The GRATZ Archive Reformer – Feel a Subtle but Different Connection

archive classical pilates reformer by gratz

by Gratz Pilates

In celebration of our 50th year of manufacturing the finest Pilates apparatus we are excited to reveal a new version of our Classic Reformer – the Gratz Archive Reformer!

During the past year, we have examined extensively the details and designs of older pieces of apparatus, and discovered some Gratz apparatus from the past with assorted details, variations in parts, and other small customizations. Alongside this research we also sought feedback and insight from our industry experts on what we could do to elevate the experience our equipment provides.

What we have crafted is a Reformer that brings together all of these features combined for the very first time.

The Gratz Archive Reformer delivers increased feedback, less resistance during transitions and allows for more fluid movement that we hope ultra-enthusiasts of the Pilates method (from the beginner to advanced practitioner) will enjoy!


  • Thinner, Stiffer Foam On Carriage And Box
  • Spring Angle Adjustment For Variable Tension
  • Lower Shoulder Blocks
  • Modified “Raw” Aluminum” Foot Bar Assembly
  • “Old School” Bent Wire And Wood Handles
  • Deeper Gear Angle
  • Higher Strap Attachment

All of this means you will feel a subtle but different sensation and connection as you flow through the exercises.

Try it out at these locations

We have had a lot of fun with members of our local Philadelphia Pilates community trying out and testing the Gratz Archive Reformer and wanted to share these images below. Our thanks to our amazing friends including Brie Neff, Patience Owen, Nicole Alvarez, Antoine Overton and photographer Mike Whitson.

Brie Neff owner Equilibrium Pilates Philadelphia using the Archive Reformer by Gratz

Brie spotting Equilibrium Pilates instructor Patience Owen on Gratz Archive Reformer

Nicole Alvarez freelance Pilates instructor Philadelphia teaching on Gratz Archive Reformer

5 thoughts on “The GRATZ Archive Reformer – Feel a Subtle but Different Connection

  1. Hi, any feedback on Gratz universal reformer with aluminium frame versus the one in wood ?
    2nd question: any feedback from someone who tried Gratz universal 80” versus Gratz archive 80”.
    I want to buy one, I live in Montreal, canada. Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Florence, I have an 80” Gratz at my home studio and teach on both the 80” Archival, and the regular 80” at The Pilates Firm. My reformer is aluminum and the one in the other studio is wood. I think the wood is beautiful but it may have issues with hot dry or damp weather, the aluminum one I don’t think changes at all with different weather conditions, so I guess that would determine it for me.

      1. Hi.

        I am in the UK. Since you have tried both in your work which would you go for archival or classic 80.? I have purchased Basil before and want to have a Gratz in my studio. Any advice helpful. Also do You find an 80 suits most clients rather than 86?


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