Ruth Gordon, Owner

When I was a child, I was not very athletic. In fact, I was typically the last person chosen for kickball at recess. Most recesses, you would find me by the school wall with my girlfriends, taking turns singing lead to the song, “Joy to the World” (ok, I have really dated myself!). My family was, however, very active: hiking, camping, swimming (most summers we would spend the entire day at the pool). Through my high school years, I participated in music and theater, but found there wasn’t much opportunity for girls’ sports.

Once in college, I was active in dance, music and theater, but was also feeling the need to explore other avenues of my physicality. I had taken up long distance running to try to lose a little weight, when a friend convinced me to join the Cross Country team. I was hesitant, not ever competing in any sport in the past, but I did it and amazingly enough, I found I loved the challenge. At the same time, I was introduced to a new aerobic studio in town: the Body Asylum, where I began to take aerobic classes (now regularly called Group Exercise classes). I absolutely fell in LOVE with this new form of exercise! (Back then, it was so new and it was all about Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons!) After a couple of months the owner asked me to start teaching classes and I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I soon found that people enjoyed my classes because of my encouraging and motivating style, and especially because I liked to have fun! It was such a joy for me to watch the changes happening with my class participants and to know I was helping them to achieve a greater level of health and fitness.

After gaining the trust of my class participants, I would get numerous requests for me to help them on an individual level with their fitness needs, so the natural progression was for me to continue on my path of health and fitness education and become a personal trainer as well. Over the years I have worked not only as a class instructor and trainer, but also as a Group Exercise Director and Fitness Director at numerous facilities and have mentored many new instructors and trainers just coming into the fitness industry. I have trained and taught so many wonderful individuals and I never get tired of helping others to discover the joy of movement.

 I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and gaining your trust and confidence in CORE!



  • B.S. Exercise Science & Wellness
  • Certified Personal Trainer – American Council on Exercise
  • Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist – American Council on Exercise (Gold Certified)
  • Certified Personal Trainer- American Fitness & Aerobics Association
  • Certified Personal Trainer – National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Pilates Method Alliance Certified
  • MindBody Pilates Comprehensive Trained
  • TRX Sports Medicine Trainer
  • MELT Hand and Foot Instructor
  • CES (Cancer Exercise Specialist) – certified thru the Cancer Exercise Training Institute
  • KBE Certified Golf Fitness Specialist
  • YogaFit trained
  • Reebok Reactive Neuromuscular Trainer
  • Spinal Stabilization Specialization
  • IDEA Elite Member

Professional Background

  • In the Fitness Industry 20+ years
  • Trained Professional, College & HS athletes
  • MindBody Workshop Pilates Master Trainer
  • YWCA Fitness Director
  • Fitness for Women Fitness Director
  • Mercy Center (Post cardiac-rehab facility) Fitness Director
  • Group Exercise Director- Gold’s Gym (Bakersfield, CA)
  • Group Exercise Director- Coca-Cola Fitness Consultant
  • Wrote for Senior’s Fitness column in local community newspaper (Bakersfield, CA)
  • Created and taught after-school program for kids “Fun with Fitness” at Rockledge Elementary, Woodbridge, VA
  • Fitness Presenter/Instructor for the Commonwealth Preventative Medicine Institute

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  1. LORI NIENABER says:

    All the reasons why we love you and keep coming back for more!

  2. If Ruth says it it is Gospel. I believe in her totally. She and her little team are without question the best in at least all of NOVA.

  3. KEN RIDDICK says:

    CORE personal training, Pilates, and fitness stutio is a great place to train. I’ve done all the local gym, and rec centers over the last 20 yrs. What I’ve found is that none can beat the Expertise and attention you get from the trainers at CORE. I’ve been training there for 2 yrs and don’t intend to go anywhere else in the foreseeable future.

  4. Thanks Ken!! We love having you at CORE!

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