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  • Posted On: 12-21-17, 9:45 am (EST) #1

    Russian Twists... Am I doing it wrong?

    December 21, 2017, 9:45 am

    Hello all,

     

    I've been working through Scott's fat loss program. Unfortunately the only part I dread so far is the russian twists. While doing them I feel a strain in my lower back. Is this expected as I build strength (though this is an ab/oblique workout?). 

     

    Help appreciated. Happy gains!

    Matt

  • Posted On: 03-25-18, 12:29 pm (EDT) #2

    Russian Twists... Am I doing it wrong?

    March 25, 2018, 12:29 pm

    Hi,

    You shouldn't feel the tension in your lower back. Make sure you use a weight you can handle and keep your code flexed throughout the movement.
    Also, keep your chest up. As you fatigue, you might bend a little because your core might be too exhausted.
    Before you get used to the movement, do it much slower and focus on the good form.

    Fenistoteles

  • Posted On: 03-27-18, 12:48 am (EDT) #3

    Russian Twists... Am I doing it wrong?

    March 27, 2018, 12:48 am
    Posted by: wink

    Hello all,

     

    I've been working through Scott's fat loss program. Unfortunately the only part I dread so far is the russian twists. While doing them I feel a strain in my lower back. Is this expected as I build strength (though this is an ab/oblique workout?). 

     

    Help appreciated. Happy gains!

    Matt

    Great answer from @fenistoteles!

     

    If you are feeling back pain, it's probably because you aren't keeping your spine neutral - you're probably hunching over while you're lying on the ground. Either that or you are hyper-extending your back.

     

    How much weight are you using? Have you tried doing them with no weight to see if you still get pain? And do you think you could upload a video of your form?

  • Posted On: 02-19-19, 6:16 am (EST) #4

    Russian Twists... Am I doing it wrong?

    February 19, 2019, 6:16 am

    It is not just your abdomen that is worked here. Your lower back too is strengthened due to the position of your back during the exercise. The seated Russian twiststrengthens the oblique muscles on the sides of the abdomen. A strengthened abdominal muscle helps to prevent slouching and get a good posture(indianworkouts)

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