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How To: Kettlebell Russian Twist

Kettlebell Russian Twist

The kettlebell russian twist is a great core based exercise to target the obliques.

Movement: Isolation

Targets: Abdominals & Obliques

Required: Kettlebell

Optional: N/A

Kettlebell Russian Twist Form:

Lay down on an exercise mat with your legs bent at the knee.

Raise your upper body, essentially forming a V' shape with your torso and legs.

While holding a kettlebell in both hands by the 'horns' of the kettlebell twist your torso as far as possible from left to right with the kettlebell extended in front of your torso.

Continue to alternate sides for the desired number of repetitions.

Kettlebell Russian Twist Variations

Heel Touches

With your shoulder blades off the ground and your legs in close to your body proceed to alternate tapping your left hand to your left heel and your right hand to the right heel while leaving your shoulders off the ground for the duration of the set.

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How To: Plank

Common Kettlebell Russian Twist Mistakes

Training Abs Too Frequently

Abdominal training is a lot easier than many make it out to be.

You do not need to train abs every single day, in fact if you’re training them hard it’s detrimental to progress.

You do not need to dedicate entire workouts to your abs.

Like all other muscle groups, the abs require time to recover after they’ve been hit hard.
I recommend throwing in a 15 minute ab workout 2 – 3 times per week at the end of your regular workout… do not train abs first before you go into heavy squats or deadlifts as your core will be fatigued and will become the weak link in your exercises.

Thinking Ab Exercises Will Get You Abs

The cliche saying, ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ is correct.
Six pack abs are the result of low body fat, for men the abs start popping around 10% body fat and continue to get more defined as you delve down into the single digit body fat range. For women, abs are visible around 15% body fat.

In order to burn fat and get down into this low body fat range we need to subject our body to a calorie deficit (i.e. be consuming less calories per 24 hour basis than our body needs to maintain its current weight). Without a caloric deficit fat loss is literally impossible.

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How To: Dumbbell Goblet Squat

A caloric deficit is induced via a combination of diet and exercise, ab exercises can assist you in burning calories to place you in a deficit to lose fat… but if you’re eating too much there’s no colossal number of sit-ups, leg raises or planks that’ll get you the six pack abs you desire.

Similar & Substitute Exercises 

  • Hanging Side-To-Side Leg Raises
  • Side Planks
  • Ab Roller

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Scott J.
Scott J.
I’m SJ. I’m a fitness enthusiast and published author. I transformed my body from a skinny fat 135lbs with 18% body fat to a solid 192lbs at 8% body fat. I became qualified in a field I was passionate about. I founded several online businesses that allow me to pursue ideas and projects in my life that I am passionate about without having to constantly worry about money. I published several eBooks explaining the training and dieting techniques I used to achieve the body I have today. I learnt a plethora of new information on dieting and fitness by reading and applying what I read, to find out what does work and what doesn’t work, because as I’m sure you’ve noticed the health and fitness industry is full of non-sense claims and BS. I found out what was true and what worked for me and applied that knowledge. And you bet I had fun during the whole process.

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