4 Exercises To Help You Nail the Rollover

Don’t let the Rollover’s early appearance in the Classical Matwork sequence fool you, because this bad boy is tough. Considered to be one of the more advanced exercises, the Rollover is a challenging exercise requiring a lot of strength, control and mobility to complete.
Don’t be disheartened if this exercise still stumps you. Instead, write it on your Goals list, and practice the exercises in this blog to help you develop the strength and the control to Nail the Rollover.

What is the Rollover?

The Rollover is the third exercise in the Classical Matwork sequence. Below is a video of me performing the Rollover, an exercise which I am still trying to perfect myself. Click the image to see how it is performed (you’ll notice I have only done two of each,legs open and legs closed,but the actual exercise calls for 3).

What Exercises will Help me do the Rollover?

The Rollover requires the following things;

  • Spinal mobility into flexion

  • Strength throughout the back of your arms

  • Mobility of your shoulders into extension

  • Strength and endurance of your abdominals

To build up to and improve your Rollover it is important to focus on improving all of these aspects.

This can be done with the following four exercises

  1. Roll Up

  2. Rolling Like a Ball

  3. Spine Stretch Forwards

  4. Open Leg Rocker

Rolling Like A Ball

Try adding these 4 exercises into your Pilates Workout 2-3 Times a week and you should start to see some improvements in your Roll Over!

Pop a Comment Below and let me know how you go or tell me some other exercises that you might like some help with.

Happy Rolling!

Steph & The Pilates HQ Team