What is GYROTONIC® exercise? GYRO means circular and TONIC means zest for life. The GYROTONIC® method of exercise is for adults of
all ages, children, athletes, you name it. Many dancers and golfers say they can’t do without it.
One thing’s for sure, it can help to increase the functional capacity of the body for:
So what is this thing called GYROTONIC® exercise and why is it becoming so popular? The uniqueness of the system is that it simultaneously stretches
and strengthens the body with minimal effort, while increasing the range of motion and developing coordination.
Unlike most conventional exercise machines where linear or isolated movement patterns are performed, the GYROTONIC® equipment allows for freedom of movement utilizing the full range of motion that the body is capable of.
Exercises are circular and rhythmical with corresponding breathing patterns. The user is able
to perform utilizing variable controlled resistance
with no limitation to speed or intensity. The uniform resistance in all directions creates a bridge between contraction and extension through rotational movement of the joints. This results in a superior and balanced workout that significantly reduces the accumulation of micro trauma and injuries.
Currently, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is used worldwide with great success among dancers, sports enthusiasts, rehabilitation facilities, as well as general conditioning for all ages and walks of life. It is fluid, gentle and fun but profound in it’s effectiveness.
Julio Horvath was an ethnic Hungarian, born in Romania in 1942.
As a child his love of movement was expressed through swimming, gymnastics and rowing. At the age of 19 he began taking dance classes and by the age of 21, he was principle dancer with the Romanian National Ballet.
While on tour with the company he defected and eventually received political asylum in the United States. He traveled to New York City eventually landing a job with the New York City Opera Ballet. He also danced and toured with many international stars such as Margot Fonteyn. His career was abruptly halted when he ruptured his Achilles tendon.
He began a yoga practice in order to help heal his injury. For several years the study of yoga and meditation became his way of life. He moved to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands during this time to create an environment dedicated to his needs. It was there that a system evolved from his practice that was an outgrowth of his energetic experiences. He named it “Yoga for Dancers.”
In the early 1980’s he moved back to NYC and began teaching his “Yoga for Dancers” at a prominent studio on Broadway. He opened the first studio for teaching his method called White Cloud Studio. Over time he refined his format so anyone could perform it, regardless of age or state of health. He named this refined version the GYROKINESIS® methodology, which is what it is called today.
It was at the White Cloud Studio that he began building the equipment to enhance the GYROKINESIS® movements. Now exercises that are done using any of the specialized equipment are referred to as GYROTONIC® exercises.
Eventually Julio closed the White Cloud studio and relocated to Miami Beach, FL. where he conducted Final Certificate courses for teachers in training and continued to educate the teacher trainers called Master Trainers. Simultaneously a similar location was established in Germany where he lives during the summer months.