I train my abs a lot more than I used to, having realised that they recover fairly quickly and have grown more in response to this enhanced training. Therefore I tend to perform most my abs exercises at home, with the help of chinup bars (for hanging leg raises) and also this exercise wheel. I saw a video of someone doing rolling crunches with a wheel like this and thought I would give it a go.
I trust in Golds Gym a lot as they are a reputable company in the fitness industry. This exercise wheel has served me well and still does on almost a daily basis. I feel the motion it puts my abs through is truly unique and in this way provides them with a great workout.
The wheel is made of plastic but is pretty strong. I weigh about 70kg and it supports my weight well. The two handles on the sides have some grip with inlets for your fingers to wrap round. The wheel itself also has some grip marks, which enables you to have some control over the wheel rather than it just sliding away and bringing your body with it.
You use the wheel by holding it with both hands in a pressup position but kneeling instead of on your toes. You then let the wheel climb out in front of you whilst holding on to fully stretch out your abs. You then contract your abs to bring the wheel back in towards you and repeat this movement. As well as working abs, it does certainly work your legs and arms as well. I tend to feel it in my hips and around my thighs after doing many repetitions.
It is best used on a surface with some friction such as a thin carpet or mat. It cost me around £10 when I bought mine, but is available on Amazon now for £7.99 and I am sure you can find it cheaper elsewhere online. It adds a bit of variety to an abs workout and works well in strengthening my core and adding some lean muscle. I would recommend it for a change to working abs!
WHAT IS IT?
A free spinning wheel attached to two handles, for floor based exercising and building upper body strength.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
For such a basic idea this wheel has become an integral part of my exercising routine. To use it you kneel on the floor, grasp the handles and wheel it along the floor while straightening out your body. The wheel is made of plastic with a slim rubber strip coating the edge of the wheel that comes into contact with the floor, this prevents slipping and also enables you to get a good contact between the wheel and the floor.
The handles are quite long, my hands are quite small and I've always thought too much handle juts out while I'm gripping it. The plastic is shaped with finger indents so this isn't a problem but if you are considering buying one and have small hands you might want to look a the woman's version as the handles on these are shorter. The plastic is comfortable to hold and seems cool when my hands are hot through exercising.
After using the wheel for quite a short time my stomach muscles and arms feel very tight, I've build up my resistance to the wheel and can now manage to exercise with it for 15 minutes at a time. When you first start using it you will probably only manage a fraction of this as it's surprising how much energy this wheel will take to be used properly, I can tell the strength has built up in my arms since I started using the wheel six months ago and my arms are much more toned.
The wheel moves smoothly along the floor and I have never noticed it sticking, you need to develop the knack of using it but this is more down to getting yourself into the correct position for exercising. When new the wheel came with a sheet of tips for using it and I recommend you familiarise yourself with them before exercising as they include positioning and how far you need to roll out based on your fitness level and physique.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
When it comes to exercise I have great intentions but never seem to manage to put my plans into action so I have piles of fitness equipment lying unloved in my house. One of my cheaper purchases was my Gold's Gym fitness wheel which cost just £1 from the charity shop and is also available from other outlets new for around £8.
The exercise wheel is designed to work your abs and in theory it is much easier than doing sit ups. To use it you go down on your knees or toes if you are strong enough and roll the wheel forward until your body is fully stretched out and then roll back up again.
The wheel is sturdily made, thewheel itself is around 2 inches thick and has a nice deep tread. I have only used it on a carpeted floor and imagine that it would go too fast for me on a smooth surface. The grips are ok, the handle has ergonomic grips on it which fit my fingers ok. The wheel rolls over a carpet nice and smoothly without going so quickly that it slips away too quickly.
I found the wheel really tough to use but I am not sure if that is due to my lack of fitness and arm strength than the design of the wheel. I can carry out maybe about 4 or 5 repetitions without giving up but I imagine if I made more of an effort I could increase this over time. I do feel my upper abs being worked slightly and it does stretch out my upper back muscles too. I have used it in a haphazard manner so have not seen any results but I think good old fashioned sit ups would do a better job anyway.
