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Art For Animals at Club Fit — Project Find A Home

May 15, 2019 by karen

Siblings Julia and Jay Wilkinson are using their photos to help shelter pets

 

Have you noticed the sweet furry faces lining the walls of our JV gallery space this month? Besides being adorable, our May 2019 exhibit does more than entertain. The “Find A Home” photography project by Jay and Julia Wilkinson brings its focus to adoptable pets located at the Westchester SPCA in Briarcliff Manor.

Dom, German Shepherd mix
“When I first saw Dom, I was a bit confused. I couldn’t understand how he ended up at the shelter. I mean, he is perfect.” – Jay Wilkinson

Siblings Jay and Julia started volunteering at the SPCA as junior volunteers late October last year. Both siblings — who are long time members of the Club Fit Jefferson Valley Swim Team — juggle their busy middle school and swim & dive training schedule and try to dedicate their time at the SPCA. They started an adoption drive called Project Find A Home. As part of the project, they showcase the adoptable animals through beautiful portraits they have taken. They also write compelling stories and poems to go with the portraits in hopes of finding homes for these animals. To date, Project Find A Home has helped almost 30 cats and dogs find their forever homes. You can read their stories displayed with the photos. Jay & Julia welcome your help in finding homes for these animals.

Wanda, Shar Pei mix
“When I first met Wanda, she bounded up and sat right next to me, wagging her tail.” – Julia Wilkinson

If you or someone you know would like to adopt these animals, please contact the SPCA of Westchester at Briarcliff Manor. Visit their website at www.SPCA914.org to view pictures of more adoptable animals or call 914-941-2896 for more information.

You can view their photos and learn more about these available pets here in our gallery at Club Fit Jefferson Valley through the end of May.

 

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Luis Rivera

May 10, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Luis Rivera

Briarcliff Maintenance

Luis Rivera is personable and finds it easy to develop relationships with others.  Louis is a sports enthusiast and looks forward to joining the Club Fit team.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Eillen Vent

May 10, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Eillen Vent

Jefferson Valley Sports

Eillen is a NY native, nationally certified personal trainer, fitness model, and proud mommy of two.  Some of her past experience includes instructing tumbling and jump classes, choreographing and coaching all star cheerleading teams, and acting as head judge for competitive cheerleading in the North East Conference.

Dryland & Kids Conditioning May 2019 Athletes

May 9, 2019 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Aston Martins
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Aston Martins
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Aston Martins

 

Aston has been with our program for several sessions and had made improvements in “leaps & bounds”!  His running skills on the track and his enthusiasm about all the drills is contagious. Aston’s balance on the functional equipment and his obstacle course agility is above par. Always such a pleasure to have in class. Proud of you, Aston! 

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Kai Brand
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Kai Brand
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Kai Brand

 

Kai’s energy level would be a challenge for anyone to match. His track work has improved & continues to do so. He strives to do his best with all of the drills given to him and is excellent on the functional obstacle courses. Kai is creative in designing exercise stations and always wonderful to have in class! Way to go, Kai!

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – D’Stini Ward

May 3, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – D’Stini Ward

Briarcliff Cafe

D’stini is half Jamaican and half American.  She enjoys reading, traveling and cooking. She always applies a positive mindset in everything she does. She is hardworking and a real team player. She is currently studying to become a chef at the Culinary Institute of America.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Lize Cutright

May 3, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Lize Cutright

Briarcliff Fitness

Lize Cutright was born in South Africa and recently got married in NY.  Lize comes from a close knit family of four and had the privilege of being home-schooled for two years to “safari” through Africa.  Other than her new marriage, her second love is her long-term relationship with sports and the outdoors! She enjoys weight-lifting, traveling, scuba diving, massage therapy and good food. She is a sociable person, Jesus lover and an unrealistically optimistic person.

The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

May 1, 2019 by karen

Prenatal yoga offers both physical and mental benefits

by Adrienne Eppner, E-RYT500

Many of us know the obvious benefits of prenatal yoga, including:

• Alleviates discomforts (improves circulation and elimination, helps reduce swelling, reduces stress)
• Helps moms remain fit, toned, and strong
• Appears to play a part in an easier birth experience
• Improves body awareness, body appreciation and body trust
• Focuses on the specific needs of pregnant women and provides a safe and nurturing environment

Club Fit Yoga Instructor Adrienne Eppner
Club Fit Yoga Instructor Adrienne Eppner

What you may not realize is that one of the most important benefits is the bonding between the new mothers. In yoga it’s call “sangha,” which means community. The sangha is an important part of a prenatal class because these special classes are not just about yoga. These classes help to give women a bonding experience so they can encourage one another and so they feel they are not alone. Sometimes this may be the only support a woman has. Women, especially first time mothers (or mothers with a challenging previous experience), can be scared and need a lot of encouragement. In a prenatal class women are encouraged to share every week how they are feeling and what is going on in their lives, both physically and mentally because women do not instinctively know what is going on in the changing bodies. Some of my happiest moments as a prenatal teacher occur after the class when the mom’s are talking together and the “veteran” moms (second, third or fourth time!) give advice and support to the first time moms. They come back and share that the get together after their babies are born and go for walks on the bike path or have “playdates” with their new babies! So prenatal yoga is so much more then feeling good in your body, you can build life long friendships for you and your baby!

