INSTRUCTORS
The TORQUE Tribe
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Summer Fatzinger

Owner / Instructor

AAAI Spin Certified / Barre Certified / TRX Certified

Voted Philadelphia's Instructor of the Year 2020

 

Summer is a ball of energy from the moment she wakes up.  Her zest for life, and gratitude for every moment of every day, is what draws people to her contagious spirit.  She is a former gymnast, a seasoned athlete, and a certified instructor who puts all that she has into every move, every playlist, and every class.  Her classes are fueled by upbeat music, heavy beats, inspirational words, and motivational speeches.  Whether she has you tucking at the barre, sprinting on the bike, planking in TRX, or running your heart out in Tread & Tone, you'll be transformed both physically and mentally. Don't let those little legs fool you...They have speed and power!  When Summer is not at the studio, you can find her spending time with her two little cuties, Avery & Parker, her girlfriend Kim & daughter Addie, & her friends & family!!

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Julie Acree
Instructor
Barre / TRX Certified
Julie's positive energy radiates in the barre room! She knows and understands the importance of creating that positive mind and body connection as you hone in on each muscle group to achieve a strong & balanced body. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, she will motivate you, challenge you, and inspire you to break through the walls of your comfort zone to become the best possible version of yourself.  Julie's playlists are the perfect pairing to your pliés & pulses with a fun & energetic mix of new hits and old favorites. In her class you will be encouraged to embrace the shake, the sweat, and the burn; and to do it all with a smile!!  Guaranteed you will leave her class feeling strong, confident, and smiling - every time!! 
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Kate Brewer

Instructor 

AAAI Spin Certified / Barre Certified / TRX Certified

 

Kate brings her down to earth spirit to TORQUE.  Her passion for music, fitness and helping others translates into high energy and motivational classes. Kate’s style is athletic but graceful, focused but fun, and challenging but inspiring. You will leave her class sweaty and smiling, feeling accomplished and ready to take on the day. You’ll find her playlists mixed with the latest hits, hip-hop, rap, EDM and plenty of old school remixes.  Outside of the studio, Kate is a mom to two little girls and wife to her high-school sweetheart.

 

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April Galie
Instructor
AAAI Spin Certified / Barre Certified
 April began spinning in October of 2016 at TORQUE and instantly found a love for the spin room that turned into a genuine passion (or addiction🤣) for all classes TORQUE has to offer. She quickly learned the emphasis & importance of overall health + wellness, physically AND mentally. She learned that taking 30, 45, 60+ minutes of the day for yourself should be a routine priority!! April found that TORQUE is so unique from other gyms & studios because not only do you get a killer workout, but you also get to be surrounded by the most  supportive people with the most incredible energy cheering you on!! April's goal is to reciprocate the energy that TORQUE has brought to her by motivating and challenging others to get to where they aspire to be, physically and/or mentally, while sweating, having fun, and conquering it all with a big smile on their face!!

April is a West Chester University Class of 2019 grad, a dog lover (or obsessor), and when she isn't in the studio, she loves spending time with family, friends, & traveling!
 
Music choice: variety of EDM, hip hop/rap, inspirational lyrics, old + new remixes, and really anything with a solid beat drop
Stephanie Mourar
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Instructor
AAAI Spin Certified

Steph’s passion for working out started while she was a sophomore at Penn State. While home for break, her friends convinced her to take a spin class and TRX 101 (which was no freaking joke) which then sparked her love for fitness and her journey at the studio. Since she began dancing at the age of 2 the beat drops, intensity of music and combo’s just flowed naturally! The energy and community that Torque brings brought her to believe that there is no better person than yourself and you are the better version of yourself, that you bring out in each class!

Steph believes that exercise is the best way to destress and to simply let go of anything you are holding onto. Her goal is to help others see that no matter what is going on in life, it is best to just let everything go and find yourself in each and every class. 

 

Steph’s passion for helping others began when she graduated from Penn State in 2018, where she a received a degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services. While not teaching spin or tread & tone, you can find her at the studio taking classes or working the front desk. Outside of the studio, you can find her hanging out with friends/family at the beach and most importantly shopping! 

 

It is so easy to feel uncomfortable, but start GETTING comfortable with being uncomfortable. So, close your eyes and let those beat drops start to take you away. So let’s sweat, dance and have some fun! 

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Instructor

AAAI Spin Certified 

Meghan believes that the further you push yourself out of your comfort zone, the better off you will be in life. As a former athlete she understands the need for a high intensity workout that challenges you both mentally and physically. She is a firm believer that making time for yourself is important and absolutely necessary! Her classes will be filled with fun, fast beats that will surely make you sweat, dance and recharge.  When not spending time at the studio, Meghan, alongside her husband Rich, enjoy spending quality time with their three kids, Jack, Ava, and Leo.

