Social Media Contest: Buddy Up for Workouts!

What better way to get and stay motivated than to buddy up for workouts? To help keep you motivated this Summer, buddy up to workout and we’ll reward the effort! Snap a picture of you and a friend working out together at the club or outdoors, share it on our facebook, instagram or twitter account and we’ll give you a $5 Club Fit café gift card! It’s that simple! Tweet at one of our Club Fit handles @cfbriarcliff or @cfjeffvalley, post it to one of our facebook pages or tag us on instagram @clubfitny. Feel free to use the hashtag #fitbuddy in your posts!

We have a great refer a friend deal now until August 31st. Refer a friend- get $100 e-cash AND you and a friend will have a chance to win a $200 AMEX gift card.

Everyone who submits a photo will receive a $5 Club Fit Café gift card. One Gift Card per person regardless of number of photos entered. Gift Cards will expire 10/31/14. Club Fit reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time if it is determined that the entry is offensive or inappropriate. Each participant grants to Club Fit an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide and transferable license to use his or her submitted photograph, name, hometown, likeness and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes without further permission or compensation. Club Fit reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, or cancel the promotion at any time.

How Can Acupuncture Help Me?


Acupuncturist Leah Schwartz, L.Ac.

By Acupuncturist Leah Schwartz, L.Ac

People often seek the help of an Acupuncturist for aches and pains, but did you know acupuncture is also great for coping with stress, emotional balance, and achieving your optimal health? In fact, Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive modality and offers relief from seasonal allergies, headaches, digestive upset, sleep disorders and more!

Acupuncture is a safe, holistic form of medicine that has been used in Asia for thousands of years. Now, many Americans are finding great results reducing the need for medication and invasive surgeries. Even insurance companies are in favor of acupuncture. Each year more and more plans extend coverage as a way to offer preventative care as well as pain relief.

If you’ve always wondered about acupuncture, or how it could help you, now’s your chance to find out. Leah’s happy to answer any questions you might have or schedule a session for you to try it for yourself. We can also verify if you have insurance benefits for acupuncture care.

Club Fit Briarcliff Welcomes Acupuncturist Leah Schwartz, L.Ac. this September!

Acupuncturist Leah Schwartz is expanding her practice to include new Sunday hours within the Physical Therapy office at Club Fit Briarcliff starting September of 2104.

Leah Sasha Schwartz, NY State Licensed Acupuncturist is Nationally Certified and has been in private practice for 8 years. Leah works with patients of all ages and treats a wide range of health and wellness concerns. She is happy to talk with you about how Classical Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help you too.

Club Fit Briarcliff Welcomes Acupuncturist Leah Schwartz, L.Ac.


The Benefits of Gentle Yoga

Yoga can at times seem intimidating for someone who has never taken a yoga class, someone with physical limitations or someone who has mentally psyched him or herself out. Some thoughts one might be harboring . . . “I’m not flexible” or “I’m not strong enough” or simply “I’m okay with just doing cardio workouts”.

Let’s wipe that slate clean and talk about the benefits of Gentle Yoga. There is a way to benefit from a Yoga practice no matter whether you are taking Advanced Vinyasa, Hatha, Intro to Yoga or a Gentle Yoga class, but let’s focus on Gentle Yoga!

Here are some of the benefits:

- Combat stress
- Help improve posture
- Increase positive energy
- Relieve muscle tightness
- Develops strength and balance
- Great compliment to any workout

This class is taught at a slower pace which is much easier to follow if you are new to yoga. It is great for people of all ages and all fitness levels. Another great yoga class for beginners or those looking for the benefits above with an added focus on a healing practice, is R & R yoga. Yoga R & R is a Hatha yoga class with focus on rejuvenation and restoring energy.

So if you are looking for a great way to ease into a yoga practice that will help you physically and mentally, these classes are great places to begin your journey.

Try Gentle Yoga and Stretch at Club Fit Jefferson Valley with Wendy Wolf, Wednesdays from 6-7pm in Studio 3. This slow paced class will help you develop strength and balance, includes stretching and breathing exercises and yoga postures ending with relaxation. For more information contact Liza at Visit the Group Fitness Schedule for more classes.

Try Yoga R & R at Club Fit Briarcliff with Sharon Shapiro Sundays from 11:30AM-12:30PM. Contact Irene at for more information. Visit the Group Fitness Schedule for more classes.

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga

The Benefits of Exercise during the Childbearing Year

Denise Weber

Perinatal Specialist Denise Weber

Exercise and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a perfectly normal time in a woman’s life. Sure, there are “bumps and hiccups” along the way, literally, but exercise can help us to deal with all of the changes we experience, physically, mentally, and, emotionally.

