Newest Review: ... 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 do... more
An exercise wheel designed by the Spanish Inquisition
Golds Gym Exercise Wheel
Member Name: jillycat
Golds Gym Exercise Wheel
Advantages: Well made and cheap to buy
Disadvantages: Hurts like mad to use, takes a while to show results
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.
Summary: A well made but cheap exercise wheel that is tricky to use and can be painful if you are unfit
More reviews in the field of Fitness
- Oregon Scientific Coded Heart Rate Monitor
- Oregon Scientific SE336 Heart Rate Monitor
- Oregon Scientific Step Counter
- Orion LCD Step Count Calorie Pedometer
- Orion Pedometer
- Lonsdale Trainers Towel
- Everlast Yoga Mat
- Pro Power Multi-use Workout Bench and Fly
- Pro Power Folding Dumbbell Bench
- Powertech Max 5500 Exercise Bike