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what is core candy?

Core Candy is a boutique fitness studio in Prahran, Melbourne,
inspired by the vibrant fitness scene of New York.  We deliver fun, addictive, body-changing workouts in a motivating, small class environment. 

Our classes offer something for everyone and for every mood  – we have Barre workouts, high intensity, functional training workouts (HIIT), boxing and Pilates.  All of our classes are complementary and have been curated so you can achieve the best results. A little bit of HIIT, some booty Barre, some badass boxing and the balance of mindful Pilates.  

No prior experience is required for any class – our instructors will modify exercises or demonstrate alternatives to ensure that you get the most out of your class, no matter your gender or level of experience.  You don't need to be fit to try, getting you fit is our job.

We are boutique.  We're not a gym. We're not priced like a gym. Our classes are capped at 10-16 people, depending on the class. Our two light filled studio rooms (the Grace Studio and Grit Studio) have been custom made – think luxe, Tribeca apartment.  Our studio is intimate, not intimidating, our music is motivating and our instructors are friendly and expert - each brings a unique perspective and style to their class. We want our passion to be yours.

 If you want to change your body but can’t find the motivation to do it alone, or simply want to add some variety to your current routine – Core Candy is for you.

What our clients say about us:

"I absolutely love coming to Core Candy! The girls are amazing and not one class is the same as the other. I've tried HIIT, Boxing, Barre and Pilates and love every single one of them. The studio is beautiful and the energy in there is incredible - always lots of laughter and smiles! I've been with them since the start and they are always innovating and thinking of different ways to make us work harder and feel amazing. Without a doubt the best studio I've tried in Melbourne! I definitely heart candy!"  - Camilla

"Not only do I feel like I'm getting results, I really enjoy the classes and atmosphere. All your trainers are delightful, fun music, super clean studios and fantastic all round workouts. I couldn't rate it more highly!" - Annie

"Core Candy is my fave workout place! Every single class pushes me to my limits. I feel very accomplished and rejuvenated after each class." 

"Great class, challenging and I could really feel my core stabilizing my body to balance!"



Core Candy Barre is a fun and vivacious class designed to strengthen, tone and balance the whole body, as well as increase your flexibility.   Our method consists of highly effective sequences of toning and resistance exercises that focus on your core, arms, seat, legs and inner thighs, followed by stretching to lengthen out your worked muscles. We draw elements from ballet, Pilates and cardio exercises, all set to popular and energetic music. Integrated into each class is the use of light weights, therabands, small balls and of course the ballet barre. This is no aerobics class

This is a fitness class - dance experience is not necessary!   You'll walk out of class with a skip in your step, glistening brow and the upstanding posture of a trained dancer. And to top it all off, it's all weight bearing exercise which means we use our own body weight to achieve long, lean muscles.  Barre is for beginners and all levels of fitness and experience. 

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hiit (high intensity interval training)


Increase your endurance, strength and flexibility and rapidly accelerate toward goals you didn't even know you had.  Accelerate is our signature high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout. Extensive science and research validate that total body workouts, with intervals of high intensity interval training (HIIT) that include both resistance and cardio, are the most effective.  Did you know that as little as 27 minutes of HIIT three times per week produces the same anaerobic and aerobic improvement as 60 minutes of steady state cardio five times per week? Sounds great to us! 

Our class consists of quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by active recovery which gets your heart pumping, boosts your metabolism and allows you to burn calories for up to 48 hours after you've left the studio (due to Afterburn!). We incorporate cardio and strength training with the use of springs, kettle bells, medicine balls, plyo boxes and resistance bands. The energy of our small group class helps you to find the motivation to push yourself that extra step and you'll realise that you weren't working out hard enough before.  Every day offers a new combination of exercises and props to always keep you on your toes and to completely challenge the total body - avoiding fitness plateaus and boredom. It's a personal training experience in a group atmosphere.

Accelerate classes are for any gender and ALL LEVELS OF FITNESS as the exercises are easily adaptable to suit your abilities and needs.  


Boxing HIIT is a spin on our signature high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout. It is a HIIT workout that includes badass boxing moves, cardio and strength training for a full body workout. Tone your upper body, get in some cardio and release your stress! Boxing HIIT is for ALL LEVELS OF FITNESS.

