New Club Fit Staff Member- Sophia Cuomo

July 13, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Sophia Cuomo

Jefferson Valley Café

Sophia is a recent graduate from Mahopac High School. She is a friendly, caring, and honest person. She is very passionate about fitness, loves nutrition and working out daily. She loves to travel and see different places around the world. In college, she is going to be studying marketing and communications. She is excited to join the Club Fit family!

Nathalie Garcia wins David Swope Scholarship

July 11, 2018 by karen

Congratulations to our JV inaugural David Swope Educational Scholarship winner, Nathalie Garcia!

 

David Swope Scholarship award winner Nathalie Garcia
David Swope Scholarship award winner Nathalie with Aquatics Director Patrick

In 1973 David Swope and his business partner, Beth Beck, founded Club Fit. In early 2018 David passed away and Club Fit and our communities suffered a great loss.

In addition to being enthusiastic about creating health clubs that foster a sense of community and providing top notch expertise and facilities, David was passionate about helping everyone have access to educational opportunities. To honor his name and the great work he dedicated his life to here at Club Fit and in our communities, we have created the David Swope Educational Scholarship.

Nathalie currently attends SUNY Cortland and is a Community Health major. At the club, you can find Nathalie in the Aquatic Center working as a Lifeguard over the summer and during school breaks throughout the year. Nathalie works diligently at multiple jobs in support of furthering her education. In addition, she is currently interning at Montefiore Hospital and working towards the last 12 credits to obtain her degree. Nathalie is extremely focused on her education and will be traveling abroad to Barcelona this fall with the Global Experience Internship Program. She will be doing career-related humanitarian work. Nathalie is excited to share her passion with others and is looking forward to the opportunity to work in this capacity.

Nathalie truly embraces David Swope’s true essence and commitment to humanitarian outreach. It’s a pleasure to share this award with her.

Alexa Guevara wins David Swope Scholarship

July 10, 2018 by karen

Congratulations to our Briarcliff inaugural David Swope Educational Scholarship winner, Alexa Guevara!

 

David Swope Scholarship award winner Alexa with her mom, Assistant Communications Coordinator Lori, and her uncle, Briarcliff General Manager Mark.

In 1973 David Swope and his business partner, Beth Beck, founded Club Fit. In early 2018 David passed away and Club Fit and our communities suffered a great loss.

In addition to being enthusiastic about creating health clubs that foster a sense of community and providing top notch expertise and facilities, David was passionate about helping everyone have access to educational opportunities. To honor his name and the great work he dedicated his life to here at Club Fit and in our communities, we have created the David Swope Educational Scholarship.

Alexa is a part of the Energy Center team and recently graduated with honors from Westchester Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Visual Arts. She will be transferring into the SUNY New Paltz Fine Arts program in the fall.

By receiving this scholarship, Alexa believes she will “… be able to put it toward the resources that will help me become the artist I want to be. I truly love what I’m in school for and am working hard to achieve my dream.”

All candidates were asked to describe the Club Fit organizational value that meant the most to them. Alexa described her embracement of the neighborhood and genuine fulfillment from caring for the community in which she lives. She described a scenario of volunteering at the local food pantry and said, “Many times our society chooses to be most eager about the qualities that look the best. To have more and better things than the next person. To me, I like to think that when we want a great neighborhood we have to embrace the more challenging parts and help build them stronger. The food pantry has always been a humbling experience and I am fortunate enough to have been exposed to that at an early age. It’s become a value that will stick with me my entire life.”

Alexa’s educational drive and passion for her community aligns with everything David stood for in our community. Congratulations Alexa!

New Club Fit Staff Member- Eric Grimes

July 6, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Eric Grimes

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Eric is currently a nursing student at Mount Saint Mary College. He is from Westchester, NY and is an avid Yankees and Jets fan.

New Club Fit Staff Member- Sara Priore

July 6, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Sara Priore

Jefferson Valley Sports
Summer Camp Counselor

Sara is entering her senior year at Lakeland High School. When she graduates, she is hoping to attend the University of Georgia either for engineering or to become a doctor. She has one sister, enjoys basketball and lacrosse. Sara loves the warm weather and being outdoors.

New Equipment coming to Briarcliff Fitness!

