Dryland & Kids Conditioning October 2017 Athletes

November 14, 2017 by karen

Dryland & Kids Conditioning programs with Club Fit Master Trainer Beth Kear

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Marina Wheeler
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Marina Wheeler
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Marina Wheeler

Marina showed up this session raring to go! As it is her first year in Dryland I was unfamiliar with her and her abilities. She quickly demonstrated her athleticism and desire to excel. Marina is a strong runner, eager to learn and dedicated to take new drills to their limit. She encourages her teammates and always is a pleasure to work with. Keep on rocking Marina!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Madeline Wolin
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Madeline Wolin
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Madeline Wolin

This is Madeline’s first year in the Dryland program. She showed up on day one eager to start. Her enthusiasm and energy is apparent and she always is looking to improve at the drills given to her. Madeline works hard and seems to enjoy everything she does. She will ask how to perform better with something that might be new for her and always comes from a place of determination and desire to excel. She has made marked improvements in a short period of time and I’m thrilled to watch as she continues to blossom. Way to go Madeline!

 

 

 

The Hiking Club

October 30, 2017 by jeanne

By Lisa Olney

Balancing the 24-7 responsibilities of everyday life while taking time for oneself can be as elusive as catching a cloud, and, often, the first casualties of this struggle are one’s own health, fitness, and sense of serenity. Experienced hiking leaders and Club Fit Jefferson Valley members Peter Meskin, Andrew Stein, and Michael Capsuto have the antidote, however, and it’s the longstanding Club Fit Hiking Club that has traversed the trails of the Hudson Valley for over two decades. A free activity for Club Fit members and their guests, hikes range from easy to challenging, and the only prerequisites are good physical condition, hiking boots, and a sense of adventure. The ability to combine exercise with the natural wonders of the Hudson Valley has never been easier … or more fun!

Peter Meskin is a former New York City high school English teacher whose innate gift for teaching earned him several awards for innovation in teaching his students desktop publishing in the days when computers were practically unheard of in the classroom. His inspiring teaching style still touches everything he does, whether in a classroom or in the great outdoors. The hiking bug first bit Meskin as a child growing up in Brooklyn, and as a young man, he went on day hikes with the American Youth Hostels hiking club throughout the Hudson Valley. Later, as a member of the Westchester Trails Hiking Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), he became a hiking leader and received extensive training from the AMC at the 1,800-acre Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill. Not limited to dry land, however, Meskin was also a sailing instructor for the New York Sailing School on City Island, received his Coast Guard Captain’s license, and had his own charter boat business in the British Virgin Islands. His hobbies also include sculpting in wood and stone along with photography, and he and his wife, Diane, volunteer at a humane society animal shelter and Guiding Eyes for the Blind where they foster puppies to help socialize the potential guide dogs at a young age.

22 years ago, Club Fit Jefferson Valley reached out to Meskin about creating a hiking club, and it was about this time that Meskin met fellow Club Fit member Andrew Stein. Another avid hiker who grew up in the Bronx, Stein has hiked all over the country including Alaska and the Rockies, and as a videographer he has documented some of his favorite experiences. Encouraged by friends to share his local hiking experiences, Stein decided to look into starting a hiking club. As if Mother Nature herself introduced these two, their meeting couldn’t have happened at a better time. “Andrew is a caring and engaged hiking leader and has hiked the local trails since he was a boy,” says Meskin. “He shares his vast knowledge of local history and lore with the hikers, and his friendly dog Molly accompanies him on the trails, greeting all of the hikers and giving them even more reasons to smile. Andrew has been very important to the success of the hiking club.”

Hand-picked from within the hiking club, Club Fit’s third hiking leader is Michael Capsuto, a Yorktown resident who has been hiking since childhood. Capsuto discovered the hiking club 10 years ago, and his vast knowledge of area trails along with his Red Cross certifications in adult first aid/CPR/AED make him a valued addition as a hike leader. “Michael has an intimate knowledge of the trails from many years of hiking with the Club Fit Hiking Club and on his own,” says Meskin. “He is a caring and compassionate person who only wants the best for our members.”

Meskin, Stein, and Capsuto all combine working out at Club Fit with their outdoor exercise routines and agree that daily exercise is the key to staying healthy. They can often be found in the cardio area on the treadmills and elliptical machines or in the strength training area using equipment like the FitLinxx circuit. “I’ve been working out at Club Fit since the 1980s,” says Meskin. “They are constantly reinventing themselves, integrating new exercise strategies and programs to keep everyone involved and motivated.” Combine that with the physical and mental benefits of hiking, and the result is a full mind-body workout that spells balance with a capital B.

The Club Fit Hiking Club is always ready to welcome newcomers and familiar faces, alike. Hikes take place all year long, ranging from easy to challenging. No sign-up is required, and as part of the Club Fit membership, all hikes are free to members and their guests. The next two hikes are November 4th at Teatown with a Teatown naturalist and November 12th at the Fahnestock Park Appalachian Trail.  To view a Hiking Club photo montage from Hike Leader Andrew Stein, click here. Happy hiking!

To Keep You Inspired: Katherine Stern

September 25, 2017 by jeanne

To Keep You inspired….. Club Fit Member Katherine Stern

By Lisa Olney

Days before embarking on the July 9, 2016, 31-mile Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation, known as “The Circ”, 67-year old Club Fit member Katherine Stern received a diagnosis that would send her into unchartered waters:  early-stage breast cancer.  No one would have faulted her for pulling out of The Circ, but for Katherine kayaking offered a spiritual solitude in which to think, to clear one’s mind, and to take charge.  And 31 miles cutting through the currents of the Hudson and East Rivers provided her with the best therapy for what lay ahead.

Two days after completing The Circ, Katherine had a lumpectomy. “I consider myself one of the lucky ones because of early detection,” Stern says.  When her oncologist explained the diagnosis, prognosis, and everything in between, Katherine interrupted, simply asking, “Is it going to kill me?”  “No,” was her doctor’s answer. “Then I don’t want to bother with details” Katherine replied.  “Just tell me when and where to go.”  Chemotherapy began in August – every three weeks in four-hour sessions through February 2017 – followed by a six-week daily course of radiation.

While Katherine was strong and fit heading into her treatment program, the chemo and radiation robbed her of her strength and vitality making her feel like a prisoner in her own body.  After each chemo treatment, she would have ten days of extreme sickness and fatigue that worsened over the course of her treatment.  “Within months, I was an old lady, and as the months went on, those 10 days got worse and worse,” Katherine remembers.  “Food was difficult, and I could only seem to handle white foods – things that I had never kept in my house before.” With no energy, Katherine gained 40 pounds and remembers it as being a very isolating time.

Her treatments ended in mid-April, and Katherine was ready to take back her body.  Her doctor recommended Club Fit’s Help RX program, a physician-referred exercise program designed to ease patients back into exercising. A discounted three-month membership program, Help RX features personalized attention from Fit Coaches in order to set goals and achieve lifestyle changes.  To ease her re-entry into an active lifestyle, Katherine traveled to a yoga and boot camp spa in Mexico. “I had no idea how young everyone was going to be there, but I thought I would just go for it,” she laughs.  “It was the start of taking control of my body.”   Upon returning home, she began her Club Fit Help RX program, with a dual goal in mind: to regain her strength and to complete the 2017 Circ on July 15.

