Blank Slate Reformer Workshop

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Forget everything you think you know about Pilates and watch Lori teach from a blank slate. In this session, she takes 2 students of different sizes and needs (and whom she's never worked with before) through a workout that is specific to each. Follow the workout to feel her cues or observe Lori and witness the effect her words and touch have on her clients. You'll come away with a new perspective on pacing, fresh ways to get the muscles you want to see working and most of all, a never-ending way to capture your client's attention and keep it. Visit Lori at Atlas Pilates.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Ynowak 3 years ago

    I loved that each client had a “song”. I started out working alongside but found myself stopping and just watching and listening. Thank you!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 3 years ago

      Glad you enjoyed. It’s a great day for sure when I’m playing with my clients dynamics and finding their songs!

  2. arlene
    arlene 3 years ago

    Lori you’re brilliant. Brilliant work, all three of you!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 3 years ago

      Thank you. Yes, these ladies were delightful to work with!

  3. joesmat 3 years ago

    Dear Lori Colman-Brown:

    I was most interested to hear you speak about the body positioning commencing about the 12.20 minute time on this video.
    The weight of the head, the ribs and in part the abdominals below the ribs, then to “take your glutes off” there is muscle here that will have your body feel like it is balancing on stilts.
    Which muscles were you speaking about that will provide this feeling and positioning of the torso ? The QL?
    So in the set-up for the Saw or Twist on the mat, the same principle would apply?
    I have much interest in this. Yes, I do “believe you”!!
    Thank you very much in anticipation.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 3 years ago

      I have been pondering how to reply to explain, in words, my thoughts which are not totally formed. Since you ask, I will give it a go. The subject of how to guide the powerhouse to and through the pelvis and into the legs is a current interest of mine.

      When balancing body weights, I’m seeing/feeling the moment arms and how the weight centers fall over the various axes of rotation of the multiple joints between the weight center on top of the force (gravity or spring) and the support surface. Then positioning body parts in ways that automatically turn on the desired areas asking them to stand up. I’ve been calling this response the volunteers, first responders or automatic powerhouse. So we don’t grip and grab at muscles using 20 pounds of effort for 10 pounds of work. In some people, I see they inhibit their glutes by tucking the pelvis, and then grip their butts with random squeezing. I like to guide for a more dexterous derriere.

      Specific to your question, I don’t think I’m talking about one known muscle. Perhaps the upper weight centers, head and ribcage , can be balanced over the QL, the psoas, the hip rotators, pelvic floor, the anterior glutes, the front of the back, the back of the front, posterior abdominals and/or the inner organs.

      Thank you for your question. It made me dive deeper.

      • joesmat 3 years ago

        Dear Lori Coleman Brown:

        I really am most appreciative of you taking the time to respond to my note in such detail.
        Key to your desire on “The subject of how to guide the powerhouse to and through the pelvis and into the legs is a current interest of mine,”
        may lie in actively recruiting the posterior chain.
        It would be special if you did a mat class with this subject in mind!
        You are most gracious in your response.

  4. emdowney 3 years ago

    I’m getting a “video not found” message when I try to view this, is anyone else having the same problem?

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Hi Emdowney!
      Jack here with Pilatesology- email me at: jack@pilatesology and we can figure out why you can’t watch this…. : )

      • emdowney 3 years ago

        Hi Jack
        I’ve figured it out thank you, the “switch to legacy video player” was active in my profile. Everything’s working fine now, thank you!

  5. Lori Coleman-Brown Author
    Lori Coleman-Brown 3 years ago

    Thanks Kelly!

  6. Kelly Hurley
    Kelly Hurley 3 years ago

    I love Lori – always fun to watch and learn. Thank you,

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