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Standing Torso Twist Stretch 101 Video Tutorial

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Standing Torso Twist Stretch
Standing Torso Twist Stretch

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The Standing Torso Twist Stretch is a bodyweight exercise that targets the oblique muscles primarily, with secondary engagement of the abdominal muscles. To perform this stretch, one stands upright with feet shoulder-width apart and gently rotates the torso to one side while keeping the hips facing forward. The movement aims to stretch and lengthen the obliques on each side of the abdomen, promoting increased flexibility and range of motion in the torso. This exercise helps improve spinal mobility and can be beneficial for individuals looking to enhance core flexibility and alleviate tension in the lower back and abdominal area. It requires no equipment other than one's own bodyweight, making it accessible and suitable for a variety of fitness levels.

How to Perform

  1. Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms bent at 90 degrees by your sides.

  2. Maintain a forward-facing position with your feet throughout the exercise.

  3. Slowly and deliberately twist your torso from one side to the other, ensuring the movement originates from your trunk.

  4. Avoid forcing the twist and focus on a controlled motion.

  5. This exercise primarily targets the oblique muscles, located on the sides of the abdomen, while also engaging the abdominal muscles as secondary targets.

  6. Regularly performing the Standing Torso Twist Stretch helps to increase flexibility and range of motion in the torso.

  7. Enhanced spinal mobility, promoted by this exercise, is particularly advantageous for athletes involved in throwing and hitting sports such as football, baseball, tennis, hockey, and lacrosse.

  8. No equipment is necessary for this stretch, making it convenient and accessible for individuals of varying fitness levels.


  1. Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, ensuring a stable base.

  2. Keep your arms bent at 90 degrees by your sides throughout the exercise.

  3. Maintain a forward-facing position with your feet to stabilize your lower body.

  4. Slowly rotate your torso from side to side, initiating the movement from your waist.

  5. Focus on a smooth and controlled motion, avoiding any jerking or sudden movements.

  6. Engage your oblique muscles on each side of your abdomen during the twist.

  7. Feel the stretch along the sides of your torso as you rotate.

  8. Hold each twist for a few seconds to deepen the stretch, if comfortable.

  9. Breathe deeply and steadily throughout the exercise to enhance relaxation.

  10. Perform the Standing Torso Twist Stretch regularly to improve flexibility and maintain spinal mobility, benefiting athletes and individuals alike.

How Not to Perform

  1. Avoid Over-twisting: Do not twist excessively or forcefully beyond your range of motion. Over-twisting can strain the muscles and lead to injury.

  2. Do Not Use Momentum: Avoid swinging or jerking your torso to create momentum. This diminishes the effectiveness of the exercise and reduces the focus on the oblique muscles.

  3. Keep Hips Stable: Ensure your hips remain facing forward throughout the movement. Rotating your hips can shift the focus away from the obliques and reduce the stretch in the targeted muscles.

  4. Do Not Hold Your Breath: Avoid holding your breath during the twist. Instead, breathe steadily and rhythmically to maintain oxygen flow and support muscle relaxation.

  5. Avoid Rounded Shoulders: Keep your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears. Avoid hunching or rounding your shoulders forward, as this can strain the neck and upper back rather than targeting the obliques.

  6. Avoid Arching Your Back: Maintain a neutral spine position without arching your lower back excessively. Arching can strain the spine and shift the focus away from the oblique muscles.

  7. Do Not Rush the Movement: Perform the twist in a slow and controlled manner. Rushing through the exercise reduces its effectiveness and increases the risk of injury.

  8. Do Not Neglect Form: Focus on proper form throughout the exercise. Ensure each twist originates from the torso, not the arms or shoulders, to maximize engagement of the obliques.

  9. Avoid Tensing Unrelated Muscles: Relax muscles not involved in the twist, such as the neck and face muscles. Tension in unrelated areas can detract from the targeted muscle engagement.

  10. Do Not Ignore Feedback from Your Body: Pay attention to any discomfort or pain. Stop the exercise if you feel sharp or prolonged pain to prevent injury and consult a fitness professional if necessary.


Variations of fitness exercises refer to different ways of performing a specific exercise or movement to target various muscle groups, intensities, or goals. These variations aim to challenge the body differently, prevent plateaus, and cater to individuals with varying fitness levels.


Alternative exercises in fitness refer to different movements or activities that target similar muscle groups or serve the same training purpose as the primary exercise. These alternative exercises can be used as substitutes when the original exercise is unavailable or challenging to perform due to various reasons such as equipment limitations, injuries, or personal preferences.