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How to Do a Pilates Roll Up - Intermediate Pilates

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

The Pilates Roll Up / Roll Down from seated is probably one of the hardest exercises to do when you first start your practice. Even if you're somebody who exercises with other disciplines regularly this exercise can feel impossible! For most of us we're used to using the rectus abdominals to do a sit up but this exercise is very different. You will learn to use the transverse abdominis and the multifidus muscles to segment the spine so you get a rolling action imprinting the spine down and peeling the spine up. The benefits of learning to use these muscles are many; a strong core, more flexibility in the spine and a general improvement in body agility to name a few. In this video I've demonstrated the Intermediate Roll Up / Roll Down with a variation to make it harder in practice for the advanced Roll Up / Roll Down.

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