To Keep You Inspired… Club Fit Instructor Lisa Coffman

by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger.

Lisa Coffman and her family

Club Fit instructor Lisa Coffman and her family of four.

For the last twenty years, Mahopac resident Lisa Coffman has helped the greater Club Fit community to reach their goals and overcome life’s challenges both in and out of the water. An aquatic exercise instructor, swim instructor and one of the assistant coaches for Club Fit’s swim team, Lisa has helped many members to strike back against potentially sidelining injuries and arthritis through aquatic exercise classes like H20 Waterwalking and Cardio Splash. She has helped members of all ages master the life skill of swimming both recreationally and competitively. Perhaps most impactful, she has also helped members overcome their fears of the water and learn to swim.

Lisa’s passion and loyalty to the Club Fit aquatics program has been a steadfast anchor over the years. These same qualities have also colored the pages of Lisa’s life from her childhood in the Dakotas and Minnesota to her career as a standout collegiate swimmer at Division III Cornell of Iowa where she swam the 50 meter butterfly at the NCAA Championships and then as a walk-on member of the Division I University of Minnesota Golden Gophers team. While in college she had her first taste of teaching people to swim, a feeling of reward and purpose that remains with her today. “One of the most rewarding aspects of what I do,” says Lisa, “is when I’m teaching somebody, and it just clicks.” Whether it’s in a class, in a swim lesson or on the swim team, Lisa has made a real difference to countless members of Club Fit.

Lisa brings this same passion and loyalty to her volunteer work as a member of the Yorktown Heights chapter of P.E.O. Founded in 1869, P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization. An international organization, P.E.O. has over 6,000 chapters in the U.S. and Canada and over 250,000 members. P.E.O. strives to increase women’s opportunities for higher education through scholarships, low-interest loans, grants, emergency funds and the Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. In addition to supporting P.E.O. programs, the Yorktown Heights chapter donates funds to local organizations Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Friends of Karen, and Hope’s Door. They also sponsor local women for P.E.O. assistance and programs. To learn more about P.E.O. and the Yorktown Heights chapter visit www.peointernational.org.

Lisa has always led a busy life working at Club Fit, volunteering with P.E.O., and raising her family. She and her husband Paul have two children Paul, 28, and Stephanie, 25 — who works full time at Club Fit Jefferson Valley as the WSI coordinator, a swim instructor, and a swim coach. While Lisa has a full schedule, her goal is to log at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Sometimes she’ll work out before her classes in the women’s section or on cardio in the fitness center. Some days it’s lap swimming, and some days it’s just walking outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. Lisa feels daily exercise in any form is important to keep physically and mentally healthy. “Get thirty minutes of something in every day,” says Lisa. “Whether it’s cardio, weights, or swimming, just do something.” From Nike’s “Just Do It” to the NFL’s “Play 60”, Lisa’s E-30 philosophy is something we can all strive to incorporate into our lifestyle.

To Keep You Inspired… Club Fit Instructor Harriette DeCarlo

by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger.

Club Fit Instructor Harriette DeCarlo

Club Fit Instructor Harriette DeCarlo

At 85 years young, Club Fit aquatic exercise instructor Harriette DeCarlo is an energetic powerhouse whose confident, welcoming handshake is indicative of the joie de vivre in which she lives her life. Always moving, always educating, Harriette leads those around her to a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy lifestyle.

A swimmer in high school, Harriette has always been an athlete — an avid runner, rower, and follower of Tai Chi, which she practiced at the Chuang Yen Monastery, a Buddhist monastery on 225 acres in Carmel, NY. But it wasn’t until joining Club Fit 30 years ago, that exercise truly became a part of her daily routine. Recognizing Harriette’s passion and knowledge of aquatic exercise and Tai Chi, Club Fit hired her two years later as an aquatics instructor, and she helped the club launch its first aquatic Tai Chi class in the 1990s. Since then Harriette has been enlightening members at Club Fit to the strengthening and restorative power of mind-body fitness in the water. Currently, Harriette teaches “Mind/Body Aquatics” on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am. The class — a blend of yoga, Pilates, balance, and tai chi — is a full body workout integrating breathing, core strengthening, balance and relaxation.

