New Club Fit Staff Member – Abigail Bunyea

October 19, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Abigail Bunyea

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Abby Bunyea is a graduate of Mahopac High School. Abby has three years of experience working as a lifeguard and has also taught swim lessons.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Elle Randall

October 12, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Elle Randall

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Elle Randall was first introduced to yoga in college and has discovered that a steady yoga practice makes for happier people. In 2012 she joined Yoga Vida for their 200 hour Teacher Training. Inspired by flow, music, and storytelling, Elle’s classes combine a fun and challenging practice with a “be happy, be healthy’ attitude; leaving people vibrant, balanced, and reconnected with their Higher Selves.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Sarah Sainz

October 12, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Sarah Sainz

Briarcliff Aquatics

Sarah Sainz is currently a student attending WCC pursuing an associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences. She loves music, dogs, hiking and swimming. Sarah is very excited to work as a lifeguard and to become part of the Club Fit community.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member-Christina Kostopoulos

October 12, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Christina Kostopoulos 

Briarcliff Aquatics

Christina Kostopoulos is a senior at Pace University majoring in nursing. She hopes to one day work in pediatric oncology.  She loves working with kids and swimming!

New Club Fit Staff Member – Haille Edwards

October 12, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Haille Edwards

Jefferson Valley Cafe

Haille Edwards is currently attending WCC studying social work. Haille formerly worked as a barista at The Peekskill Coffee house for a year, and decided to join the Club Fit team as café counter staff. She loves brightening the days of the people around her and can’t wait to serve you some delicious snacks and smoothies at the café.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Tyler Smyth

October 12, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Tyler Smyth

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Tyler Smyth is a student at Westchester Community College and is pursuing a career in physical therapy. Outside of school, he enjoys playing sports and loves talking about sports and current events.

JV Club Fit Operational Alert – Roof Work

October 5, 2018 by Lynne Welling

JV Operational Update

Our roofing project is moving along well and Mother Nature is cooperating nicely. We will reopen the Fitness Free-weight area on Saturday, 10/7 at 6:30 AM. Our next area of impact will be over Studio 1. We will close Studio 1 for overhead work on Saturday, 10/6 and Monday, 10/8. Both Saturday and Monday classes will run on a modified schedule. Visit www.clubfit.com for the most up to date class schedule details. Be sure to refresh the page at the top left corner.

Classes on Sunday will run on a regular schedule as no overhead work will be performed.

We will try our best to give notice of any closures, but keep in mind the scope of work may be difficult to announce in a timely fashion. Please pardon the disruption and noise which is certainly to be expected.

In health,

Lynne Welling

General ManagerWarning

New Club Fit Staff Member – Kenny Perna

October 5, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Kenny Perna

Briarcliff Sports

Kenny is a very easy going, friendly person who is passionate about his work. He also thinks in the perspective of other person and likes to understand what is going on before making decisions. At the same time, he is confident in his work and always tries his best.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Courtney Cochancela

September 28, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Courtney Cochancela

Briarcliff Reception

Courtney recently graduated with her BBA and works hard at living a healthy lifestyle. She is a very dedicated and hardworking person. You will always see Courtney with a smile on her face and a hand out to help!

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Marcus Arzu

September 28, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Marcus Arzu

Jefferson Valley Café

Marcus is currently a student at Westchester Community College. His major is in visual arts and he’d like to pursue a career in the arts.  Marcus enjoys spending time with his friends and family.  He attends the gym regularly and is an avid gamer.   He looks forward to working at Club Fit and making new friends.

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Nancy Brophy

September 28, 2018 by jeanne

Stronger Than Ever

By Jeremy Brown

 

Nancy Brophy has been a member of Club Fit since its earliest days and shows no signs of slowing down!

When Nancy Brophy first came to Club Fit back in 1973, it was a very different place than what it is today. “There were just six tennis courts and you didn’t have to be a member,” she recalled.

As the ’70s gave way to the ’80s, the trend of racquetball began to grow. Brophy, always eager to take on a new challenge, decided to give it a try. “I’d never heard of it, but I like to try anything new,” she said. “So I gave it a go and I’m still playing twice a week!”

Born and raised in Peekskill, Brophy says that she always had a high energy level, most likely inherited from her mother, and has remained active well into her adult years. “I play golf, tennis, and racquetball,” she says. “And I used to ski, although I don’t do that anymore.”

When she’s not playing hard on Club Fit’s racquetball courts (where she can still be found every Tuesday and Thursday), Brophy is working just as hard as the director, owner, and founder of the Tom Thumb Preschool in Mohegan Lake. Brophy founded the school 50 years ago in 1968 when her circumstances forced her to think outside the box.

“I was teaching at Copper Beech Middle School, and I was going to have a baby,” she recalls. “And the laws at that time were when women began to show, they had to take a year off. They couldn’t teach and be pregnant.”

Not wanting to stay idle, Brophy sought out a piece of land owned by her father and decided to start a school.

“I had a year off with nothing to do,” she says with a laugh. “And here I am today!”

