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I have owned this wheel for around two years now and to be honest I bought it when I was trying to have a fitness drive to get into shape and lose a little weight.
One of my friends has one of these wheels and I saw it at her house and had a go on it and liked it then bought my own as I like to exercise in the privacy of my home in preference to going to the gym.
I paid £8 for this wheel from Mm Direct and it came boxed and it is made out of a metal wheel with rubber around the rim of the wheel, there are two handeles at each side of the wheels to hold onto as you move it along the ground.
It is easy to assemble and there is an exercise booklet included with it to follow.
Once you have assembled the wheel you can then begin to exercise.
One of the exercises is to kneel on the floor with the wheel between your outstretched arms and roll backwards and forwards slowly, this strengthens the arms, shoulders and abs and gently stretches and tones the back muscles.
The handles are molded for easy grip and it pushes and pulls along the carpet nicely with out running away with you but be careful if you are using this on a laminate flooring as it can move forward quicker than you expect.
This is a solid exercise wheel and will last for years without it wearing down, it stores away under the stairs and is easy to use. Although you will ache after the first two or three days of using this, you can actually feel it working in the areas it says it tones.
My thoughts on this as an exercise aid are good as it does work well but this like all exercise equipment has to be used regularly or it doesn't do it's job, unfortunately mine has been under the stairs for a few months now as I have got bored of the novelty of it.
Maybe I will get it out soon and have another try at using it regularly.
Value for money wise , its well made and durable. I can't fault the wheel just my motivation.
The Everlast Duo Exercise Wheel is a brilliant piece of exercise equipment in my personal view and I have been using it a lot lately in an attempt to get fitter. It's my other half's actually, but I do borrow it now and again. The aim is to tone my abdominal muscles as this is where I have a problem and I have been advised by the physiotherapist that if I improve my core stability and thus my posture, then my back, neck and shoulder problems will also improve.
It is a very basic piece of equipment when you look at it. It is basically a double wheel design with two handles either end. I roll myself out gently, staying flat and this gently works out my stomach muscles. I took it very carefully to start with, and I am still fairly careful even now, but I am able to do more and keep it up for longer the more I use this piece of equipment. The moulded handles are strong and large and they enable me to maintain a good grip without feeling like I'm going to fall over.
I bought this from Ebay for £5 and was really pleased as they do sell for considerably more on the likes of Amazon. I was very pleased with the quality of the product when it arrived and it appears to be very strong and durable and looks like it is made to last.
Overall I have to say this is an excellent piece of exercise equipment. It's easy to just chuck into the cupboard after you have finished using it and it's small enough not to get in the way if you leave it out.
Really recommended but don't expect overnight flat abs, you have to keep at it.
There certainly are a large number of different pieces of exercising equipment out there designed to strengthen and tone the abs, from the traditional sit-up benches to the ab crunchers / curlers, and large inflatable workout balls. The Gym exercise Wheel however is the most effective by far out of all the different types of equipment that I have used over the years, as it really hits the abs hard, but also has the added benefit of giving the arms, hips, buttocks and thighs a massive workout at the same time.
I received my Everlast fitness wheel as a gift earlier this year, and having just had a quick look on the internet I have seen that it currently retails at £7:99, which is a pretty good price in my opinion. It comes with an exercise guide which is useful to read through for tips on positioning of the body, and various exercise regimes.
The exercise wheel is basically a bright green wheel that has a strong black plastic handle running through the centre of the wheel. This wheel can be rolled forwards and backwards, but as the wheel rotates, the handle stays still in the same position.
The idea of this piece of kit, is that you sit on the floor, perched on your knees with the wheel on the floor in front of you, and grab the handles at each end, and lean forward, rolling the wheel away from you, until you are stretched out, after which you hold that position for a few seconds, before returning to your starting position, which is the equivalent of 1 repetition.
