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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.

South Africa - Bria

“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

South Africa Squats

South Africa Squats

 

 

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WERQ Jargon

Posted on: June 22nd, 2013 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

We confess.  We’re WERQaholics.  

We are drinking the WERQ Kool-Aid.  We know it and we own it solid.

New to WERQ?  Here’s some jargon you will hear us WERQaholics use and what it means:

WERQ = Let’s start at the beginning.  What does WERQ mean?  WERQ is a hip hop dance term meaning to absolutely nail it with dominance and confidence.  You are fierce.  You are fresh.  You are fully committed.  You can WERQ a dance move, WERQ an outfit, WERQ the dance floor at the club, and now, WERQ your workout!

Achievable Dance = WERQ was founded on the principle that dance fitness should be achievable by anyone and everyone.  No dance experience required.  From the design of the WERQ Signature Warmup to the 3Q1 Method of Cueing WERQ classes to the literal choreography design, this class is designed to help participants achieve and succeed.

Lorrie and Kiley

Lorrie and Kiley

Best of The Best = WERQ has extremely high standards our Instructors are expected to meet.  Choreography should be memorized flawlessly.  A WERQ playlist should be continuous, should be kept current and should include all 3 WERQ genres of music (pop, rock and achievable hip hop).  All WERQ Instructors are REQUIRED to be Certified Fitness Professionals holding a group fitness certification or personal training certification in addition to their WERQ License.  This is unique in the fitness industry.   WERQ expects instructors to put time into their Warmups and Cooldowns.  WERQ expects instructors to practice cueing until they are able to fluidly lead people through a seamless, high-cardio dance fitness class.  WERQ Instructors are simply to be the best of the best in the industry.  Period.

Pre-Choreographed Fitness = WERQ Instructors are provided with the choreography used in WERQ classes as part of their WERQforce membership.  Instructors do not make up their own choreography.  As such, when taking WERQ classes you are assured of the same high quality choreography design in each and every class.  Instructors have approximately 150 currently charting hit songs to choose from when designing a playlist so you will not dance to the same playlist each class, but each time you dance to a particular song in a WERQ class you should expect the same routine.

Shooting Straight = At WERQ Fitness HQ we shoot straight.  We believe in honesty above all else.  WERQ training is direct and concise with clear discussion of how a WERQ class must be taught.  WERQ Instructors are encouraged to ask for constructive feedback from their students and from WERQ Master Trainers.

Eco-Efficiency = WERQ Fitness, LLC is committed to being the most efficient company possible valuing function over flash.  Our Instructors get their choreography by logging into a website eliminating the creating and mailing of DVDs.  Our training manuals are printed on recycled paper without fancy cover sheets or bindings.  Function is more important than flash in everything we do.

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3Q1 Method of Cueing WERQ Classes

3Q1 Method of Cueing = WERQ classes must be cued according to the 3Q1 Method of advance cueing.  This means that WERQ Instructors will help you transition easily between dance elements.  Part of Achievable Dance is ensuring that participants are able to follow along easily.  WERQ Instructors cue on the 2 beat of an 8 count (876543Q1) to signal that a change in choreography is coming showing participants which move is next, which hand goes up, which foot to step on, etc.  Trust in your WERQ Instructor to guide you using non-verbal cueing (hand signals and noises such as “hup” or “hey”).  Additionally WERQ classes will always dance on the student’s right side lead ensuring classes feel natural to the participants.

WERQ Rep = A WERQ Instructor designated by WERQ Fitness HQ as a brand representative.  For more information click HERE.

WERQ QREW = WERQ Reps hand selected by WERQ HQ to choreograph for WERQ Fitness.

WERQ Rockstars = WERQ Master Trainers.  Only WERQ Rockstars may teach WERQ Master Classes.  If you’re in a WERQ Master Class, you’re taking from the absolute best.

WERQforce = WERQ’s Instructor Community.  To be eligible to join the WERQforce, participants must have completed WERQ training in full and must hold a valid fitness certification.

Other questions?  Email us:  info@werqfitness.com

 

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A GUIDE FOR FACILITIES and group fitness program directors

Posted on: May 26th, 2013 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

The following information is designed to help facilities and group fitness directors effectively audition potential WERQ Instructors and addresses some FAQs WERQ HQ receives from program managers.

The WERQ Brand:  A Guide for Facilities and Group Fitness Program Directors

If WERQ Choreography is used in a fitness class, the class must be called WERQ on a gym schedule both online and on paper schedules and marketing materials.  WERQ does not allow instructors to call their class “cardio dance” and teach using WERQ Choreography.  WERQ is a stand alone dance format designed to run 45-60 minutes of continuous non-stop cardio and may not be combined with any other dance or non-dance format.

