Struggle with the Roll Up? Use the Cadillac to strengthen your abs and improve spinal articulation. The Roll Back is a great introductory exercise. It also makes for an ideal warm up for clients with sciatic issues or tight low backs.
Purpose- stretch the back, massage the spine, strengthen the low abs
Preps- Bridge, Pre-Roll Up, Short Box Round (Reformer and High Barrel), Curl Up, Chin Nods, Standing Roll Down off wall
Form- Press gently into the bar, peel your spine down/up the mat bringing the bar with you, arms stay long, feet flexed
*May not be appropriate for those with back issues where spinal flexion is a challenge such as disc injuries or osteoporosis.
Modifications- only roll part way up/down, change hand positions on bar, reduce range, change where springs are attached on Cadillac to assist more, roll over an arc barrel
How to Advance- different variation such as adding in rows at the bottom when flat, single arm version peeling down equally
Challenges- add in arching up/down as you roll, add in side stretch at bottom