This sounds quite easy, but trust me it is very difficult indeed, and the stomach muscles can be felt working hard during every part of the repetition, not only when the muscles are supporting the body weight as it stretches out, but also as the muscles work hard to keep the wheel balanced, and in position. I usually find that after about 10 - 15 reps the stomach muscles will be throbbing!
This exercise also really works the arms, as they are supporting the whole of the upper body throughout the exercise, and the hips, buttocks and thighs are also hard at work supporting the lower part of the body.
I have found this exercise wheel to be a really good workout especially for the abs and stomach muscles, and this to a certain degree is the biggest downfall to this piece of equipment. I say this because I know that it is going to be such a hard effort to do a few reps, that it puts me off doing it, unless I am feeling really motivated, and so I would tend to opt for a few reps on an ab crunch / curler instead as I know that will be a lot easier, but it will not produce the same result!
The wheel and handle are very strong, and mine has never had any problems supporting my body weight (which has been as heavy as 13 stone at times!).
The wheel is ideal for use on almost any surface, and always moves backwards and forwards smoothly on surfaces such as carpets, tiles, concrete, grass etc, but it is a good idea to have something soft under the knees if you are using it on a really hard surface.
Overall this is one of the best workouts that I have come across for toning up the stomach, and at the same time working the arms, thighs, hips and buttocks.
It is cheap to purchase, and takes up very little room in the house, and is easy to transport if required.
The only downside for me is that it is such a hard workout, that it takes real motivation to get this out, and have a good hard workout with it, but on the occasions I do manage to muster up the energy, it really works the stomach well, and leaves me aching the next day, but as the old saying goes - No Pain, No Gain!
Thanks for reading.
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I've been aware of these things for quite a while, and seen them around various sports shops, but never really understood what they are meant to do. Initially I thought it was some sort of different way to do a push up, and thinking I could already do push ups on the grips I had, I didn't think it would be any use to me. Then I noticed one of these wheels at a friend's house and she showed me what it does and how to use it. I soon realised that it wasn't for push ups, and I could still feel the effects the next day. Thus it came as no surprise when my wife bought me one as a present from Amazon for £7.99.
What is it? To the uninitiated, it probably just looks like a thick wheelbarrow wheel, and I suppose you could use it for that purpose if you were desperate. But in reality, it is two light weight wheels (hence Duo) set very close together with a central axis between them that doubles as a hand grip. The outside of the axle has an actual rubberised moulded hand grip (rather like a handlebar grip) on each end. The wheels themselves are fairly wide to ensure that they provide some stability when used for exercise, and the outside of each wheel also has a rubberised tread to ensure that it's not going to slip or go skating off over a floor surface when used.
What does it do? The purpose of this Everlast Duo Exercise Wheel is to exercise your inner core and your abs (or stomach muscles). Now through your core (effectively longitudinal through the middle of you) you will have a series of muscles, and if you start having back problems (as I did recently), the Physiotherapists will often get you to work and build your core muscles to correct or strengthen your posture, or to get you to sit upright correctly. This is why you sometimes see people sitting on those big exercise balls instead of chairs in offices, because the idea there is to exercise, work and build up your core muscles. What this wheel does is allow you to exercise your core in the comfort of your own home.
How does it work? The wheel does come with a guide full of a number of exercises, but the basic idea is that you get down on all fours and then grip the axles of this wheel with your hands in front of you. You then slide the wheel straight out in front of you across the floor until you are in a sort of elongated press up position, balancing your weight between your knees and the wheel. Hold for a few seconds and then slide the wheel back towards you. You can start off gently by not pushing the wheel too far, and then gradually building up by pushing the wheel further and further, which obviously will get tougher and tougher the further you push the wheel out, and you will start to feel in your abs and core muscles. You can vary the distance out depending on how hard you want to work yourself.
It may all sound simple enough, but the first time I did it, I pushed out too far and then really struggled to get back (hence I felt the effects the next day), and it becomes a little addictive as you try and better your distance each time you use the device. You can also vary the muscle groups you work by pushing the wheel out to the front left or front right (effectively curving the path out).
