Survey Says! (cont.)

Jun 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
2004's Best Fitness Trends

Rack 'em up: The gyrotonic expansion system.    Photo: Gregg Segal

THE TREND It may look like Dr. Seuss's idea of a weight machine, but the Gyrotonic Expansion System (GES) is actually a weight-and-pulley-based system that offers a CORE-CENTRIC WORKOUT. Athletes work through circular, pulling movements—envision a lat pull-down with a twisting motion—that address the reality that, since the human body doesn't move in a straight line, neither should our workout exercises. Now being taught in more than 400 fitness centers in North America, Gyrotonic, which was created by Juliu Horvath, a former dancer with the New York City Opera, combines the principles of ballet, swimming, gymnastics, tai chi, and yoga in a regimen that simultaneously increases strength and flexibility. "I'm seeing a huge increase in the number of athletes—especially men—taking up Gyrotonic," says Maureen Wilson, who trains pro hockey, tennis, and baseball players at Sweat Co. Studios, in Vancouver, B.C. "They're all looking for that edge that no one else has, and they can see how the movements in Gyrotonic will help in anything from their golf swing to rock climbing."

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU By lifting the weights in fluid, arcing motions—as opposed to Pilates' mostly linear movements—you'll build powerful, 360-degree grace throughout your core. "It will improve rotational strength for a rock climber or windsurfer who needs core strength but also smooth coordination and mobility," says Wilson.

GET STARTED Private classes range from $45 to $75 per session, and certified instructors can be found on the Gyrotonic Web site. (570-828-0003,

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