 

Adrienne’s next Prenatal Yoga session begins May 21st at Club Fit Jefferson Valley.

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Rachel Renda

April 26, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Rachel Renda

Briarcliff Reception

Rachel is joining the Club Fit team as a Receptionist. She recently graduated St. John’s University with a b.s. in toxicology and a minor in chemistry. As a lifelong learner, she is hoping to pursue a PhD in toxicology. She is also educated on nutrition and supplements. While growing up she played soccer and now enjoys working out daily. As a receptionist, she is excited to meet new members and to be an integral part of the Club Fit team!

New Club Fit Staff Member – Lindsay Laman

April 26, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Lindsay Laman

Briarcliff Aquatics

Lindsay is a daycare teacher who enjoys reading, being outside and playing with her dog. She is excited for this new opportunity to teach children how to swim and enjoy spending time in the water.  As a child she was always the first one in the water and the last one out.   She is going to use her love of swimming and her experience as a daycare teacher to create a fun and engaging class for her students.

Club Fit Is Going Greener!

April 25, 2019 by karen

Club Fit is working to reduce waste and leave a smaller footprint

 

As we continue to look for new ways to embrace our neighborhood and support about members’ well-being, we are taking steps to help the planet by implementing these green initiatives.

Club Fit recycles! In our cafés, we have made the switch to biodegradable straws and cutlery. The Eco-Products PSM (plant starch material) cutlery is made with 70% renewable resources, as opposed to the 100% virgin plastic used in manufacturing traditional cutlery. The Eco-Products straws, made from 100% renewable resources, are “so green, you can compost them!” And unlike paper straws, they don’t get soggy. Members have been telling us they definitely prefer these to paper straws. Also, starting May 1st, we will be offering ceramic mugs for your dining-in experience as well as a 20¢ discount for those coffee and tea drinkers filling up with a reusable cup.

To keep you informed about upcoming programs and events, we are now primarily utilizing TV screens as opposed to poster stands throughout the clubs. This cuts down on paper waste as well as freeing up space on the floor.

Over time, we are converting our lighting to use more energy efficient LED bulbs throughout the clubs.

How can you help?

• Use the recycle bins located throughout the club for all co-mingled goods club
• Bring your reusable water bottles and mugs
• When using items such as towels, plastic bags, napkins, and cutlery, take only what you need
• Help cut down on paper waste by viewing the class schedules and registering for classes online at clubfit.com

Our team is dedicated to providing more eco-friendly choices. Do you have other ways we can all do more? Please send me an email at lwelling@clubfit.com with your suggestions.

 

Club Fit JV Aquatic Center Alert 4/21/19

April 21, 2019 by Lynne Welling

Club Fit Jefferson Valley Alert

Our Aquatics Center will be reopening as planned on Monday, April 22, 2019 after a well needed refresh. The lap pool has not yet quite reached its full temperature of 79-81 degrees. The pool is open to swimmers, but it may be cooler than expected. We expect the pool to reach normal temperature late Monday evening.

Looking forward to seeing you at the club!

Lynne Welling

General Manager

Warning

New Club Fit Staff Member – Katherine Velazquez

April 19, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Katherine Velazquez

Briarcliff Spa Services

Katherine completed her therapy education at the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy in Westport, CT in 2000. Katherine will most often use a combination of 3 techniques: myofascial release, neuromuscular treatment, and active release. These 3 techniques combined will assist in structurally re-balancing the body. No creams or oils are used. Pressure is to your tissue resistance and is often slow moving. Your treatment session is unique to your specific needs.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jenet Ferris

April 19, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jenet Ferris

Executive- Chief Marketing Officer

Jenet Ferris is a communications professional with nearly two decades of experience in the areas of marketing, community outreach, branding and public relations. She possesses a range of experience from agency, corporate & non-profit work. Her knowledge of various industries including healthcare, financial services, luxury hospitality & travel/economic development have prepared her for her new role as CMO at Club Fit. She graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Aidan Lally

April 12, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Aidan Lally

Briarcliff Aquatics

Aidan is a new face around the aquatics center. Growing up on the Croton River, Aidan has been an avid swimmer for as long as he can remember. He decided to put his skills to work and was certified as a lifeguard at Club Fit Briarcliff in April 2018 and started working there one year later. Aidan is currently a senior at Croton Harmon High School and looks forward to studying psychology in college. Aidan enjoys sailing, performing theater, writing, and skateboarding.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Patrick McGrinder

