(Please refer to this entry for an updated video tutorial)
There have been a few recent discussions on the forum about possible ab wheel substitutes, particularly those that would be convenient to pack when traveling. A few members referenced an exercise slide tool that could be used for a variety of movements, including a few that are similar to wheel rollouts. I am not familiar with the tool, but I did find a commercial model that sells for approximately $35 before shipping. I’ve never used one so I cannot offer any feedback.
I did however come across what appears to be a similar product. In the video below, I demonstrate a few exercises with the help of two furniture gliders (also known as sliders). These gliders are typically used to move furniture. Each glider is 9.5 inches long and 5.75 inches wide. I purchased a 4-pack for $10. I only need two at a time so the cost is $5 per pair.
A snap shot of the package can be seen below. As you can see, they are reusable and include a convenient gripper pad on the non-sliding side.
Next, you can see all four from the original package.
I shot the video below the same day that I purchased the gliders. They worked very well on carpet. I also tried them on a tile floor, but I wasn’t sure if the floor would eventually scratch. Carpet seems to be a better option.
As for exercise possibilities, there are obviously other options available, but the video shows a few that came to mind. I found the gliders particularly useful for core work. Considering the $5 per pair price tag, these are definitely a useful option for home training.55 comments