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Health | Pure Pilate Brings LA-Based, First Generation Master Pilates Teacher, Jay Grimes, to Dubai

This year, has been about me – not in a selfish way but I realise more and more that I need to up the self-care in my schedule. I have always been a huge fan of pilates – I think it is important for us mothers to stay fit and to keep our core strong. I had a terrible back for several years because of the 4 children, and would take a voltaren a day for almost a year just after baby number 4.  I had previously done pilates and knew the benefits and would recommend it to mums.  However, for the first 8 months after delivering my fourth child, my attempts at exercise were futile. I just didn’t have time or the energy to look after myself.  Then,  I just couldn’t cope with the pain anymore and I committed to a year of physiotherapy with pilates at Up and Running, and I am feeling great again. I saw the great news that PURE Pilates, a Pilates studio in is bringing LA based, Jay Grimes, a First Generation Master Pilates teacher to Dubai.  If you are curious about pilates it is really worth a try but always make sure your teachers are properly qualified.  Although I have never been to Pure Pilates I am definitely keen to try a lesson with Jay Grimes.

Jay Grimes

This is Jay’s first visit to Dubai and bringing him to the region is part of PURE Pilates commitment to spreading the original work of Joseph Pilates. Jay is one of the few people in the world who worked with Joseph and Clara Pilates in their studio, will be coming to Dubai to host the global Vintage Pilates Teachers Spring Camp and private classes.

Jay Grimes began his studies with Joe Pilates in the mid-sixties, and after Joe’s death continued with Joe’s wife, Clara, for another 10 years until her death. Jay began teaching in the original 8th Ave studio in New York and has since taught all over the world. Jay danced professionally, ballet and Broadway for 18 years, and never had an injury. This he attributes entirely to Pilates. Jay is valued in the Pilates community for his experience, humility and integrity in maintaining the work of Joe Pilates.

Coming to Dubai with Jay is Sandy Shimoda, who has been teaching movement since the 1980’s and was introduced to Pilates in 1994. She has been a private student of Jay Grimes since 2004, and opened her renowned LA based studio, Vintage Pilates with the hope of providing a place for students to access the wealth of understanding that Jay has to offer.

Jay and Sandy will teach a combined seven workshops, and offer private lessons and VP Group classes.  Classes can be booked directly with PURE Pilates.  VP Group Classes are group lessons, done the way Joe Pilates taught them. They are small classes (up to six people) where practitioners work on their own, individualized series of exercises, under the guidance of a Vintage Pilates instructor. Focus on flowing through your movements, gain independence and take control of your workout.

PURE Pilates

PURE Pilates is owned by Susanna Foustok, who in 2013, was accepted to study under Jay Grimes at his studio, Vintage Pilates.  She completed their intensive Masters Programme – ‘The Work’, in 2014 and was one of the small group of people that Jay selected personally to continue the apprenticeship in 2015-2016.  There are only 22 people in the world who have completed the two-year mentorship and Susanna is the only person in the UAE with this training.

For full details on the timetable and group class schedule, please visit:



Dubai’s new craze | The best workout for mums | NYLA Method from USA

NYLA Method  was brought to Dubai by Andrea deBellis – one of the original founders of Barrecorre on the King’s Road, London.  Lizzie Johnstone, mum of two based in Abu Dhabi, is now very much involved with the NYLA Method business with Andrea.  I wanted to share Lizzie’s story on NYLA Method after Lizzie recommended me to try their prenatal personal training (more on the blog soon about that), and I agree with Lizzie – the NYLA Method team must one of the best types of exercises in Dubai and Abu Dhabi at the moment.  It must be very special too especially when the Harpers Baazar and Emirates Women teams have been spotted (via instragram) at the beautcamp every morning – it’s a 630am start.  Hardcore.

Can you tell us about the NYLA Method?

THE NYLA METHOD is the US Barre workout craze, revamped and refined. It is a fun and dynamic 60 minute workout that targets women’s problem areas, tones every muscle group and boosts metabolism to enable sustainable weight loss. The NYLA Method incorporates concepts from barre fitness, yoga, pilates and cardio to shape and lengthen the body in just under an hour.

Why is it a good exercise/technique for mums to choose?

Mums are very short on time!  This workout is tough but all done in 60 minutes, and it gets results in all the problem areas and fast.   If you are prepared to give up 3 hours per week to a NYLA Class, you will see a change within 2 weeks, and it will knock any other class you do out of the park. Furthermore, the NYLA Method focuses a lot on your core and thus really helps suck your tummy in after pregnancy.

The amazing NYLA Instructors, specifically recruited from the US and Australia to be a part of NYLA, will push you to your limits to help you achieve the best results – and will keep you smiling throughout the process!  They are all so knowledgeable and it is not just a class – they will talk with you about your problem areas and help you work out a plan to improve them.

Why did you choose to get involved with the brand?

I have lived and worked in the UAE for a total of 8 years, with 6 in Abu Dhabi, and have had 2 children since moving here.  I have tried many excercise classes here and never been totally satisfied by any of them.

I’ve been involved in some capacity with NYLA for a long time, and although was previously an account director for an exciting branding agency, when I was asked to get involved on a more permanent basis in helping to launch NYLA – it was an opportunity that I could not refuse.  Andrea DeBellis, our founder, is inspiring and has built an amazing reputation with her knowledge, experience, and ambition.

With my knowledge of the UAE and experience in new business start ups and project management, I am able to help shape the brand to provide something new and exciting with many different levels to not just Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but to the region.

We know that you are a mum to two beautiful boys.  How has it made a difference to your mummy physique after the training?

I struggled with my weight after having both boys, as I found it difficult to find the time to exercise with kids, a busy job, life… and a husband.  The NYLA Method works. FACT.  It has lifted, tightened, squeezed and toned all my problem areas and has made me feel so much more confident in my own skin.  Personally, I saw a difference in 2 weeks, and dropped a dress size within 4 weeks.

How many times a week do you train with the NYLA Method team?

I train with the team 3 times per week – and more if I can fit it in.  I’m totally hooked – and that’s coming from someone who would usually prefer a comfy sofa and a chocolate biscuit!

Were you always into health and nutrition?  What sparked the interest?

I have always been into food!  The health and nutrition part has come in my 30s since having children and realizing that I have the odd extra wrinkle!  I’m passionate about good food and it is so easy in the UAE to eat too much, and of the wrong things.  I’ve tried every diet in the book.  Nothing compares to eating a balanced healthy diet full of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, coupled with regular focused exercise.  I feel better, have more energy and look a much more improved version of myself…  Hand on heart I look so much better approaching 35 than I ever did in my 20s.

NYLA Method Classes are held at Emirates Golf Club Dubai, Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat, and we are shortly to announce classes at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi. 

Why not kick start your bikini body by trying our Beautcamp at The Fairmont, the palm – 5days a week.  Also watch this space to hear about their new fabulous NYLA Studio to open in Dubai!

They also offer private and small group classes in house or in studio.

All their Classes are LADIES ONLY.

See http://www.nylamethod.com or email info@nylamethod.com for more information.