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Balancing Seated Torso Twists with Medicine Ball Exercise

Balancing Seated Torso Twists with Medicine Ball

Starting Position Sit on the floor while holding a medicine ball (or dumbbell) in both hands with shoulders relaxed, elbows bent, and arms pulled close to the sides of the body. Place your knees and feet about hip-width apart, heels on the floor, knees bent and back straight. Pull your abs in tight and with a straight back, lean back from the hips until you feel your abs engage. Maintain your balance and lift both feet off the floor (pictured).

Action INHALE: Keeping feet off the floor, abs engaged, and arms close to your body, twist from the waist to the left side. EXHALE: Twist back to the center (starting position). INHALE: Twist to the right side. EXHALE: Return to the starting position to complete one rep.

Special Instructions Keep your abs pulled in, shoulders relaxed, and feet off the floor. Focus on twisting from the waist, allowing your upper torso and arms to turn with you. Keep the lower body as still as possible. Keep your back long and flat at all times.

Make it easier: Don't lean back as far. Use a lighter weight or no weight. Limit your range of motion.

Make it harder: Lean back and/or twist farther.

Muscles Worked: Abs, Obliques