Top tips to trim down your torso and improve stability

Not only will you challenge your balance and stability, but also trim those love handles. (Shutterstock)

Twisting or rotational movements are functional exercises that involve the leg muscles to initiate movement of the trunk and arms. They are crucial for anyone whose activities involve throwing, striking or running.

This exercise routine involves a large amount of muscle in a short amount of time, helping stimulate fat loss and burning more calories. Not only will you challenge your balance and stability, but also trim those love handles.

Reverse cable wood chop

- connect a standard handle to a pulley cable machine and move the cable to the highest position (this can be also done using a resistance band - see illustration - with your side to the cable, grab the handle with one hand and step away - you should be approximately arm’s length away from the pulley, with the tension of the weight on the cable- your outstretched arm should be aligned with the cable- with your feet positioned wider than your hips, reach up with your other hand and grab the handle with both hands - your arms should still be fully extended
- keep a good posture, chin tucked and looking straight ahead
- engage your core muscles by pulling your lower abs toward the spine
- in one motion, pull the handle down and across your body to your front knee while rotating your torso
- the sequence of your movement should be weight shift (from the front to the back leg) - rotation - pull
- return to the neutral position in a slow and controlled manner
- reposition and repeat the same series of movements on the opposite side
- perform three or four sets of eight to 12 repetitions each

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Lunge with rotation

- hold a 2-4kg dumbbell or medicine ball in both hands
- stand with your feet hip-width apart and arms straight out
- engage your core muscles by pulling your lower abs toward the spine
- take a big step forward with your left foot
- twist your torso to the left as you bend your knees and lower your body until both legs form 90-degree angles
- keep your elbows straight but not locked
- twist back to center, push off your left foot and stand back up
- repeat on the other leg
- perform three or four sets of eight to 12 repetitions each

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