At the gym five days a week, Katherine’s workout included strength training, treadmill, and a Pilates class.  A fitness level that was once in her wheelhouse, however, was now difficult to recall – especially in Pilates.  But with the help of Club Fit’s Fit Coaches, instructors, and her laser-like drive, she stuck with it.  Everyone she encountered at Club Fit made her feel like she could reach her goals. “Eric, one of my Fit Coaches, treated me as if I was a regular person, but 20 years younger,” she recalls.  “He was no-nonsense with a sense of humor and would always say, ‘You can do it!’  He sensed that this was really important to me, and once I was at Club Fit, I knew I could do it.“  After just a couple months, her fitness level soared.  She could not only handle the Pilates class, but her goal of the 2017 Circ, became a reality on July 15 as she lowered her kayak into waters of the Hudson under unusually ideal weather conditions.

Today, Katherine has lost 28 pounds, kayaks on the weekends, is at the gym four days a week, but most importantly, she is cancer free.  Strength training remains her favorite activity and she still catches up on CNN while on the treadmill.  “I feel strong again and that’s my way of being in control of my body.”  Katherine continued her Club Fit membership after the three-month prescription period due to the supportive atmosphere throughout the Club. “I would never have considered coming to Club Fit without the Rx program, and I probably would have gone back to my old club,” says Katherine.  “It would have been a totally different experience, because I would have had no motivation to work on the equipment.  But at Club Fit, I knew that working on the circuit would help me to regain my strength, and this was the key.”

Owner of Katherine Stern Design, Katherine is an interior designer and stager.  She also volunteers with the Northern Westchester Hospital Cancer Wellness Center in Mt. Kisco and is the driving force behind promoting a lesser known cancer therapy option called Cold Capping, a method that prevents hair loss by freezing hair follicles. If she could impart any wisdom to her friends and the Club Fit community it would be to get annual mammograms.  “You’ve got to get regular mammos,” says Katherine.  “There is no history of cancer of any kind in my family, but I’ve always been very good at getting regular mammograms.  And, then they found something.”

Thanks to early detection, Katherine is now spending her weekends kayaking around local lakes, rivers and the Eastern Seaboard.  If you’re out in the Hyde Park area along the Hudson this October and see any kayakers, give a wave, because there’s a good chance one of those kayakers just may be our own Katherine Stern.

 

Club Fit Aquatics Director Patrick Montgomery

August 24, 2017 by jeanne

To Keep You inspired….. Club Fit Aquatics Director Patrick Montgomery

By Lisa Olney

Club Fit Aquatics Director Patrick Montgomery, a man of kaleidoscopic interests, has a simple, guiding philosophy that ensures his constant growth while steering him clear of the pitfalls of ennui. “Stay active, keep learning, and don’t sweat the small stuff.” As Patrick nears his 70th birthday in November, his life’s palette draws from vibrant art galleries and cultural centers, a not-for-profit organic farm, and the rebuilding of vintage motorcycles and cars. He is a drag racing aficionado, and most recently, Patrick has earned his place as a certified yoga instructor.

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Patrick moved to Chicago one week after the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots to continue his post-secondary education at University of Chicago and the Chicago Art Institute. While in Ontario he lived in Toronto and Stratford, pursuing an art career in public museums and galleries. In the late 1970s his art career took him to New York City. Continually evolving and craving new experiences, in 1981 Patrick lived and worked on a not-for-profit organic farm on Cortez Island in British Columbia where he milked cows, cut hay, raised cattle, and pigs. “I often refer to it as a form of graduate school,” he laughs. After that experience he and his wife, Heather, moved to Vancouver where he returned to working in the arts in galleries, his own fine art services business, and as the Executive Director for the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

If you ask Patrick what brought them from British Columbia to his Duchess County home, he has one word: family. With two of their three daughters living in New York – and the other in New Orleans – the couple moved back, buying a house in Pleasant Valley. His first experience with Club Fit was on the maintenance crew taking down the bubble in the spring of 2012.   After working for Club Fit, his well-rounded resume, depth of managerial experience, and love of education and programming quickly earned him consideration in other areas of the Club, and in 2014 he became the Aquatics Director for Jefferson Valley. Patrick’s goals for the Aquatic Department are to continue providing high quality services in programming and safety education. “The single most important aspect of the positon is actively making hundreds if not thousands of people safe around water every year,” says Patrick. “In addition, we are introducing people of all ages to a lifetime of aquatics enjoyment that they can pass on to their families — making the world a better place one swimmer at a time!”

Throughout Patrick’s life health and wellness have always been a priority, and he dabbled throughout the years in yoga. At the age of 67, however, Patrick was inspired to take his yoga to the next level. “The week after my 67th birthday in 2014, I looked in the mirror, and realized that either I had to do something about my aging body, or prepare for a walker,” he laughed. To gain a deeper understanding into the yoga philosophy and practice, Patrick took the 200-hour teacher training course that Club Fit offers to current and future yoga instructors, as well as serious yoga students. At the time, he participated as a student of yoga, but after six months, Patrick found himself growing, once again, embracing a leadership role in yoga. Now, a certified yoga instructor, Patrick has been added to the Club Fit roster as a substitute yoga instructor and is excited to be working with Club Fit’s Group Fitness Manager to develop a yoga program focused on his peer group. “I hope to assist in prolonging an active and energetic lifestyle that is focused, flexible, and fit,” explains Patrick. Words to live by in everyone’s palette of lifetime experiences.

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Laura Bunt

August 21, 2017 by jeanne

To Keep You inspired….. Club Fit Member Katherine Stern

By Lisa Olney

Days before embarking on the July 9, 2016, 31-mile Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation, known as “The Circ”, 67-year old Club Fit member Katherine Stern received a diagnosis that would send her into unchartered waters:  early-stage breast cancer.  No one would have faulted her for pulling out of The Circ, but for Katherine kayaking offered a spiritual solitude in which to think, to clear one’s mind, and to take charge.  And 31 miles cutting through the currents of the Hudson and East Rivers provided her with the best therapy for what lay ahead.

Two days after completing The Circ, Katherine had a lumpectomy. “I consider myself one of the lucky ones because of early detection,” Stern says.  When her oncologist explained the diagnosis, prognosis, and everything in between, Katherine interrupted, simply asking, “Is it going to kill me?”  “No,” was her doctor’s answer. “Then I don’t want to bother with details” Katherine replied.  “Just tell me when and where to go.”  Chemotherapy began in August – every three weeks in four-hour sessions through February 2017 – followed by a six-week daily course of radiation.

While Katherine was strong and fit heading into her treatment program, the chemo and radiation robbed her of her strength and vitality making her feel like a prisoner in her own body.  After each chemo treatment, she would have ten days of extreme sickness and fatigue that worsened over the course of her treatment.  “Within months, I was an old lady, and as the months went on, those 10 days got worse and worse,” Katherine remembers.  “Food was difficult, and I could only seem to handle white foods – things that I had never kept in my house before.” With no energy, Katherine gained 40 pounds and remembers it as being a very isolating time.

