Club Fit Walkers Take Manhattan!

— written by Club Fit Member and Guest Blogger Lisa Skelton

 

It’s been an interesting road for this group of women — literally and figuratively!

Suzanne and Tess in Manhattan

Suzanne and Tess in Manhattan

Most goals, whether fitness-related or not, are met one step at a time. But Club Fit Briarcliff member Tess Cerra and her band of walkers have racked up MANY steps in reaching their goal: walking every street in Manhattan!

Sound like an insurmountable feat? It has taken this group of nine women, all members of the Chappaqua Neighbors Club, nearly three years to cover the approximately 1200-mile route, which they plan to complete in the next month. “We became more regimented as we went along,” says Tess. “Once we realized we could actually achieve our goal, we all became a little more obsessed with finishing!” One member is in charge of mapping out their routes, and distributes maps to each walker. Weather permitting, the group walks every Monday, and averages 6 miles per day.

But this isn’t their first project. And it is certainly not their last. The group first tackled the Old Croton Aqueduct route, which is approximately 37 miles long and ends in Manhattan’s Bryant Park. And after they tackle Manhattan, they plan to tackle the other boroughs of New York City, one by one.

Suzanne Keay, a member of the group who is also a member of Club Fit Briarcliff, says, “My endurance has definitely improved, and the mental boost we get from the camaraderie we have developed is priceless!” Tess adds, “Some walk a little harder than others, but we all have to keep up.”

One unexpected benefit the women have experienced is the fact that they have met many people along the way. Passers-by approach them to ask what they are doing, and some go out of their way to enlighten the women on interesting facts about their neighborhoods. “We’ve learned a lot!” says Tess. They have also have had a variety of culinary adventures, making sure a good lunch spot is part of the itinerary. Their favorite area? “The West Side was lovely,” says Tess. She says the most interesting road they traveled was a secret underground street in Chinatown that was once used by gangs.

When they’re not out walking, both Tess and Suzanne use various areas of Club Fit to work out. Both do The Circuit, with Tess favoring Aquatics and Tennis programming, and Suzanne using Group Fitness, the Hoist Roc-It circuit, and the Fitness Center. And as mentioned earlier, both are members of the 75-year-old Chappaqua Neighbors Club, of which the walking group is just one part. Tess heads up the organization’s cultural activities, and Suzanne is the club historian and works on the club’s newsletter.

How has the walking group added to their club experience? “I feel like I own Manhattan!” says Suzanne. The group has also gotten some press, with a profile in the Journal News and an appearance in USA Today, where they were pictured with well-known historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose publicist they came across on one of their walks.

It’s been an interesting road for this group of women — literally and figuratively! — but they haven’t reached the end of their journey! If you see Tess or Suzanne at the Club, congratulate them on their achievement, and be sure to find out where they are headed next!

 

Tips for Water Safety this Memorial Day and All Summer Long!

Memorial Day is coming up and this is the time of year people begin opening their pools for the Summer. To ensure your family has a happy and safe Memorial Day and a great Summer packed with Swimming, here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe all season long!

Here is some helpful advice from Club Fit Briarcliff Aquatics Director, Ruth Garcia!

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 3.14.24 PM If you are a pool owner, make sure your pool is surrounded by an adequate fence or barrier to protect your family as well as potential wanderers.

Children should start learning to swim around 2.5 years of age. We recommend starting even sooner with infant/parent classes to get them acclimated to the water.

If swimming in an unsupervised area, make sure you have another person with you. Children should never be unattended.

Do not consume alcohol while swimming. It impairs coordination, judgement and your ability to function normally in an aquatic environment.

Use Coast Guard approved gear and non-inflatable pool toys and swim aids. Inflatable floatation devices pose an increased risk of drowning as they are prone to popping. We also do not recommend using mermaid-like/uni-fin fins. This new trend is cute, but not necessarily safe as it positions the body in an unnatural way and has the potential to cause a distressed swimmer.

Be sure to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Here are some suggestions from the American Cancer Society on how to stay safe in the sun!

Sign up for a CPR class so you are prepared in the event there is an emergency. Click here for dates in May.

If you need further information on water safety, visit the American Red Cross for their top recommendations.

Interested in swim lessons at Club Fit? Contact braquatics@clubfit.com or call and speak to someone in our Aquatics department for more information! Club Fit Briarcliff: 914.762.3444 ex. 2108)

Circuit Training Can Get the Job Done!

Master Trainer & NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Jen Schildwatcher

Master Trainer & NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Jen Schildwatcher


By Jennifer Schildwachter

Timed Circuit Stations can get the job done for most at the gym!

Circuit training can be a time efficient and challenging form of body conditioning that develops strength, endurance (aerobic and anaerobic), flexibility and coordination all in one exercise bout. The term coined “circuit” actually describes the way in which the work out is structured. It usually consists of a series of exercises or “stations” completed in a timed succession with minimal rest in between.

Circuits are great because it allows the trainer or coach to become imaginative and add more variety to the training programs. Interval training tends to focus one exercise like cycling or running. However in a timed circuit you can run through a variety of exercises that focus on strength, stabilization, agility, flexibility and power.

A circuit can be used for general fitness, basic strength and for strength endurance. Depending if the circuit is for a sports specific need or for muscular endurance, you may have a varied work out based on criteria like; rest intervals, the number of exercises used and the number of circuit sessions needed to complete one total work out session at the gym.

Many advantages to a timed circuit station as it can help incinerate fat, promote stabilization and flexibility, maximize your time at the gym and also focus on muscular endurance and all out strength.Using whole body, dynamic movements can tap into all three energy systems our body uses to burn calories and taps into the longer and lower intensity energy systems referred to as the oxidative system and at the same time can also tap into the two others; ATP-CP and glycolytic systems responsible for the short burst of energy. Together, all three pathways of respiration contribute to your body’s ability to maximize fat loss, as well as preserve lean muscle tissue while increasing the body’s potential for functional and dynamic movements.

So whether you need to make a sudden dash for the bus leaving the bus stop, or go catch a dog that got off the leash and is already a block ahead of you or even weaving in and out of a large crowd of people in an airport or train station; you will be ready for what life throws at you with circuit training.

Jennifer is a Master trainer, Certified NASM trainer who is currently running a paid fitness program on the fitness floor every Wednesday morning at 10 am called; “KBells, Straps, Boards & Beyond!” Come see how fun you can have on the Functional Fitness Floor!

