Danielle (Waugh) Stock, avid runner and Division 1 competitor, has always had a passion for fitness. Years of pounding pavement, fast sprints and power lifting left her body injury prone and fatigued. She realized she needed to diversify her workouts in order to notice a change, and wanted to share her findings with others. Danielle studied personal training in order to learn the physiology behind how the body operates. She started teaching spin classes in 2010 in Wilmington, but her true passion is barre. She loves how just three pound weights can get the same muscle sculpt without the bulk and muscle deterioration of power lifting, so after getting certified and teaching in Baltimore, she became the first instructor to bring it to Delaware in September 2011. The combination of running, cross training, high intensity, TRX, and barre has proven to be what has kept her body in shape, so the next logical step was to open her own studio that would allow practitioners to not only have barre and TRX, but a great cardio workout as well - and Lovering Studio was born.
Ashley, a long time student, introduced Danielle to TRX and instantly she fell in love with it. The two attended the TRX Summit in 2016 and the concept of Skinnybarre-X was born, combing all concepts into one. Ashley became an owner in Lovering immediately after. Trying to keep one step up in the fitness industry, Danielle and Ashley have worked together to bring CFX and Rip Trainer to the studio - both have explosive and dynamic power - this brings her back to her days as a college competitor and adds that cardio element. These new devices mean one more thing - expansion of the Barre infused classes coming soon!
Danielle is certified in AFAA group fitness, Barre, Oh baby Fitness, Mat Pilates and CPR/First Aid/AED, and recently qualified for the TRX and Rip Trainer.
When not in the studio, Danielle works full time in Accounting and Finance, and resides in Delaware with her husband, dog and two toddlers.
Ashley Kapes, Owner
Ashley Paoli Kapes brings more than 12 years of personal training experience and a background in health sciences to Lovering Studio. She earned her personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in 2009 and a B.S. in Health Behavior Science with a Minor in Business Management from the University of Delaware in 2012. She also is certified in TRX Functional Training and CPR/First Aid/AED. For 5 years, Ashley worked as a performance specialist at a top fitness studio in Wilmington, DE where she specialized in personal and semi-private training focusing programs based around the TRX. Ashley has spent the last 6 years of her career at one of the largest health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region performing fitness assessments to identify patient needs, designing and instructing personalized exercise programs while monitoring client vital responses, and developing balance and fall prevention classes for older adults. In November 2015, Ashley joined Lovering Studio creating and designing a new dynamic TRX semi-private class. Ashley partnered with Danielle to become co-owner of Lovering in August of 2018. With both their passions combined, SkinnybarreX was created (a fusion of Skinnybarre and TRX).
“I love teaching and working with the TRX suspension training system. I believe that this is the best piece of training equipment that offers unlimited possibilities of exercises that target every muscle in the body. What I really love about the TRX is that it engages so many muscles beyond just the specific one you’re working. It’s not only an efficient tool, but effective as well. The best part about this system is all exercise levels can and will be able to benefit their physical fitness routines. Clients can all work at their own level and progress at their own pace."
Melissa Doherty Borkowski
For Melissa Doherty Borkowski, athletics and exercise have always been a fun and essential part of life. Though the “activity” itself has changed with each chapter of her life, the importance of it has only grown. Whether it be sports, marathon training, performance training in studio, or now working out from home with two little ones, fitness has always been a positive constant in Melissa’s life. Melissa graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009 with a bachelor of science in Marketing and began a career in pharmaceutical sales at Eli Lilly shortly after. Although she loved everything about her job and company, she decided it was best for her family for her to stay home with her daughters for a few years after having her second (Emerson, 5 and Grayson, 2). During this time she leaned on home-exercise more than ever for her “me time” her calm amongst the constant chaos, and her solution to feeling like her old self. After reconnecting with Ashley, and falling in love with the CFXtrainer she decided to follow her lifelong passion and pursue a fitness role at Lovering Studio. Melissa is now a certified Level 1 CFX instructor and plans to bring new and exciting CFX classes to the Lovering family, online and beyond!
Amy took her first Barre class in 2014, 5 weeks after having her second child and was hooked immediately! She continued attending Barre classes regularly for the next 3 years, and then trained with Danielle for her Skinnybarre certification. Amy loves barre because of the all over toning workout you get from every class!
Aside from Barre, Amy has engaged in a regular yoga practice for almost a decade and likes to incorporate yoga stretches into her Barre classes. Outside of the fitness world, Amy works as a practicing Dental Hygienist and a Dental Hygiene Instructor at Delaware Tech. A lifelong Delaware resident, Amy lives in Pike Creek with her husband, 2 children and 2 dogs. She loves the Grateful Dead and enjoys going to many live concerts throughout the year.
Becky first started Skinnybarre in 2013 to get in shape for her wedding. After several years of participating, Becky found her passion in barre and earned her certification as a barre instructor through Balance Body Barre. When she isn’t teaching barre, she works full time at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Development. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family including her two young children, husband and chocolate lab named Pelle. You can probably catch them walking throughout the Highlands, at the park, or at a local restaurant for happy hour!
Iliyana is on the weekend rotation and on the sub list.