Exercise Video of the Week: The Best Ab Wheel Instructional Video On the Internet

by Jordan Syatt December 23, 2014

 You know I love planks, right?

Well, planks are great but the ab wheel is like the plank on steroids. 

A lot of steroids.

While both movements are similar in nature (they both function as anti-extension based core strengthening drills), the ab wheel is far more advanced as it:

  • Utilizes a larger range of motion (ROM)
  • Utilizes a significantly longer lever arm
  • Requires significantly more full-body strength and coordination
  • And more

In addition, the technique for the ab wheel is much more involved than the plank which, unfortunately, tends to result in a mindblowingly awful performance of the movement.

mind blownTo help you better understand the ab wheel – and use it to build an offensively strong slab of abdominals – I took the liberty of filming the best ab wheel instructional video on the internet.

Bold claim, I know.

In the short video below I explain not only how to perform the ab wheel in the safest and most effective manner, I also outline the most common technique issues and exactly how you can avoid them.  

How to Use the Ab Wheel

Technique Points

1. Move the body as one whole unit: Don’t let the hips hinge or move separately from the torso. Keep the body in one straight line the entire time. 

2. Maintain a neutral spine: Don’t allow your lower back to cave inward (slip into lumbar hyperextension). Brace your abs and make sure your lower back is completely flat.

3. Pack your shoulders: Don’t allow your shoulders to shrug up towards your ears. Try to put your shoulders in your back pockets to keep them in a safer position while using your lats to improve stability and overall strength. 

Programming Considerations

Frequency: 2-4x/week

Intensity: On a scale of 1-10, difficulty should fluctuate between 5-9 on a regular basis. Never go to failure.

Sets & Reps: 2-4 sets of 8-20 repetitions per training session

Workout Placement: Near the tail end of your training session after your main strength movements. Do Not tire yourself out using the ab wheel at the beginning of your workout.

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