Her treatments ended in mid-April, and Katherine was ready to take back her body.  Her doctor recommended Club Fit’s Help RX program, a physician-referred exercise program designed to ease patients back into exercising. A discounted three-month membership program, Help RX features personalized attention from Fit Coaches in order to set goals and achieve lifestyle changes.  To ease her re-entry into an active lifestyle, Katherine traveled to a yoga and boot camp spa in Mexico. “I had no idea how young everyone was going to be there, but I thought I would just go for it,” she laughs.  “It was the start of taking control of my body.”   Upon returning home, she began her Club Fit Help RX program, with a dual goal in mind: to regain her strength and to complete the 2017 Circ on July 15.

At the gym five days a week, Katherine’s workout included strength training, treadmill, and a Pilates class.  A fitness level that was once in her wheelhouse, however, was now difficult to recall – especially in Pilates.  But with the help of Club Fit’s Fit Coaches, instructors, and her laser-like drive, she stuck with it.  Everyone she encountered at Club Fit made her feel like she could reach her goals. “Eric, one of my Fit Coaches, treated me as if I was a regular person, but 20 years younger,” she recalls.  “He was no-nonsense with a sense of humor and would always say, ‘You can do it!’  He sensed that this was really important to me, and once I was at Club Fit, I knew I could do it.“  After just a couple months, her fitness level soared.  She could not only handle the Pilates class, but her goal of the 2017 Circ, became a reality on July 15 as she lowered her kayak into waters of the Hudson under unusually ideal weather conditions.

Today, Katherine has lost 28 pounds, kayaks on the weekends, is at the gym four days a week, but most importantly, she is cancer free.  Strength training remains her favorite activity and she still catches up on CNN while on the treadmill.  “I feel strong again and that’s my way of being in control of my body.”  Katherine continued her Club Fit membership after the three-month prescription period due to the supportive atmosphere throughout the Club. “I would never have considered coming to Club Fit without the Rx program, and I probably would have gone back to my old club,” says Katherine.  “It would have been a totally different experience, because I would have had no motivation to work on the equipment.  But at Club Fit, I knew that working on the circuit would help me to regain my strength, and this was the key.”

Owner of Katherine Stern Design, Katherine is an interior designer and stager.  She also volunteers with the Northern Westchester Hospital Cancer Wellness Center in Mt. Kisco and is the driving force behind promoting a lesser known cancer therapy option called Cold Capping, a method that prevents hair loss by freezing hair follicles. If she could impart any wisdom to her friends and the Club Fit community it would be to get annual mammograms.  “You’ve got to get regular mammos,” says Katherine.  “There is no history of cancer of any kind in my family, but I’ve always been very good at getting regular mammograms.  And, then they found something.”

Thanks to early detection, Katherine is now spending her weekends kayaking around local lakes, rivers and the Eastern Seaboard.  If you’re out in the Hyde Park area along the Hudson this October and see any kayakers, give a wave, because there’s a good chance one of those kayakers just may be our own Katherine Stern.

To Keep You Inspired: Club Fit Member Eric Gelber

June 29, 2017 by jeanne

Club Fit Member Eric Gelber—Journey Toward a Cure

{by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger}

Many people run for the exercise, the relaxation, or the coveted runner’s high. But Club Fit Briarcliff member Eric Gelber runs for a different reason — he runs for others; he runs to raise awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation; he runs for Anita, a dear family friend who battled Multiple Myeloma, a cancer in which malignant plasma cells accumulate and form tumors in the bone marrow, pushing out normal plasma cells that help fight infections.

Anita had been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2003, but by 2006, she was struggling. Watching a loved one struggle is a helpless, powerless feeling, and in 2007, Anita’s fight inspired Eric, at age 40, to dust off his running shoes and run for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) in the New York City Marathon in 2007. In 2008, he ran in the New York City Marathon, again, following it up with the Stone Cat Marathon in Ipswich, MA. In 2009, he entered the challenging world of ultramarathons, running a 50K, 60K, and 50-mile race and had a philanthropic epiphany. “I ran my first ultra as a personal challenge,” remembers Eric. “But I quickly realized that the harder — the crazier – people thought my runs were, the more they were willing to give.”

In 2010, Eric ran 100 milers in Raleigh, NC, Scottsdale, AZ, and Atlanta, GA. In 2011, he unsuccessfully applied for entry into the Badwater 135, one of the most grueling ultras in the world with temperatures above 120 degrees when the race is held in July. Starting in California’s Death Valley at 279 feet below sea level, the Badwater ends at the trail head to Mount Whitney, an elevation of 8,360 feet. Despite not making it into the Badwater 135 field, Eric and his wife Tani, who also serves as his ultramarathon crew chief, created a solo charity run and called it the Catskill 155 in which Eric would run from a friend’s house in Oneonta, NY to his parents’ house in Suffern, NY. They raised $36,000 and were inspired to continue raising money for the MMRF under the banner of Journey Towards a Cure, and to date have raised over $1.1 million. In 2012, Eric was accepted into the Badwater 135 field, and completed the “World’s Toughest Foot Race” in both 2012 and 2015.

But it was in 2013 that he and Tani embarked on a new journey, run a record setting 200 miles non-stop around Central Park, 33 loops in just one weekend.  While Eric was unsuccessful in his first and second attempts in 2013 and 2014 covering 164 and 176 miles respectively, on Sunday, September 18th, Eric made history by crossing the finish line at 8pm in just under 60 hours. They raised over $320,000 in his third attempt for a total of over $1.1 million all for the benefit of the MMRF.

The outpouring of support behind Eric’s quest to conquer the Central Park 200 now in memory of Anita whose lost her battle in 2012 and the MMRF was palpable. His journey has left an indelible mark with friends, family, and cancer survivors, many of whom would show up in Central Park to show their support for his efforts. In 2015, Westchester Magazine reported that one Myeloma patient was visiting New York City from London during Eric’s 2014 attempt. After hearing Eric’s story on the ABC News, the Londoner walked down to the park from his hotel room, found Eric shook his hand and simply said thank you.

Eric is the first to say that there is no way he could do this without Tanis’s support, not only as his wife and partner, but as his ultramarathon crew chief. Preparation leading up to an ultra is also critical to success, and Club Fit personal trainer Tommy Calandrucci has been an integral part of Eric’s physical and mental training. “I am a very self-motivated guy, but Tommy has a way of pushing me and helping me realize that I can do more,” says Eric. “Sometimes I need that little nudge to see that I can push myself harder. I think we all need that sometimes, not just in the gym but in life.”

When training for ultras, a typical workout plan at Club Fit includes treadmill work, cross training with swimming, rowing, turf work, stairs, and Tommy’s endurance class. At peak training, Eric runs three days a week alternating between three workouts: 1) a medium 8 to 15-mile run; 2) a 5 to 8-mile hill workout with many hill repeats including one he calls “Uncle Dreadhill” that consists of running a 10-minute per mile pace, starting at a 1% grade and increasing the grade every ¼ mile by .5% until he can’t handle the incline at the pace; 3) a long 25 to 35-mile run. Occasionally, he throws in a six-hour treadmill run for what he calls monotony training. When not training for an ultra, he does the same type of workout but at a shorter duration with less intensity.

