“ Brand: Ennis / Type: Fitness „
I have used exercise wheels before, my mum used to have a cheap one about 10 years ago and in truth the design and the possible uses have not changed at all. My girlfriend bought this exercise wheel and now we both use it fairly regularly.
I know how much she paid for this exercise wheel, and I wonder really what the difference is between this and a cheaper version without the endorsement of Jessica Ennis, So far I cant really tell what that difference might be other than price. This exercise wheel is just one of the apparatus available in the Jessica Ennis range, which includes simple exercise objects. You can get these items from most good online stockists like Amazon. I think she may just be cashing in on her Olympic fame, and why not she earnt it and she gets paid allot more than those disgraceful footballers - and I dont see them winning gold medals against the best in the world. I think we paid £10 for this exercise whell but you might be able to pick a cheap one up for £4-5 tops at other retailers and without the endorsement.
The exercise wheel works by taking some of the pressure off of your arms and make a cariation to your work out by making you balance your core and others muscles more doing normal exercises like press ups. In this way the balancing of your core abdomin tones your abs , shoulders, backs and stomuch muscles....now normally only women are interested in toning, hense allot of these products are marketed at women, however as a boxer toning is very important for us to, not only for the look and the pyschological advantage but also the toning increases our core power and this is good for all sorts of reasons in the ring, punch power, speed and agility and the ability to take a body shot and not get winded.
The exercise wheel is a pretty simple piece of apparatus as are all the items in the Jessica Ennis range. The wheel comes in three parts, there are two half wheels and the metal handle bar, the colour is purple and grey hard resin plastic. The handle bar is non slip and has rubber grips. The exercise wheel is pretty small and very light as its just plastic, apart from the bar. I was initially concerned that the handle bar would not be able to hold my body weight but so far I have not noticed any issues with it breaking or any signs of fatigue.
You will not find that this wheel is in one piece when you open the box, youfind an instruction leaflet with diagrams on assembly and all the pieces you need to construct the exercise wheel. You will not need any tools to complete this job. The leaflet also tells you what the exercise wheel can be used for and how to use it effectively without injuring yourself. You will find the two halfs of plastic wheel with grip, the metal handlebar that slides through the middle and locks in and the rubber hand grips that fit onto the end of the metal bar. The metal bar shoudl be forced through the two half wheels and I put the runner grips on after this.
There is just one main exercise to use this wheel, firstly the most basic and obvious one, the forward plough, you put both hands on the wheel and rest them on thr rubber grips, you put the wheel on a smooth surface and adopt a plank or press up postion, you then arch the back back and forth in a gentle, not quick rowing motion, strightening your back out as much as possible without losing the ability to pull back up. In this way these exercises are harder then press ups because they focus your energy on back and abdomin muscles to straighten and pull back up and on balance as both of your hands are close together, not far apart like with a press up. This tones your intercostal muscles on your ribs and you traps on your back.
Conclusion wise, I and my Mrs use this wheel, her more then me but thats just because I am lazy and prefer a good old press up and plank hold. You dont really need this wheel, you can do dorsal raises for your back and diamond shape press ups for the other muscles I metioned, but its a good simply tool to use for an all in one motion, you just need to make sure that you dont row forward to forward or you hurt yourself and find you wont be able to arch your back up to the original position. I think if you do want an exercise wheel just get a cheaper one for a fiver as I never had any problems with my mums old ones and as far as I can tell they are all assembled and worked in the same way.
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The product is part of the Jessica Ennis range available to purchase from all Argos stores. The product I am reviewing is called 'Double Exercise Wheel'. The exercise wheel adds a new dimension to your workout and is a fantastic way to tone your abs, arms, shoulders and back. The product is purple and grey in colour so is very much a ladies product to use. The wheel has a double wheel construction and nonslip handgrips. The wheel is also lightweight and fairly small in size so can be stored away in a wardrobe or cupboard. I purchased the product from my local Argos store for £9.99 which I thought was reasonable value.
Assembling the Product
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In the box you will find everything you need to make the wheel and an instruction leaflet. The leaflet has diagrams of how to assemble the wheel and also tells/shows you how to use the wheel when exercising. In the box in a long metal pole, 2 parts of the wheel and some soft rubber like hands. Simply push one of the handles onto the end of the metal pole, this is done easily at first but you may need to use a little force when pushing it right on. Simply thread the metal pole through the hole in the middle of each wheel part. Put the other handle on the other side of the metal pole and ensure the handles are pushed on as far as they can go. You know the handles are on properly as there should be no more metal pole showing. The assembly of this product took less than 5 minutes and you don't need anything like a screw driver or any other tools.
Using the Product
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I purchased this product after using it at the gym with my personal trainer. I only tend to do one type of exercise with the wheel as the exercises you can do with this product are limited. I have used the wheel to do a straight roll which is easy at first but you can make the exercise more challenging by pushing the wheel further and further away from you each time. As I use the wheel I can feel my abs and arm muscles being used and I often find that they feel a little tight after exercising which means the exercises are working. Before using the product it's advised to warm up and then cool down after using the wheel. This is to help your muscles and also prevents injury whilst using the wheel. I'm used to using the wheel so I can push the wheel quite far away from my body, after doing a few of these it does start to become more challenging. You can up the numbers of straight rolls you do the more you use the wheel.
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I use the wheel 2-3 times during the week and I can feel my muscles being worked. I have noticed my stomach toning up and looking much toned than it was before. This is after using the wheel 2-3 times a week for at least 3-4 weeks. You may not start to notice the difference until you have been using the wheel for a good few weeks like me. I think the wheel is reasonable value and is really easy to put together. The small leaflet included with the wheel is good if you have never used one of these before as it gives you some good advice and information. This product is really easy to use and can be used in the comfort of your own home. If you don't like going to the gym but want to tone up your stomach then I highly recommend this product.
(review also on ciao)