Seated Russian Twist

Seated Russian Twist – Martial Arts Strength Training

This page looks at the strength training exercise known as Seated Russian Twist (or Seated Oblique Twist). This is a seated exercise that martial artists use in order to improve their core strength and their rotational or twisting power.

In turn, this helps martial artists to generate more powerful puncheskicks and grappling techniques. However, since a person needs to lean back in this exercise and twist, it places pressure on the lower back. Experts do not recommend this exercise for anyone with a back problem.

The Seated Russian Twist is an advanced core exercise. An even more difficult version of this exercise is the Medicine Ball Russian Twist.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For more exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Strength Training page.

How To Do Seated Russian Twists