So, how does Club Fit’s version of the Energizer Bunny keep going? “I can’t imagine a week without exercise,” says Harriette. “The Club is so much a part of my life that I don’t feel good if I’m not here.” Her routine at the club anchors her day, and she works out three to four days a week. On Tuesdays before her 10:00 am Mind/Body Aquatics class, she arrives at the gym around 7:00 am, and does her normal workout of cardio, weights, and stretching. Then she goes to the Café to meet with her longtime breakfast group of almost 20 years. Next, she heads to the Aquatic Center for her class, and then it’s back to the café to meet her lunch group, which has been meeting since she started teaching in 1988. Yes, her lunch group is 28 years old and an amazing testament to the friendships formed over the common bond of exercise, camaraderie and healthy lifestyles.

“I don’t think there’s a club in Westchester that compares to this,” says Harriette, “I will never give up Club Fit.” Harriette also feels the club is not afraid to lead, to take the initiative to do things that haven’t been done before — and not only in programming. “This is the only club I know that hires people with special needs,” Harriett says proudly. “I’ve never worked in a club that had the guts to do that — that took the initiative to do that.”

So, what’s next for Harriette? Rest assured, it will be more of the same with the current aquatic trend featuring yoga and Pilates — components she already integrates into her Mind/Body Aquatics class. And, rest assured, Harriette stands ready to welcome newcomers and regulars, alike, to Club FIt, the Aquatic Center, or even her breakfast and lunch groups, with her captivating smile and and that joie de vivre that make her not only an amazing instructor, but an amazing friend.

To Keep You Inspired… Club Fit Member Luzmarina Lalli

by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger.

Luzmarina with her family

Club Fit Briarcliff member Luzmarina with her family.

They say exercise is medicine for your soul. And, if anyone doubts it, look no further than Club Fit Briarcliff member Luzmarina Lalli, wife, mother, grandmother, and warrior. Eternally young at heart, Luzmarina uses the Fitness Center, Group Fitness classes, and the Aquatics Center, with her hands-down favorite being Zumba classes. Sounds like a description that could fit many of Club Fit’s faithful members, however, there is a difference. Luzmarina is battling chronic kidney disease (CKD).

CKD is the gradual loss of kidney function over time. According to the National Library of Medicine, sometimes the loss of function can be so slow that you do not have symptoms until your kidneys have almost stopped working. Diagnosed in the 1990s, Luzmarina had no idea she was sick — no warning signs that her body was rebelling against her, until blood work at a routine trip to the doctor uncovered the disease. Doctors found none of the symptoms typically associated with kidney disease and urged her to keep up her healthy lifestyle. Luckily, a healthy lifestyle was routine for Luzmarina and her family. The only addition was check-ups to monitor her kidneys.

Luzmarina joined Club Fit 15 years ago and immediately found a place for her passion for dance in the group fitness classes. When Club Fit first started offering Zumba classes, Luzmarina was hooked, and she’s been sashaying her way across the Club Fit studio floors ever since. Her current routine is two to three Zumba classes a week, if her schedule allows, followed by a workout on the Hoist Strength Training Circuit. She’s just discovered the Aquatic Arthritis class and the post-class visit to the whirlpool that is not only medicine for the soul, but medicine for an arthritic knee.

20 years into her diagnosis, Luzmarina’s CKD has, unfortunately, progressed to an advanced stage. While she’s feeling better now, August through mid-December of 2015 was a struggle marked with fatigue. Still Luzmarina tried to make it to Club Fit for Zumba and strength training when she could, but it was difficult. “Sometimes I could hardly stay awake,” recalled Luzmarina. “In Zumba I was so slow, but it was great for my attitude to go and be able to feel that I accomplished something.” Though fatigued and sick, she was still able to maintain a high enough level of fitness to avoid dialysis. Her doctors at Columbia-Presbyterian in Manhattan want to keep it that way.

Luzmarina’s doctors have recommended pursuing a living donor kidney transplant before a deceased donor kidney transplant. According to Columbia University Medical Center’s Renal Transplant Program webpage “A deceased donor kidney has a 50/50 chance of functioning for 10-20 years, post-transplant. In contrast, a live donor kidney has a 50/50 chance of functioning over 20 years. In addition, 50-60% of deceased donor kidneys are fully functional immediately upon transplantation, versus 97% of live donor organs” (Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant, 2015.)

So, while her family and friends rally around her to help find a match, Luzmarina is back to her routine, maintaining her health and fitness, while inspiring everyone around her with her energy, positivity, and love of Zumba. When a match is found, one thing is for sure — our Zumba warrior will be ready.

