Welcome to ReCORE Fitness

Celeste Goodson, founder of ReCORE Fitness, studied Exercise Science at Ohio State Univ before graduating from EKU in Health and Wellness Management.  She is an ACE Cert. Medical Exercise Specialist since 2005 and a USATF Level 1 Track Coach. Medical Exercise Specialists are certified to train those with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and metabolic conditions cleared by physicians. She has worked in physical therapy, cardiac rehab, coached high school X-C, and worked in numerous fitness and aquatic settings over the last 20 years. Over the years, Celeste has worked with recreational to elite and Olympic athletes postpartum in their return to sport postpartum. 

HOW ReCORE started....

After her 3rd child in 2009, Celeste found herself dealing with diastasis recti, mild stress incontinence and mild prolapse..making it difficult to return to running even 7 months later. She was then told by her ObGyn that exercise wouldn't help and surgery was her only option.  She felt the need to go back to the drawing board before choosing surgery and work on a more comprehensive core exercise program. She was able to return to running  within a few months and has enjoyed doing marathons the last 8 years without prolapse being an issue again. She had already started designing the FITsplint after her frustration with supports during pregnancy and then she started doing more total core reconditioning with her postparptum clients and ReCORE training was developed.

Celeste realized the benefit for women to do specific/progressive and total core reconditioning postpartum. Simply doing TVA exercises and then going back to typical gym exercise does not strengthen the stretched out muscles/tissue effectively. The core and pelvic floor need to regain strength and stiffness so the muscles can resist internal force again (Intra abdominal pressure). The ReCORE program is a 12 week core reconditioning program that strengthens the inner and outer core and expands to full body core exercise.  Celeste also designed the FITsplint (Maternity and Post-Natal) to help women support their core when needed. Celeste believes that while pregnancy is a natural and amazing process, the muscles and ligaments have been stretched, strained and can benefit from core exercise as well as a support when needed. 

Celeste lives outside Nashville, has 3 teens and an incredibly supportive husband. She helps run a summer youth track and field club (Wilco Track and Field) She recently published her first research paper (in collaborated with Univ of Memphis) on studying various running/sport drills and measuring peak velocity to better understand return to run protocols. The FITsplint has also been independently researched (FITsplint research). Celeste is a Boston Marathon qualifier and understands the desire for women to stay active during pregnancy, get their core strength back and return to their exercise of choice injury and symptom free.

Training Philosophy

  1. Screen/Assess/Program Screen clients for baseline function, assess symptoms, make sure there are no red flags (need to go back to pelvic pt etc), program based on their needs and goals.
  2. Quality over Quantity -it's better for women to focus on technique and quality exercise than doing hundreds of the same exercise over and over.
  3. Progressive Functional Exercises -Women need to challenge and load the stretched out inner/outer core muscles gradually increasing their fatique threshold. 
  4. Total core conditioning Strengthening the inner and outer core eventually means to get to full body strengthe/stability core exercise. This is essential in restoring coordination, strength and function. 
  5. ReCORE is for any postpartum women.  Muscles stretch and weaken regardless of width of DR. Recommended to do ReCORE before higher level activities….returning to the gym, running, cross fit, etc..
  6. Recondition, then gradually load. Once the core is responding well to load and intra abdominal pressure, women CAN gradually increase ability to handle high pressure exercises again.
  7. Smart splinting and support when needed. The FITsplint is patented and designed to splint between the ribs and hip bones without restricting movement or breathing or increasing *pelvic pressure, is fully adjustable, flexible and slim fitting.
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Celeste Goodson
Celeste Goodson
ReCORE Founder & CEO
Aubree McLeod
Aubree McLeod
ReCORE Trainer/Research Associate

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