Avoid Injury SideNote
Let's get one thing ironed out from the start, if you haven't done any core exercises in the last month, then don't use the ab wheel just yet.
You need to have (at the least) moderate core strength, and no shoulder or back problems to do these exercises without serious risk of injury.
Some say that only athletes should do these exercises, and us ordinary folk shouldn't touch them with a barge-pole. But I think there is a place for them in our workouts too.
Considering it's such an inexpensive piece of equipment, with good technique and a little care, you'll get good results.
As you may know, I'm a technique freak! That's because I know through experience, the damaging results of poor exercise technique.
Ab wheel exercises are no different, in fact they're probably the most important exercises in which to have good technique.
A combination of weak abs, and tight hip and back muscles will lead to over-arching of your lower back (risking injury). That's why you need to have a strong base before attempting these exercises.
Once you have that base, your technique still needs to be good to avoid over-arching of your lower back. Otherwise, gravity can become a real pain!
Ab exercises will work to strengthen your core muscles. If you're aiming to get a 6-pack, then you should also do fat burning exercises, to burn that belly fat covering your abs. You'll also need to make sure you're eating a healthy, balanced diet.
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Ab Wheel Exercise - Kneeling
Here is the kneeling variation. It puts less stress on your body and is a good place to start.
Ab Wheel Exercise - Standing
Here is the standing variation. Attempt this once you find doing 10 reps of the above exercise easy.
Ab Wheel Exercise - Videos
Enjoy these ab wheel exercises! Check out these videos to see the exercises in action:
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