Rotary torso machine

The rotary torso machine, also called a torso rotation machine, targets the muscles of your core. However, if you use improper form or don’t control the motion, the rotary torso machine loses its effectiveness.

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Rotary torso machine

Rotary torso machine

 

Rotary torso machine

The rotary torso machine, also called a torso rotation machine, targets the muscles of your core. However, if you use improper form or don’t control the motion, the rotary torso machine loses its effectiveness.

This exercise strengthens your core muscles, but it will not specifically burn off fat from your midsection or sides.

Torso Rotation Machines

The rotary torso exercise machine allows you to rotate your trunk against resistance. This movement targets your side abs, or obliques, as described by ExRx.net.

Rotary torso machines have different designs. You sit on most torso rotation machines, but you kneel on others. Some machines hold your legs in place while you twist your torso; other machines hold your torso in place while you twist your legs.

Use It Properly

For the best results, use the rotary torso machine properly.

  1. Sit down and place your shoulders against the shoulder pads and lightly grasp the handles.
  2. Select a weight that allows you to do eight to 12 repetitions.
  3. Pull your bellybutton into your spine to activate your rectus abdominis, the main ab muscle, which helps brace your torso.
  4. Exhale as you rotate to one side.
  5. Pause for a count of one and then slowly return to center.
  6. Perform each repetition slowly and with control.

Benefits:-

Muscles Worked

The primary areas affected by torso rotation exercises are the rectus abdominus or abs, transverse abdominus, and obliques. Secondary muscles groups affected are stabilizers such as the rhomboids, deltoids, glutes, abductors, quads and adductors.

Performance Benefits

Torso rotation exercises primarily work out your oblique muscle group, which can add power to rotational motion. Athletes in certain sports, such as shot put or golf, may benefit as the exercises improve the strength of their swing. Additionally, stronger abdominal and back muscles take more pressure off the spine.

Scoliosis Benefits

Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine curves between 10 and 45 degrees, with more severe cases reaching 80 or 90 degrees

Weight Loss

Torso rotation exercises may strengthen the oblique muscles, but do little to reduce waist fat. While the obliques are located under the area generally known as ‘love handles,’ working the underlying muscles will not cause fat loss in that area because targeted spot reducing with exercise is not possible. A comprehensive weight loss program will generally lead to fat loss all over the body and not just in one area.

Spine and Back Issues

Performing torso rotation exercises while seated can result in spine and back pain. The abdominal and core muscles stabilize the pelvic-lumbar region and control acceleration/deceleration of the spine, but this is best accomplished while standing on your feet. Isolated dynamic rotation training involves movements that are contradictory to lumbar biomechanics by fixing the pelvis while rotating, which can bend the spine and result in a delamination/disc- related injury.

The risk to your lower back can be minimized by avoiding the extremes in range of motion while seated or by only performing torso rotational exercises while standing up, thus allowing the pelvis full rotational motion.

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