5 Reasons Gyrotonics is Better than Your Current Fitness Routine

As far as fitness and health programs are concerned, the general rule of thumb is that the more effective the workout, the more difficult the program will be to begin. Oftentimes, people who are new to working out will try one of these difficult regimens in an attempt to achieve impressive results as fast as possible and then end up giving up on the routine because of its difficulty – sometimes even swearing off fitness altogether.

Conversely, the Gyrotonic expansion system provides an excellent workout that delivers results and is entirely accessible by anyone. Furthermore, a regular fitness routine that includes Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis offers a number of health benefits that go far beyond a toned body. Because of all this, the Gyrotonic expansion system is right for anyone – exercise newcomer or seasoned athlete alike – looking to take their fitness up a level. The following are reasons why the mind-body workout method is so beneficial for everyone:

  1. Increase Core Strength

Other than crunches or sit ups, most people don’t pay enough attention to the body’s core. This is particularly problematic since having a fit core helps achieve physical gains for the rest of the body as well. Most of the sets offered in Gyrotonics activate and strengthen the core, which ends up building confidence in practitioners.

  1. Promotes Incredible Flexibility

People who are just starting out with the Gyrotonic expansion system often remark that they didn’t realize just how inflexible they are. This is doubly true for those who have a history of fitness under their belts as running and weight lifting, while great for their individual goals, end up tightening any joints that don’t get shown attention. Gyrotonics will get your entire body moving and reaching levels of flexibility you never thought would be possible.

  1. Alignment Awareness

Along with being able to stretch and move your body better, the Gyrotonic system will enhance the way your bones work with each other. With this workout method, you will become more aware of the way that your skeletal system is aligned and make correcting posture or movement deficiencies an effortless task.

  1. Reduces Risk of Injury and Joint Pain

By building both your flexibility and strength, Gyrotonics gives your body the capacity to participate in activities that you may have previously been afraid to do because of fear of injury or pain aggravation. Because of this great benefit, this body evolution system is often prescribed as an effective form of physical therapy. (If you’re a physical therapist or fitness instructor, you can also contact us for Gyrotonic teacher training in NYC and New Jersey.)

  1. Surprisingly Relaxing

One of the most beneficial traits that comes with doing Gyrotonics is that it relaxes people as they complete the workout session. The Gyrotonic exercise program has its sets fluidly move from one into another in a rhythmic and circular pattern, which makes for an incredibly relaxing experience.

To get started with Gyrotonics sessions or to receive Gyrotonics teacher training in the NYC or NJ area, contact Shirley Wallitsch at Raritan Valley Gyrotonic today and start receiving these major health and fitness benefits.

See For Yourself: Gyrotonic Reviews Give the Workout Method Praise

Around the web, you can find a ton of reviews about Gyrotonics facilities from all over the country as well as write ups that cover the entirety of the system as a whole (not to mention everything we’ve posted on our blog). If you look through all of these reviews covering the Gyrotonic Expansion System and the facilities which house the innovative workout equipment, you will notice an underlying theme across them all: the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis workout methods have been universally hailed as one of the best workouts the reviewers have experienced. And just as it’s been universally praised, the system provides a challenging workout for universally every fitness level.

SHAPE magazine had some absolutely great things to say about the system in the article We Tried It: Gyrotonic, with writer Abby Lerner noting that “Part of the appeal to me personally was that Gyrotonic offers the mind/body benefits of practicing yoga without any of the stillness that can (on some days) make me watch the clock. Regular Gyrotonic practice also builds core strength, balance, coordination, and agility. And I’m just getting started.” She went on to further explain how Gyrotonics helps to create lean muscles, slim your waistline and fight posture problems brought on by work, among other benefits.

As you may know, Gyrotonic Expansion System is often directly compared to Pilates and people feel like they can really only choose one or the other. However, as Deborah McKeever-Watson noted for her Pilates Digest article, “From a teaching perspective, I have enjoyed the freedom Juliu gives his teachers with respect to how his work is taught.” She also adds, “I have found the experience has made me a better teacher of Pilates, but more importantly, a better teacher of movement.” Considering she is a Pilates instructor, her admission that Pilates has helped in her understanding of movement is a huge compliment to Gyrotonics. In fact, many other Pilates and yoga instructors have also signed up for Gyrotonic teacher training and Gyrokinesis teacher trainer because it gives them a more well-rounded experience that they can then relate to their own students.