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Melissa Stauffer-Kirk

Instructor

AAAI Spin Certified / Barre Certified / UDA All Star Award Winner 

"Though she be little, she is fierce…”  Melissa is committed to living her life with love, with passion, and guided by the fire inside that makes her feel alive!  Whether on the bike or at the barre, her overarching goal is to ignite physical, mental, and emotional growth in each person who shares in her class experience.  Together, you will discover and believe in the beautiful power & strength already living inside of you.  Melissa soul is fueled by music and the energy it creates, so you can always count on a playlist that will take you on a journey through EDM highs, spunky hits & remixes, and heavy beat challenges.  Her effervescent personality will motivate you to push beyond your perceived physical & mental limits in an environment that is both incredibly challenging and also so. much. fun.  

 

Melissa has practiced spin since 2002, began her dance background as a toddler, and has been teaching fitness classes for over 6 years. When she’s not at Torque, you can find her sharing life & love with her sweetie sons Johnny & Brady, her fiancé Steve and kiddos Addie & Chase, and her friends & family! 

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Aly Horning

Instructor / Director of Tribe Communications

AAAI Spin Certified

Aly’s drive for new adventures led her right into the spin room. From the moment she walked into her first class, she was hooked. With her inspirational attitude she decided to set a goal for herself. That goal was to become a spin instructor. Aly’s love for TORQUE pushed her to achieve this goal. Her combination of high energy, positivity, awesome beats, and of course that infectious smile will leave you coming back for more. Her positive outlook on life will have you feeling inspired. Her passion for motivating others will push you to the best of your ability. She’ll ride with you as she watches you grow and become stronger. She’ll help you get lost in the rhythm of the music as you leave all of your stresses at the door. 

 

Outside of the spin room, Aly received her B.S. in Nutrition at Drexel University. Due to Aly’s desire to live a healthy lifestyle, before she was accepted to Drexel, she received her Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science. Now, she is attending Rutgers University School of Health Professions where she will complete her dietetic internship and Masters Degree. Her biggest goal in life is to make a difference in the world. To have an impact on someone’s life that needs it, and she does that during every spin class! 

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Kristin Posner

Instructor

Mad Dog Spin Certified / Barre Certified / TRX Certified 

 

Kristin has been teaching group exercise for 20 years, and loves teaching because she is able to share with others the tools and teachings that she has found so transformational in her own life. Transformation to Kristin is so much more than a physical journey; it's a soul searching, spiritual, personal growth, transform every cell in your body kind of journey. With every class/format is a new journey, and with that journey she will bring you 100% dedication, passion, fun, great music, positivity, and a new challenge. Kristin's goal is to make you feel motivated, confident, proud, strong, and beautiful inside and out when you are in the studio, and more importantly in your personal life! 
 

Alicia Russella

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Instructor / Director of G.S.D. (Get Shit Done!)

Barre Certified / TRX Certified / AAAI Spin Certified

Alicia’s love of barre began as a dancer in elementary school and continued throughout college. After trying a variety of workout options post-graduation, she found her happy place the moment she entered the barre room. Her passion for fitness combined with her bubbly personality makes for challenging, upbeat, and energetic classes. She loves mixing small isolations with big ballet-inspired movements to create the perfect combination of cardio and toning. A firm believer that working out shouldn’t be something you have to do, it should be something you want to do, Alicia will push you to be the best you can be while having fun at the same time. When she’s not sweating it out at the studio, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, and her crazy cat, Sandwich. 

Molly Corrigan
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Instructor
Barre Certified / AAAI Spin Certified
From the very first moment Molly entered the studio; she instantly discovered her passion for barre and spin. Molly quickly learned that barre was a fantastic, low-impact (but totally butt kicking) workout and she found her time in the spin room to be therapeutic – a place to just let herself go. Since she began spinning and pulsing at the barre, she’s seen a huge change in herself both mentally and physically. Now, she wants wants to pass along her passion and all that it entails to anyone and everyone. Come ready to push yourself to the limit, shake and sweat, and of course, jam out to 💥 beats!  
Brooke Whitten
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Instructor
AAAI Spin Certified / TRX Certified
Don't let Brooke's infectious smile fool you! She will build the internal heat quickly that stays with you throughout class.  A martial artist and black belt trained in tae kwon do, Brooke draws out the warrior spirit in all of her members. She will celebrate your fitness successes and create new ways to challenge your strength, stamina and flexibility. Her indomitable spirit and years of experience as an instructor keep members coming back to classes that are fun, focused, and challenging. Overcoming knee reconstruction that was first seen as a setback has led her to fully embrace her mantra ‘do you’; and then her warrior spirit will ask you to do one more.

