Barbell Ab Rollout Progressions

I have recently been playing around with the barbell as a tool to perform an abdominal rollout after seeing S&C coach Daniel DiPasqua performing it at Elite Sports Performance.

In the videos below you will see two different versions of the barbell ab rollout.  The first video is a basic version of ab rollout out, with the second video being a progression on the first due to the altered ground contact points (knee and foot).


For those of you who dont have an ab roller or freeform board, this is a great exercise to eccentrically load the abdominals in the sagittal plane.

The goal is to try and maintain a neutral spine throughout the range of movement.  You can regress this exercise by reducing the distance that you move the bar out in front of you.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.  Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD and Docklands leading osteopathy clinics.  Appointments can be made by booking online at