Does The Ab Wheel Work?


does the ab wheel work

So you were probably up late one night watching an infomercial on how to lose belly fat, and you saw this well sculpted man or woman on this little wheel with two handles and thought to yourself, YES, that’s what I need.  But of course you had to ask yourself the question first before you decided to buy, do ab rollers work?

It all depends on what your expectations are and what you are trying to accomplish.  If you are hoping it will make you look like the models in the infomercial, then you might be better off spending your money somewhere else.  

If you are hoping to make you core stronger, then the ab wheel just might be what you are looking for.  The first question you want ask yourself is, what are your goals? So….

What are your Goals?

As always, when it comes to finding exercises that work, you need to first figure out what your goals are. If you wanted to be a better swimmer, you wouldn’t go hiking right?  Well same thing applies when it comes to exercising with different fitness equipment.  Obviously with the ab wheel, you are probably looking to burn fat and get that six pack that would make a can of beer jealous.  So let’s just get into it.

Burn Fat

If you are looking to burn fat with the ab wheel, then you are pretty much wasting your money.  I know as you were watching that infomercial with the models, you were probably thinking to yourself, if they can do it, then so can I.  Sorry to break the news to ya, but they did not get their incredible bodies with just the ab wheel alone.

They are just there to put an image in your head to make you think they acquired that body with this one simple machine.  But all hope is not lost as the ab wheel does so many other things that can help you achieve your fitness goals.

It may not help you burn that stubborn belly fat, but it will help you develop a stronger core which is very important to building strength overall.

Stronger Core

Now if you are hoping to strengthen your core, then the ab wheel can do just that.  Most people tend to neglect the core as it is one of those areas of the body you really don’t see immediate results for, but can definitely feel the difference when the core is strong.  

Having a strong core helps better your balance which is important for anything you do especially when it comes to fitness. Here are some of the benefits to having a strong core:

  • Better Posture/Balance
  • Relieves Back Pain
  • Prevents Injuries

So if you are looking for the ab wheel to deliver on any of these benefits, then you should definitely look into getting one.

More than just a core workout

Another great thing the ab wheel has to offer is that it’s more than just a core workout.  The balance and strength it requires for you to roll yourself forward and back, takes a lot of strength.  Here are a few other body parts that are being worked on:

  • Shoulders
  • Latissimus Dorsi (Lats)
  • Back
  • Hip Flexors

So not only are you getting a killer ab workout, you are also working out your stabilizer muscles in the shoulders, while strengthening the back and hip muscles.

Comfort and Stability

When deciding if you should get an ab wheel.  Make sure you try to focus on how you are going to feel when using it. It is important to make sure the grip handles will fit comfortably in your hands as you roll back and forth and also making sure that it is stable.  

The last thing you want to do while exercising on the ab wheel is slip off the handles and do a face-plant on the floor because that would really suck.

Abs are made in the kitchen

Sometimes having killer abs has a lot to do with genetics, but always remember that abs are made in the kitchen and not the gym.  You could do a million crunches or ab rolls till your face turns purple, but if you are not taking care of your diet, the results will not show.  

Just keep in mind that your sexy abs are there, they are just waiting for you to uncover it.  So focus on burning the fat that is hiding those sexy abs, and you will be golden.

Final Thoughts

  • A flatter tummy is a product of your diet and not so much your exercise.
  • It is possible to get nice looking abs without doing any core work.
  • Weight resistant ab exercises can help enhance the definition of you abs.
  • In order to see those nice defined abs, you need to burn the fat above it.
  • The ab wheel may not burn fat, but it does help in building a stronger core.
  • There is no way to spot reduce fat. Fat loss is caused by creating a calorie deficit.


Please share below any of your experiences with the ab wheel and how it has worked out for you.

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Eve - November 16, 2016

Ralph, I like how you have honestly stated that this will not help with burning fat. I personally enjoy working on my abs in other ways, however. For example, the traditional, proven sit-ups are an excellent way to exercise the abs, I find. What are your thoughts on the internet famous “planking”? That is supposed to also strengthen your core, is it not?

    Ralph - November 17, 2016

    Hi Eve! Yes planking is one of the best ways of developing a stronger core. I even put weights on my back to make it even stronger.

Lindsey - November 16, 2016

We have an ab wheel at home and I don’t really use it. I guess it’s because it does such a good job at targeting many muscle groups and when many muscle group are targeted, it hurts a lot more. But I do understand your post and the benefits of it. I guess that I knew the ab wheel would not help me lose fat but I think I should incorporate it into workout now. After I do my cardio, I will do a few minutes on the ab wheel.

    Ralph - November 17, 2016

    Hi Lindsey! Yes, most people that purchase the ab wheel have hopes that it will help burn fat, but unfortunately that is not its true purpose. But building that core is just as important.

WMP - November 16, 2016

Thanks for writing this review on the Ab Wheel, many people who buy these types of products have unrealistic expectations. They believe that they can get a six pack by using the Ab wheel a few times a week. They don’t realize that abs are made in the kitchen. From my personal experience, I can say that I enjoy using the Ab Wheel because it gives me a great workout. To get a six pack while using the Ab wheel you will have to diet and do some cardiovascular activities as well.

    Ralph - November 17, 2016

    yea the abs can be a very difficult thing to figure out, but as long as you eat right and work on building a stronger core, the results will show.

Furkan - November 16, 2016

Hi, I am really interested in this topic and want to ask you that what should I eat before I use ab wheel? Do you think I should eat lots of carbs and moderate protein before workout?

    Ralph - November 17, 2016

    just make sure to not eat anything heavy. keep it light by maybe eating a protein bar.

Brandon - November 16, 2016

I have always seen the ads for the ab wheel and never really understood how it works. I used one at the gym a couple of times and definitely felt my core getting stronger. I am glad you said that it won’t burn fat. Now I know that I need other ab exercises to burn fat. I’m sure I can use the ab wheel to get my core stronger then do other exercises to burn the fat and get great looking abs. Thanks for the information!

    Ralph - November 17, 2016

    You’re welcome Brandon. Just remember that no matter how much ab exercises you do, if you are not able to burn the fat on top of ht abs, they will never show. so make sure you eat right!

Peteni Kuzwayo - November 16, 2016

Hi Ralph

I remember when I first started using the ab wheel (approx 8 years ago), I felt so uncomfortable.

It was painful, I felt like an idiot rolling back and forth.

Fast forward to today, the ab wheel is one of my best friends at the gym.

So yeah, ab wheels work like a charm.

Thanks for the great tips.


    Ralph - November 17, 2016

    You’re welcome Peteni. If you are looking to build a stronger core, then the ab wheel can get the job done.


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