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Exercise of the Week – Medicine Ball Seated Twists

Target Muscles: Core (External and Internal Obliques).

Medicine Ball Seated Twists 01 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Begin by sitting on the floor, gripping your medicine ball in both hands on one side of your waist. Lean back slightly putting your legs out in front of you with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, as shown.

Medicine Ball Seated Twists 02 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Then, without allowing the ball to touch the ground, pivot the ball from one side of your waist to the other, twisting your upper body as you do so before repeating in the opposite direction.

Repetitions: 1-2 mins

A simple exercise for strengthening the core and lower back. In this case concentrating on the internal and external obliques. You can advance the exercise in one of two ways; either increase the angle at which you lean back (the further you go the harder it gets), or raise your feet a couple of inches off the floor and balance yourself on your buttocks as you twist the ball from side to side. Both methods bring in more of the core muscles increasing the emphasis on your abdominals and lower back.