Apparatus How To – Intermediate Gratz Reformer

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This workshop follows Kathi's earlier workshop on the Beginner Reformer. Here, she explains in detail how to advance to an Intermediate level workout and how a traditionally made apparatus (she recommends Gratz Pilates) can be used for maximum benefit. She provides explicit detail for each exercise including different variations for body needs, number of repetitions, goals and what an exercise stimulates in other areas of the body. Try putting the details you learn here to work in the Flowing Intermediate Reformer that follows this one–you’ll complete the exercises from this session in 30 minutes. Thanks to Dana Santi and Colleen Naughton Strong at The Pilates Core in LaGrange, IL where this class was filmed. Visit them for Pilates sessions, teacher training and upcoming conferences. For info on training with Kathi visit:

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  1. chikitta 1 year ago

    J’adore ! Thank you Patrick xx

  2. 2 years ago

    I can’t tell you how deeply meaningful this video was to me….all the juicy details…they spoke to me…and they made the repertoire come alive in a whole new way. A whole new layer of depth has been added to my understanding of the work- and to my teaching. Thank you Kathi for sharing your expertise and love for Pilates. You are simply AMAZING.

  3. Dinmanfit 3 years ago

    Wonderful! I noticed Gratz Reformers also come in 86 and 89 inches (i know you said the standard is 80), would you ever recommend those lengths?

  4. soul_eil

    This video is a Going More Joe staple!!! I just keep learning from you!

  5. downtownpilates 6 years ago


    I haven’t met you, but have been watching your videos for a long time. You have really helped me become such a strong and dynamic instructor and I really appreciate you for that. I have only been teaching for 5 years, but hope to one day become even 1/2 the instructor that you are. Thank you so much and please keep posting videos!! 🙂

  6. Jon Hawkins

    Lordy! I feel like I could do this ten times and still be getting lots out of it. In awe of Tony as I completed this in two stints and I’m shaking!

  7. Fernanda Dutra 7 years ago

    As always, you are amazing Kathi! Really a Diva! Thanks Thanks Thanks! Good job Tony!I´m looking forward to meet you both in Valencia. See You there!

  8. Helen Haynes 7 years ago

    WOW!!! The diva at her best! Thank you for such a fab workshop Kathi, all those breakdowns and details are so helpful. I particularly love the way you introduce the teaser. Your work is fantastic, thank you for sharing your knowledge and your teaching skills with us all. Thank you thank you thank you. Oh and Tony…you had my empathy all the way from the footwork to the front lunges.

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      THANK YOU! I try and find the best way to break things down and maintain the integrity of the exercise. This has been a great way for me to introduce the Teaser and not form bad habits. I always try and think of what an exercise is “for” and where is it going when breaking down.

  9. cristinaw 7 years ago

    On my bucket list, a day with Kathi! Love long spine too because yes, the “push into the straps” is a feeling like nothing else 🙂 I love when I’m able to help my clients have the light bulb moments because they’ve felt the beauty and power of the work within themselves. Kathi, you continue to be my illumination, thank you so much!!!

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      Thank you! Each day I have the blessing of long time and new students teaching me in my studio. Nothing is better then those “light bulb moments” for the student and the teacher !!! LOL

  10. Mary
    Mary 7 years ago

    Stomach massage: “Yes, and it is the official pant-losing exercise of Pilates…” who but Kathi can say this with such dignity?

  11. Ynowak 7 years ago

    Thank you for the detailed breakdown. Awesome!

  12. ladyjane 7 years ago

    Great session Kathy,thanks for breaking down and all the explanations …..very informative!
    Well done Tony,such a good sport! and still smiling at the end, that was tough!!! great work !
    Really enjoyed this workshop.

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      Thank you! I think he was ruined for a few days after this…. the funniest is to see Ernesto do the flow, which we filmed directly after. POOOR TONY

  13. Martin 7 years ago

    Woohoo! Talk about wringing the body from the inside out. I wonder if Tony could walk the next day…or week.

  14. Davamadez
    Davamadez 7 years ago

    I can only say thank you for this great workshop. Thanks Kathi once again. Well done Tony!

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