What is it…
GYROTONIC® methodology is one of the most modern training systems, which consists in modules of exercises based upon the concept of multi directional and spherical movement. It was invented at the beginning of the 80’s in the United States by Hungarian dancer Juliu Horvath. It asserts itself more and more all around the world as a very valid instrument to exhalt physical excellence in all sport disciplines.

GYROTONIC® principles embrace key elements also found in yoga, dance, swimming and martial arts. It works systematically and softly on joints and muscles by means of undulating and rhythmical exercises in which no part of the body remains inactive: the enitire joint system, as well as the organs and tonic muscle structures, are involved. Thanks to GYROTONIC® principles, athletes train themselves through spherical movements in space, which allows one to lengthen their body, and simultaneously develop it with minimal effort, obtaining a conscious and constant control of the movement. Through speed and endurance variations, one can create an actual simulation of sport activity. Every exercise is synchronized with a specific type of breathing pattern, which facilitates cardiovascular and aerobic rhythms (delicate or vigorous), according to the performance intensity and speed. 



GYROTONIC® movements focus special attention on increasing functional ability of the spinal column, which becomes much less vulnerable to injuries. Furthermore, it reduces the possibility of suffering from stress or micro-traumas, giving one’s physical constitution extraordinary flexibility and capabilities.



Thanks to an increasing attention by the international medical and scientific communityGYROTONIC® methodology asserts itself all around the world as one of the best techniques of physical rehabilitation directed towards the functional recovery of professional athletes, dancers and the general public as a means for re-establishing structural and functional well-being.

Juliu Horvath’s specially designed equipment, made from wood, aluminum and handcrafted components, allows one to enjoy “continuous” freedom of movement in all possible directions that the human body is capable of.

 

Pilates and GYROTONIC®

 

Similarities of Pilates and Gyrotonic

  • Both focus on core abdominal strength
  • Both increase flexibility, coordination, and balance
  • There is a similar structure in curriculum, where both have a group class setting and individual instruction
  • Both have the instructional flexibility to be taught with or without equipment

 



Differences of Pilates and Gyrotonic

 

  • Pilates movement is predominantly a two-dimensional, linear technique that isolates muscles groups and works them independently.
  • Pilates training is a system focused on muscles.
  • Pilates equipment is a spring system that you are constantly working against in one direction.
  • Gyrotonic movement is predominantly a three-dimensional technique and works the whole body at all times. It focuses on teaching the body to work efficiently, enlisting all of the muscles, even the ones we do not tend to use in our everyday linear life, to work together.
  • Gyrotonic training is a system focused on muscles, muscle fascia, your skeletal system including your joints and spine, your nervous system, and your energetic self.
  • Gyrotonic equipment is a weight and pulley system that gives the body both assistance and resistance throughout an exercise series, which successfully promotes fluidity and elongation of muscles and joints.

 

Yoga and Gyrotonic®


Similarities of Yoga and Gyrotonic

  • Both techniques promote long, lean muscles
  • Both increase flexibility, coordination, and balance
  • Both focus on energetic balance though breath, internal reflection, and nervous system strengthening

 



Differences of Yoga and Gyrotonic

 

  • Yoga movement is taught in a primarily linear form.
  • Yoga training is series of held postures that often become static, leading to muscular tension and stress on the joints.
  • The yoga trained body can often become mis-proportioned, with excessive strength in the upper body and excessive flexibility in the hamstrings.
  • The postures of Yoga disciplines are often quite difficult if not impossible for most clients, leading to injury and frustration.
  • Gyrotonic movement is three-dimensional and circular in form.
  • Gyrotonic training is a series of exercises performed with continual motion and fluidity, ensuring freedom and ease in the body.
  • Gyrotonic training encourages the body to obtain balanced musculature and energy through the limitless number of exercises that encourage every muscle and joint to work in harmony.
  • Gyrotonic movements are adaptable for all skill levels and body needs, promoting an injury and pain free workout. The Gyrotonic equipment allows every client to work a self-appropriate pace and comfort zone, while still achieving new goals.