Prior to beginning ANY exercise program, it is advisable to seek the approval of your

One question I get asked a lot is,” WHEN do I start a Prenatal exercise program?” The answer is as soon as possible! While you may continue to do your regular exercise regime, a prenatal class or training session will target specific topics and exercises that pertain to pregnancy and prepare you for birth and beyond! Also, you are with other women and the camaraderie you share and friendships you make, can stay with you for a lifetime.

Here is my list of the top 10 reasons to exercise during pregnancy:

1. Improves fetal growth

2. Decreases maternal symptoms of pregnancy.

3. Maintains/Improves cardiovascular fitness levels.

4. Maintains and/ or improves muscle strength and tone, thus decreasing the risk of

injury, and increasing the stabilization of the joints.

5. Improves circulation which lessens swelling and helps to prevent varicosities.

6. Improves balance.

7 Improves body image, self esteem, and emotional well being.

8. Helps to achieve and maintain, a healthy pregnancy body weight.

9. Enhances sleep

10. Labor is hard work! Regular physical exercise increases stamina and
endurance, which can actually lead to a shorter, easier labor, and a faster

Read what the ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) has to say about Exercise During Pregnancy.

Denise Weber teaches various prenatal and postnatal classes. She is available for Personal Training, private and semi-private. Do you have a group of friends you would like to take a prenatal or postnatal class with but nothing is scheduled? No problem! Small group classes can be arranged!

Click here to check out the current sessions of prenatal and postnatal group classes at Club Fit Briarcliff!

For information on Prenatal and Postnatal classes at our Jefferson Valley location Click here or contact Tricia Weinbaum at for more information!

Prenatal Yoga


Click here to check out the current sessions of prenatal and postnatal group classes!

Run Smart, Run Safe: Tips from Club Fit Personal Trainer, Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson

Okay, so it’s hot, and you’re asking, can I (should I?) be running outdoors in these temperatures?
Sure, just do it right and be prepared – HYDRATE ahead of time, wear light, moisture-wicking fabric, and take it down a notch (or two).

Listen, there are folks who run races across Death Valley, so it’s totally doable. Just get your ducks in a row. If you can, get your miles in early, when the cooler night air is still hanging around. Either that, or wait – block out some time in the evening. I often run in the dark, or near dark, but I’m careful.

Pick a route that’s well-lit and low on traffic. Wear bright, REFLECTIVE clothing. And please, save the speed work and the long run for a later day when the forecast is friendlier. On these hottest of Summer days, just get some miles in and don’t amp it up to high. Think. If you have to strike out more towards midday, wear a cap to keep the sun off your head (I wet one and throw it in the freezer beforehand… seriously).

Drink more water than usual, steadily, through the day before you head out. As soon as you finish up, drink more. Once you stop sweating, take a cool shower to get your core temperature back into a comfortable zone.

As always, if you’re out there and it gets to the point where you’re feeling it too much, pack it in. Heat exhaustion is no picnic and heat stroke is seriously dangerous, so don’t push past any signals that your body is offering up. If you’re thinking, I should probably slow down, you certainly should. Your body will acclimate to the heat if you give it time and you’re cautious. Get used to it and keep your first hot runs shorter than usual.

All that said, I’m not a huge lover of treadmills, but for the timid, this just may be the time for them. Now, and when snow is falling, knee-deep, all over creation – that was a rough winter for us runners. Be safe. Be smart.

Want to get into running, but don’t know where to begin?
Check out the variety of Running Programs at Club Fit Briarcliff!

Not sure if your clothes are reflective enough for an early morning or late evening run? Click here to check out all the great kinds of reflective running gear!

Tim Robinson has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University, he is an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer and Heartsaver CPR/AED Certified.

His specialties include: Running, Cross Country, Track and Roads, Triathlon, Swim, Bike, Run and TRX. In his spare time, Tim enjoys Trail running, Hiking, Kayaking, Cooking, Gardening, Music and Art.

His Philosophy of Exercise: There are no gimmicks – Dig deep and dedicate yourself to real, lasting fitness. Your body is all you’ve got – there’s no place else to go, so lets take care of it.

You can contact Tim at or come schedule a training with him in at Club Fit Briarcliff!

MYZONE “Fanatic” and Club Fit Member Rich Polombo

MYZONE user Rich Palombo

Club Fit member Rich Palombo stays motivated with MYZONE.

When it comes to MYZONE, everyone has their own approach. Some are more laid back about it, but there are also the MYZONE fanatics! These people check their numbers religiously, enter every MYZONE Challenge (the Summer Sizzle Challenge begins July 1st at both clubs), and truly track their progress while keeping an eye on everyone else’s numbers on the MYZONE screen. Rich Palombo is in this second camp, and is happy to admit it.

