Do ab rollers really work?


Quick Answer

According to a study by the American Council on Exercise, ab rollers do work. However, compared to other abdominal muscle workouts, the ab roller is the least effective method of achieving a flat tummy.

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The study was conducted to test the best ab workouts for strengthening the rectus abdominus and oblique muscle groups, ACE reports. For the former muscle group, the ab roller ranked ninth out of 13 rankings. For the latter muscle group, it ranked 10th out of 13. The American Council on Exercise concluded that when used properly, all of the abdominal workouts are effective, including the ab roller. However, a person considering an abdominal workout routine may want to choose the higher-ranking workouts performed in the study, ACE recommends.

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