We are excited to announce the upcoming installation of new, state-of-the-art air-supported domes to house the indoor tennis courts come this September, 2014. This million-dollar investment is expected to accomplish a number of things, including better playing conditions and more efficient energy usage in keeping with the club’s commitment to becoming more “green.”

The new infrastructures, manufactured by Yeadon Domes, a leader in the industry, incorporate new technology that all but eliminates the issues that had begun to surface in the existing bubbles. Read more here. Both are 20-plus years old, considered a normal life expectancy for structures of this kind. “This installation has been on our to-do list, but with the harsh winters of the past few years on top of normal wear and tear, we feel the timing couldn’t be better,” says Bill Beck, President of Club Fit. “It will not only eliminate many of our maintenance issues, it will help to make our members’ playing experience the best it can be, and that’s our priority.”

Rodrigo Schtscherbyna, Director of Tennis at Club Fit Briarcliff, is looking forward to the improved conditions for the club’s members and visiting teams. “We always want to go above and beyond expectations,” he says. “This will be just another part of providing good service to our tennis clientele.” He will be working closely with the maintenance staff during the summer months to minimize disruption, scheduling lessons and Summer Camp sessions earlier in the day and later in the afternoon. Most construction work will be done in the early afternoon, when the courts are traditionally not as busy. The club also intends to increase staffing focused on maintaining the courts during the summer months.

What will be different? For starters, the new bubbles will be insulated, which will make a big difference with heat retention, and make the heating process more efficient. Condensation, a normal part of “life in a bubble,” will be diverted so as not to drip on playing surfaces…or players! New three-paneled doors will replace the old four-paneled structures, with wider openings allowing for ease of entry and exit.
Prep work will involve removal of the old oil tank and heating units, and installation of the new equipment. It will also involve testing of the new equipment so as to avoid problems once the new bubbles are up and running. “We expect to remain on our normal schedule, with outdoor play all summer long and the bubbles open for business in early September, as usual,” says Bill Beck. “Our summer players will have to put up with a bit of commotion this season, but in the end it will be worth the inconvenience. We appreciate their patience, and know they’ll be happy with the end result.”

For 40 years, Club Fit has worked to enhance quality of life and physical well being for members of all ages. In addition to the club’s state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive programming, Club Fit is also an active member of the local community. Founded in 1973, Club Fit operates clubs in Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley, serving more than 10,000 members and their guests.
Click Here for information on our Tennis Summer Camp!
Click here for more on our staff of awesome Tennis Pros!
For some general Tennis information visit the Tennis page on our website!

Swimming lessons for children with special needs

Here are some of the benefits of this swim program:

1. Development of cognitive and gross motor skills
2. Increased muscle strength
3. Increased muscle endurance
4. Improved relaxation
5. Improved communication skills

Our new program, Adaptive small group swim lessons is for children with Special Needs and is taught by a NYS certified Teacher in Special Education. Each child is taught at their level with a student to teacher ratio of 4:1.

Click Here for more information and for our online registration form!

Meet the Club Fit Camp Directors!

Ashley (left) Kristyn (right)

We’d like to take a few minutes and introduce you to two extraordinary long time members of the Club Fit team: Ashley Di Salvo and Kristyn Reczek. They are also going to be the Camp Director Rockstar duo this Summer! These lovable, talented and accomplished ladies will be the ones making sure your kids have the time of their lives this year!

Meet Kristyn Reczek!

I grew up in Mahopac, NY where I attended high school, playing a variety of sports including basketball and field hockey. Throughout high school I worked as a part of the Mahopac Sports Association, recreation league, as a coach and referee. I discovered my love for working with children as well as athletics in one place. Through my work in high school, I realized that I wanted my work with children to become my career. After graduating from high school, I attended Pace University where I received Bachelor’s degrees in education and mathematics as well as a Master’s degree in special education. I now work as a math teacher at Somers High School where I work with children in a classroom setting but enjoy that I am able to have a work experience with kids in an athletic setting, at Club Fit.

As I began my college career, I also began working at Club Fit. I have been a part of the Club Fit staff since 2008 when I began working in the Energy Center. I was able to again combine my love for working with children with my love for athletics. In 2010 I became an Energy Camp counselor and then took on an administrative position the following year. Being a part of Energy Camp is a one of a kind experience. I am excited to start this new position as an Energy Camp Co-Director along with Ashley and am looking forward to yet another exciting summer!

What I love most about Energy Camp is getting to meet new campers and counselors every year as well as seeing those that are returners. I also love Pizza and Ice Cream Fridays and afternoons with DJ Hopeton! I think it is important for kids to come to camp, but especially ours, because we have campers from a wide area and we can help kids form friendships that they may never have formed in a school setting. I also enjoy that we provide our campers with a variety of activities so they may be able to try something knew that they never would have tried before, like kickboxing or zumba or tennis etc. I would love to continue working with Energy Camp for many years to come and see it evolve and grow into an even better camp than before.

