Cinde Carroll

Cinde Carroll

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If you have been on Longboat Key for any length of time and you are interested in fitness, chances are the name Cinde Carroll is familiar to you. She came here from Chicago in 1988 to be the fitness director at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. She also worked independently, seeing personal training clients in their homes and condo gyms up and down the Key. After 15 years on Longboat, Carroll opened her own studio in the Rosemary District downtown. She thrived there for several years until building issues made the space unsuitable for her purposes. Then, she taught at various studios around town.

SarasotaMgazine1Getting connected to your body is so important, not only for your health, but to feel better every day! Sarasota Magazine recently featured an interview with me on my knowledge of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, Pilates, and how they can both make you feel extraordinary!

GYROTONIC®, which many are not familiar with, is composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly with corresponding breath. It helps not only with strength and flexibility, but also joint mobility and injury prevention. Here is an excerpt from the Sarasota Magazine article, and a link to read the full article.

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Sarasota Magazine: Do you Gyro?
by Hannah Wallace

Though it’s more than 30 years old, GYROTONIC® may be the latest functional movement phenomenon you’ve never heard of.

A fitness regime stemming from yoga, gymnastics, swimming and ballet, emphasizing core strength and range of motion through coordinated circular movements as opposed to isolated muscle contractions. “You’re twisting, working deep from the core,” says certified GYROTONIC® instructor Cinde Carroll, who also teaches Pilates, yoga, TRX and more through her Sarasota-based Integrated Fitness and Movement Arts. “With Gyro, you’re doing multiple movements throughout your body. Every movement is emphasized from your abdominal region.”

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Cinde Style MayI sat down with Su Byron from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Style Magazine to talk about my career and favorite form of exercise, GYROKINESIS®

It was amazing getting to speak with Su about something I am so passionate about! Since many are unfamiliar with GYROKINESIS®, Su didn't hold back asking questions and digging into the topic to understand what makes the exercise so unique and beneficial. Here's the full interview! Let me know if you'd like to learn more about GYROKINESIS® after reading the interview!

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Cynthia Carroll
Since 1975, Cynthia Carroll says she’s been “privileged to work with clients from all walks of life who seek better health and fitness.” Carroll holds many certifications, including as a Pilates and yoga instructor, personal trainer and specialist in post-rehabilitation and conditioning. Here she speaks about her work as a GYROKINESIS® instructor.

In a nutshell, what is the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®?
It’s an exercise sequence that uses GYROKINESIS® as its basis. Where GYROKINESIS® uses only a mat and chair, GYROTONIC® exercises are performed on specialized equipment. Both sequences employ spiraling, circular movements, flowing seamlessly together in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath. Each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.

What can people expect?
With GYROKINESIS®, you start on a stool to warm up your spine, and then progress to the floor to address hips, back and abs. GYROTONIC® employs a similar progression, but uses custom equipment designed to allow movement with resistance and support. Either way, you get an intense workout that makes you sweat. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve had a full body massage

Who can benefit?
Everyone. GYROTONIC® can be modified for all fitness levels, from professional athletes to the physically disabled.

What’s the significance of arching the spine?
Ordinarily gravitational forces pull us down and inward, toward spinal flexion and organ compression. To create a more ideal posture, GYROTONIC® exercises work to lengthen the spine into a natural and comfortable upright position. Your body naturally wants to arch!

What’s the role of breath?
Each exercise has a matching breath pattern, creating cardiovascular stimulation, either gentle or vigorous, depending on the intensity of execution. This allows us to generate and rejuvenate our bodies' energies.

How often should you perform these workouts?
Two to three per week is best. That could mean two studio sessions and one at home, or a combination of GYROKINESIS® group classes and GYROTONIC® private lessons. Everyone’s needs are different.

What are the top benefits if you keep it up?
Gyrotonics increases strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and posture; it stimulates and strengthens connective tissue; and it reduces stress and tension throughout your body. Ultimately, GYROTONIC® teaches the body to regenerate and reorganize itself into a more desirable and supple form. The real benefits come from you, and they come from within. But we’re always here to help!

© 2014 Su Byron/Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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