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!

Fitness Success Story: Kathi Grossman

July 29, 2016 by karen

Kathi Grossman joined Club Fit in October of 2013 at the recommendation of her doctors. Read how Club Fit has helped to impact her life and help her reach her fitness goals.

 

Kathi before, and how she looks today, showing her remarkable transformation.
Kathi before, and how she looks today. Amazing progress on her fitness journey!

 

I have been morbidly obese all my life. I ended up with Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, arthritis, and no cartilage in one of my knees. I was injecting insulin up to four times a day and taking numerous medications. I finally had enough! I had WLS (weight loss surgery) on September 22, 2011, and lost 210 pounds, which changed my life more than I ever could have imagined. Within hours of the WLS I was off all medications. I am still medication free, except for supplements. Having been obese all my life, as the weight came off, other issues arose. No core, no muscle tone, loose skin EVERYWHERE!! My doctor gave me a prescription to join Club Fit on the HelpRx program, which was the best thing that could have happened to me. Personal Trainer Russ was my first encounter with a trainer. I was pretty intimidated, but Russ took his time, listened to me and my physical limitations, and designed a routine just for me. This was the beginning — I started taking classes, and I mean everything, even things I thought I couldn’t do just to challenge myself. I started with Retro-Low, Low-impact Zumba, Kickboxing, Definitions, 4×4, Corebar, Spin, and Yoga. If they had a class I was there. I started to see where I fit and what I liked to do. This could have been overwhelming as exercise was NEVER a part of my life. Now I love to spin and weight train and do a few machines. The instructors were excellent and most helpful. There are so many wonderful people who have escorted me on my journey. There is, however, one person who stands out and that is General Manager Mark Cuatt. He took me under his wing and gave me a crash course in nutrition and then an exercise regimen for me to follow. He didn’t have to do that; he has enormous responsibilities running the club on a day-to-day basis. Nonetheless, we would meet at the gym, I would email him my food menus and things started to change again! This has not been an easy journey. I had a few setbacks but, to date, I have lost 250 pounds!! As I type the number it seems surreal.

I take advantage of most of the things Club Fit offers. I have a MYZONE belt, I use it always and should I forget it, I am lost. I do the FIT-3D scans, which help you see the transformation you are attaining. This experience would not have been as successful without the help of so many of the personal trainers, instructors and coaches. I wish I could name all of you, as you are all very special to me, because at one time you made it a point to help me with your time, advice or even a friendly “Hello!”. ALL of you have made an impact in changing NOT only my outward appearance but teaching me that being healthy is an everyday choice. Mark Cuatt told me once, I am always going to wage this battle in my head with my weight. Some days I’ll win and some days I’ll lose; but “never give up” is the moral of this story.

So I thank Club Fit for helping me find ME—the me I was meant to be. You have helped to give a healthy me back to my husband, children and granddaughter. Hopefully I will be around a long time still working out, and if I can inspire ONE person through my story, then I have made a difference!

Better Balance Now

July 26, 2016 by Jacquie

Better Balance Now!— Fall Prevention
Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS, CST, RYT

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

Good balance is dependent on sensory input form the eyes, the correct functioning of the balance system in the inner ear, posture and center of gravity and our ability to sense the position and movement in our feet, legs and arms. Vision affects the balance system, as the eyes send messages to the brain telling us where objects are in space.

Aging adults are affected by a loss of muscle mass and strength. This is associated with an increased risk of falls and hip fractures. It also has a great affect on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Weakness in the ankle musculature may cause difficulty in recovering lost balance more quickly. Strong quadriceps muscles are necessary for good balance and walking. Evidence shows the strength and aerobic training can lead to a reduction in falls.

Loss of flexibility occurs with age. This may lead to difficulty climbing stairs, transferring from sit to stand and or getting out of bed without difficulty. Much of the loss of flexibility is due to inactivity. Flexibility exercises, stretches, gentle yoga will help improve flexibility of major muscle groups and therefore improve ones ability to complete everyday activities.

Postural changes develop as people age but not because they age. Rounded shoulders, forward head postures, increased thoracic curves in the spine are common postural changes. These changes affect the center of gravity in the body moving it forward. With changes in the center of gravity, older adults are more prone to loss of balance and an increased risk of falls.

Medications also contribute to the deterioration of the balance system. Research has shown that adding new medications in the previous two weeks increases the risk for falling.

There are many ways we can adapt to the changes in our bodies as we age. Some helpful tips include:

Promote safety in the home by using non-skid surfaces, eliminating area rugs & improve lighting in the home

  1. Get a yearly eye exam
  2. Proper nutrition and hydration
  3. Know the side effects of your medication
  4. Use caution with pets running around in your home
  5. Different forms of exercise, such as strengthening exercises, flexibility and stretches, postural exercise, yoga, tai chi, and aerobic exercise such as walking, will all contribute to decreasing the risk of falls and improve your balance.

