Best Ab Wheel Reviews

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May 10
Best Ab Wheel Reviews

An Ab Wheel is a really simple piece of kit. It has been around for years. It is no frills, old school but that doesn't mean it isn't a great addition to your training routine. It doesn't need to have any other gizmos and gimmicks. It works. It gives results. And it isn't going to cost you the world either. In this review we will be taking a look at how the Abs Wheel works, what are the alternative products you could consider, and also reviewing our top three best abs wheels. 

The Best 3 Abs Wheels

So what does an Ab wheel need to have? There isn't much to the Ab Wheel, so realistically there aren't going to be huge differences between each model. There are however subtle differences that make doing a little research into this purchase a rewarding exercise in itself. 

In assessing the Ab Wheels available on the market, our top three have all been rated according to ease of use, grip, manoeuvrability, product warranty and price. ?

2nd

CSX Ab Wheel Roller

CSX Ab Roller Wheel 

(4.6 out of 5.0 )

  • High quality materials
  • Dual matt black plastic roller wheels with metal axle - no wheel wobble and stability issues
  • Thick padded foam handles for extra comfort and grip
  • 0.6 inch thick knee pad included
  • 18 month warranty
  • eBook included with workout and fitness program for all abilities
  • Needs self-assembly

1st

Elite Ab Wheel Roller

Elite Ab Wheel by Elite Sportz Equipment

( 4.8 out of 5.0 )

  • Manufacturer's lifetime warranty
  • High quality materials
  • Dual wheels for stability
  • 100% Money back guarantee
  • Free video tutorials
  • Comes ready assembled
  • No instructions included in the box. Must access videos online for tutorials

3rd

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro

( 4.5 out of 5.0 )

  • Kinetic Engine: Carbon steel spring turbo-charges abdominal and arm workouts
  • Ultra wide wheels, stabilizing movement to carve left, right or center
  • Performance Grips: Rubberized, non-slip ergonomic grips for stability control
  • Foam Knee-pad: High density foam for superior comfort 
  • No instructions included in the packaging, need to go to website for instructions

Why Buy an Ab Wheel?

Strengthening your abs is something a lot of people work towards. And there are many options to do this. In fact, there are so many that we've included a whole section on this review on the various different exercise options for abs training. See below! For now though, let's concentrate on what an Ab Wheel can give you, and why it's a great addition to your workout equipment. 

  • Low Tech, High Effect: They've been around for a long time so they're not going to be the most high tech of products. But that's because they work. There's nothing that really needs to be changed to give a better workout for your Abs. 
  • Increase Strength: This is maybe not a widely known fact. But the abs wheel works so much more than your abs. It will pretty much work your whole body in the same way a plank will. Only more so! The movement and overload mean that you will develop the strength in your arms, shoulders, upper back, lower back, hips and thighs. As well as your abs of course! 
  • Increase Core Stability: Firstly look at what this means. Your core isn't just one muscle. It is all of the muscles in your midsection. They do a really important job. They're the ones you can't see. The ones under your six pack (or beer belly!) Their job is to stabilize your spine in all every day actions; lifting, bending, stretching and moving. A strong core isn't visible by looking at the muscles. But it will give you a great posture and help to avoid back injuries.  
  • Reduce Back Pain: We've touched on this already. This means that the sort of back pain that is caused by weak muscles that aren't able to keep the spine properly aligned can be minimized. Ab wheel workouts can strengthen these muscles, keep your spine working well and free from pain. 
  • Improved Sporting Performance: Improving your strength and core stability will often translate into an improved sporting performance. All exercises are reliant on a strong core; kicking, jumping, running, throwing, punching. 
  • Better Coordination and Mobility: A workout with an ab wheel will give you a more complete workout than crunches or sit-ups. The large range of movement you will go through in working out with your ab wheel will help to give you greater flexibility and movement. 

Also don't forget, ab wheels are small, easy to store and transport and are also not an expensive outlay compared to a lot of workout equipment. They'll give you the flexibility to work out anywhere you want. 

What to Look Out for When Buying an Ab Wheel

Like we've said. The Ab Wheel is not a hi-tech piece of kit. It is fairly simple. That said there are a few points to consider before making your purchase. 