The only real drawback or negative review we found came from fitness blogger Melissa from FitnessNYC. While she applauded the system for being relaxing, challenging on her muscles and for improving her posture, in her review about the system, she said she didn’t’ find Gyrotonics to be stimulating enough to make it her sole workout routine – and that she would need to do it in conjunction with cardio like kickboxing or spinning. We actually have a lot of Raritan Valley Gyrotonic members who feel the same way and use our classes as a supplement to more intense workouts.

If you want to see for yourself what all the excitement and praise is about, sign up for a Gyrotonic or Gyrokinesis class at Raritan Valley Gyrotonic. We have people from all across NYC and NJ take advantage of our New Client Special and sign up just to check it out, and then quickly become fans and advocates. Call the studio at (908) 288-7551 or sign up for a class and start experiencing the benefits everyone else is raving about.

Becoming a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor in New Jersey

Have you spent more than your fair share of time in Gyrotonic classes and feel you have what it takes to be an excellent teacher of the discipline? If you are in New Jersey or the greater NYC area, you have easy access to one of the best Gyrotonic Teacher Training in NJ. You can begin with the Gyrotonic Level I Teacher Training Program and work from there to become a certification teacher. Of course, you will also benefit heavily from taking Gyrokinesis teacher training as well as the two practices are so closely entwined.

To inquire about the Gyrotonic Level 1 Pre-Training Course or the Level I Teach Training Program in NJ, contact Shirley Wallitsch through the Raritan Valley Gyrotonic website or by calling (908) 288-7551. Become a fitness leader in your community through a fun learning environment and an intelligent way of getting into shape. Plus, learn and test your own strengths by finding out just how capable a teacher you can be with practice and effort. And not only will it take you to greater fitness levels in your own life, it can take you across the globe – as you’ll see in the video below.

Why The Gyrotonic Expansion System Works for Everyone

Whether the gym is your second home or you just started lacing up those sneakers, you may have come across a workout method called the Gyrotonic Expansion System. You also may have no idea what that might entail, and we can almost guarantee you’re not alone. As far as workout and fitness systems go, Gyrotonics is fairly new to the scene, but it’s quickly gaining in popularity all around the globe.

In any case, the Gyrotonic System is actually comprised of two independent exercise methods that work together for one of the most intuitive body movement exercises ever created. The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods were created by Juliu Horvath, a professional dancer from Romania. He created the methods as a way to help his body recover from severe injury and return the strength and agility his body needed to continue dancing. Many people who come to our Raritan Valley Gyrotonic studio to try Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis also begin the program for recovery reasons, or as a way to ease in to regular exercise or even as a “light” day in between intensive routines.


About the Gyrotonic Method

The primary goal of the Gyrotonic Method is to both strengthen and lengthen muscles. In essence, this means that your body will simultaneously become more flexible and agile while increasing its strength. The exercise uses a series of circular and spiraling motions to create a rhythmic pattern and easily transition from one exercise to the next.

The Gyrotonic Method uses equipment that almost looks like a Pilates machine, but ours was specially designed by Horvath to match the natural movement of the human body while slightly expanding the user’s personal movements over a comfortable period of time. Because of that, the equipment can be customized to each person’s body type, accounting for details like arm reach and leg length.


About the Gyrokinesis Method

Where Gyrotonics work to build strength and agility, Gyrokinesis is the portion of the system that focuses on breathing techniques and building the nervous system. As such, it doesn’t require the use of highly specialized equipment, and participants really only need a small chair. Often, the Gyrokinesis Method is compared to yoga and Tai Chi in that it is primarily done through highly controlled movements and maintained breathing. Gyrokinesis classes, which are usually taught in a group by a single instructor, promote mindfulness and calmness through light cardio and balance training.


The Gyrotonic Expansion System is for Everyone

Because of the adaptability of every part of the Gyrotonic Expansion System, it can be done by anyone no matter their fitness level or if they’re recovering from injuries. It is actually in those situations – where the participant needs to work on his or her flexibility and regain strength after bodily trauma – that this system really provides benefits. Professional athletes and people new to working out alike can and both see great strides, and physical and mental improvements when making Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonics a part of their lives.


