The Ab Wheel: The Greatest Forgotten Piece of Workout Equipment

The Ab Wheel: The Greatest Forgotten Piece of Workout Equipment

11 Comments | Training

Alright, I know the ab wheel is old school. I know it isn’t as sexy looking as those shiny ab crunching machines. And I know it looks weird as hell. But if I was stranded on an island and could only choose 1 piece of equipment to workout my abs, I would definitely take the ab wheel.

Now, I’m sure that many of you have heard of the ab wheel, but sadly most people don’t use it.

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I don’t know why everyone stopped using the ab wheel. I remember that only about 10 years ago, everyone was using it, but it just stopped, like paying for porn.

Builds a Strong Core and More

Hands Down, the ab wheel is one of my favorite pieces of exercise equipment to use outside of the gym. I started using it back in 2009, and my ab definition and density have increased significantly from doing so.

It definitely beats the hell out of those stupid looking crunching machines you see in today’s gyms.

Typically, I use the ab wheel 3x per week and do 3-4 sets per workout for 12-15 reps, and by the end of the workout, my abs are burning like crazy.

Trust me if you’ve never used the ab wheel before, your abs will be sore for days. In addition to building a strong muscular core, the ab-wheel also works your mid and lower back.

How Does it Work

Now instead of having me trying to pathetically try to explain to you guys how to use the ab-wheel, I’ll let this Youtube guy below show you how.

Notice how simple and effective this movement is, just be sure to brace your abs throughout the entire movement.

So That’s It?

Yeah that’s it. I guarantee that if you crank out a couple of sets of using the ab-wheel, that you’re abs will gain definition and density.

Now I know the ab-wheel doesn’t have any groundbreaking fitness technology. It doesn’t have magical “scientifically proven” technology of the Shake Weight’s dynamic inertia, but it’s pretty damn good.

Anyways, buying an ab-wheel should only cost you $5-10 dollars. Any more than that and you are probably being ripped off.

So what are you waiting for, start rolling guys.

Janine @ Alternative Housewife - September 12, 2011

Hell yeah – I totally had one of those, and I wouldn’t mind having one again!

Michael McIntyre - September 17, 2011

I have recently been following Rusty’s advice on making a website after asking him on facebook, and yeah he really knows what he is talking about. It is nice to meet some like minded people when it comes to training as we truly are a niche, hopefully we can all do well. Great post btw. For abs I like to train them twice a week, starting with hanging leg raises followed by a plank progression, and then on another day do the same again but with planks first. I will have to give this plank wheel a go one day. Please check out my site and feel free to offer any tips as I am less than a week into this blogging stuff.

    admin - September 17, 2011

    Hey Michael,
    I’m a definitely a huge fan of Rusty and the stuff he does. And yeah, my ab workout routine is kind of similar to yours, except I haven’t done hanging leg raises in a while, but I should probably get back to doing so.

    Your site looks goods, it’s a nice start 🙂

Luke mcleod - December 11, 2013

Just found your site and absolutely love it – you have a new regular. Quick question: I’m a 3-4x week gym goer, so how often should I be doing abs? Should the wheel be a part of every ab workout? How many other ab exercises should I do? I have a tendency to overwork them, I suspect.

    Keith - December 11, 2013

    I would do them 2x per week for 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps of the ab wheel.

steve - January 26, 2015

Thanks for this article , I have one of these at home and thought it was useless until I read this article.
I also found a kettlebell , so if you don’t mind can you recommend some kettlebell exercises

Andy - May 7, 2017

Hi Keith,
How do I avoid back injury? I used an ab roller and suffered back pain for some time.

    Keith - May 7, 2017

    Hard to say exactly. Make sure you’re using proper form. You can look up vids on youtube on how to execute them properly.

      Andy - June 8, 2017

      Thanks Keith. I checked some videos and learned a lot. Currently practicing the proper form

    Kurt - June 4, 2017

    Consider rolling into a wall versus out in the open floor. Set yourself back enough to allow the wall to stop your progress at just the right point. Place a pad under your knees as well. It won’t take long for you to move back from the wall for a longer roll out and eventually just out in the open. Be careful and start slow. Fewer reps and sets to start to avoid injury.

      Andy - June 8, 2017

      Thanks Kurt,
      I like the wall idea especially before I get used to doing roller exercises correctly


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