My personal philosophy is to always do what you love and believe in what you do. I have always loved working with children and I am so happy that I have been able to do so by working at club fit. I am so excited to be working with camp at a director level this year because I am really able to make our campers truly enjoy their summers through the program that I have helped create along with Ashley!

Meet Ashley Di Salvo!

I grew up in Garrison, NY where I played basketball and lacrosse at Walter Panas High School. After high school, I attended Penn State where I discovered I wanted to be a teacher. Following four years of Blue & White pride at Penn State, I took a year off to travel before completing a Masters of Literacy Education at NYU. Currently, I teach at the Windward School in White Plains. I love that I get to spend my extra time at Club Fit where I get to not only support a healthy lifestyle but I also get to spend time engaging with children outside of the classroom through our camp programs.

Six years ago I began working at Club Fit Jefferson Valley as a camp counselor. I spent two years there before transferring to Briarcliff where took on a different role as the Assistant Camp Director. Now, as we eagerly wait for warm weather to grace us, I am looking forwarded to taking on yet another new role as a Camp Co-Director with Kristyn Reczek!

This will be my 7th summer with Club Fit and I love that I’ve had the opportunity to work at both clubs as well as both a counselor and a director. I feel like this has given me perspective on how to interact with parents as well as how to understand what it’s like to be a camp counselor. I strongly believe that great counselors are what allow campers to have memorable experiences.

I love summer camp because it provides children with an opportunity to explore new interests and to often step outside of their comfort zone. I love that summer camp gives kids a place to make new friends outside of their schools and to find role models in their counselors.

My long term aspirations are linked to my personal philosophy. I always try to go with the flow and keep my mind and heart open to new opportunities, experiences, and ideas. I believe that by doing this, we allow ourselves to continuously grow and discover new passions therefore creating a future that is open to change. I think that if we teach children to have this mindset, they will have endless opportunities to experience all life has to offer.

A Journey With The Hiking Club

Come with us on an adventure!

March 16, 2014

After an unusually rough winter, there finally was a good day for hiking. The destination today for the Club Fit Hiking Club, was Sprout Brook Park in Peekskill. The temperature was only in the 30s, but the sun made it feel warmer.

At the beginning of the hike, some people looked like Star Wars characters, in their multiple layers of clothing.

There were hiking sticks left at the beginning of the trail for people to borrow, for those who did not own sticks or had spouses who drove off with their poles in their car.

There was a variety of conditions on the trail. We walked over small streams

and next to rivers

over some mud and snow, but most of the trails were in pretty good condition.

Like all Club Fit hikes, there was time for jokes (not sure if Abby is attacking the tree, or pretending to attack our leader),

and lots of laughs

and beautiful views along the way.

We stopped for lunch, and a chance for more conversations. Some were discussing life in Colorado, Abby seems to be describing something with her hands. Many thanks to her for the delicious no-bake cookies, and trail mix.

Many of us felt warm enough by lunch time, to take off our hats and gloves.

We posed for a photo

and another one, by a sign posted near the end of the hike.

One person took a selfie too, to post on Facebook, all while Molly patiently waited.

It was a fun day, and a nice place to explore. Thank you, Andrew, for getting us outside and for leading such a great hike. Thank you too to Frank for acting as our sweep. The next Club Fit Hike will be the annual frog one, held in early April. Hope the weather is even better for that hike.


Just Breathe Using Breathing & Relaxation Techniques for Stress and Pain

Do you sometimes experience pain and do not know what to do?

Pain is a perception that we perceive as a result of pressure, compression or restriction to an area of the body. Nerve signals are sent to the brain which is translated into pain. It causes muscle tightness, tension and fatigue and sympathetic nervous system response. An effective way to relax and alleviate the pain is to start noticing how you breathe.

When you breathe shallowly – into the chest instead of the belly-muscles in your diaphragm, rib cage and low back tighten up. Over time, that tension translates into pain. If you answer “yes” to the following questions than learn how to properly breathe:

a. Do you breathe more than 8 breaths a minute? The more shallowly you breathe the more breaths you have to take each minute. This translates into stress.

b. Does your chest rise more than your lower chest? When you breathe you are taking oxygen mostly into the upper part of your body. This type of “thoracic” breathing is causing the lungs to work inefficiently and more stress is placed on accessory muscles.

Diaphragmatic Breathing: What is it?

By learning how to do diaphragmatic breathing this will help to lower blood pressure, decreases heart rate, reduces tension in muscles, gives a sense of well- being and control over the body and help to decrease pain.

Practice: Place a hand both on your chest and abdomen. Notice whether these areas move, and if they do which area moves more. In relaxed breathing, the abdomen expands fully as you breathe in (fill the belly like a balloon) and the chest remains relatively quiet. Imagine the breath as soft and caressing. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try breathing in for a count of 4 and blow out for a count of 4.

Diaphragmatic breathing can be performed in sitting, standing, and activities such as walking.