Is it any good? Well the rotation of the wheel is very smooth and it does feel fairly stable when you push the wheel out and put a fair bit of your weight on it. But for a while when I initially started out, I wasn't really sure if it was working. After a couple of 'heavy' sessions with it, I knew that there were muscles groups in my abs and core that were aching a bit after I used it, which must have been getting exercised through the use of this wheel, and the more I did use it, the more I found that it was easier for me to push the wheel further out and balance between the wheel and my knees. So I could see an improvement going on as my muscles got stronger. It also did seem to tighten up my stomach muscles a little as well.
In summary, is it worth it? To me, yes. It is very cheap, but well made, and yet small enough to easily store away. It may just seem like another gimmick, but start using it and you will quickly feel the effects of it working on your core and abs muscles, and like me, you will probably try to challenge yourself to push the wheel further and further out, thus bettering yourself each time. So as an abs and core exerciser, this comes with a 5* recommendation.
The Everlast duo exercise wheel is a great piece of workout equipment especially for those for whom space is at a premium. I have only recently begun using it but I am finding it much more effective in working out my core area than nearly anything else that I have tried so it would be a great thing to buy if you are looking for something relatively small and unobtrusive for working out your abs.
The exercise wheel is a piece of sport equipment that is highly effective in helping to tighten the stomach muscles and generally improve your core stability. It is basically a wheel with handles on either side that you hold on to and gently roll yourself out which makes you use your stomach muscles.
It might sound easy but believe me it isn't. To do it correctly really does make full use of the muscles in your stomach and within a couple of rolls I can already feel the burn. I find that using this for a couple of minutes hurts more than doing 100 situps would.
The reason I bought this is because I had heard loads of good things about exercise wheels and this particular one was only £7.99 from Amazon. I was a little dubious as to its quality for that price but as I have bought some Everlast products before with no problems I decided to buy this instead of a more expensive one and I am glad I did.
It has a dual wheel which is basically just two wheels stuck together with the handles either side. I think that this makes it a little more steady and less prone to tiping than if it was just a single wheel. The quality is perfectly reasonable and I really like the handles which are moulded and easy to grip on to without my hands slipping off.
The only warning that I can give when it comes to purchasing one of these exercise wheels is not to expect miracles. Yes you will feel your stomach muscles getting stronger almost straight away but no matter how much you use this it is never going to give you that six pack on its own and for that you are going to have to combine doing this with cardio and a proper diet.
For the money I really do think that the Everlast exercise wheel is fantastic value and something which has quickly become part of my regular workout routine.
I have become a huge fan of exercising over the last year, I have noticed many benefits from exercising. Apart from a 4 stone weight loss and my confidences is soaring, most importantly my moods swings have vanished and I found I have lots of energy.
One of my problem areas was my stomach, after having two children my stomach was no longer flat and tight and I never thought it would every be what it once was but I bought the everlast duo exercise wheel. I bought it from a carboot sale for £1.00 but it can be bought on amazon and from argos for about £7.00.
One of the reasons I bought the everlast duo wheel was because its small and easy to store as I have no room for bulky fitness equipment. The wheel is basically shaped like a car wheel that has two handles. The handles have grooved grips on them which make it comfortable to hold and the handles feel solid which allows you to have good control over the wheel. The wheel has grips on it as well which allows you better control and its thick enough for it to be sturdy.
It takes a bit of practice to use the wheel but practice makes perfect in my opinion, It can be used in many different positions but I find the simple position works best for me, it comes with a instruction chart on how to use. I kneel on my knees and hold the handles and roll the wheel forward and back. Once I mastered the basics I can now do the more advanced moves.
I could feel it working after about 5 reps, it works on strengthening my core muscles and toned my stomach. I use it in the morning and before bed for about 10 mins each time, I would suggest starting with a few reps and building your way up to avoid any muscle strain. I have used this for about a year now and my stomach is noticeably flat and toned, I find using the everlast duo wheel much better and comfortable than doing sit ups and it gives the same results but without getting a sore back.
