What is GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise?

The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods are complementary movement 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 GYROKENESIS® 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. Since the thirty plus years since Horvath began developing the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® has grown to include a global community of over 7,800 GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Trainers teaching in 52 countries.



“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.”

GYROTONIC® Equipment

The GYROTONIC® Method utilizes specially designed exercise equipment. All GYROTONIC® equipment is developed by GYROTONIC® Expansion System Creator, Juliu Horvath. Horvath designed GYROTONIC® equipment to accommodate the natural movement patterns of the human body. GYROTONIC® equipment incorporates curvilinear wooden framework, and has numerous adjustments so that it can be customized to each users unique physique, and physical ability.

There are five different models of GYROTONIC® equipment used commercially by GYROTONIC® trainers. The Pulley Tower Combination Unit is the most widely used piece of GYROTONIC® Equipment.The other four models of equipment are categorized as Specialized Equipment. GYROTONIC® Specialized Equipment includes: the Jumping Stretching Board, the Gyrotoner, the Leg Extension Unit, the Archway.

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