Five Torso Twists

We don’t often think of a rotation as being an import exercise movement but it is very important in real life. Weak rotational muscles can leave us open to those silly injuries that happen when you are carrying groceries weirdly or closing a door awkwardly.

The five key exercises that I would love to see all of us modern-convenience-loving, chair-dwelling, workaday grumblers incorporate into our lives are:

  • Push-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Squats
  • Planks
  • Rotations

Out of all of those, rotations are probably the least familiar movement of the list.

A rotation is simply the ability to twist your core all the way from your pelvis to your ribcage. It’s an often overlooked movement. I think overlooking it is a huge mistake.

When we walk, every step we take involves a rotation of the thoracic spine. When we run, that rotation is increased. When we use a broom to clean up a mess, we also involve rotation of the core and spine. And the list goes on.

So, as a matter of keeping mobile and strong, as well as injury prevention, I suggest training your rotation to keep it supple and strong. In this video, I demonstrate:

  • Standing Torso Rotation
  • Woodchoppers
  • Russian twist
  • Resistance band trunk rotations
  • Bicycle Crunch

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