I am the Recipient of the first Gratz Pilates Scholarship for the Equinox Pilates Training Program! I am honored to be the #Winner of a #FullScholarship from Gratz Pilates who is partnered with EQUINOX. I am not sure how to expound without complete honesty! In 2018 I suffered a horrible back injury that resulted in a herniated disc during the run of a theater show. I will never forget the pain and frustration that came with this injury, and little did I know the effect it would have on my body and career moving forward.

Along with the frustrations of losing my health insurance, and the show refusing to pay for the costs of my recovery; I knew it was up to me if I wanted get better.I flew home and after weeks of physical therapy (which came from my own personal savings account, with no help from anyone from the production studio), I started my journey with Pilates. The moment I sat on the reformer in class I knew my body would heal. With deep tissue work, coupled with the magical power of Pilates, I knew that my body and career would be saved!

After the class, I inquired immediately, “How can I Become an instructor?” I was told the full commitment one must have, and the cost. I would need to pay over $7,000 to become an instructor. I wondered how this would become a reality.That is, until I heard and applied for Gratz Scholarship.

I will train with EQUINOX’s and New York City’s Master Instructors for an entire year! WOW! Post Completion of 450 hours of training and Comprehensive Exams and I will begin instructing my own classes and transforming the body's dependencies on addictive medications and debilitating injuries to the magic and modern day practice of PILATES. The practice that not only heals, but strengthens your body holistically.My goal is to give back to the New York theater community and serve as a health coach to those in need, with or without quality health insurance.I will document my one year journey on my social media, so get ready! I am truly a believer in the #Healing And #Transformative Power Of Pilates, and I am #Honored to start this #Journey.Thank you to Gratz_Pilates Alexia P. Hammonds Equinox, the Gratz family,and most of all for blessing me to be a blessing to the world through the POWER OF Pilates!


Joshua Keith”




Our mission is to support the classical Pilates community and foster the education of new and existing instructors. Our Comprehensive Scholarship Program is an initiative to support the next generation of instructors that will keep the classical work alive. It's important that we contribute to preserving the legacy of Joseph Pilates through exposing people to his original work on the apparatus he originally designed to support his system of exercises - GRATZ
On Pilates Day May 4th, 2019, Gratz will launch the first Gratz Pilates Comprehensive Scholarship Contest in association with our friends at EQUINOX, with the winner receiving a full scholarship from Gratz for the EQUINOX Pilates Institute teacher certification program. The scholarship will provide the opportunity for a deserving candidate to fulfill their dream to study, practice, and become a certified Pilates instructor. Our Director of Community Relations, Alexia P. Hammonds, created the initiative to allow Gratz to support deserving individuals who are unable to afford the associated costs for comprehensive Pilates education and certification.

We are proud to "give back" and support the Pilates community and we will be launching additional scholarship programs in the near future with various teacher training and certification programs-- so stay tuned!

Gratz will work closely with EQUINOX to select the top 3 finalists and ultimate winner! EQUINOX’s Pilates Institute Teacher Training PROGRAM details (attendance, lessons, testing, etc) will be directly coordinated through EQUINOX. The scholarship winner will work closely with Gratz as we follow their program journey through our social media platform and executing their community service project.

Including tuition, the scholarship winner also receives:

1 year subscription to Pilatesology

$149 VALUE

Also have the opportunity to be a "body" in an upcoming Pilatesology video.

Receive ToeSox product


3 day Intensive Training with Chris Robinson

$1,000 VALUE

Support and assistance planning a Pilates based community service event in your city. 

Gratz believes in supporting the community and it is important that the winner gives back to their community!

An outfit from lululemon

$250 VALUE

GRATZ PILATES promotional items (t-shirts, tanks, tote bag, notebook)


What you need to know:

MAY 4TH 2019


Submissions officially open. Candidates must successfully fill out the submission form to be considered.

MAY 20TH 2019


Submissions closed.

JUNE 3RD 2019


Finalists are selected and announced on our social media platforms.

JUNE 10TH 2019


Winner announced.