Grand Opening of Studio 1 Tonight 5:25 PM

December 6, 2018 by Lynne Welling

Jefferson Valley Group Fitness Studio 1 News Flash!

Studio 1 is ready for its grand reveal this evening. Studio 1 will open its doors tonight at 5:25 PM with Body Pump. The modified schedule has come to an end and our schedule has reverted to previous timeslots. Come and celebrate our grand reveal tonight!


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New Club Fit Staff Member – Gail Katz

November 30, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Gail Katz

Jefferson Valley Energy

Gail loves Club Fit. She calls it her home away from home. Besides working out, she is an avid swimmer. She loves the theater, baking and her cat Pumpkin. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Trainer of the Month Alex Celcis

November 27, 2018 by karen

December 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Alex Celcis

Alex will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Tuesday, December 18th at 5:00 pm and Thursday, December 20th at 10:30 am

Subject: The Benefits of Boxing for Mind, Body, & Overall Wellness  

Club Fit Personal Trainer Alex Celcis

Hello, I’m Alex Celcis — (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Self-Defense Instructor, Kick-Boxing instructor, Karate (Goju Ryu) Instructor. I have over 15 years of martial arts experience and five years’ experience years as a personal trainer.

My passion for boxing and the martial arts grew as a teenager, through watching movies and seeing ordinary humans do extraordinary acts. I then began to go to tournaments, and observe my passion in real-time. I began studying and training diligently as a young adult at the age of 19 and since then I have not ceased the journey of learning, growing and teaching the martial arts to others who want to become stronger, more confident, and healthier physically, mentally and spiritually. And as a result at the age of 36 I feel healthier and stronger then when I was 24.

Top Benefits of Boxing:
• Enhanced cardiovascular health — you need to do cardio to protect yourself from heart disease, burn calories, and lose or maintain your weight
• Improved total-body strength
• Better hand-eye coordination
• Decreased stress
• Improved body composition.

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Richard Senato

November 26, 2018 by jeanne

The Season of Giving

By Jeremy Brown

Love Holds Life’s annual toy drive will bring holiday joy and happiness to the families who need it the most.

In 2012, Richard Senato, then a volunteer with the Red Cross, was approached by a friend with the prospect of starting a foundation. A young boy, Michael Montana, was battling leukemia at just 11 and the family was struggling financially. The proposed foundation would help raise money to fund Michael’s treatments.

“I agreed to do it,” Senato recalled, “and that’s how Love Holds Life was formed.”

Through fundraisers, motorcycle rides, golf outings charitable donations and toy drives, Love Holds Life helped raise more than $70,000 for the Montana family and has gone on to help families throughout the region at an average of $25,000 per child.”

“Our mission is to financially assist families whose children are battling cancer,” said Senato. “We want to help to relieve the financial pressure that they’re facing.”

Senato feels that Love Holds Life stands apart from other organizations due to the immediacy of the work that they perform.

“We have a powerful message and mission,” he said. “We do something that most people don’t do, which is take care of people who are battling cancer now. I’m looking to help those that are sick right now – whether it be your brother, your sister, your father or your mother.

As the holiday season approaches, Senato is looking ahead to Love Holds Life’s annual Toy Drive, which will be held on Saturday, December 15th at Lewis Tompkins Hose Company #1 in Beacon, New York. The event, which is officially titled “Cookies & Cocoa with Santa” will feature holiday treats, an array of superheroes and princesses to meet, and plenty of photo ops with Santa himself.

The drive is held each year in memory of Leticia Dos Santos, the eighth child to be sponsored by Love Holds Life, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 15. “She and I started these toy drives about five years ago,” Senato said.

Recently, Senato, in need of a little extra help, has been reaching out to Club Fit for their involvement. A long time member of the Briarcliff location, Senato said that Club Fit’s charitable and family-driven approach make them the perfect ally for Love Holds Life.

“I think they’re great,” he said. “They’re family-run and family-oriented, and they’ve got great staff members who are always smiling and happy and there to help you. I think everything that they stand for is great.”

For Club Fit members and families who are looking to help out with the toy drive, Senato said that boxes will be available at the Briarcliff location. People who wish to donate have until December 7th to bring new and unwrapped gifts ranging from board games to stuffed animals, books, sports equipment and Legos. Senato says that, however little or much each family wants to give, he can guarantee that it will be worth it.

“The kids get so happy and the parents are so grateful,” he said. “It brings people together. And the holidays aren’t just about presents, it’s about coming together. It’s about being happy and joyful. What could be better than that?”

