Russian Twist on Stability Ball

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

This is an intermediate core exercise that targets your entire mid-section.

MUSCLES ENGAGED


Picture of Obliques

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.

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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 Stability Ball

Stability Ball

A stability or exercise ball is a ball constructed of soft elastic and filled with air until firm.Most stability balls range from a diameter of approximately 35 to 85 centimeters (14 to 34 inches).

Picture of Medicine Ball

Medicine Ball

A medicine ball (also known as an exercise ball, med ball, or fitness ball) is a weighted ball roughly the diameter of the shoulders (approx. 14 inches). Medicine balls come in a variety of weights from 2lbs. to 30lbs. and can be made of hard plastic, dense rubber or synthetic leather material.

Exercise Instructions


russian twist on stability ball - step 1

Step 1

Start on your back with your shoulder blades centered on the stability ball, keeping a strong bridge while holding a medicine ball directly in front of you.

russian twist on stability ball - step 2

Step 2

While keeping your hips up and your core tight, roll over onto your shoulder and contract your obliques.

russian twist on stability ball - step 3

Step 3

Return to the starting position and repeat the action going the opposite way.