On May 6th, 2014, Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 PM Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS will be presenting, “Just Breathe! Using Breathing & Relaxation Techniques for Stress and Pain”. This will be presented in the upper conference room inside Club Fit Briarcliff.

If you suffer from chronic pain the advice from a physical therapist can start you on the path to better health and fitness, no matter what your age. If you have questions, please call Physical Therapy at 914-245-8807 or 914-762 2222 for more information or our website at

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: First Club Fit Fitness Assessment

My name is Kurt Kannemeyer and I am the Director of Development at 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.

Last year, I traveled all the way to Africa to attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for all of our children! Though I did not reach the top, I am determined to achieve my goal this year! My belief is that when we fail at something, we must try again and most importantly, never give up.

This year I have some very essential help from Club Fit! They have provided me with gym membership as well as trainer, Sarah. Just yesterday I met with Sarah and Liz Swan, Club Fit’s Social Media Specialist, along with other Club Fit Staff. After an initial consultation and orientation, we went straight for my fitness assessment! There was no better way to get into training mode than to jump right in!

In this blog, I intend to chronicle my journey back to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Stay tuned for fitness updates, healthy eating tips and more on my inspiration - the wonderful children of St. Christopher’s, Inc. For more information please visit,

I hope you all will read along about my journey and achieving my goal of climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro with the help of Club Fit and their amazing facilities!

Osteoporosis: A Safe Way To Exercise

Osteoporosis and Exercise
Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disorder, with a reduction of bone mass. A as result this predisposes an individual to be at increased fracture risk. (NIH Consensus Development Panel on Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis and Therapy JAMA 2001:285:785-795). Exercise is one of the important keys to help prevent the changes in posture, help restore loss of body height, increase muscle strength with an emphasis on core strength and improve balance to reduce the risk of falls.

After being diagnosed with osteoporosis, the question quickly becomes what exercises should I do? It is important to address some basic concerns for types of exercise that are not safe. First and foremost, any exercise that emphasizes trunk bending is contraindicated, side-bending and trunk twisting should be done with caution. When working out in the gym or independently, avoid any exercise that involves the above trunk movement especially exercise that combines these movements. It is important to avoid knee to chest exercise, toe touches, straight leg raise or raising both legs together. Use caution when working out in the gym on any seated exercises using machines. The rule of thumb is to avoid machines that cause increased compression on the spine or bend the spine. It is also important to warm up with stretching exercises prior to beginning weightlifting or weight training exercise

Walking is an excellent exercise because it promotes weight bearing through the hip joints. It strengthens the bones with different forces. You can also walk backwards, sidestep; walk on uneven surfaces (for example, grassy surfaces or a hike in the woods) and inclines additional exercising can be Yoga and Pilates are also excellent forms of exercise, but this should be modified if you are diagnosed with Osteoporosis.

On April 9, 2014 pm Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Caron DuBois, PT, MS will present a free lecture on “Osteoporosis. Learn Safe Ways to Stretch and exercise” at Briarcliff Physical Therapy at Briarcliff inside Club Fit.

If you have questions, please call 914-245-8807 or 914-962-2222 for more information or free consultation. Visit our website at:

Information used and/or adapted from the course OSTEOPOROSIS:A Comprehensive Treatment Strategy with permission of SARA MEEKS SEMINARS, P.O. Box 5577, Gainesville FLA

Stretch Your Way Into Wellness

Stretch Your Way Into Wellness

According to the Mayo Clinic, although studies have shown that the benefits of stretching are mixed, stretching has great benefits. Stretching can help you improve your joint range of motion, which in turn may help improve your athletic performance, decrease your risk of injury, improve flexibility and increase the blood flow to your muscles. Understand and learn how to stretch safely by using proper techniques.

Here are some tips to know about stretching:

How long?

- Hold the stretch 15 to 30 seconds is ideal
- Repeat 3 to 5 repetitions each time


- Gentle
- Sustained
- No bouncing
- Slow
- Use proper posture/technique

REMEMBER TO BREATHE while stretching!

Stretch with Caution!

In some cases, you may need to approach stretching with caution. If you have a chronic condition or an injury, you may need to adjust your stretching techniques. For example, if you already have a strained muscle, stretching it may cause further harm. Also, don’t think that because you stretch you can’t get injured.

If you would like to learn more about stretching stop by Physical Therapy at Briarcliff (914)762 – 2222 or Physical therapy at Jefferson (914) 245 – 8807 or visit our website at

Stretch Your Way Into Wellness, will be presented by Deborah Lenihan, PT at Physical Therapy at Jefferson Valley on April 7th, 2014, Thursday 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Wear your exercise clothes and learn safe effective ways to stretch.
Stretch breathe relax

Mayo Clinic: the art of stretching

Mindfulness for Pain Relief and Stress Reduction with Jodi Baretz, LCSW, HHC

Most of us go through life on auto-pilot, and we react to situations based on our past experiences. Our thoughts have been programmed from a young age. We come into the world a clean slate, and everything that we encounter codes our brain to respond a certain way. We tend to listen to ideas that confirm our longstanding beliefs, and push away new information that we have not been taught. Can we be open and change to create the life we want?

