• Testimonials


“ Great equipment and people! Pumped to work out here. ” Tony Soloman, Core Gym Member

“ Love my gym! Great equipment, great people and amazing atmosphere! Congrats Lee! You're making it happen!!!” Tracy Lynn Peplinski, Core Gym Member

“ The Core is a wonderful facility, owned by an extremely professional couple partnered with top tier trainers. It's a state-of-the-art facility with TONS of equipment options for any type of fitness training. This place definitely surpasses expectations and sets itself above the rest. Glad to be a part of this fine group of professionals. ” Ace Nobles, Personal Trainer

“ I mark all the milestones in my life with gym i.d. I can tell you when I started college, (strength training as PE at TWU), continued college at Baylor (Ridgewood CC), moved to Houston, (Gold's Gym), living in EU, (Fitness First), and when I finally found my home- The Core. I believe I've finally found the gym that makes working and playing a pure pleasure. Everything one could ever want and more! ” Ann Springer Rayburn, Core Gym Member

I’ve been training at The Core for six months. I use to workout at the City Club before joining The Core. Cameron Nassiri has been my trainer for over ten years and continues to train members at The Core, many of which followed him over after the City Club closed.

I’ve been very pleased with the facilities and cleanliness at The Core. The equipment is plentiful, kept in good shape, and thoroughly covers the full spectrum for workouts and conditioning. The owner has always been courteous, helpful, and cares about the quality of his business. I would highly recommend The Core to anyone who values their time and effort to be as healthy as possible within an atmosphere conducive for complete fitness.
Ben Jacobson, Core gym Member 04/02/2018

“ I've been working with the owners of The Core for almost 3 years and it's been a great experience throughout. They truly care about the quality and upkeep of their gym and the member experience. They're always adding new equipment and have very high standards as far as cleanliness and keeping everything working. The Core has a friendly and welcoming vibe that comes from having a great rapport between owners, staff, trainers and clients. It has an environment where everybody works together and gets along, even though everybody is independent. If you're a trainer looking for a home for yourself and your clients, I don't think you can find a better one in town. ” Brandon Cole, Personal Trainer

“ I don't think I would have become an Independent Trainer had I not had access to The Core Houston. "Train right, or don't train at all. From a subjective standpoint, the equipment is phenomenal. I know that just about any prospect I show the location to will sign up. The other trainers are also respectful of one another's boundaries. After one month at the Core, I have never been as confident as I am today that this was the right decision. ” Chris Bradley, Personal Trainer

“ As a trainer of nine years, I can honestly say that moving to The Core Houston has been one of the best decisions in my career. Some of the biggest issues trainers experience are solved here. With their monthly fee policy I do not have to worry about the company taking "too big of a cut" off of my paycheck. I never have to worry about management looking over my shoulder to make sure I meet any kind of quota. As an independent trainer I am granted flexibility in my schedule without committing to any times to the club. Also, the owner Lee is very easy to work with. I could ask them about purchasing a product, machine, or piece of equipment and they really put the money down -- within reason, of course! Despite their busy schedules, they have always been available to answer any question I may have. They really provide a "family culture" here that you just do not see at many places. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to make a positive change in their training career.” CJ Taylor, Personal Trainer

“ Great place. Great people. Top notch. Detailed very nicely. Every type of fitness equipment under the sun. The best of the best Houston personal trainers train at this facility. Lee and Shirley covered all the bases at The Core. Ask for me and I'll give you one complimentary training session. You'll be happy you did:) ” Darren Lynch, Personal Trainer

“ I love the new gym! I trained at the former location and really liked it as well, but this new location and gym is wonderful. Amazing new equipment, great parking, big open spaces, amenities galore, Smoothie Bar and other great services coming soon! Congrats to Lee!” Debbie Weinstein, Core Gym Member

“ In my 40 years of training and coaching, many gyms have proudly debuted and sheepishly closed due to many factors, most of which have been simply that something better has come along. A fresh outlook, a realized dream, and that’s what the bulwark of this country is all about. Well that “something better” is here. Buddhists have their Nirvana and Vikings (bless their little Berserker hearts) have their Valhalla and Houston personal trainers now have The Core; an unapologetic testimonial to hard work and nose-to-the-grindstone stick-to-itiveness. A “kid in the candy store” awe best describes the mental state of curious trainers getting their first tour of this seemingly endless gamut of gut-busting gizmos. 

