Try This: How to do a Roll Up

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.


ABC Pilates | Tip of the Month | Roll UpHow to do the classic roll up

Step 1

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.

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