To perform a proper American Twist, you must:
- Sit on the floor with your knees bent and your feet should be kept together and slightly elevated above the ground.
- Lean back so your torso is at a 45-degree angle to the floor. Make sure to keep the spine straight and not rounded.
- Stretch your arms straight out in front of your chest with one hand on top of the other.
- Contract your abs and slowly rotate to the right as far as you can, pause then reverse this movement all the way around to the left as far as you can. That is one rep.