Case Study: How This 30 Year Old Woman From Austin Earns $500+ A Week Teaching Gyrotonic

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Hi, my name is Alexis Kistler, and I wanna talk to you a little bit about Gyrotonic, and how I became a Gyrotonic trainer. I’m originally from Germany, and there I’ve trained to be a physical therapist. And I worked there for a few years before I moved to the United States. And then, here I found out I would have to repeat the entire education once more in order to be licensed as a physical therapist. And since I decided against doing that, I wanted to find something that fulfilled me to an equal measure, where I could be a contribution to people. Where I could help people reach their goals, physically, mentally, and not just only reach their goals but also, you know, maintain their fitness, and on a very easy and unique way.

And I’ve…in one of my internships back in Germany, I learned about Gyrotonic and I started training myself. And even though I never really had any issues with my body, I found that it improved my posture tremendously, and it got me in a very new space, in a very good space. I felt physically very balanced. And so when I came here, and I was looking for a sort of a replacement for physical therapy, and I thought about, hey, why not do Gyrotonic? And so I looked a little bit more into it, and what it was required. And so I started my training here in Austin. So what it entails means that, first, you do a few sessions with a master trainer or with a trainer to get the feel for the movements. And then, I just jumped right into my pre-trainer course. And then after that finished a foundation course which is 12 days. That was very, very intense. I never thought it would have been that intense but it was just an absolutely amazing experience. The way I’ve experienced my body, it was very new to me.

And yeah, and then I was lucky enough that I could start as an apprentice right away with a pretty decent schedule. So I had a fair few clients right of the bat. And yeah, so the…one of the fun things about working as a Gyrotonic trainer is that I’m really the boss of my schedule. I can be very flexible, and it allows me to be very flexible with the people that I work with. So I can accommodate a lot of their needs, you know, because we all are super busy. We all have things that change constantly in our schedules. So as a trainer, I’m able to accommodate that which is one thing that I like about this work. It makes it easy for them. It makes it easy for me. Yeah, and it’s a fun way to work. I get to be in contribution to people all day long. And one of the best things is I don’t have to sit at a desk. I’m the boss of my own time, basically.

And so that is all right now. I’m in the middle of my apprenticeship, and in two weeks, it’ll be coming to an end, and I’ll be testing out in one of the two locations that are currently possible in San Francisco. The other one is Washington, DC. And that’s another three-day, it’s like a little three-day course, basically. And I’m really looking forward to it, to be fully certified, and where it will take me from there. What Gyrotonic has done for myself in terms of training is I train as a triathlete, and so that is a very demanding training. And with Gyrotonic I found that I can cut off, I can shave off some hours that I have to spend in the gym, usually. And it helps me to stay balanced and stay on track with my training.

Yeah, so if you are interested, and if Gyrotonic has already piqued your interest, I would definitely say it’s worth looking further into it. So far, I only see benefits, not just from working as a trainer but also training myself and working myself out with the system.

Co-Owner / Physical Therapist at CORE Therapy and Pilates
Stephen graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1998 from LSUMC in New Orleans and is a licensed physical therapist in Texas since 2004. Immediately interested in hands-on therapy, he began to study with Brian Mulligan and became certified in the Maitland Australian Approach in 2003. Stephen has since studied the fascial system through John F Barnes Myofascial Release. Stephen completed a comprehensive Pilates training in 2002 and the GYROTONIC Expansion System® in 2009. The combined treatment of manual therapy with mind-body awareness exercises using Pilates and Gyrotonic concepts was the start of his whole-body treatment approach.
Stephen Dunn