Pilates Exercise: Wall Roll Down

Pilates Exercise: Wall Roll Down

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We will be doing the wall roll down. The wall roll down focuses on the articulation of the spine and the deep core work of the transverse abs.

Some common contraindications of this exercise would be overly tight hamstrings and head forward posture.

Cassidy is going to have her feet a few inches away from the wall. She’s going to feel her spine connect to the wall. You want to make sure that you don’t have a huge gap behind the ribs so you’re going to start with the inhale and on the exhale just feel the rib cage melt back into the wall.

The shoulders aren’t rounding, just feeling that exhale. You should feel the side of the ribs connecting on the exhale. Notice the back of your head is connected to the wall, scapula in the pockets. Pull your belly towards the spine on the exhale.

Next, you’re going to drop your chin to your chest. Exhale, pull that belly button in and lift one vertebrae off the wall. Arms are going to dangle so there’s no tension in the neck and shoulders.

My hands are right in front of Cassidy’s belly button. Contract there and feel your belly button towards your spine. You’re going to go as low as you can. Then you’re going to soften your knees and transfer your weight to the balls of your feet. You’ll feel your hamstrings and lower back.

Keep your feet where they are, bring your knees in line with your second and third toe. Drop the pelvis against the wall, and now, the first thing that’s going to touch is the sacrum.

The very first thing is that pelvis is going to tuck, that belly pulls in. You’re really pulling that belly in towards the lower back. You feel the lower back make contact with the wall, the middle back and shoulders are still soft. The upper back and shoulders will fall back.

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Dr. Mary Lee Vance
Dr. Mary Lee Vance
specializes in diet and weight management. He is associate professor of health, behavior, and society at the JHKs Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in medicine and human nutrition.


  1. TheMrRaoul says:

    thank you, this helped me a lot.

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