Ab wheels, are they worth it?

Are ab wheels worth it compared to traditional ab exercises like sit-ups/crunches/hanging leg raises?
I was thinking of buying one.
Home gym mustard race so can't try one out at Jim's.

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Make sure to start with the red one. Otherwise it'll completely mess up your lower back

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Do the colors mean the same thing across different brands?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah it's universal.

        This. I finally moved up the colors and then from an octagon to a hexagon. I think I might be able to skip the Pentagon roller and go straight to the square for increased resistance

        For the love of God do NOT skip the pentagon shape. Square will fuck your shit up big time if you don't follow protocol. There's a reason why we have those rules, because they have been proven to work time and time again

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. I finally moved up the colors and then from an octagon to a hexagon. I think I might be able to skip the Pentagon roller and go straight to the square for increased resistance

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Dude what are you trying to do, the green is the beginner wheel. It he should go green then to blue then red then black

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        And skip yellow and purple completely? Are you out of your mind?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Reddit Randy

          I swear things like this are why I still browse IST

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This has been my issue with it I tried it when I weighed a lot and my lower back couldn't handle it. I've lost like 30lbs since then might give it a go since I'm getting close to a bf level that abs will show. I'm still not sure if I want to risk it though might just do crunches and leg raises.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This tired joke is the most r****t thing on the board. Please go back, there's a website specifically for you people

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Thank you. Everybody fucking knows you start with a green one. That's why it's fucking green.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      typical red-tard post. it's blue or bust.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      moron how is it supposed to help your back when dyels start with a color they can't even do one rep with?

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    yes, they're worth it but just make sure you get the correct colour or you'll never make it.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got an ab wheel recently. I don't know what to do with it other than sit on my knees then roll forward and roll back and sometimes hold halfway but it feels pretty good.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    avoid the purple one at all costs.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I am obese and I have been using an ab wheel for a year and I still don't see any abs.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You are obese

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Memes aside, ab rollers REALLY make me feel the upper set of abs but they unironically fuck my lower back and put a lot of pressure on my rotator cuffs. Is there anything I should do to mitigate that if it's becoming a problem, or am I just better up doing reverse extensions and hanging leg raises?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just don't go all the way on your rep. Getting completely parallel is dumb and you increase your risk of injury by a lot for nothing. Going 3/4 of the way is enough. Trust me you don't wanna fuck up your shoulder for that negligible distance just so you feel you did it "right"

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah I thought so- honestly going *all* the way is just outright painful. I'll just focus on only going as far as I can comfortably while still feeling the contraction and tension + focus on good form (as always) and no cheat reps.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It's really not that complicated. Arch your back, go slow and flex your abs. You'll feel the burn very quickly. Sometimes on my last rep I go almost parallel and hold it like a plank for a few seconds, but I never do that for reps anymore, already fucked up my shoulder once. Never again.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >arch your back
            Wait, you're not supposed to use ab tension to maintain a neutral back? Arch up like a cat or down like a dog?

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Up like a cat. Not TOO much, just enough that you'll feel the burn almost instantly as you go down. Your back will naturally sag as you do your rep and when you flex you'll really feel how your ab tension is holding keeping your position. In my experience if you remain neutral at the start it's easier to let your lower back take over without realizing it, defeating the whole purpose of the exercise. It's really just a trick to help you be more conscious of your form

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Thanks I'll keep that in mind.
                My core has been sort of lagging behind the rest of my progress so I need to do some isolations to be able to actually hold tight while doing heavy compounds.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Either a retard that has never used an ab wheel or trying to fuck some morons lower back.
            You have to use a POSTERIOR pelvic tilt to engage abs and save your lower back from snapping. Opposite of arching, you have to keep hips engaged.

            >arch your back
            Wait, you're not supposed to use ab tension to maintain a neutral back? Arch up like a cat or down like a dog?

            Read my message my brother

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >POSTERIOR pelvic tilt
              just a fancy way to say arch your back like a cat

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                That is anterior, retardo

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I did a big ab wheel routine last night and my shoulder hurt this morning so I think it was just doing too much of the rep, you're probably right.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I blame all the instructors and images for that. They always show you that you have to go completely parallel, it's so dumb. Yes you should be able to hold it parallel when you're trained enough, but it's dumb to do it for reps, and outright dangerous especially for noobs. Probably an ego thing

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I am not educated enough on muscle activation and perfect ab roller form, but I am chiming in to state that anecdotally speaking, it feels like my core gets worked more when I stop 3/4 of the way like this anon suggests.

        If I extend all the way out, i end up having to use other muscles to get out of the leveraged position, and my abs don't reactivate enough on the way up. It was hard for me to get used to since I'm so ingrained in "FULL ROM NO CHEATING" culture, but I do believe it is more effective.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          That's exactly how I feel as well. Going full rom on ab wheel is nothing more than ego lifting

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            no, you just don't have the upper body strength to maintain rigidity

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Dont listen to the idiots saying to avoid purple purple is a godsend roller
    fuckin dyels

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For me, it's the ab slide. I extend all the way down, touch the floor with my pecker. 15 reps and I'm good. It does a great job of cutting them up. I think fatties must not be extending all the way because I highly doubt their claims of how easy and useless this exercise is.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    AB wheel is great, just stay away from those with resistance.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What do people mean when they talk about squares, pentagons, hexagons, etc?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sqaures are the sqaure ab roller, pentagons & hexagons are both memes, though some have made an ab roller that is in a hexagon shape but proffesionals like athleanX (he has a video about it) speak out against it since it doesnt actually do anything that the sqaure and circle didnt already do!

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah, they're great, just make sure you're doing exercise correctly and get beginner wheel (green) or you might never walk again.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Rolling out is the easy part but rolling in towards your legs is near impossible if your core isn't strong enough

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they cost like 3 dollars, ofc they're worth it

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly eh. Just do leg raises. I bought a pair of expensive wheels where they rotate around the handle and they are great for uneven pec flies, but aside from that they are just lying there.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >3 wheels
    >green
    DYEL ALERT DYEL ALERT

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I would like to have sexual intercourse with the woman in op pic.

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I can't stop drifting bros

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    what wheel colour do I need to reach to move onto dual ab wheel rollouts?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      neon green for the back wheel, whatever color you're currently using for the front

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://mangadex.org/chapter/f1e54921-bff3-4bf0-97e4-90d787cfb155/1

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    im quite clever

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