April 12, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Patrick McGrinder

Briarcliff Aquatics

Patrick McGrinder is senior at Mahopac High School who plans to study finance in college. On his free time, he enjoys playing video games and sports. He is a member of both the varsity tennis and soccer teams at his school.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Thomas Gurba

March 29, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Thomas Gurba

Jefferson Valley Reception

Thomas is passionate about helping people achieve their goals, whether physical or in life. The world is a better place when we all work as a team.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jacqueline Gallego

March 29, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jacqueline Gallego

Briarcliff Reception

Jackie is a goofy, eager and adventure-loving student studying exercise science.  Jackie’s tag line is “bidi bidi bom bom” in memory of Selena Quintanilla.  She loves Selena’s music and dances whenever she gets the chance. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking and going for walks by the Hudson River.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Angelo Lamberti

March 29, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Angelo Lamberti

Jefferson Valley Energy

Angelo is joining the Club Fit team as the Energy Center Supervisor.  Angelo brings to Club Fit more than 10 years years experience in camp administration, youth programming, and childcare.  When Angelo isn’t at the office, you can find him training through cardio activities and strength and conditioning.  Angelo is an avid runner and competes in marathons and triathlons all year round.

Club Fit Swim Team Raises over 16K for Charities!

March 26, 2019 by karen

 

Kudos to our Club Fit Swim Team, and swimmers Alana Rabinowitz and Hannah Nemerever, whose efforts have raised over $16,000 for charities!

Alana has been on the swim team for seven years. She is the team Charity Co-coordinator to help spearhead our annual swim-a-thon. Her father, who passed away last summer, was the founder of Panthera. Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wildcat species and their landscapes. Our Jefferson Valley Swim Team has raised over $15,000 for this amazing charity in honor of Dr. Alan Rabinowitz.

Community-minded Club Fit swimmers raised over 16K for charities!
Community-minded Club Fit swimmers Hannah and Alana raised over 16K for charities!

Hannah Nemerever has been on the team for nine years. She has been our charity coordinator for the past five years, raising thousands for charities, as part our ongoing effort to give back to those in need. Hannah’s father Ed, who was our Parent Charity Coordinator, passed away last spring. Ed was relentless in his passion to help those in need. In honor of Ed Nemerever, we have raised over $1000 for local charity Sparrow’s Nest. This organization is dedicated to helping families with food donations while battling cancer. Sparrow’s Nest provides two meals, once a week, to the families of caregivers and children diagnosed with any type of cancer.

As Club Fit President Bill Beck noted recently, we have our members to thank for bringing so many worthy charities to our attention. “Over the many years we’ve been in business we’ve supported many local charities. Often times we have our very generous members to thank for this, as it is our members who are involved in these organizations. We’re happy to support them in their efforts to improve our community while they support us as we help them improve their health and wellness.” It’s rewarding to us to be part of such a thoughtful and caring community.

We’re also offering our new members a chance to give back when the join, by donating their enrollment fees to one of these deserving local charities: SPCA of Westchester Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Support Connection, Inc., The Justin Veatch Fund, United for the Troops, or Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center.

 

Another successful Think Fit for Kids at Club Fit

March 25, 2019 by karen

Great news — we are happy to announce we hosted yet another successful Think Fit For Kids event at Club Fit Briarcliff!

The goal of this annual event is to raise to benefit pediatric brain tumor research via Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The foundation is the world’s leading nonprofit dedicated to the childhood brain tumor community. They serve the more than 28,000 U.S. children and teens battling brain tumors by investing in the most promising research and providing practical, informational and emotional support to families.

smiling group of Club Fit volunteers at the 2019 Think Fit for Kids event in Briarcliff Manor
Smiling volunteers at this year’s Think Fit for Kids event: Energy Center staff Jesse, Jason, Bobby, Christian, and Manager Melissa, along with club member Chrissy

Event organizer Kim Gilman was happy to report this year’s event, held on March 9, 2019, had an impressive turnout. “Thank you, once again, to Club Fit for donating their amazing venue and staff for the 9th annual Think Fit For Kids! This year alone, we have already raised over $225,000 to fund the most promising pediatric brain cancer research. When we first approached Club Fit back in 2011, I don’t think any of us thought we could ever come close to raising $2 million in nine years! But, we have! And in the process, we have built awareness around this horrific disease and built a community of support and hope for families battling pediatric brain cancer. Thank you, Club Fit for your generous partnership. Together, we WILL find gentler and more promising treatments and a cure for kids’ brain cancer!”

Shout out to our caring and enthusiastic Energy Center Staff, and Manager Melissa Lawrence, who says, “I am very happy to be a part of this event. We have been doing it for nine years and it’s for a great cause. My staff never hesitate to help and they have a great time engaging with the kids at the event.”

Want to be notified about their upcoming events? Follow Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on Facebook or Instagram. For more information on how to help/donate, visit thinkfitforkids.org.”