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The Pilates Springboard provides an invigorating full-body workout! The Springboard is modeled after an original piece of apparatus created by Joe Pilates, called the Cadillac.  The Springboard was recently developed in New York to enable all the wonderful work from the Cadillac to be used in a class setting.  

The Springboard is a board attached to the wall, lined with eyelets on which the springs attach. We use arm springs and leg springs to strengthen and tone your body as well as improve your core stability. A lot of Pilates work is done lying down and the Springboard allows you to be up on your feet, perfecting your posture and balance. No major injuries please!


Introduce an athletic element to your Pilates practice! Our Power Pilates Springboard class is merges low impact circuit training on our custom slide boards with Pilates Springboard.  So you will get your heart pumping in a low impact, knee friendly, full body workout.  With all the benefits of Pilates combined with low impact cardio, this class will challenge the whole body in a fun, fast paced workout.


Power Pilates + Barre is part of our Power Pilates series of classes which bring a more athletic element to your Pilates practice.  This is a "Pilates/Barre fusion" class - meaning that we combine the best elements of Pilates and Barre (we spend approximately half of the class doing Pilates exercises and the other half of the class using the Barre).  

  Taught to the beat of energising music, you will experience a core-centric, full body toning workout. By using a combination of hand weights, bands, the ballet barre and various other props, your body will stay consistently challenged for noticeable results. Suitable for all levels.

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What makes Core Candy different?

We focus on form and function.  Our classes are small and instructors will walk around the class offering adjustments and encouragement to ensure you get the most out of your workout.
We offer varied workouts that are innovative and challenging.  We care about music.  Music inspires and motivates.  Our studio is stylish – think of a trendy, warehouse apartment in Tribeca.  

What is Barre?

Barre workouts are designed to give you a long, lean, dancer-like physique.  While all barre workouts differ slightly in structure, most methods incorporate exercises done at the ballet barre for support.  Barre exercises rely mainly on one’s bodyweight for resistance and the exercises challenge your core stability and balance.  The basic technique was developed by German dancer Lotte Berk, who opened a studio in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York in the 1970s.  Lotte Berke inspired many of the current barre methods.  
Our method consists of highly effective sequences of toning and resistance exercises with emphasis on core, arms, seat and thighs, followed by stretching to lengthen out your worked muscles.  We draw elements from ballet, Pilates, and cardio dance, all set to popular and energetic music.

Do I need any dance experience?

No!  No prior dance experience (or coordination!) is required.  Our exercises are designed to be simple, yet fun and effective.

What is Accelerate?

Accelerate is our signature high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout.  Our class consists of quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by active recovery which gets your heart pumping, boosts your metabolism and allows you to burn calories for many hours after you've left the studio.  Accelerate incorporates cardiovascular and strength training with the use of springs, kettle bells, medicine balls, resistance bands and of course, your own body weight.

What is Pilates Springboard?

Joseph Pilates founded the Pilates method of exercise over 100 years ago.  Pilates has been the secret of dancers and performers since the late 1920s and in recent years it has been discovered by athletes, models and actors to condition their bodies.  Pilates principles focus on abdominal control, breathing, posture, toning and stretching.  The exercises are designed to strengthen and tone muscles, improve posture, provide flexibility and balance, unite body and mind and create a more streamlined shape. The Pilates Springboard is a board attached to the wall, lined with eyelets on which the springs attach. We use arm springs and leg springs to perform all of the traditional Pilates repertoire used in Mat, Cadillac and some reformer exercises

What happens if I'm late for class?

Please try to arrive on time! If you don't arrive on time for class, your reservation may be given to another client on the stand-by or waitlist and your reservation will be considered a late cancel.  

I'm a beginner, are Core Candy classes right for me?

Absolutely!  Although our classes are challenging, this challenge is completely tailored to your ability, whether you’re a beginner or advanced.  We focus on basic exercises that do not require expert coordination, flexibility or strength and are all easily scaled up or down depending on your ability.  With small class sizes and lots of personal attention, you'll find Core Candy to be a welcoming environment.

I'm working with a physical limitation, is Core Candy right for me?

