New Club Fit Staff Member- Zachary Wachs

April 13, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Zachary Wachs

Briarcliff Aquatics

Zachary is a senior at Ardsley High School. He enjoys all sports in general, but he especially loves running.  He plans to run at a Division 1 school next year and continue on his academic and athletic journey. When Zachary is not working, running, or in school, he loves movies.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member- Jorge Montoya

April 13, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jorge Montoya

Briarcliff Reception

Jorge is no stranger to the health and fitness industry, as he has held roles in sales, fitness and management. Club Fit is where Jorge first got his introduction to fitness and is excited to be back! Jorge is passionate about helping people, being a valued team member and being a leader. In his spare time, he loves playing tennis, soccer, going out with friends, and trying new foods. Jorge also enjoys watching Netflix and historical documentaries.

Welcome To Our New Group Fitness Manager

April 6, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Jefferson Valley Group Fitness Manager – Stella Wixson

Stella has 15+ years of experience in business administration and has been with Club Fit as a group fitness instructor since 2014. She believes that authenticity, open minded communication, and constant improvement are critical ingredients in building a cohesive team, and a stronger organization.  Stella’s superpowers are love and fun.

New Club Fit Staff- Felipe Marquez

April 6, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Felipe Marquez

Jefferson Valley Café

Felipe loves comedies and his favorite subject in school is science. He loves to bond with his family by jogging with them outside. Felipe can speak Spanish, likes to read books, is a hard worker, and loves to make new friends.

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member- Ellen Wilkinson

April 6, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Ellen Wilkinson

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Ellen has been practicing yoga since 1975, when she fell in love with Hatha Yoga. Her practice continued for many years alternating between aerobics, playing volleyball, cycling and spinning.  Ellen has studied and practiced with teachers from New England to New York with a foundation in Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, many versions of “power” yoga and meditation.  She received her yoga teaching certification with Mirijana Kocho. She lives in Mount Kisco with her husband Ralph and has twin boys.

New Club Fit Staff Member- Samantha Nunes

April 6, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Samantha Nunes

Jefferson Valley Fitness

Samantha grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New York five years ago. She is a Master Trainer, who has serviced over 5,000 sessions. Helping people achieve their goals and dreams is what she does best. She enjoys helping people and she does it well on a personal and professional basis. Samantha is an avid sports fan (New England Patriots), she enjoys bicycling, interior design, and hanging out with her adorable dog, Teddy Walter.

 

Club Fit Staff Spotlight: Clint Hodder

April 3, 2018 by jeanne

Club Fit Staff Spotlight: Clint Hodder, Director of Maintenance & Special Projects

By Lisa Olney

March Madness came early to the Hudson Valley as Mother Nature rained four nor’easters upon the Hudson Valley, backing up Punxsutawney Phil’s unpopular prediction of six more weeks of winter. Winter storm Riley hit the area on Friday, March 2, leaving communities from Briarcliff to Jefferson Valley without power – some for over eight days, including Club Fit Jefferson Valley. Club Fit’s Director of Maintenance and Special Projects, Clint Hodder, and his crew sprang into action assessing damage at both Clubs. Club Fit Jefferson Valley was forced to close while Clint tracked down an industrial strength generator in Connecticut, and his crew worked tirelessly to restore the club to functionality for its members. Down the Taconic, however, Club Fit Briarcliff seemingly dodged a weather bullet, remaining fully operational for members of both clubs – that is until 9:30 p.m., the next night.

On Saturday, Club Fit Briarcliff closed at 9:00 p.m., and the maintenance team – a few men down due to cleanup and repair efforts at Jefferson Valley – began their overnight shifts, readying the Club for the following day. At 9:30 p.m., one of the crew was grooming the courts in the tennis bubble when he heard a loud pop and the ominous sound of a steady rip followed by the sudden listing of the bubble due to a pressure imbalance. As it turned out, Club Fit Briarcliff did sustain a hit from the relentless 60-plus mph wind gusts, and the bubble absorbed a 60-foot tear when an anchor bolt gave way, cutting through the bubble.

