Jessica Gowen



VP Performance Development

  • Certified Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Pilates Teacher Trainer
  • Licensed GYROTONIC® Instructor
  • GYROTONIC® Master Trainer

Jessica Gowen leads the performance side of Activcore as Vice President of Performance Development. She works at the Activcore studio in Atlanta, Georgia, located just 2 miles from Emory University.

Jessica’s mind-body wellness journey began in Washington, DC, in 1998, where she took Pilates at Excel Movement Studios while working at a public policy oriented publishing firm. After experiencing the method's transformational effects, she left the policy world to teach Classical Pilates.

Jessica discovered GYROTONIC® in 2004. She loved how it complemented her Pilates training and challenged her to take her work – both as practitioner and teacher – to a deeper level. She has completed certifications in GYROTONIC® teaching, GYROKINESIS® teaching and all of the specialized equipment. She is certified in both systems by the method's creator, Juliu Horvath. She is also an Authorized GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® Pre-Trainer and a Master Trainer.

In 2006, Jessica founded CORE – a Pilates, GYROTONIC® and Redcord studio in Buckhead – to create her ideal wellness environment: a positive, friendly, team of experts that attracts outstanding instructors while providing exceptional client care. Over the years, she also implemented teacher training programs in Pilates, GYROTONIC®, and Core Suspension.

A passionate entrepreneur, Jessica joined Activcore in 2021 to further develop professionally as an industry leader in the Atlanta area, and to grow her online performance offerings on a national scale. 

Jessica believes continuing education is crucial to every Pilates and GYROTONIC® Instructor’s growth. She has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education courses around the country, covering a spectrum of subject matter including working with post-rehab clients experiencing back and shoulder pain, refining her use of voice and touch, teaching Pilates to pregnant and postpartum women, modifying exercises for those with osteoporosis, and challenging elite athletes with the GYROTONIC® method.

Jessica is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Allegheny College, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1997. She holds a Master of Public Management degree from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park. A Decatur native, she lives in Ormewood Park with her husband and children.

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Gyro What? Understanding the Gyrotonic Expansion System®

When Activcore and CORE merged earlier this year in Atlanta, we introduced a new movement method to our suite of services: the Gyrotonic Expansion System®. This system has two parts: 1) Gyrotonic® exercise which is performed on specialized equipment, and 2) Gyrokinesis® work which is performed on a chair and/or mat.‍ If you’ve been at Activcore lately, you might have seen the equipment in our back room. The Gyrotonic® equipment uses a system of weights and pulleys to simultaneously offload body weight, similar to the Redcord suspension system.


Integrating Physical Therapy and Fitness Training for Better Balance!

Balance is something often taken for granted until it is gone. Whether you suffer from a sudden physical injury or simply notice that things you used to do are getting harder over time, losing your balance can affect your quality of life. In some cases, it can even shorten your life.


Balance from the Ground Up: Start with Your Feet!

Did you know that each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments? And you have more than SEVEN THOUSAND nerve endings in each foot? The foot provides both important structural support for our balance and a ton of subconscious information for our brain about where we are in space and how to organize our movement.


A Court Ruling That Would Forever Change the Course of Pilates

On October 14, 2022, The New York Times published an article titled “The Fight for the Soul of Pilates.” The story was on the front page of the paper’s print edition style section the following weekend. It was a huge amount of visibility for the Pilates community. The topic? A new copyright-related lawsuit filed in federal court.


How to Assess the Qualifications of a Pilates Teacher

A few weeks back, I shared my take on the Pilates copyright lawsuit that is being heard soon in federal court in New York. Parties on both sides of the lawsuit claim to want to protect Joseph Pilates’ work and legacy, albeit through different mechanisms.


My Reviews

I have been taking on-line Gyrokinesis classes with Jessica Gowen for 2 years. It has made a world of difference in my body! I have gained flexibility in my upper spine and have increased the range of motion in my hip by loosening tight hamstrings and calf muscles. Jessica, as a master trainer, recognizes immediately during class if I am struggling that day in an area of my body. She immediately suggests a modification so that I get the maximum benefit from the exercise. I highly recommend taking her classes.

Lisa L.

Jessica Gowen is a hidden gem here in Atlanta. After breaking my ankle and having physical therapy I thought I was back to normal. However, after just a few sessions with Jessica I realized my body could do so much more when you combine the whole body and mind through a Pilates workout. Jessica is also my teacher and mentor in a year long Pilates teaching course. 2 months in and I have learned so much through her patience and steady guidance.

Janet P.

My Gyrotonic lessons with Jessica are a joy! And for some like me who can have chronic joint pain, my twice a week lessons have made me more flexible and stronger, improved my balance, and helped keep me pain free. Jessica is definitely a ten!

Mary L.



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