"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.
- 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.
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.
Written by Jennifer DeLuca
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?!
Written by Jennyfer Gonzales, Pilates Teacher at Sportspilates
JENNYFER IS DOING THE PILATESOLOGY 30 SESSION CHALLENGE
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.
Written by Yung Ok Yoo
On November 25th, 2017 we hosted our studio’s Christmas Party for 2017 — the sense of community was well and truly alive as we came in celebration to toast the end of the year and more importantly to our Pilates community of clients and peers.
So often we get caught up in the day to day running of the studio — albeit as an instructor focused on teaching or as a client taking a session. We can easily forget as individuals ‘we’ are part of a community. It was lovely to see clients connecting over their dedication to Pilates, and for us as instructors — it was a great way to share more of ourselves without loosing focus and being a distraction during class time.
Written by Winsor Choza Pilates
The Champions for Care and a Cure Benefit is a one-night-only special event features wine tasting, gourmet dinner, silent and live auction, and the presentation of the Golden West Chapter’s Essey Awards to notable heroes of the ALS community. The event takes place on Saturday, December 2, at the luxurious Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica.
If you can't be with us on December 2nd, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. Help us find a cure.
Senso Pilates Studio
Photo credit: Wernonika Ratlowska
There are many paths to the Pilates Method, and my highway was built on the design, construction, and mechanics. But I think that’s fairly normal and common if you start out as an architect!
After discovering Pilates, I was fascinated not only by the movement of the body, but by the function of the apparatus as well. Right from the start, I imagined building my own machines. It wasn’t until later that I learned that these devices aren’t machines at all, since a machine has a motor. The motor for all Pilates equipment is, of course, the moving body! With every discovery like this, I became more obsessed.
It had always been a dream of mine to build furniture; tables, benches, and so on, so I thought why not build my own Pilates equipment? The perfect hobby for an architect and Pilates trainer!