When Joseph Pilates invented Pilates (called Contrology back then) the final exercise was a roll down to press up.
The Roll Down is one of my favourite Pilates exercises that relieves back tension and stretches your legs. The rolling motion strengthens the abdominal muscles and helps improve the blood circulation throughout the body. This is a great move that increases mobility in the back, spine, neck and hamstrings.
I always suggest starting with a few roll downs before adding on the press ups just to bring you into focusing on the breath and the movement before adding on any additional movements.
The press up
A classic press up does more than just work your arms. They also work your shoulders (deltoids), chest (pectoralis major), core (rectus abdominis), hips (obliques) and legs (quadriceps).
You can either start from a box position bringing your weight over your hands or from a plank position with your knees off the ground. Work at the level that is suitable for your ability.
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