60 Seconds to Fit

How To Master The Reverse-Lunge Twist: 60 Seconds To Fit

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Did you set a resolution to move even more in the new year? Or, are you just looking to kick off a new fitness routine? Our video series, 60 Seconds To Fit, is here to help. Each one-minute clip breaks down a different exercise, showing you how to do it with perfect form. "In the beginning, you might perform the moves at a slower pace and for a shorter duration than you expected, and that's okay," explains celebrity trainer Suzanne Bowen. "Having good form means you'll work the correct muscles — and help prevent injuries. It's about cultivating strength and control," she says.

 The Reverse-Lunge Twist
This move takes a typical lower-body exercise and adds a twist to engage your core. You'll be working your hips, glutes, and thighs, as well as your obliques (the muscles on the sides of your waist).

Hold one dumbbell horizontally at chest level. Take a big step back with your left foot, then twist to the right. Return to center and push through your left heel to stand back up. Repeat the move on the other side.

For beginners: You may need to practice the move without holding a dumbbell until you've mastered your form. Aim to do 10 lunges on each leg, rest, and repeat.

Advanced: Work up to doing 20 lunges on each leg, rest, and repeat up to two more times.

Tips: Move slowly and with control, especially if you're a beginner. Inhale as you step back, and exhale as you twist and return to standing. Keep your core tight and your shoulders down throughout the move. Make sure your back knee doesn't touch the ground as you lunge (it should hover right above the floor).


About 60 Seconds to Fit

You don't have to always workout longer to see better results. Mastering these fitness moves will help you reach your fitness goals.

Released on January 23, 2015