Does the Ab Wheel work?
Everyone has seen an Ab Wheel, whether it was on an ad or in a corner of the gym.
And the question remains...
Does the Ab Wheel get results?
The truth is that it is an equipment that is a little bit hard to learn how to use. But when done correctly, it is one of the best tools to build strength and muscle on your core.
Mike Boyle (strength and condition coach) states that the Ab Wheel trains the abs the way they are designed to function.
"What they actually do is prevent you from going into extension."
This function is exactly what the Ab Wheel allows you to do.
Besides building strength and muscle in your core, the Ab Wheel has other advantages.
For starters, it's superior to the famous Abdominal Crunch. Doing rollouts with the Ab Wheel is much more difficult than the traditional Crunch, but the results are worth it. They also strengthen your back, something that crunches can't do, helping you prevent injuries.
This is something very important since back injuries are one of the most common in gyms.
Having a strong core means that you'll be able to lift more weight in other exercises that involve the core. These include the squat, deadlift, military press, bent over row, among others.
The Ab Wheel also brings the advantage of working multiple muscles at the same time, which helps burn extra calories.
You'll be able to improve your mobility and coordination.
It is small and very easy to carry. You can train at home, at the gym or in a hotel if you are on holidays. You can have challenging workouts wherever you are.
However, as it was mentioned above, the Ab Wheel rollout is not an exercise for beginners.
If you are just starting to workout, you shouldn't start here. Start by doing simpler exercises like planks, plank pushups or swiss ball rollouts.
When your core is stronger from these exercises, you can progress to the Ab Wheel.
With the Ab Wheel start by doing the exercise on your knees. When you get stronger, have better form and start to feel comfortable with the exercise, you can advance to an even more advanced level and the rollouts on your feet.
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