Pilates Elder Jay Grimes teaching the Knee Stretches

The Long Stretch Series

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As Jay often reminds his students, Pilates is a strong center and a 2 way stretch out of it. In this session, he shows how the Long Stretch Series on the Reformer (including: Long Stretch, Down Stretch, Up Stretch, Elephant, Elephant w/1 Leg plus a variation, and Long Back Stretch) is all about radiating the strength of your center out through your lower body instead of muscling through the movements with the arms. His student Melanie gets specific cues for her body as well as a couple of variations to help her connect that can help everyone understand this series better. Find out more about working with Jay Grimes at www.VintagePilates.com where this class was filmed.

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  1. Cokinagram 4 months ago


  2. Edita 9 months ago

    Thank you, Jay! Love love love it!!!

  3. susan h lawrence
    susan h lawrence 1 year ago

    oops! love THESE bites. :O

  4. susan h lawrence
    susan h lawrence 1 year ago

    Love this bites. AND I figured out what I needed for my struggling LBS, OMGrimes, he does it again.

  5. Tracy Sue Du Plessis 2 years ago

    That was great thank you for the detail. Should one eventually not bend the elbows in Long Back stretch?

  6. jleelake 2 years ago

    Thank you so much Jay! You are a true master at work!
    My goal is to be able to work with you!!

  7. What a difference those small details make. Thank you for sharing your teachings and learnings from Mr. Pilates with all of us Pilates aficionados. We are so fortunate to have you Mr. Grimes. I hope to work with you sometime soon.

  8. darien
    darien 3 years ago

    Thank you, Jay????

  9. mouse 3 years ago

    So wonderful !! Can’t thank you enough ♡+♡=❤²

  10. Miriam 4 years ago

    I’m loving this!!! Wonderful!!!

  11. soul_eil

    Jay Grimes! Does it get any more awesome than this?!?! These are exactly the types of videos I come to this site for… Learn learn learn. The workshops and
    Pieces of brilliance imparted from such gifted teachers as you. I feel privileged to have taken the few live workshops that I have from you. This reminder of your practicing what you preach with minimal cueing, just enough hands on… Voila! Great job to both you and your student.

  12. Jennifer Allen
    Fitmom01 5 years ago

    So fantastic! Thank you!

  13. Lisa Reed 6 years ago


  14. skysky 7 years ago

    One of the best so far! Great job!

  15. Love this series and thank you Jay – got some nice reminders here. Can’t wait to see you in the UK in September x

  16. Ann 7 years ago

    Thank you for having Jay Grimes…….Can’t get enough!

  17. LKVB 7 years ago

    Thank you for the Jay fix! Love these mini classes !!!!

  18. ladyjane 7 years ago

    Wonderful Jay! Great to see you come to the forefront with your genius of Joe !
    Learning so much from you! Would love to spend some time with you to soak up some more of your knowledge. you are such an inspiration.

  19. joesmat 7 years ago

    Thank you indeed Mr Grimes for going through the fine detail in each of these exercises on the Reformer.
    Kathi Ross Nash recently shared some of these recently in her class “Kathi’s Reformer on the Mat” and so now, I am able to practice them on the mat, and of course with the convenience of a shiny wooden floor!
    Having had lower back problems for 20 years, I find great value in practicing these movements correctly, as you have now so clearly outlined, and feel the muscles of spine really working and strengthening as I practice.
    It is particularly interesting and informative to hear its not about the ROM, but, what you feel as you work “correctly”.
    A privilege again to learn from this gentleman.

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