To learn more about chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation, visit the following websites:

Reference:

1) Chronic Kidney Disease. (2016, Jan.). Retrieved from:
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000471.htm

2) Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant. (2015). Retrieved from: http://columbiasurgery.org/conditions-and-treatments/deceased-donor-kidney-transplant

Additional Source:

3) Transplantation: Living Donor Kidney Transplants. (2015). Retrieved from:
http://nyp.org/services/transplantation-surgery/kidney-transplant-living-donor.html

Club Fit Members Love MYZONE!

I love that when I am away I can now track my progress (with MYZONE). While it is great to have it tied to the gym and I love seeing it on the screen, I do go away for the summers and this allows me to keep up with my training in a consistent manner. And as we all know with fitness, consistency is key!

There are places in the gym where there are no MYZONE screens or they can’t be viewed (TRX room, certain spin bikes, the new ellipticals). I just realized today, I can just put my phone on and track my progress! So if I am bopping around on different machines/classes, I can continuously monitor myself.

— Club Fit Member Danielle O’Reilly

A Winter Fitness Boost!

By Liza Forster, RYT
Group Fitness Manager
Club Fit Jefferson Valley

Has Old Man Winter got you grounded? Being confined to home because of winter weather doesn’t need to put a cramp in your fitness routine. In fact, changing up how and where you exercise can actually give you an unexpected fitness boost.

First of all, remember that you don’t have to do everything all at once. 10 minute “legs” or intervals of exercise lets you crosstrain and keep you interested and more likely to push your own personal envelope. Three or four of these and you’ve exercised for 30 or 40 highly respectable minutes by the end of your day. Plus, jumping from isometrics, to endurance to strength work, etc, will keep your body and heart out of it’s comfortable routine, and out of it’s comfort zone. Combine the following as you like. Get your kids off of the laptops and make it a competition.

Ropeless jumproping- Put on your favorite music, and jump, jump, jump. One minute interval, 30 seconds of rest, repeat until you are at ten minutes total. Fast jump, joggy jump, skipping jump. Not only is jumping great cardio, but the impact lays bone on bone, increasing bone density. If you have bone issues, land lightly. Stepping in place is a safe alternative for delicate, more fragile bones.

Plank – Nothing like a straight arm plank to build some super strength. This one isn’t just for fighting the winter blues. Make this part of a daily practice all year round. Start at 30 seconds, and you progress, rock a 90 second plank. Pull your belly button firmly into your spine and keep it there. Wrists under shoulders, knees under hips. Can you say arms to die for?

Bicycle – Your grade school gym teacher got this right. Bicycle is a game changer. Back to one minute intervals on your back, 30 seconds rest in between. Alternate the work, fast bicycle for the first one, then S-L-O-W it way way down. Third one normal speed but hold the the elbow to the opposite knee as you cross, stay out of your comfort zone Keep your lower back flat on the ground.

Prisoner Squats – Nothing like squats to cut and define the glutes, quads, and hams. Lace fingers behind neck, elbows pulled back. Take a wide stance with feet parallel. Sit back into an imaginary chair, keeping knees over ankles and elbows pulled back. Up slowly and repeat. Exhale on the descend, inhale up and keep it slow. 4-6 rounds of 45 seconds with 30 seconds rest in between.

Wall handstand. Take a down dog (facing away from wall) with heels against a bare wall. Look in between hands at the floor. Walk your feet up the wall so that your legs are at a right angle from the wall. Hold for thirty seconds and walk down. As you progress, walk legs farther up so body is straight and almost perpendicular to the wall.

Repeat the series, and switch it up as needed throughout your snow day. Don’t forget to stretch everything out. 10 long breaths in a beautiful down dog hits the entire back of the body, sink into those heels, bend knees if you have any back pain. Don’t forget to shovel and have a snowball fight!
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Squatting during Pregnancy, Labor and Birth

By Perinatal Exercise Specialist, Denise Weber

Denise Weber

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Squatting is one of the most advantageous positions for labor and birth. Women the world over have used it for centuries, yet it is much less commonly practiced in the United States.

In times past, women relied more on their bodies, and less on intervention, with midwives guiding them through the process of labor and birth. “Prehistoric figures and ancient Egyptian drawings show women giving birth in the sitting or squatting position. Midwives and birthing stools are also mentioned in the Old Testament.” 1

So why squat?

Labor has been compared to an athletic event, and an athlete prepares for the event with specific exercises geared to improve the outcome. The exercises are done for weeks or months, depending on the event, strengthening the muscles needed, and increasing endurance. There is no last minute “cramming,” as this could certainly lead to injury. Squatting is one such exercise specific to pregnancy.

Done correctly during pregnancy, squatting can have many benefits that prepare our bodies for labor and birth.

