When you add Roll Down on the Reformer to your routine, you can enjoy the benefits of improved spinal flexion, lengthened hip flexors, and strong abdominals.
This exercise is all about scooping, hollowing, and drawing "navel to spine". All the classic Pilates cues can be used here.
A common mistake is to overuse the rectus abdominis which creates the belly bulge effect. We want to avoid this because it compresses the spine and reduces axial length. It's much easier said than done to stay tall and elongated when rounding our spine. We all want to collapse, don't we?
Try these tips to help avoid bulging the belly:
Are you going to practice or teach Roll Down this week? What are your favorite tips for this exercise?
The Reformer chapter is live! Have you checked it out, yet? In the Pilates Encyclopedia, we look at every detail of Roll Down, from head to toe, to help you get the maximum benefit from this exercise.
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