WERQ features non-verbal cueing according to the “3Q1 Method”™ of advanced cueing.  Instructors are trained to cue non-verbally and will be able to effectively transition a class from dance element to dance element using 3Q1. Asking a WERQ Instructor to cue verbally is asking them to teach against their WERQ training and against the WERQ brand.

WERQ instructors are provided with the choreography to be used in WERQ fitness classes.  WERQ Instructors are not allowed to design their own choreography.  WERQ is re-defining “pre-choreographed fitness”.  The WERQ video library includes choreography to approximately 150-200 songs from which instructors choose a playlist.  The library is updated weekly with new songs added and older songs taken away to ensure that WERQ playlists stay current and instructors constantly have new current choreography to keep WERQ the freshest dance fitness class on the planet.  WERQ Instructors may make common sense modifications to adjust to their specific group of WERQaholics but changes are minor and do not subtract from the overall consistent nationwide WERQ experience.

afterWERQ™ is a trademarked term to be used ONLY by WERQ Reps and used only according to guidelines agreed upon by WERQ HQ and the WERQ Rep.

CharityWERQ™ is a term that may be used by any certified WERQ Instructor when participating in appropriate fundraising activities.

WERQ, the WERQ logo and the WERQ Old Skool logo cannot be used on clothing in any way without written permission from WERQ Fitness, LLC.

WERQ Old Skool™ is a separate format featuring music from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.  WERQ Old Skool is to be kept separate from WERQ and the choreography is to be kept in the respective format.  Only WERQ Reps may teach WERQ Old Skool.  For more information on the WERQ Rep program click here.

WERQ Choreography is property of WERQ Fitness, LLC and may not be posted on YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter or any other social media platform without written permission from WERQ Fitness, LLC.  Still photographs from events may be posted on social media.  Video interviews with instructors / students may be posted on social media as long as interviews do not include choreography clips.

WERQ is a registered trademark of WERQ Fitness, LLC and may be used only on gym schedules and on class related marketing printed materials.

How to Audition a WERQ Instructor:  A Guide for Group Fitness Program Directors

WERQ instructors should be able to demonstrate fluid dance ability, teach effectively with enthusiasm, and deliver a total body cardio dance workout achievable by participants.

WERQ is a dance fitness format featuring a preview warmup and a yoga/balance inspired cooldown.  Ask your candidate why.  Answer:  Previewing steps in the warmup allows students of all dance abilities to achieve WERQ routines in addition to preparing the body for the workout.  The yoga/balance inspired cooldown gives participants a proper choreographed ending to complete the class experience and return the body to rest while developing the skill of balancing.

WERQ instructors are taught to cue non-verbally in WERQ training according to The 3Q1 Method™ of advance cueing.  The instructor that stands out from the rest will be a highly effective certified fitness professional delivering a fluid dance workout with strong non-verbal cues landing on the 2 beat of an 8 count phrase.  Cues will land before the change in choreography allowing participants to transition from dance element to dance element fluidly. Ask your candidate to describe the WERQ cueing process and explain why it is essential and important.  They should answer that cues must be delivered BEFORE the choreography change and should be able to demonstrate a WERQ routine complete with exceptional non-verbal cueing.  WERQ instructors must know their music inside and out in order to deliver effective non-verbal cues BEFORE the choreography change.

WERQ instructors must meet a fitness requirement (typically a current PT certification,  a current primary group exercise certification, a 200 hour yoga certification OR a college degree in a related field).  By teaching WERQ, instructors demonstrate a level of commitment to being the best of the best dance fitness professionals in the industry.  WERQ firmly believes in fitness education and will always require up to date fitness certifications to teach under the name WERQ.

Have more questions?  Reach out to us at WERQ HQ at info@werqfitness.com.

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afterWERQ in Chicago, IL

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

afterWERQ…the fiercely fun nightclub WERQout is coming to HOMEbar on Friday, May 3, 2013!  

afterWERQ nightclub workout

afterWERQ |afterWERQ brings the energy of WERQ Dance Fitness to a nightclub setting. afterWERQ is an exhilarating dance fitness experience complete with concert lighting, a giant dance floor, low-cal cocktails, and bumping stereo system! Sweat it out to the hottest pop, rock, and hip hop. Nothing brings out your inner dance diva like low lights, loud music, and a WERQout with fellow WERQaholics.

  • Do I need ID? Yes. 21 + to enter.
  • What should I wear? Workout clothes and gym shoes (we’re going to sweat!)
  • How much is a ticket?  $20 online. $25 at the door. Buy your ticket HERE.
  • What time should I show up? Doors open at 6pm. WERQout begins at 6:30pm.
  • Will there be food and drink?  HOME Bar will have low-cal cocktails on special and a huge menu of American bar food with some twists. Plan on staying after the workout to socialize and to grab a bite.
  • Can I come by myself? Yes. There will be loads of other WERQaholics there to meet.
  • Can I bring my spouse/significant other/friend just to hang out?  Absolutley.  He/she can chill, eat, drink, and be merry in one of the booths overlooking the dance floor (with a paid ticket), or hang in the front sports bar (for free).
  • Where is HOMEbar?  Click here for directions.