“Tough Cookie” Julianna Vano Fights Lymphoma

— written by Club Fit Member and Guest Blogger Lisa Skelton

 

Young Club Fit Member Juliana Vano battles lymphoma with attitude and energy to spare. She is “One Tough Cookie!”

"Tough Cookie" Julianna Vano Fights Lymphoma

Club Fit Member Julianna Vano is “One Tough Cookie.”

“One Tough Cookie”! That is how Julianna Vano’s family and friends describe the energetic, nonstop 10-year-old. And she has proven this to be true since her diagnosis in December of Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, the most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, accounting for up to 30 percent of newly diagnosed cases in the United States. It is an aggressive cancer, but the Vanos, members of Club Fit Jefferson Valley, reacted quickly, and Julianna is well on her way back to good health.

Mom Joann noticed something was wrong back in November, when Julianna became lethargic and was experiencing abdominal pain. “She’s my Energizer bunny!” she said of Julianna, an avid dancer, and soccer and basketball player. “I knew something was wrong when her energy dipped.” The initial bloodwork at their doctor’s office hinted at Hepatitis A, but when it didn’t improve over two weeks, they went to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and scans revealed masses on all of Julianna’s organs. Treatment was started immediately.

Julianna was on a 20-day chemotherapy cycle, checking in to the hospital every 20 days for 5 to 7 days, then taking a week or two off. But she remained active while she was home, continuing her dance classes 3 to 4 days a week (hip-hop, jazz, ballet…you name it, she does it!) and actually competing this past March! She also recently performed at the halftime show during a Westchester Knicks game. Because of the risk of infection, Julianna was taken out of school and her tumbling classes, but is being tutored at home. Does she miss school? “I think she misses her friends,” laughs Joann.

It was supposed to be a three-month process, but the treatment schedule became longer when a follow-up scan showed a small mass remained on Julianna’s kidney, but the hope is that the additional treatments she is receiving now will take care of that. Going forward, they expect her to have four rounds of “maintenance” treatments, then be free and clear by August. “Through most of this experience, if Julianna didn’t lose her hair or wear a face mask, you’d never know she was sick!” says Joann.

The whole Vano family is active, with Julianna and her two siblings, Bella and Tommy, frequenting Club Fit’s Energy Center, and Mom and Dad spending time in the Fitness Center. As mentioned earlier, Julianna plays travel soccer and travel basketball, and is also a Girl Scout, and plans to return to her activities once treatment is completed. Club Fit is showing their support by hosting two fundraisers for the family at both Club Fit locations, a Spin Class and Kids’ Zumba class. May 20th at Briarcliff and May 27th at Jefferson Valley. All proceeds are going back to the Vano family.

The Vanos are also starting a team for Yorktown’s Relay for Life, aptly named “Team Tough Cookie” (which at this writing is the top fundraising team so far)! Look for their tent on Friday, June 12 at Jack DeVito Field in Yorktown Heights. But you can also get in on the action early by joining us at Club Fit for the Spin and Zumba events, and showing your support for our Tough Cookie Julianna and her family!

Parisi Speed School has a New Director

— Written by Club Fit Member and Guest Blogger Joy Cain

 

Prescott Perry comes to Club Fit as the New Director for Parisi Speed School.

Parisi Speed School’s mission is to help young athletes become better, faster, stronger.

Who, then, is better equipped to help them than a young man who is on the fast track?

Enter Prescott Perry, the new director of the Parisi Speed School at Club Fit.

Prescott played lacrosse and studied kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. He snowboarded competitively and worked as a personal trainer on Coronado Island (off the coast of San Diego). He also sailed competitively, participating in races in Newport and Larchmont. And he earned his MBA from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

One can only imagine what he’ll do when he finally turns 26.

“I’ve always thought that I wanted to be successful more than I wanted air to breathe, “ Prescott says, “so I try to do as much as I can with what I’ve got. ”

Indeed. And the success he’s chasing after now involves getting more athletes and teams to jump on the Parisi bandwagon. While noting that Westchester and Putnam counties have no shortage of gyms, health clubs, and exercise facilities, Prescott says that the type of training that Parisi offers is a cut above.

“Parisi has a measurable standard. When you’re able to show how much a certain drill or exercise is improving an athlete’s performance, there’s a certain amount of buy-in. ”

Prescott will be reaching out to local coaches to encourage them to bring their teams in to train with Parisi. Eventually he hopes to get a tie-in along with the buy-in; since a company he once worked for helps athletes get recruited for college, Prescott wants to introduce a similar protocol at Club Fit and post the stats of our Parisi-trained athletes on a nationally-recognized recruiting database. In this way, college coaches nationwide could view the athletes’ progressions and measure their athletic potential. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

But while the focus on jocks and jockettes is important, it shouldn’t be the entire Parisi picture. Citing an upward trend of childhood obesity, Prescott says that Parisi needs to make room for couch potatoes, too.

“We want to focus more on the kids who get picked last in gym,” he says. “We want to let them see that what we’re doing is not hard, that it doesn’t take much to be considered athletic. You can be athletic and not know it. You just have to tap that inner athlete inside yourself. And that’s one thing I think Parisi is able to do. ”

Typically, Parisi’s small group sessions are broken up by age. The Jump Start program (ages 7–11) sets the foundation for success in any sport by focusing on speed, agility, and overall coordination. The Total Performance program (ages 12–16) focuses on techniques used in speed, agility and strength to maximize improvements in athletic performance. And the Peak program (ages 17–21) is an individualized coaching program for the elite athlete. It focuses on individual needs, goals and improvements needed to compete at a competitive level.

Although upwards of 100 young people are involved in the program right now, a demographic shift may be in the wind. Prescott hopes to see more adults train with Parisi—tennis players, swimmers and Weekend Warriors who could benefit from agility and strength drills that are tailor-made for their sport. “I don’t think it’s ever too late for adults to try and do something like that, to make themselves into better athletes,” he says.

His competitive snowboarding days are behind him, but Prescott, a bachelor, still plays in an adult lacrosse league. And although he hasn’t done much of it lately, he still sails competitively. “Yeah…. with a name like Prescott, I kinda had to do sailing,” he jokes. “I’m a stereotypical guy; my name is Prescott, I’m from Connecticut, I sail and do everything that goes with it…. ”

But all jokes aside, Prescott is committed to taking Club Fit’s Parisi program to the next level. Besides watching the bottom line and drumming up new business for the program, Prescott, along with Vince Wright and Jen Ritz, will also be one of the Parisi instructors. “I want to get this facility to be the new standard of training for this area,” he declares.

Better. Faster. Stronger. Now.

