WERQ Rep Danielle Porte

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

FEATURED IMAGE:  Galit Rosenblatt, WERQ Rep #32 Danielle Porte, and Ashley Hogue.

WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Danielle Porte to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Rep #32. Danielle teaches WERQ in the Northern Chicago suburbs at Glenview Park Center, Equinox Fitness Highland Park and Wheeling Park District. She holds a valid AFAA Group Exercise Instructor Certification.

“I whole-heartedly believe in the WERQ brand and everything it stands for.   I walked into my first WERQ class in January of 2012 with WERQ Master Trainer Haley Stone and was instantly hooked.  It was the first time I took a fitness class and never looked at the clock.  I rocked out to amazing music while sweating my butt off for an hour and left wanting more.  I view WERQ in many of the same ways I view life.  It takes hard work and dedication to do it well. You have to take your job as an instructor seriously, but you cannot take yourself seriously.  You must be confident in your abilities and strive to help others.  You must enjoy it and have fun! It thrills me when my participants leave my class dripping sweat with huge smiles on their faces.  Watching them WERQ hard makes me WERQ even harder.  I love the sense of community that WERQ has built among its participants and WERQforce. I want to be a part of the team that continues to take this brand to the next level.  I want to share my passion and enthusiasm for WERQ with others.

The 3Q1 Method allows me to give my participants a heads up as to what move is coming next using visual or auditory cues. Cueing is essential for a successful WERQ class.  WERQ is designed to be achievable by all participants no matter the age and/or fitness background.  As an instructor, strong cues are my top priority.  My cueing allows for all of my participants to continually follow the dance routines. I believe the 3Q1 Method is one of the (many) reasons that participants return weekly for class. Regardless of their dance background/ability, they can feel confident in executing the routines because of the 3Q1 Method of cueing.”

WERQ would like to recognize Danielle for teaching WERQ at the highest level.  

CONGRATULATIONS DANIELLE!  

WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness, LLC in recognition of their contributions to the WERQ brand.  Reps earn their titles by demonstrating a strong commitment to the WERQ format and strong understanding of the WERQ brand.  For more information about the WERQ Rep program click here.  Each WERQ Rep plays a slightly different role.  Some Reps are selected for their contributions to growing the WERQ brand worldwide through assisting with booking and facilitating trainings.   Some Reps are selected for their celebrity star power.  Some Reps are selected for their mastery of cueing and exceptional dance ability.  Some Reps are selected to the WERQ QREW for their ability to write and contribute WERQ Choreography.  The entire Rep team WERQs together toward one goal – bringing the joy of WERQ to more WERQaholics and enriching more lives though the WERQ class experience.

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WERQ Rep Amber McInnes

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

FEATURED IMAGE:  WERQ Reps #1 Kiley Elfring, #31 Amber McInnes and #19 Annette Dalloo.

WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Amber McInnes to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Rep #31. Amber teaches WERQ in the greater Detroit Michigan area at Body Language Fitness & Yoga Center, Powerhouse Gym in Novi, Z Spot in Plymouth and New Wixom Dance Academy.  She holds a valid AFAA Group Exercise Instructor Certification.

Amber was a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer for years performing at a variety of venues from cruiseAmber 4 ships to back-up dancing/music videos.  While living in the LA, area Amber got her start in the fitness world teaching fitness to children and began to develop a passion for health and fitness.  When Amber was transferred to Chicago she stumbled upon a WERQ Class at XSport Fitness in Lakeview with WERQ Rep #4 Allison Mecher.  ”I instantly fell in LOVE!!!!  I was thrilled to find a way to combine my passions for dance and fitness, all while making people forget they were exercising and just enjoying their WERQout.  I knew I had found something very special and I wanted to bring it back to my hometown.  I feel prifledged to offer the people of Metro Detroit the WERQ Experience and just one year after moving home my classes are exploding!  Many of my devoted WERQaholics want to become Instructors themselves!”, says Amber.

