• 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. […]

  • Celebrate Pilates Day on May 4th with us!

    By Mary McCrorey | In News | on April 28, 2019

    Have you always wanted to try Pilates? Here’s your chance! Join us at our Northborough studio, 290 West Main Street, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Experience the difference in training for strength and mobility while improving posture, coordination, and overall stability. We are offering FREE Pilates Reformer, Pilates Mat, and TRX® demo classes as […]

  • The Core Connection is growing!

    By Mary McCrorey | In News | on April 20, 2019

    Have you heard? We’ve opened a new Pilates Reformer studio at 18 Lyman Street in Westborough! Where’s that you say? We are on the second floor above Tatnuck Bookseller in a beautiful space with lots of natural light, STOTT Pilates® reformers, and Stability Chairs. Join us on Saturday, April 27th, from 11:30 am through 2 […]

  • 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 […]

  • WESTBOROUGH, Mass., March 5, 2019 – Rita Matraia, owner and founder of The Core Connection, announced today that her boutique fitness studio is adding a second Reformer Pilates studio in the Westborough Shopping Center, 18 Lyman St. The new studio, which is scheduled to open in mid-March, will feature four reformer/tower machines and Pilates classes […]

  • 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 […]

  • Gettin’ Fit and Funky at The Core!

    By Mary McCrorey | In News | on March 1, 2019

    Come for the shopping and stay for the funky fun and bubbly! This is your invitation to pre-shop the Athleta Friends and Family sale with Athleta rep and yoga instructor extraordinaire, Sue! The event takes place on Friday, March 1st, from 5 pm to 7 pm. You’ll have access to inventory before the in-store event. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Get in the Zone!

    By Mary McCrorey | In News | on January 12, 2019

    What is Myzone® and why have we adopted it? The MZ-3 is a heart-rate monitor that delivers real-time feedback on heart rate, calories, and effort allowing you to monitor your exercise and track the improvement in your fitness. It converts all this information into Myzone Effort Points (MEPs), which are displayed live on our studio monitors. […]

  • Just Move in the New Year!

    By Mary McCrorey | In News | on January 8, 2019

    Are you ready to begin your fitness journey, but don’t know where to start? Do you need an owner’s manual for your body? Our 5-week Just Move program begins on Wednesday, January 30th, at 10 am and it’s made for YOU! We will teach you five basic movement patterns for optimal workout success. Additionally, you […]

  • Got College Students?

    By Mary McCrorey | In News | on December 19, 2018

    Do you have a college student home for the holidays? We’ve got the perfect gift! We are offering a 1-month unlimited class pass for $79! We offer yoga, Pilates, spin and so much more. Purchase must be made at the studio with validation of college attendance. Email us at with questions. 

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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