How to Safely Do the Spine Twist for Best Results


The Spine Twist is a traditional Pilates exercise where you sit with your legs out in front while you rotate your body around to one side, come back to the center, and then rotate to the other side.

Seems simple enough, right?

And on the surface, it is.

Done right, it’s the perfect spine and core exercise.

But how you set yourself up makes the difference between using your deep spine muscles when you twist and just yanking yourself around with your waist muscles.

Without your deep spine helping you out when you twist, you’re way more likely to injure yourself.

Or end up with a muscle spasm. “All I did was a simple spine twist. Or so I thought…”

So how to do it safely?

By using both your spine and waist muscles when you twist.

In today’s video, I’ll show you how, so you can make sure you’re keeping your spine in your Spine Twist. (And the injuries out.)

After you check it out, I’d love to know how it goes! Let me know in the comments below the video.

Always twisting,


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Hi, I'm Sydney and I'm a Restorative Movement Specialist here at Pilates Tonic. My goal is to empower you with tools to connect and live in your body in new and better ways. I'm a passionate advocate for wellness through optimally aligned movement and I look forward to designing a customized alignment and movement program just for you! If you want to find out more, just give me a call at 423.702.5233, or email me at [email protected] See you in the studio!

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