If anyone can get Parisi on the fast track, Prescott can.

New Assistant General Manager Laura Crowe

— Written by Club Fit Member and Guest Blogger Joy Cain

 

Club Fit Jefferson Valley Welcomes New Assistant General Manager Laura Crowe.

Club Fit Jefferson Valley Assistant General Manager Laura Crowe

Club Fit Jefferson Valley Assistant General Manager Laura Crowe

Laura Crowe is no newcomer to the Club Fit family. Since 1997 she’s worked at the club in a variety of capacities—from receptionist to member services manager, from salesperson to Membership Director. Now, as Jefferson Valley’s newly-appointed Assistant General Manager (AGM), she’s taking on an altogether different challenge. And so far, so good.

“I’m delighted to have her as AGM because of the diverse experience she brings to the team,” says Lynn Welling, J.V.’s General Manager. “I love her decisiveness, her frankness and the fact that she’s just so upbeat. You never see her without a smile and that open, welcoming greeting.”

As AGM, Laura oversees four departments: Sports, Membership, Reception and Group Fitness. She says that having served as membership director for the last eight years helps her greatly with her current assignment.

“Membership is tied to pretty much every department, and I know that department inside and out,” Laura says. When members wanted to know anything about what the club had to offer—from summer camp to Pilates class—it often fell to Laura’s team to point them in the right direction. Consequently, Laura’s knowledge of the club grew with every question that was asked. “Membership is the base of the organization, so I feel like I had an advantage.”

Still, she admits that the AGM job has its learning curve. For one thing, she’s discovering the ins and outs of acquiring certifications for group fitness instructors. Ditto the intricacies involved in marketing a bunch of programs in multiple categories. But Laura’s biggest on-the-job training challenge involves the sports department; while waiting for a new sports director to come on board, Laura is laying the groundwork for this year’s summer camp.

Not that Club Fit’s Summer Camp program is a foreign concept to Laura.

Au contraire. In fact, Yogi Berra might say “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Why? Because all three of Laura’s children either have attended (Kyle and Terence) or will attend (Erin) Club Fit’s Summer Camp. And Laura’s Club Fit connection goes deeper than that; her parents were original members when the club opened its doors in 1973.

“I went to the nursery, my parents played tennis —everyone in my family was into fitness,” says Laura, whose siblings include five brothers and one sister. Laura grew up in Yorktown Heights, was a member of Lakeland High’s first girl’s lacrosse team and earned a degree in finance from Iona College. She and her husband, Woody, moved around a little bit before returning to the area in 1996. The following year Laura began working part time at the club as a receptionist and the rest, as they say, is history.

Laura’s mother, Marygrace Torggler, still takes classes at the club, and apparently the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Stating that she “would be miserable” if she didn’t exercise, Laura works out four days a week and is a big fan of trainer Justin Meagher’s intense Mudd-Up or Shudd-Up class. Laura also runs about four miles at a clip, does some elliptical work, and lifts weights. She loves to read and travel; the plan, this year, is to go to Hawaii with her husband to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.

Right now, however, folk around Club Fit are celebrating Laura’s promotion.

“During these last few weeks of having Laura on board, I’ve seen a tremendous difference in the management team at the club,” general manager Welling says. “ They’ve received her with open arms. They know that Laura is out there —supporting the membership and our staff, from front line to executive. We’re all in alignment.”

Sounds like perfect harmony. But nothing less should be expected from the not-so-new kid on the block.

Welcome to the ranks of AGM, Laura!

From Couch to 5K… and beyond!

— written by Club Fit Member and Guest Blogger Lisa Skelton

Club Fit Member Linda Adair goes from couch to 5K, and farther — losing 45 lbs and getting stronger in the process!

Linda before and after

Linda lost 45 lbs — gained speed, strength and fitness!

Change is good! But only if you make the right changes. Linda Adair decided that she wanted to get back into shape last summer, and 45 pounds later, she has achieved that goal.

Last June, Linda reached a point where she was tired of being overweight, and wanted to return to her former fit, energetic self. With the support of fellow Club Fit Briarcliff member and friend, Denyse, a marathon runner, she attempted the Couch to 5K program, and by August she was running 3 miles every other day. “The first day was tough, but then I got back up on day two and did it again,” she says.

In the fall she joined Club Fit, and she feels it made a huge difference in her fitness quest. “I had adjusted my diet and increased my exercise, but Club Fit pushed me over the top with the addition of Group Fitness classes and access to the Fitness Center,” she says. Linda, a paralegal (she graduated in March!), is a regular in the Spin Studio, and uses the treadmill, the women’s circuit and the free weight area. She completed her first 5K, slowly, last July, and now she has thirteen 5Ks and one 10K planned for 2015!

So the exercise increased, but what did she change in her diet? “I eat tons of fruit, cut out carbs and replaced white rice and potatoes with healthier starches like yams and brown rice.” She adds, “My diet is constantly evolving, and I continue to do research, but I definitely don’t starve myself. If I want something that doesn’t fall into my ‘healthy’ list, I don’t deprive myself.” The key is to become educated, and learn how to maintain a good balance, something she feels should also be stressed to young people, who today can so easily succumb to eating disorders.

Speaking of young people, two of the reasons Linda was motivated to regain her health were her daughters. Both girls are active and athletic, but her younger daughter also suffers from cystic fibrosis. Because of this, Linda and her family have become active supporters of Team Boomer, a program within the Boomer Esiason Foundation that encourages people with CF to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives, and supports athletes in raising money for CF through fundraising events. The Foundation, launched by former New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason, works to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by CF. “One hundred percent of the money they raise goes to research, so I am happy to support them!”

At this point, Linda has achieved what she set out to do… “I am healthy now!” She dropped from a size 16 to size 6, and feels much stronger and faster since her decision to commit to fitness last summer. Her husband and daughters also are benefitting from the adjustments she made to her diet, which of course impacted the foods she brings into their Pleasantville home. “There are always things you can work on at the gym, but at this point I am simply grateful to be healthy!”

For more information on the Couch to 5K program that started Linda on her way, visit www.fromcouchto5k.com, and if you want to give a philanthropic twist to your fitness plan and join the Adairs in their support of Team Boomer, visit www.teamboomer.org.