Club Fit’s tennis bubbles are nearly indestructible, so the issue was not of the bubble collapsing, but of the growing pressure imbalance within and the still gusting winds which could topple the unbalanced bubble, taking out the fences and damaging the exterior of the Club. Clint, however, had a contingency plan in place, and the call was instantly and decisively made to take the bubble down and wait out the raging winds. The only X factor was time. Nor’easter #2 was due to arrive on Wednesday, promising over a foot of snow.

After the weather stabilized on Sunday, Clint’s hardworking team once again rose to the challenge, surpassing expectations by having the bubble repaired, restored, and cleaned with one court playable by Tuesday evening and the remaining six courts ready for play the following morning. This huge project with an extremely quick timeline included two men heat welding the tear while five others held the material in place, cleaning and drying the bubble and the fixtures within, resurfacing the courts, and checking the electrical and HVAC systems. The dedication and work ethic of Club Fit’s maintenance team is nothing new, but never had it been more on display then during this mad month of March.

“Never doubt the power to accomplish monstrous tasks when a thoughtful, committed group of people work together,” said Club Fit Tennis Director Rodrigo Schtscherbyna. “Getting our bubble fixed and all courts ready for play only a few days after the storm is a major accomplishment, and all parts of our Maintenance Team should be commended for it.”

21 years ago, when Club Fit first decided to install tennis bubbles, David Swope, the Club’s co-founder, did his research and hired Clint, who was an expert and respected professional in tennis court construction and bubble installation, to manage Club Fit’s tennis bubble project. Clint also had a background in exercise physiology, and while living in the City, he worked as a fitness director, helped with the building of the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club, and ran his own tennis bubble business. It wasn’t long before David and co-founder Beth Beck brought Clint on board as their full-time special projects manager.

“David and Beth gave me the freedom to learn and grow on my own,” Clint recalls of entering the area of health club maintenance and construction. “It wasn’t my field, so I was self-taught, I watched, learned, paid attention, did my own homework. And, I adapted it to this industry.”

David Swope and Beth Beck had an uncanny knack for finding employees who combined specialized expertise with tremendous growth potential. “Our members, particularly tennis players, probably don’t know how lucky they are to have Clint working on our courts and bubbles. He’s one of the most knowledgeable people in the country with regard to tennis court maintenance and bubble procedures,” says Club Fit President Bill Beck. “When other businesses in this industry need help, they are often directed to Clint for troubleshooting by the manufacturers and suppliers, themselves,” explains Bill. “Clint does a great job.”

So, when you are heading to Club Fit for your next tennis clinic or workout rest assured that Clint Hodder and the Club Fit maintenance crew are always hard at work, doing their part to make your Club Fit experience the best it can be.

New Club Fit Staff Member- Clyde Welsh

March 30, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Clyde Welsh

Briarcliff Aquatics

Clyde is a senior at Ossining High School and will be graduating in June of 2018. He also attends PNW BOCES where he enjoys learning about auto mechanics. Clyde participated in track, was on the swim team and plays the bass in his school’s orchestra. When he attends college, he plans to major in criminal justice and pursue a career in law enforcement. He is certified in life guarding, first aid, CPR, and AED.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member- Susan Czechel

March 30, 2018 by Human Resources

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Susan Czechel

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Susan has been a dancer since the age of five and has been teaching dance and group exercise since high school. Her specialty areas are barre, dance, kickboxing and boot camp. She feels extremely fortunate to be able to help others and follow through with her passion everyday. Susan’s other interests include snowboarding, martial arts, hiking, biking and rollerblading. She loves the friendly and kind environment at Club Fit.

New Club Fit Staff Member- Sandra Speyer

March 30, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Sandra Speyer

Briarcliff Reception

Sandra is a graduate of Iona College. She is a mom of 2 college-age daughters. She works at Pound Ridge Elementary School and loves to play tennis and walk her dog in her free time.

