Tested: Abdominal Roller/Wheel
The product I like to refer to as the “ab wheel” has been around for years, probably long before I was born. It’s simple yet extremely effective. As some of the best exercises are.
The ab wheel is just a wheel on a stick. No more, no less. They are cheap and you can build one yourself for a few dollars, or for free if you can find the parts lying around. A plastic one may cost $10, and a free one could be built from a piece of pipe stuck through an old wheelbarrow wheel!
The main exercise is simple – kneel down with the wheel in front of you, roll out until you are stretched out, and then roll back. It will hurt! You may just collapse if you roll out too far, but eventually you’ll get the hang of it. It is almost a full-body exercise; it really works your arms, abs, and back.
Contract your abs the whole time to keep good posture, and remember to breathe.
There’s also a fancy ab wheel out there… it’s called the Power Wheel. With the PowerWheel, you strap your feet in and then roll your feet out while your arms stay in one spot. It costs $60, but it will probably last quite a while and will surely give you a good workout. I may review one in the future.
Ab Wheel In Use!
Here’s a video demonstration of how to use the ab wheel:
My final verdict is…
I highly suggest you get one of these. Whether you buy it or build it, get one and use it!
And when you start to use it, go slow. Only do a few repetitions the first time – you’ll feel it the next day!
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