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These Rotational Moves Will Sculpt Some Serious Obliques

Just like your favorite summertime cocktail, some workout moves are better with a twist. Rotational exercises not only pack a punch for your core, helping to strengthen and tone a sexy midsection, but they can also better your balance. Work toward those tough yoga poses (hi, handstands) you never thought you could do (and get an added boost of confidence come bikini season) with this rotational moves workout.

How it works: Complete three sets, with one minute of rest between each.

Total Time: up to 15 minutes

You will need: Medicine ball

1. Russian Twist

A.

Start in a seated position holding a medicine ball, lifting feet in the air. Lean back on sitz bones. Keeping the abs tight, twist medicine ball to the right.

B.

Switch, twisting ball to the left. That's 1 rep.

Sets:

3

Reps:

10 to 12

2. Wood Chop

A.

Stand tall and hold a medicine ball with both hands at chest height. Twist torso as far as possible to the left, bringing the ball up and above left shoulder.

B.

Keeping chest up, bring the ball down all the way across body in a "chopping" motion—go slow and exhale on the way down. 

Sets:

3

Reps:

10 per side

3. Wall Throw

A.

Stand perpendicular to wall, about two to three feet away, with right hip closest to wall. Hold a medicine ball in both hands, rotating to hold it outside of left hip.

B.

Extend hips and knees to twist, throwing medicine ball toward the wall with enough power for it to rebound back. Catch the ball and use the momentum to immediately move into the second rep.

Sets:

3

Reps:

10 per side

4. Rotating Ball Slam

A.

Start standing with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, holding a medicine ball in both hands. Explosively press ball overhead.

B.

Immediately slam the ball on the floor diagonally to the right, following the ball with your body and ending in a low squat position with head up, chest and glutes low. Scoop the ball up and explode upward, driving the ball back overhead to begin the next rep, this time slamming the ball diagonally to the left. 

Sets:

3

Reps:

8 per side

5. Twisting Sit-Up

A.

Start sitting with knees bent and feet flat on the floor, holding a medicine ball with arms extended overhead.

B.

Engage core and lower torso down to the floor, bringing ball overhead and to left. Squeeze abs to return to start. Repeat on opposite side.

Sets:

3

Reps:

10 per side

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