Rolling Like a Ball with the Magic Circle on the Mat

Practice your longest flexion, connection to your center. Use the circle here will help you either connect to your shoulders, your seat, and your center!

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Equipment Needed: Magic Circle, Mat
  • Reps: 3-5
  • Warning: Some variations may not be suitable for neck issues.
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Rolling Like a Ball with the Magic Circle on the Mat

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Use the Magic Circle to do the Rolling Like a Ball exercise on your Pilates Mat and you will learn how to control your body so much. Many people think Rolling Like a Ball is a massage for your back or an exercise you can use momentum for. But, Rolling Like a Ball is a great place to practice your longest flexion and the true connection to your center. Not just your abs but your glutes and shoulder girdle as well! Choosing to use the circle here will help you either connect to your shoulders, your seat, and your center!

Use the Circle to teach your body what you need to deepen your work.

Rolling Like a Ball with the Magic Circle is a lot of fun and will help you do the same exercise without having the circle! Set up for Rolling Like a Ball as usual. And then, to activate your outer hips and remove that little pelvic, rock back and forth place the circle around your knees. And then press out on the circle as you roll back and forth.

To teach your feet to stay in one place put the circle between your seat and heels. This variation is not ideal for those who are in a large class as the circle can fly out.

You can also place the circle between your knees to activate your inner thighs. It's easy to not use your inner and outer thighs in a lot of Pilates exercises. We don't want to overuse them but under using them will make Rolling Like a Ball seem like a waste of time.

And, finally to challenge your connection to your center place your elbows on your knees and your circle in your hands and roll back and forth without losing your elbow to knee connection!


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