An ancient Buddhist practice called mindfulness is gaining momentum in the Western world. It has nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with waking up and consciously living our lives. We are all so busy multi-tasking, and receiving constant stimuli, that we are not slowing down enough to live our lives with intention, and purpose. Mindfulness and meditation connect us to ourselves, and invite us to examine our thoughts in a non-judgmental, compassionate way. When we become an observer of our thoughts, we can take an unbiased look at what is really happening in our lives without getting caught up in the stories we tell ourselves. We need to be curious about our self-talk and inquire about longstanding beliefs.

Mindfulness also brings us back to the present moment. The past is the past, And the future hasn’t happened yet. If we get stuck ruminating about the past, we tend to get depressed. If we are fearful and worrying about the future, we get anxious. However, when we focus on the task at hand, we can be fully present without missing anything and quiet the chatter of the mind.

How do you stay connected to the present and train your brain to do this? When you are doing the dishes, focus on the dishes. When you are playing golf, focus on the game, not your to do list or your kids. When you’re eating, taste every bite instead of mindlessly eating a whole bag of chips. Slow down and focus on the things you do every day, but never pay any attention. In addition, you can try a few minutes a day focusing on the inflow and outflow of your breath. This will train your brain to bring you back to the present and enable you to appreciate every moment. You don’t want to ask yourself at the end of your days, where did all the time go?

*To contact Jodi:
Jodi Baretz, LCSW, HHC will be presenting on April 1, 2014, Tuesday, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM for the Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain/Wellness Support Group : Mindfulness for Pain Relief and Stress Reduction. Location: Physical Therapy at Briarcliff/ Inside Club Fit Conference Room. Please call to register for this free program at (914) 762 – 2222 X 0 or visit our website at

Alzheimer’s and dementia education — “Sharp Again Naturally”

Jacqui Bishop - Sharp Again Naturally - Alzheimer’s and dementia education - Club Fit

Jacqui Bishop, founder of Sharp Again Naturally, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed to educate the public about causes of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Jacqui Bishop’s ”Sharp Again Naturally” promotes Alzheimer’s and dementia education.

Here’s something you don’t hear every day… we have some really good news about Alzheimer’s and dementia! No, unfortunately no one has come up with the magic pill, and traditional medicine has yet to post a single turnaround. However there are people who’ve been diagnosed with the disease by highly respected researchers and physicians who have reversed their symptoms and are now living normal lives again. And there’s documentary footage available to prove it.

This news comes from Jacqui Bishop, Club Fit Briarcliff member and founder of Sharp Again Naturally, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed to educate the public about causes of dementia that are reversible but little known and rarely tested for or treated. The Sharp Again vision is a world free of unnecessary pain from reversible causes of dementia, and they are working to make comprehensive testing and treatment of those reversible causes part of the standard of care for all dementia patients.

Jacqui herself was directly impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, which took her mother in 2010 after an 18-year slide. At that time, even with all the money and time that could have been poured into effective treatment, it was assumed that nothing could be done. Jacqui was helpless to make more than a palliative difference for her mother.

Then, in November 2011, Jacqui saw footage from an unfinished documentary film that changed—and may even have saved—her life. Two filmmakers had discovered cases of Alzheimer’s being reversed, resolved to make a documentary, and traveled across the country filming interviews with researchers, physicians, and Alzheimer’s patients who had gotten their minds back. Upon seeing this stunning footage, Jacqui and several others from the Westchester Holistic Network decided to help the filmmakers complete the documentary. That day, Sharp Again Naturally was born.

The research is astounding, and makes clear that diagnoses of dementia, even Alzheimer’s, can be successfully treated. What percentage of cases can be arrested or reversed? Nobody knows because no one’s ever done the research. But it’s a significant number. And if it’s just 20 percent, which is a conservative estimate, that’s a million people in the U.S. alone.

The organization’s web site,, outlines seven causes of dementia, including nutritional factors, hormonal imbalances, and stress. Another cause, which has not been officially added pending additional research, Jacqui calls stagnation. “We are finding many correlations between healthy brain function and activity—intellectual, social/emotional to be sure, but especially physical,” she says. “As a matter of fact, my mother was an athlete, a swimmer, hiker, and competitive skier, well into her sixties. It was when she could no longer exercise that her functioning went downhill really fast.”

She recommends reading Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey, MD, which explores comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It includes amazing case studies, including the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, IL, that is credited with putting the children in the local school district fifth in the world in math and first in the world in science test scores. Jacqui also says that research has shown that people with the APOE-4 gene, often referred to as the “Alzheimer’s gene,” have generated especially impressive improvements through physical exercise.