Lee Schuppenhauer who is the owner/pioneer has left no 45 lb. plate unturned in this obvious labor of love. The location is geographically ideal, the parking is spacious and spanning, the equipment state of the art and the cadre of coaches and trainers is by far the most educated, innovative bunch I’ve ever had the pleasure of working beside. The facility itself although cavernous (27,000 square feet), still manages to maintain a smaller neighborhood gym charm because of its partitioned design breaking up a huge space into a more appealing personalized ambiance. Any attempt to describe it completely would invariably fall short so I would advise all to drop in to fully appreciate the scope of this vision-come-true. I’ll refrain from attempting to list all amenities as the list is so extensive. 

They say life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. This is a display of that courage and The Core, like all great achievements, will have a detractor or two but despite the petty puling of envious entrepreneurial wannabes, Lee’s accomplishment speaks for itself and it does so with a vengeance. My only wish would be that a whiskey and cigar room be added eventually for the more seasoned and less pure of heart like myself. I mean nothing tops off a grueling squat session like a fine cheroot and an 18 year old Bunnahabhain.. Hell I just might move in.
Derek Kanady, Personal Trainer

“ I have been working at The Core since the first day it opened. As a Personal Trainer you will find everything you need here!! They have every piece of equipment you can possibly imagine. Lee has done a fabulous job of putting together this fitness facility. You will find one or both of them at the facility pretty much all day. They truly care about the personal trainers and their clients. I have been in the fitness industry for 14 years and this is the nicest and most well equipped gym in the city of Houston. It is truly a blessing to be involved with such wonderful people! Thank you Lee!” Kevin Baxter, Personal Trainer

“ The most complete gym I've ever been in. The Core is a wonderful facility. I have been at The Core since the day it's doors have been opened, and unlike most clubs it's has continually gotten better. The owner, Lee is not only an understanding person, he actually goes the extra mile for the personal trainers to make sure we have everything we possibly need. The Core has been thoughtfully designed and can accommodate any type of client. The equipment is second to none, and has pieces you won't find in big box corporate gyms. Every single client I bring in is impressed with not only the size of the gym, but how well it is maintained and how nice everything is. It is not uncommon to hear a new client say "I've never seen one of those before" because The Core simply is ahead of the curve. Lee is constantly and consistently putting back into the business whether thru upgrading the locker rooms, upgrading the fitness equipment, or upgrading the actual physical facility itself. The Core truly is a great gym that is only going to continue to get better.” Lorenzo, Personal Trainer

“ Hands-on care by the owners, wonderful staff, exceptional trainers, great equipment with plenty of room, and a general air of hospitality and friendliness. Being a member has proven to be a fine experience.” Miles Glaspy, Core Gym Member

“ The Core Houston runs like a machine and let's talk machines. Every speck of the gym’s two full floors is a toy store! A trainers dream, whether from a power phase or rehab phase, it's got it all. And if it doesn't, the owner Lee will see that it does. Hands on management make the environment safe, professional, and fun!” Nancy Leigh Elliott, Personal Trainer

“ I have worked with Lee for over 5 years and during that time I have developed both a business and personal relationship with him. I feel that his genuine care for my success has allowed me and my business to succeed well beyond the goals I had originally set. I am very grateful for the relationship that I have developed with The Core and the owner, Lee Schuppenhauer.” Nicholas Russo, Personal Trainer

“ The Core Houston, one of the largest independent personal training and wellness facilities in the United States, gives a unique example of how devotion, skills, adequate business strategy, and vision can create perfect conditions for people who seek for the top quality approach to training processes and fantastic training results. Located next to the Southwest Freeway in Houston, this super modern facility covers an area of 27,000 square feet, allowing its every member to experience the joy of practicing in an extraordinary place with brilliant team of trainers, wellness and fitness professionals, and extremely polite staff that will take care of all of their needs. Eloquent, friendly, successful, and the soul of The Core, Lee Schuppenhauer, has turned his dream into reality. You and I are less used pronouns at The Core. Instead of that, the pronoun "we" is put in the center of everything. Knowledgeable, independent trainers and perfect training conditions, along with the home atmosphere carefully nursed by all team members of this wonderful facility, have given a vital contribution to this absolute training paradise.” Ricky Jackson, Personal Trainer

“ FINALLY!" was the word that came to mind when I first walked through the door at The Core and "WOW!" was last word on my lips as exited. Lee Schuppenhauer has successfully merged his entrepreneurial spirit with his passion for fitness to create one of the finest fitness training facilities in the United States that I have ever set foot in. From the positive energy that hits you upon entering the amazingly well-equipped facility to the professional and inspirational energy that surrounds during your visit, Lee has brought a fresh and well-appreciated management style to The Core. Kudos my friend. I just might consider coming out of retirement for something like this; it's simply too good to pass up!” Roger Applewhite, Personal Trainer

“ I've been with Lee since October 2012 at his former gym, Elite FX. It's been a wonderful 2 years working with such great honest business minded people. I appreciated the upfront expectations and also the open mindedness of listening and meeting in the middle as well. Lee is a hardworking and does it with a smile. He strives to see people around them do well. I came to The Core; the gym has been beyond my expectations. I love working here and can't see myself anywhere else!” Sakina Hassan, Massage Therapist

The minute you step into the Core you feel something different. It’s not a “regular” gym or fitness center. They have every type of equipment and machine known to man, tons of room and so much more.