Rich, who has been a Club Fit member for close to 15 years, started using his MYZONE belt last August, when the program was rolled out. And it fell right in line with his competitive nature. Not only did he participate in the various MYZONE challenges, he compared his numbers to his fellow members, at times trying to outpace them, or just keep up. In fact, in one of the early challenges, he spent the entire first weekend working out just to be the first in the club to make the required 1800 MEPs (MYZONE effort points, based on duration of activity and heart rate). And he did it!

The long and short of it? The MYZONE belt gives him the incentive to put more effort into his workout. It is a motivator! “I am all about measurements and metrics,” says Rich. “MYZONE actually made me realize that I could push myself a little bit harder and still work out safely.” At the club, Rich primarily uses the elliptical machines in the Fitness Center, and also plays Tennis and Racquetball. “I’ve always been active, but was never a ‘health club type.’ Club Fit and MYZONE changed that for me.” He also brings his seven-year-old daughter to the pool on weekends, and feels that the club is a great place for people to go as a family. “You may not be working out together, but you are all there to feel better and can leave happy, together.”

Because of Rich’s current job, which takes him to Long Island from his home in Putnam Valley, his workout time has been limited, but he still gets in five workouts a week. “I try to come twice on Saturdays and Sundays, and once during the week,” he says. But even outside of the club, Rich stays active, and wears his MYZONE belt to track his MEPs. He has worn it playing hockey and doing yardwork, and was amazed at how much effort was put forth during these activities.

While some people are using the belt to help them lose weight, at this point in his busy life Rich is happy to maintain. But he does know how effective it can be. “I took a month off between my last job and current job, and was at the gym religiously. I dropped almost 10 pounds in that month by staying focused.” He loves the fact that he can check his numbers after every workout, even on his phone. “With MYZONE you can hold yourself accountable. Unless other people know your user name and follow you on the screen, only you know exactly how hard you are working and whether you are meeting your personal goals.”

Even though his time at the club is now limited, Rich is a huge fan of Club Fit. “The staff and the facility are wonderful,” he says. “I love that I can go there and get a smile from everyone, and that most people know my name. I’ve developed great relationships with some staff members as well as others who use the club.” Rich works in the customer service industry managing call centers, and feels that Club Fit is a definite leader in this area. “In general, people will spend up to 10 percent more on a product or service if the customer service is top-notch. With the personalized attention I get at Club Fit and the great facility, I’m happy to spend a few more dollars to belong here as opposed to a bare bones or quick service gym.”

Even if you are not as much of a MYZONE fanatic as Rich, you can join him this month in the Summer Sizzle Challenge, taking place at both Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley! Simply log in to your MYZONE account and accept the challenge. You only need to rack up 1800 MEPs to earn an entry into a raffle for great prizes. Make it fun, like Rich does; follow fellow members as they rack up points, and set little challenges for yourself. And if you don’t have a belt yet? Stop by the Service Desk at Briarcliff or the Reception Desk at Jefferson Valley and invest in one! “It was such a great investment for me because I like to stay on top of things and know what I am accomplishing,” says Rich. If you are working out at Jefferson Valley, look for “RICHPA” on the MYZONE screen and see if you can keep up!

Want to hear more about Rich’s MYZONE experience? 
Click here to read a MYZONE interview with Rich.

Sizzle Summer Sizzle MYZONE Challenge JULY 1ST – JULY 31ST

MYZONE is all the rage and it’s no surprise! This super motivating piece of technology helps keep us on track even through our vacation seasons. It’s simple, it’s a heart rate monitor- an incredibly smart one! You wear it during your workouts here at the club OR during your home and outdoor workouts. Then when you are near one of the upload stations, it pulls in all that awesome data from your workout and tells you how much effort you were exerting!

One of the best parts of MYZONE is that it allows you to compete against your own personal best or against others when we are holding our challenges. Even some small group trainings utilize it to measure progress throughout a session of trainings or group fitness classes! What’s more, is that we will reward you for reaching your challenge goals!

This Summer, you can join in the fun with our Summer Sizzle Challenge! Check it out:
Summer Sizzle
Keep active during the beautiful summer season!
Going on vacation? Don’t forget to pack your MYZONE belt and upload your workouts in the club when your return. Every participant who reaches 1800 MEPs will earn an entry into a fabulous raffle. (Only one entry per participant, please.)

Earn 1800 MEPs in 30 days:
Each participant who reaches 1800 MEPs will be entered into a raffle for a
chance to win one of three prizes. Drawing will take place on August 6th.
(Winners will be posted at the front desk.)

1st: Pair of Tickets to Westchester Broadway Theatre
2nd: $50 eCash | 3rd: Pair of Tickets to Comedy Night at Club Fit

How to get involved:
If you have a MYZONE belt, login to your personal MYZONE web page
and accept the challenge invitation. If you don’t have a belt yet,
see the front desk for details and join in the fun.

