Roll Up on the Ped-O-Pul
Practicing your Roll Up on the Pilates Ped-O-Pul is very revealing. If you are someone who does a Roll Up on the mat without your arms connected to your back this Roll Up on the Ped-O-Pul will feel impossible. But, if you do have your arms connected to your back, the reach through your legs, the lift from your center will help you feel the true strength within you. But because the pole is unstable not every rep will feel the same. Enjoy the challenge of this exercise and then do your Roll Up on the mat and see what you’ve learned.
Standing evenly in your feet, hug outer hips in, reach into handles.-Lesley Logan
Standing with your back up against the pole. Heels together, toes apart, feet flat on the base with heels against the pole. Hands in the handles, arms reaching from your back straight out in front of you at the level and width of your shoulders. Head and spine all the way up against the pole. Use your center to help you get long and connected. Before you even begin the first rep, you should feel like you are standing in all four corners of your feet, your spine should feel like it couldn’t get any longer and your arms strong!
Reaching into the handles from your back, begin to round your head and chest off the pole and round down as far as you can without reaching into the handles from your chest. Standing in your feet, lift your center up and begin to roll back up the pole until you are taller than you started. Arms reaching in front of your chest shoulder-distance apart. And repeat. Notice each rep if your head goes faster or slower than the rest of your spine, if one arm is reaching more than other or if one leg is reaching more than the other.