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Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center

JCC Fitness Center now offers WERQ

Photo of a WERQ class.

One of the hottest group exercise classes has arrived at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center in DeWitt. The JCC’s Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center now offers the WERQ Dance Fitness class on Mondays from 5:45–6:30 p.m. A modified version of the class, WERQ and Core, is offered on Tuesdays from 9–9:45 a.m. Both classes are free for JCC Fitness members; a drop-in fee $10 per class applies to non-members.

WERQ logo.WERQ (pronounced work) was started in 2011 and is a wildly addictive cardio dance workout based on the hottest current dance music. It can be modified for all ages and all fitness levels. WERQ is a dance term that means “own it.” WERQ routines are a blend of athletic moves and different styles of dance which invoke an attitude of confidence and empowerment.

“We’re so excited to bring WERQ to the JCC so that our members can experience this fun and exciting class,” said Paula Pacini, JCC group exercise coordinator. “The music and moves of this a high-energy workout can burn a lot of calories, although it can also be easily adapted for those wanting a less rigorous pace.”

The music for WERQ is based on the latest trendsetting pop and hip hop music. Playlists are changed often to make the workouts fun. New routines are regularly introduced to keep things fresh and challenging.

“Taking WERQ on Monday evenings is a great way to jump start your week on a positive note,” adds Pacini. “This definitely isn’t a throwback to the leg warmer jazzercise classes of the 1980s!”

For further details, call the JCC Fitness Center at 315-234-4522 or email Patrick Scott at