the spark team

 
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The spark team:

we're here for you.

 

all the instructors are experts in their field and work hard to ensure classes are accessible to all.

my favorite part about spark is the close interaction with instructors...they are always there to give support to the community.

the spark instructors have a unique way of making their challenging workouts accessible and fun for everyone.

 
 

Emma Gaquin

 
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Gabby is a wellness professional, founder & CEO of spark by gabby, and Harvard Graduate School of Education Masters student. With a background in early childhood education, Gabby left the classroom to answer the question “how can we help teachers stay in the classroom?” This systemic issue moved her to create her own wellness space that combines mind-body, community, and social justice.
 

She hosts a variety of virtual classes from HIIT to yoga to low-impact to core to spin. Her speciality is HIIT, but not any old HIIT class. The class parallels daily experiences you may have to ultimately support your overall emotional (and physical) growth. Spark by gabby’s unique HIIT class incorporates HIIT moves focused on strength, core, and cardio with mindfulness and a brief meditation at the end. No meditation experience necessary. As the body’s cortisol increases during exercise, we work to decrease cortisol through a mindfulness exercise.

Gabby teaches HIIT, LIIT, core & more, spin, and stretch & breathe.

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Gabby Lubin

founder & CEO

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Jason has been in fitness all of his life. A former international rugby player turned High School Vice Principal turned fitness professional has done it all. His magnetic personality and his unique way of getting the best out of you is what makes his spark! By the time you are done with his class, you will be sweaty, out of breath but feel empowered ready to take on the world.

Jason teaches core & cardio and HIIT.

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Jason Vanterpool

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Emma loves to move! You can find her between Mass and D.C. enjoying the remote office that she can pack up and take (almost) anywhere with a mask in hand. She loves health and healthcare. When she's not coaching, Emma  works at a tech startup focused on revolutionizing physician continuing education.  

After 18+ years of competitive swimming, 4+ years of coaching indoor cycling, yoga, and sculpt, and experimenting with all other forms of motion, she finds herself most passionate about the longevity of mind and body.

Emma teaches sculpt & breathe and spin.

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Emma Gaquin

head of onboarding &

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Devyn Brauer

instructor

Devyn began working at a spin studio in DC as a way to escape from the craziness of grad school (and to get free classes). After taking enough classes, a hobby turned into a passions and she fell in love with the loud music, dark room and intense connection you share with the people sweating around you. After living in DC for 11 years and teaching spin for 4, she recently moved back home to Philadelphia (Go Birds). When she is not spinning, she is a Speech Language Pathologist for middle school students. Don’t be surprised if her music sometimes sounds like it was chosen by a 13 year old... it probably was.

Devyn teaches spin.

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Sonya Soloway

head of school transformation & instructor

Sonya is a lifelong athlete—and collegiate rugby player— who believes in the need to individualize your practice every day, meeting your body wherever it's at. Born and raised in the heart of Washington, D.C., and a former early childhood educator, she finds immense joy in building relationships, whether it's in her work supporting community-driven school transformation, on that mat, or off. Knowing that success is not about doing it alone, she sees education & fitness as a way to build a community to move that one inch further. 

 

She is a trained cycle teacher and brings those big moves, high RPMs, and energy to the mat for our core & more class. Focusing on whole-body health, her classes will always be a mix of throwbacks (lover of all things 90s) and current hits, with the occasional D.C. flair.

Sonya teaches core & more.

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Caren Plummer

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Caren sees yoga as the key to community! With nearly 5 yrs of teaching under her belt she remains focused on helping folks find a way to ignite and unite breath to body as individuals and as one whole. Whether you are looking to strengthen your body, work on flexibility or quiet your mind, Caren is ready to validate your efforts and empower YOU through yoga flows tied to love, gratitude and intentionality. 

Caren teaches yoga.

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Haley Bryant

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Haley is a cycling instructor with 8 years of beat based teaching experience. She previously taught at CycleBar and Zengo and has developed her style by following Master Instructors at cycling studios across the country. She designs her classes to help you achieve that feeling of flow that empowers you to push yourself harder than you want to or maybe even thought you could. Haley loves to play music without lyrics to help you focus on movement + high energy remixed throwbacks and mashups + the kind of music that lifts your spirits on the best or worst day. She donates 50% of proceeds from all classes to charity.

 

Haley teaches spin.

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Brittney Henderson-Fiestas

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Brittney is a local activist and organizer in DC’s Black Liberation movement, an instructional leader at a DC charter school and an Educational Leadership doctoral student at University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Her fitness journey began after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder 2. Having a background as a pre-professional ballet dancer, she fell in love with barre and became a trained instructor in 2018. Brittney strongly believes and roots her teaching in, what Angela Davis describes as, “radical self-care.” Dr. Davis explains that in order to take care of our collective community and to make change sustainable, we need to take care of ourselves mentally, spiritually, and physically. Radical self-care means “we’re able to bring our entire selves into the movement. It means that we incorporate into our work as activists, ways of acknowledging and hopefully also moving beyond trauma. It is a holistic approach.” With this lens, Brittney’s classes are filled with upbeat music, encouragement, and mindfulness rooted in anti-racism. 

 

Brittney teaches core & cardio and core & more.

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