Pilates and Gyrotonic Chicago


Our mission at 5th Line is to give our clients their physical health back.
Phone: 312.888.3175


Juliu Horvath created GYROTONIC® equipment and exercises after many years of intense study and self-exploration.

GYROTONIC®methodology allows users to stretch and strengthen muscles, while simultaneously stimulating and strengthening connective tissues in and around the joints of the body. These exercises are synchronized with corresponding breathing patterns, thus enhancing aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation and promoting neuro-muscular rejuvenation.

GYROTONIC® exercises offer complete freedom of movement. Exercises are performed on the Professional Pulley Tower, and the system is fully adjustable and can meet the needs of many people with varying body types and levels of strength. Because of the triple reduction in the pulleys, the even and constant resistance completely eliminates the jarring that takes place at the beginning and end of exercises performed on conventional exercise equipment, thus eliminating many injuries. The circular, spiraling and undulating movements that characterize the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® help to increase the functional capacity of the spine, contributing to a spherical and three-dimensional awareness resulting in increased equilibrium.


During the first half of the 20th century, Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist born in Germany in 1883, developed a system of Pilates exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Joseph Pilates believed that mental and physical health are inter-related.

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and provide oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates’ flexible system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. No muscle group is under or over trained.
It enhances core strength and brings increased reach, flexibility, sure-footedness and agility.