Exercise Tip of the Week: Dumbbell Russian Twist (on stability ball)
With dumbbell in hand, sit on stability ball. Roll body down and lie with back on ball, hips nearly straight, and feet apart on floor. Hold onto dumbbell with both hands with arms extending straight upward.
Turn torso to one side wile keeping arms straight and perpendicular to torso throughout movement.
Return dumbbell back over shoulders by rotating torso to original position. Continue lowering dumbbell to opposite side. Repeat.
Both arms should be kept straight and perpendicular to torso. Hips should also be kept nearly straight, only slightly bent.
This movement involves both spinal rotation and hip external rotation. Since leg to the opposite side of dumbbell acts to counter weight of dumbbell's resistance, greatest downward force onto floor is place on foot nearest side of dumbbell. Since foot of near leg provides more secure base of support, external rotation of near hip provides significantly more torque as compared to relatively passive internal rotation of far hip.