  • Type of Grip: Do you prefer a foam grip, a grooved grip or a smooth grip?
  • Thickness of Wheel: A Wider wheel will be more stable to allow easier movement right and left. A narrower wheel will help improve your balance and core faster.
  • What's included? Some Abs Wheels come with knee pads. Others with workout videos. 
  • Assembly Required? Now let's be clear. The Abs Wheel isn't a difficult piece of kit to assemble. But if you prefer to have your product come already assembled, this is an option. 

On top of this, consider price (which can vary from month to month), warranty and delivery options when making your choice. 

What are the Alternatives to the Abs Wheel? 

  1. Ab Benches. Mostly you will find these in the gym. But although a more expensive (and larger) option than the abs wheel, you can have them in your home gym too. They're adjustable to increase or decrease the angle of the board and change resistance. You can use them for crunches, leg raises, twists. Massively versatile option. 
  2. Bar: A pull up bar is great for lots of muscle groups, but also for the abdomen. Hanging leg and knee raises are great for working your abs. A simple doorway mounted pull up bar is easy to install at home. 
  3. A Stability Ball: You know the ones we mean? Also known as yoga balls, or birthing balls. A very versatile piece of equipment! They control your movement to help train abdominal muscles better. 
  4. Roman Chairs: You must train your lower back if you train your abdominal muscles. Otherwise you won't be balanced properly which can lead to posture and back problems. Roman Chairs (or hyperextension benches) are great for training your lower back as part of your abdomen routine. 

Detailed Reviews of the Best Ab Wheels

Let's take a more in-depth look at our top three best ab wheels. 

Elite Ab Wheel  by Elite Sportz Equipment

Elite Ab Wheel Roller

A really easy to use, stable, well-made abs wheel. Lifetime warranty and manufacturer's warranty. Also it comes ready constructed and ready to use. A great addition to your home gym. 

Features

  • Free video tutorials on how to get the best up from the ab wheel
  • Backed by manufacturers lifetime warranty
  • High quality materials
  • ?Dual wheels for stability
  • ?Convenient size
  • Money back guarantee if not completely satisfied

What's Good About It?

Well pretty much everything. It comes ready to use. It has a money back guarantee if you're not completely satisfied. It also has a manufacturer's lifetime warranty so if it breaks, they will replace it for free! A risk free purchase if ever there were one! Glides well, easy to use properly thanks to the video tutorials. An excellent product. 

What Could Be Improved?

We did struggle to come up with a downside to this product to be honest! It is a great piece of kit. One thing that (and if we're being picky) could be improved is the in box instructions. If you don't have internet access to see the video you don't have any instructions for usage. Perhaps a brief instruction leaflet could be useful for some people? 

CSX Ab Roller Wheel

CSX Ab Wheel Roller

Great for anyone who wants a more supported experience. By that I mean the addition of a thick foam knee mat and thicker foam handles make this a more comfortable experience. The ab roller itself is of excellent quality and easy to use. 

Features

  • High quality parts
  • Stylish and smooth turning dual matt black plastic roller wheels with metal axle
  • Foam handles for comfort and extra grip
  • 0.6 inch thick knee pad
  • 18 month warranty
  • eBook included with a 12 week workout for men and women

What's Good About It?

It's easy to use and great for anyone who prefers extra comfort for knees and hands when using an ab wheel. It works really well, has a smooth action and doesn't wobble even when changing direction. 

What Could Be Improved?

It does require self-assembly. But this is really really simple. Even the most anti home improvement type can do this. I could which says it all! 

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro

This is a great product for anyone wanting a more stable option. The wheels are really wide so you won't be able to wobble or slip. It also comes with a knee pad. Great option. 

Features

  • Kinetic Energy: Carbon steel spring turbo-charges abdominal and arm workouts
  • Ultra-wide wheel: Stabilizes movement to carve right, left and center
  • Performance Grips: Rubberized, non-slip ergonomic grips for stability control
  • Foam Kneepad: High density foam for superior comfort
  • Digital Workout. 

What's Good About It?

Similar to our number two product, you have extra comfort here with the knee pad. Also the handles are rubberized so that does make them for comfortable than regular plastic. The main difference in the design of this product is the broader base of the wheels. After some practice we did find this really easy to change direction and work your side abs. 

What Could Be Improved?

Again this product needs self-assembly. Again this isn't difficult! But it does need to be done. 

Final Verdict on Best Abs Wheel

Really there is not much to choose between the three. Go for whichever one fits your needs. Consider wheel size, handle material and warranty. We loved the Elite Ab Wheel because it was so easy to use and came with fantastic satisfaction and manufacturer warranties.