Jacqui’s passion isn’t only about saving the rest of the world: She herself started noticing symptoms. “I was losing words, having trouble following conversations and experiencing memory loss.” After being tested by a physician trained in functional medicine, she learned she was pre-diabetic and suffering from a mild version of hypothyroidism, two factors strongly associated with cognitive decline. Based on those and other indicators, she has been practicing the following “treatments”: taking natural desiccated thyroid supplements, cutting out sugar, increasing sleep, increasing her intake of omega-3s and taking large quantities of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), an alternative fuel for starving brain cells. MCTs are most readily (and cheaply!) available from coconut oil, which has been documented as turning around a significant number of cases.

Exercise is also a big part of Jacqui’s quest for wellness. It wasn’t so hard for her as she had always been active and came from an athletic family, but she had never included regular workouts in her schedule. Club Fit entered her life when her best friend encouraged her to come in and check it out, and the rest was history. “We’d make workout dates, and we both looked forward to them. I loved laughing with my great friend—30 minutes went by on the elliptical like no time at all. To anyone who wants to get into fitness, I’d suggest buddying up with a friend!” says Jacqui. “It changed my life.”

Jacqui now gets to the gym 2 to 3 times a week and spends most of her time in the Fitness Center on the machines and in the stretching area. She also spends about 20 minutes in the pool each visit as she’s an avid swimmer and “the pool is top-notch—no chlorine.” When she doesn’t make it to the Club, she walks at least 30 minutes every day. “Carving out the time is the challenge, but my mind is so much clearer when I do.” The work at Sharp Again, she says, has become a “time-and-a-half job.” But it’s a job worth doing, and an exciting one—so many discoveries are being made every day and Alzheimer’s affects so many people and families, not just here but worldwide.

Sharp Again is making great strides, but they need help to continue their mission. “We welcome anyone who wants to help us spread the word!” says Jacqui. There’s a volunteer information meeting on March 27th in White Plains, and donations are welcomed to help fund educational materials, community presentations, website work, and additional research. Sharp Again is also building an information clearinghouse, which will include a database of holistic practitioners. Do you know a great holistic physician? Let them know!

To find out more about Sharp Again or to sign up for their informative newsletter, visit, which contains videos, educational data, and links to associated organizations. You can also find a schedule of Sharp Again’s free presentations at libraries, churches, and other organizations at They are presenting next at the Awaken Fair on March 30 in Tarrytown (see

If you or someone you know is being affected by a diagnosis of dementia, Jacqui urges you to visit the web site. “I would have gone halfway ’round the world for this information when my mother was in decline.” Or, if you want to talk to an actual human being, feel free to write Jacqui herself at to set up a date, or call her at (914) 997-9611. She’ll be glad to hear from you!

Swim Team makes more waves!

Oh Yeah! Here we go again!

13 CFJV swimmers qualified and attended the SVY March Madness LCM meet at Princeton University on 3/18. Danielle Taps was Event Champion in the 200 FR, and 2nd in the 400FR and 200 IM. Lea Frenkel placed 3rd in the 50 BK with a Zone qualifying time of 35.00 and Remy Eppner qualified for Junior Olympics in the 50 BR. Way to go Club Fit/JV!

For more information on joining the Swim Team please visit us!
Click here: Club Fit Jefferson Valley Swim Team

Programs for infants, kids and teens at Club Fit Jefferson Valley!

Here is a great resource for all the Moms and Dads who need a quick resource to see what we offer by age group at Club Fit! It is hard to jump from one page to the next so we’ve compiled a list of all our offerings for infants, toddlers, grade-schoolers, tweens and teens!

Ages: 6 months – 3 years
Parent Toddler Swim Lessons
2 Much Fun
Tumble Tots
Summer Camp
Ages: 3 – 4
Yoga for Kids
Intro to Sports
Pre-School Group Swim Lessons
Summer Camp
Ages: 4 – 6
Pee Wee Karate
Zumba Kids Jr
Summer Camp
Pre-School Group Swim Lessons
Swim Lessons
Soccer (ages 5-8)
Ages: 5 – 9
Step up Your Sports
Soccer (ages 5-8)
Yoga for Kids
Kids Karate
Swim Lessons
Beginner Swim Clinics
Beginner Swim Clinic
Summer Camp
Schools Out Camp
Ages: 7 – 12
Paris Speed School
Kids Karate
Zumba Kids
Yoga for Kids
Quickstart Tennis
Junior Team Tennis
Summer Tennis Camp
School Break Tennis Camp
Tennis Beginner
Tennis Advanced Beginner
Summer Camp
Boy Scout Swimming Merit Badge
Beginner Swim Clinic
Advanced Swim Clinic
Junior Spin (ages 9-12)
Junior Boot Camp (ages 8-12)
Racquetball School’s Out Camp
Schools Out Camp
Soccer Schools Out Clinic
Basketball School’s Out ClinicSummer Camp
Parisi Cat Club Challenge
Parisi Cat Club Challenge
Ages: 12 – 15
Parisi Total Performance
Parisi Private Training
Boy Scout Life Saving Merit Badge
Parisi Cat Club Challenge
Tennis Beginner High School Level (starting at age 14)
Tennis Intermediate
Tennis High Performance
Ages: 15 – 18
Boy Scout Life Saving Merit Badge
Parisi Cat Club Challenge
School Break Tennis Camp
Summer Break Tennis Camp
Junior Team Tennis
Tennis Beginner High School Level (starting at age 14)
Tennis Intermediate
Tennis High Performance
All Ages
Private Swim Lessons