Click here for more information on the MYZONE Challenges at Club Fit Briarcliff: MYZONE Challenges

Click here for more information on the MYZONE Challenges at Club Fit Jefferson Valley: MYZONE Challenges

Seven Primal Movement Patterns to Get Results

Coach Jack Werther, Director of Parisi Speed School at Club Fit Jefferson Valley shares his thoughts on group trainings for individuals who have different goals . . .

Seven Primal Movement Patterns

How does one train both Athletes and Non-Athletes effectively within the same training session? Both types of trainees will have different end goals; losing weight, gaining more muscle, becoming faster, stronger, more flexible, etc. The Answer: Train movement patterns, not muscle groups. There are seven Primal Movement Patterns which the human body utilizes in both sport, and in daily life. By Training each of these movement patterns, one can elicit excellent results, no matter what goal the individual is training for.

The seven primal movement patterns are:

1. Push
2. Pull
3. Squat
4. Lunge
5. Twist
6. Bend
7. Gait (walking/running)


The bottom line is that no matter what your goals are this summer; whether training for athletics, or to just get in shape; Parisi has the training for you. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 29, check out our Summer College Program for only $179! Click here for more information!

What’s Happening at Club Fit- June 2014

A Letter from Lynne:

June is a month for celebrations! Happy Father’s Day all to of our dads and grandfathers, and congratulations to all of our recent and upcoming graduates!

I’d also like to congratulate the winner of our recent “So You Think You Can Choreograph” competition, Carla Sams, and runners up Maureen Milazzo and Ellen DeGrazia! Each contestant choreographed a dance to their favorite song and presented it to our panel of judges. Carla’s routine will be used in an upcoming Dance*ol*ogy session. We also raised more than $3000 for the National Stroke Association. Congratulations to all!

As a give back to our membership, we would like to invite the first 40 members to sign up for an evening of Italian cooking! Come and taste the dishes prepared by Executive Chef Nazareno Daniele from Trattoria 632. Join us on June 11th for a four-course tasting in the Café, starting at 6pm. Reservations are necessary by emailing

Join us at our opening Friday Lunchtime BBQ starting on June 13th, and every Friday through the summer (weather permitting). Enjoy either a burger or hot dog, chips and a bottle of water — all for $5! This month you can also cast your vote for your favorite Club Fit Smoothie, with the winning smoothie offered at a 20% discount during the month of July.

The beautiful weather is a great excuse to take advantage of our Hiking Club. Click here to get more information on the schedule and to read about our experienced hike leaders, Peter Meskin and Andrew Stein. The Hiking Club is open to both members and non-members, so bring a friend!

A big thank you goes out to our maintenance team, for a seamless and expedient “bubble down” process, yet again. As you know, we’ll be replacing the bubble with a new structure in the fall, and thought that in our efforts to “Go Green” these past few years, we would recycle the old material by cutting it into individual tarps and offering them to our members. We have 10′ x 10′ tarps available (size approximate) — if anyone is interested in taking some of the free tarps made from our old bubble please send an email to by Saturday, June 7th to arrange for pick up.

Parents, a reminder that Summer Camp begins June 30th, and registration is ongoing. I hope to see the whole family at the club!

Lynne Welling
General Manager
914.245.4040 ext.1183

Don’t be left out of the water this summer! We offer swim lessons for all ages and all levels. Click here to learn more about our Aquatics programs or to register online. For more info, call Aquatics Director Patrick Montgomery at ext. 1140 or email

Looking for a high intensity workout to improve your overall athleticism this summer? Look no further — Parisi is here to help with instructional classes on Mondays and Thursdays, and open times on Wednesdays. Call 914-245-6993 or email for more info.

To Keep You Inspired . . . Club Fit Member and Cancer Warrior Diana Pernicano

When you are a nineteen-year-old college student, the last thing you expect to hear are the words, “You have cancer.” But that’s exactly what happened to Diana Pernicano this past November, when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. Luckily, Diana had a happy ending. On February 28, after three months of intense chemotherapy at Sloan-Kettering, Diana was declared cancer-free.

She decided to make a positive out of a negative by learning as much as she could about the disease, and devoting herself to educating others, kids in particular, about cancer. “Kids in middle school and high school need to understand that it’s important to go to the doctor and to stay healthy, that cancer doesn’t just happen to adults,” she said. But people of all ages also need to understand that cancer doesn’t always have to end badly.
Click here to read more…

“Today, two out of three cancer patients will become a survivor.”

Club Fit’s Member Self Service How-To! Account History

Club Fit’s web site includes a Member Self-Service (MSS) system that allows our members to access personal account history on their own time, without having to make a phone call or stop by the club. But while the idea behind “self-service” is to make things easier for the customer, today’s technology sometimes complicates matters. That is why we are providing you with these step-by-step instructions that will take you to the information you are looking for, including charges, payments, and descriptions of the transactions made through your account. Of course, any discrepancies can be handled face-to-face with our Member Services staff, but often simply viewing this information online will resolve your concerns, and save you time and energy.

