We are excited to offer the opportunity to become a GYROTONIC® Level One trainer at MOVE Wellness. This profound and wise system will help you and your clients enjoy moving to get strong and mobile while supporting all the systems of the body. This post will give you all the information you need to know about doing your Gyrotonic training at MOVE.

Gyrotonic classes are designed to take the body beyond its current limitations. People come out of a Gyrotonic class with increased freedom of movement, greater strength and more agility. Gyrotonic exercises are adapted to fit anyone’s ability, from those recovering from injury or living with a disability to elite athletes.

For Pilates teachers, this system enhances what you already know and provides a depth of knowledge of how all the systems of the body work together. It is organized with more fluid movements and sequences that encourage proper biomechanics, breathing and the decompression of the joints of the spine and whole body. The training is a bit more experiential and differs from most Pilates courses. 

The steps in the program are outlined below. There is also a link to the official gyrotonic.com website page where they spell out very specific requirements at each level of training. 

Step 1) Training Pre-Requisites:

Students must take Gyrotonic private sessions or classes before they enroll in the course. We want you to be familiar with all of the Level 1 material before you go to Pre-Training. If that is not possible, there is an option to add three days to the Pre-Training Course. This would have to be coordinated in advance. 

Location: MOVE Wellness or another GT studio with a certified instructor

Dates: Individualized

Cost: Individualized

Step 2) Pre-Training Course:

This is a 6 day course that can be done in 6 consecutive days OR two 3-day segments within 60 days of each other. Typically we do this course over two weekends or three if the extended pre-training is necessary. We meet 9-12 and 2-5pm.

Because we will coordinate this once we know who is interested in the course, we can plan time to do weekly classes leading up to the pre-training OR add the 3-day extension. This will be taught by Pre-Trainer Elaine Economou. 

Location: MOVE Wellness

Dates: Two weekend format 3/8-10 and 4/5-7 

Cost: 1,050 for two weekends/$1575 for three weekends

Studio Fee: $250 for two weekends/$375 for three weekends

Course hours are:

9-12 morning

12-2 break

2-5 afternoon

Step 3) Foundation Course:

The Foundation Course must be taken between one week and three months of the end of the Pre-Training course. Each day there are five hours of training with a mandatory two hour break in the middle. We typically meet 9-12 and 2-5pm. This will be a 12-day course taught by Master Trainer Donna Place. 

Logistics: The course runs for 6 days with day 7 off and then 6 more days. The purpose and description of the course is below which is cut and pasted from the gyrotonic.com website.

Location: MOVE Wellness

Dates: May 13-25 (day off on 5/19)

Cost: $2,100

Studio Fee: $500 

(The course fee is paid to MT Donna Place (@Donna-Place-3) on or before the first day of the course and the studio fee is paid to MOVE at the time of registration. 

Course hours are:

9-12 morning

12-2 break

2-5 afternoon

Foundation Course Purpose

To provide a more in-depth understanding of the Gyrotonic Level 1 curriculum and provide students with the specific skills and techniques needed to teach these exercises to clients. During this course, a Gyrotonic Master Trainer introduces the teaching techniques and principles underlying the Gyrotonic Level 1 exercise syllabus and introduces the complete Gyrotonic, Level 1 exercise curriculum.

In this program students learn to design and teach a progressive sequence of Gyrotonic Level 1  classes on the Gyrotonic Pulley Tower. The 195 hour program is composed of four sequential courses. 

General Notes

  • Students typically begin teaching the Gyrotonic Method in the role of apprentice within 3 months after beginning the program. 
  • It takes approximately 1 year to complete the full program and to become a fully qualified Gyrotonic Trainer.
  • Gyrotonic Trainers are eligible to register for Gyrotonic specialized courses and Gyrotonic specialized equipment courses.
  • Gyrotonic Trainers attend at least one continuing education course every two years in order to expand their skill set and maintain their  trademark license.

Why Do My Gyrotonic Training at MOVE?

  • Experience an in-depth exploration of Gyrotonic principles and level 1 movement sequences under the direction of a skilled Gyrotonic Master Trainer
  • Learn to professionally teach the Gyrotonic Level 1 exercise sequences on the Gyrotonic Pulley Tower
  • Gyrotonic level 1 Trainers have access to specialized Gyrotonic teacher training courses including specialized equipment courses.

Step 4) Apprentice teaching and Apprentice Review Course

Once students successfully complete the Gyrotonic Level 1 Foundation Course, they are considered a Gyrotonic Apprentice. At this stage the Gyrotonic Level 1 Apprenticeship period begins and students can begin teaching the Gyrotonic level 1 exercises they have learned in the role of Gyrotonic Level 1 Apprentice. The apprenticeship license is valid for 1 year. During the one year apprenticeship period, students will finish the Gyrotonic Level 1 Apprenticeship Review Course, complete practice teaching hours, and the Gyrotonic Final Certificate Course. Students must spend a minimum of six months in personal practice and practice teaching before they are eligible to attend the final certificate course. 

The apprenticeship period lasts a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year. During the apprenticeship period, students are required to complete 60 “teaching client” hours and a minimum of 30 supervised Apprenticeship Review Course hours. Apprentices complete their supervised apprenticeship review course hours under the guidance and supervision of a Gyrotonic Master Trainer either in the form of a six day Gyrotonic Apprenticeship Course or by re-taking the Gyrotonic Foundation Course. 

For the Gyrotonic Training at MOVE, we will offer a six day Gyrotonic Apprenticeship Course with Donna Place 

Location: MOVE Wellness

Dates: November/December 2024 TBD with cohort

Cost: $1,050

Studio Fee: $300

(The course fee is paid to MT Donna Place on or before the first day of the course and the studio fee is paid to MOVE at the time of registration) 

Course hours are:

9-12 morning

12-2 break

2-5 afternoon

Step 5) Certification Course

The purpose of this course is two fold. It is an education course and it is also a practical assessment of students’ teaching skills and their understanding of the Gyrotonic Level 1 curriculum. To successfully complete this course, Apprentices must physically execute and demonstrate a proficient understanding of the exercises and principles in the Gyrotonic Level 1 Foundation Course syllabus. Additionally, Apprentices must apply the appropriate verbal cues and physical guidance to a moving person according to the Gyrotonic Level 1 Foundation Course manual.

*Please note, this course is not offered at MOVE Wellness. You can look online and find courses in the US and other countries. Washington DC is a popular place for students to take their final certification.

Location: Your choice (see Gyrotonic website)

Dates: Your choice

Cost: $525

Studio Fee: determined by the host studio


We hope you’ll consider doing your Gyrotonic Training at MOVE. Email us with any questions or to enroll!