Jill Hopkins

Instructor 

AAAI Spin Certified

Get ready to feel all the feels with this babe.  Jill has ‘Torqued’ from day 1, an OG & Torques’ biggest cheerleader in every sense.  Rider turned instructor, Torque has only helped to grow her passion for a great workout, breaking a killer sweat, living a balanced life & feeling good.  Jill’s petite stature is deceiving, so don’t judge a book by its cover…her class packs quite the punch.  It is challenging, to say the least, but her unbounded energy, positivity, and passion will have you feeling like you can do anything!  

 

When she’s not tapping it back, she’s a busy momma to 3 amazing children.  But, mommin’ ain’t easy & Jill quickly realized that Torque was not just her go to place for a kickass workout but her ‘happy place’.  Spinning become her much needed ME time.  Because of this, she hopes to inspire other mothers to take the time and do something for themselves. She strives to create a space where people feel accepted and connected to each other as well as themselves. So, show up, bring your happy, bring your sad, your good days and bad days.  Walk in that dark room, clip in, disconnect, and let the adrenaline from the music and the movement take you to your happy place.  Jill’s goal: allow riders to feel free to let loose, dance on the bike, have fun, and walk out of that room feeling proud & really freaking good! #SOOOOGOOD.

Jen Raneri

Instructor 

Barre Certified / TRX Certified

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Jen was initially drawn to Barre, TRX, and Tread & Tone as a way to physically challenge herself although she soon discovered that there was much more to it than a good sweat. She found the mat, straps, and weights to be a healthy emotional outlet, and she began to see the connection between what she was experiencing inside and outside the studio walls. 

The personal connections, music and movement fed her soul and propelled her journey into instructing. Jen is the perfect balance between energetic encouragement and calm, strong power. She has a vivid focus on form and activating the mind-body connection ensuring you will get the most out of your pulses, plies and planks. Jen’s will take you on a journey that will leave you smiling and often unaware of just how much work you actually put in!

While she loves teaching Barre, TRX, and Tread & Tone, you can also find her flipping her ponytail in the spin room and spending time with her husband Frank and twin daughters, Harper & Nora. 

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Stacey Armor

Instructor 

Personal Training Certified / TRX Certified / RKC Kettlebell Certified

I have always had a passion for exercising. It started with just running which I fell in love with first and then I got heavily into strength training,  This passion for fitness , and my love for all things TORQUE is why I decided to get certified to be an instructor.  I love challenging my clients, and then watching them gain strength both physically & mentally with each workout.  

If I’m not at Torque, you can typically find me doing some type of craft or hanging with one of children; Chase, 22 and a Senior at University of Delaware. Bryce, 19 and a Sophomore at Colorado State.  I also work full time in eCommerce/Digital Technology!

Krystal Press

Instructor 

AAAI Certified

When I came to Torque I was relatively new to the fitness world. I was looking for something different, something to push me to stay motivated and committed to a healthier lifestyle. That first ride at Torque gave me that and so much more. I fell in love with spin, barre, and TRX, but it wasn’t only that. The community at Torque had a bond unlike anywhere I’ve ever been before. We were growing together physically and mentally. When you’re in that 45 minute class you are connected. You’re completely in your own zone, but the collective energy in the room is such a powerful force. 

I had started my journey unable to keep up in any capacity to, eventually, being able to stand out of the saddle in spin for two minute long sprints. The passion I felt as a client grew so much over the years. I was dedicated to becoming an instructor.


My career at Torque has been life-changing for me. It’s pushed me out of my comfort zone in so many ways and forced me to grow in ways I never imagined. It’s the most incredible experience to be a small part in someone else’s journey of growth. Every week I get to watch the strength of everyone in my classes change. Every class I watch someone either hit their highest speed on the tread mill, hold their planks a little stronger, or stay in a sprint a little longer.

Shannon Levering

Instructor 

AAAI Certified

Shannon’s motto is Peace, Love and Happiness. Her bubbly personality and energetic vibes will carry you through 45 minutes of amazing beats, combos and sprints that will challenge your inner badass self and take you to the next level. Her love and gratefulness for each new day shows through her motivational words and energy that she brings to the spin room. Shannon quickly fell in love with spin and instantly knew she wanted to inspire people the same way the studio and the instructors inspired her. She is a firm believer in do what sets your soul on fire, and she has definitely found her passion. 