The exercise wheel is going in the box for the cat boot sale so another buyer will be able to get a bargain. I wonder if they will be more disciplined than me and actually use it every day?
You may have seen one of these before. It's like a small wheel with two handles on each side. When I first saw one and attempted to use it, I thought it was really difficult and awkward but I built up my core strength through other exercises and then started using this in my local gym. I eventually went to buy my own and went for the Gold's Gym one after reading some good reviews.
I agree that this piece of equipment is pretty good - it's sturdy, works well and has really good grip. The wheel itself is white and the rest is black so it doesn't look ridiculous. The wheel has a little bit of grip so it doesn't slip away, but the whole idea is that you are forced to use your core to stop it from doing so. You are supposed to use the wheel whilst in a pressup position, except on your knees. You then hold onto the wheel out in front of you and slowly guide it in towards your knees and out again, stretching out as fully as you can.
At first I didn't have my knees on the floor, but my feet. This makes the exercise extremely hard and you'd need abs of steel to do this. The handles have little indents where your fingers can go, which makes for great grip as it's quite necessary when using the wheel. There are a few other ways you can use it but it generally helps build core strength.
I have dropped it a few times carrying it around and nothing has broken - it seems pretty sturdy to use too. It's nothing magnificent, but a simple exercise tool that can really help to strengthen and build your abs. This wheel sets you back £10, which isn't bad although you could say it's expensive for something of its type! It is of good quality and built well - you won't get better.
I wouldn't recommend this if you have weaker abs or are just starting to train them as I'd say it was a 'level 3' exercise, meaning it's quite difficult. If you don't have the core power already there, you'll find the wheel pointless, you'll be losing balance and face-planting on the floor - not recommended!
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My husband is a bit of an exercise and fitness nut at times and periodically he will find some bit of exercise equipment on the internet or in a sports shop that he will buy and try to encourage me to use too. This wheel was one such torture device that he has tried to inflict upon me.
This is simple looking device and instrument wouldn't be out of place in the Spanish Inquisitions catalogue of things to induce pain book. It is very simply a plastic wheel that is made from tough plastic on a small pole/ stick with contoured handles either side of the wheel. The handles are nice and easy to hold and certainly never slipped out of my grip whilst trying to do the exercises with it. The wheel is very robust and does seem to hold both my husband's weight and my own and that is between 10 and a half stone and 13 stone for each of us.
How this works it that you first get on to the floor on all fours doggie style and then place the wheel in front of you placing on hands one at a time on the handles. Then you push the wheel out in front of you and hold that position for a few seconds then roll it back to you and this counts as one repletion. They recommend starting with 5 repetitions at the beginning and then working upwards from that. Now this sounds very simple and basic I know but there are many complications. Firstly never do this on smooth flooring such as laminate as I did at the beginning or you just end up with the wheel rolling away from you swiftly and you head banging the floor which is not very elegant or effective exercise. I then tried it on the carpet but I still found it very hard to remain stable and upright now whether this is just the surface or my lack of fitness I wasn't sure but my husband seemed to have some problems with this too. In the end we ended up using my yoga mat to do this on and this seemed to work as the smooth surface of the mat seemed to be smooth enough to keep the wheel going in a straight line which allowed me to concentrate on the pain in my limbs as I did this which was not a sensation I was enjoying.
The main area targeted with the wheel is the core abdominal muscles and not only do you notice this when doing the exercises but I would say they ached that night too the pain for me was not dissimilar too period pain cramps. I have to say that this exercise also really works the arms as these would start to shake at the beginning, as they are supported my whole of the upper body throughout the exercise. I also noticed that my wrists would ache at the end of the exercises and I am unsure if this relates to how I hold the wheel as my husband never experienced any pain like this.
I used this wheel every other night for about 4 weeks and I have to admit it did get a little easier each time and I managed to build up to 10 repetitions on this. But the exercise was never something I actually enjoyed doing and I have to admit that after this time I got bored with it and the discomfort of using it seemed to me to be out weighting any gains I made as I couldn't see any visible signs of improvement. I still found it painful in my wrists to do the exercises and the discomfort in my abdominal never really got any less. My husband however thought this was great and did persevere with using it for another couple of months but I personally think this alone wasn't the reason his abdominal got a bit more like a six pack. By the end of 3 months though the novelty of this bit of home gym equipment had worn off and it is now gathering dust in our garage awaiting a car boot alongside some other discarded gym equipment. If he didn't go to the local gym 3 times a week he may of continued using it.
