Classical Pilates Italia


The Classical Pilates Convention Rome 2018 has been organized by Cristina Pintucci’s Classical Pilates Italia. We spent 4 amazing days working hard but in total harmony, an atmosphere of great positivity has been created, the desire to work hard constantly with a smile on the lips. The feed backs were more than enthusiastic both from the presenters and from the participants.

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Simona Cipriani


Simona Cipriani | Art of Control | Gratz Archive Reformer


Welcome to The Art of Control Pilates Studio in Stamford, Connecticut. I’m Simona Cipriani, owner of The Art of Control Pilates Studio and Educational Director of The Art and Science of Contrology Pilates Instructor Training.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received our new Archive Reformer by Gratz Industries! I would like to take this opportunity to go over the differences between the Archive Reformer versus other Gratz Reformers we have at the studio. To "Test Drive" the Gratz Archive Reformer, you can book your visit by calling (203) 973 7262 or visit our website at

Let's go over the noticeable differences when performing the basic reformer sequence.

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Contrology Pilates Studio



Shoulder Blocks
I love the shorter shoulder blocks. They ‘embrace’ your shoulder in a different way when you laid down. Even on Stomach Massage hands back, was for some of my clients with tight shoulders a difference, because the hands are placed a little lower, so they did not sink that fast into their shoulders.

The thinner and harder foam on the carriage is so much better, at least for me. I have a small scoliosis, now I feel much better how my back is laid down on the carriage. Short Spine massage is one of those exercises where I feel a huge difference when articulating down. Plus it has the same effect if you take off the padding off the footbar. You feel better connected with the Reformer.

The O-ring on the straps are pretty smart – it happens that sometimes the handle and strap would not rotate freely, and that doesn’t happen anymore. And the 80” Reformer length and the shorter leather straps help in the rowing series and I feel so much better connected.

Gear Position
The deeper gear position seems to be safer when you change the gear.

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Written by Roberta Gratz


The year we were married,1965, Donald told me he was making some equipment for Henri Bendel’s department store. He didn’t explain what it was, just that it was an ‘apparatus.’ He explained that he had gone to the studio of the man who designed the apparatus and that it was some new kind of exercise equipment. I don’t remember if he told me that the studio belonged to a man named Joe Pilates; it would have meant nothing to me at the time.

I had been learning about Donald’s metal fabrication business (started in the 1920s by his father and a partner) since before we were married. I was especially interested in the big name sculptors and architects he was working for. I was fascinated, as well, by the variety of ‘oddities’ he was fabricating.

What he described to me sounded weird (who had ever heard the name Pilates before?) but Bendel’s? Well, that meant something to me as far as top of the line fashion goes.

Left Image:Romana Kryzanowska. Photo courtesy of Daria Pace


Time went on. I did not get access to any Bendel’s discounts and he was doing other things that interested me more. After all, I was a newspaper reporter at the New York Post covering all sorts of city development issues, including planning, architectural design, the art world and neighborhood change. And he was working for the best of them: Barnet Newman, Isamu Noguchi, I.M. Pei and Phillip Johnson.


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Written by Kira Lamb


When you’re a two-time Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion like Chris Robinson you value tradition, legacy, and respect for one’s teachers. As an International Pilates teacher himself, Chris honors his mentors Romana Kryzanowska and Jay Grimes with the conscious intention of preserving what Joesph Pilates passed on to them; and them to him. Not just the technical elements of each exercise and how they progressively and systematically fit into his Method; but also the spirit of the work. That spirit is about getting people to move while skillfully guiding them with the rhythm of your voice and the deliberate use of hands-on cues. It’s about developing the type of leadership that unites people from around the world toward one common goal - mental and physical conditioning for optimal function, quality of life, and longevity.


Not to be overlooked in the preservation of Joe’s legacy is his equipment. He spent a lifetime developing and refining each piece of apparatus to complement the intention behind every exercise in his Method. According to Chris, “The angles, the resistance, and the dimensions have to coincide with the work or you have to alter the work to fit the equipment.” So to remain true to Joe’s Method means choosing equipment that seamlessly integrates with it. Gratz is the oldest manufacturer of Mr. Pilates’ designs, and they remain at the forefront of the industry in hand-craftsmanship, quality, and integrity.

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Klasyczny Pilates



I am really grateful and happy to share this photos from our contrology conference in Lublin 14-16.09. It was Honor to have David with us.