While Eric doesn’t know where or when his next run will be, he is certain that there are more in his future, and he says he’s open to suggestions. “It takes a team in life to accomplish our goals, and together we can do so much. I hope everyone gets out there with their support team and pushes themselves in some way,” says Eric. “Do it for someone else, it’s the most selfish thing you can do — it’s that rewarding!”

 

To learn more about Eric’s epic Central Park 200 run check out the documentary 200 Miles at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yC9AOY6Tdk&feature=youtu.be

 

To Keep You Inspired: Joe Riley, Fitness Director

June 29, 2017 by jeanne

Club Fit JV Fitness Director Joe Riley Drives Members to Reach Their Goals

{by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger}

Fitness Director Joe Riley helps members achieve their goals
Club Fit JV Fitness Director and Parisi Program Director Joe Riley

According to Club Fit Jefferson Valley Fitness Director Joe Riley, “the most important tool you can have in your fitness journey is a goal.”  Joe is living proof of this mantra, dating back to his days as a middle schooler with severe asthma whose dream was to get healthy enough for his mom to allow him to play football. “I was overweight and always battled my fitness health issues to the point where I really couldn’t play sports when I was younger,” recalls the Ossining native, who knows how important reaching your fitness goals can be. “My biggest goal growing up was to get in good enough shape so that my mother would say yes to football, so I would go out back and run a lap at Ryder Park, and I’d be dying. Then a couple days later, when I felt like it, I would run two laps. I kept going and eventually got to a point where I was in better shape.” Joe’s work ethic and drive earned him that coveted “yes” to football from his mom just before 8th grade, and it was then that his passion for fitness began.

Fitness became like another sport, alongside football, ice hockey, and baseball, that he fell in love with. Joe continued his football career at SUNY Brockport as a linebacker and majored in exercise science. After SUNY, he worked for the summer as a strength and conditioning coach at Pace University and continued his education at St. John’s University where his earned a master’s degree in sport management. While at St. John’s, Joe worked at Club Fit Briarcliff as a fitness coach and personal trainer. After graduating from St. John’s, he was promoted to fitness director at Club Fit Jefferson Valley and has instilled his goal-oriented exercise philosophy, that exercise is the competition with oneself, throughout the fitness department. “Your goal every day is to strive to be a little better than the day before” says Joe. “If you can make daily progress toward your goals, by even the slightest margin, then you’re always going to improve.”

This August, Joe is excited to introduce Club Fit Jefferson Valley members to DRIVE, a unique, small group training class in which the focus is on goal-based programming. Members will be grouped together according to similar goals, whether it be to lose weight, improve their athletic performance, increase their endurance, or improve their physical ability due to aging or injury. Based on those goals, Joe and his team of personal trainers will create specific exercise programs for each participant, with different metrics being used to track individual progress throughout the month to make adjustments when needed. Also, as members reach their goals, they will move into different groups as needed to ensure forward progress on achieving their fitness goals. At the end of the month, participants can compare their end-of-month metrics to their beginning metrics to see their progress, and decide if they’d like to renew for another month. In addition to monthly membership fees, there will be an additional fee for the DRIVE  A complimentary MYZONE belt will also be included upon registration, which all are encouraged to wear during the workouts. DRIVE programming will be featured in our newly remodeled Advanced Training Studio, which will be a shared space with the Parisi Speed School. Initially, classes will be held early on weekday mornings to accommodate working members and all morning on Saturdays. The fee includes unlimited class participation and monthly evaluations.

“We don’t have exercise programs that we fit members into,” explains Joe. “We have members with goals that we fit the exercise program around.”

DRIVE | Specialized Personal Training | Reach Your Goals | Westchester, NY | Club Fit JV

 

Fitness Success Story: Patrick Doanne

June 28, 2017 by karen

Club Fit Member Patrick Doanne is pleased with the fitness success he achieved during Tiana’s Training Challenge

 

Master Trainer Tiana Gonzalez helped Club Fit Member Patrick Doanne achieve fitness success
Master Trainer Tiana Gonzalez and her happy client Patrick Doanne

Patrick wrote us to thank Tiana for the great results she helped him achieve during the 40-day Training Challenge: “After rehabbing my injured knee for the past 10 months this program provided me with a great bridge bringing me back to fitness. During the 40 days I achieved all of my goals including improved strength and conditioning. Through the increased activity and Tiana’s nutritional counseling, I also achieved a substantial weight loss. Tiana is an excellent coach that has a tremendous understanding of fitness and movement patterns. She was able to modify each exercise to make it both safe and effective for me. Thank you for everything, Patrick”

The goals of the Training Challenge include losing weight, improving stamina and strength, and becoming the strongest version of yourself.  Keep an eye out for future challenges!

Congratulations to Patrick on his hard work and success achieving his fitness goals!

To Keep You Inspired: Clifford the Big Brown Dog

May 26, 2017 by jeanne

Clifford the Big Brown Dog

{by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger}

Every year approximately 6.5 million companion animals arrive at community shelters across the nation — stray animals, surrendered animals, and animals rescued from cruelty (ASPCA, 2017). Last year, an older dog, a large pit bull mix, was abandoned at the Briarcliff SPCA with a broken kneecap — three strikes hard to overcome for any shelter dog: old age, severe injury, and being a member of the oft maligned and misunderstood pit bull group of dogs. This gentle giant weighed in at 85 pounds, and his size, calm demeanor, and loving personality quickly earned him the name of Clifford, after childhood favorite, Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Supporting our members and community is an important thread in the social fabric of Club Fit — a thread that leads right next door to the SPCA of Westchester. In addition to Cat and Dog of the Month spotlights on the Club Fit Community Board, every month, the SPCA of Westchester hosts a table in the Club Fit lobby. The SPCA staff brings specially selected dogs sporting “Adopt Me” bandanas to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of pet adoption, its four-legged residents, and other programs. “We are so grateful to have such generous neighbors help us spread awareness about the importance and benefits of adoption,” says Lisa Bonanno-Spence, Director of Events and Communications at SPCA of Westchester. “I also hope it has been fun for the members to get a surprise greeting when they walk in to a cute dog!”

This past April, 8-year old Clifford earned his “Adopt Me” bandana as one of the dogs to greet members at the SPCA table at Club Fit Briarcliff. As fate would have it two Club Fit staff members and sisters, Cassie & Alexis Burke, connected immediately with Clifford and instantly texted their mom, Dawn Burke, to say they found her the perfect dog. Dawn recalls the rapid-fire texts inundating her phone: “Mom, they brought this dog into work, and you have to come see him — his name is Clifford.” Then, “Mom, you have to take him, he is your dog. He is so lazy, he’s calm, he’s…” Next came a picture of Clifford, gentle as could be, with a young Club Fit member. Dawn and her 18-year old son, Michael, agreed that it was time to get another dog.

With a recent move to a more secluded area, coupled with her kids’ ringing endorsement of Clifford, it seemed as though fate was dictating that the time was now, indeed, for another dog. Dawn visited the shelter on her day off to meet Clifford and was taken aback by Clifford’s strong 85-pound pit bulll frame. However, she quickly saw his easygoing and loving demeanor shining through. “When I first saw Clifford at the shelter, “I was like no way,” remembered Dawn. “But he came over and just wanted to lick everybody and play. He was a good boy.”