“I love the constant addition of new music taken right from the charts.  WERQ is choreographed to be achievable and fun for everyone – even those without a dance background or those who think “I can’t dance”.  The WERQ Warmup really helps make a class achievable.  It provides students with an opportunity to practice some of the more difficult or complex sequences before the WERQout session begins by previews many of the dance steps seen throughout the WERQ class. Students become familiar with the cueing process and it helps them build confidence.  Muscle memory WERQs wonders!”

WERQ Rep #1 and Choreography QREW member Kiley Elfring is from the Detroit area and drops into Amber’s classes when she’s back in the Mitten.  ”Amber’s classes are amazing.  Her top notch cueing and addictive energy make her the best of the best.  Detroit is FINALLY WERQin’ thanks to Amber and her 8+classes a week!”

WERQ Rep #4 and Choreography QREW member Allison Mecher is loving watching her former student thrive.  ”Amber used to take my WERQ Class when she lived in Chicago and she was always a stand-out student.  I’m so proud to see her accepted into the WERQ Rep program and teaching so successfully in the Detroit area!”

WERQ would like to recognize Amber for teaching WERQ at the highest level.  

CONGRATULATIONS AMBER!  

WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness, LLC in recognition of their contributions to the WERQ brand.  Reps earn their titles by demonstrating a strong commitment to the WERQ format and strong understanding of the WERQ brand.  For more information about the WERQ Rep program click here.  Each WERQ Rep plays a slightly different role.  Some Reps are selected for their contributions to growing the WERQ brand worldwide through assisting with booking and facilitating trainings.   Some Reps are selected for their celebrity star power.  Some Reps are selected for their mastery of cueing and exceptional dance ability.  Some Reps are selected to the WERQ QREW for their ability to write and contribute WERQ Choreography.  The entire Rep team WERQs together toward one goal – bringing the joy of WERQ to more WERQaholics and enriching more lives though the WERQ class experience.

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WERQ Rep Sara Burhans

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

FEATURED IMAGE:  Heather Christy and Sara Burhans teaching at Just Move Fitness and More.

WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Sara Burhans to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Rep #30. Sara teaches WERQ at Just Move Fitness and More located at 626 Romence Road in Portage Michigan .  She holds a valid ACE Personal Trainer Certification.

“I waited almost a year from the time that Just Move Co-Owner Heather Christy launched WERQ in Kalamazoo toSarah get my WERQ Certification because I LOVED (like really really LOVED) taking the class.  I still have a blast being a participant when I’m not teaching!  WERQ is the most physically challenging dance fitness format I’ve participated in/taught.  I have zero dance training but I love to dance and I love fitness – I’ve taken every format out there and WERQ is my favorite!

WERQ is dance fitness done well.  It’s relevant, fun, and accessible to a broad audience.  The WERQ warmup previews parts of the choreography from the playlist to follow which builds muscle memory – when our bodies have done something once we store it in our muscle memory and once it’s there we are able to work harder, bigger and stronger! The cooldown uses yoga inspired balance poses to build core strength as well as stretch the muscles.

WERQ Instructors are well trained.  They know they are required to hold a fitness certification in addition to a license to WERQ.  Educated instructors are better teachers.  WERQ increased cardiovascular endurance, range of motion, and coordination connecting the body and the mind.

Just Move Fitness and More offers 6 WERQ classes a week as of June 2014.  I love mentoring some of our newer instructors and we are committed to the idea of team teaching.  We all learn from each other!  As a facility owner, WERQ helps us stand out – we have this amazing program – I love that and I brag about that!”

For more information about Just Move Fitness and More please visit their website HERE.

WERQ would like to recognize Sara for teaching WERQ at the highest level.  

CONGRATULATIONS SARA!  

WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness, LLC in recognition of their contributions to the WERQ brand.  Reps earn their titles by demonstrating a strong commitment to the WERQ format and strong understanding of the WERQ brand.  For more information about the WERQ Rep program click here.  Each WERQ Rep plays a slightly different role.  Some Reps are selected for their contributions to growing the WERQ brand worldwide through assisting with booking and facilitating trainings.   Some Reps are selected for their celebrity star power.  Some Reps are selected for their mastery of cueing and exceptional dance ability.  Some Reps are selected to the WERQ QREW for their ability to write and contribute WERQ Choreography.  The entire Rep team WERQs together toward one goal – bringing the joy of WERQ to more WERQaholics and enriching more lives though the WERQ class experience.

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WERQaholics and WERQ Instructors pictured at Just Move after a CharityWERQ class!

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WERQ Rep Andriana Pachella

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Andriana Pachella to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Rep #29. Dri teaches WERQ at ENRGi Fitness in Chicago, IL.  She holds a valid NASM Certified Personal Trainer Certification.

Dri has been known to begin class by saying “welcome to my favorite hour of my week” and we can tell she means it.  ”I look forward to teaching WERQ all day and I look forward to my WERQ days all week.  I left my first WERQ class 2 years ago thinking “how do I get involved with this brand” and once certified I’ve wanted to be WERQ Rep and be a good ambassador for this awesome format!”

WERQ Co-Creator Julie Steffen has been known to drop into Dri’s class at ENRGi.  ”Dri has an amazing way of being herself within the WERQ format.  While WERQ Choreography is consistent from instructor to instructor, it’s fun to watch instructors like Dri put their personal style and personality into that structure.  I genuinely enjoy taking Dri’s class and watching her rock this format!”, says Julie.

Dri describes WERQ as a party and loves the way WERQ Instructors treat each class like can’t-miss events.  ”WERQ gets people into the gym on a consistent basis because people look forward to this class every week!  At ENRGi we have a population of members who pay a gym membership JUST TO TAKE WERQ CLASSES!  The music is currently charting, radio hits which you would hear in the club (or the grocery store aisle for those of us who haven’t been to a club since college) so participants are already familiar with and love the music…  Like any good cardio workout WERQ increases heart and lung capacity, increases endurance and burns calories but WERQ also strengthens muscles using fitness-based moves like squats/lunges/standing crunches etc fatiguing the muscles in your arms, legs and abs.  The Yoga Inspired Cooldown helps improve balance which is a key element to injury prevention.  Wherever the fitness industry may lead me in the future, WERQ will come with me as I cannot imagine not teaching this class!”

WERQ would like to recognize Dri for teaching WERQ at the highest level.  

CONGRATULATIONS DRI!  

WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness, LLC in recognition of their contributions to the WERQ brand.  Reps earn their titles by demonstrating a strong commitment to the WERQ format and strong understanding of the WERQ brand.  For more information about the WERQ Rep program click here.  Each WERQ Rep plays a slightly different role.  Some Reps are selected for their contributions to growing the WERQ brand worldwide through assisting with booking and facilitating trainings.   Some Reps are selected for their celebrity star power.  Some Reps are selected for their mastery of cueing and exceptional dance ability.  Some Reps are selected to the WERQ QREW for their ability to write and contribute WERQ Choreography.  The entire Rep team WERQs together toward one goal – bringing the joy of WERQ to more WERQaholics and enriching more lives though the WERQ class experience.

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WERQ Reps South Carolina

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

Pictured above:   Skyla Makay, Brandy Ramey, Kim Rickenbaker (WERQ Rep #6), Saydee Reyes and Melissa Sperko. WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Skyla Makay, Brandy Ramey, Saydee Reyes and Melissa Sperko to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Reps #25, #26, #27 and #28. 

