No athlete can possibly predict every move he or she will make during a game. With all of the variables that come into play in every sport, it’s important to prepare the core, which generates power and maintains postural stability, to take on stress from every angle imaginable and be able to explode on a moment’s notice.
Super Bowl champion Drew Brees takes care of his core with the Multidirectional Ab Wheel Rollout exercise, which prepares him to quickly rotate in either direction while looking for a receiver and gives him more power to rifle a pass through the defense on a dig route.
When performing this exercise, extend only as far forward as your abdominals can handle before rolling back. Todd Durkin, owner of Fitness Quest 10, says, “If you only come back halfway, you’re keeping constant tension on the abdominal region,” which intensifies the exercise. He also warns against allowing your body to “dip,” which can cause back pain. If that happens, you could have a weak core and need to gradually work up to the recommended reps.
Watch the video above to see how to perform Multidirectional Ab Wheelouts.
• Superset with BOSU Side-Ups
• Mix up angles and how far you come back
• Maintain proper posture with straight back