Top 10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend Club Fit Energy Camp

June 26, 2012 by Liz

If you’ve been to camp, you’re not surprised when you hear about the benefits of summer camp. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult, and you also know that you want the same thing for your own children.

But if you didn’t go to camp as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to sending their children to camp. So here is a list of the top 10 reasons to send your children to camp and why to send them to Club Fit Energy Camp:

1. Choice – There are camps that focus on academics, sports, music, drama, arts and crafts, technology. Summer camp is where children often discover their passions and their talents. Energy Camp at Club Fit is a sports oriented camp where your children will experience a wide range of sports, fitness, swim and outdoor activities on a daily basis.
2. Confidence – At the end of the summer, campers are ready for school because they have mastered new skills, learned to be part of a team. Campers at Club Fit learn to be part of a team which carries with them for lifetime.
3. Character Building – It is at camp where the underachieving child suddenly takes a leadership role in a project; the shy child assumes the lead role in an team activity; an overachieving child learns to help others. All of these experiences build character and develop leadership skills which your child will experience at Club Fit Energy Camp.
4. Community – Children are under the same roof and with the same adults and peers for an entire day. Club Fit Energy Camp creates a close-knit community among staff, parents and children.
5. Employment – Most camps provide teens with their first job. It is this job training experience that allows many teens to be successfully employed outside the camp setting in later years. Counselor’s at Club Fit are young adults of which working with children is the professional direction they are pursuing.
6. Physically Active – As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Club Fit Energy Camp is geared to promote good health, exercise, running and swimming. Club Fit Energy Camp is ACTION!
7. Exploration – For many children, camp provides opportunities to participate in a variety of activities, giving a better understanding to their future passions. Club Fit Energy Camp offers a wide variety of activities that change day to day to help peak your child’s interest.
8. Mentoring – In the past few years, scientific research has shown that the single biggest predictor of success for young people is the presence of one or more non-parent adults in a child’s life. We have seen time and time a strong bond created not only between campers but also between camper and counselor.
9. Quality Time – One week of summer camp is equivalent to one month of after-school activity.
10. FUN! – Ask children about their summer camp experiences and you will hear “I live for summer camp,” “I can’t wait for the summer to come,” and “Summer camp is where I found my best friends.” It’s what Club Fit Energy Camp is all about…..FUN!!!

You’ll Find a Way!

June 20, 2012 by Liz

Shelley Lerea has been working at Club Fit for 16 years! She has exercised her whole life and even as a child, she enjoyed being active. “I work out almost every day on my lunch break. My work-outs consist of cardio some days (usually treadmill, step mill, and one of the ellipticals) for about 30 minutes. My weight training consists of either TRX, Fit-Linxx, or free weights on my own. I have done Kinesis in the past and have personal trained for about 3 years. On the weekends I usually will combine a cardio/weight workout because I have more time. Reason for working out: Not looking to lose weight but want to stay toned and also want to keep my weight consistent since I have a family history of diabetes (my mom, grandmother, and brother)and high cholesterol. My doctor told me as long as I keep my weight down, I should be safe from both! Also, emotionally it makes me feel better. I honestly love the way exercising makes me feel. I couldn’t imagine my life without it.” Check out her motivational quote by E. James Rohn! -Shelley Lerea, Manager of Member Services at Club Fit Briarcliff.

Kids Love Summer and Here’s Why!

June 18, 2012 by Liz

Summer . . . the days have been getting longer lately, the temperature steadily rising, and though a few stormy days were thrown in, the sun has been burning brighter. Summer has quickly come upon us. For parents and kids alike there is a very important side effect to this season – summer vacation.

There are a lot of different routes to take when planning a summer out of school. Family trips and vacations, get-togethers with friends, baseball games, BBQ’s: the freedom of being out of school makes almost all summer activities all the more magical for children. One of my favorite ways to spend a summer was, and still is, summer camp.