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WERQ Rep #25 Skyla Makay

Skyla Makay believes fitness doesn’t have to be excruciating and dance doesn’t have to be complicated – and she’s passionate about helping other people discover the “brain changing transformation that occurs when fitness goals are achievable and workouts are challenging but FUN!  The WERQ warmup starts with a standard dancer warmup to literally warm up the muscles and joints getting us all ready to move.   Once warmed up WERQ Instructors take moves directly from the choreography to follow in class previewing them and giving our students a sneak peek at the steps to come.  For veteran students it reminds them of the trickier moves and lets them know what songs are coming in class.  For new students it gives them a little knowledge to prepare them to nail the moves later in class.  After such an energetic hour the WERQ cooldown is the perfect way to conclude class.  I love the slower pace and the great feeling of stretching tired muscles.  Practicing balance helps build core muscles and makes our students stronger, more stable and more confident!  WERQ can help students achieve and maintain a healthy weight while teaching the heart and lungs to operate more efficiently.  I want to grow this brand.  I want to help people achieve their goals the way WERQ helped me achieve mine!”

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WERQ Rep #6 Kim Rickenbaker and WERQ Rep #26 Brandy Ramey

Brandy Ramey is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor who started teaching in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina.  She has since moved to the Miami Florida area.  Brandy completed WERQ Instructor Training in April 2013.”WERQ has made me such a better person.  I am happier, healthier, and well-balanced because of my experiences with WERQ.  I originally became a WERQ instructor because I loved dancing and music.  I didn’t know much about the brand, but I knew I wanted to teach fitness classes.  I fell in love with being a WERQ instructor when I realized that it is so much more than a dance workout.  It is the perfect way to get in shape, stay in shape, and to improve your life.  The cardiovascular endurance that I have built because of teaching and taking WERQ classes has made me a more confident athlete.  The physiological changes WERQ has given me have made me choose more adventurous activities in my spare time because I have so much more energy than I use to.  For example, I have made plans to enter my first 10K and am seriously considering training for a marathon.  Being a WERQ Rep will provide even more opportunities to share how the WERQ brand brings a fit lifestyle to a WERQaholic’s life.I have seen WERQ grow in the low-country of South Carolina over the past year.  It amazes me every time I think about how it stemmed from 1 person introducing this format to a small town.  I am thankful to have been a part of this growth and hope to use the WERQ Rep title to help the WERQ brand spread even farther through the SC region.”

Saydee Reyes has always had a love for music and dance.  WERQ added a love for fitness.

“I love being part of my students journey to getting fit while having the most fun one can have while working out. It has changed my life and I want to continue spreading the WERQ love not just here in SC but everywhere.

WERQ Rep #27 Saydee Reyes

WERQ Rep #27 Saydee Reyes

WERQ is the perfect mixture of Fitness and Dance in a workout. It is Achievable. It is Fierce. It is Current. WERQ classes will build up your cardiovascular ability, boost your brain power, improve your memory and coordination and strengthen your core. It relieves stress and makes your body stronger.  Confidence leads to fun/Divatude which turns students into WERQaholics!  WERQ’s 3Q1 method of cueing class is essential to making WERQ achievable.  There is no guessing what move comes next.  Students are guided move to move fluidly which translates to confidence as a student.”  Saydee holds an AFAA Primary Group Fitness Certification.

 

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WERQ Rep #28 Melissa Sperko

Melissa Sperko‘s first experience with WERQ was a Friday night master class with WERQ Master Trainer Julie Steffen and WERQ Rep #6 Kim Rickenbaker before Instructor Training the following Sunday.  ”I was one of those students that came to check it out with a quiet “show me what you’ve got” attitude…  From that moment on all I could do was WERQ.  It was more than just current music and choreography that attracted me to the format.  During training learning and hearing what WERQ stood for and expected from its instructors is what sold me.  I have been a Physical Therapist (PTA) for 17 years and it was music to my ears that WERQ Instructors have to meet a fitness certification requirement giving them a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology that is needed to be a great instructor!  The class layout with the warmup previewing the dance steps used in class helps students achieve and sets them up for success.  Balance poses in the cooldown is icing on the cake – it’s so important to practice and maintain this skill as we age.  WERQ was what I had been looking for.  I believe in the core values of WERQ and love what it offers to both students and Instructors!”

