Kettlebell Russian Twists

Great for building abs, the kettlebell Russian twists are easy to perform, and much more effective than crunches. As this week’s exercise, I’m now going to go through it.

What You’ll Need

This is a one-kettlebell exercise, so grab one of your lovely weights and get ready to sit on the floor. You will need something comfortable to sit on, such as an exercise or yoga mat and enough space to sit up with your legs out in front of you.

Once you have cleared some space, got yourself comfortable, and checked how to go about it, you are ready to go. While it is quite an easy exercise to perform, you’ve got to make sure you practice correct form or you can end up damaging your back. Not exactly the plan there!

How To Perform The Kettlebell Russian Twists

1. Sit upright with your knees bent about 45 degrees in front of you. Make sure your chest is straight and your chin is high. Imagine you are taking a deep breath.

2. Hold the Kettlebell in both hands, with your palms facing towards each other. Cup the kettlebell like you are warming your hands on a hot mug of coco. At least that’s how I visualize it.

3. The starting position is holding the Kettlebell infront of your chest, with the handle touching it.

4. Turn your waist about 45 degrees to bring the Kettlebell down to your side over the hip.

5. Bring the Kettlebell back to the center/starting position.

6. Repeat for the opposite hip.

7. Perform as many reps as possible. Remember to keep correct form! Don’t risk damaging your back/waist.

Need help with form? Watch this video.

How To Put It All Into One Routine?

If you’ve read any of my exercise posts before, you will know that I am a big fan of choosing multiple exercises and sticking them all together. There’s no real advantage to just choosing one exercise and focusing on that. It’s just going to end up with you neglecting one part of your body.

You want to look hot and fit all over, not lopsided or top-heavy!

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Hey, I'm Dom. I've been using Kettlebells for over two years, and am a firm believer that men and women can do very similar routines and exercises, yet get the different results they desire. If you click here to subscribe, you'll receive my tips, tricks, and recommended workouts in your inbox automatically.

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