5 Reasons to Finally Try Gyrotonics

It seems that there is a new workout class popping up constantly these days. I’ve tried workouts that mimic surfing, gone to a studio that mimics your elementary school gym class (in the best way possible) and I’ve even come across a few classes that specialize in facial yoga recently. When I first heard the term Gyrotonics, I braced myself for the next crazy workout that I would instantaneously need to add to my must-try list. Except, as it turns out, Gyrotonics isn’t really new at all.

Born in the mid-1980s, Gyrotonics was created as somewhat of a conglomerate of workouts. It borrows elements from workouts like yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and even tai chi to create a full-body workout that stresses the importance of fluidity, balance and movement. But most importantly, it’s extremely effective.

Curious to learn more? Keep scrolling for all the benefits of Gyrotonics that’ll convince you to tap “Reserve Class” ASAP.

1. Increases Your Mobility and Flexibility

Gyrotonics is all about fluidity and movement. The workout is great if you want to increase the mobility of your joints… especially if you are recovering from an injury. Not to mention, all the stretching and lengthening of your muscles will result in improved flexibility — which will only improve your workouts even more!

2. Improves Your Sense of Balance

During class, you’ll find yourself in a lot of interesting positions on some even more interesting machines. In order to properly complete these movements, you’ll need to put a greater emphasis on balance — more so than you probably would in many other traditional classes. This will require core strength and endurance, so expect those to improve through this type of workout as well.

3. Builds Strength

Gyrotonics may include traditional workout moves such as planks and lunges, although these will be amplified through the use of machinery. Expect to build muscle, especially in your core, and have more endurance.

4. Creates Better Posture

Similar to yoga and dance, which Gyrotonics was largely inspired by, this workout will most definitely improve your posture. A lot of the movements are focused on lengthening the spine, which help relieve many of the aches and pains that come with sitting in a chair all day at work (can anyone else relate?). 

5. Results in a Stronger Mind-Body Connection

While many workout instructors will constantly remind you to breathe during class, Gyrotonics really emphasizes the importance of focusing on your breath. Each movement is accompanied by an inhale and an exhale, and you’ll likely find yourself focusing on breathing here more than in any other class. As a result, you’ll find yourself becoming more in tune to your mind and body during Gyrotonics, creating a stronger mind-body connection and sense of mindfulness. This benefit to your mental health may result in reduced anxiety, better focus and more relaxation in your everyday life.

Stephanie Limiti is a born and raised New Yorker living out her dreams of palm trees and sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not zenned out in yoga class, she's reading biographies and volunteering at dog rescue shelter. Follow her on Instagram.