You are diligently indulging in cardio and strength training routines, five days a week; but, can they help strengthen and ease everyday functional movements? You know, like bending down to lift a bag, carrying your child, etc. That’s what Gyrotonic aims to do. This workout is also known as yoga for dancers, and is among the new and emerging fitness trends, much like the barre workout (for ballet dancers).
In fact, only recently Lady Gaga took to her Instagram account to post pictures of her in motion, which raised our curiosity, and here we are, exploring this fitness trend:
What Is Gyrotonic?
Gyrotonic is a sequence of exercises that string together ‘spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breathing patterns.’ Founder Juliu Horvath initially devised it as a means to treat chronic pain, based on his own suffering. Make note that Lady Gaga too, battles with pain, for which she indulges in hip exercises every week.
- Lengthens and strengthens the muscles
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves joint mobility
- Improves sense of coordination and balance
- Improves flexibility and posture
The basic premise is to expand and contract the body to help it stabilize. Joyce Campell, author of Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies analyzed the Gyrotonic arch and curl to note, “…there is a continuous wave-like pulsation of reaching out, and reeling in from the center of the body. In this way, stability is attained by a counterbalance of opposing forces.”
Gyrotonic also decompresses the joints and creates awareness of movement in your body.
Much like Pilates, this workout requires special equipment which was designed by Juliu, keeping in mind the patterns and natural movements of the human body. Suitable for all age groups and genders, the adjustable apparatus can help you target specific areas to cater to your needs.
You can sign up for a class here, to give your nervous system a good dose of strength training and improve your overall health.
Image Courtesy: Lady Gaga/Instagram
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