Supervised Strength Training

By Jack Werther, Parisi Speed School Director, Club Fit Jefferson Valley

From the moment one sits up in the crib, they begin strength training. Strength training is simply a form of physical activity by which muscular fitness is improved by working against an external force. Strength training can take many forms, such as lifting free weights, pushups, standing up from a seated position, or sprinting. Because strength training can take so many forms, it is beneficial for all ages, from birth until death . . . with one caveat; it must be done correctly and appropriately.

There is no reason for an eight year old to be on a bench trying to press double is body weight, or in the rack trying to squat for a new PR; it’s simply counter-productive. At some point in time that may in fact be something that is appropriate, however at the onset of every strength training journey there are two constants: begin with body weight exercises and have proper supervision. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), weight training can commence as early as 7 years old. While physiologically that may absolutely be correct, how many 7 year olds do you know that can perform a pushup or squat utilizing absolutely perfect form? My guess would be none. Once an athlete has mastered the movement patterns with body weight, it is absolutely appropriate to add external resistance . . . with proper supervision. Proper supervision is imperative not only to make sure that everything is done safely, but correctly. There is a big difference between lifting weights and exercising your muscles with weights. Proper coaching ensures the latter; maximizing results and reducing the potential for injury.

Learn more about Parisi Speed School at Club Fit.

How to choose your workout shoes.

A number of people have recently asked me about how to choose good workout shoes, and I must confess: I have absolutely no idea. Being on a tight budget, I have tried to find what appear to be the best quality shoes within my price range. I use a comfortable and supportive cross-training shoe for any exercise that absorbs impact, but for spinning and weight training, when my feet are constantly in contact with the pedal or floor, I use low-cost workout sneakers from Old Navy. I find them to be very lightweight, breathable, comfortable, and supportive enough for exercise without impact, but I wasn’t sure when I bought them that I was making the right decision for reasons other than cost. Thankfully, I was at least smart enough to ask my amazing personal trainer, Jenn Gannon, who has offered us all her expert professional advice!

I asked Jenn my top three burning questions about choosing workout sneakers, and here’s what she had to say.

Q: What should I look for in a good pair of all-around workout sneakers? Do they have to be expensive?  A: Think about what types of activities you are involved with at the gym, or even at home! If you are utilizing cardio equipment and weight training, even our group exercises classes, the best shoe is a cross trainer. They are going to provide you with stability, comfort and are the most durable to withstand all the various activities. With that being said, the price does not have to be astronomical but because a cross trainer will be of value for all of these activities you might want to splurge on a reliable shoe. Try outlet stores, Reebok is notorious for “2 for $99” deals. Even some online searching for shoes you’ve already owned, research is key!

Q: Is it okay to use “running shoes” for general exercise?  A: No, Running shoes are a specific kind of shoe that is tailored for runners. Running shoes provide extra cushioning to absorb the impact of foot striking. Not only that but running shoes come in different varieties that give extra support for a persons’ foot mechanics, such as their arches or the degree of pronation or supination. Most running shoes are designed with the intention of improving a runners performance. Any good sporting goods store will be able to judge all of these mechanics and find a proper shoe. Do your research if you are a runner if you are looking to improve!

Q: When should I replace my workout shoes?  A: Shoes should be replaced between every 300-500 miles. It ultimately depends on how you wear and tear the soles of the shoe. If you find a shoe you like and there is a deal, buy more! I like to rotate through shoes so that they last longer, especially if you are an avid exerciser. Shoes are the most important part of a work out, if you feel that they no longer are providing you the support or you can start to see your socks showing through a hole you are way over due for a new pair!

I hope you find these responses as helpful as I do. Happy exercising!

Why we love the Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

Aside from looking completely sleek, this is one of the coolest indoor fitness bikes you will ever set eyes on. Developed by one of the top providers of commercial workout equipment, the M3 Plus is designed with additional bells and whistles missing from other manufacturers bikes. The built-in back lit computer calculates your power output. The Keiser M3 Plus lets you see exactly how hard you are working out and delivers great feedback such as cadence (pedaling RPMs), watts, elapsed time and distance . . . Information that has always left the rider guessing at the end of a class.

The bike has virtually unlimited adjustments that fit any body size and type. It is durable enough to support all of the extra fat that you are planning on sweating off. Both small and tall users love that you can completely adjust the seat and handlebars to get an ideal fit.

The MP3 Plus uses a magnetic system to provide the resistance. This creates a nearly silent and very smooth ride. The resistance adjustment is so exact, so you can just click it into the correct level of resistance when prompted by your favorite instructor instead of “guessing” what level of resistance you should have it set at compared to the current pad-resistance systems.

