written by Katie Huddleston, Pure Pilates Instructor
Ever feel like you get stuck in your Rollup? This is something we see all the time – you get just past your curl, and then you feel like you’re stuck…so you swing your arms back and try to use momentum to get up to the top, but that makes your legs pop up off the mat, sound familiar?
Here’s a tip to help you get all the way up without the use of momentum and swinging.
As you come into your curl, dig your heels firmly into the mat and start to micro-bend your knees. As you exhale, think about reaching your thigh bones and knees up and forward towards your big toes while keeping your heels digging down. Keep the bend in your knees until you feel like you can stretch your legs forward as your upper body arrives at the top.
This focus on the lower body lets you take the tension out of your upper body and allows the movement to have more whole body integration, which will make it easier to roll up.
Try the same thing on the way down to slow your roll up way down and have more control. You will be able to trigger those low abdominal muscles and have more success!
For extra support through the knee and inner thighs, add a small squishy ball between your knees and think of reaching the ball forward towards your toes.