This week I will be showing you how to do the Rolling like a Ball exercise.
This week’s exercise is once again focusing on the abdominal area (Oh No I hear you say!!).
Because Pilates is a core focused exercise, all of the movements will use the abdominal muscles to some degree. As we move through to the more advanced exercises you will need to have a strong core, so these beginner movements are very important as their main focus is building up your abdominal strength which will help you to stabilise your core when doing each movement. Over time you will notice that the intensity of each exercise will increase and get harder and without a strong core you will find it hard to progress.
It is a good idea to make sure you read through and familiarize yourself with all the information before you start, that way you will know what to look for and what to avoid, and if you suffer from any pain or injury, when to avoid the exercise entirely.
This is quite a challenging exercise the first few times you try it so be patient and give it a go. If you are really struggling you can try putting your feet on the floor in between each roll until you can keep your balance.
Using your abdominals to maintain your balance.
AVOID: Using your arm muscles to roll and balance your body.
Allowing your feet to touch the floor.
TARGETS: Abdominal muscles.
BENEFITS: Massages back muscles.
Enhances abdominal control.
NOT ADVISABLE IF YOU HAVE: Neck issues
That is me done for this week. I will see you next time.
Images and some content taken from Pilates Anatomy - A Comprehensive Guide - By Dr Abby Ellsworth