Leading Ladies 2018

Leading Ladies 2018: Denise Chakoian

Fitness Expert, CORE Studios

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“We help people achieve intense fulfillment from insightful workouts designed for your daily grind,” says Denise Chakoian, owner of CORE Studios. She believes that you can achieve a good balance of fitness and health while still enjoying your life. “We create a comfortable environment with professional staff that can lead clients to a better overall fitness level,” says Denise. “We listen to what our clients want, instead of pushing them to do something that they don’t want to do, and will not enjoy.”

To find that balance, CORE offers lots of different workout options. In Pawtucket, CORE Cycling + Fitness offers team building total body workouts, TABATA, cycling, Pilates MAT, STRENGTH and BARRE Fusion workouts. CORE Personal Training Center offers one-on-one and small group training. In Providence, CORE Pilates Mind/Body offers Pilates Reformer, Tower, and Jumpboard group classes, as well as private training specifically designed for each individual’s needs. “We want to make fitness fun, but also help those who have those specific goals,” she says. This year’s newest addition is the 360 Burn class, which is whole body 4x4 short interval training, with two minutes of strength training followed by another two minutes of a different strength training exercise, then two minutes of cardio and two minutes of a different cardio. “You’re doing a lot of endurance,” she explains. “If someone is advanced, you can really go at it and kill it. But you can go low impact, and take a break any time you want. The goal is keep moving. We are training the cardiovascular system to become stronger.” A new referral program allows clients to bring in friends, who can try 5 classes at the Cycling & Fitness Studio for $49, and the existing clients gets a $15 credit for a class. All private training and pilates training clients who refer a new client will receive 10 % off a new package.

As part of their balanced philosophy, CORE also has an on-staff nutritionist who offers advice on healthy eating. “We’re not about telling anyone they have to diet,” Denise says. “Eat the things that are good for your body, and also enjoy your life. We all go out to dinner. We encourage our clients to have a healthy good balance.” Nutrition on the Go with CORE is their meal prep service, where busy clients can have healthy meals delivered to their home, or prepared there. It all adds up to the kind of gym where you feel welcomed, rather than intimidated. “People feel like they’re part of a community here,” Denise says. “Everyone is very welcoming, and everyone fits in.”

CORE Studios | 273-2673

CORE Pilates Mind/Body: 208 Governor St., Providence 

CORE Cycling + Fitness and CORE Personal Training Center: 727 East Ave., Pawtucket