Theory of the Ab Wheel
Building a stable core helps you in all your physical activities and it helps decrease your risk of muscular injury. The exercise wheel is effective in strengthening your core not only because it targets your abs but also because it works the muscles of your lower back. You need strong back muscles to counteract the natural arching of your back that occurs as you roll forward on the wheel.
Benefits of Ab Wheel Exercise
Your spine maintains its optimal position when your core muscles are well-balanced. From this stable spine position, you are able to retain good posture and provide a solid, centred base from which the muscles of your limbs can move.
Exercising with an ab wheel requires that your core muscles work together to properly execute the movement, allowing these muscles to contract as a group. By contrast, exercises that target only your abs or your back may result in a core muscular imbalance. Additionally, the exercise wheel offers variety when you are bored with your current core-strengthening routine.
Proper Technique to Avoid Injury
Even with a strong back and a well-balanced core, proper technique is essential to prevent muscle strain when exercising on the ab wheel. Kneel on the floor and grasp the exercise wheel handles. Place the wheel on the floor beneath your shoulders and, with your arms and your back straight, slowly roll the wheel forward.