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How to Use a Power Twister

By Kim Nunley

The Power Twister builds strength and size in your chest and arms. The piece of equipment looks like a bar, about 30 inches in length, that has a spring in its center and handles on each end. While most gyms don’t offer the Power Twister, you can purchase one for home use. Incorporate it into your upper-body or chest-specific training workouts. Use the Power Twister to perform the overhand bend, underhand bend and overhead bend exercises.

Step 1

Warm up your shoulders and arms thoroughly before using the Power Twister by jogging or jumping rope for five minutes and then performing 20 reps of both arm circles and bear hugs. Complete three sets each Power Twister exercise. The number of reps you should do in each set depends on your current strength level and the degree of resistance provided by your particular Power Twister. The resistance on Power Twisters vary but are fixed and cannot be adjusted. Continue performing reps until you reach fatigue.

Step 2

Grip the handles of the Power Twister using an overhand grip to prepare for the overhand bend exercise. With your elbows bent to 90 degrees, lift your arms out to your sides until they’re level with your shoulders so that the bar is held out just in front of your shoulders. Your palms should face the floor. Exhale and bend the bar to create an upside-down “U” shape by lowering your hands and squeezing them together. Your hands should meet in front of your waist. Inhale and slowly control your hands back out until the bar is straight again and then repeat.

Step 3

Grasp the handles of the Power Twister with an underhand grip for the underhand bend exercise. Hold the bar in front of your waist, with your arms down by your side and elbows bent to 90 degrees. Your palms should face the ceiling. Exhale and bend the bar by lifting your hands and squeezing them together in front of your chest. The bar should bend to create a “U” shape. Inhale and release tension to control the bar back to straight and then repeat.

Step 4

Grip the Power Twister handles with an overhand grip for the overhead bend exercise. Hold the bar over your head with your arms completely straight. Your hands should face forward. Exhale and bend the bar by bring your hands forward and squeezing them together. Control the bar back to its starting position and repeat.

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