Alice Daly’s US Round Robin Recap

What a wonderful way for Club Fit JV to celebrate the last Grand Slam of the season with our US Open Round Robin and BBQ from late afternoon to under the lights on a balmy summer August day!

Tennis at Club Fit

Tennis fun at Club Fit Jefferson Valley

The event began with some of our junior players and their parents show casing their fancy footwork and court coverage. When their play time came to an end, Hal and Paul played an exhibition match that took our breath away with blistering serves and volleys not to be believed! During this time, Diane Rich and Peter were preparing the first round of BBQ for our early participants.

As dusk began to settle, JV tennis players began to arrive for the evening festivities. Hal got our players on the courts to begin the Round Robin Slam. Music was playing while ground strokes were being finessed and lobs were peppering the sky.

Diane’s delicious BBQ was enjoyed between rounds of play outdoors and indoors keeping 25 members moving the entire evening. The evening ended with raffle prizes galore and everyone having a fabulous time.

Thanks to our team of our awesome Tennis Pros and Staff, this was a fantastic event! We all had a great time providing our Tennis members and their friends and families an enjoyable evening at Club Fit JV.

Check out our Pictures from Club Fit Jefferson Valley’s Tennis Events on Flickr!

Our newest project keeps with our mission of going green: Net-Works Project

As a company, Club Fit is committed to making environmentally responsible decisions when it comes to our business operations and choices in products. We are happy to fill you in about the latest project we have started at Club Fit Jefferson Valley! We are having new carpeting installed. Not only is it a nice change, but the carpeting itself is made of recycled fishing nets through a project called “Net-Works.”

Here’s a little more about the project straight from the source: “The innovative collaboration of Interface, Inc. and the Zoological Society of London, called Net-Works™, has been created to tackle the growing problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. By establishing a community-based supply chain for discarded nets, Net-Works aims to improve the livelihood of local fishers while providing Interface with an innovative source of recycled materials for its carpet tiles.” (Source: Net-Works Project)

Carpeting Net-Works

Carpeting Net-Works

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Visit www.interface.com to learn more about their products and Net-Works.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLUB FIT MAKES MILLION-DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN TENNIS!

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!

So What Makes Summer Camp So Awesome?

Why is Summer Camp Important?
Top 6 opportunities provided by Club Fit Summer Camp

Choice – Club Fit Summer Camp offers a wide range of activities on a daily basis. Whether it’s Swim, Tennis, Art, Special Events or Camp games you find it all here at Club Fit Summer Camp. Club Fit Summer allows your child to discover their passions and their talents.
Confidence – At the end of the summer, campers are ready for school because they have mastered new communication/ social skills and have learned to be part of a team.
Character Building – It is at camp where the underachieving child suddenly takes a leadership role in a project; an overachieving child learns to help others. All of these experiences build character and develop leadership skills.
Community – The campers are under the same roof and with the same adults and peers for an entire day. Many camps create a close-knit community among staff, parents and children — something that typically doesn’t happen in the school year.
Employment – Most camps provide teens with their first job. It is this job training experience that allows many teens to be successfully employed outside the camp setting in later years.
FUN! – Ask children about their Club Fit summer camp experiences and you will hear “I live for summer camp,” “I can’t wait for the summer to come,” and “Summer camp is where I found my best friends.”

The Camp Bash at Club Fit is coming up in February! It’s always a crowd pleaser for our kids! Click here to register for summer camp or for more information: SUMMER CAMP AT CLUB FIT

Club Fit Open House

New Year’s Resolutions…Most people have them, and the majority of people break them! And, as you can imagine, losing weight is almost always at the top of the list, as well as spending more time with family and friends and staying fit and healthy.

The month of January is almost always the busiest month at a health club, as everyone plans to stay committed to their resolutions. It’s also probably the best emotional time to join. The first step usually is seeing which health clubs are in your local community. Being able to get to a gym that is close by is key, as well as extended hours of availability. Finding a health club that fits your needs and lifestyle is important.

Look for a health club that has a lot to offer, as you can switch up your routines as frequently as you want. Is the health club willing to give you some passes so that you can have a comfort in knowing what the club is all about? See the environment and mingle with the members. Really picture yourself there… Take advantage of all they have to offer so you could see if it would really be a good fit for you.

Some questions to ask: Is there an annual contract or do you allow the member to go month to month? Do you allow guests to come in with you during the month.? Are classes an additional fee? Is there someone that will be there on staff to help you when you need the help? (especially during the first month – or two!)

The key is making the commitment – keep that New Year’s Resolution, and start your journey to good health!

