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I was sick of doing boring situps and crunches that just don't work, so I wanted more of a challenge.
I was recommended this wheel by a friend and bought it for £19.99 from argos. I have since been told that this product is available for under £10 from amazon.
My left side is much stronger than my right and I was frightened that with the handles on each side it may tip over, but this is very stable and safe, without being too heavy.
The grip can be very uncomfortable, I was left with blisters on my hands after only 5-10 minutes of use. Perhaps you could try wearing some sort of exercise gloves when using this wheel, to avoid this.
Having said that this product really does work, after just a few rolls I was shaking with effort and my abs were burning for hours after (in a good, I've really worked hard way). I am already starting to see the results after just a few weeks.
Just a few minutes with this is like doing hundreds of situps and best if all it works your lower abs too, something which is hard to do with just regular ab exercises.
There isn't much variation you can do with this, so some may find it boring after a while, but it really does work.
A great product for a great price.
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.
I had a blue one of these that I bought from a market stall about a decade ago. The blue one had a sort of box half way in the middle with the mechanism showing. It broke a few months ago so I bought this one off Amazon for £12.
This one is more like a proper wheel and the handles are better as they contain small finger grips. The handles on my previous roller were foam and they made my hands sweat. I manage to get a better grip with this one. The exercise is basically you having to roll the wheel across the floor which exercises your stomach muscles. I find it easier to place my knees on the floor and push the wheel away from me. I do this for around five minutes twice a day. During the first few days of using the wheel it made my stomach muscles ache but this was actually a sign that the wheel was working!
The wheel can be rolled across most surfaces but PLEASE be aware that it starts to mark carpet after a while. I now have a lovely "line" across my bedroom carpet where I have rolled the wheel! I can't seem to get the mark out of my carpet either. I now use it on my living room floor which is laminate but I feel sorry for the person below me as it is rather noisy.
This isn't the most silent way of exercising your abs but it does work. My stomach muscles are more toned now and I can feel a difference there. It's also a cheap way to exercise so I would recommend it.
==Everlast Women's Exercise Wheel==
My home is literally scattered with home exercise equipment in every room and more often than not it gets left abandoned after the first few weeks of initial use. There are a few items in my home that I do use on a regular basis and I find they do what I need then to do and are relatively easy to use yet effective and also easy to store away and get out when needed.
This Everlast exercise wheel was one of those rash purchases that I wish I didn't make and I would have been better putting the money to something which I would be more inclined to use but the reason I did buy it was because of the fact I know it does work well (its just the using it that I have a problem with!).
I paid around £10 for this item from Amazon and that included the delivery of the item to my home. This price is around standard for an item such as this but of course money could be saved by buying it in store and if you chose not to purchase a named brand such as this one.
The wheel itself is used for tightening and toning of the abdominal muscles and the idea is that you get onto the floor in either a kneel position or for more experienced users in a toed press up position. You then need to hold onto the two handles either side of the wheel and slide the wheel across the floor so that your body is out stretched and you stomach muscles are working very hard to keep your body upright and not sprawled out across the floor.
The exercise is hard to do which is why it works so well but I have to say that I don't find it an enjoyable exercise to do which is probably why this item is under my bed now and there it shall probably stay for the foreseeable future.
The making of this piece of exercise equipment is really very good and as far as quality goes I can't really fault it. The two handles are a little hard and with excessive use (as if that is going to happen) will make my hands a little sore. However the wheel itself is very strong and durable and the grip is good enough to use on a hard wood floor if so wished.
All in all I feel that the item is a well made one and it really does work hard and doing the job it is intended for. However because the exercise itself is so very hard and not entirely comfortable I am put off doing it and therefore I don't think this was the wisest of choices for me. So with that in mind I think I will award this item a fair 3 out of 5 stars although I can't really say I would recommend it that much.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I think it was after reading a review about Exercise Wheels here on Dooyoo that prompted me to buy one, they are extremely good for strengthening abdominals and very cheap to buy. I found myself on Amazon shortly after reading the review browsing the different types and chose this Everlast Women's version. Why it's advertised as a wheel for women I'm not sure, unless it comes down to the size of the handgrips perhaps? They easily fit my hands on them but I think a man might find them too small.
