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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Kevin obtained a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State University (MA) in physical education. He is also a NASM certified personal trainer. While In college, Kevin played 2 years for the NCAA D-III football team as a tight end. Kevin currently works at Alexander Hamilton High School where he coaches varsity track & field. Kevin is also a j.v. football coach at Brewster High School. Kevin is currently in the process of becoming a certified physical education teacher and a performance enhancement specialist.
A club fit member for nearly 10 years, fitness has always played a major role in Nick’s life. Nick attended SUNY Brockport and played on their football team for a short time. He ultimately decided to leave Brockport to explore other majors, careers, and passions. Nick is a lover of sports and the outdoors.
Iwona Grzebyk was born and raised in Poland. It was during this time, along with her family, that taught her strength and hard work, which later translated into her career. Her passion has always been healing, both emotionally and physically. She believes in the power of the soul and a beautiful mind. Iwona is a Reiki master which serves as a great combination of esthetics and universal energy. Iwona Grzebyk has been an esthetician for 25 years.
Jason has been with the Dryland program for several sessions now. He is one of the athlete’s chosen to demonstrate skills for proper form and performance. Jason excels at running and all speed & agility drills. His balance on the functional equipment is above par. Able to balance in many positions on physio balls, he is swift-footed and full of energy. Congrats, Jason!
Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Alex Anand
Alex has been with the program for a few sessions now and continually is making improvements. His running has improved immensely and he is always looking to improve his time. Alex can always be found striving to get better and faster while having fun in the process. He always goes “all out” and puts his heart into everything. Way to go, Alex!
Sandy is studying to be a certified health & wellness coach and is always looking for ways to keep her and her family healthy and well. In her free time you can find her creating new smoothie blends or attending wellness events around NYC. Fitness has always been a huge part of her lifestyle, whether she’s training for a half marathon, attending her favorite spin class, or chasing around her 19 month old toddler. Sandy moved to Northern Westchester 5 years ago and enjoys hiking, gardening, and cooking.
Daylight Saving Time is seen by many as one of the first signs of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. After the cold dark days of winter, who doesn’t love an extra hour of daylight to enjoy after work? While we may be happy about the extra light in our evening, there are also potential issues to watch for. Disruption of the circadian rhythm can have negative effects. The beginning of DST can cause symptoms of jet lag. It can take several days for your body clock to adjust to the change.
To help lessen the impact of a sudden change, NBC News suggests “To reduce the effects of DST, try to reset your clock by going to bed and waking up 15-20 minutes earlier starting a few days before the time change.”
Experts recommend being extra mindful during the first week or so, as there is increased potential for accidents caused by sluggishness.
Want to speed up your body’s adjustment to the change? Exercise! “A 1987 study found that hamsters that ran on an exercise wheel adjusted to a new lab-created time zone in a day and a half, on average, while those that did no exercise took more than eight days to adjust.” Take advantage of the extra daylight to get outside or into the club and after work — hibernation season is over!
According to Forbes, massage is another great tool to help alleviate fatigue. Club Fit offers a range of spa services on-site at both locations as a complement to your overall health and wellness program.
Alice has been with the Dryland program for several sessions. She has shown that she will give 100% effort in whatever drill we are doing. Being a seasoned athlete in the program she sets the standard for excellence. She excels at the activities and always has a smile on her face. Keep up the good work, Alice!
Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Felix Arnold
Felix was new to Dryland last fall. He immediately showed us he was a force to be reckoned with. Felix’s high energy level was at times a challenge to harness however he showed what he was made of and has made remarkable strides. His he tries his best with the agility drills as well as strength and balance drills. Great job, Felix!
Whew! The storm has passed. We are looking forward to seeing you at the club today, Monday March 4th beginning at 8:00 am. Our Nursery will open at 9:00 am. For any up-to-date class changes, please visit our website or better yet, use our Club Fit App for ease of viewing.