Strengthening your core with barbell twists helps improve your posture.
Barbell twists target your obliques, the abdominal muscles running down the sides of your torso. The effectiveness of this exercise depends on how well you maintain proper form throughout each rep. This ensures that the correct muscles perform all your twisting and turning, enhancing your workout results while preventing stress and injury.
Standing Barbell Twist1.
Stand straight or sit on a flat bench or sturdy chair with your feet firmly on the floor and spread slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Rest a light barbell on the muscles on the back of your neck, keeping your neck and head aligned with your back.2.
Contract your midsection, slightly pulling your naval in toward your back. Maintain this contraction throughout the exercise.3.
Twist your torso to your right until your left elbow is perpendicular to your left knee. Pause for two seconds before twisting to your left, aligning your right elbow to your right knee. If you can't comfortably twist until your elbow aligns with your knee, then twist only as far as possible.4.
Perform five twists on each side to complete one set. Complete four sets per workout session.
- Perform each rep in a slow controlled manner.
- Keep your head forward facing and your eyes straight.
- Avoid looking from side to side during your twists to prevent placing undue stress on your neck muscles.