Pilates “Why Can’t I?” Series – The ROLL UP with Alisa Wyatt


pilatesology.com, http Pilates was created as a corrective form of exercise to fix the misalignments that come from daily habits and weaknesses so that your body can function at its best. In the “Why Can’t I?” series, I’m addressing the reasons some of us have a hard time doing certain exercises, like the ROLL UP. Learn what might be going on in your body that makes the exercise hard for you, and how Joseph Pilates himself would modify the movement so you can get it right. I’ll be posting many more clips in this series so please let me know your thoughts and questions, I will be happy to answer them!
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12 thoughts on “Pilates “Why Can’t I?” Series – The ROLL UP with Alisa Wyatt

  1. You do a good job explaining all the Pilates connections in the exercise but what do you think of your own shoulder stabilization? Some retraction would make it look much cleaner!

  2. Hooray!!! I’m so happy to hear it, congratulations on your first Roll-Up, you’re on your way!

  3. (I am assuming this was for me?)
    I watched the Pilatesology video where you talked about the strap, and I used my couch.

    Tonight, I did my very first Roll-Up ever! I’m so happy I could cry! Thank you so much!

  4. Hee hee, you have a talent for humor if not the Roll Up :). Seriously though, it’s not you at all–most people have the same difficulty when they learn this exercise. Go to my other channel (Pilatesology–the link is in the video description above) and find The Roll Up — on that one I show how to anchor your feet and explain why that will help. There’s lots more free Pilates videos there too.

  5. I really like the way you explain, but I find that I still cannot do it! When I got to that “the hardest part” My feet lifted up and I rolled backwards like a ball! EPIC FAIL! Is there something I had do to help this stop?

  6. Alisa:

    When are you going to post a video of NECK PULL. It is the most challenging mat exercise of them all! When you do the video, would you do it both ways (1) using the strap on the feet (2) without the strap.

    Thank you very much.

  7. I like your videos very much! your technic is perfect and you are so beautiful! I like your entirely! Even your hairstyle and your voice 🙂

  8. alisa, my name is alissa haha and im 13 so i was wondering if i was too young to do pilates at an actual studio place.

  9. Excellent Alisa! I just had this question last week and you’ve answered it beautifully.

  10. You’re not alone in having trouble with Neck Pull! I will post a video on it next month but in the meantime, try pressing your heels into the floor when you roll up and down and press your head into your hands, use the resistance. When Mr. Pilates taught this exercise, he always used a strap over your feet, no matter how advanced you were so that you could use your whole body.

  11. I can do roll-ups easily and comfortably, but I have a lot of trouble with the neck pull… maybe you could post a video of it?

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