This wheel is well made and robust and simple to use however I found it very uncomfortable to use and noticed very little by way of improvement in my abdominal. The wheel does require some coordination to use and you can often end up banging the floor with you body if the wheel runs out of control. Your body at the beginning shakes if you are unfit like me and it hurts like pins being placed in your body as you do it. I personally wouldn't recommend this and would only give it 2 stars for being well made and cheap. My husband found it suited him better as a supplement to other work outs he does in the week at our local gym but the novelty of this wore of quickly so he would give it 3 stars. At between £5-10 from various retailers such as Amazon. It may be worth a try if you want to tone up but be prepared for the pins and burn in your muscles.
The Golds Gym Exercise Wheel cost me £8.99 and for a relatively cheap piece of kit it does provide a very good toning workout on a number of key muscle groups and I have been surprised at how much use I have got out of it. One tip I must emphasis at the start is that you want to use a mat with this other wise if you just use it on the living room carpet you are in danger of marking the carpet with a groove in it. Both my other half and myself have used this and he is as impressed with it as I have been.
It really does give a great work out to your abs however it also works your arms and thighs as well and the core muscle groups around your chest and lower back as well. The wheel has a strong plastic handle that stays in a fixed position and the wheel rotates to allow you to work your muscles. The handles are comfortable to hold and provide good grip. What I like about this piece of kit is that your muscles are working all the time, both as you stretch out and hold the position to the point where you pull it back towards your knees and raise your body.
Initially I found it a little difficult to hold my balance and could only manage short numbers of reps before needing a break however just using this for a few minutes each day certainly builds up your resistance and tones the stomach muscles. I do find that it is best when I place a cushion under my knees to give them some support otherwise they can end up feeling a bit sore.
This is a really simple device and also takes up no room so it is easy to store away. You do have to persevere as it is tough at the start however you can certainly feel the benefit after a few days of use especially as you build up your stomach and arm muscles. I would not recommend it though to anyone who suffers with dodgy knees.
I love exercising and spend a lot of time at the gym or out running. Unfortunately due to the constraints on my time I don't get to go as often as I would like to so I end up doing a few exercises in the home. The hardest parts for me to tone up are my abs. I often look out for articles on new exercises or new apparatus to assist in training these stubourn muscles!
I bought the toning wheel after reading about the wheels in a magazine. I thought for £5.50 I'd give it a try. I bought it from DW Sports store and claimed my 10% discount for being a member of their gyms. I chose it because it's small enough to stow away, I did not have to worry about unsightly gym equipment being out in my home and because in theory they work great. I was looking forward to bringing it home and trying it out.
The exercise wheel is made from robust plastic with small teeth so make sure the wheel grips the surface it is running on. You can't use the wheel on wooden floors as it goes too quickly but carpet, gym mat or lino is great. Just be careful however if you are running it on an expensive carpet or lino; the indentations made by the wheel may not come out. I use mine on a gym mat so I don't have to worry about this. The handles of the wheel are designed to fit comfortably in your hand and are slightly contoured.
How to use it
There are many ways to use the wheel and included in the box is an instruction booklet with some hints and tips.
The most common exercise is as follows:
Start position: Begin on your knees, bending forward holding each of the grip handles with one hand while the wheel is on the floor.
Movement: Roll the wheel forward away from your body and gradually lower the upper body to the floor, tuck your head in, extend your arms straight out; hold this move for a about five seconds. Make sure your upper body is as low to the floor as possible; this will tone your arms and shoulder muscles. Reverse the move and return to the starting position by contracting your abs muscles and arching your back.