It was great 3 days with amazing international trainers:

  • Dana Santi
  • Karen Frischmann
  • Jacqueline Martin

Conference visited teachers from around the world: France, Canada, USA, England, Russia and Bosnia. We are first in Poland full Gratz equipment studio who is open for local clients but also is an education center. We run one year program with Jacqueline Martin - Lineage Pilates. On January 10th - 13th, 2019 we will start 3 edition.

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Gratz Archive Reformer
Available Now


What are some of the differences in the Gratz Archive Reformer from the standard?

The Gratz Archive Reformer has a firmer, more dense foam. The firmer foam, provides the right amount of support for the different body parts. It allows the spine to find its place and in turn gives the lower back the feeling of being opened.

The shoulder blocks have a lower profile. This allows more space for the heel to work in and under the shoulder rest when need be. It also allows the heel to work in and over the shoulder block (as in knee stretches) and is more accommodating to various types of feet. The blocks compliment the shoulder alignment (as in snake/twist or stomach massage). The lower profile block also endorses our new strap attachment, allowing the strap (as in frogs/circles and short spine) to mimic the same angles used in mat work.

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"I love the archive reformer--I actually ask to use it. It's been a few weeks since I've used it last but here are a few recollections. I've noticed some clear differences that I find add value to my practice.

The foot bar - it's shaped differently with a flat top--more comfortable and thus easier for me to focus on footwork.

It's smaller and seems to have lighter springs which has a couple of impacts. You have to focus on control more. For several exercises it makes you get deeper into your core because you can't use the weight of the springs to push against when your legs are moving overhead.

I seem to recall it has less padding on the carriage which gives you more feel for how your back is aligning/engaging. I'm better at keeping my shoulders divorced from my ears (they have a love/hate relationship). Again, big fan! Thanks for bringing it back."

- Jessica Gilbert, Instructor at Real Pilates

The feedback on our recently released product, The Gratz Archive Reformer are coming in.
Read the latest reviews inside the post.

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Written by Brie Adina Neff


"We loved the Archive Reformer! Some words that were popping into my mind as we played were 'connected' and 'buttery' (specifically in reference to those delicious springs!)", says Brie Adina Neff.

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Written by Nicole Smith-Alvarez


Photo by M Scott Whitson Photography

During my first workout on the 80 inch Gratz Archival Reformer, I was banging the carriage in on footwork. Blah! The slack on the springs make you work to control the carriage in, so no mindless footwork here! Still, after a great workout I thought deeply about how uncomfortable and confined I felt on this reformer, which made me want to return the following day. I love a challenge! It also made me rethink “the box”. After all, as practitioners of Pilates we aim for a two way stretch from each exercise that is supported by lift and control within the body.

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Written by Jennifer DeLuca


My Body, My World by Jennifer DeLuca | BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium


Relationships are tricky. Friendships, courtships, co-working relationships all require thought and energy if you want them to go well. Recently, I had an epiphany that I am in a relationship with my body, and I am slacking. My schedule is a bunch of half-assed attempts to maybe get a class in. This in not a relationship that I feel good about.

What kind of relationship do you have with your body? Are you committed and kind? Are you abusive? Think about how you treat your friends, lovers, spouses, kids or your pets. Are you as good to your body as you are to them? Are you as good to your body as you are to the guy behind the counter at the deli? You might take your kids, partner or dog out to do something that will be fun, inspiring, challenging or motivating. Do you do that for your body?!

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Written by Jennyfer Gonzales, Pilates Teacher at Sportspilates



So to kick off 2018, I will be doing the 30 session challenge. No chicken out! Looking myself in the mirror I really don’t like what I’m seeing at the moment. As a Pom dancer/ cheerleader I used to be fit and full of energy. I’m retired from the dance scene now and instead I’m tired and bit overweight and have quite a few injuries.

So I decided to do something about it! As a pilatesteacher at Sportspilates it’s also a question of pride to be able to show the incredible strength that you get through Pilates training.

With the support of Gratz Pilates and our friends Pilatesology, we are kickstarting the new year. A new year and a new me!

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect “the perfect bikini body” in four weeks but I still expect a bit more toned and of course a stronger body. Wish me luck! And join me!

Check out first blog post here.

Kicking Off The New Year With A 30 Day Pilates Challenge

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