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Core exercises are among the most important parts of any workout. By strengthening the abdominal muscles, they improve posture and overall stability, not to mention firming your middle. The Russian twist is a simple core exercise that relies entirely on body weight. It is simple to modify and can fit into many routines.

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1. Performing a Russian Twist

To perform a Russian twist, lie faceup on the floor, keeping the knees bent. Each foot should be flat on the ground and about even with the shoulders. Contract the abdominal muscles to prepare. Lift the upper body off of the ground, extending the arms forward. Some people clasp their hands together. Twist the body to each side with slow and controlled movements, keeping the arms even with the center of the chest. Aim to do the same number of repetitions in multiple sets.

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