Finding the Best Movement System for Your Body and Lifestyle

Pilates and GYROTONIC® are both excellent fitness modalities that promote strength, movement, and overall body awareness which is why we feature them at Uncommon Movement. Each have distinctive approaches and methodologies that can make them perfect for your particular goals.

Let’s take a look at each!

Pilates

Focus on Alignment and Core Strength

OVERVIEW

Pilates

Pilates places significant emphasis on proper postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance.

Central to Pilates is the concept of ‘centering’ that refers to the strengthening of the core muscles around the pelvis and spine, often called the “powerhouse.”

Musculoskeletal Re-education 

Pilates involves the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems in re-educating movement patterns within the body. It’s known for helping correct specific postural and muscular imbalances, thereby improving posture, muscle tone, balance, and joint mobility.

Structured and Linear Movements 

Pilates exercises are often more structured and involve linear movements, with a strong focus on control and precision.

Equipment and Mat Work 

Pilates exercises can be performed using specialized equipment like the Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, Springboard, and Ladder Barrel, or a simple mat.  Pilates equipment uses springs for resistance that can be adjusted depending on the strength and ability of the individual. 

We’re proud to feature the widest selection of Pilates equipment in the area. Here are a few examples:

Pilates Reformer
Pilates Springboard
Pilates Stability Chair

GYROTONIC®

Focus on Rotational and Multidirectional Movement

OVERVIEW

GYROTONIC®

GYROTONIC® exercises emphasize fluid, rotational, and multidirectional movements designed to increase the functional capacity of the spine and create a balanced interaction of the body’s internal systems.

Originally designed by dancers, GYROTONIC® is all about movement and maximizing your body to its fullest range.

Mobilization of Joints and Muscles

GYROTONIC® aims to mobilize joints and stretch muscles in a way that is rhythmic and flowing, thereby enhancing coordination, strength, and flexibility.

Circular and Spiraling Movements

GYROTONIC® exercises are composed of spiraling, circular movements, all of which help increase the functional capacity of your entire body in a fluid, harmonious way.

Specialized Equipment

The GYROTONIC Method® also involves unique equipment that is distinctly different from Pilates equipment. The GYROTONIC Expansion System®, for example, uses pulleys and weights to create resistance and support your body while allowing it to move freely in multiple dimensions.

Uncommon Movement features the widest selection of GYROTONIC® equipment in the region. Here are a few examples:

GYROTONIC® Towers
GYROTONIC® Leg Extension Unit
GYROTONIC® Jump Stretch Board
THE VERDICT

A Win-Win for Better Fitness & Movement

Both Pilates and GYROTONIC®  offer fantastic mind-body benefits and can be adapted to different body types and levels of fitness.

The choice between Pilates and GYROTONIC® may ultimately come down to personal preferences in terms of movement style—structured and linear versus fluid and rotational—and specific physical goals or needs. 

You can’t go wrong with either option. Better yet, make both part of your weekly fitness routine to maximize the benefits to their fullest!