At Club Fit, we have created a summer community that has grown every year with our summer camp. We get to see the same smiling faces with the coming of July. Children get to spend their days with good friends, enjoying a wide variety of activities. Many kids get to reconnect with friends that they don’t get to see often because they live in different school districts. One of the great aspects of the Summer Camp at Club Fit is the connections that are made on a daily basis. We’ve seen new friendships forged through mutual interest in the many activities that kids experience.

We also offer such a diverse program for children. From swimming, soccer and basketball to Parisi, racquetball, and martial arts. Many children pick up new hobbies. Growing up as a soccer player and attending Club Fit Camp, not only did I get to play a sport I had fallen in love with every day, but in learning racquetball I found a competitive sport that I had a natural ability for. I was surprised to find out the movements, coordination, and skill sets involved in one sport translated, supplemented, and even augmented the other. As I became older racquetball continued to be a sport that I could meet up with a friend and play at any time.

So when pondering how to plan for the summer, remember to stay active, stay healthy, stay happy, and even though you aren’t in school… learn something new.

By Casey Helf


June 14, 2012 by Liz

We want to start a new section of this blog and share some photo-inspiration. The idea? To get capture real members and real staff. We want to help you motivate through your workout or just to get here! Let us know if you want to be featured in our “Real People, Real Motivation” section at either of our locations. Just leave us a comment here on our blog, facebook or even send us a tweet!

Understanding Nutrition

June 8, 2012 by Mark Cuatt


“Occasionally…what you have to do is go back to the beginning and see everything in a new way”


Nutrition is not just what you eat. That is called food. So what is nutrition? To begin a statement and question this way will open up your understanding of the fundamentals, and the science of nutrition. Physiologically, foods eaten are used for many processes in the body: Energy, building tissues, and obtaining or producing a number of regulatory substances just to name a few.  Nutrition can be defined as the transformation of food molecules into useful body substances.

Food provides the body with biological substances called nutrients. These are divided into six major classes:









These nutrients must be supplied in adequate amounts from the food you eat.  They are most effective physiologically when consumed together. Many cannot be properly utilized unless the right combinations are present. Would you run an automobile with two quarts of oil missing, or by putting water in the gas tank? I don’t think so! We usually don’t view ourselves as machines, but perhaps we should. Wiser choices would probably be made.  In upcoming blogs I will discuss the role of nutrients, and the importance of each. Please be sure to bookmark and stay updated.

It is important for you to realize that there is some serious misinformation about nutrition that stems from individuals who consider themselves experts. Some people may not truly understand the biochemistry behind nutrition, and some may understand but are more interested in making money by creating fad diets and gimmicks to capture your attention. Unfortunately, sometimes this quackery may be potentially dangerous.

 There is a long history of gimmicks and fads. Here are some documented concepts involving nutrition.

In 1903 when President Taft, at 333 pounds, could not fit in his bathtub, he stated, “I need to lose some weight”(Contemplation phase). This was the first time weight loss was mentioned.  Prior to that time, being overweight was a sign of wealth and power.

In 1910, the first prescription of amphetamines for weight loss was used. This remained popular until the 1970’s. 

In the 1950’s, people were fasting to lose weight.

The 1960’s and 1970’s saw the first low carbohydrate, high protein diets.

The late 1970’s into the 1980’s low calorie liquid diets were popular.

The 1990’s saw the rise of “Fat Free” products, and low fat or no fat became the diet concept.

Today, it is back to the high protein, low carbohydrate fad with an array of supplements available that can be potentially dangerous.

As I have stated, nutrition is, and always will be a very marketable concept. Once again there are no quick fixes. Of all these diets, 95% of all the people who lost weight, gained it all back within five years. Keep in mind, for optimal results a balanced well designed plan is essential and a vital factor in keeping us at our best all through our journey of life.

Let me know what you think healthy eating is?

