Kinespirit Riverside
214 West 85th Street
212 787 9300

FAQ

I’ve never done GYROTONIC® exercise or Pilates before. What’s the best way to get started?

We recommend starting with our introductory package: at three 55-minute private sessions for $180, it’s an excellent value! By doing three sessions, you will get a chance to not only become familiar with a new form of exercise, but to see how your body responds in between sessions as well. If you’d like, you can also use your intro package to try a session or two of both Pilates and GYROTONIC®. When you’re ready to get started, just contact us to set up your first session!

I’m not sure if I should do GYROTONIC® exercise or Pilates. Which would be better for me?

There are all kinds of variables that can help determine which form of exercise would be best for you–it might even be a combination of both! You can take a look at our breakdown of the similarities and differences here. We’re also happy to talk with you about your goals and preferences in order to help steer you down a path that works for you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with your specific questions.

I’m new to Kinespirit, but I already have some experience doing GYROTONIC® exercise or Pilates. Is the intro package still for me?

Absolutely! Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned veteran, we invite all new clients to take advantage of this great deal.

What should I expect at my first session?

Please arrive about ten minutes early for your first session, as there will be a brief new client form for you to fill out. This will also allow you time to change, get a drink of water, and get to know the studio. You will not need to bring mats or props; we have everything you’ll need. If you’re doing GYROTONIC® exercise or Pilates for the first time, it may be difficult to put your experience into words immediately after your first session, but you will definitely leave feeling invigorated and energized (and maybe even a little taller)!

What should I wear?

Wear clothing that you are comfortable moving and generating some heat in (similar to what you’d wear to a yoga class). You can be barefoot or in socks, but no shoes are required.


When are your group classes?

Check our our class schedules here.

I’m interested in taking group classes. What are the requirements?

If you’d like to take one of our mat classes (GYROKINESIS® or Pilates mat class) feel free to jump in without any prior experience needed! Most of our mat classes are open-level, which means they’re a great place to get a feel for the work in a group setting. If you’re interested in taking one of our equipment-based classes, we recommend that you go into it with some experience in private sessions beforehand in order to get the most out of class. Along with learning new patterns of movement, you’ll need to get comfortable setting up and using the Gyrotonic tower or Pilates reformer. The intro pack is a great place to start! It may take more than three sessions to get to a point where you’ll be comfortable and safe in a group setting (everyone is different!) so it’s a good idea to check in periodically with your private instructor(s) about your progress toward this goal.

How do I sign up for a group class?

We highly recommend reserving your spot in advance, especially for equipment-based classes. You can register online here, or by calling us at 212-787-9300.


Can I work out on the equipment by myself?

Yes. Once you’ve reached a point in your practice where you are able to use the equipment comfortably and safely without an instructor present, Kinespirit offers the option of doing independent workouts to supplement your GYROTONIC® or Pilates practice. Independent workouts are $20/hour during our peak hours (before 1:00 and after 5:00 on weekdays) and $12/hour during our off-peak hours (1:00-5:00 on weekdays and anytime on weekends).


What is Kinespirit’s cancellation policy?

We ask that you give us at least twenty-four hours notice if you need to reschedule or cancel your session or class reservation. This allows us to effectively maximize our instructors’ time and keep the studios running smoothly. Cancellations made with less than twenty-four hours notice will be charged at the full cost of the session or class.


I’m a GYROTONIC® or Pilates instructor who would like to teach my clients at Kinespirit. Can I?

Kinespirit offers Pilates equipment, GYROTONIC® equipment, and classroom space for instructors to rent. Renters are required to provide current insurance and certification. If you are interested in renting at Kinespirit, please contact us for more information on how to get set up.

How do I become a GYROTONIC® instructor?

Check out a full breakdown of the certification process here. Kinespirit offers every step of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® training process except the Certification Exam, which in the US must be completed in Miami, Florida. If you are interested in participating in Kinespirit GYROTONIC® Teacher Training, email us at trainings@kinespirit.com.