Step 1: Head on over to, and log in!

MSS is accessed directly from the Club Fit website. Click on the blue “Member Login” button located at the top right section of the screen.

Step 2: At the Login page, set yourself up with a personal password you will remember.

User Name will always be the barcode number found on the back of your membership key-tag, and for first-time users, the password will also be the barcode. You will be prompted to set-up a personal password.

Step 3: You’re in! Here is your Personal Dashboard, with an overview of your membership information.

From the dashboard, members can view their account, book appointments, view current appointments, edit personal information, etc. To review charge activity, click “My Account”! (Don’t click “View Statement”…not what you want!)

Step 4: What have you and your family been up to at the club? Review those charges!

To view all charge and payment activity, as well as a description of the services or products purchased, click “Go to My Account History.”

Step 5: Get an overview of your charges and payments, and use the sort function to organize your information.

The My Account History page lists charges and payments starting with the most recent activity at the top. Headings at the top of each column allow for selective sorting. Click “Type” to sort by charge or payment. Click Description to sort by specific types of charges. Click “Due” to sort by the date of your charge. But do not click “Current Statement” – not what you want! There may be multiple pages that you can scroll through using the page number arrows at the bottom.

Step 6: Get the details on those charges, and confirm payments made and existing balances.

To view your charges and payments: click “Type.”
To view the detail of a specific charge or payment: click “Details.”
To find the detail on a specific payment to match your credit card or bank statement: click “Description,” sort the entries and look for EFT Payments. Find the due date that matches the date on your credit card or bank statement. Click “Details” and you will be able to see all the charges that total the amount of your EFT Payment.

Step 7: Details, details, and more details!

The Details screen will provide a receipt of charges comprising your payment. The top of the receipt includes the EFT Payment Receipt #. The detail below lists charges by Date and Receipt #.

Step 8: Even MORE details!

Scroll further down the page to see the Item Details of the receipt by Description.

Step 9: A final tally.

Scrolling to the bottom of the Details screen shows the total that will match the total of the EFT Payment.

Have more questions? Member Services is happy to help. Give us a call or send us an email.
Briarcliff: 914-762-3446 or
Jefferson Valley: 914-245-4244 or

A Spartan Team Experience

What a great day!!!!! Our team entered the race 30 strong and we became even stronger after crossing the finish line. I’ve never been a part of such a fun and rewarding race. Our team had the wisdom and experience of some Spartan veterans, which helped us navigate some of the challenges and the nervous excitement of rookies, like myself, to keep the energy high. Together we encouraged each other, supported each other and literally pushed each other over obstacles. Our team truly was in it for each other. No teammate was left behind. It was awesome!

Ok, I admit. I did check the results afterwards to see where I finished, but the website posted the team times before they had the individual times. That’s when I realized it didn’t matter what I ran it in. I had a ton of fun and made a whole lot of new friends. We were one of the largest teams to compete and we finished 150th out of 854 teams. I think we had a pretty unique team as well, with an age range from early 20’s to early 60’s with every one of us completing the race.

Our training methods varied. Some were diligent and followed a very structured plan. Some joined a special training class and began bonding early. Some participated in regular classes and some, like myself, trained on their own. Now matter how we trained or how much we trained it didn’t take long for us to feel like part of a team. Now when we see each other we share that special smile and plan for the next event.

A BIG Thank You to all of my teammates for making it an awesome race day. Arrooo!

-Bill Pagel

And as an added bonus, Bill is letting us take a peek at his myzone results from the day of the race. It looks Like he got quite the workout!

Upcoming: Club Fit Hiking Club Annual Gourmet Hike!

Ahoy Hikers!
Spring is really here and with it our Club Fit Hiking Club Annual Gourmet Hike. As many of you have requested, we are returning to the amazing Innisfree Gardens in Millbrook next Saturday, June 7th for this delightful stroll around the lake and our gourmet feast.

As usual, we will enjoy whatever we gourmands bring with us. You will not have to carry your food or even your backpacks as we can leave everything in the cars. So that means you can bring your coolers if you wish to store whatever delectables you bring.

For newcomers to our gourmet hikes, you do not have to call to check what to bring. Simply bring whatever you like and understand that you do not have to feed the entire group, only enough for two or three people is just fine. We always seem to have enough as everyone is so very generous and creative. Do, please, bring along whatever you need to serve your dish.

PLEASE NOTE: Innisfree Gardens is now charging $6 per person payable in the parking lot to the attendant. Try to bring exact change.
SPOILER: You will not lose weight on this hike!

