Leg Stretch Variations on the Cadillac

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In this short workshop, Lori teaches 3 of the many ways to do Leg Stretches on the Cadillac. Starting with the Kneeling Fuzzy Stretches, Lori’s student for this series is Liesbeth, a Pilates instructor and cyclist whose tight quads can benefit from the kneeling variation. Next, Lori demonstrates the Kneeling Stretches w/Push Thru Bar Outside the Cadillac. Her student Courtney learns how to push up as she reaches down through her body in this series that has similarities to the last one. The class finishes with Kim who demonstrates the Standing Stretches w/Push Thru Bar Outside Cadillac. Note that the last 2 series of stretches can be practiced using a Tower as well as a Cadillac. Visit Lori at Atlas Pilates in Seattle, Washington where this class was filmed.

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18 Comments

  1. plessenberry

    These look so beautiful, graceful and delicious! Thank you for sharing – I will be practicing them this week!

  2. sachikoglass 10 months ago

    Hi, Lori,
    I have finally caught up with this one. Thank you for reminding me of the kneeling and standing stretches outside the Cadillac. It was so much fun to see you “play” with Liesbeth, Courtney, and Kim ( my old buddies), and whip them into shape. As always, I love the way you mold and guide their bodies with your light touch.
    I can hear Romana’s voice reflected in yours, such as ” Go to sleep”. It was the good old days. Your video made me happy to start the day.

  3. Deborah Watson 6 years ago

    thank you, Lori….so helpful to see the possibilities in the “family” of exercises…also, for giving me reassurance, after teaching the work for 15 years, I am still remembering what romana taught me correctly!!!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      Hi Deborah. I’m glad you like the video. In some ways the work never changes, but in other ways, we never stop learning the work!!

  4. mvorrias@athenspilates.gr 6 years ago

    I could hear Romana saying “Delicious”!!! It such a joy to watch you teach and spot and happy to see Liesbeth!! These exercises get left out so often. These are wonderful to do after teaching many hours… I loved the free style in the end!!!!! Thank you all. 🙂
    Sweet hugs, Maria.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      Hi Maria. Yes, I can hear Romana too. “Delicious” and that growl she made when she wanted someone (me) to work harder. Haha!
      Hugs All Around

  5. Tmaurstad

    Thank you for these Lori. I had to rearrange my studio a bit to have the room for the standing push thru stretches and now I’ll never go back!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      I agree about rearranging for Cadillac space. The exercises off both ends are so great!
      Best,
      Lori

  6. Elvy Perez Zorich

    I almost felt those stretches just watching the video!! Awesome variations 🙂 Loved the ending too!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      Hi Elvy. Glad you liked it! Crazy, but there’s always more! Cheers

  7. Siri Dharma Galliano

    Very Interesting. Did you learn that from Romana?
    I think the name Kneeling Fuzzy Stretches sounds like the stretches are fuzzy.
    Mayb Kneeling Stretches with the Hanging Straps?
    Or just call them Sheepskins, rather than fuzzies?
    best
    Siri from Big Bear

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      Hi Siri 🙂
      Yes, I learned all of these from Romana. Some in Seattle, New York, and New Orleans.
      I think fuzzy and fluffy stretches sound funny too.
      When I learned things early on from Romana, many things didn’t have names. She would just gesture and point and push and pull. Somehow eventually we started calling these kneeling stretches fuzzy or fluffy. It was even written down in the curriculum that way. Maybe I’ll start calling them just the kneeling stretches on the Cadillac. Thank you!

  8. pilatesangel 6 years ago

    Thanks for leaving “the wrap” of the session on the video. Very funny and informative….I have never seen the kneeling push thru and most of the other variations….I tried with a wall unit and it was not as open as the mat/Cadillac version….angles were not correct so I was able to slightly do this without a spring and using a safety chain….I am sure the spring support/resistance makes this sooo much better…..Can’t wait to play and open!!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      Hi pilatesangel. I like the wrap too! Kisses to Romana!
      The kneeling stretches is one of my favorite exercises, and off the cadillac they’re delicious too. The standing ones need to be done with control since you can bonk your head on the cross bar if you’re not paying attention.
      About the wall unit, I know it’s good for some things, but not really a substitute for this series.
      Have fun playing. Use control 🙂

  9. Ynowak 6 years ago

    Loved the standing variation at the end. Thank you.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      Hi. The standing variation is great, but like I just told pilatesangel, you need to watch your head on the cross bar!
      I do a piece of this exercise with my MS client. She just holds the bar, take a small step and leans in a little. She does it for balance and knee tracking.
      I also love it for myself, like I said at the end, because when I really stand my ground and ripple up my spine it puts me in my legs in such a great way.
      Glad you like it too!

  10. ladyjane 6 years ago

    Great to review the kneeling ballet stretches Lori ! Lovely to see how you guided her in to that delicious two way stretch !
    Can’t wait to try the push thro version , thanks for sharing!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      Thank you ladyjane. Liesbeth is such a great toy to play with.

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