HOMEbar | H.O.M.E. aka House of Music & Entertainment is the Chicagoland suburbs hot new destination for the best in live music and sports. Click HERE for directions. The premium sports bar features built-in table taps, 80 plasma TV’s, and a full menu featuring classic American bar food with some twists.  Best of all….the H.O.M.E  theater offers up to 1000 guests the ultimate experience in live music and entertainment. The 15,000 Square Foot theater features a 28′x30′ stage, state of the art sound system, and stadium style booth seating. The theater features local and national performances from bands, DJ’s, entertainers, and afterWERQ fitness parties. For more info about HOME Bar, visit www.homebarchicago.com.

afterWERQ Nightclub Workout

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WERQ Rep Lorrie Brooks

Posted on: March 24th, 2013 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

WERQ Rep #8 – LORRIE BROOKS – CHICAGO, IL (pictured left)

WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Lorrie Brooks to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Rep #8.

Lorrie completed her WERQ Certification in March 2011 and has been teaching WERQ since September 2011. She holds a valid group fitness certification through AFAA and teaches at several fitness facilities in the downtown Chicago area.

Kiley, Lorrie, Bianca, Allison

A native of Nashville, TN, Lorrie has always had a passion for dance and fitness. At age 6 she enrolled in dance classes at a local studio in her hometown where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern and gymnastics. She also joined her middle and high school cheerleading teams.  During her freshman year in college at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville she was accepted into the University of Tennessee Dance Company.  She graduated with a degree in Advertising and moved to Detroit, MI for a year before moving to Chicago.  By day she’s an Advertising Supervisor and by night, a WERQ Instructor.

Lorrie has contributed many songs to the WERQ Choreography Library including Chasing The Sun, Two Of Us, So Good, Lights and more.  Fun fact – Most of her choreography design begins on the Chicago Public Transit System.

WERQ would like to recognize Lorrie for repping WERQ at the highest level and welcome her as a member of the WERQ Choreography QREW. WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness due to their commitment to the WERQ format, mastery of cueing and star power.

CONGRATULATIONS LORRIE!

Kiley, Julie, Allison, Lorrie pictured at LifeTime Skokie

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WERQ Rep Bianca Berger

Posted on: March 10th, 2013 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

WERQ Rep #7 – BIANCA BERGER – CHICAGO, IL

WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Bianca Berger to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Rep #7.

Park City, Utah native Bianca took dance classes in grade school but did not pursue dance in high school because her time was spent training, traveling and competing in snowboarding. Bianca was a professional snowboarder competing in the halfpipe. She was on the US Jr. World Snowboard Team and competed in World Cups and the Olympic trials through 2002.  Bianca has been a certified Group Fitness Instructor for 13 years teaching in Utah, Colorado, NYC and for the past 7 years in Chicago.  Her favorite class to teach was Step because she loved creating challenging choreography…until she discovered WERQ.

Bianca loves to dance, sweat and burn calories so when she took WERQ training in October 2011OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA she immediately became a WERQaholic.  Bianca’s most famous WERQ Choreo contribution is WERK ME by Hypercrush which has become an anthem in WERQ Fitness classes across the country.

When not WERQing you might find Bianca traveling, recycling or saving the world one low calorie cocktail at a time (her full time job is Midwest Regional Manager for TY KU – a low calorie liquor company).

WERQ would like to recognize Bianca for repping WERQ at the highest level and welcome her as a member of the WERQ Choreography QREW. (WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness due to their commitment to the WERQ format, mastery of cueing and star power.  To be considered email info@werqfitness.com.

CONGRATULATIONS BIANCA!

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WERQ Rep Kim Rickenbaker

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

WERQ Rep #6 – KIM (KC) RICKENBAKER – ARLINGTON, VA AND SUMMERVILLE, SC

WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Kim Rickenbaker to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Rep #6

AAFA Certified Fitness Instructor Kim (KC) Rickenbaker believes she was destined to teach WERQ dance fitness.  ”Sometimes people, just destined, destined to do what they do…” ~Justin Timberlake.

KIM WERQ REP 2

Kim became a certified WERQ instructor in October 2011 and taught South Carolina’s very first WERQ class on January 19th, 2012. That first WERQ class doubled in size by week two and has snowballed from there into one of the most thriving WERQ communities nationally.  South Carolina grew from one instructor to 2 dozen instructors and hundreds of WERQaholics (as of December 2013).  Kim taught 6 WERQ classes a week in South Carolina including the launch of WERQ Old Skool classes until a job change relocated her and her family to the Arlington Virgina area.

