Fitness Tips: Make It All about the Core with Medicine Ball Twists

Everyone knows it is nice to walk around with those six-pack abs. It is more than just the looks that make them so great, having abs means having a strong core. Your core impacts the strength and performance of your arms and legs, and can help with overall activities. It may not seem like you are using it often, but once you start doing exercises aimed at core improvement, you will feel its impact. Knowing how your core is essential to being fit and staying healthy it is important that you use exercises specifically targeted to improve the area; medicine ball twists is a great way exercise to improve your dynamic core strength. Here are a few things to keep in mind while doing medicine ball twists:

  1. Sit on the floor or another flat service with your legs out in front of you, your knees comfortably bent, and your feet flat on the ground. Begin by bringing your feet off the ground and crossing them over each other.
  2. Hold the ball out in front of you and twist to one side, almost touching the ground. Try to keep the medicine ball as far in front of you as possible.
  3. Come back in a semicircle to the other side. Don’t let your legs move with you, and keep them off the ground the entire time. Continue doing this for maximum reps.

  Core strength is critical to your fitness, but it is not the only part of your body to focus on. In fact, you shouldn’t do ab exercises every day. Especially on days where you are giving your abs a break, it is important to work on other areas; like improving your upper body strength. Exercises like the Arnold Press are great ways to enhance both your upper body and your core. There are some great exercises to improve your core and overall fitness, and having a fitness coach with you can help ensure your are doing each exercise correctly, to avoid injury and get the most out of each rep. 

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