During her half-century teaching the children in and around Mohegan Lake, Brophy has seen the kids she once taught grow up and come back to her school to enroll their own children.

“The special part of it is that every day the children are the challenge,” she says of the joys of teaching. “I have a wonderful staff, hundreds of people who’ve worked for me over the years. My teachers and staff make possible my dreams for children come true. I’ve had a great run and I’m still there every day!”

But, she says, “I don’t let anything interfere with racquetball!”

That commitment to her twice-weekly racquetball games is part of Brophy’s philosophy of staying active and keeping oneself in shape. In fact, she is so devoted to that philosophy that she makes physical education a key component of Tom Thumb’s curriculum.

“Even with my four and five-year-olds, I’m teaching them how to hold a racquet and hit the ball against the wall,” she says. “They love to do that. I also try and teach them how to putt. We have some artificial turf where we do putting. Kids should have physical education every day. And I’m afraid for this new generation because they’re not active enough.”

Brophy’s devotion to staying fit is part of what drew her to Club Fit, but it’s not the sole reason she’s remained a member for forty-five years. “It’s a great place to be,” she says simply. “They’re accommodating, the place is immaculate, and they throw wonderful parties for the members! They’ve got a lot of competition, as I do. And they’ve managed to stay afloat and keep getting better.”

 

Trainer of the Month Leslie Schneider

September 26, 2018 by karen

October 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Leslie Schneider

Leslie will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 pm and Friday, October 19th at 10:00 am

Subject: Become a Stronger Runner — Build Strength, Stay Healthy and Run Faster

Club Fit Personal Trainer Leslie Schneider
Club Fit Personal Trainer Leslie Schneider

My name is Leslie Schneider. I am a Fit Coach and Personal Trainer here at Club Fit Briarcliff. I decided to offer a workshop on Strength Training for Runners since so many runners I encounter have suffered running related injuries including myself. Whether it is Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, or runner’s knee, all of these conditions can be practically eliminated with a regular strength training program designed with runners in mind.

I took up running myself in the early 1990s. I loved the ease of just putting on a pair of sneakers and taking off. It was made all the more fun by participating in 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, and more. The high from a good run is the ultimate reward. And I don’t want to give it up.

Over the years I’ve dealt with various overuse injuries that came about due to weak or unbalanced muscles. I’ve learned that by incorporating specific strength training and agility exercises at least 2X a week you can continue running virtually injury free for years to come.

Ann Krobath: Cancer Exercise Trainer

September 24, 2018 by karen

Master Trainer Ann Krobath is a fitness professional who utilizes a well-rounded understanding of cancer to develop exercise programs specifically suited for cancer survivors.

Club Fit Master Trainer Ann Krobath
Club Fit Master Trainer Ann Krobath

“Over the past few decades, I witnessed friends and families endure, survive and lose their lives to cancer. My mission is to empower cancer survivors to find their inner strength through improved fitness and emotional health. Created in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, American College of Sports Medicine/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers design and administer fitness assessments and exercise programs specific to a person’s cancer diagnosis, treatment and current recovery status. I am committed to upholding the gold standard as set forth by the ACSM and am passionate about helping cancer survivors attain a quality of life that may have seemed out of reach. It is my greatest joy to be a partner on this journey to hope and good health for people who have suffered through this devastating illness.”

An ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer is a fitness professional who utilizes a well-rounded understanding of cancer to develop exercise programs specifically suited for cancer survivors. ACSM/ACS CETs empower cancer survivors to display their significant inner strength by improving their own physical fitness.

Beyond assessing and creating individual exercise programs unique to each individual, ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers have working knowledge around cancer-related topics from surgeries to side effects, from diagnoses to survivor stages—specialized knowledge that allows them to better create the ideal fitness experience no matter what a client has been through. ACSM/ACS CETs truly uphold the gold standard by working to adapt fitness best practices that equip cancer survivors to attain a quality of life that may have seemed out of reach.

Ann will consult with the our Briarcliff Cancer Wellness program participants and develop a program to meet their specific needs. Contact her at ext. 2260 or akrobath@clubfit.com for more info.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Frank Rizzo

September 21, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Frank Rizzo

Briarcliff Aquatics

Frank is a full-time student attending Mercy College pursuing a B.S. in criminal justice and minoring in exercise science. He is confident in his abilities to accomplish any task set forth by his superiors. He continues to excel in his education and in-person training for a career as a first responder and a certified personal trainer. Frank enjoys cooking, gymnastics, and anything fitness related that will challenge his abilities to be a functional trainer.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Terry Babi

September 21, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Terry Babi

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Terry Babi is a second year student at Westchester Community College. Terry is in his first year working as a lifeguard and recently worked at American Pools Inc. during the summer.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Shareef Rafeh

September 21, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Shareef Rafeh

Briarcliff Energy

Shareef Rafeh is very outgoing and friendly.  He enjoys playing sports and being outdoors.  Shareef likes making new friends, so please come by the Energy Center and say hello.