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Core Studio Builds Strength and Friendships Through Pilates and Barre Fitness

By Pamela Sosnowski

Kathy Brunette still remembers the time when the health club she worked for as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer sent her to New York City to participate in America's latest fitness craze, an intensive mat and reformer Pilates Instructor Training.

"During the training, we were in this small congested space, and I was amazed that this intelligent and beneficial form of movement could be offered in such a small space," she said. "I left feeling an overwhelming sense of the need for a Pilates studio in Burlington."

Just months later, with the help of a good friend with business chops, she opened Burlington's first Pilates studio: Core Studio. Nearly 15 years later her business is still going strong, having survived an economic recession and the competition of other Pilates studios that opened in the area as the workout regimen gained popularity. During this time Core Studio addressed the needs of its members by adding group classes to keep up with changes and trends in the fitness industry, while preserving a Pilates foundation.

Over the years, we have been able to adapt to the needs of the community by making available a variety of mat Pilates, reformer Pilates, circuit classes that blend reformer, mat, strength and cardiovascular challenges, while keeping our private/semi-private and small group trainings constant. Most recently, in January, 2013, we added Barre fitness to the menu," she said. "We have always been fortunate to offer high quality Pilates-based offerings.

The South End-based studio encompasses over 1,300 square feet of bright, sunny, clean space conveniently located off route I-89 and is open seven days a week. Amenities includes plenty of free parking, a clean shower, and top-of-the-line Pilates and barre equipment. Classes range from those best for someone who is new to Pilates and Barre (Core Barre classes), to those that get the heart pumping (Core Cardio Barre or Core Barre Sweat) - and all styles are set to upbeat music and incorporate small hand weights and other small workout props, such as bands, yoga straps or blocks.

All classes are led by friendly, encouraging instructors that continue their career education by regularly attending Pilates, barre, and even anatomy and physiology teacher trainings. As Brunette explained, there are no limitations when it comes to practicing Pilates.

The Studio offers several membership and class packages options to accommodate any budget, just one of the ways Brunette makes her boutique Pilates Studio accessible for everybody. Barre class can cost as little as $10. Pilates privates or semi-privates are personalized and specific to the person/s involved, and cost anywhere from $44 - $75. No matter what the option, the sense of community that members get is just one of the many benefits included in their investment.

"No matter where you're coming from, you will find our environment very warm and welcoming," she said. "With friendships forged in 2003 when we first opened our doors, we are so very proud and grateful that we are 'locally grown' and offer that love and positive spirit to all that walk through our doors."

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