Reach out and introduce yourself to your instructor prior to the class, or to us at info@corecandy.com.au.  Our instructors will happily work with you to find the best variations and modifications to accommodate your needs, while still offering a tough full-body workout.

What should I wear to class?

Comfortable workout clothes that allow you to move freely are recommended.  For Barre and most Pilates classes shoes are not required.  Many people also like to wear slip proof socks.  Sneakers are required for our Accelerate, Boxing and Power Pilates Springboard classes. 

What is your cancellation policy?

We ask that you cancel any reservation at least 4 hours prior to the start of your class through our online booking system.  You will receive a credit to book into a different class.  If you cancel less than 4 hours before the start of your class, cancellations will be considered late cancellations and the class credit forfeited.  Cancellations via phone or email will not be accepted.

Are there changing facilities and showers?

Our studio has changing facilities, toilets and complimentary toiletries. We do not have shower facilities at this time.

I'd like to be a Core Candy trainer – how do I apply?

Please contact us at info@corecandy.com.au.  We are always on the look out for energetic, motivated instructors!

Any other questions?  Please call us on 9939 1084 or email info@corecandy.com.au - we're here to help yo.

Getting started


To book a class, go to corecandy.com.au and click on “book online” or simply download and use our Core Candy booking App (use the link from our home page to download).  Select the day and time you would like to attend a class and click “sign up now”.  Follow the prompts to create a username and password in our scheduling system.  Purchase your desired class package and your reservation is complete.  You will receive an email confirmation with your username and password and can log back in to make any changes.

We are an internet-driven business, so please use our online system or Core Candy booking App (download from the link on our home page) to make reservations.  


If it’s your first time with our studio, please arrive ten minutes before the start of your class so we can check you in and familiarise you with the studio.  Otherwise, please arrive at least five minutes before class starts.


If you’d like to cancel your reservation, you may do so until 4 hours prior to the start of your class through the “My Account” section of the online scheduling system or the Core Candy booking App.  Classes cancelled after this time will be considered a “late cancel” and you will be charged for the class.
Please use our online system to modify and cancel reservations. Cancellations will not be accepted by phone or email.


If a class is full you will be prompted to add your name to the waitlist.  Our waitlists move very quickly so we encourage you to add yourself to the list!
If a space becomes available, the first person on the waitlist will be automatically added to the class and receive an auto-email confirmation. You do not need to confirm this reservation and are expected to attend unless you cancel yourself out prior to the late cancel time.  (Note your schedule will read “unconfirmed” online until we manually check you in on our end.  This is not relevant to your status and should be ignored).  You may book one class and add yourself to up to two waitlists per day, but please be mindful of being added to multiple classes and our standard cancellation requirement of 4 hours prior to the start of any class.

Please contact us on (03) 9939 1084 or at info@corecandy.com.au if you have questions for u


Our TeaM

Claire Cuttler

Claire is a former track athlete who has channeled her passion for fitness into a high energy career assisting others to reaching their goals. 

Claire has an extensive background in the industry including her role as a Nike NTC trainer.  She believes determination and self belief combined with smart training will achieve results! Her upbeat vibe and dedication create a fun fueled place for you to challenge your limits and then some! Claire teaches Boxing HIIT and Accelerate HIIT classes at Core Candy.

Danielle Duchesne

Danielle comes from a dance background and is a certified PT, spinning, kettlebell, TRX, animal flow and Lagree method trainer.  Danielle has a multitude of experience and has recently returned to Melbourne from working in the London and Hong Kong fitness industries, including with Heartcore Fitness.  Danielle incorporates her dance training into classes to bring a sense of flow, and aims to push clients to achieve a higher level of of intensity in their training, while promoting good form and technique to ensure progression.

Ashlee Grunberg

Ashlee is from Melbourne and is a Level 2 APMA (Australian Pilates Method Association) qualified instructor with a long interest and deep understanding of the Pilates method that comes from her background in dance and circus arts.

Ashlee has been teaching Pilates since 2009. When Ashlee is not in the studio she can be found performing in various Circus shows around Australia. Her extensive studies at NICA, Circus OZ and various recognised dance institutions strongly influence her teaching style. As a Circus artist and Aerialist, Ashlee performed and lived in Paris before returning to Australia to continue sharing her love of movement and Pilates with others.