We will meet opposite Toys “R” Us near JV CLUB FIT at 10:00AM, as we always do.

Here is a link to our newly redesigned Club Fit Hiking Club home page. Click on the 2014 Schedule there where you can read the details of this as well as the other upcoming hikes: Club Fit Hiking Club.

Feel free to call if you have any thoughts or questions.
Looking forward to seeing you on the trails,

914–245–7693 H
914-715-4068 C

Sky’s the Limit for Local Mt. Kilimanjaro Climber

Ossining Resident to climb tallest mountain in the world to raise money for St. Christopher’s; partners with Club Fit for initiative

DOBBS FERRY, NY (April 2014) – In an environment where children are faced with their own “mountains” on a daily basis, Ossining resident Kurt Kannemeyer has become a role model. Kannemeyer, the director of development for the residential treatment center for special education students at St. Christopher’s, Inc. in Dobbs Ferry, announced today that he will climb the 19,500 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this August to raise funds for St. Christopher’s. Club Fit, a comprehensive health and fitness facility in Briarcliff Manor, has agreed to be at Kannemeyer’s side throughout the training process to help him reach the top.

Kannemeyer sets out in August for his seven-day climb to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa.

Last year Kannemeyer climbed Mt. Kilimajaro for the first time and after 17,000 ft suffered from breathing difficulties and had to end his effort. “An important part of successfully summiting Kilimanjara is recognizing your body’s limits and I knew for safety reasons that it was best I stop. Now I know how to properly train and prepare.”

“Initially I performed an assessment of Kurt’s current fitness level in order to develop a customized program specifically for him and this effort. Meeting with the client is always essential so I, as the personal trainer, can get to know our client’s goals and driving forces,” said Club Fit Personal Trainer Sarah Benishek. “During the next five months, Kurt will need to increase his aerobic fitness, endurance and prepare him for the changing altitudes he will experience.”

Kannemeyer’s goal is to raise XX for St. Christopher’s with funding going to programming for the students in transitional cottages to ensure they receive the necessary life skills to become independent once they graduate.

Since its inception in 1881, St. Christopher’s has helped teens with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities by providing a residential program encompassing comprehensive therapeutic, social and family services coordinated with special education schooling.

“To have come so close last year only gives Kurt more of a driving force to finish the climb this time,” said Bob Maher, CEO. “Hard work pays off and dreams do become a reality. We all are supporting Kurt!”

Kannemeyer, a South African native, grew up in a ghetto outside of Port Elizabeth in the 1980s and early 1990s, when the apartheid regime that segregated blacks and whites, rich and poor, was only beginning to be dismantled. His mother and father raised Kannemeyer and his three sister in a tiny cottage. Despite an educational system lacking resources and morale, he was accepted to the University of Port Elizabeth and trained for a law degree.

Anyone looking to make a donation to Kannemeyer’s climb can contact him (914) 648-0817.

About St. Christopher’s, Inc.
St. Christopher’s, Inc. is an innovative adolescent development organization dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families by delivering a seamless continuum of care. We provide quality education; therapeutic intervention and life planning skills in a safe and nurturing environment with the goal of helping each child reach his/her full potential. For more information visit

Why do you train?

Coach Jack wants to know . . .


Almost every athlete does it. Even non-athletes do it. There almost as many reasons why one would do it as there are ways to do it. Athletic training is a large investment in time, energy (both mentally and physically), and money. It is an investment that certainly pays large dividends if a quality investment is made. Why do you make the investment? Please respond below in the comments section with your reasons why you choose to make this investment, whether for yourself or a child. I’m sure you will find many have the same reasons as you do, and many you may not have even thought of!

Need some information on Athletic Training? Check out The Parisi Program!

Spartan Training: the final countdown!

Well, it’s nearly go time for the race and all of the training, or lack of training, is about to pay off. Last night our Spartan team had their first official meeting, which was great. All the newbies, like myself, got some great tips about the race and everyone had a chance to meet, mingle and share some great food and war stories. It was a special treat to share the dinner with our coaches Jane Balter and Brian Levine. The appreciation for the coaches was clear to see.

Whether we have trained a lot or a little, whether its our first race or one of many races, everyone is looking forward to conquering the challenge on Saturday and celebrating the achievements afterward. We had a great time last night and we began the weekend of fun by celebrating Heather B’s birthday, our team captain. Check out the cake that was hand decorated by one our teammates. Incredible!

Good luck to all. I can’t wait to celebrate at the finish line. Arrooohhh!

Fitness and Pregnancy: Meet Our Perinatal Specialist, Denise Weber!

