Twist Exercises for ABS

We all think that crunches are going to give us that perfect washboard abs, right? But the fact is that crunches alone can’t do anything to melt away layers of fat from your abs. The first step to a strong core is getting rid of all the belly flab. Twist exercises do exactly that. They target the fat and at the same time work on your core muscles. Twist exercises not only work on your upper and lower abdominals, but also works on the oblique muscles.

Types Of Twist Exercises

So raise the volume of your music high and let’s start twisting our way to awesomesauce abs!

1) Russian Twist

This is a full abdominal twist, which involves balancing, strength and isolation. It strengthens the core, cinches the waist and at the same time, strengthens your arms. You can do this exercise with a dumbbell or a kettlebell. If you are a beginner, then you can do it without any equipment.

  • Sit on the floor with your feet flat on the floor and knees bent. Keep your back flat and abs tight. Grab your dumbbell or kettlebell.
  • Now, lean back around 15 degrees with a strong back and a tightened core. Do not hunch your shoulders or crane your neck.
  • Now, slowly lift your feet off the floor and raise your calves as high as you can or until they are parallel to the floor. If you are a beginner, do not lift your feet.
  • The Movement – hold the dumbbell in both your hands. Twist and take the dumbbell first to one side, then back to the center. Then twist and take the dumbbell to the other side.
  • Do 15 reps.

2) Criss-Cross
bicycle crunch

Criss-Cross, also known as Bicycle Crunch, is a crunch exercise that involves a twist. So you’re getting benefits from both the worlds. It targets your muscles, strengthens them and at the same time gives you a good cardio. A great way to attack that ab-flab!

  • Lie flat on your back on the floor with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Keep your abs tight and lower back pressed into the ground.
  • Put your hands behind your head, do not lace the fingers and lift your head and upper back off the floor.
  • Now, lift both the feet off the floor and straighten your left leg while the right leg remains bent.
  • The Movement – what you need to do is twist and touch your left elbow to the right knee. Then straighten the right leg and bend the left leg and twist and touch the right elbow to the left knee.
  • Increase the speed and keep alternating the sides. Do as many as you can and do them fast. You can do 50-100.