In just two months, Clifford has become an integral part of the Burke family, and Dawn can’t imagine being without her loving — not to mention fun-loving — four-legged friend. “He loves to ride in the car – if a dog could puff his chest out and smile, Clifford would,” says Dawn. “He just wants love. He’s such a mush and just wants to sit next to you, lay around, watch TV — he doesn’t care what you’re doing as long as he’s with you.”

Dawn feels Club Fit is offering the dogs a great opportunity and is raising awareness for pet adoption and the SPCA of Westchester. “Club Fit gives the SPCA the opportunity to bring these dogs over and show that they are good dogs that need loving homes,” she says. “Plus, I would have never found Clifford if they had not brought him to Club Fit.”

Clifford the Big Brown Dog — the loving, gentle, old dog with three strikes, finally hit a homerun with his new family thanks to fate, the Burke family, and Club Fit’s partnership with the SPCA of Westchester. But if you ask Dawn, she’ll readily say, “But we’re the lucky ones. We are lucky we found such a great dog.”

 

Reference:

ASPCA. (2017). Shelter intake & surrender. Retrieved on May 23, 2017 from https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender

Dryland & Kids Conditioning June 2017 Athletes

May 23, 2017 by karen

Dryland & Kids Conditioning programs with Club Fit Master Trainer Beth Kear

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Richard Liu
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Richard Liu
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Richard Liu

Richard has been with the Dryland program for several sessions. He has shown that he will give 100% effort in whatever drill we are doing. When the weather is nice you will see him using the bounding rings, jumping rope or running hurdles out by the pool. Keep up the good work, Richard!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: James Wang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete James Wang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete James Wang

James is a pleasure to have in the Dryland program! He has shown a great desire in excelling with all the drills given to him. James has a competitive spirit and strives to do his best. He loves to improve his racquetball skill, and his balance and core strength has improved. Way to go, James!

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning May 2017 Athletes

May 9, 2017 by karen

Dryland & Kids Conditioning programs with Club Fit Master Trainer Beth Kear

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month:  Owen Sibinga
Owen Sibinga
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Owen Sibinga

 

Not being a fan of running, Owen joined the Dryland program with some trepidation. We spoke about it and made some modifications, and he has made remarkable improvements. He always gives 100% and his coordination, strength and agility have all seen great improvement. Always entertaining us with a story or ancecdote, Owen has become a fundamental part of our Dryland group. Congrats, Owen!

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Carter Corbett
Carter Corbett
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Carter Corbett

 

Carter was new to the Dryland program last fall. He immediately showed us he was a force to be reckoned with. Carter’s high energy level was at times a challenge to harness, however, he showed what he was made of and has made remarkable strides. His natural athleticism helps in the agility drills as well as strength and balance drills. Great job, Carter!

 

 

To Keep You Inspired… Sandie Capifali

April 25, 2017 by jeanne

Story by:  Lisa Olney

 

Club Fit Jefferson Valley member Sandie Capifali plays tennis three times a week at Club Fit, cross trains with strength training and yoga, and lives by the mantra “Strong body, strong mind.” It’s a philosophy that has kept Sandie at the top of her game throughout her life and 48-year career as a women’s basketball coach and educator at the St. Barnabas Elementary School in the Bronx, Iona College in New Rochelle, and the St. Catharine Academy in the Bronx. As a coach, Sandie instilled confidence and discipline in her players, empowering them to be the best versions of themselves on and off the court. She was a catalyst for change, respect, and equality at a pivotal time for women’s sports as Title IX was reluctantly being accepted in high school and college sports. In 1974, Iona hired Sandie to rebuild their women’s basketball club into a sanctioned collegiate program. Under Sandie’s tutelage Iona won the pre-season Dominican College Invitational Tournament, achieving a 12-2 record in their first season as an official college team. Sandie remembers an awkward silence on the eve of the tourney when she told the team to wear their white uniforms for the games. “One of the players told me that they didn’t have uniforms and had been wearing cut-offs and colorful tee shirts.” Sandie had no idea, and quickly said, “Fine, no problem. Wear your cut-offs and white tee-shirts.” Before the first game of the tourney, Sandie took a black marker to the white shirts writing Iona on the front and each player’s number on the back. “We kind of looked like the Bad News Bears,” she remembers. “And, then we went out and won the whole tournament.” Iona went on to six post-season appearances in their first 10 years under Sandie’s leadership as coach and women’s athletic director. On October 15, 2016, Sandie was inducted into the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s 2016 Honor Roll inductee for her lasting impact in creating the Iona College women’s basketball program and contributions to conference.

After ten years at Iona, Sandie missed the day-to-day teaching from her time as a physical education teacher at St. Barnabas and accepted a position as a physical education and health education teacher at the St. Catharine Academy. After a few years, she agreed to return to coaching and created a junior varsity basketball program. A few years later, she became the varsity coach, a post she held for the next 25 years until retiring. Sandie mentored players throughout her career, advocating on their behalf whether for a scholarship or recognition for their achievements. She became a sounding board for her players as they navigated life and still keeps in touch with many of them, even receiving happy Mother’s Day texts each year.

In August 2015, Sandie retired, but that doesn’t mean the championships have ended. When asked what’s next in her journey, Sandie enthusiastically replies, “The national championships in May!” Sandie is making her fourth trip to the USTA National Championships – this time with her 65 & Over tennis team. Her previous three National Championship trips were with Club Fit Jefferson Valley in 2007 to 2009, earning a national title in 2007. Sandie plays on multiple teams, and while this year’s championship trip is not with Club Fit, she is inspired by the depth of talent she sees in women’s tennis at Club Fit Jefferson Valley and is confident of more championship runs for Club Fit.

When not playing tennis, Sandie mixes in strength training – alternating days for upper body and lower body – and is a regular at the Monday, Thursday, Friday Chair Yoga class with instructor Lucy Conway. Sandie’s family uses the Club as well, and her 6-year old grandson is taking tennis lessons so that “he can play with Grandma this summer”. Sandie feels the Club’s greatest benefit, however, might just be the friendships that are nurtured there. “Many people have come into my life, but very few have left their footprint in my heart,” says Sandie. “The people who I met when I first started playing tennis at Club Fit 18 years ago are the people who have left their footprints in my heart.”

Steve Flink

March 28, 2017 by admin

To Keep You Inspired: Steve Flink

By Lisa Olney

 

Most days, Club Fit member Steve Flink will meet with three or four friends on the recumbent bikes and they will get in their cardio while discussing sports,  politics and solving the world’s problems. But on July 22nd, he won’t be available for the caucus, because on that day, Flink will be honored alongside former world #1s Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters, 4-time wheelchair champion Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, and posthumously, tennis instructor Vic Braden at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in Newport, R.I.

Flink has been chosen for his work in his 43-year career as a tennis reporter. “It’s almost beyond description,” says Steve, who will be among the few writers in the Hall. “You are part of history alongside so many icons and immortal figures. It’s surreal.”