WERQ would like to recognize our newest Reps for teaching WERQ at the highest level. CONGRATULATIONS SKYLA, BRANDY, SAYDEE AND MELISSA!  WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness, LLC in recognition of their contributions to the WERQ brand.  Reps earn their titles by demonstrating a strong commitment to the WERQ format and strong understanding of the WERQ brand.  For more information about the WERQ Rep program click here.  Each WERQ Rep plays a slightly different role.  Some Reps are selected for their contributions to growing the WERQ brand worldwide through assisting with booking and facilitating trainings.   Some Reps are selected for their celebrity star power.  Some Reps are selected for their mastery of cueing and exceptional dance ability.  Some Reps are selected to the WERQ QREW for their ability to write and contribute WERQ Choreography.  The entire Rep team WERQs together toward one goal – bringing the joy of WERQ to more WERQaholics and enriching more lives though the WERQ class experience.
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South Carolina WERQaholics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Carolina Attitude

South Carolina Attitude

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Black is the New Crazy Pants

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

Something you’re sure to see in most WERQ classes are crazy pants. WERQaholics love to wear bright, colorful pants with crazy patterns – the crazier the better! Now, as a WERQ® instructor, I love crazy pants just as much as the next WERQaholic. So, imagine my dilemma when I started teaching a class at a local gym and learned that we are required to wear black bottoms only. What?! *record scratch* STOP THE MUSIC!!! I can only wear black??? Do they know how many NON-black bottoms I have in my closet? Now, what am I supposed to do with my brand new blue/purple/orange/red/yellow/fuschia sunset pants with the moon on the butt?!

Well, after a mini panic attack and some deep yogic breathing, I realized something: You CAN wear black bottoms and still go a little crazy. But, it takes some WERQ® (pun intended) to find black on black patterns or other creative designs. Here are some options to get you started.

Old Navy Active Compression Capris

Old Navy has great athletic wear and I particularly like their compression line. Their garments have great designs, great fit, and great quality. The best part is the price! Regular price for most capris ranges from $24-29, but you can often find them on sale. I found the following pants on sale this past week for $17!

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Caption: Old Navy Active Compression Capris – from http://oldnavy.com

Nike 

Nike never, ever disappoints. If you want a high-quality, high-tech, innovative piece of active wear, you can’t go wrong with Nike. The only thing is…well, Nike costs, and you can’t pay with sweat. If your budget is limited, try the Nike outlet and check sale prices or coupons at stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority or Marshalls.

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Caption: From left to right: Nike Relay Print Crop ($58), Epic Run Printed Crop ($64-80), Strut Crop ($100), all from http://nike.com

Under Armour

Under Armour is another brand you can always count on. Like Nike, Under Armour can be expensive. Again, if budget is a factor, consider outlet stores and other cost-saving options.

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From left to right: Under Armour Heatgear Sonic Capri ($39.99), UA Perfect Stripe Legging ($74.99), both from http://underarmour.com

Do you have a dress code at your gym? Do you know of other places to find creative black on black design? Share your tips with us!

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 outlay About the blogger:Christina N. Outlay, PhD, WERQ® Rep #22, is a certified Group Exercise Instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and an Assistant Professor of Information Technology. Read more of her helpful blog posts at FIT Scholar – Fitness and Information Technology (http://fitscholar.com).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Africa gets to WERQ!

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

Jumping, Punching, Squatting = READY TO WERQ!

On Thursday March 13, 2014 Certified WERQ Instrucgtor Bria Hoosier taught the first WERQ class to rock South Africa!

WERQ HQ is EXCITED!  It is truly our honor to put the WORLD to WERQ!

Classes are being held at Wits Junction Residence.

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“There’s already a buzz around the complex. I know WERQ is going to explode here.” ~Bria Hoosier

South Africa Brush Off

Bria leading her WERQaholics

South Africa Jumps

South Africa Jumps!

