Roll-Over Exercise

Show Me...
Workout Tempo
Observe & Learn
Other Languages

Watch the preview

Alisa demonstrates and shares tips for success with the Roll-Over exercise.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Estherderksen 4 months ago

    Thank you again, Alisa, for your advice! I am going to work on it.

  2. Estherderksen 4 months ago

    Thanks, Alisa, for your tip. I will certainly try it. Yes, I have a tight lower back, which makes doing Pilates hard with certain exercises.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      I thought of one more thing to try and it could help with your back too – try adding light ankle weights (1 – 1.5 lbs – or a heavy boot/shoe). The extra weight will give you a bit of weight to carry your legs over. Be careful to control it and reduce the range as you roll back down so you don’t hurt your back.

  3. Estherderksen 4 months ago

    Hi Alisa, as a pilates enthousiast I have a question: after 6 years of practicing pilates, several times a week, I still can not manage the roll over. That is, not with my arms beside me. Grabbing a fixed bar behind my head helps a lot. Why is that, can you explain?

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi Estherderksen, I would need to see you move to know for sure but I suspect that some tightness in your hamstrings/low back is making it difficult to coordinate the initial lift when your arms are by your sides. See if you can do it with bent knees and think of letting your legs come close to your body as you begin the lift. The bars provide help with that initial lift so that’s why you can do it holding on.

  4. robertapilates 4 years ago

    Very useful tips!

Leave a reply