July 3, 2018 by karen

new fitness equipment coming to Club Fit Briarcliff
Some of the new fitness equipment coming to Club Fit Briarcliff this summer!

There’s lots going on in our Briarcliff Fitness department! As you know, Donna Berta is now our Fitness Manager. Just recently, Personal Trainer Russ Schum was promoted to Personal Training Manager. And now, we’re getting some new toys! New machines include Stages Solo bikes, Matrix Olympic benches, and a new circuit in the Women’s area including Matrix leg press, glute press, and chest press.

We’ll be doing some rearranging in the coming weeks to accommodate the new equipment and improve the flow of our Fitness area in general.

Can’t find your favorite machine? Want a quick intro to our new equipment? Stop by the Service Desk and we’ll be happy to help!

New Club Fit Staff Member- Abby Jennings

June 29, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Abby Jennings

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Abby has been certified to teach Group Exercise for over 25 years. Besides helping others keep fit, she enjoys activities like tennis, hiking, dance, and biking to maintain her own fitness. Abby recommends that you find activities that you enjoy so that your workouts will feel like “playouts”.

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member- Janice Dion

June 29, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Janice Dion

Briarcliff Reception

Janice started her career as an administrative assistant at PepsiCo, then got experience working for Trader Publications, NWHC, and Saw Mill Club. Now Janice is now very excited to be part of the Club Fit Team!

New Club Fit Staff Member- Alessandra Suarez

June 29, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Alessandra Suarez

Briarcliff Energy Center

Alessandra started as a member of Club Fit, fell in love with the facility, and now is very excited to be part of the team! She is a mom of 2, and her entire family loves Club Fit. Alessandra and her husband strive to truly emulate what a healthy lifestyle is and encourage their children to do the same.  Outside of Club Fit, Alessandra loves to explore new places, learn new things, and spend time with her dogs while getting a break from her crazy, beautiful kids!

New Club Fit Staff Member- Heather Raniolo

June 29, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Heather Raniolo

Jefferson Valley Reception

Heather, from Yorktown, graduated from Springfield College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. There, she also had the opportunity to be a duel sport student athlete, in which she was a member of both the volleyball and lacrosse teams. She earned her Master’s degree from Sacred Heart University in 2018, where she also was an assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse team. Playing many sports created her passion for health and fitness, as well as being a part of a team atmosphere.

Trainer of the Month Colin Connery

June 28, 2018 by karen

July 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Colin Connery

Colin will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, July 9th at 11:00 am and Tuesday, July 17th  at 6:00 pm
Subject: Benefits of Powerlifting

Club Fit Personal Trainer Colin Connery
Club Fit Personal Trainer Colin Connery

My name is Colin Connery and I am a Personal Trainer at Club Fit. For me, it all started with sports. In high school I played lacrosse like my two older brothers, and then when rugby came around I jumped on that opportunity with utmost enthusiasm. From then on, rugby would be my sport.

Along the way a few shoulder, hip, ankle injuries courtesy of the worlds most savage sport, would introduce me to “prehab.” Essentially prehab is the idea of taking care of your body before it gets injured or hindered. This involves proper warm ups, dynamic stretches and mobility exercises as well as stability and joint strengthening techniques. Once I took this approach, I haven’t been injured since, and could continue doing the wacky things I like to do. Knock on wood.

I also am a huge fan of more obscure sports such as: water-skiing, longboarding, snowboarding and skiing. So today, my training style revolves around remaining as spry, flexible yet stable, and strong as possible. This means that I will train myself and my clients on the principles of powerlifting, functional and athletic training, core strength, and prehab. With these various and very different forms of training, I believe that someone can develop a body that not only looks good, but is strong, sturdy, all while being limber. Without even one of these components, you can kiss your strength, durability, or mobility goodbye, and say hello to laundry list of issues.

Like anything else in life worth doing, fitness is a whole package, a lifestyle. Whatever you like to do, tennis, basketball, swimming, golf, or spelunking (you never know), do yourself a favor and do it all the way. It doesn’t start and end at the gym, it is a constant. This means actually taking time to prep your body with “boring” warmups, dealing with delayed onset muscle soreness, learning to accept failures, and most of all, consistency.

