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Hip Twist Supported Arms

Hip Twist Supported Arms

Hip Twist Supported Arms is a dynamic exercise that targets the core muscles, particularly the obliques. It also engages the arms, shoulders, and hips, making it a fantastic multi-joint movement that challenges both strength and stability. The exercise begins by assuming a seated position on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Lean slightly back while keeping a straight back and engaged core. Place your hands behind you, with fingers pointing towards your feet and palms pressing firmly into the ground for support. From this starting position, lift your feet off the ground and bring your knees towards your chest. This creates a V-shape with your torso and thighs, and your body weight balanced on your glutes. This is your basic starting position. Now, maintaining this V-shape, begin to rotate your torso from side to side, twisting at the waist. Allow your shoulders and arms to follow the movement, creating a controlled and fluid rotation. Aim to bring your elbows as close to the ground as possible on each side, without losing balance or touching the ground. To intensify the exercise, you can incorporate additional challenges by extending your legs straight out in front of you or elevating them off the ground. This increases the leverage and places greater demand on your core and hip flexors. Remember to perform the Hip Twist Supported Arms exercise in a slow and controlled manner, focusing on proper form and engaging your core throughout the movement. As with any exercise, consult with a fitness professional to determine the appropriate intensity, modifications, and repetitions that align with your fitness level and goals.

Instructions

  • Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  • Extend your arms straight out in front of you, shoulder-width apart, and parallel to the ground.
  • Engage your core and rotate your torso to the right, while keeping your hips facing forward.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat the rotation to the left side.
  • Continue alternating sides for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core muscles throughout the exercise for greater stability and balance.
  • While twisting your hips, maintain a steady breathing pattern to improve oxygen flow.
  • Start with light weights if using them to avoid straining your muscles.
  • Gradually increase the range of motion as you feel more comfortable with the exercise.
  • Ensure proper form by keeping your back straight and your shoulders relaxed.
  • Incorporate this exercise into your leg and core workouts for a more comprehensive routine.
  • Include dynamic stretches before performing the hip twist supported arms to warm up your muscles.
  • Focus on your glute muscles as you twist your hips to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself too hard, especially if you're new to this exercise.
  • Consult with a fitness professional for personalized advice and modifications based on your fitness level and goals.

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