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Seated Barbell Twist

Exercise Data

Type: Strength
Main Muscle Worked: Abdominals
Equipment: Barbell
Mechanics Type: Isolation
Level: Beginner
Sport: No
Force: Pull
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Seated Barbell Twist Guide

Main Muscle: Abdominals

  1. Start out by sitting at the end of a flat bench with a barbell placed on top of your thighs. Your feet should be shoulder width apart from each other.
  2. Grip the bar with your palms facing down and make sure your hands are wider than shoulder width apart from each other. Begin to lift the barbell up over your head until your arms are fully extended.
  3. Now lower the barbell behind your head until it is resting along the base of your neck. This is the starting position.
  4. While keeping your feet and head stationary, move your waist from side to side so that your oblique muscles feel the contraction. Only move from side to side as far as your waist will allow you to go. Stretching or moving too far can cause an injury to occur. Tip: Use a slow and controlled motion.
  5. Remember to breathe out while twisting your body to the side and in when moving back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.



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Tip: Seated Barbell Twist

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2/10

Sep 29, 2014 12:35 PM: I have replaced this exercise with crunches/leg lifts in the same amount of reps. Does much better for me. With the sit up's I add weight to increase difficulty.



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1/10

Sep 27, 2014 10:32 AM: This exercise does nothing to affect the abdominals (increasing weight does not change that). Since the weight is so high up on your shoulders it really is your upper body tossing the weight around and eventually it will get to your elbows.

Beware of this exercise it only serves to loosen...+See More



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Tip: Seated Barbell Twist

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6/10

Sep 12, 2014 7:57 AM: There is a trick in doing this exercise. You don't have to twist your body while keeping it straight, else it is just like twisting for nothing, slightly bend in cross when twisting as if you trying to touch your shoulder on to your knee. For more effect try to pull your stomach inwards while twist



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Review: Seated Barbell Twist

Exercise Rating
1/10

Aug 23, 2014 8:53 PM: I have never felt anything with this exercise except pain in my neck, shoulders, and lower back. I will be replacing these with something more effective. possibly landmine 180's.



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1/10

Aug 10, 2014 11:02 PM: Use of oblique twist machine works just as well



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1/10

Jul 18, 2014 11:42 AM: waste of precious time. choose another ab exercise



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3/10

Jul 17, 2014 12:13 PM: I've done this every day for 2 weeks and instead of feeling a burn (or soreness) in my abs, I feel pain in my lower back and my arms. Although I'm sure there is a reason for doing these, I certainly don't see or understand it.



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Exercise Rating
3/10

Jul 17, 2014 12:13 PM: I've done this every day for 2 weeks and instead of feeling a burn (or soreness) in my abs, I feel pain in my lower back and my arms. Although I'm sure there is a reason for doing these, I certainly don't see or understand it.



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Tip: Seated Barbell Twist

Exercise Rating
6/10

Jul 15, 2014 1:56 PM: At first I felt the same as most of you about this exercise. I didn't see the benefit to doing these and regularly felt pain in my lower back, neck and shoulders. What I realized is I was swinging the weight rather than letting my waist and abs perform the motion. I started leaning forward a little,...+See More



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Tip: Seated Barbell Twist

Exercise Rating
1/10

Jun 12, 2014 4:28 PM: Not worth it and doesn't work the abs so much. If you're doing the 12 week program I would suggest doing a different Ab workout substitute.



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