Part Pilates, part yoga, part Lotte Berk method, and part dance rolled up into one, Core Fusion is one of the most popular workouts today. Celebs like Heidi Klum and Cameron Diaz are fans as well, and we get the scoop on Core Fusion from the co-creator herself, Elisabeth Halfpapp of Exhale Spa.
Elisabeth is a member of Exhale’s founding team and co-founder of the Core Fusion® program of classes. She is a regularly featured fitness celebrity and has appeared in and written for numerous national and international publications including New York Magazine, Vogue, New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. Along with her husband and Core Fusion® co-creator, Fred DeVito, they have choreographed and developed seven award-winning DVDs.
Prior to joining the founding team of Exhale, Elisabeth’s professional career consisted of 25 years of class teaching and class development, teacher training, and studio management as a senior executive at the Lotte Berk Method exercise studios. With her degree in Dance Education from the Hartford Ballet, she has professionally performed and choreographed ballet and modern dance with the Princeton Ballet, Dances Patrelle, Mercer Ballet, and Hartford Ballet. She also has a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification through Nixa DeBellis’ i/o Yoga School.
MindBodyGreen: Has fitness always been important to you?
Elisabeth Halfpapp: Yes, since the moment at the age of 5 when I took my first ballet class. I knew then that fitness and movement needed to be a part of my life. At the age of 5 it made me calm down as it still does today!
MBG: How did you initially come up with the concept for Core Fusion?
EH: Fred DeVito, my husband and co creator of Core Fusion, and I used to work for a boutique exercise studio called the Lotte Berk Method in NYC and the Hamptons for 22 years. We helped develop this barre/core technique, teacher trained all the teachers, managed, and taught our selves. As we started to practice more yoga and see the needs of our guests needing more mind body balance, we decided to add some of the yoga elements to the Lotte Berk Method to evolve to a more current guest need. Thus we moved on from Lotte Berk and Core Fusion was birthed for Exhale as a proprietary class.