Jay Grimes Tips on the Pilates Ladder Barrell

Jay Grimes on the Pilates Ladder Barrel

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In this short video, First Generation teacher Jay Grimes shares his tips on how to use the Ladder Barrel effectively. If you own a Ladder Barrel there's wonderful information for you here, from how to do the Swan Dive without crunching your low back; stretches to relax and open your shoulders and upper back; exercises to work your sides, and much more. Jay shows ways to simplify and exercise for a beginner or add challenge for a strong, experienced student. Jay often uses the Ladder Barrel to help those with back issues and it's worth noting that Deena, his student for this video, had a sore back before they began and after doing these lengthening and balancing exercises, her back felt much better. Find out more about working with Jay Grimes at www.VintagePilates.com where this class was filmed.

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  1. LauraCotler
    LauraCotler 2 years ago

    I love the upper back arch under the shoulder blades…a hands on Jay gave me on T allowed me to finally figured it out in my own body (I think I made a noise like a tennis player! Thank you Jay!

  2. keren 3 years ago

    Dena oh my gosh you are looking sooooo good!!!!! Jay, I hadnt been in Pilatesology for a few weeks, and this video was like drinking hot chocolate infront of a fireplace! Thank you and look forward to seeing you both soon ☺️

  3. Centropilatesgranada
    Centropilatesgranada 3 years ago

    I love this series in the Barrel! My abdomen feels very strong and my back is very flexible. My oblique abs work a lot

  4. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Thanks MR. Jay and Deena, I am watching this video again, and I am learning always. Learning in my own path as a Student. In Fact Amy Kellow is suggesting me to see this video again and again and reaching the better understanding of the simplicity. Now time to practice! Thanks to all.

  5. Barbara Stamis 5 years ago

    Those last moments on that clip totally just made my night.. <3 !

  6. joelcrosby

    This was great to review again. Jay your cues are rich with details. Deena it was great to watch you move. 🙂

  7. CCpilates 6 years ago

    Thanks Jay

  8. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Love it! Learning from Jay! The best! Thanks

  9. Ann 7 years ago

    Loved It! More Jay 🙂

  10. Runjoy
    Runjoy 7 years ago

    Thanks Jay Your teaching is always so clear, informing and fun. I have so many
    clients with tight shoulders and low back issues that will benefit from this great
    ladder barrel sequence!

  11. Alessandra Magalhães 7 years ago

    Love your Work! 🙂

  12. Davamadez
    Davamadez 7 years ago

    I love it Jay¡ thank you¡

  13. I love the ladder barrel and watching Jay teaching it makes me very happy! I especially enjoyed watching the second lift on the swan! Very helpful!
    Thank you Jay and Pilatesology!

  14. joesmat 7 years ago

    The best lesson on protecting your back you will ever see! This to me was very special.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Andrea Maida
    Andrea Maida 7 years ago

    Thank you Jay – I love this one – and it is almost time to watch White Christmas again…!

  16. FrankZito

    Don’t you just LOVE Jay’s sense of humor? Pilates really can and should be a good time.

  17. Yay! THanks Jay! I loved how you pointed out the 2 different spots for the backbend on the Swan. I am going to start using that image for my clients today! But of course the best part was the last 5 seconds;)

    • LKVB 7 years ago

      Yes loved the Jay and Deena sisters moment!!! 🙂

  18. hadrianus
    hadrianus 7 years ago

    Loved it!! Thank you soooo much.

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