Outside of the studio Shannon is a mom to three boys ranging from teen to toddler and wife to her high school sweetheart. Make sure to check out her classes as there is no doubt you will not only leave feeling accomplished but with a whole new positive outlook. 

Emily Breitman

Instructor

AAAI Certified

Don’t let her age fool you, Emily will have you leaving that spin room feeling accomplished & recharged! Emily’s passion for TORQUE began during her junior year of high school and has been inspired by all of the fabulous instructors and Tribe to deliver you a workout like no other! Being a cheerleader throughout all four years of her high school years, those 8 count beats are embedded into her mind, counting down every beat drop.

The volume up, the lights low- you can bring out your inner diva while sweating it out to killer throwbacks and the latest hits! As a full time college student, she knows how much even just one ride can be the best self-care and stress relief out there. She will make sure that you push yourself to your limits, let your worries go, and build the best relationship with yourself all while having a kickass time while doing so! 

 

When Emily’s not at the studio, you can find her on Temple University’s campus where she is majoring in Early Childhood Education to ensure the best future for our Teeny TORQUE Tribe! 

Michelle Mahmood

Instructor

Yoga Certified

Friendly, positive and encouraging personality are a few words to describe Michelle.  Yoga has been a part of her life for many years.  It was when Michelle was pregnant with her first son that she began to practice prenatal yoga regularly and wanted to pursue her yoga passion in a different direction by becoming a Yoga Instructor. She graduated with her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 and has been going strong ever since.  Her classes are never the same and offer a good blend of strength and flow.  Whether you are a seasoned yogi or just starting out Michelle strives to make her classes accessible to all. Yoga is a powerful tool to witness transformation in all aspects of life.  When you choose to move with purpose and intention that’s when you feel the magic happen and you yearn for that feeling again and again.  When Michelle is not teaching yoga you can find her running after her two precious boys Aidan and Xavier.

Kendra Pienick

Instructor

Yoga Certified

Kendra is here to cheer you on! She began practicing yoga in 2017 and fell in love with the challenge it brought not only physically, but mentally as well. She completed her YTT in 2018 and has a passion for encouraging others to recognize their true strength and power. Kendra is passionate about all things food and wellness and completed her health coaching certification through the Institute of Integrated Nutrition. Her classes are strength based vinyasa flows that have you moving with purpose, and challenging yourself in new and creative ways. Kendra’s motivation is to empower those around her to find complete freedom and joy in who they are and what they are truly capable of. Outside of the studio she loves spending time with her family and friends, entertaining, cooking and reading. 

Heidi Adams

Instructor 

Yoga Certified

Heidi is no stranger to taking taking her body and mind to it’s peak. A former Division 1 full scholarship gymnast, a black belt in ITF taekwondo, and a member of the 2007, and 2010 USA ITF Taekwondo team, has allowed her to push her mind and body to it’s limits. With such intensity, she needed to find balance and peace. She was able to find this through the mindset of a martial artist, her strong faith, and practicing yoga. Yoga is a way for Heidi to tap into the levels physically and mentality of her intense athletic background, but also allows to her to be present in the moment, and accept and love the here and now. Yoga has taught Heidi when to compete, and when not to. That there are times to be firece, and times to take a step back and honor your mind and body, and give it the TLC it needs. This mindset she has applied to every aspect of her life, and it has brought her that peace and balance she was looking for. She would love to bring that balance to your world, and believes that taking it to your mat, is a way to start, and continue your journey. She was a yoga teacher and advertising professional for 9 years, and changed her path to full time mother of 3. She also remained active in gymnastics by coaching part time, and choreographing gymnastics floor and beam routines. During her time off of teaching yoga, Heidi has never stopped practicing yoga, and the state of mind it brings. She saw an opportunity to bring the wonders of yoga to a ray of sunshine like Torque, and decided it was time to return to spreading the love of yoga. When she is not teaching yoga, or on her mat, she can be found hanging out with her incredible husband Dane, and their three amazing children Mason, Violet, and Grey. She also has four fur babies; 3 kitties (Bowser, Howard, and Daisy)and a lab puppy named Lilo 

Maggie McAuley

Instructor

Barre Certified

Philadelphia area based fitness instructor Maggie McAuley has been in the industry for over 17 years. Originally a dancer and competitive choreographer, she now focuses on barre and yoga fusing together her love of dance and fitness. 


Maggie just returned from Dubai after bringing her experience and knowledge abroad for 5 years. 


“My favorite part of group classes is the energy you can feel from the room. I give so much of myself to each class but I get so much back from everyone in return. And of course the music! I even incorporate music into my yoga class. It can completely change the mood and vibe of the choreography!”