Kim found herself again with the opportunity to launch WERQ in Virginia and is once again creating new WERQaholics.  She currently teaches for Brickhouse Cardio Club in Stafford, VA.

South Carolina WERQ Instructors “Look Back At It”

Since Kim’s initial training, WERQ Master Trainer has been back to South Carolina 3 additionally times for trainings.  ”I’m always encouraged by the way the SC WERQ Instructor community supports one another.  Call it Southern hospitality but I’ve always felt so welcomed into this warm Instructor network!  Kim has helped develop and mentor such a positive group of talent and we’re so glad to have them with us in the WERQforce!” says Julie.  WERQ HQ is currently working with Kim to bring the first WERQ Instructor training to the Virginia area in early 2014.

WERQ would like to recognize Kim for repping WERQ at the highest level and welcome her as a member of the WERQ Choreography QREW.  Some of Kim’s choreography contributions are The Way by Andriana Grande, TKO by Justin Timberlake, Super Freak by Rick James, Like I Love You by Justin Timberlake and Tush by ZZ Top.

WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness for a variety of reasons and recognized for their contributions to the WERQ Fitness brand.

CONGRATULATIONS KIM!

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WERQ Rep Allison Mecher

Posted on: February 7th, 2013 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

WERQ Rep #5 – ALLISON MECHER – CHICAGO, IL

WERQ Fitness would like to welcome Allison Mecher to the WERQ Rep Program as WERQ Rep #5.

Kiley, Julie, Allison and Lorrie

Allison spent her childhood as a competitive figure skater and has also had ten years of studio training in jazz, hip hop, and ballet. She was a member of the Primo Dance Troupe at the University of Illinois and continued to take dance classes at various studios in Chicago as she studied at Chicago-Kent School of Law. After starting her career as an attorney and spending most of her day at a desk, Allison craved a fun group dance fitness class and decided to try WERQ with WERQ Master Trainer and Co-Creator, Julie Steffen. She was hooked instantly and the rest is history.

After a few months as a WERQ student, Allison made the leap from student to Instructor and obtained her WERQ certification in October 2011. She also holds a current AFAA Primary Group Fitness Certification.

Allison has co-choreographed several songs in the WERQforce library including Let’s Go, Titanium and Young, Wild and Free, and Dark Horse but contributes choreography primarily for the WERQ Old Skool library.

WERQ would like to recognize Allison for repping WERQ at the highest level and welcome her as a member of the WERQ Choreography QREW. (WERQ Reps are WERQ Instructors hand-selected by WERQ Fitness due to their commitment to the WERQ format, mastery of cueing and star power.

CONGRATULATIONS ALLISON!

Allison – These Wings Were Made To Fly – at LifeTime Fitness Skokie

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WERQ Instructor Training Shakes Things up in Georgia and Illinois!

Posted on: February 4th, 2013 by WERQ Fitness No Comments

Last Weekend WERQ Master Trainers WERQed with new instructors in Georgia and Illinois.

Lifetime Fitness members pose after the Master Class.

Lifetime Fitness members pose after the Master Class.

WERQ Master Trainer, Haley Stone, lead a packed WERQ Master Class and WERQ Instructor Training at Lifetime Fitness on January 26, 2013. WERQ had it’s official launch at Lifetime Fitness Old Orchard in 2012, so WERQaholics were ready to WERQ it when Haley arrived for the Master Class. Missy Vacala, WERQ Instructor at Lifetime Fitness, taught alongside Haley for 60 minutes of high-octane,  non-stop, calorie-crushing cardio dance. The members of Lifetime left it all on the dance floor. After wringing out their clothes, trainees gathered back in the studio for the WERQ Instructor Training portion of the day. Trainees included, Mark Rees, Group Fitness Director at Lifetime Fitness Old Orchard and B-Fit Milwaukee Studio Owner, Angelina D’Amico along with others from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio.

Meanwhile, WERQ Master Trainer, Julie Steffen, landed in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday evening, January 26, 2013. She woke up on Sunday, January 27 and headed to Envision Health Studio in Woodstock, GA ready to WERQ.  And WERQ she did! The master class was amazing. Full of energy.  Studio Co-Owner Laura Mikszan did an amazing job of promoting the event which pulled in 40+. Participants smiled while they WERQed up a sweat and blasted away thousands of calories together.

Georgia gets to WERQ!

Georgia gets to WERQ!

Training followed and the first batch of Georgia WERQ Instructors have arrived!  Here at WERQ HQ we are very excited to see where this new group of WERQaholics takes the format. Training also included 2 instructors who made the drive from South Carolina to learn to teach the WERQ format!

For more information about classes at Envision with Laura visit www.envisionhealthstudio.com.

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