Cheryl’s Pilates & GYROTONIC® Story: From A Corporate Desk Job To A Busy Instructor




Hi I’m Cheryl… I want to talk to you a little bit about how I got into teaching Pilates and Gyrotonic, the process and the steps that I took to get to where I am today…

I was working a desk job and going to the gym every evening and enjoying the movement. I thought, you know I should get paid to do these classes and take this stuff and exercise because I enjoy it and I’m here anyway. So I went through a little personal training certification thing to be able to do that and was able to teach a few classes here and there. Then I started hearing about Pilates a lot and so I started taking some Pilates classes and found some books on it and was doing a little bit here and there. And then Stephen comes to me and was like, “what’s Pilates?” So I tell him what I know and how I like it and what it’s doing for me. He then gets the opportunity to go through a Pilates training for physical therapists and I was like wait this is something I want to do. I want to go through a Pilates training so lets see if I can do it with you. We talked to the people and they’re like sure, of course, so I go through the training with him. I was able to start teaching Pilates when I wasn’t at the desk because I was kind of supplementing the two and then I finally was just like you know I’m doing this (teaching Pilates) full-time…

I worked for Stephen part-time and I worked for a chiropractor part-time. I was working with their patients and teaching them Pilates and helping them with what I knew and how much it had helped me.

Then we got married and we moved to Sonoma… the studio that I worked at there had Gyrotonic and so I was able to go through my Gyrotonic training. That led me to teaching both Pilates and gyro and I really loved the two systems and how they meshed together and complemented each other… and that kind of led me to where I am today… opening up our own studio.

I have two kids now so I don’t work all day because I take them to school in the morning… I work from 9:00 to 2:00 so that I can be there every afternoon to pick them up from school. I run them around and do all the things that need to happen in order to keep up with all the activities that they do. I’m able to adjust my schedule to their schedules because their schedules have changed as they’ve grown up. When they were babies it was different, I had a different schedule and then when they were in preschool I worked a little less. Now the more they’re in school the more I can work and really continue to provide people with two exercise modalities that can really help them. I get to teach people how much I enjoy it and what they can get from it… staying strong and active and continue to do things with my kids and my family as I age… and enjoy it… so that’s my story and how I got to where I am today. I hope that helps you make a decision whether this is something you want to do or not or just know a little bit more about me and Stephen and our studio and what we do…

Alright thanks…

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Co-Owner, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, Certified GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Instructor, GYROTONIC® Master Trainer at CORE Therapy and Pilates
Cheryl completed her Pilates certification in 2002 then her Level 1 GYROTONIC® certification while working with Madeline Black at Studio M in Sonoma, CA.Since moving to Austin to 2004, Cheryl has become level 2 GYROTONIC® trained as well as assisted Madeline in teaching Pilates education courses from California to New Orleans. In 2009 she completed her GYROKINESIS® certification in Germany with Juliu Horvath, certifications on the specialized GYROTONIC® Archway, Leg Extension Unit, Gyrotoner and Jump Stretch Board, as well as becoming a Certified GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer. Cheryl completed a Pilates mentor program in 2011 with Madeline Black offered by Balance Body University coined "Passing the Torch" and in the summer of 2011, Cheryl and Stephen launched a Pilates Teacher Training Program at CORE. Cheryl passed her PMA Exam and has studied the GYROTONIC® Therapeutic Application courses with German Physiotherapist Paul Horvath and Uwe Herbsreit. In 2014, Cheryl completed the requirments to become a GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and is now able to teach the GYROTONIC® Level 1 Foundation Courses as well as all updates for current certified GYROTONIC® trainers.
Cheryl Dunn