Two Inches Taller Reformer

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If long hours at a desk or poor posture habits are making you feel slouched over on top, this Reformer session has some great tricks for showing how to get upright again! If you're familiar with the classical order, join Lori and her student Jack as she takes him through his paces with specifics for decompressing and elongating the spine. Don’t miss the quick separate videos at the end in which Lori shows 2 unique exercises that she is using to help Jack open up his upper back: Scorpion Prep on Ladder Barrel and Assisted Swimming Variation on the Cadillac. Filmed at Atlas Pilates where you can get Pilates sessions, Teacher Training and Physical Therapy.

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  1. Victoria Sommer 3 years ago

    What a wonderful workout, love your teaching, go me sweating thank you

  2. deneeSdole 4 years ago

    I loved this! I did use it as an observation learning tool for my teaching, but I think it would be a brilliant workout as well because it is so focused and detail oriented. I can’t wait to really
    study it more and try it out on myself, as well as integrate it into my teaching. . A workout doesn’t need to be go-go-go if you are working deeply. I took a private lesson from you last year in Dallas ( I think it was last year 🙂 , and I really enjoy your teaching and think you are brilliant!!

  3. gabynoble 5 years ago

    I’m so happy to have stumbled across this video. Thank-you Lori for the variations of the swan on the Cadi – look forward to trying that out tomorrow with my client who is an avid basket ball player with super tight hip flexors. I might just have to take my computer into the studio to do this work out myself and pretend you’re with me but most importantly with your amazing touch! Talk about squeezing out the juice 🙂 Really inspiring thank-you Lori & Jack x

  4. Elvy Perez Zorich

    I Just saw this video to help me with one of my clients and it was beyond helpful! You’re amazing Lori! Hoping to take class again when you’re visiting the NY area 🙂

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Thank you Elvy! I just worked with Jack this morning, continuing with his postural work on the mat. During single leg kick, he worked on reaching his elbows forward from his middle upper back- we called it “elbow to bump”, and his whole body lengthened beautifully.

      I’ll be on the east coast next fall as my only nephew is getting married!


  5. rshall 5 years ago

    Interesting to watch, but not a video to work out with. No instruction, little cuing or counting. Rarely even named the exercises.

    Should say this is more a video to observe. Disappointing.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Sorry to disappoint. I’m sure you’ll find other amazing instructors on this great site.

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Hi rsahll, Thanks for your note, you’re right in this class Lori is focused on showing what she does for her student Jack and this class could have been an observe only class. However, when I labeled it, I did it myself and decided to keep it in the workout section for those familiar with the classical order that Lori is using because I found it really great for opening the upper back. I’m going to add a note to the description to explain that :). If you’d like to try another class with Lori that has more instruction aimed at the viewer, check out this one: You’ll still want to make sure you can see your screen easily to take advantage of her brilliant ways of breaking down exercises.

  6. janie jennings 5 years ago

    Very good class. Jack follows cues well.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Yes, Jack follows cues well. He comes for his weekly lessons like clockwork and it’s taken about a year for him to really get this into his body in a way that is visible on the outside. I’m so glad you could see his hard work on video.

  7. Jennifer Allen
    Fitmom01 5 years ago

    This was really great!! Thank you!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      I’m glad you liked this workout. Jack is a pleasure to work with!

  8. joesmat 5 years ago

    We so often seem to place the emphasis on extreme back bends and I wonder if it is known fact that Mr Pilates in his lifetime put the same emphasis on it?
    They might look impressive but are super star Swans what we seek?
    Having suffered lower back pain since 1990, I have more recently learned that having a strong posterior chain is the key to maintain back integrity, staying out of trouble and good posture awareness.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Hi Joesmat. I agree that a strong posterior chain is very important to back integrity. Jack has been practicing Pilates for many years tucking his seat under him, and his lumbar and middle/lower thoracic curves continue to be markedly increased, one against the other. Since working on the things you can see in this video, his posture is improving. It’s just one approach, and we are definitely not attached to extreme backbends. I’d be thrilled to chat with you more extensively via email or Skype if you would like that. Or even better, at an event in person!

  9. pilatesgal50 5 years ago

    Lori, you are brilliant! I get so much out of all your videos. Amazing, just amazing. Really appreciate your eye, enthusiasm, and the chance to watch you in action. Also, kudos to Jack! You were super wrung out, huh?

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Thank you Pilatesgal! Yes, Jack works hard. It also kills him to be quiet for the video 😉

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