My mantra for 2018 is restore the core! After a nagging injury kept me on the bench (mostly) for the past six months, it’s high time to get back to basics, and a strong core and trunk is a perfect place to start. I’ve been a fan of Nucleo Fitness since they opened in Leaside about a year ago, owner Marlene Kadin’s energy is infectious, and small class sizes lead by a knowledgeable team means, yes, I break a sweat, but more importantly I don’t break anything else!

Libby at Nucleo


Nucelo’s class schedule keeps rowing, using the WaterRower, at the forefront, but blends in a slew of other classes to add some variety into the mix. The Springwall class is just that spice. If you’re familiar with Pilates classes that use the Reformer, it’s a similar approach in theory and movement, but instead uses springs to customize the difficulty level. I love this approach as it levels the playing field for everyone, classes truly fit all fitness levels, and gains are noticeably made, rookies will see a progression from class to class, adding more tension to the springs = whoa, way more difficulty. Gains are made in strength for sure, but also flexibility, posture and alignment.

Libby at Nucleo


Classes run an hour in length, making it a total body workout. Legs, back, arms, and of course, core. Some of the movements are so precise you can feel muscles twitching that you didn’t even know were there. What I love most is that it’s not high intensity- you get the burn, you get that workout in, but you don’t leave soaked in sweat, you can jump back to work immediately after without stinking up the subway. I was quite sore in my back, arms and core, it was impressive how deep the workout penetrated.

Nucleo’s Marlene Kadin


And just in time to resolve your goals for next year, Marlene is putting the Santa hat on and running a kick ass contest. You can WIN! a year membership at Nucleo Fitness! Entering is easy, just follow Nucleo Fitness on FB or Insta, like the posts about the contest and comment #NuceloLeaside. Tag a friend in the comments and you score a bonus entry!

Nucleo’s Marlene Kadin