Advanced Reformer with Lori Coleman Brown

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Join Lori for a workout designed to vigorously wring out the body and restore it to balance. Anyone comfortable moving through the advanced classical order at a quick flowing pace without reminders for set up or sequence will be at home here. Lori spends her time guiding her students, Sandy and Alisa, deeper into the work with her cues. For teachers looking to observe and learn, there's much to gain from Lori's hands-on help and her unique way of describing the body as a system to bring it into balance. Visit Lori at Atlas Pilates in Seattle, Washington. A big thanks to Vintage Pilates in West Los Angeles, CA where this class was filmed.

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  1. mirandabass 6 years ago

    Lovely Saturday morning workout. Freaking out with no one to spot and on a high clinical reformer but thoroughly enjoyed myself. Alisa and Sandy looking gorgeous and pretending to sweat!!

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

      Be careful! These ladies really are gorgeous, doing beautiful work, and they have lots of experience. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself. Pilates is fun!

  2. Alexandra Bohlinger
    Alexandra Bohlinger 7 years ago

    Hi Lori,

    I got my bum kick here in England and love it! Thanks for the challenge with super advance exercise, sometimes I get lazy and they start getting excluded from “the work.”

    I felt like I was right there with you, thank you Lori for the great energy and cuing; you are so knowledgeable and so humble! Beautiful job you two!

    Miss you all.

  3. chaelecooper

    Lori, that was amazing! I feel like a new woman. And as Maria said, it is such a treat to work out in the company of Sandy & Alisa. Truly inspiring… xxx

  4. 7 years ago

    It was the first or maybe second class I have ever physicaly followed and my body really enjoyed the pace, the voice and the whole of it. Thank you for your genius cues and corrections Lori!! Not to mention the wonderful company and motivation of Alisa and Sandy who I got to work out with! Working out alone can really get lonely after all these years!!! A big hug and thank you to all three of you 🙂 A question I do have is about the placement of the short box after tendon stretch (I think)…? Would that be a possible placement for it when one is to not do 2nd long box in an Advanced work out? It felt ok by the way doing it there… xxx Maria

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Maria you rock! Reading your note made me want to go do that class again myself! Thanks for working out with us!!

      • 7 years ago

        Maybe one day we will get to work out together for real Alisa 😉 …!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      Hi Maria. I’m so glad you enjoyed this workout!
      Doing the Short Box after the Tendon Stretch feels great, doesn’t it? That’s the order we do with Jay. Romana taught Short Box in different places over years depending on the level of the workout.
      Big hug to you too.

      • 7 years ago

        I always enjoy you Lori! Thank you again! xoxoxo

    • Sandy Shimoda

      Maria, thanks for trying this workout with us. I felt invigorated, and frankly, a little surprised at myself when we were done. I haven’t done the big splits and the star on a regular basis so I was glad to know they were still there in my body. Thank you Lori – for your guidance, and Alisa – for your infectious energy. Loved it!

    • Sandy Shimoda

      Maria, I agree, working out with friends can often be all you need for motivation. Let’s do it again sometime!

  5. Ynowak 7 years ago

    I have a quick question, when Alisa was doing the Tree, Lori made a comment that she was almost too tall for the variation of placing the palms on the floor. I often feel I’m not in quite the right position when I get to that part so was wondering what she meant. Thanks.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      Hi again. I made that comment for a couple of reasons. But first I want to say that when her body is balanced and ready, I think she will benefit from this exercise full on. For now, it’s a work in progress.

      If we weren’t on film, or doing a continuously flowing workout, I might have tried her on the High Barrel instead. This way she could have had more support and would have had to really really reach out of her body to extend into her full arc from head to foot. Then she can bring that feeling back to the Short Box. As her upper back and shoulders open up and the back of her body wakes up, I think she will be able to make a steeper arc and be able to push up from the floor to make space for that full body reach.

      As it was happening in that moment, the back of her body wasn’t working to it’s full potential. So she had nothing to reach for, and the angle for pushing through her arms and body was off. I gave her a little poke in the bottom and held her upper back to help her get more lift and extension (but we were behind Sandy, so I don’t think you can see that moment on the film).

      Shorter people don’t get bunched up quite the same way here. Some can’t even reach the floor, so pushing isn’t an issue. But doing this exercise well requires advanced coordination no matter your height.
      Thanks for asking a great question. Hope that wasn’t too much info 🙂

      • Ynowak 7 years ago

        Thank you for your clarification, I appreciate your thoughts!

  6. Ynowak 7 years ago

    The cues were were so good. More than any other class, I really felt like I was just working alongside and I got a lot out of it. The conversational tone was brilliant.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this workout. I do like to monitor my own energy while I’m teaching in order to bring out the most in my clients. Sometimes that means charging up and other times that means backing off.

    • Sandy Shimoda

      I have always loved Lori’s way of kicking my booty without overexerting herself. I often wondered how she finds the perfect words, inflection in her voice, or use of touch to make me work. So glad you got to experience it with us!

  7. Lori Coleman-Brown
    Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

    Hi Joesmat,
    I agree, Sandy and Alisa move beautifully and with nice strength! It was such a pleasure to guide them during this workout.
    I asked Alisa to lift her body a little to help her turn on the full circumference of her hip musculature. When that area is engaged well during the running, it will direct the forces straight up through the hip joint and help eliminate side to side and rotational movement. I also cued her for that area during the short box too. We all have our little lazy parts!
    You can apply this to the mat. Lie down and try levitating your whole body up from the ground without bending any of your joints or pushing anything in to the floor. This should activate your muscles. Let me know how it goes 🙂

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Genius Lori, thank you for explaining for Joesmat–this is exactly what I felt from your cues and an additional bonus that I’ve found using your little lift is that it straightens me out when I lie down and find that I’m off kilter.

    • joesmat 7 years ago

      How very gracious of you to answer my question, and so promptly, for which I thank you very much.
      The reason I asked about your cue is because, I frequently do the exercise as you describe in on the mat. It gets into the posterior chain, and if required, even more so when done lying prone. Thank you for asking me to reply.

  8. joesmat 7 years ago

    Sorry Alisa – I was too quick to click on “post comment”!
    I know nothing about Reformer practice, but observing you work, it seemed to me you had great control and strength. 5 STARS FOR SURE*****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sandy Shimoda does those splits effortlessly and with a smile on her face. Oh for such natural ability!!!
    Thank you very much.

    • Sandy Shimoda

      HI Joesmat – It seems I am arriving a little late to the party. What a great discussion. I love the idea of levitating off of the mat and will try it as soon as I can get horizontal (right now I am in a coffee shop and think it wise to hold myself back). Thank you for your kind words. For me, the splits are an exercise in fighting against gravity and working from my center, rather than falling into my flexibility. So why am I smiling? Maybe I am trying to make Lori look at my face so she doesn’t see my legs quivering. Or maybe I just think it is funny how hard that effort is.

  9. joesmat 7 years ago


    Lori Coleman Brown ask you to lift your seat just a little a couple of times on the Reformer. In the last 10 minutes in the RUNNING exercise I think it was ( legs extended feet on the footbar, and you were lying supine on the Reformer) she adjusted you again , so your seat was slightly elevated if I followed her correctly. She said the cue was to help avoid any lateral – side to side movement of the hips. So your seat is elevated a little? Is my understanding correct? How would this cue apply to the mat?
    Do you know if all the splits series toward the end were practiced during Mr Pilates time at his New York Studio, or were they introduced later by Dancers who it seems have had quite an influence on the Method?

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