If you have the dedication and drive, if you truly want it long term, then you will accept that these things are not an option. My goal for clients is to get them to a point where they are more comfortable with themselves, and no longer rely on me for motivation, and they can be confident and motivated from within.

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Max de Janosi

June 28, 2018 by Matt

Finding Your Strength

By Jeremy Brown

After training for a stellar season, Greeley football standout gives back to Club Fit

Although already a standout defensive end at Greeley High School, Max de Janosi, or “DJ,” knew that he needed something more. He found it thanks to Club Fit Personal Training Manager Russ Schum. Schum, who also works as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Greeley, saw potential in DJ, as well as other athletes on the team, and proposed a series of workouts designed to get them in peak condition for the coming season. “He came in three days a week and he’d grind for an hour and a half each day,” Schum said of DJ. “And from there we were able to make a bigger connection than just football, and I think that kind of went a long way towards helping him understand what he needed to do to have the success that he wanted. And once he understood the things he needed to do, there was never a doubt he’d be successful the following year.”

For Max, the sessions were a challenge at first. “There were days when it was tough,” he admitted. “Like Fridays getting home from school and then knowing I’d have to go to the gym. I had to push through that. But I always reminded myself why I was doing it.”

Schum saw that Max was facing some struggles at the outset, but didn’t let up on him, knowing that he would eventually reach his potential. He recalled a story that illustrated Max’s journey from neophyte lifter to next-level athlete. “There’s a thing called a hex bar, it’s a version of a deadlift,” he said. “And DJ wasn’t even one of the top five in our group in terms of how much he could lift. And then it clicked and he went from being in the top five to being the strongest on the team.”

Both Max and Schum agree that however hard and grueling the work was at Club Fit, it paid off many times over on the field that fall. “If I could show you film from junior year to senior year, you’d think it was two different players,” said Schum. “He was another animal as a senior. He probably single-handedly won us two games from just his effort alone. And once you added in his size and speed and the strength he had gained from all the training, he had a great year.”

Max, for his part, agreed wholeheartedly. “I can’t even put it into words,” he said. “I had my best season by far and I completely attribute it to training with Russ.”

Now Max has a chance to give a little something back to Club Fit, having signed on as a camp counselor for the summer. “I’m looking forward to connecting with the kids in my group,” he said. “The same way that Russ took the time to know all the kids on the team, what makes them tick and who they are as a person. I want to be able to do that with my campers and make sure they all feel welcome.”

After the summer, Max will attend the University of Vermont and, while they don’t have a D1 football team, he says he’s very interested in joining the club football team.

For Schum, he was recently promoted to manager of personal training at Club Fit and continues to bring the same level of passion and dedication to training club members that he brought to working with Max. “It all comes down to knowing what you want,” he says of members wanting to achieve their fitness goals. “DJ was able to set a goal and say, ‘Coach, what do I need to do to have a great season and help this team,’ and he didn’t blink. He went after it. I think you have to be truthful to yourself, ask what it’s going to take and then go and attack it.”

As for his former student, he has no doubt that his success on the field is only the beginning. “Once he flipped the switch and turned it on, the things that he was capable of doing were amazing,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he accomplishes down the line. Because once the switch flips for that kid, the sky’s the limit.”

 

July Featured Artist Club Fit JV

June 28, 2018 by karen

Taylor Lu Kowgios is our featured artist for July 2018 at Club Fit Jefferson Valley.

 

Fractured Fish by artist Taylor Lu Kowgios
Fractured Fish by artist Taylor Lu Kowgios

Taylor grew up in Pleasant Valley, New York. Around the age of 12, she began taking pictures, and thus her love for photography was born. Currently a rising senior at Lafayette College, she is earning degrees in Photography, English Literature and Art History. Her work spans multiple facets of photography; her BA degree focuses on fine art photography, but she also photographs events, capturing Greek Life formals, weddings, and sports. After interning with world-renowned photographer John Isaac, her interest in wildlife photography blossomed, which is largely what you see in her work on display here. Her post-undergraduate plan is to earn her Ph.D. in Art History and become a college professor.

