The Roll Up is a great exercise for strengthening the abdominal, oblique and hip flexor muscles. It has even been shown to be more effective than regular crunches.
It’s great for teaching upper body control and spine articulations in both the up and down phases. It can also provide a great stretch for the back, hamstring and calf muscles.
Proper execution requires rounding of the spine while also keeping the chin tucked. Controlled breathing is essential for a smoother, fluid motion.
1 – Lie flat on your back with your legs straight and your arms stretched out overhead.
2 – Raise your arms followed by your head, rolling up along the spine, drawing your navel in as you come up.
3 – Continue rolling forward, reach past your feet.
• Reverse the movement rolling back down.