South Africa Punches

South Africa Punches

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South Africa Squats

 

 

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WERQ Music – What to expect in class!

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

WERQ Dance Fitness classes are all about the music!  We like it loud and we like it fierce!

You Betta WERQ!

You Betta WERQ!

Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Drake, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, J Cole, Austin Mahone, will.i.am, Wale, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, Panic! At the Disco, One Direction, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kid Ink, Chris Brown, Afrojack,, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., Bruno Mars, Eminem, Karmin, Maroon 5, Olly Murs, Tyga, Travis Porter, T.I., Robin Thicke and so so so many more!

WERQ Instructors (The WERQforce) download the music used in WERQ classes from iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify etc and pick their playlists from a pre-choreographed library available online.  The WERQforce library is updated weekly keeping classes continually updated and full of currently charting pop, rock and hip hop hits!

WERQaholics can expect to learn simple, achievable dance routines to all the hottest, freshest hit music straight from the radio!

WERQ Instructors base playlists around Billboard’s Top 100, iTunes Top 100 Singles Charts and Top 40 Radio play making the music used in this workout similar to what you would hear if you spent an evening out at your city’s hottest nightclub!

Requests?  WERQ Instructors LOVE THEM!  Feel free to introduce yourself to your favorite WERQ Instructor and they can let you know if choreography to your favorite song is available in the WERQforce library!

 

 

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WERQ Rep Valerie Green

Posted on: March 12th, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

Pictured above:   Valerie Green, WERQ Instructor

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Larissa, Missy and Valerie

WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Valerie Green to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Rep #24. 

Valerie teaches WERQ at Lifetime Old Orchard in Skokie, IL.  She holds many fitness certifications including an AFAA Group Fitness Certification.  

Valerie believes in the WERQ format.  ”After teaching many, many other formats over the past 21 years I have truly found a format I not only love to teach but love to participate in myself.  I love talking up the format and bringing new WERQaholics in to try.  WERQ is easy to follow dance fitness because of the music – it’s Billboard and iTunes top 100 making it familiar to participants.  The 3Q1 method of cueing allows participants to workout in confidence knowing their instructor will let them know of the next choreography change.  The WERQ warmup prepares the body physically and mentally by previewing the steps.  Repetition of a step in the warmup allows muscle memory to take over when that step is repeated later in class.  All of this leads to a high intensity workout that’s FUN!  WERQ builds cardiovascular endurance and focuses on core utilization and balance training.”

WERQ would like to recognize Valerie for teaching WERQ at the highest level.  

CONGRATULATIONS VALERIE!  

WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness, LLC in recognition of their contributions to the WERQ brand.  Reps earn their titles by demonstrating a strong commitment to the WERQ format and strong understanding of the WERQ brand.  For more information about the WERQ Rep program click here.  Each WERQ Rep plays a slightly different role.  Some Reps are selected for their contributions to growing the WERQ brand worldwide through assisting with booking and facilitating trainings.   Some Reps are selected for their celebrity star power.  Some Reps are selected for their mastery of cueing and exceptional dance ability.  Some Reps are selected to the WERQ QREW for their ability to write and contribute WERQ Choreography.  The entire Rep team WERQs together toward one goal – bringing the joy of WERQ to more WERQaholics and enriching more lives though the WERQ class experience.

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Valerie teaching at Lifetime Old Orchard in Skokie, IL

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WERQ your Diet for Maximum Results

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

WERQ® your Diet for Maximum Results – Four Free Online Nutrition Trackers

Have you ever heard the phrase “you can’t out train a bad diet?” What this phrase typically means is that even if you have an intense and regular work out regimen, you won’t achieve optimal results if your dietary intake is poor. While what exactly constitutes a “bad diet” varies from one person to the next, if your WERQ®, R.I.P.P.E.D.®, Cycling, Boot Camp or other classes aren’t giving you the results you want, it’s time to take a hard, honest look at your daily dietary intake – not just calories, but overall nutrient intake.

