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Target Muscles: Core (Obliques & Abdominals).
Stand with your legs hip width apart, and lightly holding your barbell, strength bar or stick without pushing, rest it behind your neck across the top of your shoulders. Rotate and twist your torso from side to side, as shown, keeping the pelvis and hips as still as possible.
Sets: 1-2 (lasting several minutes per set)
Another effective core exercise, which complements last week’s “Plank” by working this time on the obliques. Easy to perform at home either standing or sitting, with a simple stick or bar across the shoulders. The exercise can be increased in intensity by rounding the back slightly.
Note: This exercise should not be performed by people who have lower back problems or have previously had a slipped (herniated) disc.