Dryland & Kids Conditioning November ’18 Athletes

November 26, 2018 by karen

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


Dryland Athlete of the Month: Michelle Tsentides
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Michelle Tsentides
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Michelle Tsentides

Michelle came to the program through her swim team participation. Her improvement since last season was apparent in the first few classes of this year. She strives to do her best during each class. Her running has improved tremendously as well as her footwork during speed drills. Michelle loves to do stability drills and always has a smile on her face. Proud of you, Michelle!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Ashlyn Goldberg
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Ashlyn Goldberg
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Ashlyn Goldberg

Ashlyn is new to the program this fall and has improved tremendously during her time working with the trainers. Her track times have gotten faster, she is more balanced on the functional equipment and her obstacle drills have gotten better. She is a pleasure to work with and always has a smile on her face. Congratulations, Ashlyn!


New Club Fit Staff Member-Alexandra Szkafarowsky

November 21, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Alexandra Szkafarowsky

Briarcliff Aquatics

Alexandra comes to the Club Fit team with certifications as both a Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, and a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor. As a WSI and CYI she works with children of all ages in both general ed. and special needs populations. Her interests span across a multitude of subjects and hobbies which are all linked with the common thread of meditation. As an avid crafter, she is perpetually working on projects, so you might see her knitting on her break.


New Club Fit Staff Member – Christian Figueroa

November 21, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Christian Figueroa

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Christian is currently a college student majoring in business at Westchester Community College. When not in class, you can find him at the pool teaching lessons. Christian’s career in aquatics began as a teenager as a lifeguard. He has a passion for the water and helping students learn how to swim.


Club Fit Staff Spotlight: Matt Macias

November 19, 2018 by jeanne

Marathon Man

By Jeremy Brown

Matt Macias’s run at the New York City Marathon turned tragic circumstances into a day of triumph.

It seems that Matt Macias is always running. Between teaching full-time in the South Bronx and working at Club Fit’s Energy Center, he’s perennially on the move. But recently, Macias was running not because he had to, but because he needed to.

Last month, Macias participated in the New York City Marathon, running to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. It was an emotional and challenging run, particularly because the cause is one that is very close to his heart.

“My grandmother was very sick with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” he said. “I was feeling kind of useless in a way. Like there wasn’t anything that I could do. So I decided to try and run and raise money for the cause.”

Macias said that he was inspired to take on the marathon by Chris Becker, another Club Fit employee. Two years ago, Becker ran the Chicago Marathon, raising more than $2,000 for breast cancer research in the process.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Macias said. “So I knew that, if he could do it, I had to one-up him!”

Macias had run a number of half marathons but had yet to actually run a full marathon. The closest he had come was a race in San Diego, but an injury had forced him to walk the course instead. In addition, his training was made more difficult by the fact that his grandmother had passed away.

“Everything was just so tense,” he recalled of that time. “The stress was getting to me physically. I know running probably would have been better for me, but I just couldn’t.”

Luckily, Macias said, he had a built-in support system at Club Fit, with many of his co-workers stepping in to help him out when things became too trying.

“Chris Becker was always there, Angelina Curcio always had my back, Kristen Saffo was also there for me,” he said. “All those people helped me every step of the way. I’m starting to realize that all my friends work at Club Fit!”

On the day of the marathon, the unthinkable almost happened when Macias awoke with a fever of 101 degrees. Determined to compete in spite of his illness, he hauled himself out of bed and hit the pavement. However, about halfway through the race, the fever began to catch up with him, and Macias began having second, and maybe even third, thoughts.

“I actually thought about quitting and started texting people saying, ‘I shouldn’t have done this, I’m too sick to run,'” he said. “But, in my armband, I had my grandmother’s prayer card. So I just took it out and ran with it in my hands the rest of the way. That’s when I knew that I was going to finish.”

Having crossed the finish line and raising more than $4,000 for Alzheimer’s research, Macias said that the whole experience was overwhelming.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “Especially all the support I received from everyone. And not just the friends and family who came to watch, but all the people who were tracking me at home and everyone who helped me raise money for this great cause. And being able to run through the streets of New York City was just insane. There’s nothing quite like it.”

Next up, Macias and Becker plan to run a marathon at Disney World in Orlando, with a course that will take them through all five parks in one day.

“I haven’t started preparing for that one yet,” he said. “I’m giving myself time to recover from the last one. But the physical part isn’t as challenging as the mental part. Once you get to mile 18 and you say to yourself, ‘I still have six more to go!’, that’s when you start questioning what you’re doing.’ But the more you work at it, the easier it gets. Practice makes perfect.”

Club Fit Staff Member – Sean Fewer

November 16, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Sean Fewer

Briarcliff Fitness

Sean has worked in the fitness and health industry for 20 years. Along with being a Personal Trainer, he has worked in cardiac- pulmonary rehab and in the physical therapy setting. He works with diverse populations ranging from those with general health and fitness goals to those with chronic medical conditions. He likes to incorporate a wide variety of exercise modalities he can design individualized training programs. Sean’s desire is to help clients achieve their goals.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Kevin Anton

November 16, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Kevin Anton

Jefferson Valley Fitness

Kevin received a B.S. in kinesiology from UMass Amherst and a M.S. in biomedical engineering from Columbia University. His goal is to promote physical health and exercise through technology and innovative exercise equipment. Although interested in sports and athletics, Kevin demonstrates an interest in helping individuals of the broader population to integrate health and fitness into their busy lives. Some hobbies/interests include: travel, cars, sports, piano.


