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New Club Fit New Staff Member – Nolan McMahon

February 15, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Nolan McMahon

Briarcliff Fitness

Nolan McMahon entered into the fitness industry through the sport of gymnastics at the age of 13. He fell in love with the sport at World Cup Gymnastics in Chappaqua, NY. He is now seeking to further his career as a fitness instructor at Club Fit in the hopes of helping others fall in love with becoming the best versions of themselves.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Nichi Boyer

February 15, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Nichi Boyer

Briarcliff Reception

Nichi Boyer comes to Club Fit with over 20 years of night club management and promotions experience in the New York, Miami, and Los Angeles areas. Now a resident of Briarcliff Manor, he hopes to bring his knowledge of hospitality, skills, and passion for helping others to achieve their happiness to the Club Fit family. Nichi enjoys biking, fitness, cooking, music, and DIY home remodeling.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Adolfo Godinez

February 15, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Adolfo Godinez

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Currently Adolfo is certified in the following formats: Mad Dogg, AFAA, TRX level 1, Les Mills Body Combat, and Les Mills Grit. He became an instructor due to his  fitness journey of losing close to 70lbs! Motivation is the name of the game! He loves to motivate all members in his classes to be the best then can be. A fun fact about AJ is that he loves to travel!

Trainer of the Month Ron Spooner

February 14, 2019 by T M

March 2019 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Ron Spooner

Ron will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, March 11th at 11:00 am and Monday, March 25th at 10:30 am

Subject: Proper Kettlebell Techniques for Strength and Conditioning

Club Fit Personal Trainer Ron Spooner

Hi, I’m Ron Spooner, and I’m entering my fourth year as an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified personal trainer, and the sixth year of my own personal fitness journey. Because that journey began in a place completely lacking in physical fitness, or even overall health really, I feel I have a somewhat unique perspective from most of the industry. Going from an overweight, untoned, fast food junkie who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and drank a twelve pack a night, to someone who has taken part in the training of children as young as eleven trying to add activity to their lives, middle aged individuals trying to lose weight and get strong, high school and college athletes (some Division I) looking to get faster and more explosive, and senior citizens recovering from heart surgery (all while getting into pretty decent shape myself), I can tell you: being physically fit is definitively worth the work it takes to be so. I can also tell you that I know how hard it is, how much work it takes. I can tell you there will be set acks and hurdles you never even imagined having to get over. I can sympathize with the emotions that go along with this journey. I know what if feels like to not see what you want on that scale, to not see the body you want in the mirror. I’m also here to tell you that hard work always wins out, and results are for everybody.

Through properly managed expectations, logical progression, and a focus on functional movement patterns all goals are achievable. Functionality has become a buzzword in the fitness industry, but with good reason. Focusing on training your body to be a master of its own natural movement patterns unlocks all sorts of potential. Understanding proper alignment and technique in those patterns make you more efficient and balanced. The strength that comes with that balance and efficiency translates to confidence and ability in all aspects of everyday life. Whether you’re looking be able to carry your groceries in the house without throwing out your back or absorb contact on your way to the hoop without it throwing off your shot, it all comes down to mastery of the functional movement patterns.

Hinge, squat, push, pull — that’s it. And do it properly. Know how to do these things properly and make yourself unbreakable. Do this correctly and shed pounds, find your center of gravity, gain muscle tone, build endurance and give yourself power. Do it logically and with reasonable progression and it allows your nervous system to train at an appropriate rate, giving you a more powerful mind body connection. Do it with the right teacher and it takes the pressure off having to learn these principles while balancing your already demanding life. Who knows, maybe you’ll even have a little fun.

However you choose to do it, do it smart and do it now. Don’t wait because life is, for sure, not waiting for you. There is no finish line, but the journey is worth the effort.

