How to do Roll Up

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Difficulty: Hard

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: abs, lower back


Start lying on your back with your legs straight and feet flexed. Your arms are pointing straight up to the ceiling from the shoulder.

Breathe in to prepare to move, as you breathe out engage your abdominals to lift the head and chest and continue to sequentially roll the spine up from the floor. The shoulders stay down away from the ears and the arms drawn back into the shoulder. Take the whole curve of the spine over the legs.

Breathe in as you start to tilt the pelvis underneath you and as the tailbone touches the floor begin the breathe out and control the sequential lowering of the spine back down onto the floor until the heads reaches the floor and the arms are pointing back up to the ceiling.

How to make Roll Up easier

Use a resistance band round the feet holding the ends in each hand by your hips. Keep you arms straight and allow the band to help you roll up. The more tension in the band the more assistance.

How to make Roll Up more challenging

To increase the challenge to the abdominals start with the arms out long behind the head. As you begin to lift the head keep the arms by the ears and maintain their position relative to the head for the whole movement.

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