Ab wheel and shoulders

Discussion in 'Bodyweight' started by Boicis, Feb 12, 2019 at 2:48 PM.

  1. Boicis

    Boicis Double-Digit Post Count

    Finally, I decided to post a question here, which bothers me very much - maybe somebody with a good understanding in anatomy and exercise can answer.

    I like doing ab wheel roll-outs (only from the knees or standing isometric, though). Reading about shoulder position in various exercises and related safety, I feel that the ab wheel actually might not be good for shoulders - a close grip, palms forward. Also, arms cannot freely rotate in the shoulder joint and that possibly can lead to wearing out and pain (which I have a bit).

    Do you think, is it really an issue?
  2. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Dir. of Community Engagement Staff Member Senior Instructor

    Break the bar as you hold it - try to bend it in half.

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  3. Kristoffer

    Kristoffer Double-Digit Post Count

    Ring rollout is a good alternative.
  4. Antti

    Antti More than 2500 posts

    If you have the equipment and the space and want to avoid the close grip, try doing the roll-outs with a barbell. You can freely adjust your grip width. The barbell also has a slightly bigger range of motion.
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  5. Marc

    Marc More than 500 posts

    Ring rollouts are a great alternative.
    But if your shoulders are healthy and you apply the correct tecnique there is no reason not to do the roll out with the wheel. Make sure you keep your lats engaged and your shoulders packes. Try to break the wheel in two and point your elbow (the bony, pointy part) always towards your body. This will keep your shoulders happy.
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