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Dumbbell Russian Twist

Dumbbell Russian Twist

The Dumbbell Russian Twist is a dynamic exercise that targets the abdominal muscles, particularly the obliques. This exercise is highly effective for strengthening the core and improving rotational power and stability. It can be performed at home or in the gym with just a dumbbell or any weighted object. To perform the Dumbbell Russian Twist, begin by sitting on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Hold the dumbbell in both hands in front of your chest, with your elbows slightly bent. Engage your core and lean back slightly, maintaining a straight posture from your head to your hips. Once you are in the starting position, begin the exercise by rotating your torso to the right and then to the left, while keeping your feet and hips stable. As you twist, the dumbbell should touch the floor on either side of your hips. Make sure to exhale as you twist and inhale as you return to the center, focusing on the contraction of your oblique muscles throughout. It is important to perform this exercise in a controlled and deliberate manner, avoiding any jerky or rapid movements. You can increase the intensity of the Dumbbell Russian Twist by using a heavier dumbbell or by lifting your feet off the ground for an added challenge. As with any exercise, it is essential to maintain proper form and listen to your body's limits. Incorporating the Dumbbell Russian Twist into your fitness routine can help improve your overall core strength and stability, which can have numerous benefits in sports performance, daily activities, and even posture. Remember to start with lighter weights and gradually increase the resistance as you become more comfortable and stronger.


  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.
  • Hold a dumbbell with both hands and lift it up to chest level, keeping your arms extended.
  • Lean back slightly to engage your core muscles.
  • Exhale and twist your torso to the right, bringing the dumbbell towards the right side of your body.
  • Inhale and return to the starting position.
  • Exhale and twist your torso to the left, bringing the dumbbell towards the left side of your body.
  • Repeat the motion for the desired number of repetitions, alternating sides.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the entire movement to maximize abdominal activation.
  • Keep your upper body relaxed and avoid pulling with your arms to ensure that your oblique muscles are doing the work.
  • Exhale as you twist your torso to help engage your abdominal muscles even more.
  • Maintain a neutral spine position by avoiding excessive rounding or arching of your back.
  • Start with a lighter weight dumbbell and gradually increase the weight as you build strength and perfect your form.
  • Focus on controlled and deliberate movements rather than rushing through the exercise.
  • Include the Dumbbell Russian Twist as part of a well-rounded core training routine, incorporating other exercises that target different areas of the abdominal muscles.
  • Keep your feet planted firmly on the ground or elevate them slightly for an added challenge.
  • Experiment with different variations of the Dumbbell Russian Twist, such as alternating between twisting to each side or holding the dumbbell at different heights.
  • Pay attention to your breathing and maintain a steady rhythm throughout the exercise.


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