I have been working out on a regular basis for the last 12 years, so it suits me to “play the field” when it comes to workouts in an attempt to not become complacent and/or bored.
Therefore, over the past decade I have tried a little of everything, ie. weight lifting, dancing, boxing (remember Tae Bo ?), step classes, dance classes, yoga, workout DVDs etc.
In the past I have always enjoyed Pilates and as of late I have rounded back to taking classes again. In that time I met a teacher who also is trained in GYROTONIC .
In full explanation I copied the text from the official GYROTONIC website:
The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods are complementary exercise methods that fall under one umbrella- the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. Both methods were developed 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 exercises are performed on custom-designed Gyrotonic equipment, whereas Gyrokinesis exercises are performed on a mat and chair. Both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath. Each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.
In simple turns I find the easiest way to explain GYROTONIC, it is that while Pilates feels like extension linearly, GYROTONIC really lends itself to feeling extension circularly..(if that makes sense ??? ; /) . The feeling is as if, you are getting an internal massage! I literally love it !
I always feel more flexible and my core tighter after every session. And while Pilates is challenging, GYROTONIC is feels different and is way more of a workout! I wish I could take it multiple times a week, but because it is so specialized I have only been able to find studios that offer privates, which can add up to be costly. If you are able to find group classes – let me know !
If you want to try a session out, take a look on the website for studios in your area. https://www.gyrotonic.com/
My teacher Natalie is a rockstar, teaching at her studio in Palm Desert. She offers a special price on your first time trying it out.
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