SPYRL is a mind/body fitness studio


SPYRL is a mind/body fitness studio

Designed to improve your health and longevity through the GYROTONIC® EXPANSION SYSTEM.  We are committed to helping you reach your personal health goals, no matter your age or ability.  Each workout session is tailored to your individual and specific needs.  Our brand new equipment allows maximum adjustability to the range of motion and size of your body.  We are proud to offer a variety of the latest equipment, including the Gyrotonic ULTIMA, the Leg Extension Unit, the Jumping-Stretching Board, and the GYROTONER.


SPYRL was founded by Sharon Burack and Amy Pena.

Sharon Burak

Sharon Burack, co-founder of SPYRL™ Chicago, is excited to bring her wellness philosophy of alternative medicine to the public with the opening of the first SPYRL studio in Downtown Highland Park, the North Shore’s newest studio exclusively teaching the GYROTONIC® expansion system.

After first hearing about the Gyrotonic method from two close friends, Sharon decided to try it out and knew instantly that this form of exercise is what the world needs to increase the quality of life and mobility, especially within the aging population.

She found the circular motions of Gyrotonic movement enhanced her flexibility, her regular physical activity, and helped her feel more grounded and connected. “I believe the movements one does effect the way people think and when we do movements that are spiral in nature it makes one more adaptable. I found that Gyrotonic puts me in a mindful state and I felt even more creative after doing this, almost on a Gyro-high.”

The Gyrotonic method ties together Sharon’s wellness philosophy and awareness of self-being. Now in her 60s, and after overcoming many health challenges including cancer survivor, arthritis and a hip injury, it’s even more important than ever for her to be in the best shape possible. The Gyrotonic system allows her to enjoy other regular exercise activities even more. A black belt martial artist, she now has more range of motion, better balance, harder kicks and can do a lot more in kung fu.

As a senior living professional, Sharon is passionate about the benefits of Gyrotonic exercise and sees first-hand how strength and mobility is a huge factor in injury prevention and fall prevention. An occupational therapist by training and owner of Freedom Home Care, one of the leading and most respected home care agencies in the Chicagoland area, Sharon started to put the wheels in motion to bring the Gyrotonic method to the Chicagoland area in hopes of helping anyone from senior citizens to professional athletes maximize their health and wellness potential.

Sharon and Amy plan to open more SPRYL studios over the next few years and will continue to spread awareness of the Gyrotonic system throughout the Chicagoland area.

Amy Pena

Amy is a former professional dancer who studied with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in New York.  She discovered the Gyrotonic Movement System after a career ending injury and has been teaching Gyrotonic since 2005.  Amy has studied extensively and has special certifications for working with dancers, elite athletes, and golfers.  She has taught in Brazil, and has worked with all age groups and abilities, helping to transform people’s bodies.  Amy has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and likes to learn new languages.


“I think Gyrotonic would benefit you if you are already doing pilates and yoga, I think it would only make your yoga and pilates that much better because of the fluidity of the movements you do.” Charles “Peanut” Tillman, former cornerback for the Chicago Bears

“Gyrotonic is a fabulous workout program.  I started it for lower back pain and frozen shoulder, a condition that I suffered from.  After just a few sessions I started feeling better and the results were remarkable.” Monica Pedersen, HGTV Host, Highland Park

“Not only does Gyrotonic allow flexibility of your joints, at the same time it’s strengthening  you and it’s grounding you” Dr. Cheryl L. Perlis, M.D. is a physician in the Chicagoland area

“Golfers can improve their swing distance and accuracy. “The GYROTONIC system has multiple exercises for every part of the golf swing. It will help you increase and strengthen your hip and shoulder turn, improve the rotation of the arms, strengthen your wrists and forearms and improve your cardiovascular fitness. Simply put, it is the finest exercise system out there for golfers.”” -David Rasmussen, Golf Professional

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