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Over a half century ago Frank Gratz applied his engineering and metal work expertise in conjuction with Joe’s designs. Frank’s son Donald continued this commitment to preserving the integrity of the apparatus and in the late 1960’s collaborated with Romana as she carried on the Pilates Legacy. Today Sari meets with Gratz general manager David Rosencrans who also takes lessons at True Pilates. Thanks to these relationships, Gratz has maintained a fidelity to Pilates’ oringinal vision by fabricating apparatus with unerring craftsmanship and exacting specifications as designed and developed by Joe Pilates.

The studio has New Zealand’s largest range of Gratz apparatus, imported from New York, designed to Joseph Pilates’ specifications. Five Reformers provide a range of exercises from simple to advanced. We have three Wunda Chairs for a balance and strength challenge, a High Chair which is great for alignment and control and a Baby Chair for posture and upper body strength. Two Cadillacs provide spring resistance to stabilise, articulate and stretch the whole body. There are three types of barrels at the studio – three Ladder Barrels for stretching and developing the powerhouse, and two Spine Correctors and two Small Barrels for opening the spine, shoulders and hips. The Guillotine (the only one in New Zealand) is an impressive piece of apparatus originally designed for home use in the doorways of New York apartments, and offers stretching exercises and gymnastic aerial work. The Pedi-Pole provides resistance for spinal alignment and standing posture. Mat work, which is the foundation of all Pilates exercises, is done on the specially-designed High Mats which incorporate foot straps and bars. Smaller apparatus like Magic Circles, Arm Weights, Weighted Poles, Push-Up Handles, Bean Bag, Toe Stretchers, and the Foot Corrector are all designed to address specific needs for each individual client.

“Gratz is an undeniable part of Pilates history having built Universal Reformers to Joseph Pilates rigorous specifications, but it is even more essential part of this exercise method’s future. No other Pilates apparatus feels as good, lasts as long or preserves the Pilates Method as safely and authentically as Gratz. The difference is clear with the first workout.”– Romana Kryzanowska

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