“My favorite photograph is titled Fractured Fish. It was taken at the Botanical Gardens in Bronx, NY when I was interning with photographer John Isaac. In this large outdoor pool of water I could see many koi fish swimming around, along with smaller orange fish. A corner of the pool was shooting bubbles into the water, and the orange fish were swarming around the bubbles. Occasionally, the fish would visibly suck air from the surface of the water — this was grabbing my attention! I took some shots closer to the bubble machine, eventually moving over a few inches and capturing this shot here. I was excited by it, but it was not until post-processing that I fell in love with it. In orange, the fish looked captivating, but it felt like the attention of the main fish, with his gaping mouth, was being divided amongst the surrounding fish. Putting the photograph in black and white, the scene changed dramatically. The fish became a grayish color, which balanced beautifully with the black water they were submerged in. What I particularly love is that when put in black and white, the fractured light on the water reflects onto the bodies of the fish, creating beautiful geometric patterns throughout the photograph.”

Visit her website at tkowgios.wix.com/photos

8×10 photos: $50
11×14 photos: $75

New Summer PDH Basketball Coaches at Club Fit

June 26, 2018 by karen

Welcome to our two new 2018 PDHoops Summer Basketball Coaches, Tori Jarosz and Saniya Chong! Both will be Camp Counselors for PDH Summer Camps run at Club Fit Briarcliff. Additionally, both are available for a limited time for Private and Small Group Trainings. Trainings can be booked until the end of August by calling Sarah at 914-250-2760 or emailing sbenischek@clubfit.com.

Coach Tori Jarosz
PDHoops Summer Camp Basketball Coach Tori Jarosz
PDHoops Summer Camp Basketball Coach Tori Jarosz

• Won 2 section 1 titles in HS, and 1 state championship for Lakeland HS
• Went on to play one year at Vanderbilt then finished her college years playing for the Marist Red Foxes
• At Marist she was named the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year after leading the conference in four categories; scoring (18.8 ppg), rebounding (12.1 rpg), blocked shots (3.0 bpg), and field goal percentage (49.0%)
• Two time all-MAAC first team selection at Marist
• 2016 NCAA division I Women’s Basketball Statistical double double champion with 24 double-doubles in 31 games!
• Has WNBA playing experience with the WNBA Dallas Wings during training camp
• Played professionally internationally in Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Australia and Israel

 

Coach Saniya Chong
PDHoops Summer Camp Basketball Coach Saniya Chong
PDHoops Summer Camp Basketball Coach Saniya Chong

• WBCA High School All-American
• 2012-13 Parade Magazine All-American Team’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year
• 2012-13 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year
• Won States her senior year in high school and was named MVP
• Section I all time leading scorer in high school with 2,988
• Played basketball at the University of Connecticut (UConn) for 4 years
• Won three national championships during her tenure at UConn
• Drafted by The Dallas Wings in 3rd round and played one full season and part of a second season the following year
• Played overseas in Israel and made it to the Final Four

 

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member- Erin Glendon

June 22, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Erin Glendon

Briarcliff Aquatics

Erin graduated from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in 2017 and is now studying Civil Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, Erin plays the piccolo in the marching band and is involved in the Army ROTC program. Erin has been a lifeguard for five years and in her free time she enjoys working out, gardening, and watching Game of Thrones.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member: Grace Kennedy

June 22, 2018 by Human Resources

Westchester Summer Camp Counselor Grace Kennedy New Club Fit Staff Member – Grace Kennedy

Briarcliff Sports
Summer Camp Counselor

Grace Kennedy is a recent graduate John F. Kennedy Catholic High School and will be attending Elon University in the fall to study Elementary Education. She played on three different sports teams throughout high school and is looking forward to working at Club Fit this summer!

 

New Club Fit Staff Member: Jake Caricati

June 22, 2018 by Human Resources

Westchester Summer Camp Counselor Jake Caricati New Club Fit Staff Member – Jake Caricati

Jefferson Valley Sports
Summer Camp Counselor

Jake enjoys playing on three sports teams, football, basketball, and lacrosse. In the future, he plans to pursue a career in Criminal Justice or Physical Education.

New Club Fit Staff Member- Emily Costa

June 22, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Emily Costa

Briarcliff Café

Emily just finished her freshman year at SUNY Oswego. She enjoys playing on the school’s volleyball team and is majoring in Public Justice.