Kind members thanking our wonderful staff…

“Just wanted to send a shout out to both of you. You have done a fantastic job this year. Rob and I are so proud to have our children swimming for you and we appreciate all that you have done for our kids. I know our guys are inspired to work harder. I think this helped them have more of a sense of what they’re working for. Thanks for all that you do.” 
 (Aquatics, Briarcliff) 

“I have been taking Jen Schildwachter’s Correct, Select & Never Forget class and it has helped me in a multitude of ways. The class is a wonderful way to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, to be more physically active, to experience a wide variety of exercises safely, to learn how to use the equipment on the ‘Fitness Floor’, to meet other health-conscious friendly members, and especially to feel more comfortable at the club.
Prior to the Correct/Select class I had felt intimated and never entered the ‘Fitness Floor.’ I felt it was for young athletes. Jen taught me (and other people) how to exercise safely and use the equipment as a way to achieve healthful goals. Jen is an excellent diagnostician who spotted my areas of weaknesses and has helped me work to correct them and strengthen my body. I lost 20 pounds in the last year and am stronger and more confident than I have been in years. I am able to do more and I look forward to going to Club Fit as often as possible! Thank you, Jen!! and Thank you Club Fit!”
(Fitness, JV)

Dear Mr. Montgomery, (Aquatics Director, JV)
I wanted to let Club Fit know how much I am enjoying my swimming lessons with Susan Gerena.
When I signed up for the first package of lessons, my goal was to improve my technique. Susan has really helped me accomplish that for the crawl and back stroke. And, she has taught me the breast stroke, which I had not learned before.Susan’s clear and encouraging method of teaching has helped me advance more quickly than I would have anticipated. But most important, I enjoy the positive feeling she projects, regardless of how well or quickly I master a particular skill.Working with Susan has turned me into an avid swimmer and I look forward to working with her on the next stages of becoming a proficient swimmer.

 Dear Ryan,(Membership Sales Rep, Briarcliff)
Thank you for reaching out to me.  Wow!  My experience at Club Fit over the last three months has been tremendous one of joy and excitement and part of my daily regiment. I joined because of the tennis but have found so many other things including the lap pool for swimming, the Aqua-cize classes, spa pool, workout equipment, gym (basketball), cafe and the cardio tennis and tennis drill sessions etc. Tennis is my heart but the other activities always give me something to do. The staff/instructors Dan, Miguel etc I have encounter have been kind and helpful.  I have also met some nice members who have also made my membership pleasurable.

 Lynne, (General Manager, JV)
I wanted to bring to your attention some above and beyond help that members of your staff did for my daughter.My daughters car had died in the parking lot on Thursday around 5:30.I was still at work and called the front desk to see if they could help her. Two staff members Chris and Briana went out and jump started her car. While she offered them money for helping they refused.I wanted to thank them again for their help. I think it is a great example of the fantastic staff you have working at the club.Please thank them for me. 

 Mr. Cuatt, (General Manager, Briarcliff) 
I recently joined Club Fit Briarcliff with a friend.  We both had some reservations.  But no more.  The staff is so welcoming and attentive, it’s refreshing.  From the time that we walk in,, we are treated respectfully and warmly. The young people at the reception desk always greet us and always say goodbye.  It feels like they really care that we are there.  The ladies who maintain the locker rooms are pleasant and provide a clean, well stocked ladies facility.  There are always plenty of towels and toiletries.The personal trainers are always available and provide wonderful guided classes especially TRX.The Zumba classes and Pilates are taught by very kind, gentle, and fun people.  I have never felt intimidated.  I actually look forward to attending.I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that the staff is doing a great job.  I am looking forward to winning the MyZone challenge.  Have a great weekend.     

 

 

My Love for Tennis

Tennis

Alice


By Alice Daly
Tennis and Reception Manager
Club Fit Jefferson Valley

What’s not to LOVE about the game of Tennis? A game that can be learned at any age; a game that can be played with two players or four players; a game that continuously evolves with better equipment; a game that creates relationships for a lifetime.

My LOVE for tennis began in my early thirties as a neighbor in my new neighborhood brought me to the Club Fit JV courts to play. Comical as it was the first few times, I was totally hooked. I met other players with young children and we began the beautiful ritual of “Do you want to play tennis today?” Early morning phone calls became the starting shot for getting court time, tennis dress ritual, and packing up the kids. Our daily lives became intertwined as we learned how to play tennis-sometimes self-taught (we thought we knew so much!) and, more wisely, with a Tennis Pro. With passing years, some of our players moved on or away, and we gained some new players, adding another level of friendship to our group. I, along with my friends, became participants in USTA teams and events, enjoying the competition and camaraderie for many years.

I strongly believe that lessons, clinics, and playing in leagues is a major component to keeping your game fresh and focused. Competition at all levels, whether singles or doubles, is one of the best tools for developing confidence and poise on the courts. An additional plus to competition is the enrichment of meeting different players that may, or may not, become a part of your life. There is no better time than now to make the move, grab a racquet, get on the court and play tennis-a game to LOVE for life!

To learn more about Tennis at Jefferson Valley, visit us on our website!

Blythedale Fundraiser at Club Fit

— written by Club Fit Member and Guest Blogger Lisa Skelton

 

Club Fit member Hannah Nemerever raises funds for Blythedale

Hannah Nemerever hosts Blythedale Fundraiser at Club Fit

Hannah Nemerever swimming at Club Fit

For a 13-year-old, Hannah Nemerever has a pretty impressive resume. Her “day job” involves attending eighth grade at George Fisher Middle School in Carmel, but in her spare time she swims competitively, tutors, and has gained quite the reputation for her community service.

Hannah decided to combine her two loves — swimming and helping others — by organizing a fundraiser for Blythedale Children’s Hospital involving her teammates on Club Fit Jefferson Valley’s USA Swim Team. This is the second year Hannah has spearheaded this event, with last year’s event raising close to $12,000! “Blythedale made it really easy for me to do this,” says Hannah. “Their Development Department gives you suggestions, and helps you set up goals.”

For Hannah’s event, which will be held in the Aquatics Center on March 4th, each swimmer gets sponsors who can donate a lump sum or a certain amount per lap, and commits to a minimum number of laps, between 50 and 200. The team’s goal is to swim a total of 60 miles. “I hope to swim 200 laps myself,” says Hannah. All proceeds will go directly to Blythedale.

Why Blythedale? “We were driving by the hospital and I was curious so I did some research and found out what they did, and I thought it was interesting,” says Hannah. Blythedale, which is located in White Plains, is one of only 19 pediatric specialty hospitals in the United States, and is nationally recognized for its innovative, multidisciplinary inpatient programs. The money raised in last year’s swim team fundraiser was used to support transportation services for sick children and their families, and this year’s proceeds will go to an area where the money is needed most.

