Pilates VS GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
Which one is right for you?
MOTO studio offers a wide range of training specialised in Pilates & GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® , equipped with a broad range of apparatus needed for both of these highly beneficial movement methods. But what is the difference between them?
Pilates & GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® classes often feature under the same umbrella as both methods aim to increase flexibility and strength. However, the movement experience is very different.
Pilates has six traditional principles: Breath, Axial Elongation & Core Control, Spine Articulation, Organisation of Head, Neck & Shoulder, and last but not the least, Movement Integration. Together these principles help strengthen core muscles, improve awareness and reduce tension throughout the body, helping you become more controlled and aligned.
The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® method has four principles: intention, stabilisation, decompression and coordination. The method focuses on improving mobility and strength by releasing and exploring your limits through circular movements within a controlled range of motion.
FOCUS Pilates focuses on key alignment issues. It uses your muscular, skeletal and nervous system to re-educate movement patterns within the body. GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® focuses on your muscle, fascia, skeletal and nervous systems as well as your energetic body.
Pilates uses a variety of equipment within the studio, including the reformer, chair, ladder barrel and trapeze table, also known as the cadillac. The springs are used to create resistance or assistance, so that you can achieve the maximum benefit from the exercise. You can recreate the same exercise on multiple pieces of equipment to achieve different results or to suit your ability.
GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® also employs specialised equipment, the main one being the pulley tower. The tower uses various pulleys and weights that apply constant resistance. This eliminates any jarring at the beginning or end of an exercise, which is when many injuries occur. You can adapt the weights and resistance to suit your needs and strength.
Pilates’ movements work on specific muscles with repetition of exercises to achieve the ultimate form and involve a lot of focus and control.
GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® works in circular and spiralling movements so the patterns become multi-directional and three dimensional, working through larger ranges of motion. You can perform these exercises with continuous flow & fluidity from movement to movement with changes in tempo, breath and repetition to create variation.
Now we’ve put the differences aside, Pilates and GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® do also share many similarities. Both increase core control, strength, flexibility and stamina and can be done by anyone. You can use both for injury prevention or rehabilitation and both will enhance any other sports activities.
It’s important to note that neither one is better than the other as different things suit different people. I have found that they complement each other very well, and that experiencing one increases the understanding of the other.
So now, which one will you choose? Or why not both? :)