connector – january 2010 – stretch and tone

After many years of study, Hungarian-born ex-dancer Juliu Horvath discovered the Gyrontonic and Gyrokinesis principles that form the foundation for this novel approach to maintaining health and wellbeing. As he succeeded in repairing the bodily injuries that he sustained as a professional dancer using these new methodologies, he also sought to create a system of exercises that anyone could perform, regardless of their age or state of health.

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This unique system offers the same benefits as yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and Tai Chi. Exercises offer complete freedom of movement and are performed on the Professional Pulley Tower. The system is fully adjustable and meets the needs of people with varying body types, levels of fitness and strength.1his was proved to us, as one of us hits the gym on a regular basis and the other avoids it like the plague!

What’s involved?

After being shown a range of movements by our instructor, we discovered that these exercises are designed to utilise the whole body and fluidity is the key.Postures are not held for long periods; instead, they are smoothly and  harmoniously connected through the use of breathing, making it feel more like dancing and swimming than traditional yoga. The even and constant resistance through the use of the pulleys, straps and weights completely eliminates the jarring that takes place at the beginning and end of exercises performed on conventional exercise equipment, which is when injuries can occur.

What results can you expect?

Gyrotonics stretches and strengthens the muscles while simultaneously stimulating and strengthening connective tissues in and around the joints. These exercises are synchronised with corresponding breathing patterns, so you get a full aerobic and cardiovascular workout leaving you feeling rejuvenated with increased vitality.After an hour’s instruction, we both felt that we had experienced a full body workout without the fatigue that usually comes from an hour’s gym session.

To sum up:

Putting the science to one side, the fact is that this is great fun, a little bit different and we can highly recommend it to everyone as a way to increase your fitness level and strengthen and stretch your entire body.

How much?

Gyrontonic private sessions and Gyrokinesis small group classes are offered by a licensed Gyrontonic trainer. Gyrontonic sessions are priced at Dhs 290 and Gyrokinesis small group classes are Dhs 90 per person. Discount packages are available for both.

To schedule your session contact The Hundred
Pilates Studio, Suite 3020, Al Razi Building Block
B, at Dubai Healthcare City by calling 04-4298433
or Alternatively visit or for
further details.

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