It has to be used on a flat surface, I avoid using it on my laminate flooring as it slides away from me and I do it on my carpet as it works better and find it adds a little resistance meaning I have to work harder. My wheel I bought was black all over but I have seen them in different colours.
With every new year comes a new resolution..or in my case five..!! And what better way to start off a new year than with a fresh mind and action packed plan to become fit. It seemed the best option really. The lbs had snuck on over Christmas and desperately needed to be shifted. My 'get fit' resolution was by far my strongest. Being fair cutting down on shopping and drinking less alcohol were never going to last long. So it was decided! A fitness nut was about to be born!!
Seeing as I didn't have the funds to join a gym last January (it was post Christmas after all), I thought the next best thing was to make my own, on the cheap!! Being realistic, I do not have the room or the money to be splashing out on treadmills and cross-trainers and the like so I picked up a few small items including this everlast exercise wheel, a yoga mat, 2lb dumbells to get me started, a medicine ball and a skipping rope. That would kick me up a gear until I could join a gym. Next step was to update my i-pod and away we go.
**Everlast Duo Exercise Wheel**
Costing only 6.99 I considered it a steal. It promised to tone my upper body and give me biceps of steel. Sounds great??!! It didn't come assembled in the box but in 3 parts with an instruction sheet of how to assemble and use. It was quite awkward to assemble if I'm being honest. It looks simple enough but being a total DIY virgin, I found it slightly more difficult than expected. The two wheels just attach 'simply' enough onto the bar.
It is fairly sturdy and I didn't feel jittery using it like I would any other hard plastic tool as it felt safe and sturdy in my hands. It rolls easy on carpet, tiles and wooden floors and I have used it on all with ease. I would recommend carpet out of all three as you have more control and it won't slide too far ahead which would hurt your arms as this is what you are working out along with your core. At first I found it hard to use but this was down to my lack of fitness rather than the difficulty of the product. Now I find myself doing more reps by the week. The handles are comfortable at first but after a while they feel hard and uncomfortable in your hands. Aesthetically it is a great product, doesn't stand out and just looks simple and effective, which in a nutshell it is.
The only dislike I have with this product is that it is fairly awkward to store away unless you dis assemble it which becomes annoying to put back together every day. My yoga mat and dumb bells fit easily on a shelf but I find I'm just leaving this lying in a corner looking messy because there is nowhere to put it.
As a whole though it is worth the buy because it does help with your workout and build up your fitness. And that is essentially what it is for. For the price I bought this would buy me two sessions in the gym but I have had this now for nearly 10 months and it is still going strong. I don't get bored of it as if you increase your reps it will still achieve results.
Charles Atlas and I have little in common. Sadly the person I see in the mirror is less of the George Clooney and more of the Wayne Rooney with none of the attendant fame and fortune of either.
Without it really being a huge issue for me, I have lost about a stone in the last 4 months - just being a little more disciplined in what I eat (or more specifically don't eat) but being much more active than I was in those long winter months.
There's no doubt about it, it gives you a tremendous sense of well being to look and feel fitter and it's never a good thing from a health perspective to be dragging around too much lard.
However, as many will testify, it's hard to lose the weight and gain the shape in areas of your own choosing. I have dropped a trouser size which is pleasing but I am still carrying a bit of a podge.
When I was discussing this with my younger son when I visited him at Easter, I asked his advice about how to get a trimmer tum and he produced this, which he promptly invited me to try. Take it back with you, Dad. I don't really need to use it at the moment. God it hurt!
Periodically on the phone, he asks me how I am faring as regards my exercising and in truth it took me quite a while before I saw any benefit. It's just too easy to give up and collapse in a heap on the floor.
I think it is very tempting to try too much too soon and I suspect I was guilty of that - rolling it out too far and then struggling to roll it back again. The secret, I have discovered is to seek to progress by degrees and not to attempt to master it and gain instant definition and a nice taut stomach overnight. It won't happen.
