GYROTONIC® Method vs Pilates

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Differences in the principles of Gyrotonics vs Pilates

Pilates has 6 traditional principles: 

  1. Centering 
  2. Concentration
  3. Control
  4. Precision
  5. Flow 
  6. Breath

Together these principles help strengthen core muscles, improve awareness and reduce tension throughout the body, helping you become more controlled and aligned.

The GYROTONIC® Method has four principles: 

  1. Intention
  2. Stabilisation
  3. Decompression 
  4. Coordination

The method focuses on improving mobility and strength by releasing and exploring your limits through circular movements within a controlled range of motion.

The differences in Focus

Pilates focuses on key alignment issues – using your muscular, skeletal and nervous system to re-educate movement patterns within the body. 

GYROTONIC® Method focuses on muscle, fascia, skeletal and nervous systems as well as your energetic body bringing a more holistic feel to the practice as the physical integrates with the emotional and mental.

The differences in Equipment

Pilates uses a variety of equipment within the studio – reformer bed, chair, ladder barrel and trapeze table (cadillac). Springs are used to create resistance or assistance, so that you can achieve the maximum benefit from the exercise..

GYROTONIC® Method also employs specialised equipment -main one being the pulley tower which 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. Weights and resistance can be adjusted to suit your needs and strength.

The differences in Movement

Pilates’ movements work on specific muscles with repetition of exercises to achieve the ultimate form and involve a lot of focus and control. The movements are generally linear or two dimensional.

GYROTONIC® Method works in circular and spiraling movements so the patterns become multi-directional and three dimensional, working through larger ranges of motion. You can perform these exercises with continuous flow from movement to movement with changes in tempo, breath and repetition to create variation.


Both will 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 activity.

It’s important to note that neither one is better than the other as different things suit different people. 

Learn more about Gyrotonics Pilates.

Contact Stephanie to learn more about group and private GYROTONIC® Method classes available in Sydney.