In keeping with tradition, Club Fit will be holding their annual Open House in Jefferson Valley on January 25, 2014 and in Briarcliff on January 26, 2014. Activities start at 9am! You can visit for the day – free of charge – and see all they have to offer. Spend some time walking through the club, win some prizes, take part in some classes – it’s all on us!

If you are looking for a health club that has both indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor swimming pools, over 130 group fitness classes weekly, a Fitness Coach on staff from open to close to answer all of your fitness questions, as well as a nursery with child care, a healthy café menu, massage therapists on staff (and so much more!!!) look no further. We’re waiting for you! Visit us at www.clubfit.com.

More details on the Open House Events at Club Fit Briarcliff and Club Fit Jefferson Valley:
Click here for Jefferson Valley Schedule of events.
Want to work out with us? Group Fitness Classes at Jefferson Valley
Click here for Briarcliff Schedule of events.
Want to work out with us? Group Fitness Classes at Briarcliff

Club Fit Swims for Blythedale

Hannah Nemerever is a seventh grade student at George Fisher Middle School, and is studying for her Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth Elohim.

She has volunteered to do community service work for school and is required to do a Mitzvah (good deed) for her religious education. She found a way to do both.

Her first challenge was to find something that was important to her and something she enjoyed. Hannah’s first question to her parents was that she wanted to do something to help kids in need. They searched the internet for ideas and came across Blythedale Children’s Hospital. The website had more than enough information and included a video explaining what they do.

The challenge was – how could they raise funds?

Hannah is a member of the USA Swim Team at Club Fit in Jefferson Valley. She approached Club Fit Swim Coach Kerri Going-Balbino, and was told that the swim team has raised funds for charities in the past.

Lena Cavanna, Director of Fundraising at Blythedale, invited Hannah in to meet with her and to give her a personal tour of the facility, where she could understand the importance of the operation and why they need help.

The next step was to contact Jacquie Giannico, Marketing Director at Club Fit, to bring the event together. Her efforts tied both of the Club Fit Swim Teams together – Jefferson Valley and Briarcliff. With all parties on board, a plan was laid out to get each team to fund raise together, with a Swimathon for Blythedale, on Friday, December 9th. Each swimmer was given a package to help solicit funds either by lump sum or by lap.

All in all, the event was exciting, the kids had fun, and more importantly, they raised money for a great cause. A donation check for almost $11,105.85 will be presented to Blythedale – Thanks to Hannah’s idea and the Club Fit USA Swim Team.

Bubble Up!

It’s almost bubble time! Twice a year, our tennis players wait with baited breath as we raise or remove the infamous tennis bubble. And some wonder why it can’t be done overnight. What goes on behind the scenes, the amount of planning and muscle it takes to make the transformation, is quite a story. No one knows better than Club Fit Project Manager Clint Hodder, who has been overseeing the operation at both clubs since the bubbles were installed 18 years ago.

“The bubble is a great concept in a climate like ours,” says Clint. “But it involves so much more than what people are aware of. There are so many details, and one of the biggest parts of the planning process is anticipating and being ready for things that could go wrong.”

The process starts weeks before the physical work begins: hiring temporary staff, scheduling equipment and ordering materials. Then dates are pinpointed, but if there’s rain in the forecast, everything can change. It’s one of the reasons Clint keeps the operation in-house. “When you use outside vendors, a rain delay could be a disaster because they have other clients and are trying to fit everyone in at the same time,” he explains. It also saves the club money, because hiring outside help usually means hiring multiple vendors to deal with different phases of the process.

What is involved once the staff and materials are in place? In the spring, a team takes down the hang lines, curtains and nets, then the lines are pulled up because the courts are repositioned. The lights are removed and the bubble is given a couple of days to dry out. Then it’s time to take it down. After a good cleaning, the bubble is folded up, put away and reconstruction begins: putting up poles and curtains, resurfacing the courts (which requires nearly 20 tons of material), putting new lines down, repairing any electrical issues and digging out the sprinkler system, which is covered up for the winter. And in the fall, it goes back up again! Which is always a little more work, because of all the details that need to be taken care of to make sure all is in place.

Resurfacing the courts is an essential part of the process, according to Clint, and is the reason the whole process is a little more time consuming than at other clubs. But it ensures that our players have optimal court conditions no matter what time of year they play. And to help accommodate members who can’t wait a few days to play, the work at each club is staggered so the Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley courts are not closed at the same time.