Denise Weber

Perinatal Specialist Denise Weber

Prenatal Exercise is a topic that many women who are expecting are constantly wondering about. Can I exercise during pregnancy? How much should I do? What kinds of exercises are safe? How can I make sure that I am doing exercises the correct way? When should I stop exercising? What can I do in my first, second and third trimesters? The bottom line is, fitness is important, especially during pregnancy. Well-being, nutrition and stress management are also vital to the health of mom-to-be and baby. The aim of these upcoming posts are to help shed some light on these questions and we have the perfect person to help you through this journey! We want to introduce you to our resident expert, Denise Weber!

Denise is a Perinatal Exercise Specialist and was a certified childbirth educator in the Bradley Method for 15 years. This expertise led Denise to the position of Perinatal Exercise Coordinator at Club Fit. For 8 years, while Denise held that title, she designed and implemented classes and programs for the perinatal client, teaching and training many of those clients herself. She is responsible for creating and bringing innovative programs to the club for the Perinatal exerciser. Stroller Babies, Perinatal Yoga and Baby Boot Camp to name a few. She also trained other instructors. Denise continues to be involved with this aspect of her career.

Denise has 25+ years of experience as a fitness professional. A widely diversified background which includes certifications in Group Exercise, Personal Training, Yoga, Pilates Mat and Spinning, gives Denise the versatility and creativity to design fitness programs for anyone at any fitness level. Denise likes to use a variety of fitness modalities, mixing traditional training methods with intervals of cardiovascular exercise, and power moves to help her participants achieve their fitness goals.

“My desire has always been to help women embrace whatever stage of life they are in, and help them set and achieve their fitness goals. I have the privilege to see my clients’ confidence and pride grow as work towards their goals and make them a reality. For me there is no greater satisfaction than that. I love what I do. I can think of nothing more important than helping my clients feel good about their selves; not just on the outside, but on the inside as well. I believe wellness encompasses the whole person and I strive for that in my professional life.”

Denise continues to educate herself through various workshops and trainings, and is always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for her clients.

In the coming weeks Denise will be writing all about aspects of perinatal exercise, nutrition during pregnancy, stress management and relaxation techniques, prenatal yoga and overall fitness. If you have specific questions or topics that you would like to see us discuss, leave a comment on our blog! Who knows? You may just see your topic in our headlines!

For information on Personal Training with Denise, call her at the club (914)762-3444 ext. 2247. Click here to read more about her training philosophy.

Perinatal Exercise Programs at Club Fit with Denise

Diana Pernicano — Cancer Warrior and Club Fit Member

Diana Pernicano, Cancer Warrior and Club Fit Member

Cancer Warrior and Club Fit Member Diana Pernicano and her father, Club Fit Member Ted Pernicano

When you are a nineteen-year-old college student, the last thing you expect to hear are the words, “You have cancer.” But that’s exactly what happened to Diana Pernicano this past November, when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. Luckily, Diana had a happy ending. On February 28, after three months of intense chemotherapy at Sloan-Kettering, Diana was declared cancer-free.

She decided to make a positive out of a negative by learning as much as she could about the disease, and devoting herself to educating others, kids in particular, about cancer. “Kids in middle school and high school need to understand that it’s important to go to the doctor and to stay healthy, that cancer doesn’t just happen to adults,” she said. But people of all ages also need to understand that cancer doesn’t always have to end badly. She said she was surprised by how many of her classmates assumed she would not survive. She’s happy to say, “Today, two out of three cancer patients will become a survivor.”

Diana has also devoted herself to fundraising, and is currently working with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and funds. She had already been participating in the Yorktown Relay for Life event before her diagnosis, partly because her father also suffered through a cancer scare nine years ago. He was diagnosed with a cancer of the spine that was also treated successfully.  (Their cancers are not related.)

After her diagnosis and treatment, Diana was invited to speak at the Relay for Life kickoff event in February, and did so well that she was invited to help with the speakers in the New York City office. “Survivors who I heard speak would talk about the experiences they had, but not about specific programs that helped them get through the experience.”

She impressed enough people with her story and attitude to be featured in an ACS video distributed to colleges across the country educating college students about the disease, as well as the importance of sharing stories about experiences with cancer and reaching out to others. Visit YouTube to see it for yourself! “It’s such a different perspective when you go through this at my age,” she says. “It’s also so hard, no matter what your age, to really understand what a patient goes through, unless you have cancer yourself.” Diana also invites everyone to read more about her experience on her blog, at

Diana will continue her studies in nursing at Mount St. Mary College in the Fall, where she was attending school when she was diagnosed. Her focus will be on oncology nursing, which she was already pursuing because of her father’s experience with cancer. But now she feels she can contribute so much more to cancer patients, because she has the unique perspective of knowing exactly how they feel.

