August 11, 2013
A growing workout trend used by everyone from celebrities to everyday people is spreading its roots in Charlottesville.
Gyrotonic exercises are billed to enhance and energize your mind and body, and Erin Riley is the only licensed Gyrotonic trainer in Virginia.
"It helps harmonize the body to optimum mobility," said Riley, whose studio is in Downtown Charlottesville.
The Gyrotonic technique uses a special machine, or sometimes just your body itself, and incorporates moves from t'ai chi, yoga, swimming and dancing to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility.
"We're not going to build bulky muscle," Riley said. "We're going to tone and lengthen. It's really about lengthening and creating space in all of your joints."
It's a circular and fluid exercise, said to be more engaging than yoga or Pilates. Riley says it's a way to relearn how to use your body.
"You're going to wake up new muscles that perhaps you haven't used before," she said.
The trend is growing worldwide. Riley says a number of Olympic athletes use the practice for general conditioning. Professional golfer Tiger Woods, who is competing in the PGA Championship this weekend, is also among Gyrotonic users.
"It's using balanced movements, so using the front of the body, the back of the body, sides of the body, so that you're not sore afterward," Riley said. "We're going to give your full body a full workout."
Gyrotonic exercises can be a supplement to physical therapy and can actually make your body more resistant to injury since you're using and stretching muscles that typically sit idle. They can also help reduce stress and release tension.
Riley is hosting free Gyrotonic sessions in the month of August. For more information, visit this website.
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