New Club Fit Staff – Maura Duff

February 8, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Maura Duff

Jefferson Valley Reception

Maura has lived in Yorktown for the past 24 years.  She has four children Ryan, Casey, McKenna and Reed.  Reed, her youngest daughter, is a senior at Yorktown High School.  Maura’s older three children are in college.  Maura enjoys walking, biking, and spending time at the beach.  She is looking forward to a healthy and happy 2019.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Cameron Cuparo

February 8, 2019 by Human Resources

Cameron Cuparo  Briarcliff SportsNew Club Fit Staff Member – Cameron Cuparo

Briarcliff Sports

Cameron has been playing basketball since he was eight years old.  He has two siblings, a 14 year old sister Ava and a 13 year old brother Rocco, who has played with PDH. Cameron has experience coaching basketball and golf.  He loves teaching and watching his team grow and blend together.

Club Fit Heart-Healthy Smoothie

February 6, 2019 by karen

We’ve created a nutrient-packed and delicious heart-healthy smoothie in honor of Heart Healthy Month at Club Fit! You can order one in the café or use the recipe below to make and enjoy at home.

Ingredients:

• ¾ cup of cranberries
• 1 apple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
• ¼ cup chopped raw walnuts
• 1 tbsp maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener (optional)
• 1 cup almond milk
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
• ice cubes (optional, if you prefer your smoothie more chilled)

Instructions:

1. Blend all ingredients until desired consistency is reached.
2. Enjoy!

Nutritional Benefits

Cranberries: According to the American Heart Association, the micronutrients found in cranberries accelerate the condition of the digestive system and antioxidant system while also boosting positive heart health, potentially decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol as well.

An Apple, a cup with the clubfit logo and some walnuts
Club Fit’s Cranberry Apple Walnut Smoothie for Hearth Healthy Month

Apples: According to Medical News Today, apples contain high levels of important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples could potentially lower the probability of developing cancer, elevated blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

Walnuts: According to an article published by WebMD, a researcher stated that walnuts are the #1 nut for heart health because a study conducted showed that they contain a higher amount and better quality of antioxidants than other nuts. Nuts can help decrease cholesterol, lessen the amount of oxidative stress caused by free radicals (due to their antioxidant content), and reduce inflammation.

Honey: According to Healthline, honey contains a variety of essential antioxidants such as phenolic compounds including flavonoids. Two experiments found that buckwheat honey raised the amount of antioxidants in the blood, which are associated with a decreased probability of heart attacks, strokes, and certain forms of cancer.

Almond Milk: According to Medical News Today, almond milk is high in Vitamin E, which shields fats from oxidation, lessening the amount of oxidized LDL cholesterol, which is known to increase the risk for developing heart disease. Additionally, 50% of the calories in almond milk stem from fat, and oleic acid, the main fatty acid in almond oil, have been associated with lowering levels of LDL cholesterol and increasing levels of HDL cholesterol.

Cinnamon: According to WebMD, cinnamon has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants out of all the spices. Additionally, studies have shown that taking cinnamon as a supplement can help reduce total cholesterol levels, which help decrease the risk for developing heart disease.

Protein Powder: According to Health Line, one study showed that consistently consuming whey protein daily was positively associated with a decrease in LDL cholesterol. Additionally, glutathione, a natural antioxidant produced by the body, requires a high abundance of amino acids, including cysteine, which at times is not available in sufficient quantities. Since whey protein is high in protein, it may increase the body’s ability to produce antioxidants and decrease oxidative stress. Finally, research has demonstrated that the intake of dairy is associated with decreased blood pressure due to lactokinins, an ACE inhibitor found in whey protein.

 

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Brianna Torres

February 1, 2019 by Human Resources

Brianna Torres  Briarcliff AquaticsNew Club Fit Staff Member – Brianna Torres

Briarcliff Aquatics

Brianna is an Athletic Training student at Dominican College. She will graduate in May with a bachelor’s of science in athletic training and a minor in psychology. Brianna has worked in aquatics for about 8 years, but also specializes in youth soccer programs. She has lots of energy and is eager to work with all ages and abilities.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Elviz Belen

