The Rollover is an advanced Pilates exercise.
This inversion exercise (where the hips are higher up than the head) is great for developing core control and strength, increase back flexibility, increase spinal articulation (feels wonderful on the low back), learn to stabilize the shoulders by pressing the back of the arms into the mat, and developing the whole torso in a nice, integrated unit.
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Keep the abdominals engaged throughout the entire exercise
Try not to roll up pass the tops of the shoulder blades
Use the back of the arms to actively press into the mat to help roll the low back off the mat with control
For tight hamstrings, keep a slight bend at the knees when doing this exercise
For low back injuries, neck and shoulder injuries or someone with osteoporosis should avoid this exercise completely
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