Guidelines from The American College of Sports Medicine suggest that:

1) Healthy adults under the age of 65 should aim for:

 – Moderate intense cardiovascular exercises 30 minutes a day (aerobic exercise), five days a week or vigorous intense exercises 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week and strengthening-exercises twice a week

– Flexibility or stretching exercises are also recommended a minimum of 2-3 days a week

 2) Healthy adults 65 years or older:

 – Low-to-Moderate aerobic exercises, 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week and gentle strengthening-exercises (very light weights), 2- 3 times a week

– Flexibility or stretching exercises at a minimum of 2-3 times a week

Types of Aerobic and Low-to-Moderate Exercises:

Moderate Intense Aerobic Exercises Low-to-Moderate Aerobic Exercises
  • brisk walking
  • running
  • swimming
  • cycling; spinning classes
  • water exercises
  • gardening
  • housework
  • dancing, yoga, tai chi

If you want to determine your fitness level, refer to the reference guide from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/measuring/index.html.

For beginners, you can simply start out by learning the basics of the talk test, which is a rule of thumb for doing moderate-intensity activity and you can still talk, but not sing during an activity. However, if you are doing a vigorous-activity you would want to learn how to find your target heart rate and determine what intensity range you should be exercising at for optimal cardiac performance.

Check out the Stay Healthy Website to determine a simple way to find your target heart rate at: www.cancer.org/healthy/toolsandcalculators/calculators/app/target-heart-rate-calculator. Once you find your target heart rate, wearing a heart rate monitor will make it easier to monitor your desired rate.

If you would like to improve your current level of fitness, but still have questions about how to begin a safe exercise program if you had an injury or illness, our experienced and dedicated licensed physical therapists can help you get started. With Direct Access a prescription is not required to be evaluated. Contact Ivyrehab Briarcliff (914) 762 – 2222 and Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245 – 8807 or visit our Website: www.ivyrehab.com to learn more about Direct Access.

References:

(1) Exercise: Designing a Cardiac exercise Program. New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Retrieved September 2, 2011 from http://nyp.org/health/cardiac_exercis3.html

(2) American College of Sports Medicine Position Stand. Retrieved September 2, 2011 from http://www.mhhe.com/hper/nutrition/williams/student/appendix_i.pdf

To Keep You Inspired… Club Fit Instructor Harriette DeCarlo

April 22, 2016 by karen

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.

Keeping Our Kids Healthy by Avoiding Childhood Obesity

February 17, 2015 by Liz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to Meet our Camp Directors!

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

Here are just a few things we offer:

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

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

Squatting during Pregnancy, Labor and Birth

January 5, 2015 by Liz

By Perinatal Exercise Specialist, 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!

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

March 11, 2014 by Liz

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

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

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

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

Benefits of Yoga for all ages

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

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

Programs for infants, kids and teens at Club Fit!

February 12, 2014 by Liz

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

Ages: 3 Months – 2 years:
Aquatics – Parent Infant Class
Private Swim Lessons
Zumbini ages 1yr -3yr
Ages: 3 to 4
Group & Private Swim Lessons
Pre School Tennis
Tennis- Private Lessons
Ages: 5 to 6

Yoga – free for members
Zumba- Free for members
Racquetball- Junior Development Program
Tennis – Quickstart program
Tennis- Private Lessons
Tennis – Kids’ Play Day
Basketball Youth Development Program (YDP)
Group & Private Swim Lessons
Swim Clinic/Re Team & Swim Team
Ages: 7 to 8
Zumba- Free for members
Yoga – free for members
Tennis – Quickstart program
Tennis – Kids’ Play Day
Tennis – 10 & Under
Tennis- Private Lessons
Racquetball- Junior Development Program
Group & Private Swim Lessons
Swim Clinic/Re Team & Swim Team
Basketball Youth Development Program (YDP) & Next Step Basketball Skill Building
Ages: 9 to 10
Zumba- Free for members
Racquetball- Junior Development Program
Tennis – Quickstart program
Tennis – 10 & Under
Tennis – Intermediate
Tennis – Junior Ladder
Tennis- Private Lessons
Swim Team & Swim Clinic
Next Step Basketball for Girls and Boys
Ages: 11 to 12
Swim Clinic/Re Team & Swim Team
Next Step Basketball for Girls and Boys
Tennis – Intermediate
Tennis – Junior Ladder
Tennis – Advanced
Tennis – Tournament Training
Tennis – Private Lessons
Racquetball- Junior Development Program
Ages: 13 to 14
Tennis – Intermediate
Tennis – Advanced
Tennis – Competitive
Tennis – Tournament Training
Tennis – Private Lessons
Ages: 15 & up
Lifeguard Training Certification
Tennis – Advanced
Tennis – Competitive
Tennis – Tournament Training
Tennis – Private Lessons
Racquetball- Junior Development Program

Getting into Yoga

February 4, 2013 by Kendra

I didn't think it was appropriate to take a selfie in class, so here's a gorgeous image from DaPino Graphics instead.

