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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to be an athlete or dancer in order to learn and adequately perform GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS exercises?
A. These methodologies were developed with the intention that any person, regardless of age, body type or state of health could learn and potentially benefit from practicing GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS exercises. GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS trainers are now found worldwide in studios, spas, university dance and athletic departments, health clubs, physical therapy clinics, hospitals and many other settings. Trainers are taught to be adaptable, and learn an adaptable system which they are now applying.
   
Q. How do I become a Certified GYROKINESIS Trainer?
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After taking some GYROKINESIS classes, with the assistance of the GYROKINESIS Trainer you will be able to assess if you are physically prepared to enroll and participate in the Pre-Training Course, the first Course you will take if you want to become a Certified Trainer. Pre-Trainers reserve the right to decline giving to any student the Pre-Training Qualification Agreement if the Pre-Trainer does not believe the student is ready or prepared for the GYROKINESIS Foundation Course.

The GYROKINESIS Foundation Course is the second course on the road to becoming a Certified GYROKINESIS Trainer. You have 3 months to enroll in a GYROKINESIS Foundation Course once you completed the Pre-Training Course.

Once you complete the 9-day, 36 to 54-hour Foundation Course, you are a Licensed GYROKINESIS Trainer, on your way to becoming Certified, and you enter the Apprentice Period. At this stage you can begin teaching GYROKINESIS classes in a group and private setting. As an Apprentice, you will log these classes/hours on the Apprentice Log Sheet that you will receive at the Foundation Course. You both log the hours you accumulate by teaching classes to clients, called Client Hours, and the hours spent with your Master Trainer during the Apprentice Period, called Supervised Apprentice Hours. During the 1-year Apprentice Period, you will need to meet at some point with your Master Trainer to complete these Supervised Apprentice Hours. At the Foundation Course the Master Trainer will also discuss with you the particulars of the Apprentice Period. You have 1 year to get Certified after completing the Foundation Course, i.e the Apprentice Period can last up to a 1 year.

When you have completed the necessary Client Hours and Master Trainer Supervised Hours, and 6 months have elapsed since you completed the Foundation Course, you can enroll in the 2-day, GYROKINESIS Level 1 Certification Course. Again, you have 1 year to complete the 3-day Certification Course once you complete the Foundation Course. After completion of the Foundation Course but before you complete the Certification Course, you are an Apprentice and can call yourself a Licensed GYROKINESIS® Trainer. Once you complete the Certification Course, you can then call yourself a Certified GYROKINESIS Trainer and can advertise yourself as such.

In summation, here are the steps you need to take to become a Certified GYROKINESIS Trainer:

  1. Take private or group classes, to gain experience, and prepare you for
  2. the GYROKINESIS Pre-training Course, which prepares and qualifies you for
  3. the GYROKINESIS Foundation Course, the completion of which will launch you into
  4. the Apprentice Period, which you can take a year to complete, completion of which makes you eligible for
  5. the GYROKINESIS Certification Course

(Note: you become Licensed and you can begin teaching clients once you complete the Foundation Course)

   
Q. How do I become a Certified GYROTONIC Trainer?
A.

It is highly recommended that you first take some private GYROTONIC lessons before you enroll in the Training Courses. After taking some private lessons, with the assistance of the GYROTONIC Trainer you will be able to assess if you are physically prepared to enroll and participate in the Pre-Training Course, the first Course you will need to take if you want to become a Certified Trainer. Once you feel that you are prepared to enroll in a GYROTONIC Pre-Training Course, you can register for a course. Keep in mind that you can also take your initial GYROTONIC lessons prior to enrolling in the Pre-Training Course with a Pre-Trainer. If you successfully complete the Pre-Training Course, the Pre-Trainer will give to you the Pre-Training Qualification Agreement. This is your ticket into a GYROTONIC Foundation Course, the second course you will need to take if you want to become a Certified GYROTONIC Trainer. Pre-Trainers reserve the right to decline giving any student the Pre-Training Qualification Agreement if the Pre-Trainer assesses that a student is not ready or prepared for the GYROTONIC Foundation Course.

The GYROTONIC Foundation Course is the second course you will need to complete to become a Certified GYROTONIC Trainer. You have 3 months to enroll in a GYROTONIC Foundation Course once you complete the Pre-Training Course.