Faren MacDonald

Faren is originally from Canada and has had a passion for movement and living active lifestyle from an early age. She was a competitive dancer for 15 years back in her hometown in Canada, which is when she was first introduced to Pilates. She found it extremely beneficial to increase strength and flexibility. Faren went on to pursue the fashion industry, receiving a diploma in Fashion Business and moved to London, England for a short time. But it was her love of health and fitness that brought her back to Pilates. Faren completed the full STOTT Pilates comprehensive program at the main headquarters in Toronto, Canada. She has a keen eye for detail and is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about helping people to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle.

Anna Martin

Originally from New Zealand, Anna started to dance upon learning to walk and she hasn't stopped since. Following a dance-related injury more than 10 years ago, Anna commenced her Pilates journey, and Pilates quickly became a staple in her weekly routine. Now a qualified Pilates instructor, Anna is a huge advocate of the Pilates Method and its benefits - not only in relation to injury prevention, strength and performance enhancement for elite athletes and dancers, but also to improve the safety and efficiency of functional movement in everyday life. 

Anna's skill and passion as a Pilates instructor fuses with her flare as a dance teacher in the delivery of her Barre classes. Anna's Barre workouts are dynamic, fun and engaging, inspired by the original Lotte Berk method and retaining elements of classical ballet technique. They promise to challenge lower and upper body strength, balance, coordination and stamina, all with an overlay of technical dance, and to great music! Be prepared to sweat and to laugh! 

Kyle Murdock

Kyle grew up on a farm in Geelong and has always been up for a new challenge.  He loves to be active - some of his favourite past-times are skateboarding, fencing, boxing, running, touch footy and rock climbing.  He was first introduced to Pilates on holiday in New York (visiting Candice!) and although he thought he was pretty active he found it to be super challenging!  

He's recently suffered from back and shoulder injuries due to heavy lifting and rock-climbing and has found the knowledge he has gained from his Pilates practice and education, to be really helpful to prevent injury.  Fast forward and he's now a certified Pilates, fitness and boxing instructor and our favourite man on the Core Candy team.  You may see Kyle sipping coffees on Chapel Street, playing in his band around Melbourne or skateboarding down High Street.

Madeleine Murray 

Madeleine grew up dancing and loves anything that involves movement, exercise and music. Madeleine is a former professional ballerina and certified Pilates instructor.  Madeleine’s passion for Pilates and health grew when she needed to manage injuries and maintain strength for her ballet career. After graduating from The Australian Ballet School, Madeleine danced with The Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens in Montreal and most recently, danced in The Australian Ballet Company’s season of Swan Lake. Madeleine loves teaching and inspiring others to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Danae Vincent

Having grown up dancing across all styles, to the likes of Shirley Temple, Chopin and Salt & Pepper, Danae is all about getting lost in the moment and burning to the beat. A certified dance teacher and private movement coach, Danae is here to help you find what works for you. Whether that may be a cool, slow, isolated burn, a raging boxing class, calm trigger pointing and movement recovery or injury prevention or rehabilitation, Danae’s qualifications and experience will have you safely and effectively reach your goals. Well versed in postural analysis and diagnosis she’s here to help you live pain free, move with purpose, sleep better and feel more energised. 

Candice Ota (Founder)

Candice is the owner and founder of Core Candy. Candice is formerly a finance lawyer, where she was fortunate enough to travel the world and live and work in Melbourne, Sydney and Manhattan. It was during her time in New York that Candice fell in love with New York’s vibrant fitness scene, in particular the Barre, Pilates and HIIT workouts.  

After seven years of living in New York and the birth of their two children, Candice and her husband decided to move back to their hometown, Melbourne.  Feeling that Melbourne lacked the variety and quality of the workouts that Candice loved, Candice decided to follow her passion for fitness and create Core Candy.  Candice is a certified fitness, boxing fitness and Pilates teacher.

With so many of us trying to manage all the demands on us, we want to be able to to help others feel less stressed, more productive and fabulous!  Melbourne is the best city in the world - Melburnians should be able to experience the best classes the world has to offer.