Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Pilates Roll Up 🧡

With a new session in swing many of my new pilates students will be trying to conquer the Roll Up for the first time. I truly believe from person experience and having taught pilates for more than 10 years the Roll Up is the #1 most frustrating exercises in mat Pilates. And also everyone wants to do it perfectly on their first try. I mean, common, it LOOKS so easy. I try to make sure my students have FUN learning to roll up while eliminating these cheats!

In this second video Pilates elder, Lolita San Miguel, who studied with Joseph Pilates himself, demonstrates this exercise beautifully. 

Pilates Roll Up


Pose 1:-
*1. Zip and hollow in preparation, and maintain zip and hollow throughout.
i.e. Zip and hollow is a term used by J. Pilates while developing the exercise method Contrology and mean to IMPRINT YOUR SPINE.
*2. Anchor your scapula's, and keep them gently anchored throughout.
*3. Arms long at a diagonal over the head to maintain scapula and rib-cage alignment (Important:- your back must not arch away from the ground.).
Pose 2:-
*1. (Inhaling): bring your arms up.
*2. Toes pointing upwards.
Pose 3:-
*1. (Still inhaling): Tuck your chin to your chest.
*2. (Now exhaling): Roll upward by "wheeling the spine" off the mat.
Pose 4:-
*1. (Still exhaling): roll forward until head comes close to the legs.

*remember elbows and knees do not flex.*


*A Pilates exercise (the roll up) which is great for strengthening your abdominals and hip flexors. The full version is said to be more effective than doing 6 simultaneous sit ups. Follow the Pilates roll up and enjoy stronger and more flexible muscles.