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GYROTONIC® Principles

The Art of Exercising and BeyondT
Written by Juliu Horvath

Gyrotonic LogoThe fundamentals of the Gyrotonic EXPANSION SYSTEM® consists of a totally new exercise system, exercising the body's musculature while mobilizing and articulating the joints. The uniqueness of the System is that it simultaneously stretches and strengthens the body with minimal effort, while increasing range of motion and developing coordination.

The Gyrotonic Expansion System® was specifically conceived through key principles of gymnastics, swimming, ballet, and yoga. This "System" is served by a series of specially designed exercise Photo: Juliu Horvath, creator, headshoequipment, built around the human body with all regards to freedom of movement, without restriction to speed and versatility, enhancing rather than distracting from coordination, strength and flexibility.


Unlike most conventional exercise machines where linear or isolated movement patterns are performed creating uncoordinated strength, the patented Gyrotonic EXPANSION SYSTEM® emphasizes multiple joint articulations without joint compression. The motion patterns are natural and turbulence free with no interruption, creating a bridge between contraction and extension through the rotational movement of the joints. This results in a balanced support system for the skeleton.

The exercises are performed through spherical awareness and circularity of movement, enabling the user to perform under variable controlled resistance and actual sports simulation with no limitation to speed or intensity. There is uniform resistance in all directions with both concentric and eccentric forces. Each exercise is synchronized with a corresponding breathing pattern and performed with a rhythmical expression, creating either a gentle or vigorous cardiovascular-aerobic stimulation, depending on the intensity and speed of the execution.

Special attention is paid to increase the functional capacity of the spine, resulting in a superior and well-proportioned body, which is significantly less prone to injuries.  It also reduces long term accumulation of micro trauma, allowing for extraordinary flexibility and strength, culminating in an organic rejuvenation, increased vitality and vigor.

Gyrotonic® exercises are performed with maximum adjustability to the range of motion and controllability of the positioning. The Gyrotonic EXPANSION SYSTEM® provides athletes with improved endurance, versatility and gracefulness in competitive skills and movements.

Aside from adults and professional sports enthusiasts, it has enormous educational value for young children, with benefits derived from combined physical consciousness, dexterity and coordination.

Currently, theGyrotonic EXPANSION SYSTEM® is used worldwide with great success among dancers, sports enthusiasts, rehabilitation facilities, as well as general conditioning for all walks of life, from children to senior citizens.

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