The “roll up” is a classic Pilates exercise, in fact it’s No. 2 in Joseph Pilates Mat Sequence. I teach it in every class—on the Mat, Reformer, Tower, even in TRX. Why do I love it so much?
Why you need to be doing roll ups
- One full roll up is as effective as SIX standard sit-ups in strengthening your abdominal muscles!
- It increases spinal flexibility and stretches the hamstrings.
- It’s a challenging exercise whether you are a beginner or advanced.
- It embodies our ABC motto: “Always Be Connected” by requiring a mind-body connection and a synchronicity of breath with movement.
Lie down on your back, legs together, and reach your arms up overhead only as far as you can keep your ribs on the mat.