But Blythedale is not the only beneficiary of Hannah’s philanthropy. She is a volunteer at Green Chimneys, a local nonprofit that is recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. Hannah helps care for the animals, and is also planning to volunteer at a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Green Chimneys in the spring.

Be sure to stop by on March 4th at 4:45 p.m. to cheer Hannah and her teammates on! And if you miss it, donations will be accepted in the Aquatics office. Checks should be made payable to Blythedale Children’s Hospital and are tax deductible. To find out more about the Blythedale Children’s Hospital and their mission, visit www.blythedale.org. You can also find out more about Green Chimneys at www.greenchimneys.org. Maybe you’ll find one of these organizations as worthy of your time and energy as Hannah does! She is truly an inspiration for all of us, regardless of age!

Operation PROM Fundraiser at Club Fit

Greater Than We founder Susie Mordoh

Greater Than We founder Susie Mordoh

Some people just have the knack for turning an overwhelming situation into a great experience. Event planner and life coach Susie Mordoh, a Club Fit Briarcliff member for the past 12 years, is one of those people! Susie’s company, Greater Than We, is just one part of her personal mission, which is to alleviate “the overwhelm,” and break things down into what she refers to as simple and easy “nuggets of love.”

Greater Than We began three years ago as a company focused on event planning and fundraising, but has grown into an invaluable support system for those looking to achieve a better work-life balance. Susie is hired for speaking engagements, runs workshops and coaches individuals looking for some clarity in their lives. “I strongly believe that when we raise each other up, extraordinary things can happen,” she says. Her mantra? “Feel the Love!”

Susie’s efforts are also directed at supporting nonprofits, including one that is near and dear to her heart, Operation PROM. Club Fit Briarcliff has supported Operation PROM as a dress drop-off location for the past few years, and is the location Susie chose for the 2015 Operation PROM Charity Ride held in February, which raised almost $4000. “The event was a win-win for everyone involved, and a welcome change, for some, from the regular gala dinner format,” said Susie. “The ride was fun, the room looked fantastic, we raised a lot of money, and everyone had a great workout!”

Susie is on the board of Operation PROM, and has witnessed firsthand the impact the organization has made over the years. The organization was originally established in 2005 to help low-income students attend their proms by providing free dresses and tuxedo rentals, but has since expanded to include scholarships and donations of clothing and school supplies to students who are sick, homeless, or live in shelters and don’t have family to assist them.

“When you put it on a collective scale, small donations add up and make a big difference to someone in need,” says Susie. “We’ve reached the point where we can fund an entire prom for a deserving school, including dressing each guest.” This year’s beneficiary is Hope Academy in Orange, CT, which accommodates students who struggle in traditional academic settings due to various learning differences.

Club Fit was a natural choice for the Operation PROM spin event Susie organized. “The club has been a very supportive environment for events like this,” she says. Susie, a Briarcliff resident, uses almost every area of the club, from Group Fitness classes to USTA tennis. She is also a big fan of MYZONE, which she considers a “pivotal upgrade” to her membership. “I definitely have experienced measurable results.” Her husband and two children also frequent the club, and if dogs were allowed, her two Labrador Retrievers would probably be there, too.

Whether you are looking for a little personal inspiration or trying to make a difference for someone in need, follow Susie’s advice, and “Feel the Love!” Her success is proof that it works. For more information on Susie and her company, Greater Than We, visit www.greaterthanwe.com. You can also find information on how to join Susie and Club Fit in supporting Operation Prom at www.operationprom.org.

 by Lisa Skelton

“Play” Matters

Why “Play” Matters
By Club Fit Briarcliff Assistant General Manager, Ted Gilsinger

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Don’t underestimate child’s play. It may look like leisure time, but when children are playing, fighting imaginary dragons or organizing a game of kickball, they’re actually developing crucial life skills and preparing their brains for the challenges of adulthood. The bad news, child development experts say, is that free playtime has been shrinking for children over the past three decades.

Play teaches kids to play nice!
Research published in the Early Childhood Education Journal in 2007 revealed that both free play and guided plan can help preschoolers learn awareness of other people’s feelings. Playing also teaches kids to regulate their own emotions, a skill that serves them well as they move through life. “You get to try things out with no consequences,” said Kathy Hirsch-Pasek, a child development psychologist at Temple University. “Play allows you to wear different hats, to master social rules and that’s huge.”

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.
Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers. As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges. Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills. When play is allowed to be child driven, children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue.

Summer Camp Play

Summer Camp play

The Club Fit Summer Camp aims to promote a healthy active life style while fostering the benefits of play. Our full-day campers build new friendships all summer long while engaging in a multitude of developmentally aligned activities. Campers from kindergarten through 8th grade have the opportunity to try out new activities such as yoga, tennis, karate, and Zumba, each taught by certified specialists. In addition, campers are encouraged to build positive relationships with their peers and counselors through a variety of sports and gym games where sportsmanship is key. Energy Camp is dedicated to fostering a spirited summer community through camp-wide events like weekly theme days and special events all summer long.

Club Fit’s Summer Preschool Program aims to attend to the whole child by nurturing their psychological, social, emotional, and physical needs. Through a daily morning circle routine, campers will engage with picture books and develop both their number and time sense. In addition, circle time is an opportunity for our young campers to develop meaningful relationships with their peers and teachers. As a community dedicated to the health and physical well-being of our program participants, preschool campers will also engage in a variety of gross-motor activities such as Super Soccer Starts, Quick Start tennis, movement through music, and daily swim.

Check out the new Free Lunch Menu for Summer Camp! Meet our Summer Camp Co-Directors!

Learn how to prevent changes in balance for a fall-free future

Learn how to prevent changes in balance for a fall-free future.
Practice exercises to improve your balance!

Debbie Lenihan
PT Director
Physical Therapy at Jefferson Valley

As we age the ability to maintain balance becomes more difficult. Balance and stability are important factors for aging adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Loss of balance is the primary factor in falls, which often results in serious injuries.

Many factors influence good balance. Some of them are biological and some we are able to influence and improve. Good balance is dependent on sensory input from the eyes, the correct functioning of the balance system in the inner ear, posture and center of gravity, and our ability to sense the position and movement in our feet, legs and arms. Vision affects the balance system, as the eyes send messages to the brain, telling us where objects are in space.

Aging adults are affected by a loss of muscle mass and strength, and have an increased risk of falls and hip fractures. Weakness in the ankle musculature may cause difficulty in recovering lost balance more quickly. Strong quadriceps muscles are necessary for good balance and walking. Evidence shows that strength and aerobic training can lead to a reduction in falls.

