This Monday, more than 100 cycle junkies, wellness-enthusiasts, and community members gathered for the grand opening of Core Cycle Studios, a new cycle, barre, and yoga studio at Timonium Crossing Shopping Center on York Road, but not just for your average workout.
At Core Cycle’s 2,250 square-foot studio, energetic and passionate instructors lead a mixture of cycle, barre, and yoga classes throughout the day, with all proceeds donated to the One Love Foundation, a community created in 2010 in honor of Yeardley Love, a Baltimorean victim of dating violence.
Young women between the ages of 16 and 25 experience abuse at a rate almost three times the national average and almost half of dating college women experience abusive behavior, according to loveisrespect.org, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
“When I found out one in three women are in an abusive relationship, and I’m raising two young girls at home, my thought was I need to find an impactful way to teach them, and [One Love] just hit home for me,” says Core Cycle owner Heather Chilcot.
Chilcot, who spent 14 years at a corporate job before leaving to pursue her dream of running her own gym, says following her heart, passion, and intuition is a huge part of living a strong and healthy life—values that both she and the One Love organization share.
The grand opening coincides with the end of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Through events like this, fundraisers, and workshops on college campuses across the country, One Love hopes to build awareness about relationship violence and stop dating abuse before it starts. Each event combines the passion for exercise and involvement that Yeardley exhibited as an active community member and a lacrosse player at the University of Virginia.
Core Cycle plans to host quarterly female empowerment events that showcase local female business owners and connect them with other local businesses in the community.
“Being able to come out to a studio like this and be with people who are like-minded just honors her every day,” says Bridget Marshall, community development director at One Love and childhood friend of Yeardley. “This isn’t just a female issue. This is every kind of relationship and that’s what our mission is—to make everyone educated, empowered, and activated.”