Our research has been extensive. Trusted resources in the health and fitness community across the country have been using the MP3 Plus for years have shared wonderful testimonials and positive member feedback. The MP3 Plus is a solid bike, has little to no maintenance issues and the lasting durability keeps the bike in service longer than other brands. We feel this investment in our members experience is positive and look forward in taking the spin program to new heights.

Sit-Fit Yoga: Presented by Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS

“Sit-Fit Yoga You Can Do At Home”
Presented by Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS
Physical Therapy at Jefferson Valley 12:00pm-1:00pm
Conference Room at Club Fit Jefferson Valley

Sit Fit Yoga is a holistic program of simple exercise, breathing, relaxation, and meditation techniques designed to help you regain and maintain health and well-being. This program is derived from classical techniques of Yoga, which date back more than 5,000 years ago of modified, simple and yoga postures (asanas).

Sit Fit Yoga believes that aging is an honorable process. In older age, we deserve to embrace this stage of life with acceptance and to feel good about how we can help ourselves and to have a positive outlook.

It is common for many people to have a negative outlook on aging and often depression occurs. Sit Fit Yoga teaches elder students how to live life to its fullest potential by learning to have a positive outlook with gratitude for all that we have lived through and seen throughout our lifetime.

Benefits of Yoga for all ages

No one is too old for yoga and there are many benefits to a yoga practice such as:
• Encourages a positive view of aging and physical capabilities
• Increases circulation
• Relief from joint pain or arthritis; stretches tight muscles
• Emotional healing and creating a positive outlook
• Normalizing blood pressure
• Decreasing emotional and physical stress
• Relieving tension or discomfort with breathing and relaxation techniques
• Improves endurance
• Safe for Most Medical Conditions (arthritis, heart disease, chronic pain)
You must be Medically Stable to attend this free class, so check with your physician

Why Sit-Fit Yoga?
Sit Fit yoga is safe and convenient. It describes a gentle form of exercise that people can perform sitting in a chair. In Sit Fit yoga, people do not have to deal with getting down onto the floor and back up again. Chair yoga is becoming increasingly popular with senior citizens and is excellent for people with limited mobility. Please call Physical Therapy at Jefferson Valley to register on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Check out our website at

“Early detection saves lives.” So, why do so many of us ignore this advice?

by Danielle Clarke, Group Fitness instructor

We’ve all heard it, we’ve all read it; “early detection saves lives.” So, why do so many of us ignore this advice?

According to The American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer deaths. The majority of these deaths could be prevented with the use of screening tests. Yet, currently, only about half of people 50 yrs. or older receive colorectal cancer testing.*

Maybe, if you heard it from someone who has lived it; someone you know, in your own community, you will not ignore the words, “early detection saves lives.” At forty –five years old, I saw a substantial amount of bright red blood after using the bathroom. It only happened once, but, this was not normal and I felt I needed to see my doctor. A few days later, I saw my general practitioner. He said it could be a few different things, none of them serious. But, he felt it was his responsibility to send me for a colonoscopy because the blood I saw was not normal and in a few years I would be going for a test any way.

When I awoke from the colonoscopy, I was told a mass was found in my large intestine and that this type of tumor was cancerous about 90% of the time. But, the tumor was found early and if it was indeed malignant, it was not only treatable, but curable. Most likely, no treatment other than the removal of the tumor and a section of the intestine would be necessary. Biopsies taken during the colonoscopy came back benign. But, doctors warned in early stages just a small part of the tumor could be made up of cancer cells.

Colon Cancer

Having a third doctor, my surgeon, look me square in the eye and tell me, “because we caught this early, it is not just treatable but curable,” is what got me through the next three weeks until the surgery and pathology report were complete. I was given a “miracle”, doctor’s words. No cancer was found in the tumor or surrounding intestine, including lymph nodes. Colon cancer develops slowly over a period of 10 to 15 years.* Tumors like mine typically begin as non-cancerous and over time develop cancer cells.* Because my tumor was found early, it was not given time to become malignant. I was back to a normal routine by about 4 weeks and back to instructing fitness classes in 9 weeks!

March is colon cancer awareness month. If you are 50 years or older, you should talk to your doctor about what type of screening is best for you.

*Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures is a publication of the American Cancer Society

Club Fit has a Cancer Wellness program. If you or a loved one are undergoing treatment for any form of cancer, please make an appointment to speak with one of our dedicated staff members. For more information on our Cancer Wellness Program, Visit us at Club Fit Cancer Wellness.

How Can Yoga Help the Healing Process?

By Dr. Meryle Richman, Director of Physical therapy at Physical therapy at Briarcliff & Jefferson Valley

Yoga can help the healing process by learning proper breathing and
relaxation techniques which will calm the body and decrease pain by turning
off the “Fight and Flight response” in our bodies. Research has shown that
by activating the parasympathetic nervous system in your body, you can slow
down your breathing, lower your heart rate, and even your blood pressure.
If you experience a lack of flexibility which is causing you pain, than come
and learn about a safe and effective approach to perform yoga pose, while
being instructed in correct alignment.