Loss of flexibility occurs with age. This may lead to difficulty climbing stairs, transferring from sit to stand and/or getting out of bed without difficulty. Much of the loss of flexibility is due to inactivity.

Postural changes can develop as people age which includes rounded shoulders, forward head postures and an increased thoracic curve in the spine. These changes affect the center of gravity in the body, moving it forward. With changes in the center of gravity, older adults are more prone to loss of balance and an increased risk of falls.

There are many ways we can adapt to the changes in our bodies as we age. Different forms of exercise, such as strengthening exercises, flexibility and stretching exercises, yoga, tai chi, and aerobic exercise, such as walking, will all contribute to decreasing the risk of falls and improving balance.

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Join Physical Therapy at Club Fit Jefferson Valley for a free lecture: “Use it or Lose it” on March 31!

If you would like to attend this free presentation contact Physical Therapy at Jefferson Valley at (914) 245 – 8807 to reserve a seat. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Keeping Our Kids Healthy by Avoiding Childhood Obesity

By Ashley DiSalvo, School Teacher and Summer Camp Co-director

When we think of childhood, we think of laughter, playing with friends, and being carefree. However, childhood obesity rates have been on the rise for the last three decades and that means a trend toward devastating physical and mental health implications for our nation’s youth. Luckily, one of the most effective preventative measures is simple: more time spent playing.

The CDC recommends 60 minutes of daily activity for children age six to seventeen. While 77% of children ages 9 -13 reported spending free time on physical activity during the seven days prior to the survey, that number dropped to just 27.1% for high school students! Studies show that by senior year, only 35% of students are even attending weekly physical education classes.

As rates of physical activity decrease, the rates of children and adolescents who are overweight and obese continue to rise. According to the CDC, in 2012, one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Sadly, the obesity rate of children age 6 – 11 rose from 7% in 1980 to 18% in 2012. In addition, children and adolescents are at risk for many of the same weight-related ailments as adults. For example, obesity increases risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. Other health issues include joint problems, sleep apnea, and prediabetes, a condition where high glucose levels indicate a high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Since childhood obesity is a strong indicator of obesity in adulthood, these health issues can expand to include greater risk of stroke and certain types of cancer later in life.

As adults, we are constantly bombarded with media outlets that inform us of the newest super foods and how to “slim down in 7 days,” but the reality is that healthy eating habits and engaging in regular physical activity are habits that are formed over time and they are solidified by genuine enjoyment in the benefits of those habits. Who wants to go hike a mountain, or attend a spin class, or challenge their flexibility in a yoga class if they don’t enjoy it? That’s why at Club Fit’s Summer Camp we provide a variety of physical activities such as Zumba, yoga, karate, swim, and a variety of sports so that all of our campers can find an activity that they truly enjoy and can develop into a lifelong “healthy habit.” Regular physical activity in children and adolescents improves strength and endurance and aids in the development of healthy bones and muscles. But the benefits don’t stop at the physical. Physical activity has also been shown to decrease anxiety and stress and to improve self-esteem. In addition, an increase in self-esteem is linked to greater academic performance as reflected by achievement and more time spent on task during the school day.

National trends depict us as a nation less inclined to physical activity as we age and therefore more apt to develop life threatening illnesses. At Club Fit’s Energy Camp, we encourage children to develop healthy and active lifestyles by providing opportunities for physical activity that are more aligned with “play” than “exercise.” Whether the campers are trying out pickelball for the first time or taking tennis lessons from a pro, summer camp is one of the best ways to introduce children to a variety of physical activities that can help establish lifelong healthy habits.

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Learn more about how your kids will stay healthy and active at Club Fit Summer Camp!

Click here to Meet our Camp Directors!

Want to get your kids involved in an activity or sport now? Check out some of our ongoing programs for kids by visiting the “Sports” section of our website!

Here are just a few things we offer:

Basketball
Flag Football
Sports Nights
Football Kickoff
Pickleball
Pick-up Sports
Soccer
After School Sports
Sports Scramble
Volleyball
Self Defense
Zumba
Yoga
Karate
Tennis
Swimming

We offer programs for various ages from Preschool all the way through High School and Adulthood! Come visit us and try our facilities for free and see what living a healthy lifestyle in a healthy family oriented environment can do for you!

Kids should Lead Active Lifestyles!

By Summer Camp Co-director and School Teacher, Kristyn Reczek

Get kids off devices and into an active lifestyle! They may just thank you for it!

In today’s society, most of us rely on technology to communicate with our friends and family. Cellphones, iPads, and computers have become such a large part of all of our lives, including even our youngest children. Kids today are using various types of technology to learn from, play on, and stare at. Although, there are many benefits from our ability to use technology so readily, we should also want to show our children how beneficial it is to put down our technology devices and be active. “Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build strong bones and muscles, help controls weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

During the school year, kids are allotted time for activity during physical education. Over the summer months, camps can provide a great source of physical activity for our kids. Educator, author, and psychologist Dr. Peter Scales stated “Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment.” Activity during a camp day can include playing games and sports, dancing, swimming, or even just running around. But, camp can also help children to build healthy social skills. Camps help children to interact with friends but can also help them to interact with new peers that may turn into new friends. Many children of today find friends not only in school but also online, through social media websites and even by playing video games. Camp provides them with the opportunity to interact face to face with peers to create new friendships.

Summer camp is a fun and interactive way for kids to put down their cellphones and iPads, step away from their computers and enjoy physical activity with some old friends and maybe even some new ones.

Meet our Summer Camp Directors, Kristyn and Ashley!

Click here to learn more about Summer Camp at Club Fit Briarcliff or Club Fit Jefferson Valley! We also offer Tennis Camp at Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley and Swim Lessons at Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley!

Sign up today and receive 15% off enrollment!