But the people are what make the Core.

Start with the clientele to trainer ratio. It’s almost one to one. For nearly every person in the gym there is a professional trainer, guiding, teaching, challenging, supporting  and encouraging you.

And you can tell they really love their job. Even the personnel working at the front desk are pros. You are greeted with a motivating tone and “let’s get down to business” attitude that immediately gets you in the mindset to push yourself to new levels.

The expert knowledge. My trainer Carlos quickly identified my weak spots and gave me specific stretching and core strengthening exercises I had never seen before. I honestly thought some of it was a bit whacky at first. But...

Within a few short weeks the almost constant pain in my neck, back and leg is GONE. And my strength has skyrocketed.

At 47 I am safely and cleanly deadlifting over 400# again and I have my sights set on heavier lifts later this year. The confidence and certainty I have gained by Carlos identifying and correcting my weaknesses has given me a kind of motivation I haven’t felt in years.

I cannot begin to express how down to earth this place is even though on any given day you might be training next to a Billionaire or professional sports star.

Lee the owner went out of his way to make sure I was getting what I needed and even invited me to lunch (for which he paid) to listen to feedback and ideas I might have on how he could improve.

This is truly mind blowing. Humbling actually. And I was torn between saying he just needed to let more people know about the Core...and wanting to keep it a secret! Lol. It’s really that good.

I rarely write reviews. But this experience was and continues to be life changing for me. My only regret will be when we have to leave here. I doubt I will find anything like the Core anywhere in the US.

You can have quantity or you can have QUALITY, you can’t have both. It’s generally a rule of thumb. But when you find both it’s priceless. That’s what I found at the CORE.

Quantities of top equipment and plenty of room. Quality people. Very select trainers and very discriminating clientele. You get exactly what you pay for, and more.

Now that you know, I invite you to join or stop by for a workout and massage if your passing through Houston. But Please...Don’t tell too many people! Let’s keep this place our little secret for only the SERIOUS lifters!
Scott Goodknight, Core Gym Member, 03/23/2018

The core is an amazing facility. A great place for members to exercise with out without a trainer. Really friendly people. And the front desk staff is engaging and professional; Nicco and Tray always do a great job of saying hi when you come in. Thanks guys!

Scott Stossel, Core gym member, 03/13/2018

“ The Core Houston, the largest independent personal training facility in the United States, housing the latest state of the art equipment, is a true testament to the hard work, vision, and dedication of its owner, Lee Schuppenhauer. In the 5 months that I have worked with him, starting at Elite FX Studios and now The Core, I have been thoroughly impressed with his work ethic, leadership, and professionalism. These incredible attributes have made The Core Houston a true success. In the short time this gym has been open, dramatic changes and improvements have taken place. Every detail has been thought through and implemented with prestige and ease. The trainers in this facility are awed by its design, our every need as fitness professionals has been met, and most importantly, our clients are extremely happy. I have been in this industry a long time and have never had the privilege to work for such dedicated and committed owners. I am honored to be a part of this endeavor and to have had the privilege of knowing two very special people. I can assure you great things are yet to come. Thank you Lee!” Walter Sentonnian, Personal Trainer

“ The Core is an exceptional facility that has it all! With more than enough equipment and open space necessary to meet the needs of members and trainers alike! The Core also provides a great work environment as a personal trainer. The owner (Lee), management, and staff are all very approachable, friendly, and eager to help in any way. It is a pleasure and privilege to be a part of this team!” William Neundorfer, Personal Trainer

“ The Core Houston is a AWESOME gym with new state of the art equipment and then some! I was very impressed at the sheer size of the gym and layout of the gym. I have branched out independently and have been looking for the right gym to set up shop and rebuild my business. I do not need to look any further because I found my gym! Lee has put his heart and soul into this facility and it shows in all the details from floor layout to cleanliness of the facility at all times. The first day I met Lee in our conversation he said we have everything in this gym and if we don't just let him know and will get it. To this day I can't think of anything else we need. This is the right gym for myself to train at and for my clients to train at. I'm falling in love with the gym more and more day by day. I give the gym 5 out of 5 stars but the gym is not PERFECT until my team is full and ready to train hard to achieve their fitness goals! This is up to me but THANKS to Lee my journey will be for sure, fun and promising in the near future!” William Nguyen, Personal Trainer

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