Just like regular full contact twists (#132); static full contact twists are easily one of the Top 5 Movements I’ve ever done for core strength and stability.
They’re especially great at building strength and stability in rotation. If you’re an athlete who has to run, throw, punch, hit, kick etc then you definitely could benefit from doing some programming in some static full contact twists.
Principles of technique:
- Stay tall – vertical spine
- Hip and shoulders stay facing same direction
- Feet spin as you rotate
- Arm stay (mostly) straight
- Only go as fast, or as heavy, as you can while maintaining all the points of performance.
I like to do these at the end of my warm-up; usually 3 x 5 (slow reps) per side before moving on to my cleans, squats, deadlifts etc.
A truly great addition to your program if you need some more core strength and you want to try something new.