Summer Camp Fun

Summer Fun at Club Fit

Welcome New Club Fit Briarcliff Manor Staff

20150413 Jennifer Marvin (675x900)Jennifer Marvin

Briarcliff Membership Representative

Some of Jennifer’s hobbies include dance, theater, a range of music from Opera to Blues and beyond, literature and various forms of exercise. In both Sales and her previous career in Radio Broadcasting, she has won awards and trips for outstanding performances. As one of Club Fit’s Membership Representatives, she is excited to be part of a team that genuinely helps people in such a personal way. Consulting with future and returning Club Fit members on the many ways we can help them obtain specified fitness and wellness goals is something Jennifer views as a privilege. _______________________________________________________________________ 20150413 Cat Burke (886x1024)Catherine Burke

Briarcliff Lifeguard / Water Safety Instructor

Cat loves hockey and sports.  Her professional expertise is in English, aquatics and management.  Cat loves the community atmosphere here at Club Fit.   _______________________________________________________________________ 20150413 Peter I (839x1024)Peter Iapozzuto

Briarcliff Group Fitness Instructor

Peter has been active in the fitness industry for many years.  He previously worked as a Well-Fit trainer at Robinson Apulia, a star luxury resort in Italy.  He has taught yoga, boot camp, Tai chi, and worked as a personal trainer and marathon coach.  Peter is also the author of “30 Day Fitness”.  He enjoys swimming, body building and loves our Club Fit pool and indoor track. _______________________________________________________________________ 20150402 Alicia TerhuneAlicia Terhune

Briarcliff Swim Coach Assistant

Alicia has come to Club Fit after graduating from Lafayette College where she swam Division I NCAA.  Prior to college she swam for the West Point Swim Club – currently the Peekskill Patriot Swim Club.  She also swam for the Yorktown High School Varsity Swim Team and both swam and dove for the Yorktown Summer Swim and Dive Team.  Throughout high school, Alicia gave private swim lessons in Peekskill while working under Beth Kear for children between the ages 3-16, was a junior coach for the Yorktown Summer Swim Team, and worked as an Assistant Swim Coach to Beth Kear for the Yorktown Swim Clinic through Yorktown Parks & Recreation. _______________________________________________________________________ 20150323 Hall, SamSamuel Hall

Briarcliff Café Counterperson

Sam is our newest Briarcliff Counterperson.  He likes biking, hiking and computers.                                                                                                             ___________              20150323 Silka, LindaLinda Silka

Briarcliff Member Services Rep

Linda loves boating, the beach and dancing.  She loves Club Fit’s commitment to its members, involvement in the community, and that we keep our facilities current and up to date!                                                                                                             ___________              20150313 QUISPEKimberly Quispe

Briarcliff Receptionist

Kimberly is currently majoring in Accounting at Pace University at the Pleasantville Campus. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys playing sports and running.                                                                                                             ___________              20150313 ERVINKeon Ervin

Briarcliff Child Care Worker and Party Host

Keon enjoys motivating people to try their best.  His passion is basketball and he loves the comfortable work out environment and good people around Club Fit.                                                                                                             ___________              20150313 GIANNALONEAlexandra Giannalone

Briarcliff Child Care Worker

Allie likes running and watching movies.  She loves that Club Fit is a very large health club with different things to do, as well as being a great place to hang out and enjoy.                                                                                                             ___________              20150310 angelaAngela Cullari Briarcliff

Receptionist

Angela enjoys being around people, learning about different cultures, and travel. She has been to Italy several times.                                                                                                             ___________              20150310 brentBrent Madalon

Briarcliff Fit Coach / Personal Trainer B

rent comes to us with expertise in Kettlebells, weight loss and sports performance.  He loves the family driven / friendly atmosphere at Club Fit.  His hobbies include baseball, golf, rock climbing and snowboarding.                                                                                                             ___________              20150303 KlewanKristin Klewan

Briarcliff Dietician / Nutritionist

Kristin is a registered Dietician Nutritionist with a clinical background specializing in disease prevention, food allergies and weight loss.  She loves to practice yoga, cook and workout.  She also loves dedicating time to rescue animals.  She says Club Fit feels like a home away from home!                                                                                                             ___________              20150227 Scott SangerScott Sanger

Briarcliff Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor

Some of Scott’s hobbies are swimming, surfing, body boarding and animals.  His main professional expertise is in Swimming and Yoga.  Scott loves the Club Fit pool, and loves swimming here!                                                                                                             ___________              20150220 Sean Allan (600x800)Sean Allan

Briarcliff Lifeguard

Sean’s hobbies are reading, playing sports and listening to music.  His professional expertise is with young children.  He is currently studying to become an elementary school teacher.  He loves the atmosphere that Club Fit has and thinks it is very welcoming, and the facilities are top notch.  He loves playing basketball here, working out and using the facilities as a whole.                                                                                                             ___________              20150114 leahLeah Alexander

Briarcliff Massage Therapist

Leah joins our Briarcliff Manor staff as a Massage Therapist.  Her hobbies are yoga, traveling, reading and QI Gong.  Aside from Massage, Leah’s professional expertise is in Yoga, health coaching and Reiki.  She loves Club Fit’s versatility of fitness offerings, design and energy of atmosphere. 

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Briarcliff Sports Activities Assistant

Coach Mick comes to Club Fit with 7 years of college basketball coaching experience under his belt, as well as countless travel teams and elite basketball camps.  Coach Mick is a graduate of Westchester Community College and Mercy College.  He can still be found on the basketball court most days breaking down defenders and hitting jump shots! 

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20150119 CrowellJennifer Crowell

Briarcliff Group Fitness Instructor

A former Gymnast and coach,  Jen is a certified Spin and Group Fitness instructor. She has also worked the past 13 years for Pfizer in New York City. Jen volunteers for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation being the Team Captain of “Jimmy’s Angels”.  They raise money for colon cancer research & promote public awareness.  Jen enjoys jogging on the beach and shares our energy and passion for fitness.  She loves the family environment at Club Fit!

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20150116 Sherine IssaSherine Issa

Briarcliff Lifeguard

Sherine joins our Aquatics team in Briarcliff as a Lifeguard.  She loves to swim and bake, and a dance session is always nice!  She has worked as a lifeguard for two years, and has worked as a waitress and in a pharmacy.  She loves the cozy atmosphere at Club Fit.  She finds the staff to be very professional and it feels like a massive family here.  She says, “got to love it!”

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Briarcliff Receptionist

Cemar is currently a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He enjoys playing sports, being active and being in the company of other people!

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20141223 Ellen PollackEllen Pollack

Briarcliff Group Fitness Instructor

Ellen has a powerful background in core conditioning, Pilates, spinning, heart rate training, group exercise and Pilates personal training. Her hobbies include kayaking, hiking and swimming.  Ellen loves the family friendly atmosphere and supportive learning and teaching environment at Club Fit!”