A few months ago, I wrote about my fitness goals and how I wanted to improve my flexibility enough to feel comfortable in a yoga class.  Then, I really didn’t think about it for a while. I had outlined it as a goal, but really did nothing about it.  Truthfully, I wasn’t even sure where to start.  I was doing a lot of other things that felt great for my body (and stretching, of course) but I hadn’t taken any real steps toward increasing my flexibility.  Suddenly, it dawned on me that I probably had it all backwards.  Shouldn’t yoga be the thing that increases my flexibility, instead of having to prepare my flexibility for yoga?  Had I simply started out in the wrong place; jumping into the middle, instead of starting at the beginning?

I saw Gentle Yoga on the group exercise schedule and decided to give it a try, hoping to ease into the practice.  We used blocks and straps to aid some of the poses, which helped me to get the maximum benefits from each pose even though I couldn’t quite reach as far I was supposed to.  I soon realized that I had been completely mistaken when I thought that I wouldn’t get any benefit from yoga if I couldn’t get my arm here, or my foot over there, etc.  By the time class was finished, my whole body felt so warm, so relaxed, and so open; like I could scratch the top of my head with my big toe!  I was so calm and stress-free, and I wanted to wrap myself in blankets to keep that feeling as long as I could.  Needless to say, it was an amazing class, and I’ve been able to get this great feeling from each yoga class I’ve taken.  I know that I’ll work my way up to more challenging poses eventually, but I know now that the only way to get better at something is to practice it, and yoga is a practice.

If you’re hesitant about trying yoga, try a Gentle Yoga or a Yin Yoga class. Plan to arrive 5 minutes early, and don’t be shy about letting the instructor know that you’re new.  Also, check out these five common misconceptions about yoga for a little clarity and inspiration. Obviously, I cannot recommend it enough!

A 300 Mile Bike Ride and the Motivation to Get There.

August 14, 2012 by Liz

Sharon Rowe, a long time member of Club Fit Briarcliff, accomplished a great feat when she biked 300 miles from New York to DC. She hadn’t ridden a bike in years prior to deciding to do this. The organization she rode with is called climateride. “Climate Ride is a non-profit organization that organizes fully supported, charitable bike rides to support sustainable energy solutions, bike advocacy, and environmental causes.” ClimateRide What makes Sharon’s story unique, is that she decided to do this having absolutely no training experience with something of this magnitude. Her motivation? Riding for a cause!

Sharon’s training included a great deal of time on the e-spinners, pushing her limits each day to raise her endurance levels. After all, having to ride 60 miles a day is quite a switch from not riding a bike at all for a number of years! In addition to using the e-spinners to train and riding outdoors, Sharon found Yoga to be a helpful part of her preparation. “It offered a nice balance to my endurance training and helped with my flexibility and mindset.”

We asked her how this experience raised her awareness about her body and physical fitness. It forces you to have better awareness and raise the bar on better engagement. “It takes me about 8 miles to get through to the next level. Those 8 miles are the toughest, they are the ones that test you, that make you want to give up. Once I get through that phase, I am ready for another 40 miles!” Sharon is a conscious, friendly and positive person who is motivated to make a difference on a personal and global level. She is full of passion and life. You can tell that this experience taught her a lot about pushing beyond what you think is possible. You don’t have to be a super-human athlete to do something like this. All you really need is the motivation and the goal no matter how big or small. What are you waiting for?

Sharon Rowe is the founder and CEO of Ecobags. Their “primary purpose is to create and offer thoughtfully produced and sourced products that help people reduce, re-use and recycle.” You can learn more about the company by clicking the link. Ecobags

There’s a Club Fit for Everyone!

May 17, 2012 by Liz

Club Fit inspires our members to get more out of every day.

It’s a place to work out and a place to unwind. It’s a place to play your favorite sports and a place to take charge of your health & well-being. It’s a place for kids of all ages and people of all levels. It’s a place to meet friends, socialize and indulge a little. With so much you and your family can do here, it’s a world apart from fitness as usual.

And it’s all right here, in a refreshingly relaxed, welcoming environment. From the moment you come in the door, our people know you by name, and our exceptional trainers and staff are always here to help.

There’s a Club Fit for everyone. What’s yours?