep. Do 16 full rotations to complete a set.
Benefits:Russian twists works more than just your abdomen. It engages all the abdomen muscles and strengthens the rectus abdominis, internal obliques and the external obliques.