Cycling + Fitness Team
Denise has been working in the fitness industry for over 21 years. Trained from the early age of 5 in tap, jazz, and ballet, she competed and taught dance until the age of 18; soon after, Denise discovered a love for the atmosphere she found in group exercise classes. This, coupled with her dance background, spurred her to obtain certification with the A.F.A.A. (American Fitness Association of America) as a Group Exercise Instructor. She is also trained and accredited by Step Reebok, Mad Dogg Athletics, Resist-A-Ball, NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), Indo-Row, and Peak Pilates.
Coming from a dance background, Carli has always enjoyed the strength and energy that comes with group athletics. In 2011, she discovered her passion for teaching group fitness and since then, just can't get enough! Certified in Kickboxing, Core, Weight Training, Insanity and small group training, she delivers a high energy, well rounded class that is sure to leave you stronger inside and out! If she's not in the gym, you can find her working as a graphic designer here in Providence, or out and about on adventures!
Jamie Lee is an ACE Certified "Group Exercise/ Mind Body Specialist" instructor who enjoys teaching mat Pilates, chair yoga, strength training, and circuit. In addition, she is a certified Prana Flow® / Vinyasa flow yoga (with Coral Brown), and a chair yoga instructor. Jamie is continuing her Pilates education on the Pilates apparatuses under the instruction of Jen McWalters. Jamie has a love for movement and aims to create classes in which you can "honor that which you truly need".
My journey into the health and wellness field began over 10 years ago when I achieved a 160-lb weight loss goal. The positive impact this had on my life inspired me to help others in the same way. After graduating with a physical education degree from Norwich University, I gained a lot of work experience from physical education to collegiate strength and conditioning to coaching and work with the special olympics programs. I finally settled into personal training as I enjoy helping others make healthy lifestyle changes. My specialties include sports specific training, body re-composition, corrective exercise, strength and conditioning, weight management and motor skill development.
A certified Madd Dogg Spinning Instructor, Maureen has been a fitness professional for over 20 years. She began her career as an instructor for the Body Firm and was chosen to be in their award-winning fitness video.; she then went on to become an AFFA certified personal trainer and spin instructor. Maureen is an avid runner and has completed both the NYC and Boston marathons. ‘Fitness is a way of life for me, I have an enormous amount of passion for it and I am grateful that I enjoy it as much as I do.’
Kim is a long-term breast cancer survivor who decided to take charge of her health when she finished her treatment. She is passionate about exercise as a way to maintain health, and brings that passion and enthusiasm to CORE. Kim is certified through ACE (American Council on Exercise) as a Group Fitness Instructor and as a Personal Trainer. She is also a certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach through DSW Fitness., and has CPR/AED certification. Kim takes great pride in helping her clients find their best selves. She lives in Swansea with her wife and 3 children, and enjoys racing in 5Ks or half marathons on the weekends. When time allows, she attends seminars and studies through correspondence courses to stay current in the fitness field.
Patrick has been teaching Indoor Cycling classes for a year, having been recently certified as an instructor through Madd Dogg Athletics. Prior to being an instructor, he was a frequent class attendee at Core Studios. When he's not on a bike, he is a scenic designer for theatre and television seen locally at the Gamm and Trinity Rep. Patrick's goals in Cycling are twofold: to craft a challenging ride adaptable to all skill levels, and to bring a playlist that knocks your socks off!
While a freshman at Brown University in 1998, Tracy turned to the world of fitness instruction after she outgrew the world of competitive high school sports. As an avid field hockey, basketball, and softball player, Tracy wanted her classes to be more athletic-driven and inspired by conditioning training that she had experienced in competitive sports. Over 10 years later, she is still teaching challenging group fitness classes that incorporate simple and athletic moves as well as adventurous spin classes. In addition to being certified by the American Council on Exercise, Tracy is also trained in willPower & grace®, Spinning®, Peak Pilates MVe®, IndoRow®, and Core’s signature barre class.
