Barbell Seated Twist

Barbell Seated Twist


This exercise involves sitting on a bench with a barbell held across the shoulders and twisting the torso from side to side. It primarily targets the oblique muscles and can help improve core strength and stability.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Barbell Seated Twist Instructions

  1. Start by sitting on a bench with your feet flat on the ground and your knees bent.
  2. Hold a barbell with both hands, keeping your arms straight and your hands shoulder-width apart.
  3. Slowly twist your torso to the right, keeping your hips and legs still.
  4. Pause for a moment at the end of the twist, then slowly return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat the twist to the left side, again pausing at the end of the movement before returning to the starting position.
  6. Continue alternating twists to each side for the desired number of repetitions.

Barbell Seated Twist Form & Visual

Barbell Seated Twist

Barbell Seated Twist Benefits

  • Strengthens the oblique muscles, which are responsible for twisting and rotating movements of the torso
  • Improves core stability and balance
  • Increases flexibility in the spine and hips
  • Helps to prevent lower back pain and injury
  • Can be modified for different fitness levels and goals

Barbell Seated Twist Muscles Worked

  • Obliques
  • Rectus Abdominis
  • Erector Spinae
  • Quadratus Lumborum

Barbell Seated Twist Variations & Alternatives