Jessica Gowen


VP Performance Development | Pilates and GYROTONIC® Instructor | Teacher Trainer

  • Certified Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Pilates Teacher Trainer
  • Licensed Instructor, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
  • 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.

GYROTONIC, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM, GYROKINESIS and GYROTONER are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with their permission.

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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. It also provides resistance and input to the body to help organize our movement patterns, similar to the Pilates apparatus. The result? At the end of a Gyrotonic® session, you feel like you’ve had both a workout and a massage.

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My Client Reviews

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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