Diana has a good role model in her father, a Club Fit member who was a runner before his diagnosis and used Club Fit to help him get back on track. He is still at Club Fit almost every day. Diana became a full member three years ago. She uses the Fitness Center, plays racquetball, shoots hoops in the gym and enjoys Zumba — an all-around member! She also attended a Cancer Wellness session or two, and although she was too sick to participate more, she thinks it’s a great resource for others going through what she did. Diana is on the cross-country team at Mount St. Mary, and intends to return to the team in the fall.

Diana will have her own team for the first time at this year’s Relay for Life, “Diana’s Lymphomaniacs,” and has already raised more than $10,000. Part of that number includes funds raised on May 18 with a foul-shooting competition for Mildred E. Strang Middle School teachers and students at Club Fit Jefferson Valley. Forty students and 17 MESMS teachers participated! The actual Relay for Life event will take place on June 13th at Jack DeVito Memorial Field in Yorktown, and the Lymphomaniacs are happy to accept donations at her Relay for Life page! For more information on how you can join the fight against cancer, visit

Spartan Training Continues . . . sometimes there are bumps along the way!

by Bill Pagel

Well fellow Spartans, my training has not been going well. Very sporadic and inconsistent, but there’s still time and I was encouraged by my efforts in my last 2 workouts. Over the weekend I completed a 5 mile run consisting of 1/4 mile hill intervals. My pace was slow, but I completed the run, which was the goal. I’m lucky that my neighborhood has a perfect loop for this.

Yesterday, I completed a 4 mile progression run. (Treadmills are great for this kind of run.) A one mile warm-up followed by progressively increasing the pace over the next 2.5 miles and I finished with a half mile cool down jog and another half mile of walking.Topped it off with 20 yards of inchworm walks to help stretch and get a little upper body work in. It was tough, but the goal was to finish. Now I have to keep the consistency going over the next 17 days and hopefully I’ll be able to keep up on race day.


Tennis Courts- What’s the big difference?

Does the court you’re playing on really make a difference?
The answer to that is a resounding YES!

Let’s just start by saying there are over 100 different kinds of tennis court surfaces. Since we’d be here forever if we were to list each and every one, let’s just focus on the four main types of surfaces and talk about the benefits and drawbacks to each.

1. Hard Courts Hard Courts are the most common courts and often the ones you would find at public facilities but are also used in some tennis clubs and professional tournaments in this area. Compared to the other main type of courts, hard court conditions vary very little during the entire year and are fairly easy to maintain. The balls bounce fairly high and very consistently but players, specially “seasoned players”, often develop or aggravate lower body injuries playing on these hard surfaces. It usually favors all-around players.
2. Clay Courts Clay Courts are considered one of the slower surfaces to play on, balls bounce high and they favor those with a baseline game, and not the huge servers with the serve-and-volley style of play. Many players with “Big Games” (e.g. Pete Sampras and Federer) struggle to play their best tennis on these type of courts. Clay requires a lot of upkeep, as it must be “frequently watered, rolled and brushed, according to the USTA.” Most country clubs and high-end clubs in this area use them and this major upkeep is offset by the conditions of play these courts create for their players. These courts, as the name states, are softer than the other main types of courts and much easier on players bodies being the preferred type – or the ONLY type – by seasoned players play on. Since clay courts also slow down the game, it is also advantageous for players learning the game – adults or kids – to make use of them.
3. Grass Courts Grass Courts are the fastest surfaces that are played on. The world’s longest running and most prestigious tournament, Wimbledon is held on grass. You do not see many grass courts these days and one of the reasons for that, is that it takes a great deal more maintenance than any other surface. It can also be an unpredictable surface to play on due to the changing conditions of the grass itself, how recently it has been mowed and even how much it has been played on. Balls bounce really low on grass and because of that this surface is considered to be the most difficult surface to play on.
4. Carpet Courts Carpet Courts are used mainly on indoor facilities with cold Winters. This is one of the less popular surfaces and is not used to host many major tournaments. There is a very short season of professional tournaments in Europe and not many tournaments, on this surface, are found in the US.

At Club Fit we use Har-Tru clay surfaces for our main tennis courts. “Har-Tru is made from billion-year-old Pre-Cambrian metabasalt found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is a natural green stone that is extremely hard and angular, two very important qualities when it comes to tennis court construction. The angularity helps the stone particles lock together to form a stable playing surface.

The hardness provides exceptional durability. The natural green color is classically clay and instantly recognizable. The stone is crushed, screened, and mixed in the precise proportions necessary to produce a stable playing surface. It is then installed over a porous base of crushed stone aggregate to produce the final product.” Read more about the benefits of Har-Tru Green Clay.

Rodrigo Hartru Club Fit Briarcliff Tennis Director, Rodrigo Schtscherbyna and Har-Tru Court Surface.

To learn more about our tennis program, contact Briarcliff Tennis Director: Rodrigo Schtscherbyna at or Jefferson Valley Tennis Director: Harold Toussaint at
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