Jan 3 2012
You will notice that her knees are bent and she is seated on the matt with her body slightly leaning backwards. The more you lean back, the tougher this core exercise is! However, if you have lower back trouble, please use some safety with this exercise. If you feel any pain in your lower back while doing this exercise, please do not do it.
She is using a 10 pound ball, but, you can use a kettlebell, or even dumb bell freeweights. I have some people that use a 25 pound kettlebell when doing this exercise. Remember, it is always up to you to decide how your body feels. Anytime you need more intensity, you can increase the weight. Anytime you are needing less intensity, then, lower the weight! You can also increase and decrease the intensity on this exercise by leaning back more or leaning forward. One other variation is to lift your feet off of the floor. Lifting your feet off the floor can make this exercise very challenging.
Notice she simply moves the ball from left to right and back again. The counting is considered to be one count is left/right. That counts as ONE. You want to make sure both sides are even. We wouldn’t want you to leave lopsided! : ) So, if requested to do 20 of them, you would go to each side 20 times. If you were to do a single count on each side, you would count to 40. That would count as 20 V-Twists!
Remember when doing core exercises that you need to engage your core. Hold your abdomen tight during the exercise. Squeezing your abdominal muscles helps to keep your lower back safe as well.