• In-House Gym vs. Club Membership

    By thecoreconnection | In Blog, News | on May 6, 2019

    Pros and cons of an in-house gym An in-house gym at the workplace offers convenience and it creates an opportunity for people who work together to get to know each other better by also working out together. Employees may appreciate the opportunity to work out before or after work, so they can avoid rush-hour traffic. […]

  • 10 Things I Know About … How to be fit with a busy schedule

    By thecoreconnection | In Blog, News | on April 8, 2019

    10) Sit less. Most people sit all day – in their car, at their desk, in meetings, on planes, at conferences or elsewhere. Lack of movement reduces muscle strength and flexibility. 9) Standing is no better. Standing is not the answer either, as your body is still in one position all day. All parts of […]

  • Exercise to Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

    By Rita Matraia | In Blog, News | on March 24, 2019

    Balance Can Start to Decline at 40! Seniors often injure themselves seriously when they fall. With age, their bones become brittle, their muscles are tighter and their ability to maintain their balance deteriorates. But it’s not just seniors who are affected by a lack of balance. Depending on the person and how active the individual […]

  • How Yoga Works

    By thecoreconnection | In Blog, News | on March 17, 2019

    Yoga is Effective Exercise If you want to improve the health of both your mind and your body, few exercises are as effective as yoga. Yoga has many benefits. Physically, yoga works to create a balance of mobility and stability in the body, so we are not holding tension in our bodies and can move […]

  • Fitness Options for Those Who Work Remotely

    By Rita Matraia | In Blog, News | on March 10, 2019

    Remote working has both advantages and disadvantages for those seeking to stay or become fit. For those who are motivated and disciplined, the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages. Working remotely provides flexibility. Because remote workers don’t have a boss supervising them or meetings to attend, they can take time throughout the day to exercise and […]

  • Fitness for Women Over 40

    By thecoreconnection | In Blog, News | on March 2, 2019

    Women over 40 are especially susceptible to osteoporosis, but they can maintain their health and mobility with persistent exercise. As we age, we lose muscle mass and our caloric needs are reduced, so we can’t continue to eat like we used to. This is one of the reasons why it’s especially critical for women in […]

  • Natural Movement May Be the Next Big Workout Trend

    By thecoreconnection | In Blog, News | on February 7, 2019

    The fitness industry always seems to have a next big thing. Many years ago, aerobics was a big deal. Then people seemed to discover Pilates. Yoga followed. Then Zumba. TRX, barre and spin became trendy. No one seems to do aerobics anymore, although it’s been replaced with other aerobic-like exercises. The other fitness trends have […]

  • Low-Impact Workouts: Work Less, Benefit More

    By thecoreconnection | In Blog, News | on February 5, 2019

    Workouts are called workouts for a reason – you have to work hard to get results. But sometimes, you can get more out of working less. Low-impact workouts, such as Pilates slim and sculpt, barefoot cardio fusion and cardio barre have advantages over high-impact workouts. Advantages of Low Impact Workouts They cause less joint stress […]

  • NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 31, 2018 – Rita Matraia founded her business, The Core Connection, 290 W. Main St., in 2007, and even as she was establishing her new business, she found time to start the Northborough Turkey Trot soon after. Both have been successful. The Northborough Turkey Trot raised $18,000 for the Northborough Food Pantry […]

  • Think Small

    By thecoreconnection | In Blog | on October 30, 2018

    Not everyone benefits from the same type of workout. Some people prefer to work out alone. Some are fine working out in groups as large as 50 people or more. Others need a personal trainer to motivate them. For most people, though, small groups may be the best option. In small groups, instructors typically not […]

  • Putting the “Fit” in Fitness

    By thecoreconnection | In Blog | on October 30, 2018

    Today, more than 57 million Americans have memberships to fitness centers and health clubs – an increase of 75% since 2000. That’s good news, but does it mean that a growing number of Americans are becoming healthy and fit? Not necessarily. Workouts often don’t work out. If you’re spending a significant amount of time working […]

  • Rita Matraia, owner of The Core Connection, on the inspiration for starting her fitness studio. She noticed “the impact that sedentary jobs in business had on people’s physical issues, their posture and ultimately their pain, resulting in a negative quality of life. I set out to change that by opening The Core Connection to teach […]

  • Fun and Fundraising at The Core Connection!

