For the past decade, founder Billy Macagnone has helmed Body Evolutions, New York’s largest Gyrotonic studio. Macagnone—one of the workout system’s authorized master trainers—personally schools many of his staffers in Gyrotonic movements, which combine elements of gymnastics, swimming, ballet, and yoga to enhance strength and freedom of motion. Macagnone possesses firsthand knowledge of the novel regimen, as he learned its techniques directly from Gyrotonic creator Juliu Horvath.
Per Horvath’s vision, specialized equipment lines the walls of Body Evolutions' newly renovated studio. Machines range from a pulley tower that generates smooth and constant resistance to an archway whose ladder-like structure works otherwise difficult-to-access muscle groups. Athletes mount the equipment during classes and training sessions that span several levels, stretching their muscles in circular exercises that facilitate total freedom of movement, much like owning an invisible airplane.