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The Torque Studio Cycle team includes, from left, founder Greg DeNunzio, spin instructor Jason Kramer, coaches Luis Leonardo and Vahid Sadrzadeh. Staff photo by Riham Feshir

New studio takes a spin into Woodbury

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New studio takes a spin into Woodbury
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There is the runner, the biker, the swimmer, the triathlon junkie and the wellness coach.

Together, they make a team passionate about staying fit and leading a healthy lifestyle.

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So they decided to start Torque Studio Cycle, a new exclusive spin studio opening in Woodbury this month.

"People get tired of cardio when it becomes mundane and boring," said Jason Kramer, a spin instructor for Torque studio. "You'll have elite riders and people just starting and they all kind of pull on each other."

As for the founder, Greg DeNunzio, running was always a part of his lifestyle. He thought it was the way to go when it comes to cardio.

So he used to undermine the results spin classes can actually yield.

"How can you get a workout sitting on a bike," his thoughts were.

But when he tried it as a dare by a friend who taught spin, he got hooked. It doesn't matter what fitness level you're at, your weight or what your goals are, DeNunzio, a licensed doctor of chiropractic, said spin is versatile.

Dedicated spin studios are rare, too, the team said, with about 40 nationwide.

"Unlike yoga, which you see everywhere, this is new and innovative," DeNunzio said.

Torque will be located near CorePower Yoga, Tailor Made Nutrition and the new Elements Therapeutic Massage, making that strip of Tamarack Village a health and wellness corridor.

In about 2,600 square feet, Torque Studio Cycle will start out with 21 bikes and expand to 40.

It's a change from the traditional cardio workout, Kramer said. The lights will be dimmed to help self-conscious bodies feel more comfortable.

But the second half of the team strives to make Torque about much more than just one type of cardio.

Co-founders of a company named "In the Moment" Luis Leonardo, Vahid Sadrzadeh and Nicole Burow, trainers and coaches who teamed up with DeNunzio to create Torque, will bring their competitive spirits to the studio.

Leonardo, a Guatemala native and triathlon competitor since the age of 16, said he's excited to help Torque studio members set goals and achieve them.

"Coaching is definitely my passion," he said.

They plan to bring in the "Vasa Trainer" which is a versatile exercise machine used specifically by professional swimmers to strengthen their bodies.

"We're going to try to incorporate a variety of workouts for people," Leonardo said.

Sadrzadeh, 32, has been a swimmer since the age of 3. He's always hated running and cycling until about four years ago.

Since then, he's lost 75 pounds and got more into marathons. He's hoping to bring that personal experience to Torque, he said.

"It's about making it a part of their daily routines and life," Sadrzadeh said.

Although spin is the foundation of Torque, In the Moment founders will bring in the training and wellness coaching aspect of the business.

"By mixing both concepts, we're going after the mass," Leonardo said.

Torque will have an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, with classes starting Monday, Jan. 21.

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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