Advanced Workout

Ab Twist

Our next two exercises are going to focus on building core strength with advanced-level exercises.

The first in this ab duo is the Ab Twist. I personally enjoy doing the Ab Twist because it's a fast paced, active exercise and I really feel my abdominal and oblique muscles burn during the exercise. Fellow golfers should note: this is one of the best exercises that golfers can do to build swing strength and speed. Let's get started.

For this exercise you will only need a floor mat or carpeted area.

Sit on the floor with your ankles crossed over one another.

Lift your feet off the ground. Hold your hands comfortably in front of you so that your elbows are bent at about 90 degrees and your hands are about even with your chest.

Move your hands to your right side so that you are twisting your entire upper body. Continue twisting until you touch, or come close to touching the floor on the right side.

Once you reach this end point, twist back around past the starting position and to the left side of you near the floor.

While doing this twist, make sure that your feet stay off the ground.

Continue twisting back and forth at a comfortable pace until you perform up to 25 back and forth repetition in three sets. If you can perform more than 25 repetitions, you should hold a 5 to 10 pound dumbbell in your hands while performing the twist.

Next Advanced Exercise: Ab Plank »

 

Tips for Ab Twist

  1. Do not start performing this exercise with a dumbbell in your hands if you have not yet performed it without a dumbbell. Holding too much weight and twisting too fast can result in injury if you are not comfortable with the technique.

  2. Maintain a regular breathing pattern and avoid holding your breath during this exercise.

  3. Perform 3 sets of up to 25 repetitions.