Whether your idea of the optimal diet is Paleo, South Beach, IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) or some other approach, how exactly are you supposed to know how well you’re eating? One option is to work with a nutritionist or dietitian to design and evaluate an eating plan. Another option is to follow a commercial program like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. A third option, and one used by approximately 11% of the U.S. Population (8 million people, as of 2012 - http://quantifiedself.com/2013/01/how-many-people-self-track/) is to use some type of technology-based fitness and/or nutrition tracker to keep a log of what you eat. But, which tracker will work best for you? There are lots of different trackers available and numerous factors to consider. See below for a quick comparison of four free online fitness trackers that might fit your needs:

My Fitness Pal – http://myfitnesspal.com 

Myfitnesspal is a free online and mobile nutrition and exercise tracker with an extensive food database, customizable diet tracking, exercise database and user community. 

Pros – Convenient integration with other popular systems like Fitbit (http://fitbit.com), BodyMedia Fit (http://www.bodymedia.com) and Runkeeper (http://runkeeper.com); Free mobile app available for iOS, Android, Windows AND Blackberry; Extensive user database contains nearly every food you can imagine and makes it easy to quickly log and/or add new foods; ability to customize your dietary goals as well as which macros you see; Built-in and well-designed exercise tracker allows you to track everything with one tool.

Cons – Macro customization is limited to five items; you have to create an account to use the tool.

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Super Tracker – http://supertracker.usda.gov

SuperTracker is a free online tool developed and maintained by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). SuperTracker data and guidance is based on the MyPlate (http://choosemyplate.gov) food guide developed by the USDA and therefore, focused on a U.S. diet.

Pros – Although it’s recommended for best results, you don’t have to create an account to use the tracker; Not focused solely (or primarily) on weight loss – you can choose other goals to track like (1) amount of physical activity, (2) target food groups, and (3) monitoring specific nutrient intake. Amazingly detailed reports to show macro- and micro-nutrients and empty calories (calories that do not provide any nutritional value).

Cons – Limited food database and only very useful if you only (or mostly) eat regular whole foods and simple recipes with few ingredients; limited ability to manually quick-add foods to your log; no mobile app; government created and maintained, so in times of governmental crisis – like last year’s shutdown – the site may not be available (I learned this the hard way).

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FitDay – http://fitday.com 

FitDay is a multi-tiered application that seems highly geared toward weight loss. A very basic online version of the nutrition tracker is available for free. Additional features are provided in a paid premium version. You may also pay to download and install a PC version to use offline. A mobile app is also available. 

Pros –  Detailed reports show macro- and micro-nutrients, although not as many as Supertracker; easy-to-use interface; opportunity to connect with a live dietitian for dietary advice.

Cons – Online basic online account is free – you must pay for a PC version ($29.99) or mobile app ($1.99 for iOS); No ability to select which macros you want to track; Doesn’t track sodium intake (this is a big deal for potential users who must watch their sodium intake); Can’t customize your dietary goals (in the free version); limited food database.

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Cronometer – http://cronometer.com

Cronometer describes itself very simply, as an online diet and fitness tracker that aims “to provide a complete solution for the smart dieter.”

Pros – Easy to use, Detailed reports directly integrated onto the main food diary screen (although not customizable); built-in exercise tracker.

Cons – You have to pay for the mobile app ($2.99 for iOS; $2.97 for Android); Very basic functionality and the interface is not very “user-friendly” – error messages are cryptic and highly technical, e.g., “com.nutrimeter.client.login.NotLoggedInException: Failed to parse facebook response: JSONObject["email"] not found.”

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About the blogger: Christina N. Outlay, PhD, is a certified Group Exercise Instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and an Assistant Professor of Information Technology. Read more of her helpful blog posts at FIT Scholar – Fitness and Information Technology (http://fitscholar.com).

 

 

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