I love the Ab wheel. I find it extremely difficult to do; which to me means it is working. I can feel the burn in my abs and in my arms when I complete only a couple of reps. It is simple to do and with no complicated set ups. The wheel is small and only weighs 1.8 pounds. It's easy to store and is perfect for home exercise. The main problem I have experienced with this model is that it only has the one wheel so it can be quite unstable. In this respect with hindsight I would have probably chosen the two wheel option. However I'm pleased with my wheel and would recommend it. I can't say that I have experienced any ground breaking body transformations but my core strength is definitely improving.
There seems to be 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 have had my Golds Gym exercise wheel for about 3 years now, and I think that I paid somewhere in the region of £8 - £10 for it from my local JJB sports shop.
The exercise wheel is basically a wheel that has a strong 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!
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My dad has had an exercise wheel for years, his is mega old and probably gives an even better workout because of how stiff it is! I had a go a few weeks ago because I don't need to lose weight but wanted to tone myself up a bit, it was a fun way to workout and I could actually FEEL the muscles in my stomach and arms working. I decided to buy my own after I saw these Golds Gym Exercise Wheels in the sports shop, it was only £5.00 in the sale but even the full price of about £8.00 is reasonable.
It's basically a wheel that has got a handle running through the middle. The handle stays static and the wheel turns, it looks like an over sized pushchair wheel to me with a strip of rubber going around the outside.
The idea of it is that you get down on all fours and put one hand on each end of the handle. Push the wheel out and away from you, hold the position and then slowly pull youself back into your original position. Dead basic, dead easy and dead effective.
You probably won't get the knack of it straight away because the wheel is quite thin so you've not only got to suss out the best position to be in, but also make the wheel itself balance. It did my head in for WEEKS actually because I would be using it and then my workout would be wrecked by the wheel falling over! You can buy these with 2 or 4 wheels but this takes some of the effort out of the workout for me so I have stuck to the single wheel version and am glad I did because it seems mega easy now.
The wheel makes my stomach muscles ache big time, it looks soooooo easy that you might be tempted to overdo it to start with. DON'T! If you do you're likely to pop a muscle or at the least make yourself proper sore for a few days, I'd recommend starting off with no more than 8 or 10 reps daily and then you can work up from there as your strength improves.
The wheel doesn't slip whatever surface you're using it on, sometimes I use it on my exercise mat and other times just on the carpet or tiled floor round the house. I've never had a problem with it slipping but if I use it on the carpet the stability of the wheel is even worse than usual so I do try to use it on a flat hard surface if possible.
The Golds Gym Wheel is good for abs, stomach, arms, bottom and thigh muscles. For such a tiny little exercise gadget it does absolutely LOADS and I'm sooooooo glad I brought it.
The Golds gym exercise wheel is used for toning up your abs, arms and different leg muscles. Its made of hard plastic and even leaning my full weight (about 85 kgs) on it isn't a problem. It holds up pretty well. I've had this for a while and its taken some amount of abuse yet it's still in one piece. My friend has also used it who weighs about 120 kgs and its fighting strong.
You can use it for a various amount of exercises and in my opinion it usually works your stomach the hardest. It's quite small and will fit easily into any average sized gym bag which is handy as my gym doesn't have one and I find it takes up a good part of my abs workouts.
You can get these for just over five pounds if you shop around and for this price they are a steal. I used it a lot when I went through another one of my exercise phases that I like to have now and again and I can say that i'm actually noticing some difference around my midsection.
You can get electronic ones and you can also use just a barbell to do some of the exercises but in my opinion this is the best. Don't waste your money on an electric counting one. This is the most reliable one on the market.
A good buy.
I bought this from Amazon and I have to say, it was worth it. I didn't have a clue how to use it until I looked at some of the video tutorials on the web. It's very easy to use and has a number of different capabilities. The best thing about it is that, depending on how experienced you are, there are endless exercised that you can do to suit your own needs.
I bought this to tone up my abs and in a matter of weeks, mabye even days, I could feel this difference. After a few months, they become noticable. I can't believe that people pay hundreds of pounds to tone their bodies when this works absolutely perfectly. It does make you ache a bit and can hurt if you overexercies with it but that's true of most gym equipement; no pain, no gain! It's not the best thing on the market for rigourous gym-goers but for the price it is, it is definately worth it.