2. Barbell rollout
Task: Most of your abdominal work is done on your back, but some of the best core exercises are done as you’re facing the floor. The barbell rollout, which can also be done with an ab wheel, is both humbling and challenging.
Execution: For this exercise, you’ll need to get into a pushup position. Instead of having your hands of the floor, though, grab a loaded barbell (with 10- or 25-pound plates on each side) instead. This will be your starting position. While keeping a slight arch in your back, lift your hips and roll the barbell towards your feet as you breathe out. As your perform the exercise, your glutes should be coming up, you should be keeping the abs tight and should maintain your back posture at all times. Your arms should also be staying perpendicular to the floor throughout the move. After a second contraction at the top, start to roll the barbell back forward to the starting position slowly as you breathe in. Repeat for the desired amount of reps.
Tip: If you’re new to the barbell rollout, you can try doing rollouts from your knees. When you can do 15 or more reps, try this more challenging version.Back to top