But the work doesn’t end with installation or takedown. Maintenance of the courts and the bubble is a year-round project. The courts need to be watered and groomed daily, and each night staff is on hand from 10pm to 5am to water and groom the courts for the next day, and deal with any issues or repairs. Also, when the bubble is up, a close eye is kept on the weather. “We don’t sleep much in the winter!” says Clint. Heavy snowfall calls for an overnight crew to continuously shovel the buildup of snow around the bubble. A few years ago, a major snowstorm caused a rip in the Briarcliff bubble that required repair. And when Hurricanes Irene and Sandy came to town, the bubble was taken down as a precaution.

There are also the occasional staffing issues. It’s not always easy to find the 22 temporary employees to complete the bubble installation or takedown. And once they are hired, some have walked off the job when they decide it’s a bigger job than they anticipated. But there are others who have gone above and beyond, and are now Club Fit staff members.

All in all, Clint and his crew have it down to a science, and are the reason that issues are kept to a minimum year after year. This year’s “bubble up” will take place first at Briarcliff from September 3rd – 15th and at Jefferson Valley from September 14th – 22nd. So while you’re waiting those few days in between seasons, know that your courts are in good hands!

My Spartan Experience

When I walked into Club Fit in February and saw the Spartan training poster, I was intrigued. I had heard about Spartan races from my daughter and loved the idea. I went home and pulled up the Spartan race website to see what it was all about. The videos were inspiring, but also intimidating: The participants looked to be in their 20s and 30s. I thought, Am I crazy? I’m 59 years old. Would I get injured? Injuries come so easily at my age. Would I be able to keep up with my team? I didn’t want to hold them back. Not to mention my bad knees, bad thumbs, bad neck and temperamental feet.

I knew that if there was any hope of accomplishing this, I needed training, so I signed up for Club Fit’s Spartan training class with trainer Jane Balter. (Click here to view Jane’s profile). What an amazing person!! She was encouraging and inspiring. She made the workouts challenging but paid close attention to our condition and adjusted the workout appropriately to meet our individual needs. I remember those first two weeks so well, timidly positioning myself at the end of the line or the back of the class, unsure of what I could do. Pushups? Barely two. Plank? Almost 10 seconds before my arms would start shaking, then collapse. This “old lady” had her work cut out for her. During that first class, after what seemed to be an eternity, Jane said, “OK, that completes our ‘warm-up.’” I thought, “Whaaaaatt? There’s more???” I came home moving like Frankenstein those first few weeks, having worked ligaments and muscles that had been neglected for years.

But Jane kept me going. She was calm, friendly, and a wonderful teacher. She explained her training program and what it would accomplish. She educated us in the value of each exercise, the correct positioning to avoid injuries and in nutrition to accompany our training regime. Every class, she handed out workout sheets with an exercise plan for the week, as well as handouts with nutritional guidelines. I learned a lot. And I loved what I learned. Over time, my number of pushups increased and I could hold the “plank position” for longer periods. I stuck with the program, knowing that I would have to follow her instructions no matter what to get in shape. Jane sent us frequent emails, asked for our input on our team name, ordered our shirts and hosted a wonderful team dinner before the event. She was always available if you needed her. We worked out together and she could see how we all improved. What a special feeling to be part of a team whose leader and members were so supportive and encouraging.

Oh yes, there were times during the three-month training that I wanted to quit. I screwed up my feet by wearing improper sneakers…to the point I could barely walk and DEFINITELY not run. Other times, I felt that I wasn’t getting stronger after several weeks in training. But Jane always listened and provided guidance. And she was right. My feet healed. I became less tired and I could do more. Those aches and pains almost disappeared.

One day, our training class was to meet at Turkey Mountain to run at 7:30am. That morning, I woke up to rain and 40 degrees. I was sure training would be switched to Club Fit. When I called Jane to confirm, she said, “I’m sorry, but we are still meeting at Turkey Mountain.” I had visions of slipping on the rocks or getting sick from the cold weather, but after completing that run, I was the first to say how awesome it was! Such a sense of accomplishment!

When race day came, it was thrilling. Our Club Fit team all finished the course. We were so excited for each other. I met my goals, which were to complete the course and not do any burpees (race rules state if you cannot complete the obstacle, you must do 30 burpees…which to me are the most UNfun exercise ever!). Throughout the entire course, I could hear Jane’s voice in my head telling me how to position myself to accomplish the task. I made it without having to do any burpees (yippee!) and I didn’t feel tired at the end, which I attribute to the nutritional counseling Jane had provided us. As an added bonus, I somehow placed 1st in my age group!

Training and participating in the Spartan event was truly an amazing experience!!!! I attribute 100% of this accomplishment to Jane and her training class at Club Fit. THANK YOU!