January 25, 2019 by Human Resources

Elviz Belen  Jefferson Valley CafeNew Club Fit Staff Member – Elviz Belen

Jefferson Valley Cafe

When Elviz is not working or in class, he enjoys working out, hanging out with friends, and watching sports. Elviz went to Putnam Valley High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. He went on to play college baseball at a community college upstate. Elviz currently attends WCC and is taking EMS courses with the goal of becoming an FDNY firefighter in a few years.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jillian Kelleher

January 25, 2019 by Human Resources

Jillian Kelleher  Briarcliff ReceptionNew Club Fit Staff Member – Jillian Kelleher

Briarcliff Reception

Jillian Marie Kelleher is the founder of Connector Entertainment Group, a full-service marketing & strategic development agency focused on global entertainment and lifestyle brands. Clients she’s worked with include: Spotify, Amazon, Facebook, Columbia Records, Warner Music, Live Nation & Rolling Stone.  Outside of Connector, you can find her following her passion as a singer & songwriter, including her latest project as the lyricist for an animated feature film being pitched to Disney & Pixar.

 

Healthy Heart Nutrition with Alicia

January 25, 2019 by karen

Club Fit Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Alicia Lusardi
Club Fit Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Alicia Lusardi

You may ask yourself, “What factors play a role in maintaining a healthy heart?” There are many, but the good news is, YOU have control over almost all of them! Aside from genetics, cardiovascular exercise, nutrition, alcohol consumption, and smoking/tobacco use are the main agents that influence your heart health. Specifically, staying active will help prevent obesity, decrease blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol, improve blood sugar control, and make that heart of yours nice and strong! Developing good eating habits such as avoiding processed foods, limiting sugar intake, and increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables will aid in sustaining adequate blood flow by decreasing the risk of hypertension and lowering LDL cholesterol.

Eating foods lower in sodium and limiting alcohol consumption to 1–2 drinks daily can help lower blood pressure as well. Finally, abstain from smoking or using tobacco and make an effort to spend time in smoke-free environments whenever possible. Consciously following these simple guidelines or making small changes to work towards them will ensure longevity and a thriving heart. Happy Heart Healthy Month everyone!

Come join Alicia at this month’s Nibble and Nourish in our JV café to learn about the heart health benefits of cauliflower and how you can incorporate it into your diet this month!

Dryland & Kids Conditioning February ’19 Athletes

January 21, 2019 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Leah Fragin
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Leah Fragin
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Leah Fragin

 

Leah has returned to Kids Conditioning raring to go. She is an example of big things that come in small packages. She is strong, agile and coordinated. The list of this young lady’s athletic attributes is long. Running is not her favorite thing to do but she still gives her best effort. With a fitness-minded family as her foundation, expect great things of this pint size powerhouse! Go, Leah!

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Sean Goldberg

Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Sean Goldberg

 

This is Sean’s first year in the program. He is a positive, polite young man who regularly looks to improve on the drills he is given in class. He listens, learns and performs well on the balance equipment, obstacle course and turf activities. Always a pleasure to see his smiling face as he arrives excited for class. Congrats, Sean!

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Colin Murphy

January 18, 2019 by Human Resources

 Colin Murphy New MemberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Colin Murphy

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Colin is a full time student studying business administration/management. He has been a lifeguard the past 4 years.  He is the oldest of 5 with 4 younger sisters.  Colin is excited to meet all of the staff and utilize all that Club Fit has to offer.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Adriana Longhitano

January 18, 2019 by Human Resources

Adriana Longhitano The New MemberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Adriana Longhitano

Briarcliff Reception

Adriana was a longtime member of Club Fit prior to moving.  Now she is back and is eager to work at the place that helped her grow and learn in so many ways. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crocheting, hiking and training her puppy.  Adriana looks forward to helping members strive for their best and keep them motivated everyday.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Bob Milich

January 18, 2019 by Human Resources

Bob Milich the new MemberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Bob Milich

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Bob Milich is a Clinical Psychologist with a full time private practice in Croton-on-Hudson since 1976.  He specializes in group therapy and works with children, adolescents, and their families.  Bob is a former marathon runner having completed 19 NYC marathons. For the past 8 years Bob taught spinning at NYSC in Croton.  He is married with 2 grown children.