If you’re ready to take control of your fitness and health like never before, sign up for a Gyrotonic session or Gyrokinesis class now (we offer new-client discounts!). If you’re in New Jersey and want to find out what the exercises are all about or you have any questions, call RV Gyrotonic at (908) 288-7551 or visit the studio.

How Gyrotonic Helped this Tennis Player Regain His Body Confidence

After playing competitive tennis at the University of Florida and then getting into cycling, Trevor Taylor had a rough accident that lead him to quit both sports completely. Though he maintained his fitness through weightlifting, he found that his body just wasn’t moving the way he needed it to when he made his way back to the tennis court, causing him even more injuries.

Taylor ended up having a number of surgeries and found himself at a Gyrotonic facility as part of his recovery. After training with the Gyrotonic Expansion System, his body went from stiff and off balance back to the athletic and agile form he once held.

If you need to build your overall flexibility, endurance and strength in a way that actually fits in with your lifestyle, come visit Raritan Valley Gyrotonic in Fanwood, New Jersey. We can help you achieve your fitness goals through private or group classes (and even offer new-member discounts). Give us a call at (908) 288-7551 or stop by our studio and let us help you get started on your recovery or fitness journey.

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Gyrotonics & Gyrokinesis Offer Endless Health Benefits

If you read any fitness magazine or follow any health blog, you may know that Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis have been trending in the fitness world for quite some time now. Those who are just beginning their fitness journey, or who prefer traditional exercise methods like hitting the pavement for a run or lifting at the gym, might still not quite know all the benefits of incorporating the Gyrotonic Expansion System into their weekly workout routine.

This exercise routine, which focuses on breathing and body movement, actually benefits all athletic levels. Beginners find the Raritan Valley Gyrotonic studio in Fanwood, New Jersey to be welcoming, friendly and a great place to learn the basics without being judged or self-conscious. People with a little more athletic experience – from yogis, to ballerinas, to marathon runners even – find both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercises are the perfect supplement to more difficult and strenuous activities.

LA Yoga actually did a great story on how Gyrokinesis helped ballet dancer Rosemary Mestler. Mestler studied at places like the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center in New York, the Boston Ballet and the USC Summer Dance Conservatory, and when she began doing Gyrokinesis more than a decade ago, she really felt her body transform. She says, “My joints felt more stable, my extensions came with more ease (as a result of improvements in range of motion), and my balance was much better.”

The thing with the Gyrotonic Expansion System is that the more you practice, the more benefits you’ll receive and the more you’ll see your body transformed. Both exercises are designed to reduce stress, lengthen muscles, improve agility and increase flexibility. The system doesn’t necessarily focus on besting yourself (or those around you) or pushing yourself to exhaustion to beat a personal record. Instead, the focus is more philosophical, it’s about getting in touch with your body and its strength. In taking the pressure off “working out,” our clients find that they feel more connected to their body and see a difference in strength and flexibility during everyday activities.

Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis are also helpful for people with injuries or who experience chronic pain. The gentle, purposeful movements decompresses the joints and spine and sort of massages the muscles, which usually leads to pain relief in our clients.

Many clients, whether it’s their first class or they’re an avid follower, tend to leave a session with better posture and feeling more relaxed, stronger and even taller! Hour-long sessions can be scheduled privately (as most Gyrotonic classes are conducted), or in a group or duo setting (which is how Gyrokinesis classes are ran).

In order to start reaping the benefits of these workouts, you have to sign up for a class! We even make it easier by offering new-member discounts, plus group, duo and private classes so that you feel comfortable learning the basics at your own pace. If you want to learn more or take the first step in joining a class, give Raritan Valley Gyrotonics a call at (908) 288-7551, send us a message or stop by the studio today.