This path began for Steve at Wimbledon, in 1965. His parents had divorced a few years earlier, and Steve spent the school year in New York and summers with his father in London. He remembers his dad taking him to his first Wimbledon at 12 years old. “I had watched a little tennis on TV for a couple years, but when I went to Wimbledon, it just changed everything,” he said. “I became totally immersed.” Afterward, Steve voraciously read all the tennis news he could find in the newspapers and purchased a subscription to World Tennis Magazine to feed his newfound tennis obsession. At this time, British tennis writer Lance Tingay, one of the few writers in the Hall of Fame, put out an annual world top-10 list — well before computerized rankings. Tingay included his reasoning behind each player’s inclusion, and Steve wrote him to ask, “How can you put Billie Jean King above Ann Jones?” Imagine young Steve’s delight when the postman delivered Tingay’s response of, “Well, thank you very much for your letter, now let me tear your list apart.” A correspondence and a close friendship was born, and Steve still has that letter from Tingay which will be included in the 2017 Hall of Fame exhibit.

Steve lived with his dad in London while playing tennis at the U.S. International University from 1970 to 1973. He wrote his first published article in 1973 for World Tennis Magazine, a freelance interview with Chris Evert at the French Open. The following year World Tennis hired him, and he worked as a writer and editor until the magazine folded in 1991. Steve recalls a much different climate for the reporter-player dynamic. “There weren’t as many walls up in those days. You didn’t have to go through agents to talk to a player,” he remembers. “When I interviewed Chrissie, I just went up to her and introduced myself.” That interview was the start of another lasting friendship in Steve’s life, and Evert will be his presenter this July. “It was the timing and the era that we both came up in, and there was a lot of mutual respect” remembers Steve. “I became known as her Boswell, her closest chronicler.”

From 1992 to 2007, Flink was a senior writer for Tennis Week, and for the last ten years, he has been the lead columnist for tennischannel.com, appearing in Tennis Channel productions. He has also written three books, worked as a statistician for BBC, NBC, ABC, and CBS, and as a commentator for the MSG Network and ESPN, alongside Bud Collins, Mary Carillo, and Cliff Drysdale.

Flink has covered countless interesting players during his career, including Hall of Famers John Newcombe and Pete Sampras. “I always thought John Newcombe had this unique way of looking at things,” he recalls. “It’s just a certain mentality, and it’s what made him a great commentator.” Sampras was known as guarded amongst the media, but in Steve’s writing style, Sampras recognized a fairness and developed an ease around him. “I was fortunate to be one of the few that got to know him pretty well,” he says. “I find that once Pete trusts you, he opens up and becomes very forthcoming because he trusts the way that you’re going to present it.”

Steve has worked from his home office since 1992, and Club Fit allows him to balance exercise with the social interaction he misses from working at home. He has made a close group of friends through Club Fit such as Bob McCoach, who shared a standing Monday tennis match with Flink for many years. Among Flink’s bike group, Steve refers to Rick Slattery as the Club Fit Ambassador, and Bob Anderson as The Professor, because Anderson “even hands out grades at the end of each semester based on our participation in discussions during our workouts.”

Steve Shabad, and Steve Sholinski round out the morning workout crew that will hear first-hand the stories of Roddick, Clijsters and the induction ceremony, once Flink steps back from the big stage and rejoins his friends on the bikes.

To Keep You Inspired, Dr. Franklin Zimmerman

February 23, 2017 by admin

DrZimmerman

Club Fit celebrated American Heart month in February, helping members maintain their commitment to regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and a healthy heart. But if you ask cardiologist Dr. Franklin (Bud) Zimmerman, a Club Fit Briarcliff member affectionately known as Dr. Z., a healthy heart is a prize to celebrate and maintain all year long.

A graduate of the Brown University Medical School, Dr. Zimmerman is a Senior Attending Cardiologist and President of the medical staff at Phelps Memorial Hospital. He trained at Columbia University, St. Luke’s Hospital and has been a cardiologist at Phelps Memorial Hospital since 1989 alongside his partners at Phelps Medical Associates, Dr. Arthur Fass, Dr. Dina Katz (both Club Fit members), and Dr. Jay Doshi.

The field of cardiology has always excited Dr. Zimmerman, especially working with acutely ill patients and making them healthy again. As important and rewarding as that aspect of cardiology is, however, he has an equal passion for preventative care. “It’s very dramatic when you help a patient with a heart attack,” says Dr. Zimmerman, “but I’d much rather work to prevent the event than respond to an emergency”

Dr. Zimmerman’s commitment to preventative care and education has made a lasting\ impact in his field as well as his community. He is an assistant clinical professor at Columbia and created the Heart and Health Education Foundation with his partners. He is also the director of Phelps Memorial’s Center for Occupational Medicine and Public Safety Services (COMPASS), a center in development that is devoted to the health needs of first responders. Dr. Zimmerman shares his expertise directly with Club Fit on heart healthy initiatives such as training staff members to use automatic defibrillators, a move that has already saved lives at the gym. He consulted on the Health Rx program, a referral program for people beginning an exercise program, and he created the Club Fit Chief’s Challenge, an exercise challenge for policeman and firefighters. Preventing cardiovascular disease in police and fire department personnel is an important area of research for Dr. Zimmerman. “First responders have a risk of heart attack that is out of proportion to the general public, and this strikes close to home for me, because I come from a police family,” said Dr. Zimmerman, whose sister is the current Police Chief of San Diego. After sharing this concern with Club Fit president Bill Beck, the club began offering a half-price membership for active police officers and firefighters, and Dr. Zimmerman created the Chief’s Challenge to encourage first responders to keep their hearts healthy through exercise. Every year Dr. Zimmerman’s foundation awards $1,000 each to the local police and fire department with the most check-ins to the gym. Club Fit tallies the visits, and at year’s end reports the numbers to Dr. Zimmerman. The 2016 winners were the Yorktown Police Department and the Mohegan Lake Fire Department.

According to Dr. Zimmerman, the most overlooked preventative measure for heart disease is exercise, and he feels that “many people would rather take a pill than spend an hour at the gym.” He is always quick to share his favorite mantras with his patients such as “Exercise is medicine” or his wry “You only have to exercise … on the days that you eat.” In 25 years at Club Fit, Dr. Zimmerman says “the most gratifying thing about going to Club Fit is the number of my patients that I see there following my heart-healthy advice.”

Barring a medical emergency, Dr. Zimmerman works out at Club Fit four to five times a week during his lunch hour, focusing on cardiovascular exercise and weight training. He begins with a five-minute warmup on the treadmill, light stretching, and a half-mile run on the track – either an easy jog or more vigorous interval running. For weight training, he uses the Nautilus and Cybex machines along with free weights for his arms, varying his routine to devote certain days to different muscle groups. Cross training keeps his workout both physically challenging and mentally stimulating, and he feels that Club Fit offers a distinctive advantage in its variety of equipment. On the weekends, he includes some distance work on his home treadmill before going out to dinner with family and friends where he admits to “eating some things a cardiologist avoids during the week.”

