Some of the greatest innovations in history emerged as a subsequent productions of unfortunate realities, whether tragic or inconvenient. From drawbridges or seatbelts to vaccines and the internet, issues in society often prompt curiosity in the human mind, which is a key first step on the road toward a marvelous breakthrough.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then poor posture and meager flexibility could be called the parents of Gyrotic Expansion System, also known as GXS. The device is growing in popularity, according to an article last month from Forbes.

Story author Lee Bell detailed the primary appeals of GXS, writing:

It’s by no means a new invention and has been offered in many boutique and specialist studios for some time. But only recently is it starting to really grow in popularity, helped no doubt by the fitness craze currently spreading across the world. You might, therefore, have been wondering what it is, how it works and if you should do it. …

Gyrotonic is a unique system of exercise that incorporates movement principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and t’ai chi. Central to this is the Gyrotonic Expansion System, or GXS, a rather complex-looking device specially designed with rotational discs and weighted pulleys. Usually made as part of a wooden frame, this set up allows the exerciser to strengthen their muscles via a specific exercise incorporating circular and spiraling movement patterns. It is these that are said to increase joint mobility, particularly in the spine. It’s also known to help a multitude of lower back or cervical spine pain such as sciatica, repetitive strain injury, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. 

It works by simultaneously stretching and strengthening the body, increasing range of motion, correcting posture and developing coordination. Used as part of a regular exercise regime and it’s known to give users a stronger spine, improved posture, and bone density, strengthen joints, increase mobility, and balance neuro-muscular coordination.

Just over a decade ago, yoga was only a niche workout. Fitness culture in America has come a long way in that time and the growing appreciation for flexibility promises positive future results.

To read Bell’s full writeup, click here.