Turn Back the clock with the GYROKINESIS® Method

Turn Back the clock, with the GYROKINESIS® Method at Raritan Valley Gyrotonic located in Fanwood, New Jersey
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GYROKINESIS® is a flowing, 3-dimensional, circular, spiral, twisting and undulating patterns that characterize the system help to increase the functional capacity of the entire organism in a harmonious way.
The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods are complementary exercise methods that fall under one umbrella- the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®,
and 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.
The motion concept includes the most important elements of yoga, dance and tai chi. 
GYROKINESIS® systematically and gently trains joints and muscles by rhythmic wavelike movements. The spine is considered the central supporting element which gains new flexibility by harmonic wavelike, spiral and circular movements. The corresponding breathing patterns stimulate the nervous system and open up the body meridiens thus releasing waste products and toxic substances that can be taken away by the oxygen-enhanced bloodstream.
The flowing movement prevents static held-up positions and thereby superfluous body waste deposit and tensions.
The method stimulates energy in a natural way and helps to overcome listlessness and lethargy. The training is done in groups standing up as well as lying down. The complete training program is done without any training machines so the acquired exercises can be partially repeated at home or at work to relax the body from one-sided working positions.
People of all ages and different lifestyles benefit by this method, from therapy to high performance training for competitive athletes.
Some of the Benefits of Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic exercise methods are
Increased functional capacity of the spine, better coordination, overall increased strength, flexibility and Increased mobility of the joints and the use of the fullest capacity in all directions, improves circulation and increases your energy with an overall sense of wellbeing. R

Yes Turn back the clock with the Gyrokinesis method and enjoy renewed energy in your daily living. A new bounce in your step! as you regain your mobility through your joints and those simple daily tasks in our daily living becomes possible again. Sign up for a Gyrokinesis class on our on online scheduler
Gyrokinesis classes are 60-90 minutes long. Each class begins on a chair with a gentle warm up sequence to awaken the senses, and stimulate the nervous system. This is followed by a series of fluid spinal motions, which increase range of motion, and prepare the body to explore more complex movements with agility, and ease. Class continues on the floor with exercises that expand on the spinal motions, gradually adding more complex sequences, incorporating more movements of the hips, shoulders, hands and feet. The floor exercises are followed by a rhythmic standing sequence that incorporates balance, and cardiovascular exercises; then ends with a calming, unwinding sequence designed to prepare the body and mind to reintegrate with the every day world.

The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods are both highly adaptable, making them accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis students live in many parts of the world, and come from all walks of life. Accomplished athletes and dancers, college students, baby boomers, senior citizens, and people with disabilities–many have become devoted practicioners of Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercise.

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Raritan Valley Gyrotonic Starts With the Basics: Focus on Breathing

When people start up with a new workout regime, it can be a little intimidating. The great thing about the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods and classes are that they focus on breathing and listening to your body. It takes the pressure off needing to lift a certain amount of weights, complete a certain amount of repetitions or beat a certain mile time.

The Raritan Valley Gyrotonic, clients come from all around New Jersey and even New York to experience the calm, serene atmosphere that welcomes guests whether they’re looking to ramp up their workout routine or are getting started for the first time. Many of our classes even cater to Baby Boomers concerned with their fitness.

No matter the fitness level, you’ll find that Gyrotonic classes will connect you to your body, and as you’ll see in the short video below, it all starts with breathing.

We invite you to participate in our Gyrotonic classes to get connected with yourself (mind and body) and get into better shape (mentally and physically). Check out our schedule to join a Gyrotonic fitness class, view our rates, give us a call at (908) 288-7551, or stop by the studio for more information on breathing techniques and workout methods.

Gyrotonics Works for the Fitness Fanatic Too!

Yes, we did just do a blog post of the benefits of Gyrotonics for Baby Boomers, but don’t let the notion the exercise method being solely for Silver Sneakers into your head, even for a second. Top athletes (like Shaquille O’Neil!) and many others active professions have taken up Gyrotonics.

While you won’t break the same sweat as running five miles or squatting 100 pounds, the Gyrotonic method of exercising can provide many fitness benefits key to helping your reach your goals.

If you’re really dedicated to your fitness routine then you’ve probably poured over articles, watched countless videos and talked to trainers or other gym-rats, and know all about the importance of a rest day. Most of us probably use that rest day to catch up on our backed up DVR television shows, but actually, many fitness instructors preach the importance of making that rest day and active rest day – meaning you ease up on your normal routine and instead try a lighter activity.

Here’s where Gyrotonic classes come in – since it combines some of the training methods and principles of yoga, dance, swimming and aerobics, you still end up getting a complete workout. But if you’re used to more strenuous activity as part of your fitness regime, Gyrotonic classes fit perfectly into your active rest day. You’ll still feel the effect of cardio, strength training and stretching, but will give your body a break for the usual stress.

