Status:Closed Asked:Jun 27, 2013 - 12:53 PM
How would you evaluate and rate the abdominal wheel for core training?
An ACE-sponsored study evaluated the effectiveness of different abdominal exercises and training tools. Researchers used electromyography to measure activity in the rectus abdominus and oblique muscles during each activity. The ab roller was not found to be significantly more effective than a traditional crunch; in contrast, the bicycle maneuver and using a captain’s chair were most effective in activating the rectus abdominus and obliques.
Doing core exercises without equipment is a safe and effective way for beginners to get started. For example, both front plank and side plank are simple exercises that target the abs and back.
Check out the ACE Exercise Library for abdominal and back exercises and routines designed to stabilize your core and sculpt your six-pack. If you have any kind of back or neck problem, ask your health care provider for specific advice about types of movement to avoid. For best results, consult a certified personal trainer for a core training plan tailored to your needs and goals.
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