#Friday Fitness: the Russian Twist

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#Friday Fitness: the Russian Twist


In today’s fitness class held as usual in Castle Coop’s Village Hall, our  instructor took us through the Russian Twist which is meant to be a simply excellent exercise for strong abs.

Strong abs? Hurrah! I can’t wait – who doesn’t want ‘strong abs’? I love the idea of myself  with a washboard stomach and think it’s unhelpful that the Agent, my partner in life, is roaring with laughter.



Source: fitnessblender



  • Sit on the ground with your knees bent and your heels about a foot from your butt.
  • Lean slightly back without rounding your spine at all. It is really important, and difficult, to keep your back straight, but don’t let it curve.
  • Place your arms straight out in front of you with your hands one on top of the other. Your hands should be level with the bottom of your ribcage.
  • Pull your navel to your spine and twist slowly to the left. The movement is not large and comes from the ribs rotating, not from your arms swinging. Inhale through center and rotate to the right. This completes one rep.
  • Do 16 full rotations.

To make this exercise more challenging, hold a medicine ball or a dumbbell in your hands with your elbows slightly bent. You can also make the move more advanced by lifting your feet three or four inches off the floor. Conversely, if you have a compromised or injured lower back, this exercise is not recommended for you.

Source: Popsugar fitness


It looks & sounds pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?

Straightforward???  Well – try having a go at it & see if you agree with me…

The Russian Twist


All I can say is:

16 full rotations…? Ho ho ho!


IMO that’s anatomically completely impossible. Just look at the state I’m in – and that was after only 6 full rotations.

& N.B.  what does Popsugar Fitness mean about not swinging the arms? Mine were both tightly wound up to my sides…



Yours feeling like a coiled spring,

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So as you know what we are doing, so far we have practiced:

The Lunge

The Toe-touch

The Squat

The Press-up

Our class is held at 10.30am in the Village Hall – we all drink coffee together after the class and eat Brownies kindly cooked by Lady Sebright. They are delicious and immediately undo all the good work of our class.

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