Tower Workshop with Lori

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Watch and learn as Lori takes her students, Karen and Chris through a Tower session aimed at building strength and symmetry. Both instructors themselves, Karen and Chris receive individual exercises as well as adjustments for their body needs and you'll learn from what Lori offers each. One of the things to be gained from Lori is the way that she captures her students' attention, by changing the pace, the way they enter the movement, or by adding challenge. Visit Lori at Atlas Pilates.

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  1. Christina Maria Gadar

    Wonderful class! I especially liked the single leg stretch variation and the progression into the pull ups on the cadillac. Thank you Lori!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 4 years ago

      Thank you Christina,

  2. Lori Coleman-Brown Author
    Lori Coleman-Brown 4 years ago

    Hi Joesmat. Happy New Year to you too!

    I wasn’t sure what you were referring to, so I just watched the class. I’m surprised that you have never seen this way of teaching the Roll Over before. Romana taught us to use our hands to push and pull people as they need to find their strength as well as their stretch. Many people are focused on stretching their backs and hamstrings. I’m guessing you’ve seen the classical hands on stretch assist a lot, where the teacher uses the legs as levers to lengthen the back, angle the hip joint to open the back of the ball and socket joint, and/or stretch the buttocks and backs of the legs. With this young lady, I worked to help her find strength in her back line. My thought was for her to strengthen her lower back (as you can see by the cue I gave her on the pumping, to lift the top of her sacrum). Once she has this figured out, she can learn to stretch her hamstrings, and she’ll have more choice and control as to what she is stretching or strengthening.

    I’m glad you like this class. It is a good representation for how I teach my daily clients.


    • joesmat 4 years ago

      Most diligent of you to deal with the enquiry so promptly. I hasten to acknowledge, that I could see very clearly, as you have generously explained herein, what you were seeking to achieve with your cues in the Roll-Over with the young Lady.

      My apologies as I should have explained myself a little better.

      In the Archival piece of Mr Pilates doing the Roll Over in a Field, that I was speaking about, when he brings his legs over and up, the legs reach up “high diagonally and hold momentarily”, and then drop with control. This being the execution we don’t see taught anywhere to my understanding. The similarity I could see you emphasise was the use of your hands on the young Lady’s feet/legs as resistance – the strength and stretch aspect.

      You are most Gracious, and thank you for your interest.

      Absolutely, I am a committed advocate of the Classical hands on approach as taught by Mr Pilates and Romana Kryzanowska.

      • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
        Lori Coleman-Brown 4 years ago

        Oh yes, I understand your comment better now. My thoughts are that JP’s body type is stiffer and so he catches himself at the limits of his flexibility and then works through his body. He knows just how his system works and beautifully shows how he manipulates it. Lovely to see that. Thank you for reminding me about this clip.

  3. joesmat 4 years ago

    There is a piece of Archival Footage of Mr Pilates doing exercises in a field in the 40’s I think, in which he executes the Roll Over as Lori Coleman Brown had the young Lady demonstrate here.
    Lori Coleman Brown using her hands as resistance to create resistance and build strength in this example.

    I have frequently wondered to myself why we don’t see it done like this anymore, and apart from the Archival Footage piece, this is the first time any Romana trained Instructor has emphasised the validity of this approach to my understanding. However, I am far removed from all this so I might simply be uninformed.

    I would cherish any thoughts from Lori Coleman Brown.
    Thank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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