�It takes just a commitment of two hours a week to completely change your body and sense of self� ~Karyn Shipley, Founder of Gymwithin®

Pilates is a form of exercise that streamlines the body through posture alignment and muscular balance. Deep physical concentration and breath work produce a focused workout that strengthens the abdominal/core muscles, resulting in incredible body awareness. This in turn takes the strain off joints, releasing chronic pockets of pain in common areas such as the lower back, hips, knees and neck. Pilates uses springs for tension on specially designed machines, offering resistance to build strength without bulk. The result is length and leanness.

Contrary to popular belief, Pilates is not just for dancers. Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1900s as therapy to restore mobility and strength to injured soldiers in the First World War. Anyone can do and benefit greatly from Pilates. For women, Pilates offers a zero-impact way to maintain bone density, keeping osteoporosis at bay.

Joseph Pilates was an accomplished boxer, gymnast, skier and diver. During the war, he used his knowledge of physical fitness to help rehabilitate bedridden patients and injured soldiers, using bedsprings for resistance. Not only did he restore mobility, his exercise boosted general health. During the 1918 flu epidemic, not one of his followers died, even though thousands of others succumbed. As people bodies get stronger, so does their immune system and they are able to fight off sickness better. People tend to get sick much less often when consistently studying Pilates. To learn more about the history of Pilates, go to


�Ease of movement is our birthright� ~Karyn Shipley, Founder of Gymwithin®

GYROTONIC® is a three-dimensional form of physical training that opens up the joints and lengthens the body through arching, contracting and spiraling the body on specially designed machines. Working the body along its natural spiral energy pathways, GYROTONIC® helps to unblock stagnant or stuck energy while building strength and body awareness. GYROTONIC® builds control, power and range of motion. Sometimes dubbed �yoga on machines,� this is a fluid workout that recalls the way we naturally use our body in everyday life.


The main difference between Pilates and GYROTONIC® is the way the energy is employed. In Pilates, the energy is focused in the center, strengthening and stretching the body with an inward focus on the �core�, the muscles supporting the torso. In GYROTONIC® the energy flows from the center out to the limbs in a three-dimensional way. Circular patterns form the basis of the spiraling, arching and curling movements.

The two systems complement each other. Depending on your goals for your body, one may be better than the other. At Gymwithin®, we offer an introductory personal consultation session, at which you can try the different techniques and machines to decide which is best for you. Please fill out our contact form for more information.