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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Neal


The Rollover is the third exercise in the Classical Matwork sequence. Don’t let it’s early appearance in your workout fool you though, because this bad boy is actually one of the advanced Matwork exercises. If you have been finding it difficult to achieve the Rollover, then you are not alone. It is a very challenging exercise and requires quite a lot of strength, control and mobility to complete.

So don’t be disheartened if you cannot complete this exercise, even if you’ve been practising Pilates for quite some time. Instead, write it on your Goals list, and practice the exercises that we outline in this blog to help you develop the strength and the control to Nail the Rollover.

What is the Rollover?

Below is a video of me performing the Rollover (beanie & pyjamas on point), an exercise which I am still trying to perfect myself

Exercises that will help you Improve Your Rollover

The Rollover asks your body to call on the following;

  • 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 things, and we can do this with some other Pilates Mat Exercises.

Roll Up

Rolling Like a Ball

Spine Stretch Forwards

Open Leg Rocker

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 of any other exercises that might like some help with.

Happy Rolling!




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