New Member Club Fit Staff – Carmelo Camillieri

November 9, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Carmelo Camillieri

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Ben is a good student.  He is currently completing his eagle scout project and has donated over $300 toward the church and created a shelving unit for their youth group. He’s a very generous and caring person. He is also athletic and plays 3 different sports. Ben puts as much effort as he can into everything he does and is an all around good person.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Merle Klein

November 9, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Merle Klein

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Merle has been certified by Idea/ACE since 1990. Additional certifications include CORE by Resist-a-Ball, Pilates Mat from Power Pilates, Pink Ribbon Program, and a MA in special education. She has taught multi-level classes all over Westchester. Merle loves bringing stability balls and various props into class to safely challenge participants. Merle enjoys travel and jazz. She is a passionate and experienced teacher.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Lirona Brucaj

November 2, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Lirona Brucaj

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Lirona is a student at Lakeland High School and is on the swim team.  Lirona has been coming to Club Fit since she was young and looks forward to begin working as a lifeguard.

Club Fit Staff Member – Nicholas Kovoor

November 2, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Nicholas Kovoor

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Nick started his journey in aquatics as a lifeguard at age 17. Shortly after, he became a water safety instructor and discovered his love for helping others achieve their goals in the water. Seeing that he could help multiple people at the same time with their goals, he decided to become a certified water fitness instructor. Nick is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a degree in Nutrition-Dietetics with a career goal of working as a certified strength and conditioning specialist.


Club Fit Staff Member – Ronald Spooner

November 2, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member

Briarcliff Fitness

Ron is an outdoor enthusiast who uses fitness as a means to enhance functionality in all aspects of his life and the lives of his clients. Whether it’s hiking, rowing, climbing, swimming, sprinting or throwing heavy stuff around, the passion for fitness with a bit of humor is palpable.  After four years in the industry, his hunger for knowledge in all modalities remains the same.  He believes fitness should be fun and consistent because of how necessary it is to a full and healthy life.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Kendall Mlynarski

November 2, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member

Briarcliff Club Experience

Kendall has been passionate about health and fitness since a young age. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Purdue University with a minor in dance. Since her graduation from Purdue, Kendall has been very successful in sales roles while remaining involved with fitness and dance. Kendall is a strong believer in positive energy and living a healthy lifestyle! Kendall will always be there for you whether you need some encouragement, a smile, or just someone to talk to!


Dryland & Kids Conditioning October 2018 Athletes

November 1, 2018 by karen

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


Dryland Athlete of the Month: Malcom Mark
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Malcom Mark
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Malcom Mark

Malcolm has returned for the fall session of Dryland ready to go! He already has improved his running skills on the track and is enthusiastic about all the drills he is asked to do. Malcolm’s balance on the functional equipment has increased and his obstacle course agility is on the rise. He is such a pleasure to have in class, that I am unsure who is more excited for class… Malcolm or the trainers. Proud of you, Malcom!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Jonah Deckelbaum
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jonah Deckelbaum
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jonah Deckelbaum

Jonah is new to the Dryland program and already he has shown great desire to excel with all of the drills given to him. He has a competitive spirit and strives to do his best. Jonah excels at the speed and agility stations and always seems to be enjoying everything he does. He has been a welcome addition to our program. Way to go, Jonah!





Trainer of the Month Candice O’Brien

October 29, 2018 by karen

November 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Candice O’Brien

Candice will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Tuesday, November 13th at 10:30 am and Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 pm

Subject: Why You Should Make Friends with the Indoor Rowing Machine 

Club Fit Personal Trainer Candice O'Brien

Hi, I’m Candice O’Brien — Certified Personal Trainer, Spin Instructor, and Fit Coach at Club Fit Briarcliff.  I have over 20 years in the fitness industry.
My passion for running, and ONLY running for many years, led me to several injuries, due to overtraining and the fact that I NEVER stretched or cross-trained. As a single, working mother, there was no time for that stuff!!  While injured and not able to run, I joined a gym to do some strength training (recommended by a physical therapist).  It was at that time I decided to hop on a rowing machine as a warm up before moving on to weights.After five minutes, it became evident that there is more to this machine than meets the eye… it turned out to be my best friend!

Some of the benefits of rowing include:
• Increased strength and cardiovascular endurance
• Improved posture and core strength
• Low impact; ideal for all ages and fitness levels
• Burns tons of calories