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Exercise for Confidence: Resisted Hard Rolls

Exercise for Confidence: Resisted Hard Rolls

I’m on a roll with the rolls.

Lately, I’ve been a huge fan of roll variations for anterior core work, spatial awareness, parasympathetic nervous system activation, and play.

This week’s Exercise for Confidence is deceivingly challenging. Here is an exercise tutorial:

Why I like it:

– More challenge placed on the anterior core for increased stability.
– Reflexive strength with crossing mid-line of body (opposite elbow touches opposite knee).
– Improved spatial awareness and control.
– Improved parasympathetic nervous system activations (only if you breathe through the diaphragm and meditate while performing).
– Increased hip flexor activation from resistance band.
– Increased ankle dorsiflexion from resistance.
– Better than sit-ups. #TeamAntiCrunches

Enjoy and let me know how you do.

Also, if you’re looking to learn more about the benefits of roll variations, read the book Original Strength Restoration.


It discusses the plethora of benefits you receive from rolling exercises, as well as other movements we did as kids: crawling, rocking, etc.

The body, after all, is made to move freely.

I highly recommend this book if you’re a youth soccer coach or youth strength coach.

At the end of the day, it is our job to ensure kids fall in love with movement.

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