This program is recommended for individuals with:

. low back and neck pain
. scoliosis and spinal stenosis
. arthritis
. osteoporosis
. fibromyalgia & chronic pain
. stiff and weak joints and muscles
. orthopedic injuries
. tension, stress and anxiety

Dr. Richman currently teaches gentle yoga for a wellness population; and for
patients with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and osteoporosis. She has received
her 200 hour yoga certification at YogaWorks, Irvington, NY in May 2011, as
a Registered Yoga Teacher. She is also the Director of Physical therapy at
Physical therapy at Briarcliff & Jefferson Valley, PC, located inside Club
Fit. She can be reached at

I finally picked up a MyZone belt, and here’s what happened.

Signing up at the service desk for my MyZone activity belt.

This past week, I celebrated my birthday, which I have a very different perspective on in my cancer-remission world. Before I started out seriously on a path to health and wellness, I would celebrate my birthday in less healthy ways, but now, I see my birthday as an opportunity to reward myself with a gift that will help me on my new path. Last year on my birthday, I celebrated with an early morning workout and a massage. This year, I gifted myself with Club Fit’s newest toy, the MyZone belt. (If you haven’t heard of MyZone, check out this video to learn more.)

The MyZone belt is an ingenious little device that tracks your heart rate during your workout, and emails you a summary of your results after you’re finished! (What a world we live in, huh?) If you’re working out in the gym, you’ll be able to see your current heart rate, calories burned, and more, right on the nearest screen. I can keep one eye on it to see if I’m working too hard, or if I need to put more effort in, to get the most out of the time I’m putting into my workout. You can also take it with you outside the gym – it will store 16 hours of workout data, and then sync up again next time you get to the gym.

When I first started using my belt, I was really surprised to find that I wasn’t working as hard as I thought, and I needed step up my game a little bit. It also helped me identify the fastest activities to get my heart rate up, so I can use cardio intervals more effectively. It’s super comfortable to wear, easy to put on, easy to clean, and it’s just a really cool piece of technology that is so gosh darn fun to use! I mean, who doesn’t feel like a superhero with a bright red band around their chest?! (Secret superhero handshake, anyone?)

I’m SO, SO glad I made this investment. It has helped me immensely, and I’d recommend it for anyone who is serious about results from their training (or just wants to feel like a superhero.)



Finding a Good Balance in Life: Member Steve Schaefer shares his experience

Yorktown resident and Club Fit member Steve Schaefer has found a good balance in life: a successful career in IT, a commitment to a healthy mind, body and soul, and a dedication to his first love – music. It’s his most recent musical work that is making the biggest impact now, benefitting a local family who has lost so much.

Steve, who has sung in choirs since the fourth grade, was touched by the story told to him by a fellow St. Patrick’s Church choir member of sisters Kalie and Lindsey Gill, both struck down by a car at a church carnival in Yonkers in October 2013. Kalie, only 15 years old, was killed, and her younger sister, Lindsey, was critically injured and has been recuperating at Blythedale Children’s Hospital since the accident. Steve was asked to sing at Kalie’s funeral, and that’s where the story begins.

The day of the funeral, the thing that struck Steve most was the incredible faith of the family. Though grief stricken, they displayed tremendous strength and a commitment to celebrating Kalie’s life. A benefit concert was planned for December to raise money for the Gills, and Steve was invited to write a song and perform at the concert.

Steve, a big believer in inspiration through exercise, actually had the lyrics to “Kalie” come to him on a hike to the top of Turkey Mountain. He produced a video tribute, and asked fellow musician Jesse Terry to provide the vocals. The result was a beautiful, simple, emotional song. Watch the Video Here.

CDs of the song were sold at the benefit, and the song is now available for download at (search Kalie Gill). One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Gill family. Steve covered the production costs, vocalist Jesse donated his talent, and Jesse’s wife Jessica Terry designed the CD cover. Over $2500 has been raised for the family, and Steve is hoping sales will continue. “The Gill family has been such an inspiration to me, ” says Steve, and he stays in touch with them, recently visiting Lindsey at Blythedale, where she continues to recuperate.

Steve and his wife, Ramona, both spend a good deal of time at Club Fit. He spends his time in the gym, pool and Fitness Center, and believes strongly in the “three-legged stool”: supporting good health through a balance of body, mind, and soul. “It’s always been important to me to help people, and it has been so rewarding to help the Gill family through this tough time,” says Steve. “I’ve also come out of it feeling a real connection to Kalie.”

Tune in to WHUD-FM on April 4 at 10:00 p.m., where Steve and his song “Kalie” will be featured on Night Rhythms with Kathy Millar. And please help out the Gills by visiting and downloading Steve’s latest musical work! You can also contact Steve directly for a copy of the CD or to find out more about his music by emailing