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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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Review: Seated Barbell Twist

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



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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

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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

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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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Exercise Rating
1/10

May 20, 2014 12:28 PM: I have tried these a couple times to make sure my findings were clear. You cannot feel anything when you do these, you are actually more likely to hurt yourself then any benefit that you will ever see.



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Tip: Seated Barbell Twist

Exercise Rating
5/10

Apr 30, 2014 2:33 PM: I first tried this with the barbell and found that I was working more of my shoulders and chest. Really didn't feel anything in the stomach areas even when I upped the weight. So what I ended up doing was using an alternative. I use the Abdominal Twist Machine or Torso Rotation for this. By doing this,...+See More



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6/10

Mar 24, 2014 10:44 AM: I am doing these as part of the Gethin 12 week also. You don't feel them in your abs, and 150 reps twice a day every day seems like overkill. I have never seen anyone else in the gym doing these, let aloe 150. The gym owner asked me recently (basically) what the hell I was doing them for. I often wonder...+See More



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