Barbell Trunk Twist

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

The barbell trunk twist is an intermediate core strength exercise. This exercise requires a lot of upper body and core strength and should only be performed by intermediate to advanced fitness levels.


Picture of Obliques


Many people put a lot of focus on working their abs but forget their surrounding neighbors; the oblique muscles. Obliques serve as stabilizers, and are used in almost every physical activity. Exercising your obliques should be a very important part of your workout program.

Picture of Abdominals


The abdominal muscles (abs) provide movement and support to your core area. The deeper and closer to the spine the particular abdominal muscle is, the more effect over body posture it will have, and this often contributes significantly to a healthy back.

Equipment Used

Picture of Barbell


A barbell is a piece of exercise equipment used in weight training, weightlifting and powerlifting. Barbells range in length from 4 feet (1.2 m) to 8 feet (2.4 m) and vary in diameter.

Exercise Instructions

barbell trunk twist - step 1

Step 1

Start off in a wide squat with a soft bend in your knees and your body weight on your heels. Hold the barbell at the end, hand over hand and hold your arms away from the torso.

barbell trunk twist - step 2

Step 2

Rotate your body to one side and lower the barbell over top of your knee. Be sure to keep your core engaged and unhook your outside heel to help initiate the body rotation.

barbell trunk twist - step 3

Step 3

Pull the barbell back up to the starting position using your obliques and the rest of your core.