Guest Post | Gyro-whattt?

As a health coach and Membership Coordinator for the Women Business Owners of Southeastern Michigan, I do a fair amount of networking, and I get to meet a lot of cool women. This month, I was thrilled to meet Ruth Wade—she’ll tell you about herself below—and because Ann Arbor is really a small town pretending to be a city, it turns out that we work in the same building downtown! I invited Ruth to post about her work and an upcoming workshop.

Hello to Liza’s peeps—I am so grateful that Liza has generously offered to allow me to guest blog today.

Liza and I really have similar goals: we have recognized that what is important to us is to take care of ourselves, and in making that commitment, sharing what we have learned with others. Liza is a health coach, helping people make individualized lifestyle changes. I am a movement coach, helping people to make individualized fitness changes, specifically using the Gyrotonic® Expansion system.

The what?

That’s a question that I get a lot, “What is that exercise you teach? Gyro-what?”

Sometimes I like to say “Gyrotonic. You know, like Gin & Tonic, only it is gyro”. (Insert laugh track)

The Gyrotonic Expansion System is a type of fitness that beautifully lengthens and strengthens the body at the same time. It is adaptable to all fitness levels, from Olympic athletes to quadriplegics, and everything in between. Created by a dancer who suffered from debilitating injuries in the 70s, Gyrotonic uses specially designed equipment to make even the clumsiest of us feel graceful.

I had practiced Gyrotonic for years when I decided to become a certified instructor and retire from corporate America. I wanted to bring this joyful exercise (yes, I did put those two words together) to others and share the love. After taking a course in Gyrotonic movement for osteoporosis, I knew that this was an audience that I wanted to help.

Gyrotonic Tree Town studio owner and my mentor, Heather Glidden, suggested that we do a one-hour class and I immediately agreed. Here are just a few reasons:

  • 7.5 million women have osteoporosis
  • Women lose up to 20% of their bone density in the five to seven years after menopause
  • About half of all women will break a bone due to osteoporosis

But osteoporosis and broken bones can be prevented! And movement can be a safe and supportive way to help you maintain your bone health.

If this topic interests you, consider joining our FREE workshop on Wednesday, July 26th at 6pm at 205 E. Washington St., 3rd Floor in Ann Arbor. All you have to do is RSVP to 734-274-9482 or email me at

Finally, two resources for you: