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Barbell Standing Twist

Barbell Standing Twist

The barbell standing twist is an effective exercise that targets your core muscles, especially your obliques. This exercise involves rotational movements, helping to increase core strength, stability, and improve your overall balance. To perform the barbell standing twist, you'll need a barbell or a weighted plate. Start by standing tall with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding the barbell or the weighted plate in front of you with both hands. Engage your core and keep your back straight throughout the exercise. From this starting position, initiate the movement by twisting your torso to one side, allowing the weight to follow the movement. Remember to keep your hips facing forward and your feet planted firmly on the ground. Slowly return to the starting position and then repeat the movement to the other side. You can adjust the difficulty of the exercise by increasing or decreasing the weight or by adding more repetitions. However, ensure that you choose a weight that challenges you while maintaining proper form. Including the barbell standing twist in your fitness routine can help improve your rotational power and stability, making everyday activities and sports movements easier. It is important to warm up properly before doing this exercise and to listen to your body, stopping immediately if you experience any pain or discomfort.


  • Start by standing upright with your feet shoulder-width apart and grasp a barbell with both hands, keeping your arms extended in front of you.
  • Engage your core muscles and maintain a straight posture throughout the exercise.
  • Keeping your feet planted, rotate your torso to the left as far as comfortably possible, using your abs and oblique muscles.
  • Pause briefly at the end of the twist and then slowly rotate your torso back to the starting position.
  • Now, repeat the twist to the right side, rotating as far as comfortable again.
  • Continue to alternate twists from left to right, performing the exercise for the recommended number of repetitions.
  • Remember to breathe steadily and avoid using momentum to swing the barbell during the twists.
  • Adjust the weight of the barbell according to your fitness level and gradually increase it as you become more comfortable with the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the exercise to maintain stability and proper form.
  • Start with a lighter weight barbell and gradually increase the resistance as you become more comfortable and proficient with the exercise.
  • Allow your upper body to rotate naturally while keeping your hips facing forward. Avoid excessive twisting or jerking motions.
  • Incorporate controlled breathing, exhaling as you twist and inhaling as you return to the starting position.
  • Don't rush the movement. Focus on performing slow and controlled twists to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Ensure proper spinal alignment by keeping your back straight and avoiding any rounding or arching of the spine.
  • Maintain a neutral neck and gaze straight ahead to avoid straining the neck or upper back muscles.
  • Use a full range of motion, allowing the barbell to move as far as comfortably possible in both directions.
  • Perform the exercise in front of a mirror to monitor your form and technique.
  • Incorporate variations such as adding resistance bands or using different grip positions to target different muscle groups.


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