Do you want an exercise equipment that targets your core muscle and give them a really good workout. While at the same time working on your arms and shoulders. Then have you consider the ab wheel? I will go over what it is and how to use it below so let begin.
What is an ab roller
When you first look at the ab roller you will notice that all it looks like is a wheel and a handle either side. It looks like a bit of a gimmick but if you use it properly it will work you core muscles and shoulders. There are lots of different ways you can use the ab roller so that it engages your core and give you a good workout.
Does ab roller wheel really work
The ability to use the ab wheel in different ways means that anyone at any fitness level can use the equipment. It target the abs or rectus abdominus if you want to use its proper name by getting them to stabilize your spine as you do the exercise. The most common exercise of rolling your body out so it is extended forces your abs to work hard to keep everything straight. Then you return to the starting position and repeat. As simple and easy as a push up with the same compounding results.
If you are new to the ab wheel then I suggest you start on your knees so that you can get used to the movement of the wheel and how it forces you abs to work then you can progress onto hard positions.
So from a kneeing position place the wheel in front of you. Then roll out so that your body and arms are almost straight. You don’t want to go all the way at first because you might not be able to pull yourself back. Go as far as you feel comfortable so that you core is engaged and your body and arms are stretched out, then pull yourself back with you ab muscles. Rinse then repeat do a set of 10 or 15 to see how comfortable it is for you then rest.
Once you are able to roll out as far as you can go easily then you will be ready to try a more difficult roll to engage you abs muscle more and build them up even stronger.
Ab roller wheel exercises
Roll to sides for obliques workout.
When you are rolling back and forth from the plank you and then add in some side rolls so that you can target the obliques a little more. By this you start as normal but as you roll you turn left instead of going straight. Then you come back to the start. Then you roll out again and turn right, just so that you tone each side evenly.
This is one of the most advance roll and it really hard to do. You need to have a strong core as well as strong arms, hips and have the muscles withstand the pressure while flexing.
So to do the standing roll you start with the wheel at you feet and your arms and legs straight. You then roll out reminding under complete control until you are as far out as you can go with good form. Then you pull yourself back to the starting position. IF you can do one or two you know how much strain it puts on your body and how strong your core muscles have to be in order to do this exercise.
Main points when doing the ab roller
keep the abs tight
don’t let you back sag keep it straight for good form
stay in control at all times.
With the ab roller putting your core muscle through there paces do you think it is something that you should be incorporating into your workouts? Even if it is something you don’t do right now the ab wheel does have some strong points and it is a simple, cheap and effective way to target your abs.
What do you think?
Do you think the ab roller will help you to a flatter stronger core or is it just a gimmick? Let me know in the comments below