Dr. Zimmerman and his wife of 37 years, Laurie, enjoy an active lifestyle, as do their children: Stacey, a devoted runner, and Rick, an avid cyclist. But something you might not know about the Cleveland native is his passion for baseball and the Cleveland Indians. A lifelong Indians fan, he attended his fifth Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp in January at the team’s spring training facility in Goodyear, AZ. A pitcher and infielder, Dr. Zimmerman modifies his Club Fit workout three months before camp to prepare himself for its physical demands and daily double-headers, drills, and practices. His managers this year were Mike Hargrove and pitcher Jaret Wright, who Hargrove started in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. Dr. Zimmerman jokes, “Now, Hargrove’s managing me—how far he’s fallen.” Besides the joy of seeing his patients exercising and his love of Indians Fantasy Camp, what keeps Dr. Z. coming to the gym? “Exercise is fun—it makes you feel better and just keeps you healthy,” he says. “Plus, I want to get a few more miles on my fastball.”

Dryland & Kids Conditioning February Athletes

February 1, 2017 by karen

Dryland & Kids Conditioning programs with Club Fit Master Trainer Beth Kear

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month:  Allison Corbett
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Allison Corbett
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Allison Corbett

This is Allison’s second year with the Dryland program. Her running has improved immensely and she is always looking to improve her time. She continually strives to improve and get faster, yet keeps it fun. Allison consistently goes “all out” and puts her heart into everything we do in class. She is often asked to demonstrate skills for her classmates. Love to have you in class, Allison!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Elizabeth Kracht
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Elizabeth Kracht
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Elizabeth Kracht

Elizabeth was new to the Dryland this past fall. From the first day she has demonstrated her enthusiasm and desire to learn new skills, and to better the skills that she already knows. Her running continues to improve as she challenges herself on a weekly basis. We are thrilled to have Elizabeth in class. Way to go, girl!

 

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning January Athletes

January 1, 2017 by karen

Dryland & Kids Conditioning programs with Club Fit Master Trainer Beth Kear

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month:  Susannah Radick
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Susannah Radick
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Susannah Radick

Susannah has returned to the Dryland program this season and already has shown great desire in excelling with all of the drills given to her. She has a competitive spirit and strives to do her best. Susannah loves to improve her SAQ skills and her balance/core strength has improved greatly. Always ready to do the “Carlton” dance and lighten a difficult set, she is a pleasure to have in class. Way to go, girl!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Hunter Skodzinski
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Hunter Skodzinski
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Hunter Skodzinski

Hunter has made a name for himself and I love to see what I can give him next. His running has greatly improved and he always gives 100% effort in whatever exercises he is performing. Hunter’s coordination, strength and agility have all seen great improvement. Keep up the great work Hunter!

 

 

 

To Keep You Inspired: Diane Purdy

October 28, 2016 by karen

Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist Diane Purdy Keeps Us Inspired

{by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger}

Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist Diane Purdy with Personal Trainer Lori Nigro
Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist Diane Purdy with Personal Trainer Lori Nigro

Club Fit’s highest staff honor is its Annual Service Award, presented under veil of secrecy each year at the Annual Meeting — a day of education, team building, and staff appreciation. So, when Diane Purdy, Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist of almost 20 years was asked to lead a Q & A about the Club’s new human resource management system, Dayforce, she was prepared and ready for any question that came her way. What she wasn’t prepared for was the proverbial table turn. Instead of being introduced as the afternoon’s next speaker, she was introduced through a cleverly written poem as Club Fit’s 2016 Annual Service Award winner!

Diane may have been the only person in the room surprised by the announcement. Her consummate work ethic and dedication strikes a lasting impression for all who meet her. Diane’s attention to detail and support to managers and staff has made her invaluable in every area of Club Fit. Diane takes her responsibility as Club’s Payroll Specialist seriously, and over the years she has braved many of Mother Nature’s wicked weather curve balls to get to work, even during weather closures, because, simply put, “Our people need to get paid.” The support she provides has become her calling card, and Diane has helped guide her team through two significant technology launches helping to maximize Club Fit’s internal efficiency and overall position as a leader in the fitness industry. But most importantly, on Diane’s watch, people come first, and everyone is taken care of with equal care and attention.

Diane grew up playing basketball, softball, and running track. As an adult, she enjoyed an effortless balance of health and fitness. But time marches on, and bodies change. As Diane entered her 50s, she realized that maintaining this balance was finally going to require a little more effort. So, she decided it was time to focus on improving her own health and fitness. She found her perfect partner in Club Fit Jefferson Valley Personal Trainer Lori Nigro.

“Lori knew that I was interested in getting in shape and losing weight,” recalls Diane. After their first session, the rest was history, and they’ve been training together since March of 2015. Every Tuesday at 3:30, the duo meets for a 30-minute personal training session. Lori has incorporated high intensity training (HIT) and functional training into Diane’s repertoire. Some days are dedicated to specific body parts, and each session includes stretching and cardio. Diane’s favorite machine is the cross cable machine, and she complements her Club Fit routine by staying active and bicycling through her neighborhood.

“Over the years, I’ve tried just about everything — spinning and cardio tennis, but, this is what I do on Tuesdays,” says Diane. It has been just over 18 months since Diane started her weekly sessions with Lori. She noticed changes right away, and is proud that she has maintained her fitness and weight loss. As for her future fitness goals, Diane is happy continuing her Tuesday sessions with Lori. “I’ll stick with my program,” says Diane. “Lori has shown me so many things. She is motivating, very encouraging and great to work with.”

This February will mark Diane’s 20-year Club Fit anniversary, and Diane most values the caring and friendly culture at the Club, from the staff to the members. “It’s my home away from home, and I love the people,” said Diane. “Everybody cares about their well-being, and the Club cares about helping the community. It’s a great place to work.”

As Diane closes in on the big 2-0, staff and members alike may already know of her love of traveling, NBA basketball, and her favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs. But, did you know that Diane is a huge country music fan with an ear that would make any Nashvillian proud? In 2016 she has already seen 16 big-name artists in concert such as Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and on October 26, Carrie Underwood. 2016 is not over yet, however, and in November she will see Keith Urban and Brett Eldridge, and Stevie Nicks is on the docket for December. Diane has already purchased her tickets for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Soul2Soul tour in October of 2017 — just another fun fact that exemplifies Diane’s attention to detail and strategic planning, a strength that can always be counted on by the Club Fit community.

Fitness Success Story: Janet Murff

October 19, 2016 by karen

Healthier and happier — Club Fit Member Janet Murff started training with Personal Trainer Candice O’Brien in 2015 and is now stronger, fitter, and happier.

 

Club Fit Member Janet Murff and Personal Trainer Candice O’Brien — working together to help Janet reach her goals.

“I’d like to express my appreciation to my trainer Candice and Club Fit. I am thrilled! The physical & mental benefits of exercise are amazing.

When I made my decision in November 2015 to have a personal trainer, I was out of shape and feeling stressed from two years of the life changing activities of caring for one’s parents; too much driving, too much sitting. Realizing what a difference a trainer would mean to my success, I signed up — and as luck would have it, I was paired with the right trainer from day one. I began with the goals of improved health and fitness. I knew that I could only commit to two or three gym visits per week. Consistency would make it work. Weight loss was far down my list. Today, I am much stronger, fitter, more toned, and happier than I was a year ago. Weight loss has been a bonus. I know that I could not have done this alone. I am excited to set new goals for 2017 and look forward to continue working with Candice to help me reach these.” – Club Fit Member Janet Murff

Congratulations to Janet on her hard work and her commitment to health!