Increase leg strength.

Stretch the muscles of the inner thighs.

Increase mobility of the pelvic joints and hips.

Relax the muscles of the pelvic floor.

Alleviate back pain and pressure.

Improve pelvic circulation.

During Labor, squatting encourages proper positioning of the baby, and can help bring the head in contact with the cervix, thus increasing the strength of the contractions. It aids gravity and encourages dilation of the cervix.

Squatting during birth has been shown to shorten the duration of time spent pushing, Yeah!! Because it shortens the birth canal, and helps to relax and open the pelvic floor muscles. It can also help encourage the “urge to push,” if it is lacking.

1. The start of Life: A history of Obstetrics, J. Drife, January, 2002

Always check with your doctor before you begin any exercise regime. In certain instances, squatting can be contraindicated or need modifications. Women with bad knees or varicosities should talk to their caregiver before practicing squats. Sitting on a stability ball or a stool can modify the position of a squat Sitting on the stability ball has the added benefit of alleviating pressure on the pelvic floor if vaginal varicosities are an issue.

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

For a list of classes available at Club Fit Briarcliff, Click here.

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

Social Media Contest: Buddy Up for Workouts!

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some of the benefits:

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

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

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

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

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

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Gentle Yoga

The Benefits of Exercise during the Childbearing Year

Denise Weber

Perinatal Specialist Denise Weber


Exercise and Pregnancy

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

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

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

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

1. Improves fetal growth

2. Decreases maternal symptoms of pregnancy.

3. Maintains/Improves cardiovascular fitness levels.

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

injury, and increasing the stabilization of the joints.

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

6. Improves balance.

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

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

9. Enhances sleep

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

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

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

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

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

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

MYZONE “Fanatic” and Club Fit Member Rich Polombo

MYZONE user Rich Palombo

Club Fit member Rich Palombo stays motivated with MYZONE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why we love the Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

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

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

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

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

Juggle Your Way to Fitness at Club Fit Jefferson Valley

It turns out juggling isn’t just for clowns – it’s the latest circus-inspired fitness trend that’s accessible to all ages, and now is your chance to check it out. Club Fit Jefferson Valley will be offering a special adult and kids master classes with JuggleFit founder Heather Wolf on Friday, February 28. “Most people don’t think of juggling as a workout,” says Wolf, “but it burns up to 280 calories an hour and even doubles as a brain exercise.” Wolf learned to juggle while touring with the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus as a musician, and is the founder of New York City-based fitness company JuggleFit.

Club Fit fitness director Joelle Letta noticed Time Out New York’s recent feature on JuggleFit, and was excited about bringing a fun new workout to club members. “We’re always looking for something exciting and unique for offer our members, and juggling definitely fit the bill.”

Class attendees can expect to learn to juggle in a simple, step-by-step way, and get a low-impact cardio workout while improving balance, coordination and engaging core muscles. “JuggleFit breaks juggling down into simple steps, making it much easier to learn. We start everyone out by juggling in slow motion to get a feel for how it works.”

Several studies have shown that juggling actually increases gray matter in the brain. “That’s what makes it so fun,” adds Wolf, “it requires concentration and focus, so you actually forget you’re even exercising. It’s a nice activity to add to your fitness routine to spice things up.”
The adult class will he held at 5:30 pm and the kids class at 6:30 pm, both on Friday, February 28. The classes are available to Club Fit members and non-members for $25 per person. To register or for more information, please contact Joelle at Club Fit at jletta@clubfit.com.

Stand 10 Years Younger & Stronger with Standing Pilates

Defy gravity. Stand strong & live taller. Experience a workout like you have never experienced. Take the ultimate standing challenge and learn how to synchronize your body to create a firm stability, an unstoppable force & a body that looks good. Core strengthening, body lengthening, balance training and functional strengthening. Do you want to get the edge? Come and get it! Challenge yourself to perform the classic mat work standing up & then put a Physioball finish on it. Take your fitness and physique to the next level. Taught by experienced Pilates Instructor, Tina Sferra, MSPT. Re-engineer your body through a highly filtered lens. Treat yourself well!