Once you complete the 12-day, 60-hour Foundation Course, you are a Licensed GYROTONIC Trainer, on your way to becoming Certified, and you enter the Apprentice Period. At this stage you can begin teaching clients either in your own studio, if you have already purchased the Professional Pulley Tower, or you may teach in other studios if the owners of these studios have purchased a Pulley Tower. As an Apprentice, you will log hours on the Apprentice Log Sheet that you receive at the Foundation Course. You log the hours you accumulate by giving lessons to private clients, called Client Hours, and the hours spent with your Master Trainer during the Apprentice Period, called Supervised Apprentice Hours. Client Hours you accumulate and note on your Apprentice Log Sheet. You will also meet with your Master Trainer either once or twice during the year-long Apprentice Period, and also note these Supervised Hours on the Log Sheet. Your Master Trainer will explain the Apprentice Log Sheet to you at the Foundation Course in detail. You have 1 year to get Certified after completing the Foundation Course, so the Apprentice Period can last up to a 1 year.

When you have completed the necessary Client Hours and Master Trainer Supervised Hours, and 6 months have elapsed since you completed the Foundation Course, you can enroll in the 3-day, GYROTONIC Level 1 Certification Course. The GYROTONIC Certification Course is a gateway to further advanced Courses. For instance, you must be Certified to enroll in any of the Specialized Equipment Courses or the GYROTONIC Level 2 Pulley Tower Course. Again, you have 1 year to complete the 3-day Certification Course after completion of the Foundation Course. After you complete the Foundation Course, but before completing the Certification Course, you are an Apprentice and you can call yourself a Licensed GYROTONIC Trainer. You can offer lessons to clients and can advertise your services. Once you complete the Certification Course, you can call yourself a Certified GYROTONIC Trainer and can advertise yourself as such.

In summation, here are the steps you need to take to become a Certified GYROTONIC Trainer:

  1. Take private lessons, to gain experience, and prepare you for
  2. the GYROTONIC Pre-training Course, which prepares and qualifies you for
  3. the GYROTONIC Foundation Course, which will launch you into
  4. the Apprentice Period, which can last up to a year, the successful completion of which allows you to take the GYROTONIC Certification Course

(Note: you become Licensed and you can begin teaching clients once you complete the Foundation Course)

   
Q. I have sustained injuries in my life, and my health has not been good, so can I benefit by visiting a GYROTONIC studio and taking some private lessons?
A. Though no claims nor guarantees are made, and healing varies from individual to individual, many clients with varying health issues, from damaged spines to knee problems to asthma to depression, have not only found relief and a lessening of pain, but have also discovered that chronic symptoms begin to disappear when regularly performing GYROTONIC and/or GYROKINESIS exercises. Clients should continue to consult any health care professionals whom they are seeing for their physical or mental maladies.

Some physical conditions may require that an individual take private GYROTONIC lessons or GYROKINESIS classes on a regular basis, yet other conditions improve quickly and the individual can reduce the amount of sessions if so desired. Many physical, emotional and mental illnesses take years to develop and are deeply rooted, so sometimes it takes a while before one may notice changes in a particular condition. The main point is that everyone is different and unique and GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS Trainers are taught to recognize the conditions and needs of every client who wants to begin training. The client can then choose or not choose to follow the recommendations of the Trainer.

Because GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS methodologies can be categorized as "holistic" in nature, and the mind and physical body are closely intertwined, one may also benefit emotionally and mentally from GYROTONIC or GYROKINESIS exercises. The body, emotions and mind are one unit, and the stimulation or healing of one of them may have an effect on another.

Additionally, many clients of GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS Trainers worldwide have not been injured and have no major health issues. Many take GYROTONIC lessons or GYROKINESIS classes regularly because they like the way that they feel afterward and it helps them more easily deal with the stress incurred by living in fast-paced, 21st Century society.
   
Q. What are the main differences between GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS exercises?
A. Juliu Horvath first developed GYROKINESIS exercises while living on the island of St. Thomas in the 1970's. When he moved to New York City, he began teaching these movements and quickly developed a following. At the time he called it "Yoga for Dancers", but what he was teaching, fluid movements that offer the same benefits found in yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai chi, evolved into the thorough yet simple methodology that he later named "GYROKINESIS". However, GYROKINESIS exercises are not derived from these other exercise modalities. All that is needed to perform GYROKINESIS exercises is ample floor space to allow one to move unhindered and a small stool or chair to sit on.

While living in New York City, Juliu's observations of injured and wheelchair-bound people, in addition to dancers and athletes, led him to experiment with creating exercise machines and a corresponding movement philosophy that incorporated these same GYROKINESIS exercise principles into them. The GYROTONIC Expansion System thus came into existence. GYROTONIC exercises are related to GYROKINESIS exercises in that they both contain many of these same movement principals, such as fluid, sequential movement coordinated with conscious breathing. However, GYROTONIC exercises are performed on equipment and GYROKINESIS exercises are not.

 

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