To Keep You Inspired … Denise D’Amico

September 29, 2016 by karen

Our Club Fit Members Keep Us Inspired

{by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger}

To Keep You Inspired… Club Fit Member Denise D'Amico
Club Fit Member Denise D’Amico chose to take care of her health through diet and exercise.

Club Fit Jefferson Valley member Denise D’Amico is a change maker and a problem solver, a trusted force in the Yorktown community. As a local real estate broker for over twenty years, a co-founder and past president of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, and a charter board member of Support Connection, helping others and creating meaningful change is simply what Denise does. In 2015, however, she discovered a new person in need of help — herself.

In January of 2015 a visit to the doctor revealed a serious weight-related health issue — pre-diabetes. That was the day that forced Denise to face weight issues that she had battled for years. Her doctor laid two options before her: take several medications every day; or 2) lose weight and see if her body responds. Amidst a flood of emotions, Denise called upon her inner grit — and chose option two. She also chose Club Fit as her partner in getting there.

Quarterly doctor appointments became the new norm for Denise, and after three months her doctor noticed a difference. After six months, everyone was noticing a difference. By the time July of 2016 rolled around, Denise had lost 125 pounds, thanks to her new routine at Club Fit, her modified diet, and her steely resolve and can-do attitude. Most importantly, Denise reversed her health issue, and as a result does not need any medications.

So, how did this inspiring transformation occur? After consulting with her doctor on nutrition and exercise, as well as her daughter who is a nurse and athlete, Denise changed her diet, eliminating most carbohydrates and sugar. Over time, she switched from meats to fish and from yolks to egg whites. Water is a constant throughout her diet as well, and she drinks half her weight in ounces, daily. Advance journaling of her food has been a key ingredient in her success as well. “If you know what you’re going to eat in advance, you’re less likely to fail,” Denise says. “Food is medicine, and the planning is vital to success.”

Denise exercises at Club Fit five to six days a week and feels it sets the pace for her day, keeping her centered. Her balanced blend of activity is a vital part of her daily routine. A typical day for Denise begins in the locker room with a weigh-in, and she feels it has been one of her most important habits throughout her weight loss. “It keeps me accountable to my goals,” she explains. By 6:30 am Denise is in the Club Fit lap pool where she swims one mile, daily. At 7:50 am, she switches gears and powerwalks two miles in the Fitness Center. Next, it’s time to get her dancing shoes on, and she meets her friends for the 9am Danceology class — her favorite Club Fit activity. On specific days, she now does kickboxing as well as the Circuit for her bone strength. Denise laughs that exercising is a love-hate relationship for her. “Sometimes, I hate to do it, but I love the way it makes me feel,” says Denise. “I wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything. It’s euphoria.”

Denise’s husband, Lou, joins her daily at the gym, taking a spin class, after which they return home for breakfast at 10:30am. In the afternoon, Denise takes advantage of the track where she lives and powerwalks two more miles. At 2:30pm she has lunch—typically a large salad with homemade dressing. Many times, Lou will join Denise for her afternoon walk, as well, but forgoes the powerwalk opting for a leisurely, relaxing pace. In the evening, Lou and Denise have a dinner around 4:30 of protein — typically salmon — and a variety of vegetables. Her special treat (from time to time) has become a square of Ghirardelli chocolate.

Weaving nutrition and exercise together was key for Denise in losing weight and reclaiming her health. She credits her Club Fit routine as essential in her weight loss success — both physically and mentally. “Club Fit is #1 and sets the pace for the rest of your day,” says Denise. “Exercising makes you happy; it makes you want to engage with others.”

To Keep You Inspired … Our Club Fit Members!

August 30, 2016 by karen

For our members and for us, fitness is a way of life.
For our members and for us, fitness is a way of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our members inspire us every day. YOU are why we do what we do. Listen to what some Club Fit members had to say during last month’s Member Appreciation Weeks.

Tess Cerra
“Shortly after joining Club Fit 3 years ago, my husband suddenly passed away. Thanks to all of the club activities, and the friendship of the members, I was able to get through that difficult time. Club Fit was a wonderful lifesaver for me. I will be forever grateful!

Beth Klewan
Club Fit is more than a health club to me. It’s a place that enhances my life. I have made friendships and have improved my health. I feel that Club Fit is a place to enhance your physical and emotional health. I feel like the people that work here are my family and my friends. Thank you for being my health club. Everyone at Club Fit seems to be concerned about myself and all members.

Ophelia Hill
Club Fit is an environment which houses a group of multi-ethnic, highly professional individuals focused on giving us a program of healthy, varied, motivating exercises for all. Special events and other surprises keep things exciting and inspire us.

Deb Ross
Club Fit motivates me to stay young, stay fit and to keep going for my kids. Once day, when they are strong athletes I can keep up with them and not be old!

Usha Ragheran
Hmmm…where do I begin? Many Group Fitness classes, like Zumba (with awesome instructors) Danceology (unique to Club Fit) and Barre! The M.E.L.T. class and Definitions class are amazing. And…drum roll…the incredible socialization and sense of community we bet. Some of my best friends are my “exercise mates”. I love the Energy Center — very reasonable and wow…lots of toys!

Sandy Olsen
Club Fit motivates me to be as fit as I can get. I became a member with my daughter who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis her freshman year in college. The water classes were suggested for her joints and it helped greatly. That was over 15 years ago and I’ve met wonderful friends here. Love it!

Theresa Prestopino
This last year, I lost 13 pounds. My best friend encouraged me to get strong and gave me her guest pass to go to Sunday’s Definitions class with Shelby. The class includes a lot of equipment for an hour — it absolutely challenged me. It also made me realize I needed to take back my health. It is never too late to make time for happiness.

Andrea Sonenberg
Going to Club Fit and working out gave me emotional strength during a very difficult time in my life. I’ve been able to keep healthy and physical as well. It’s been a life-saver (and a life investment) for more than 25 years!

Michael Carozza
Club Fit is a great club. I Have been a member for the past 18 years. Always upgrading equipment… What keeps me motivated is that I will be 69 years old and don’t take any medication. Doctor tells me it’s all because of my exercise routine!

Elizabeth Plager
I like that there is something for the whole family to do at Club Fit!

Catherine Zsiday
Club Fit has helped me maintain my weight loss for the past 9 years. Your staff is an awesome group of people. Keep up the good work!

Brian Lett
I enjoy the variety of equipment and classes that allow me to achieve a well-balanced level of fitness.

Paul Pecoraro
Was a Club Fit member years ago, and now I am motivated to get back in excellent condition.

Janet Lyman
Group Fitness classes motivate me! Cycle, 20/20/20 and BODYPUMP. Love seeing my successes through MYZONE!

Janet Tinari
The Chair Yoga class is great. Instructor, Lucy, is so good. She motivates me to get here!

Karen Lett
Club Fit has healed me and keeps me healthy… physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. It is truly my second home. I love the classes, the instructors and the racquetball opportunities! I love that I can take the Yoga Teacher Training at Club Fit!