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Briarcliff Receptionist

Jordan is currently training for EMS / Paramedics.  He coaches a football little league team in Ossining.  He really loves our Club Fit staff – Jordan says “It’s a good group of people

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20141211 Melanie StPierreMelanie St Pierre

Briarcliff Group Fitness Instructor

Melanie loves teaching classes and working out!  She is a certified Group Fitness, Boot Camp and Mad Dogg Spinning instructor.  When not working out, Mel is an adjunct professor for the Developmental Reading / Writing and Business Departments at Mercy College.  She has a BS in Elementary Education from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters in Literacy from Mercy College.  Melanie is excited to join the Club Fit team and has found our staff to be friendly and warm.

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20141223 SuschinskyJoseph Suschinsky 

Briarcliff Receptionist 

Joe is a Pace University graduate. He enjoys basketball, hiking, reading and music.

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 Check out our new Jefferson Valley staff here>>  Welcome New JV Staff

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Welcome New Club Fit Jefferson Valley Staff

 

20150316 Perry prescott1 (2)Prescott Perry

Jefferson Valley Parisi Speed School Director

Prescott joined our Club Fit Family on 3/16/15 as the Parisi director. He is AFAA certified and holds a B.S. in kinesiology from the University of Rhode Island, and a M.B.A. from Lynn University, with a concentration in Sports management. Prescott enjoys Lacrosse, sailing, snowboarding, football and dogs. Prescott also finds the atmosphere of the club “Terrific”.

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20150310 chris-2Christopher Lutz

Jefferson Valley Lifeguard

Chris enjoys hockey, and is avid about lifesaving and first aid.  He has dedicated over 1000 volunteer hours to local ambulance corp, and is EMT certified.  Chris has also spent 3 yrs. with Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Chris has always been impressed with Club Fit’s wide range of programs and fitness opportunities.

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20150310 deanDean D’Alessio

Jefferson Valley Café Counterperson

Dean’s hobbies include football, basketball, baseball, lacross, swimming and weight lifting.  After graduating college, he would like to be a personal trainer.

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20150310 amanda raianoAmanda Raiano

Jefferson Valley Child Care Worker / Party Host

Amanda has joined the staff of the Energy Center and Nursery. She is getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology. She enjoys playing sports and socializing with friends. Amanda loves Club Fit for the positive, encouraging atmosphere and the friendly staff!

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20150303 Kyle LegatoKyle Legato

Jefferson Valley Café Counterperson

Kyle likes animals, guitar and basketball. He is currently studying computers and technology.

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20150227 LawlessMarlee Lawless

Jefferson Valley Café Counterperson

Marlee loves to read and loves learning. She is currently studying business.  Marlee loves the friendly staff and members around Club Fit

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20150216 Heather NorbertoHeather Norberto

Jefferson Valley Café Counterperson

Heather loves helping people, singing, dancing, and animals.   She is a pro at making people laugh and smile, and makes makes really good smoothies!

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20150204 amanda-aquatics-3Amanda Grieve

Jefferson Valley Water Safety Instructor

Amanda is a returning staff member and comes to us after having been a member of Club Fit in the past for many years.   Club Fit has felt to her like a second home.  Amanda loves to work out and swim miles.   She is an active mother of two.  These activities keep her sharp, in shape, and on the ball.  Amanda has 18 years of experience in aquatics, is an excellent teacher with strong qualifications, and is also a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard.  Amanda will be a welcome member to the Aquatics team.

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20150128 Fabian FalconFabian Falcon

JV Receptionist

Fabian comes to us with a service background in the restaurant business.  He enjoys fishing, basketball, and baseball.  Fabian is happy to be a part of Club Fit with all that it has to offer.

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20150121 MounseyAlyssa Mounsey

JV Receptionist

Alyssa has returned to the Club in January after finishing her education at Stony Brook in the Respiratory Therapy field.  “Ally” loves to paint and draw and is a great conversationalist.  She will be at the Reception Desk meeting and greeting our members because she loves the friendly environment we provide!

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20150114 Michael Pagan (3)Michael Pagan

JV Fitness Department Cleaner

Michael joins the Fitness staff in Jefferson Valley.  He loves to play sports.  He embraces life with a positive attitude and he loves to smile.

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20150114 Jen RitzJen Ritz

JV Parisi Performance Coach

Jen has returned to the Club Fit family after a year absence and will take her place among the Performance Coaches in the Parisi Speed School. Jen enjoys Basketball, Running, triathlons, weight training and especially traveling. Jen’s professional experience includes a Personal Training certification from AFAA and time spent playing division 1 basketball. Jen is thrilled to be back at Club Fit sharing her passion for Fitness and is delighted to once again be part of the Club Fit family.

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Check out our new Briarcliff Manor staff here>>  Welcome New Briarcliff Staff

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Stabilization & Balance: From Athletes to the Elderly

Master Trainer & NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Jen Schildwatcher

Master Trainer & NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Jen Schildwatcher

By Jennifer Schildwachter
Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach Leader

When you hear the terms “corrective exercises”, “prevention of injury”, and “functional strength”, what type of person comes to mind? Although the common answer to this question would be possibly a post-rehab senior with serious injuries, these terms also apply to athletes on their off season maybe dealing with a pre or post season injury or muscle imbalances to correct. When you think “athlete” you often think speed & agility drills or Olympic weight lifting, but the need for core stabilization and balance are needed for all!

Balance is the key to all functional movement and it should also stress a person’s limits of stability, or their “balance threshold”. By training in a multi-sensory environment, the nervous system’s ability to activate the right muscles, at the right time, and in the right plane of motion is vital to the elderly and athletes alike to enhance performance in every day life or an athletic event. All levels of fitness need to infuse this much needed balance and core stabilization exercises to benefit all planes of motion. Both of these needs can be fulfilled in NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Performance Enhancement Specialist Jennifer Schildwachter’s paid program; Correct, Select, and Never Neglect. Participants of all adult ages and fitness levels, learn that there is an inherent difference between functional strength and functional stabilization, which both come into play when trying to improve balance.

Core Stabilization and balance go hand in hand. The main goal of an athlete or senior would be to continually increase their limit of stability by creating progressive balance exercises in a controlled but unstable environment.

A good example of an exercise that you could give an athlete or senior, would be: “Single-Leg Dumbbell Shoulder Scaption”

How to do it:
A. Stand with a light dumbbell in each hand; lift one leg directly beside balanced leg.
B. Keep thumbs pointed up while raising arms to shoulder height at a 45-degree angle in front. Slowly lower. Repeat; alternate legs in each set.

This exercise and more can be learned in this class as well as the improvement in balance and stabilization in all physical abilities!

Interested in taking Correct Select and Never Neglect with Jen? You can sign up for the upcoming session beginning on February 17! Feel free to email Jen with any questions at jschildwachter@clubfit.com!