Lots of aches and pains to report after the first few sessions - most noticeably in my arms rather than in my stomach, but I was quite surprised to realise that using this machine helps to exercise quite a number of areas, including back and shoulders.
I got mine second hand and it was therefore ready assembled, but from new it comes disassembled. It doesn't take long to put it together and once it's together it's small enough to be tucked away in a corner.
It doesn't really need any maintenance. We have hard flooring with a few rugs downstairs and I certainly felt safer using it on the rug.
It's a simple but effective means of exercising muscle groups that wouldn't normally get exercised - a good means of getting some valuable benefit from a cheap item and offering much better value than exercising the same muscle groups down at the gym.
They're currently available in Argos for only £7.99. Money well spent in my view. I don't yet have a six pack, but I do have a slightly more toned barrel!
This piece of exercise equipment is ideally suited for the home as it is small and easy to store without taking up too much room. I have seemed to store away all of my exercise gear with relative ease but find it is more of a case of un-storing it to use! One day I will have a house big enough to have my own gym!
Anyway back to this Everlast Duo Exercise Wheel and I have to admit to only buying it slightly for nostalgia reasons really as it is rather similar to one that my mum had when I was little which used to fascinate me and I would play with a fair bit.
Bought for £7.99 from Argos, it is the same price on Amazon too. This is an interesting piece of kit to use, you basically hold the handles either side of the wheel on the floor in front of you and roll forwards using the momentum of the wheel to work the muscles in your stomach, back, arms and shoulders.
It is a simple premise and it does work if you do it slowly and with a lot of discipline, if like me you roll forward at speed you are liable to pull a muscle in your upper arm or shoulder as happened to me the first time I used it. After rethinking my strategy and slowing things down, the slow roll movement has worked my stomach, my arms and my back, it is like performing the plank exercise but with the wheel it puts more emphasis on the core muscles and less on the lower arms.
It is a good piece of kit, easy to store in a cupboard or large drawer, it is easy to put together, with simple instructions and although it looks like a spare wheel on a wheelbarrow it isn't wholly offensive to the eyes. The wheel feels lightweight when you carry it, but i'm reasonably well built and it carried my body weight with ease.
This is a decent bit of kit, its cheap, it is easy to put together and store, using it is easy enough, once you appreciate the need for controlled movements and it is widely available. A piece of equipment i'd recommend to those wanting to work on their core muscles.
I would love to be one of those people who actually enjoy being active and exercising but I am most certainly not. Although my figure luckily seems to stay quite slim without any dreaded visits to the gym, it did need some toning as certain parts of me where becoming more and more like jelly.
After buying, and I would go so far as to say enjoying using, the Everlast Twist Board, I thought I would purchase a similar product from the same brand. The Duo Exercise Wheel is a product that has been designed to tone different areas of the body. Everlast is well known for creating and producing products that will improve our strength and fitness so I knew it would be a good place to start.
What does it do?
The purpose of the Duo Exercise Wheel is to tone the whole upper half of our bodies. It tones the abdominal muscles meaning that you can achieve a flat stomach and it also works the arms muscles meaning you can kiss goodbye to those horrible bingo wings.
As well as this, the product helps you to tone and strengthen the muscles in your shoulders and back. It makes the upper body more streamline, less wobbly and overall looking better. It also helps to develop your core strength and improves your balance.
What does it look like?
When you first buy it, you need to put the machine together yourself, but it is so simple to do that even I managed it without any help. The product looks very strange and at first it is not evident what you must do with it.
It is simply two thick black wheels stuck together with a bright green centre. The wheel is ringed with grips so that it doesn't slip on whatever surface you choose to use it on. Out of each side of the wheel, there are black poles for you to hold onto. It is little and fairly light so it is easy to carry around and it can be packed away without a problem.
How do you use it?
The Duo Exercise Wheel is much easier to use than it first appears and a guide is included that explains all that you need to know as well as some different exercises that you can try.