Kelly is an enthusiastic former collegiate softball player and cross country runner. Her undergraduate degree is from Bryant University in Applied Psychology and she is currently pursuing her MBA at URI. Kelly works full time as a Project Coordinator at International Gaming Technology (IGT). Kelly is certified in Cycling, and always promises an intense high energy ride full of intervals, incorporating a blend of Tabata, sprints, and hills. Kelly also teaches Tabata, 32 minutes of high intensity interval training. If you are looking for a good sweat, you will not leave class disappointed!
Lilly is a tenured rider with 10 years of indoor and outdoor cycling experience under her belt and 10+ years of AED/FirstAid/CPR certification. Most recently, she's taught indoor cycling for several years at boutique studios in both Boston and Providence. In addition to teaching spin, she has taught Zumba, completed several half-marathons and triathlons, is a lead singer in a wedding band, and was a competitive dancer and swimmer in high school and college. Her classes are very music-driven where you'll be riding to the beat and leave with a smile on your face!
Pilates Mind/Body Instructors
Jen's journey into Pilates started when she was in college studying dance at San Francisco State University. A back injury was causing chronic pain, and serendipity allowed Jen to become introduced to Pilates through two of her college professors who were also Pilates instructors. When she saw the benefits of Pilates, Jen was hooked, and signed up to become certified. Her first certification was through Ellie Herman, the author of "Pilates for Dummies". Jen went on to teach Pilates for several years in San Francisco and Oakland. She also taught for a couple of years in Maryland and Washington D.C.
Jen earned her Masters in Pilates at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from SFSU. Her biggest influences are Rachel Taylor Segel and Amy Taylor Alpers, as well as Cara Reeser and Sharon Gallagher-Riveira. Before joining the team at Core, Jen owned her own Pilates studio in Pawtucket, RI, where she taught Pilates teacher trainings, classes, and privates from 2003 through 2014. In her spare time Jen enjoys spending time with her family, surfing, and doing calisthenic workouts.
Jacqui Ambrose is a certified Pilates instructor in the Classical Method. Jacqui was a member of 24-time United States National Champion Synchronized Skating team, the Haydenettes from 2002-2006. She represented Team USA at 4 world championships. Jacqui was introduced to Pilates as a young athlete to increase core strength. She also used Pilates to rehab and strengthen her knee after an ACL reconstruction in 2011. Jacqui 's favorite Pilates exercise is the Teaser on the Reformer. It combines all of the Pilates principles: Breath, Precision, Flowing Movement, Control, Centering and Concentration. She loves the challenge of the carriage moving beneath her, using the straps, all while trying to balance on the Long Box as you find a Teaser position. Previously, Jacqui taught at the Jen McWalters studio, Performance Physical Therapy, and Contrology Physical Therapy in East Greenwich.
A dynamic teacher, Justin brings over 12 years of experience and elite training in the classical style of Pilates elder, Ron Fletcher, to enhance our program at CORE. With years of experience and a gift for personal communication, he creates a multilevel physical experience that is safe, challenging and fun. He works with men and women of all skill levels, ages and physical conditions to improve function in daily life and athletic activities, reduce pain, and promote health and well-being. He was trained at the Ron Fletcher Comprehensive Program of Study in Tucson, Arizona, the most rigorous Pilates teacher training program in the country. Originally from San Antonio, Texas he grew up immersed in the Pilates Method, his mother is also a Pilates teacher. Justin holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from Brown University. He is an active athlete and uses the Pilates Method as he cross trains, lifts weights, and runs marathons. Justin has taught at studios in New York City, Boston, and Arizona. He enjoys working with all age groups and experience levels. He loves the Pilates work because he has seen the amazing results first-hand in his students.
Lizanne is a Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI) Certified Pilates Instructor. She has worked with people of all ages, and with a wide variety of needs. From athletes, to pre and postnatal, osteoporosis, joint replacements, back pain, and scoliosis...Pilates is for everyone, and it is her goal to show you that! She is consistently amazed by the profound effect Pilates has on her clients, whatever their ability, or personal goal. Lizanne’s objective is to help you find proper alignment, and a deeper connection to your body. She wants you to sweat and laugh, and leave feeling longer, stronger, and more flexible. She wants you to move with purpose and eventually stand up taller without even thinking about it!