Trunk Twist with Press on Bench

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

The trunk twist with weight plate press on the bench is a challenging core exercise. This exercise targets obliques and abs and is suitable for 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 Weight Plate

Weight Plate

A weight plate is a single solid piece of metal without rotating parts. Weight plates typically range between 1lb and 55lb. A bumper plate is a weight plate that is coated in rubber so that it can be dropped on the floor safely during exercises like the deadlift, snatch and jerk.

Picture of Bench


A weight training bench is a piece of equipment that has a resemblance to a normal (e.g. park) bench, but is cushioned and designed for use in the weight room.

Exercise Instructions

trunk twist with press on bench - step 1

Step 1

Start in a v-sit position with your back straight while holding a weight plate in both hands.

trunk twist with press on bench - step 2

Step 2

Rotate the weight over to one hip, twist back across your body and press the weight up towards the opposite shoulder.

trunk twist with press on bench - step 3

Step 3

Lower the weight back down and across to your hip and repeat.