Our Philosophy


Pilates is corrective exercise that improves your quality of life, no matter what your age, backgroud, or fitness level. Come get healthy and strong in a fun, supportive environment.

Vintage Pilates is a studio that stands for keeping Joseph Pilates’ original method and philosophy alive. All our classes and programs aim to reflect the goals and intentions of Joe and Clara Pilates’ original 8th Avenue studio in New York City. Vintage Pilates uses GRATZ equipment.

Our Director is Jay Grimes, who began his studies with Joe and Clara in the 1960s. All our instructors have studied extensively with Jay, so you know you are getting the best instruction around.


Our group classes are different from anything out there. You’ll get a personalized workout in an intimate setting (maximum 6 people per class), and receive individualized attention from teachers trained by Jay Grimes. You work at your own pace, on any equipment you choose, and will always be challenged to explore something new.


Our studio is where Pilates professionals worldwide come to deepen and expand their teaching skills, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.


Studio Policies

24 Hour cancelation policy
Cancellations and rescheduling of appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance, in order to avoid a “late cancel” fee (full cost of the missed session).

Payment in full
Payment must be made in full before each session.

All purchases are final. We accept cash, credit card, bank transfers and checks as payment for services. There are no refunds given but credit transfers can be arranged.

Services are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. All services must be used within the assigned expiration date so please note expiration dates prior to your purchase.

Waivers & forms
A standard waiver and client information form must be completed before taking your first session. You can download the waiver here, and bring it with you to your first appointment.

VP Group Class prerequisite
At least one Private Lesson or a Consultation must be completed before clients can enter VP Group Classes.

Please be sure to not book a VP Group Class until after you have taken a Private Lesson or Consultation. We reserve the right to turn you away from a group class, if this prerequisite has not been met. For more information, please email us at info@vintagepilates.com


“My story may be very different from any other client. I started with Jay Grimes after my back was already in bad shape from an accident years before. Months after an extremely complicated back surgery, I asked the surgeon when I could go back to Pilates. “The doctor asked me who I went to and when I said Jay, the surgeon said, “If it’s Jay, ok, you can go. ” So Jay has somehow kept me together and moving, through surgeries and illnesses. I don’t know how he does it, but I’m extremely grateful to him. He just smiles and works his magic.”

—Elaine Horowitz

“Vintage Pilates is all about authentic classical Pilates, taught by highly qualified, focused and professional teachers, dedicated to the true teaching of the Joseph Pilates method. Each session at the studio has allowed me to have a deeper understanding of both the practice and my own body, all while having a great deal of fun! This studio is a rare gem for students and teachers alike who serious about the work.”

—Janet K.

“I love working out at Vintage because I know I’m going to get a workout the way Pilates was meant to be done. The energizing effects are so immediate and dramatic that I’m not even sure it should be legal, and the team there is great – they are leaders in classical Pilates and dedicated to making sure that everyone gets a safe and challenging workout. Working out at Vintage has also helped me in every other physical activity I do, from swimming, hiking, biking and even Muy Thai. I give the studio my strongest recommendation.”

—Tom O.

“While I don’t yet have a ‘six-pack,’ I feel that Vintage Pilates has played a key role in adding 15 yards to my drive in golf. It has done this by giving me a more efficient body turn, all the while strengthening my internal corset of muscles, which helps me for all the other (less important!) facets of life. And the instructors are fun!!!”

—John Sheriff


What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercise that emphasizes the balance of strength, stretch and control in the entire body. It is not physical therapy, it is not massage, it is not yoga, it is not meditation – just sweaty, hard exercise. Joe understood that the body repairs and strengthens itself through movement. Pilates is a workout that will keep your body functioning as it ages and enables you to do whatever you enjoy doing for longer.

Why is there so much emphasis on the stomach?

The strongest muscles in the body are in the girdle around the middle. All strength and movement originates here. A well-balanced Pilates workout uses all the muscles in the girdle including the abdominals, back and sides of the body. When balanced strength and flexibility is returned to the girdle, a feeling of freedom and well being results.

Who is it good for?

Pilates is good for anyone who is interested in improving his or her fitness, posture, coordination, balance, freedom of movement and overall wellbeing. The Pilates method can be adapted to suit any fitness level, however we do require clients with health issues, injuries or chronic pain to consult their physician before beginning any new exercise program.

I have never taken Pilates before. What can I expect for my first lessons at Vintage Pilates?

A person who has never taken Pilates before can expect to find muscles they didn’t know they had, move in a new way, and discover things they hadn’t noticed about the way their body moves. A new student will learn the essential principles of Pilates, and with the help of their instructor, will discover how Pilates will help them reach their fitness goals.

I’ve been taking Pilates for many years.What’s different about Vintage Pilates?

By revisiting the Pilates Method as it was intended, an experienced Pilates student or teacher will enhance their understanding of the method and deepen their regular workouts. Through the guidance of a Vintage Pilates instructor, the experienced student will learn to distill each exercise down to its essence, resulting in a challenging yet satisfying workout.

Can Pilates cure me of my pain?

Many painful conditions in the body are caused by simple imbalances or stress. Correcting these imbalances and relieving the stress often can relieve the pain. Pilates is not physical therapy, but it is corrective exercise, and as such has many benefits including injury prevention and improved athletic skill. Orthopedic problems need the attention of a medical specialist and anyone under a physician’s care should not engage in Pilates without consent from his/her physician.

How often do I need to take Pilates to maintain good health?

Three times per week is optimal, especially at the beginning. As one gets stronger and develops proper use of the body, as little as once per week is good for maintenance. Combining sessions at the studio with mat work at home is ideal.

What are the age limits for doing Pilates?

Children as young as 5 or 6 years old can do the mat work. The body should be more developed, and the bones hardened, before attempting work on the apparatus. People in their 90′s have started Pilates with surprising results.

I take mat classes. How is a workout with equipment different?

The equipment was developed to help people gain strength and flexibility for the mat work. Doing the mat properly is extremely difficult and takes a strong, well developed body. The various apparatus that Joe invented help to target specific areas that need strengthening or more freedom. Each piece of equipment supports the other and teaches the body the principles of Pilates in different ways.

How is Pilates different than Yoga?

There are many diverse styles of Yoga, some of which teach a philosophy of living that includes meditation, breathing and chanting as well as a physical practice. Pilates is exercise, and one session requires just 50-55 minutes. It is always executed with dynamic flow and few repetitions. With the exception of a few exercises that emphasize a specific breathing pattern, the rest of the workout is done with natural breathing and flow. Pilates requires focus and concentration to retrain the body to move with strength and ease, with the support of the entire torso. Privates and semi-privates allow clients to have a safe and personalized workout.