    By Mary McCrorey | In Blog, News | on October 27, 2018

    We enjoyed fun, fitness, and fundraising at our Glow Lite Spin-A-Thon Thursday night, October 25th! Tricia and Leah hosted a great class for a great cause and we raised over $300 for the Cancer Schmancer Foundation.  Cancer Schmancer was started by Fran Drescher with a mission to shift the nation’s focus from just searching for […]

  • Fundraiser Spin-a-thon for Cancer Schmancer!

    By Mary McCrorey | In Blog, News | on October 21, 2018

    Join us this Thursday night, October 25th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in our Core Cycle studio where super instructors Tricia and Leah will be hosting a glow light Superhero Spin-a-thon! Donate $10 for every 30 minutes you ride within the 2-hour session. Spin for 30 minutes or 2 hours to a motivating, superhero […]

  • Celebrating 11 Years of Fitness!

    By Mary McCrorey | In Blog, News | on September 18, 2018

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was recently held at The Core Cycle location, 299 West Main Street, in honor of Rita’s 11th year of passionately bringing the latest in fitness to the Northborough area at The Core Connection! The event was attended by staff and clients of The Core Connection as well as Corrider 9 Area […]

  • Where to begin…

    By Mary McCrorey | In Blog, News | on September 6, 2018

    It’s fall and change is in the air! Are you ready to begin your fitness journey, but don’t know where to start? Sometimes it can feel like an uphill climb! Our 5-week Just Move program is a must for anyone who has a body! We will teach you five basic movement patterns for optimal workout […]

  • You’re invited…

    By Mary McCrorey | In Blog, News | on August 28, 2018

    We’re hosting our Core Connection Cycle Studio Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Wednesday, September 5th, from 5 to 7 pm at 299 West Main Street, Northborough! Join us for drinks and snacks as well as the official ribbon cutting at 5:30 pm. Athleta will be there with a trunk show and all attendees […]

  • Life is hectic. We can help!

    By Mary McCrorey | In Blog, News | on August 23, 2018

    Let us help you slow down! Join us for a restorative, guided group meditation. This 2-hour experience is being held on Saturday, August 25th, from noon to 2 pm in our Core Connection Yoga Loft. The workshop includes a guided, healing meditation that allows for deep relaxation, increased focus, and improved self-awareness. This introspective experience will encourage you to release and […]

  • Find Your Core!

    By Mary McCrorey | In Blog, News | on July 27, 2018

    Ever wonder why you do hundreds of crunches, sit ups, Pilates classes, yoga classes and still have little or no core strength? Now you can find out! After an amazing road trip north Rita’s bringing her new Core Function Workshop to her home base. Get an in-depth understanding of core function that will impact how you work out and […]

  • Rita’s Road Trip!

    By Mary McCrorey | In Blog, News | on June 16, 2018

    Rita’s on the move in New England and will be discussing core function and correct movement! She’ll be a guest instructor at BYUV in Vermont, just over the border from New Hampshire and it just may have them changing their state motto to “Move Better or Die!” Have you got a friend in the Granite […]

  • College Student $199 Summer Special!

    By Mary McCrorey | In Blog, News | on May 9, 2018

    If you’ve stowed the text books for the summer and are looking for a great place to get or stay fit, look no further than The Core Connection! We offer over 70 Barre, TRX®, Zumba®, cycling, yoga, Pilates, and cardio/weight training classes at our 290 West Main Street main studio and yoga loft as well […]

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