Right on this table with that thread and that sewing machine is where our very talented seamstresses sew your upholstery. The product we use is a synthetic vinyl developed in America by a company called Naugahyde. No matter what color you pick, the Gratz team sits down and machine sews your chosen color to your made to order apparatus. In addition to being easy to clean, the fabric we use have been proven to be stain-resistant, durable, fire retardant and antimicrobial. It is synthetic leather that is incredibly durable and created to be long-lasting. Our team hand cuts the foam and straps.
The Factory is buzzing with excitement as we work diligently to catch up and get your custom orders out to you as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience and continued support. Gratz is Where Art Meets Science
All made in the USA at our Philadelphia factory. What is your favorite exercise on each of these bars? Please tell us your favorite and why on our Instagram page.
Meet the Grinding Department. Here is Hector Torres, Michael Mitchell, ismael López-Steele and Mike Vanans making the best Pilates apparatus in the world here in the 🇺🇸
The most important factor in our equipment is the frame to maintain stability. The Reformer frame is made from either attractive solid hardwood or metal frames. Our aluminum frame is made up of 60% post-industrial recycled material.
Aluminum is a versatile, lightweight, durable metal. We use this metal over others because it weighs less by volume and naturally non-corrosive. The aluminum forms an oxide layer that naturally guards against various compounds.
The aluminum extrusion we use to make the reformer is about 24 foot long and has a bull nose: a curved surface that prevents cuts when getting on and off a reformer. We cut it with a double Miter Saw and make them simultaneously at a 45 degree cut and then put them together to breathe life into the reformer.
Pipes on the Cadillac and the Studio Wall Unit are special on the Gratz apparatus. It's very strong- we use schedule 40 galvanized pipes so it has a very thick feel. Galvanizing is a process where liquid Zinc is electrostatically put on the surface to prevent rust. We smooth it out but we don't polish it- we leave a 'tooth' so that when you are working on the equipment you have a good grip and have stability. Once the frames are made, they are welded and chased: a process of grinding and profiling the aluminum. All the craftsman at Gratz have been practicing their skills for many years. It is very important that the welder accurately penetrates the aluminum for maximum strength and safety.
Foot Correctors are cast of Solid Bronze in a foundry located in Philadelphia. We use a mold that we inherited from Joseph Pilates back in 1938. This durable bronze alloy lasts a long time!
Our company was started by Frank Gratz in New York City in 1928 as a custom fabrication shop producing industrial design prototypes, architectural metal, furniture and sculpture for many of the world's greatest designers.
Our wood working department is organized by father and son duo, Jiang and Jay. The Baby Arm Chair design is based off an original model at Drago's gym in NYC and comes from Joseph Pilates studio. We are committed to maintaining the proportions and integrity of his work. It is all manufactured from scratch.
SMALL ITEMS AT WORK
“During our training program for teachers, we had the chance to test different brand of equipment, and their aim is to look like Gratz. In our humble opinion, they are not even close to Gratz. Every detail matters to practice true contrology, and we are proud representatives of the brand in our studio. Our clients let us know how good they feel in these magic inventions developed by Joe.”
“Pilates is the system that fits perfectly to different people - trained and beginners, very young and the elderly, energetic and tired. Gratz is the only and best equipment which makes your training Real Pilates; helps achieve body and mind Control.”
“The equipment provides the right amount of resistance for the push and pull you need for optimal strength and flexibility. The measurements of the barrels are so precise, they protect the spine and feel so delicious. Because each reformer is handcrafted, I love how each has its own personality. The feedback we get from our clients is a deep appreciation for the Gratz equipment and that comfort is most important to us.”
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