Archive for September 26th, 2013

September 26, 2013

An Introduction to Gyrotonic. What???

Recently I was introduced to Gyrotonic and absolutely fell in love with this unique form of movement exercise.  Fast forward a month and now I’m a Certified Gyrontonic Apprentice and will soon be offering Gyrotonic training at my studio, Lift Pilates Experience.

What is Gyrotonic?

I can tell you Gyrotonic training is not geratonic, not gyrotonics and definitely not part of a Mediteranen dish.

I can also tell you Gyrotonic training is a type of three-dimensional exercise taught on weight and pulley based equipment called the Cobra. Founded by Juliu Horvath, an ethnic Hungarian, professional dancer from Romania.  Horvath suffered a series of debilitating injuries during his dance career, and began developing what are now known as the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility.  Gyrotonic has principles of yoga, ballet, tai chi, and gymnastics.

Gyrotonic is similar to Pilates in some ways since there is an equipment system and mat work (Gyrokinesis) and both focus on the core.  The differences are that while Pilates is two dimensional and tends to focus more on stability. Gyrotonic is three-dimensional and emphasizes mobility.

The machine known as the Cobra at first glance looks very intimidating but the good news is that its not at all. The machine consists of a bench that you sit or lie on and a tower with a system of cables, pulleys, and weights, which you move with straps on your hands or feet or with handles attached to circular plates in the front.  Gyrotonic movement feels so good that you almost forget you’re exercising. The system emphasizes breath control and controlled resistance to develop flexibility and strength while encouraging a complete range of circular motion.

You can also learn more about Gyrotonic at Also take a look at this youtube video to hear Juliu speak and see what the equipment and movement look like.