Dryland & Kids Conditioning April 2018 Athletes

March 26, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Eli Shriber
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Eli Shriber
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Eli Shriber

Eli is energetic, enthusiastic and looks to improve each day he is at practice! He is a humorous type of kid always providing a light hearted feeling for the class, and hopefully will continue to see improvement due to his hard work during our conditioning sessions. He challenges himself with the track drills and is a true competitor with the team activities. Way to go, Eli!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Jayson Park
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jason Dang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jayson Park

Jayson arrives like a charging bull every time he is in class! His enthusiasm is only matched by his determination to continually improve each and every time the trainers give him a drill to perform. He is a pint-size powerhouse and always gives 100% effort with everything he does. Way to go, Jayson!

 

 

 

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New Club Fit Staff Member- Vincent Garofalo

March 16, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Vincent Garofalo

Jefferson Valley Reception

Vincent Garofalo is currently enrolled at Westchester Community College, majoring in cyber security.  In his spare time, he enjoys working on cars and plans to enter the automotive industry in the future. Vincent is a certified computer repair specialist and automotive mechanic.

New Club Fit Staff Member- Catherine Keane

March 16, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Catherine Keane

Jefferson Valley Group Fitness

Catherine (Cathy) Keane is no stranger to the Club Fit family. She has pursued her passion and joy for dance as a member of the club and is now an ACE certified group fitness instructor. Her commitment to encourage an active lifestyle originates from a background in the health care profession.  Cathy is seeking to help the members of the Club Fit community exercise not only their bodies but also their minds through the power of dance.

New Club Fit Staff Member- Victoria Jarosz

March 16, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Victoria Jarosz

Briarcliff Sports

Victoria (Tori) graduated from Marist College with an bachelor’s in communications, and a master’s degree in integrated marketing and communications. She was a former Division 1 basketball player at Marist and now plays professionally. Her professional experience includes playing for the WNBA Dallas Wings, playing in Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Australia and most recently, Israel.

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning March 2018 Athletes

March 12, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Ian Papadopoulous
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Ian Papadopoulous
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Ian Papadopoulous

An athletic young man, Ian was raring to go when joining the program in the fall of 2017. Ian is an excellent runner & obstacle course competitor, and excels at all the activities given to him. He has shown a great determination to better his times and attributes on the track, the turf and in the studios. Outstanding, Ian!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Jason Dang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jason Dang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jason Dang

Jason is a dynamo from the word go! He cannot wait to get on the track and start class each week. This young man is designed for speed, agility, and quickness drills. First one to be able to jump from his knees to his feet, as well as catching the ball from a lying down position after scrambling to his feet. Keep an eye on this athlete as he continues to excel! Nice job, Jason!

 

 

 

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New Club Fit Staff Member – Anna Popolla

March 9, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Anna Popolla

Dual Club Human Resources

Anna recently graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in industrial/organizational psychology.  Anna chose “Stay Positive” as her tagline because she believes that no matter what life throws at you, as long as you keep a positive attitude, you will persevere.  She is excited to join the Club Fit family.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Mary Langan

March 2, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Mary Langan

Briarcliff Reception

Mary has been a full-time Paralegal for 23 years and has a 19-year-old son, Chris.  She works part-time to help finance her son’s college education.  In Mary’s spare time, she works out, spends time with friends, and spends as much time outdoors as possible. 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Alexandra Pappalardo

March 2, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Alexandra Pappalardo

Jefferson Valley Reception

Alexandra, prefers to be called Aly, attends Manhattanville College. She is studying biology and secondary education with the hopes of getting her master’s degree and becoming a high school biology teacher. She enjoys playing volleyball and basketball. Aly’s qualities include being neat and tidy, working hard, and always willing to help others.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jaydip Patel

February 23, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jaydip Patel

Briarcliff Fitness

Jaydip is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology with an B.S. in electrical engineering. He loves running and has run several NYC half and full marathons, the Sleepy Hollow Half, and a goal is to run in the Antarctica Marathon. Jaydip has been living in Ossining for 30 years and loves Club Fit. Aside from running, he likes biking, skiing, hiking, and camping. He enjoys every bit of what nature has to offer.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Rena Gavigan

February 23, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Rena Gavigan

Briarcliff Cafe

Rena is a graduate of Yorktown High School and studied at SUNY Oneonta before transferring to Circle in the Square Theatre School in Manhattan. She is passionate about the arts and theatre, as well as health and wellness.