You will grow with Pilates. As you properly learn how to dynamically engage your transverse abdominus against gravity in an upright position, you will create a natural human corset at your waist which increases spinal space preventing collapse and degenerative disc disease. Our discs are like a sponge that fills up and gets wrung out. Defy gravity and take everything that you have been learning on the mat for years to channel your strength, length & core stability to the next level. Envision a longer, stronger you. Then take action. Standing Pilates offers you to develop dynamic upright core control which is remarkable of true achievement & mastery. NFL Wide Receiver, Antonio Brown, does Pilates. Smart athletes achieve elite performance with Pilates. Work your legs and upper body in the framework of building a strong neutral spine to carryover into every athletic endeavor that you do as well as into the quality and function of your daily life. Your results will definitely be noticed by all as you stand 10 years younger in strength and appearance. Who wants to sip from the fountain of youth?

Starting January 18, 2014 you can take a Standing Pilates class at Club Fit Jefferson Valley every Saturday morning at 9:05. The weekends are for your body!

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

New Classes at Briarcliff!

4×4: Monday 6:00 pm (replacing Boot Camp)
Four exercises in 4 minutes: 1 minute each of cardio, lower body, upper body and core with 30 seconds of active recovery between rounds.
Rounds include plyometric, dumbbells and body weight exercise for a challenging, fast paced workout!

NEW -Barre Pilates: Monday 6:15 pm, Wednesday 10:10 am, Thursday 9:25 am (replacing several barre and pilates mat classes) Develop a strong core, lean muscles and improved posture in this fusion class ~ Pilates inspired barre exercise followed by traditional mat work. Intermediate level.

Cardio Strength: Wednesday 6:00 pm (replacing Definitions)
Total body workout using a variety cardio modalities interspersed with strength training, utilizing weights, bars and balls.

M.E.L.T: Wednesday 6:00
Myofascial Energetic Lengthening Technique – Release tension and rehydrate connective tissue using soft foam rollers and hand/foot balls.

NEW- Core Bar: Thursday 7:10 pm, Saturday 9:05 am
Non-stop movement – Non-stop sweat! Using principles of Metabolic Training, Corebar combines varying cardio intensities with strength training, balance, agility and muscle conditioning using the weighted Corebar. Intermediate level

New Classes at Jefferson Valley!

Chair Yoga: Mondays at 11:30
Offers the ability to improve your health through an amazing form of adaptive exercise. You are supported by a chair so you can receive yoga’s healing and restorative benefits.

Head to Toe Yoga: Wednesdays at 10:30
A hatha yoga class with 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Works every part of the body, helping maintain optimum health and function of the internal organs, ligaments, tendons and muscles to increase strength and flexibility, while improving body alignment and the immunity system.

Core Bar: Tuesdays at 10:20 & Sundays at 9:15
Corebar employs the scientific principles of metabolic training, the workout is a combination of varying cardio intensities plus strength, balance, agility and muscle endurance conditioning exercises using the signature weighted “corebar” The training is intense , energetic and fun!!

Standing Pilates: Saturdays at 9:05

Want the edge? Come and get it! Challenge yourself by performing classic mat work standing up. A physioball finish takes your physique to the next level

Piloxing: Sundays at 11:35 & Mondays at 6:35pm
Uniquely mixes Pilates and boxing moves into a fat torching, muscle sculpting, core-centric interval workout.

A Bikram Journey: Dolores Orchanian

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY now residing in Yorktown Heights, NY for the last 33 years. Raised five children ages 41 down to 25. After having my third child, my husband and I won a free month at Club Fit. We became members soon after as I looked forward every night to exer-fit classes. I loved class so much that under the guidance of Mary Taglianetti and Audrey Compabasso, I received my ACE Group Fitness Certification and started teaching classes at Jefferson Valley Racquet Ball Club – when it really was just a racquet club. Health and fitness have always been a big part of my life. In 2001 I reached further to fill a life long dream of going to college. At the age of 50, I graduated from WCC with a degree in Nursing. Working full time as a nurse, I continued to teach classes at Club Fit. Soon after that, I worked to acquire my Personal Training license. With the help of Barbara Cullen, I had many happy clients at Club Fit Jefferson Valley.

I started taking Bikram yoga classes to help with knee pain. It remedied the problem and eliminated the need for surgery. In 2009 after much coaxing from my daughter (who is a Bikram teacher), I went away for nine weeks to train to become a Bikram Yoga teacher. At this time, I would like to bring a form of this class to Club Fit. I see the need for these remedial properties as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle in many of our members. Though the class is traditionally taught in 105 degrees – it can be just as beneficial practiced in a warm room – reaping the benefits of this yoga.

I like to think I am aging gracefully due to all the exercise Club Fit has allowed me to do – and the amazing world of yoga. I would like to pass on my knowledge and expertise as a Nurse, as an exercise professional and as a yoga teacher to others and allow them to age gracefully with me.