I won’t lie, this one can be tricky.

If you don’t have adequate core strength, Russian Twists can strain your lower back. If you don’t know how to brace your core, it can also strain your lower back.

Fortunately, there’s a few ways we can make it easier so that you can progress. It’s a great exercise for your abs because it’s hard, but it needs to be used correctly in order to be effective and safe.



How to:

  • Sit on your bum and tip back, lifting your feet so your more on your pelvis bones
  • Holding a weight in your hand, contract your core to twist from the waist, side to side, touching the weight on the ground


  • Make it easier by placing your feet on the ground and use light weight
  • Make it harder by using heaver weight or sit on a bosu ball
  • Be sure to twist your body from the waist, not reach with your arms to touch the ground
  • Really be sure to contract your core when you do this exercise. It’s easy to compensate by using your lower back, but this can tire you out quickly

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