Denise Chakoian-Olney opened her first CORE Studios location in April of 2006 after a long career in Corporate America. Since 2006, CORE has grown to include three locations: CORE Pilates Mind/Body Studio, CORE Personal Training Studio, and CORE Cycling + Fitness. The opening of her newly renovated Blackstone Plaza location in 2015, has pushed Denise to the forefront of Rhode Island’s Fitness Boutique scene.
Denise has been in the fitness industry for over 21 years. Trained from the early age of 5 in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet, she continued on competing and teaching dance until the age of 18. Soon after, Denise discovered her love for the group atmosphere she found in exercise classes. This, coupled with her strong background in dance, spurred her journey in fitness starting with a certification by A.F.A.A. (American Fitness Association of America) as a Group Exercise Instructor.
After teaching aerobics, Step Aerobics and Total Body sculpting classes in various health facilities for a number of years, Denise continued to drive deeper into the fitness industry. She has received training and certifications through Step Reebok, Mad Dogg Athletics Resist-A-Ball, NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine, Indo-Row, And Peak Pilates. As Owner and Founder of CORE Studios, Denise has designed her own Barre workout designed for her studio and her staff. She is currently in the process of being a Chek Practitioner. Denise is extremely passionate about her clients and love helping them achieve their goals.
Kim is a 14 year 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 also as a Personal Trainer. She is also a certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach though DSW Fitness. Kim takes great pride in helping her clients reach “their best selves”. She is also CPR/AED certified. She currently 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.
She currently teaches a large variety of CORE’s Group X and Small Group Training classes. She is available for 1:1 or group training sessions. Her motto: Keep exercise fun for everyone!
For as long as Maryellen can remember, she has always been active, playing sports, running and just enjoying life. Being an athlete introduced her to training at an early age. Weight and endurance training helped her on and off the playing field. Maryellen took this love of fitness and became a personal trainer. Her goal as a personal trainer is to motivate, inspire, and educate others about the benefits of exercising and living a healthy lifestyle.
Maryellen believes that health and fitness is more than just your appearance; exercising makes us feel better and live healthier. With patience and persistence, anyone can achieve realistic goals, including high self-esteem, confidence, and a strong fit body. As a trainer she strives to create a positive relationship with all her clients. Maryellen believes she is there to provide encouragement, confidence, motivation, and strength, to help you reach your fitness goals!
She has been an A.C.E. certified personal trainer since 1999 as well as Johnny G Mad Dogg spin certified, adding Peak Pilates in 2000. Her nationally recognized 200 hour Vinyasa yoga and TRX certification were earned in 2006 and 2007, followed by a yoga Thai Massage training in 2009. Maryellen is also a level one Reiki practitioner.
She will bring a blended approach to your training; the journey, while reaching your goals, will never be boring!