What’s next? Many of us have signed up for the Super Spartan on September 7. An eight-week training session begins July 17, click here for program information. Can’t wait!!!

Lit Anderson

Member Self Services- a quick guide on what you might not know!

by Shelley Lerea
Member Services Director
Club Fit Briarcliff

Did you know that you can change your credit card information online? As well as your address, phone number and email address? You can also check your account and monitor your housecharges. It’s simple and easy, here’s how:

If you don’t have a user ID and password, use the barcode on your membership card as your temporary user ID and password. If you are having trouble one of our friendly member service representatives can help set this up for you.

Eating at the café a lot? Getting several massages? Taking classes? You can check your current housecharges before they are collected from your credit card to make sure everything is correct. Do not click on “view statements” but instead click on “My account” and then go to “my account history” and view housecharges daily!

Has your credit card number changed? You don’t have to wait till member services is in the office, you can change this yourself any time of day! Click on “my info” and follow the prompts. Not only can you change your credit card, but you can change your address, phone number and email address.

Want to make sure you are coming to the club on a regular basis? You can check your visits by clicking “my usage history.” This way if you are not coming enough, you can start coming more!

Hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to email me at slerea@clubfit.com or call member services at 762-3446.

TOP TRENDS 2013

Discover the top ten fitness trends in the world, reported for this year by the authoritative American College of Sports Medicine.

Mark T. Cuatt

  • The rise of the fitness professional: Ranked number one in 2013, this trend has been included for the sixth consecutive year. Across the industry, trainers and operators alike are raising the bar in terms of professionalism, through an exponential growth in certification, training and accreditation. We at club fit will be including an in depth internal  on line certification process with www.smartfitness.com

 

  • Strength training: In second place for the second year in a row, strength training is a key focus for people of all backgrounds and ages. It’s widely undisputed to be a fundamental cornerstone of optimal fitness and wellness programs for most professionals.

 

  • Body weight training: This new trend refers to strength training exercises that tap into one’s own body weight
    without the need for free weights. Simpler and more affordable, it allows people to “get back to basics” on the training floorOver the next few months we will be redesigning our fitness center to accommodate modalities and improve layout and function

  • Concern over child obesity: The widespread epidemic of overweight and obese children continues to be a serious public health problem. In recent years, schools have focused on academic performance and limited time spent on physical education and nutrition classes. The responsibility for growing physical activity among children may fall into the hands of fitness and wellness professionals through. We are implementing a position of wellness coordinator to work directly within the fitness center and to be a liaison for member integration and community wellness involvement. This position will require a health related degree with minimum of 2 years working directly within the health care industry

 

  • Exercise for weight loss: This has always been a key motivation for exercise and of late, the integration between diets and exercises to grow energy expenditure and decrease caloric intake, has been of growing interest to fitness professionals. It is particularly important to design the right fitness program for each person and build more touch-points between trainer and client to grow compliance. Adding Dietetics related programing and Nutritional Counseling.

  • Fitness for older people: The aging baby boomer generation enjoys a longer life expectancy, but with that comes a higher likelihood of serious health issues. Doctors recommend that this group engage in more physical activity in an ‘Exercise is Medicine’ approach.  More programs for both active and less active older adults need to be developed with a particular focus on functional activities.
    Safe, secure and easy to use. Our circuit and fit coaches are ideal for bringing movement to both young and older generations.

  • Personal training: Personal trainers are now being employed in community-based programs, corporate wellness programs, hotels, medical fitness facilities and commercial settings – making them more accessible and affordable for more people. Personal trainers are also growing in expertise, with more attention being paid to training and certification.

 

  • Functional training: Functional fitness is designed to improve the client’s ability to perform daily activities without stress or problems. Particularly well suited to older people, it improves balance, coordination and strength and works on specific motor patterns that the client goes through every day. Over the next few months we will be redesigning our fitness center to accommodate modalities and improve layout and function

  • Core Training: Core training focuses on the stabilizing muscles of the abdomen, chest and back, including exercises for the hips, lower back and abdomen, which all provide support for the spine. Exercising the muscles of the core improves posture and overall trunk stability, allowing the individual to meet the demands of daily life and their sport of choice.

 

  • Group personal training: This trend allows the personal trainer to evolve their service by adapting their programs to small groups of up to four people. The shift towards higher intensity training is rising.  Offering small group training can help operators to differentiate themselves, generate additional revenue and provide alternatives for personalized training at lower costs. We have integrated TRX, Kettle bell, CFX classes, and are reviewing current group exercise offerings to add more HIIT classes