February 2017 | Pasadena, California
“Gratz apparatus is the ultimate word in tradition, precision, quality, craftsmanship, reliability, and beauty. ”
True Pilates Pasadena
True Pilates Pasadena was founded in 2014 by Grete Gryzwana, a second generation Pilates instructor certified by Romana Kryzanowska. Sessions are offered in a sunlight-filled studio across from the Pacific Asia Museum in the historic Playhouse District of Pasadena, California. We use only Gratz apparatus, and teach the original method created and designed by health and fitness pioneer Joseph Pilates. Our clients come from all walks of life, and range in age from early teens to late eighties. All our clients work hard and have fun improving their strength, balance, control, stretch and endurance with the proven Pilates Method.
Located just minutes off three major Los Angeles area freeways, True Pilates Pasadena serves the greater Los Angeles area and is the single exclusively Romana’s Pilates studio in the San Gabriel Valley. Visitors to the area, who are traveling from all parts of the United States, also seek us out and to train in our Pilates Method.
True Pilates Pasadena welcomes all fitness and experience levels, and is dedicated to meeting the health and fitness needs and goals of each and every person.
Grete Gryzwana, founder of True Pilates Pasadena, is a second generation Pilates instructor certified by Romana Kryzanowska, the protégé of Joseph Pilates. Selected for the prestigious teacher training program at the Pilates Studio of New York, Grete studied with Romana and Sari Mejia Pace. Since her certification in 1998, Grete has continued to study, practice, and teach the classical, Romana's Pilates Method. Professional and aspiring dancers, singers, athletes and numerous other individuals have relied on Grete’s expertise and experience to guide them toward optimum fitness through the Pilates Method.
Today, Grete continues her training with Trish Garland, Michael Levy, and Cynthia Lochard, and maintains her continuing education with other Romana’s Pilates master instructors.
Active for more than three decades in the dance world as a successful choreographer and teacher, Grete is the founder and artistic director of The Epiphany Dance Company, and teaches at The Wooden Floor.
All True Pilates Pasadena instructors are Romana certified, and active in continued training and education.
"In 1995, I started doing Pilates after a severe car accident. Although I was dancing professionally and competing as an equestrian at the time of my injuries, I was amazed at how quickly Pilates helped me recover, and I surpassed my pre-accident strength and fitness. This led me to pursue teacher training and certification with Romana. My plan was to integrate Pilates into the dance and fitness courses I was already teaching. As my apprenticeship began, I saw how the Pilates Method develops strong, flexible bodies in all walks of life, for a wide range of activities. Every client's strength, posture, focus, agility and flexibility improved. My plan shifted to sharing Pilates with all kinds of people. I've never looked back. Through the years I've had the privilege of guiding hundreds of individuals toward optimum fitness with Pilates. I continue to be inspired by the work, always learning and experiencing its benefits in new ways. With each new client, overtime, I see the genius of Joseph Pilates at work.” - Grete Gryzwana
True Pilates Pasadena uses only Gratz apparatus. Gratz fabricates their equipment using the specifications intended by Joseph Pilates. Each apparatus places the body in position to provide the right amount of stability or resistance to optimize movements and form. Bodies transform, and the whole person experiences the unique Pilates stretch, strength, concentration and control. Gratz apparatus is the ultimate word in tradition, precision, quality, craftsmanship, reliability, and beauty.
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