Starting In The Core in 8th grade, I was weighing in at 100 pounds and was getting beat by every athlete in the gym.
I was at a point in my life where I really had to decide who I was going to be. Over the course of 5 years, the In The Core staff guided me to be stronger in my faith, a better person, and a better athlete. Athletically they haven’t just taught me to lift the heaviest weights but have taught me better nutrition habits, brain activation, and how to stay “In The Core”. Today I am playing Lacrosse at the University of Denver. Without In The Core, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I highly recommend In The Core to anyone, whether you are looking to play collegiate athletics or you are looking just to get in shape, In The Core is the place to do so.
The In The Core adult fitness program has changed my life, no exaggeration! My husband and I came to ITC 3 1/2 years ago when our youngest kid was 2 and I was looking to shed the weight that comes with having 3 kids in 4 years. What I didn’t expect was to find a place I could really learn more about myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I learned that I CAN be a runner, I love lifting heavy things, sweating makes me happy and I don’t for a second have to worry about keeping up with my kids or if I can carry that bag of dog food inside. I found a family here that pours into me on my good days and bad. And while the physical changes are amazing, (I can climb a rope, do a pull-up and had to buy smaller clothes) what keeps me coming back is this family. I am stronger physically and mentally than I ever hoped to be and love that at 36 years old it can only get better! The example I can set for my kids here is priceless. Thank you ITC for loving on me and showing me (with the help of my awesome husband and workout buddy) I am worth it!
My son, James, started training with Aaron at In The Core in the 7th grade. He heard about Aaron from a couple boys on his soccer team and wondered if Aaron could help him “learn how to run faster.” He gave it a try and was immediately hooked. The training sessions were fun, intense, and different every time he went. Aaron did help him improve his speed. The In The Core method helped him excel at soccer, as well as at cross country and track (which at that time he considered his secondary sport). After managing both soccer and running through his sophomore year in high school, he decided to quit soccer and focus on running. He just completed his senior year in high school and has been recruited for a D1 Cross Country and Track team. His current mile time is 4:12.13. He has come a long way since the day he asked if Aaron could help him run faster! Aaron has been a steady and trusted influence on James for six years. We highly recommend his program for anyone who wants to improve their athletic ability.
My kids have been training with In the Core for the past 6 years. All 3 kids play soccer and ski competitively, and have been strong, fit and virtually injury free thanks to In the Core’s specialized training and focus.
Before In the Core, I was plagued with constant aches, muscular imbalances, and injuries. But after my time training within In the Core, I’m the strongest I had ever been and its the first time ever that I was pain free. Training met the physical aspects of my life that needed strengthening, but it goes deeper—what I found to be even more important were the lessons I learned through constant practice at In the Core.
I learned how to fight and silence my insecurities. To refocus the physical symptoms that point back to the emotional and spiritual symptoms. Lessons you learn through In the Core sessions translate to any and every pursuit that you will chase after in life.
In the Core provides a positive, competitive environment in which I had never previously experienced. I learned to look forward to difficulties and challenges with eagerness because every sore day meant I was stronger than the day before. Nonetheless, it is an exciting experience to see yourself faster, stronger, quicker than you ever have been and can do new activities without your previous restrictions. It is liberating. I was also connected to a community filled with caring strong individuals who are great role models. I wouldn’t trade my experience at the gym for anything else.
— Mikayla Gaffney
I have never considered myself an “athlete,” but In The Core has shown me I do have athletic tendencies. The trainers started at my fitness level and continually encouraged me to find the athlete within … which has given me an excitement for fitness and losing weight … and at the same time has boosted my confidence as I see continual progress in my strength, endurance, mental focus, and overall ability. In The Core is the highlight of my week!
— Nathan Johnson
I loved working with Aaron.
— Ron Gantt
I was first introduced to In The Core by my brother. He and his soccer team had group sessions, with In The Core, during the summers. Having an older brother to compete against pushed me to always be the better, which drove me to work hard in order to be better than my brother and the player next to me. Once I heard how Aaron was helping my brother and his team, I begged my parents to let me go train at In The Core. During my initial visit with Aaron, he made some minor changed to my running form, which immediately improved my speed, which was something that I had always struggled with growing up. It has now been about 6 years since I started training with Aaron and I honestly do not believe that I would be the athlete that I am today, if I wasn’t training atIn The Core.
In The Core has not only improved my physical abilities and sports performance, but the trainers have also helped me grow mentally as a person. During my freshman year of high school, I had been working with Aaron for about 3 years, had switched soccer clubs, was driving an hour each way four times a week for practice, was continuing to grow as a player and chasing my dream of playing D1 soccer when I broke my leg at a National ODP camp. I had committed my life to playing soccer and found myself lost with thoughts of not being able to get back to the level that I had been. About three days after my surgery, my mom took me to the In The Core gym to get me out of the house and see Aaron. I still remember one of the first things that Aaron told me when he saw me was, “You will come back so much stronger from this.” I had learned to trust Aaron but was still doubtful if I would be able to return to the level I was at, let alone be stronger. I was missing important recruiting opportunities and almost all of my leg muscle had disappeared. Once I was able to start moving around a little better, I resumed working out at In The Core multiple times a week and working with Aaron on strength, range of motion, stability, and confidence. During this time, Aaron helped me relearn confidence in not only my leg and what it could do, but also that I deserved to be where I was in my sport because of all of the hard work that I had put in. Now a few years later, Aaron’s statement has come to fruition, I have come back as a stronger and more confident person than I was before. With the help of In The Core I was able to return to playing at the highest level of soccer in the country and fulfill my dream of playing Division 1 soccer.
The strength, foot speed, and power that I have developed at In The Core are skills that directly translate into my sport and have helped me continue to reach my goals. While all of these things will continue to help me in college, what will continue to help me through my entire life is the character qualities that Aaron and Johnny have helped me develop. Coming out of my injury I had a renewed sense of confidence in myself, on the field and knowing what my body was capable of doing, but the confidence that Aaron helped me build translated off the field as well. I am now confident in myself in school, social situations, and when making decisions that aren’t popular with my peers. One of the cool things about being involved with In The Core for so long is that I have seen them help numerous other athletes with their confidence and how they believe in all of their athletes, even when the athlete might not believe in themselves.In The Core has helped me achieve my athletic goals and has also helped me grow as an individual and for that I will be forever grateful!
— Emma Gibbs
As parents of an In The Core student, we have seen the improvement in skill and confidence mentioned above. We were grateful for Aaron and his team to work with our daughter during her recovery from her broken leg. It was a long process, but they were there from day 1 helping her maintain as much muscle strength as possible. In addition, they encouraged her on the days that were hard to help keep her motivated. She enjoys working with the trainers at In The Core and looks forward to each opportunity she has to attend a session.
— Emma Gibbs’ Parents