After warming up, you begin the main exercise by kneeling on the floor so it helps if you have an exercise mat or carpeted floor because wood or tiles will hurt your knees. Then with the wheel in front of you and holding on to the handles you roll your body forward using the wheels until you are in a half push up position. Then you use all your muscles to pull yourself back in. If that's too hard then you can just roll the wheel out as far as you can manage and then back in again, aiming to get a little further each time.
Once you are really fit you can do the same sort of exercise but from a standing position. With the wheel at your feet, you hold on to the handles and roll the wheel all the way out until you are in the full push up position and then roll backwards until you are standing. This particular exercise is much more strenuous and will take quite some practise in order to perfect.
As with the Twist Board, this product only needs to be used for a few minutes at a time but the more regularly you use it, the better your results will be. I try to give myself a target number of repetitions to achieve each time, rather than giving myself a number of minutes in which to exercise. When I gave myself a time limit, I found that I was cheating and doing the repetitions slower so that I didn't have to do so much work! But I suppose that depends on how much self discipline you have.
How does it work?
You will feel all of your upper body muscles tensing when you use this machine. The more you use this, the more you feel the burn and it is this repetition that causes the muscles to be toned.
A toned muscle is simply a muscle which has tension in it meaning that while your body stops working, the tension of the muscles continues. Of course without regular use of this machine, these muscles will eventually begin to relax and you'll get all wobbly again.
The repetition of the action which uses the abdominal, arm and back muscles means that a tension is built within them and they become tighter which means you look more toned. When muscles become toned, they also begin to burn off the excess fat so you will appear slimmer too.
What do I think of it?
This product is difficult to use at first but it gets progressively easier. The first time I tried this, I'm ashamed to admit I only managed to do three and I would say you need a fair amount of upper body strength to use the product in the first place. But with each use, you'll find that you can do more repetitions which just goes to show that this product works.
Once you've got your balance and technique sorted and you are able to do more repetitions, the results will show in your body fairly quickly as long as you use it continually. If you work hard using this, you will feel it the next day in your arms and stomach which although is uncomfortable, I like it because it means the product is working.
I like this product because it tones the body and reduces the wobbly bits without making you look like the incredibly hulk which is not such a good look when your wearing a pretty summer dress. That said, if you want to do more repetitions, especially from the standing position, then I think bigger muscles would be achieved.
The product can be quite hard on your knees, which is why I wouldn't recommend doing too many in one go. I tend to aim for a number and then rest, and if I still have energy, I carry on. It can also hurt your hands a little bit as all of your body weight is resting on the handles.
I bought my Everlast Duo Wheel from Argos for £7.99 which is a reasonable amount to buy for an item that is very long lasting and will work the whole of your upper body. The product is also available from many online stores and if you shop around, you may find it for a cheaper price.
The Duo Exercise wheel is not something that will help you to lose weight quickly. However if your aim is to tone up those wobbly bits then this will really help you to do that. It is a fairly cheap way to achieve a toned upper body with a limited amount of effort, improving your body and therefore boosting your confidence.
Being a bit of a fitness nut I love trying out the next big thing in exercise technology. Usually this means a big machine with tons of cables ands weights coming in from all angles. Well that was the case until a friend of mine told me about the Everlast Duo Exercise Wheel. He had purchased one weeks before and told me that it was the hardest piece of exercise kit he had ever used. I took the bait and put an order in on amazon for around £6 for my very own wheel.
The wheel itself comes in a well-presented Everlast box along with all it's component parts and instruction manuals. Building the wheel is simplicity itself, just slide the metal bar through the wheel and attach the handles and you're set. All the components except the metal bar are plastic but they feel to be solidly made and don't bend or flex under my weight. The ergonomic grip on the handles is nice and easy to grip even with sweaty palms. Having an instruction sheet on how to put it together is useful for things like Ikea furniture or a kitchen cabinet, I think most people can handle a simple wheel on their own! That unfortuantely is the only easy part of using the wheel.
