Because we use our abdominals in everyday activities, they need to be trained more frequently than many other muscle groups. Adding new twists and turns to your old routine could make you a very effective middle manager. So give the Russian Twist a try. No, it's not a cocktail, but it will work your waist.

This movement might seem foreign to you now, but it could be your passport to a stronger core. Don't, however, underestimate the importance of proper nutrition and a commitment to cardio in order to sculpt a sexy six-pack.

To perform the Russian Twist: With your feet more than shoulder-width apart, lie on your back on a stability ball so that your shoulders and upper back are supported on the ball. Contract your abs and squeeze your glutes to keep your body in a bridge formation with your torso parallel to the floor.

Do not let your hips sag. Using both hands with arms fully extended, hold a six-pound medicine ball straight up above your chest. Slowly twist your upper body off the stability ball and move the medicine ball fully to one side. Pause, then return to middle and then continue the same movement to the opposite side. Try 12 to 20 reps to begin.

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