Pilates Elder Jay Grimes teaching a Chairs Workshop

The 3 Pilates Chairs

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In this workshop, Jay Grimes shares his knowledge on how the three Pilates chairs were taught to him by Joe Pilates including the Arm Chair, Wunda Chair and High Chair. In Joe’s studio, the chairs were used as a way to give a body the extras it needed and that is how Jay works with them himself. He demonstrates a variety of uses for each chair, from using the Arm Chair for tight shoulders or teaching the Swakate, the High Chair for improving stability and strength, or practicing control on the Wunda Chair. Along the way, Jay tells what Joe did to get you to work the way he wanted. These glimpses into the original studio are wonderful lessons on their own and often provide a completely new understanding about how an exercise can be taught effectively. You can find the apparatus used in this workshop at: Gratz Pilates. Filmed at the Arizona Classical Pilates Conference, organized by The Pilates Core.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Jean Goulet 7 years ago

    Thank you, Jay. I love hearing your recollections of learning and teaching in Joe’s studio. Your an amazing teacher, thank you for sharing. …and thank you, Alisa for following Jay around with your cameras!

  2. soul_eil

    This workshop made me feel like I never left the Big Bear Intensive. Thanks Alisa for putting this on here so I can take a workshop whenever I feel the need. Thanks Jay for all your juicy little bits of history and your calm demeanor, yet the work gets done. Little adjustments= big rewards, I saw the changes in ability as soon as alignment was corrected. Great :))

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Ah soul_el, I couldn’t agree more with your comment, we are so lucky to get to follow Jay around with a camera. Thank you Jay!

  3. lghammerle

    Hi Jay, I’m curious how many times per week clients came in to workout in Joe’s studio? If they came more than once a week, was their goal generally to do reformer, mat and maybe a bit of another apparatus? Thank you for your insight!

    • Alisa Wyatt

      This looks like an excellent question for our next Coffee with Jay interview! Stay tuned Lauren :).

  4. joesmat 7 years ago

    It seems to me that the most common cue Jay gave was to keep length in your torso, and reach/lengthen. Few words, and, the simplicity of this gentleman’s Instructions makes him unique. For example, practice, practice. Don’t have any Chairs!
    A privilege to watch and learn from this most gracious gentleman.

  5. ladyjane 7 years ago

    Jay, What a pleasure and privilege to see this class! what a treasure you are! Wonderful to hear the stories about Mr.Pilates and also the respect that you have for Romana. You are so humble yet so great ……Thank You ! thank You! Thank you!

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