The object of the exercise with the wheel is to have your feet on the ground and roll the wheel out in front of you without letting your body touch the ground, next you have to roll the wheel all the way back to your feet. This sounds a whole lot easier than it is and I spent the first few minutes of my Exercise Wheel career falling belly first into my floor! The manual says you should start on your knees and work up to your feet. Thankfully working from your knees is a sight easier than your feet and most reasonably fit people should be able to do the prescribed reps from this position.
The manual is a bit flimsy on how to progress from here but what I found was best was to position yourself a short distance from the wall and use that to stop yourself at a prescribed point, then move back. After this becomes easy you can begin to move your feet back in small increments until you can do a full standing roll out. I have yet to achieve this however!
Overall this is a well made piece of kit that is available at a bargain price. Moreover it does actually work and will provide you with a good way of improving your core strength at minimal cost.
Now winter is officially over spring is in the air , its time for me to get back into shape before summer comes. I always over eat at christmas then left for months feeling drained, fat and tired. I always have been a fitness freak and used to go to my gym everyday but after having the twins i just never had time now my life is busier than ever with work, kids, uni as well as the everyday chores, so it is much better for me to exercise at night in my own time. I really like everlast exercise products and already have a small collection of their products.
The reason i bought the everlast duo exercise wheel is that my tummy is the hardest part of my body to tone and had read the great reviews of the wheel on dooyoo.
I bought the everlast duo exercise wheel from amazon last month (march 2011) for only £5.99 free postage.
The wheel comes in a small, neat everlast box in bits with an instruction sheet.
I found the wheel easy to build and did not read the instructions for this as basically two plastic wheels with lime green trim and grip grooves on the wheels making them good for carpets and hard surfaces too, two black handles with one metal pole that goes through the middle of the wheels then handles slip on to the pole very simple in design.
On the instruction sheet it shows picture diagrams on how to use the wheel. I have been using the wheel for three weeks now and already feel and see a big difference.
I use the wheel in my living room, i go down on all fours and face the wall with the wheel in front of me, when holding onto the handles at either side of the wheel push/roll the wheel forward and then back to you. I use the wheel about 30 inches away from the wall and using the wall as a block for the wheel to stop , i find this the easiest way to use the wheel so i don't end up face down on the floor. Each person can decide who far away they need to roll the wheel as everyone's limits are different.
Upon receiving the wheel the very first day i got a bit carried away by doing 40 reps bad choice, whilst doing them i could feel my ab mussels really hurting but kept going. The day after i couldn't even get out of bed i was in agony, took four days to recover but when reading the instructions they do recommend only 10 reps a day for 1 week then build it up.
Now i really feel the wheel is easy to use, the handles are plastic with little wedges for fingers to fit between. As the wheel only gets used for 10 mins a day i find the handles no problem at all but not the comfiest perhaps some foam or rubber handles would of made them easier and comfier however for £5.99 its a minor complaint cause the wheel really is a fantastic piece of equipment to have.
As i said i can see and feel the benefits of the wheel, my tummy looks much more toned and can feel my jeans are a lot more loose.
I will continue to use the wheel and i highly recommend the everlast duo exercise wheel
Need to work yourself into a better shape then why not try the everlast exercise wheel. Its cheap and you can use it almost any where. Not on the bus on the way home from work mind. But around the home if you have space is fine.
I think it takes a bit of time to get the hang of it. When I first got mine I was rolling all over the place with no control at all. It was harder than I thought to get the hang of the roller wheel I can tell you. It took a while but I think it did work for me and was worth the effort.
You can use the roller exercise wheel to tone and trim your body a bit and it will work if you keep at it. Its one of those things that need repetition. Do a few reps a day then build up from that to make sure you don't pull any muscles.
To use the wheel you need to be on all fours, kneeling with arms held locked in a good position. Grip the wheel and roll it away from you, mind your back and neck and be careful to hold a firm position.
As you get better at it you can roll the wheel further away and stretch your body forwards. Only the really fit will be up to that. If you have back problems this won't suit you and you already need a strong central core and good arm strength.
