Vintage Pilates

Gloria Gasperi was in the 2012 Class of THE WORK, and has been a fixture in the Vintage Pilates community ever since. She has organized workshops and conventions in Italy (where she is based), and has come back to L.A. to take part in Teaching the Work, and other events. We were thrilled to pick her brain about how THE WORK effected her business and Pilates practice. Here is a little essay from Gloria about her experience: I started doing Pilates in 1999. In 2012, I started THE WORK with Vintage Pilates. In the 13 years in between, I… Read More

We are happy to share this entertaining and heartfelt Q & A we recently did with Wade Edwell. Wade hails from Australia, where he runs a Pilates Studio (Proper Pilates). We have been privileged to be part of Wade’s Pilates journey since 2016, when he came to our studio for a week of independent study. As you’ll read in his writing, he is witty and fun — and clearly brings passion and discipline to his practice. Thanks, Wade, for this interview! We especially like what you say about learning how to work from the inside out. How did… Read More

With Assessments for the 2018 Class of THE WORK due in just a few months (November 4!), we thought this would be a good time to revisit a little essay written last year by a graduate of THE WORK. Noam Gagnon is owner of Beyond Pilates in Vancouver, and founder, Artistic Director and choreographer of the critically acclaimed Holy Body Tattoo dance company. He wrote about how his experience at Pilates Camp helped him prepare for THE WORK, and get a solid introduction of the Vintage Pilates philosophy. Enjoy Noam’s take on Pilates Camp and THE WORK below! Jay… Read More

In “Voices of Classical Pilates II: Mens Work”, Peter Fiasca has gathered writings from thirty Classical Pilates teachers in this much-anticipated sequel to “Voices of Classical Pilates.” This book features an open letter to Pilates instructors, written by our own Jay Grimes. You will also find essays from Sandy Shimoda, Graduates of THE WORK, and other great Classical teachers in “Voices II.” Topics include: Championship Football and Pilates An Olympic Athlete’s Guidance A Cardiac Surgeon’s Viewpoint Chiropractics and Contrology Men and The Powerhouse Gender Imbalance in Pilates Connecting Brain and Body International Perspectives Martial Arts and Classical Pilates Starting Pilates… Read More

This month, Deborah Stone was gracious enough to answer our “Client Feature” questionnaire. Deborah is a fixture at the studio, coming in several times a week for VP classes. We have become so used to her sunny and disciplined presence, that it was a surprise to remember that she has been a client for just over 1 year! We have loved to watch Deborah’s evolution. She embodies one of the philosophies that Jay Grimes espouses: simply show up consistently, put in the work, and without overthinking things, or being dramatic, profound transformations will occur. How did you discover pilates? I… Read More

We are thrilled that our newest teacher, Keion, agreed to answer a few questions about her life and passions. Keion is a writer, as well as a Pilates instructor, and her analytical approach to life comes through in this interview. Enjoy! Why Did You Become a Pilates Teacher? The seed was planted by a desire to take control of my own health and fitness, and of course, what better way to do that than to become a Pilates teacher?! I became immersed right away and found immense joy in being able to help others feel stronger, healthier and overall,… Read More

We are thrilled that our longtime client Joanne agreed to answer a few questions about Pilates! By day, she is a high powered attorney. By night (she mostly comes to evening classes), she’s a Pilates powerhouse. Joanne says Pilates is essential to her wellbeing, helping her be aligned, comfortable, and joyful. 1) How did you discover Pilates? I discovered Pilates at about the same time that I started cycling for my first AIDS Ride in 1997. I was lifting weights, too, at the time (and still do), and I needed to be more in alignment. At this point 20 years… Read More

We are pleased to present this interview with Ken Heizman — a longtime client of Jay Grimes, and a graduate of both THE WORK and TEACHING THE WORK. A disciplined, independent “man of the earth,” Ken is the owner of The Original Method Pilates studio in Agoura Hills. Enjoy Ken’s take on Pilates, and get a glimpse into what inspires his own practice and teaching. Describe what Pilates has done for you in one sentence: Pilates has helped me in all aspects of my life. How did THE WORK change your teaching and your practice? THE WORK was a rewarding… Read More

Many people requested that our online workshops be available to people, even if they can’t make it to the live event. Now, we can finally make this happen! Webshops will now stream for 24 hours from when they go live! If you want to watch the webshops live, you can still do that, and take advantage of the live chat feature. We will roll out this NEW & IMPROVED Webshop format for two workshops during Spring Camp. Webshops on Saturday, April 29 (all workshops on Dubai time — video streams available for 24 hrs) Improve Your Relationship With Your Equipment… Read More

Prepare well, and get the most out of your lessons Whether you want to phase into VP Group Classes, or you want to take the plunge and challenge yourself in Jay Grimes’ VP Class, here are some tips for a successful workout. Remember: you must meet the prerequisite of at least one private lesson/consultation, and have an instructor give you clearance to take a VP Class. Additional prerequisites must be met to get into Jay’s VP Classes. How to prep for regular VP Class: 1. Work with your instructor to solidify your personal routine, and learn how to make use… Read More

Vintage Pilates studio is privileged to be able to observe Jay Grimes in action every week, as he teaches his longtime clients. Until now, Jay’s schedule has been virtually completely closed to new bookings. But, starting in 2017, we are offering a new and exciting way for you to work with Jay. Three times a week, Jay is now teaching special VP Group classes. Mondays, 2pm-3pm Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:30pm Thursdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm Classes max out at 6 people, and are $75. You must be cleared by Vintage Pilates staff to take this class. For more details, contact Dena at teachers@vintagepilates.com. Don’t… Read More

We are delighted to present our Q & A with Sam Walley. Sam was part of the very first Class of THE WORK, back in 2012, and she continues her studies at Vintage with regular lessons. Sam is a fixture in the South Bay Pilates community, where she runs her own studio and teacher training program (Vital Balance Pilates). Describe what Pilates has done for you in one sentence: Pilates has done so much for me, it is hard to summarize in a single sentence: my Pilates practice has restored and created health both for my body… Read More

The perfect gift for the Pilates-lover in your life! These photographs look like they were taken back in Joseph Pilates’ heyday. But don’t be fooled. These are recent snaps of Vintage Pilates instructors and graduates of THE WORK! Stop by the front desk to browse our catalogue and pick up a print to adorn your home studio – or buy one as a gift for a Pilates friend. All prints are $27.… Read More

A Weekend with Jay Saturday, February 18 ~ Sunday, February 19 Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the teachings of Jay Grimes. For one weekend, get hands-on, personal attention in a special 2 hour studio class, and take workshops on rare topics. Workshops Joe’s Accessories Saturday, February 18, 2:30pm – 4:30pm Book Workshop In-Studio ($200) Book Workshop Live Stream ($200) Joseph Pilates invented accessories to address the needs of his clients. Jay Grimes will present not-so-frequently used apparatus like the Foot Corrector, Toe Exerciser, Breath-a-cizer, Sandbag, Magic Circle, 2 x 4, and Neck Stretcher. He will show you… Read More

Back in 2012, Jay talked to Pilates Style Magazine about teaching men. The photos are from a workshop Jay taught that covered men’s exercises in the Pilates repertoire. Up until that time, it was the most crowded the studio had ever been! Here’s an excerpt: Grimes makes no apologies to women for reviving the “Men’s Exercises.” “The world was different back when Joe taught,” says Grimes, who began his studies with Pilates in the mid-’60s. “Pilates was developed by a man, for men. Joe created exercises specifically for boxers, gymnasts, any kind of athlete—nobody else exercised back then. Joe’s exercises… Read More