Meet the Founders

WERQ Fitness launched in January 2010.  Founded by friends and Chicago Fitness Professionals Haley Stone and Julie Steffen, WERQ started as a creative two-person fitness project and quickly developed into one of the hottest workouts in the United States (SELF Magazine, April 2012, HEALTH Magazine, March 2013).  On a mission to make WERQ Instructors the best in the fitness industry, WERQ Fitness was founded on solid fitness principles, a belief in fitness education, a devotion to making dance accessible to everyone, and developing WERQ as the most cutting edge dance fitness class in gyms and studios. Stone and the WERQ team are committed to designing the freshest, fiercest dance fitness choreography, offering efficient, effective training, and creating a challenging and rewarding WERQ Instructor and participant community.

  • Haley Stone

    Lead Choreographer, WERQ Master Trainer, National Presenter

    Haley broke into Group Fitness instruction in 2004 and now co-owns WERQ Fitness LLC. Stone is a Fitness Writer, Entrepreneur, and the creative force behind WERQ. Stone has been featured in IDEA Fitness Journal and on local news channels. Haley is a real person in touch with the challenges a busy life poses to work-life balance and an individual’s fitness. Haley believes with the right tools and planning, anyone can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Currently, Haley is one of the top Personal Trainers in Chicago and a National Presenter for WERQ.

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  • Julie Steffen

    Lead Choreographer, WERQ Master Trainer, National Presenter

    Grand Rapids, Michigan native Julie Steffen got her start in the fitness world at the young age of 2.  In an attempt to save their furniture from this active child, her parents enrolled her in gymnastics. As an adult, Steffen worked full time as a CPA for 10 years before leaving it behind and devoting herself to fitness. She has completed 2 marathons, co-owns WERQ Fitness LLC, is a WERQ Master Trainer and National Presenter, ACE Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor and Group Fitness Manager for Cheetah Gyms 3 Chicago locations. Julie teaches WERQ and strength classes at the best health clubs in the downtown Chicago area.

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