The wheel part is about 20cms in size and it has textured lines on it for better grip. The handles also have grip patterns that you will find easier to hold when you get used to the feel of using this. I haven't found the grips rub my hands or fingers if I hold them correctly. The wheel rolls across flat surfaces fine too.
You can use this to tone and work many muscle groups. It works great with the arms and you can start with these as there is less chance of a pulled muscle than say with back muscles. You need to get you balance right first.
Work the exerciser gently at first and you won't get much arm strain or aches and pains. Do too much in one go and you will be stuffed and won't want to use this again. I know from experience.
Follow the instructions you get with the product and you should be fine with it. Don't do more than you can because you will be surprised by how much this can help to give a work out to your body, I was. Take time to get used to how this works for you. Use the wheel on flat surfaces only.
Argos sell this for £7.99 and thats not bad for what it does. Its only as good as the way you use it, you need to use it often and feel comfortable with it. I would recommend this because it works if you use it properly. Its cheap to buy and is made to last, well it would be its everlast.
I tried one of these at the gym as I was intrigued by it sitting there in the kinesis room. I soon realised it was actually quite hard to use if you pushed yourself. Being a wheel, you can't help the movement so simply have to use all your muscles to counteract the movement and prevent yourself collapsing! It's cruel to be kind... to your abs and all your other muscles that get a good working from this.
I looked on Amazon and it's being sold for under £6.50 at the moment, which is well below the RRP of £7.99. It's not expensive for such a handy little tool. Whenever I am doing my ab work outs, I use this wheel. At first I embarrassingly collapsed on it however I soon realised what to do!
You should hold onto the wheel on either side with your knees on the ground and gently let your weight push the wheel outwards to a good but safe distance. It's then your task to 'reel' it back in using your body. The main muscles worked when using this seem to be my abs, deltoids (shoulders), latts (back) and more arm and forearm muscles. If I do a long set of these containing about 30 reps then it can get very painful! However you know what they say! No pain no game.
You can get very nicely toned abs out of these as your abs contract to keep your back up and prevent you collapsing. If you get really good, you can try using this with just your feet on the ground so you're more stretched out, which works very well. You can even try this with one ball of the foot on top of the other foot's heel. This will put your core up to the ultimate test! I have tried this myself but it's very hard to maintain balance and you need to tense your core beyond belief. With an item that successfully trains your core, it's the key to body strength as most strength comes from here.
As for the wheel itself, it seems to be of very good quality. It's made of plastic and there are actually two wheels that roll, as opposed to just one which can lead to even worse balance. It makes it a bit easier to use. The wheels have some lines of grip along them too, which work pretty well to stop the wheel just flying out to one side. Each handle to both sides is of a good length and very easy to grip - they aren't too thick so you can easily get your hands round them. The one in my gym is actually grey and black although the picture here shows a green one! Slightly more exciting, but it's just an exercise wheel. I'd recommend this item as it makes a good addition to a little personal gym.
Thanks for reading!
If you've viewed any of my other fitness reviews you'd know I like buying new products to see how well they perform. The Everlast duo exercise wheel with an included guide was selling at Argos for £7.99 was great for a cheap experiment.
The product has 2 moulded handles that are great for a comfortable grip with a wheel in-between that provides the stability when in use. The product is advertised to tone your abs & increase your balance and is said to work on your arms, shoulders & back.
The exercise wheel I purchased is black and lime green it's not unpleasant to look at but then again it's not pretty, this turned out not to a problem those as the product is very easy to store because it's so small! The product did sound too good to be true: improve balance, strengthen your arms, shoulders, back and tone your abs all at the same time & with it only costing £7.99 I was skeptical but at £7.99 I was prepared to risk it.
When using it all the areas stated were definitely being exercised and aswell as strengthening I felt a lot more stretched. The arms, back and abdomen seemed to be the most worked areas I haven't used the product long enough to tell you its effects visually but I do feel stronger. Recommended for anyone trying to tone and strengthen the areas stated above.