Russian Twist w/ Medicine Ball

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

This is an intermediate core exercise that uses the medicine ball and stability ball to isolate and strengthen your core. This exercise also incorporates balance and stability training as you try to maintain proper form.


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 Back (lower)

Back (lower)

The lower back is often not trained because it is not visible in the mirror. If you have weak lower back muscles, there is nothing to help pull back against the spine, putting you at risk of developing poor posture (hunched over). Weak lower back muscles can also lead to lower back pain.

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 w/ medicine 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 above you.

russian twist w/ medicine ball - step 2

Step 2

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

russian twist w/ medicine ball - step 3

Step 3

Roll back to the starting position and repeat the exercise going in the opposite direction.