Anyway, at the time of purchase this wheel cost me £6.99 and it's about that price now. As it came from Amazon it had free postage and packaging so it was a very inexpensive buy. When the wheel arrived it came in pieces in a box. You get 2 wheel sections that are slim wheels made of solid plastic with a tread effect on the outside. The inside of the wheels is bright green and they measure about 10 inches diameter. You also get a metal bar and 2 plastic handgrips. It doesn't take a genius to work out how to put this together, basically you place the 2 wheels together then feed the metal bar through the centre and then just slide the handgrips on either side of the bar to hold it all in place. Very simple and the end result is something you could easily take with you to work or on holiday as it's compact when it's made up or quick to reconstruct should you take it apart for travelling.
The idea behind the Exercise Wheel is you kneel on the floor with your hands on the handgrips then roll straight out to hit the Rectus Abs which are your six pack abs and forward and to the side to hit the Abdominal Obliques which are your waist defining abs. There's a leaflet inside that tells you how exactly to position yourself and the main thing to look out for is losing control of your back or shoulders. Your back should be in a neutral position so no slumping or sagging and your shoulders should be down and in on your ribcage so they are in a stable position. Then you roll from the hips and pull back using the abs.
The reason these wheels are so effective is because they train the abdominals in a functional sense. If you think about it doing loads of sit ups isn't training the abdominals to do their major function which is support the spine and trunk so exercise items like this wheel are actually a much better way to train your abdominals. One review I read before purchasing complained these wheels don't hit your Transversus Abs which are the all important stabilising ones that wrap around the trunk like a girdle. To that person I'd say if you activate those abs by pulling navel to spine before you begin and maintain it throughout the session it will force those abs to work so you can hit all of your abdominals with this wheel if you try.
So let's get onto me using it. Some of you know I have alot of joint pain and problems due to having Hypermobility Syndrome (too much movement in the joints due to lax ligaments) and Fibromyalgia. I wasn't sure how I'd fare with this wheel as it puts alot of pressure on the shoulders and spine so I was a bit wary to begin with. I have used something like this before though, years ago when I was still pretty healthy I used to use free weights regularly and if you place a weight in the centre of a dumbell bar you can make one of these wheels yourself. I hadn't used one for some time though and didn't have joint pain back then so it could have gone either way.
The first thing I noticed was the handgrips aren't very comfortable, they are solid plastic and lack any cushioning so that wasn't a great start. Once in position with my hips and knees nicely flexed and my back in the proper neutral alignment I allowed myself to be pushed forward by my hips until I reached a point where my abs were really working to support me and then tightened them futher to bring myself back to the starting position. I did a couple of sets of 10 reps the first day to see how I got on. I actually found keeping my shoulders in the correct position easy and did use the navel to spine technique on my lower abs so I went for the best alignment and support possible.
The next day I had sore abs and knew it was down to the exercise wheel, my areas of soreness indicated I'd hit all the abdominals but mostly the upper section of the Rectus Abs that attaches to the ribs. That's good that I hit them all but not so good I hit that area the most as that muscle is often dominant in people with back problems. However when I went to try and use it again I noticed my wrists were really hurting. I deided to lay off the wheel for a while to see if they calmed down but unfortunately they never have, I'm still having wrist problems now. This won't be a problem for some people but anyone with a history of wrist pain, wrist sprains or loose joints like me may well not get on with the wheel. The problem is gripping the handgrips and placing so much weight (even if you're not overweight your body weight is alot for your arms to cope with) on your arms can easily hurt your shoulders, elbows or wrists. I've only used the wheel a couple of times since and each time it flares up my wrist pain again so it's not for me.
Overall however this wheel is cheap, easy to put together, will hit all the abdominals as long as you maintain the correct position throughout, is compact enough to take places and over time will strengthen your trunk in a functional way that's good for your back. Anyone with any joint pain whether it's in your arms, legs or back should probably be aware it might not work out for them as it's a pretty demanding piece of kit. I'm going to give this Everlast Wheel 3 stars for the sturdy construction and price but it really could do with cushioned handgrips and more information about joint problems for customers before they buy.