Our instructors at Raritan Valley Gyrotonics are trained to help you make the most of your fitness routine – whether you’re looking for a productive rest day or are new to fitness and just need a starting point.

Want to know how even ballerinas use Gyrotonics to step up their fitness routine? Check out the video below of Miami City Ballet’s Jeanette Delgado explaining why she uses Gyrotonics to warm up and demonstrating some of her favorite moves.

GYROTONIC® Trainings

“The ultimate aim is to be at home in one’s body, to be at one with the nature of oneself, and to experience exercise as a creative and delightful experience.”

We have some really wonderful GYROTONIC®trainings coming up in June and July.
Coming In June Starting with GYROTONIC® Pre training begins Friday June 5.
Conducted by Shirley Wallitsch authorized GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer
This is a 30 hour course designed to give you an understanding of the level 1 exercises, and prepare you prepare you physically for the GYROTONIC® Level 1 Foundation Course.
But all students that have been attending regular Gyrotonic tower classes or private sessions and have a desire to deepen there understanding of the Gyrotonic method are welcome!

We are so excited here at Raritan Valley Gyrotonic to welcome back some of our favorite
Erika Hassan & Dima Fedorov
Dima is visiting from St. Petersburg Russia
Teaching two 2hour classes open to the public
Saturday and Sunday
June 13,14
Class times 11:30am to1:30pm
The class will be a mix of both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®
NEW Standing work part of the Level 2 Program.
And Lots of FUN!!!!!!
More about Erika and Dima
Erika Hassan moved to NYC in 1992 because she needed to dance. She began studying ballet with Sara Neece and Jan Miller. Her technique consisted mostly of brute force and desire! Fortunately, in 1993 she met Juliu Horvath (founder of the Gyrotonic Expansion System) and began an intensive investigation into Gyrotonic and dance from the inside out. For five years she trained privately with Juliu and, in exchange, worked in his workshop where he still built the Gyrotonic equipment- staining woods and gluing foam cushions. She continued a career in dance with various choreographers in NYC including Heidi Latsky, Javier Dzul, Jennifer Muller, Maureen Fleming, and Soulskin. Erika spent 4 years in Brazil where she danced in Marcelo Pereira’s Zen Companhia de Danca. She then moved to Japan to study the avant garde dance form- Butoh – on Min Tanaka’s farm. She choreographed and performed in his theater Plan B in Tokyo. Erika is deeply committed to sharing the Gyrotonic Expansion System. She is currently a Master Trainer in both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis and teaches trainings and workshops around the world.

Dima Fedorov began his physical education as a young boy in St. Petersburg studying gymnastics and acrobatics. He later competed professionally with Julia Kulakova throughout Russia and Europe. He graduated with a Masters in Sports Acrobatic. Dima later took his acrobatic skills to the stage in the Hermitage Theater with choreographer Alexsander Kondratuk. He attended the Lesgaft National State University of Physical Culture, Sports, and Health in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2003 he was introduced to the Gyrotonic method by the founder’s brother, Paul Horvath. Dima and his colleagues were the first group to bring the Gyrotonic Expansion System to Russia. Over the past 10 years he has deepend his studies in the method with founder Juliu Horvath, Gina Muensterkoetter, Sebastian Plettenberg, and Erika Hassan. Dima is currently a Master Trainer in both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis.

We are very Happy here at Raritan Valley Gyrotonic to announce that Emily Smith GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Specialized Master Trainer Will be conducting a GYROTONIC® level 1 Foundation Course starting July 6th For more Information or to sign up for this course please go to our online scheduler and sign up online under workshops Foundation course.
Emily Smith has been teaching movement in different forms for over 20 years. Through GYROTONIC® methodology, Emily has experienced freedom from limitations brought on by injury and spinal imbalance and achieved a new awareness of the body on a physical and energetic level, which she looks forward to cultivating. Emily began her GYROTONIC® training in 2006 has completed course work with Juliu Horvath, Paul Horvath, Erika Hassan, Sebastian Plettenberg, Juergen Bamberger, Bradley Kreamer, Kathy Van Patten and Abel Horvath. She is a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Specialized Master Trainer.

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Some of the Benefits of Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis
Increased functional capacity of the spine, better coordination, overall increased strength, flexibility and Increased mobility of the joints and the use of the fullest capacity in all directions and Improves circulation with an excellent cardio benefits.
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