Boomerang on the Pilates Mat was an exercise that as a baby Pilates instructor gave me pause. It had so many moving pieces to it, my legs are super long and I simply didn't know what I needed to know to make it flow. Yes, that all rhymed rather nicely didn't it? Anyways, after several years of throwing myself around the mat and feeling less than graceful, my teacher Jay Grimes shared with me that the movement was much simpler than I was making it out to be. And, Boomerang is part of a series of rolling exercises. So, when in down, roll it out!
Remember this is a rolling exercise. Remove pauses and keep control
Set yourself up and the front portion of your mat with one ankle crossed over the other. Hug your outer hips in, round forward over yourself, and lift up in your center. Without throwing your head and chest back pick up your legs and rock backward, quickly switch the cross and round forward. As you begin to roll forward reach your arms back and pulse up three times. Place your hands back down by your side and repeat! Sounds simple enough doesn't it? But, if it was that simple then it would not be part of "The Struggle is Real" series with Andrea Maida and myself.
If you are needing some help to make your Boomerang flow consider how your Rolling Like a Ball, Open Leg Rocker, and Double Straight Leg Stretch are going on the Mat. Also, on the Cadillac try the Reverse Push Through and Long Back Arms. On the Wunda Chair try Seated Mermaid and Teaser on Top. All of these will help teach your body what it needs to do and allow you to see what part of the Boomerang needs more strength, stretch or coordination. Keep in mind that it is a rolling exercise. Try to remove the pauses without losing control.
Be sure to check out more of my Pilates Mat exercises. I want to help you continue your Pilates Mat training!