Stretching & Flexibility/Ab roller wheel

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Brad
I am 57, a bus driver by trade. A lot of my fellow drivers, even much younger ones, have back issues. My back is still good, probably because I take care of it-lots of exercise and stretches (that I got from you) and good posture. I would like to retire with a good back too. I saw an ad for the ab roller on TV and I had to bite. at $25 bucks no big deal. http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Workout-Iron-Gym-Abdominal/dp/B00NI4NUFC/ref=sr_1
This one has a coil spring, so it helps push you back upright. Would this be a good addition to my workout? Should I use it for long slow stretches or as an aerobic type workout? Thanks!

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Hi Bud,

Thanks for your inquiry.

This exercise tool is more for strength work than flexibility. So it's neither for long slow stretches or an aerobic type workout.

If you're trying to improve your core strength, then it could be a good addition to your workout, but without being able to consult with you personally (and not knowing what you are currently doing) I don't know if it is appropriate for you. And even with a coil spring to push you back upright, this is quite an intense exercise.

If you do decide to add it to your routine, make sure you start off very slowly and build up gradually.

I hope the above has been helpful. For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit StretchCoach.com.


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Brad Walker
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I've written 5 books on stretching, flexibility and sports injury, including... The Stretching Handbook (ISBN: 978-0958109338), The Anatomy of Stretching (ISBN: 978-1556435966) and The Anatomy of Sports Injuries (ISBN: 978-1556436666). Plus, I've had numerous articles published at About.com, Athletes.com and BodyBuilding.com.

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I'm a health science graduate of the University of New England, with post graduate accreditation's in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. I've worked with elite level and world champion athletes and I've lectured for Sports Medicine Australia on sports injury prevention and treatment.

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I've worked as assistant coach to Miles Stewart (World Champion Triathlete) and Mick Doohan (World 500cc Motorcycle Champion). Plus I've worked with countless other athletes from sports as diverse as roller-skating, squash, and cycling.

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