Club Fit’s HP 30 The Fast, Focused, & Effective WorkOut!

June 5, 2012 by admin

This week at Club Fit Jefferson Valley we launched HP 30, a new high intensity workout that lasts 30 minutes. From the moment you start to the very end of the 30 minutes you’re engaged physically and mentally through instruction and focused physical challenges that accelerate the overall conditioning process.

The tempo is very similar to what you would experience at any elite level of sports during team and individual practices. Top level coaches carefully plan out their practices to eliminate any extended periods of downtime, by moving from one drill to the next through a designed flow that compliments an overall training objective. For example, HP 30 classes are designed to focus on agility, coordination, & strength with a byproduct benefit of improved balance and stamina. Therefore a typical class will focus on many different types of multi-directional movements, paired with added hand/eye challenges and dynamic strength training. This prepares you for not only any type of athletic endeavor you may choose, it’s also an excellent way to get into top condition.

You may read or hear that high intensity training is the new rage. When in fact it has always existed and been used by athletes to get optimum performance results. Interval training has existed for years in the sports of running, swimming, biking, and overall athletic conditioning. But unlike most workouts on the market today each workout is more effective if it’s designed with a purpose. HP 30’s goal is to improve your movement skills, coordination, and to get fast and effective results while saving you time.

To learn more about High Intensity Training and it’s benefits take a look at this NY Times video. Or come join us and try one class for free, call my office at 914 245-6993.

Racquetball Pro Andy Aronstein takes the Bronze at Nationals

June 4, 2012 by Liz

Congratulations to our racquetball Teaching Pro, Andy Aronstein for earning bronze at the 2012 US National Championships in Fullerton, CA!

Andy competed in the Men’s A Singles draw in a field of 49 players from 21 states, defeating the #2 seed and two current Men’s A State Champions, among others, on his way to a 3rd place finish.

As a certified Advanced Instructor, Andy can help improve your game whether you’re a competitive tournament player or just looking for an edge against the local crowd. Andy is available for lessons at both Club Fit locations and can be reached via email at:

Understanding Nutrition

June 4, 2012 by Mark Cuatt

                        MENTAL ATTITUDE

The human mind is a very powerful tool. The statement has been made, “If the mind can conceive and believe, than the body can achieve”. This concept is true. To obtain anything in your life, you must believe you can. We all have the inner strength to take control, and create our paths. Some people may never believe this to be true, while others accept the challenge and embrace it. Success is an attitude. Success is a state of mind. It is easily available to all who want it, believe they can have it, and follow the necessary path to achieve it.

There are many books written about mental attitude, and the powers of positive thinking. A positive mental attitude is the foundation for everything in your life. The most often noted key words in most of these books are desire, determination, perseverance, and focus. Success than, cannot be attributed to fate, but to your own application of the above principles. Mark Fisher sums it up very well in his book, “ The Millionaires Path”. Fisher states,“ You may have reached that critical point that will change your life. No matter how old you are or what circumstances you may be in, all you have to do is be alert and receptive and believe. Know that it is possible to start from scratch as so many others have done and achieve your loftiest goals. It’s just a matter of believing it is possible and becoming determined to create the life you desire”.

There are several steps in the decision making process, and most people remain in what is called the contemplation or preparation phases. These are phases, in which you think about making a change, because you know you should. You even start the process.  Please understand, that in order to succeed you must pass these stages and take action. Also, do not stop until you reach your destination. Weather your goals are to lose weight, to improve your nutrition, or to become a better athlete, take the first step, and never lose sight. Stay focused.        

What usually happens when someone makes a decision to change? Let me use the example of someone trying to lose weight. They know that they are overweight, but usually are focused on other things. Statements are made like “I should really lose some weight”. This is a pre-contemplation stage. Then, in the contemplation stage they say, “My clothes do not fit properly”, I am going to start a diet on Monday.  At this point, being overweight is affecting their self- esteem. They may also notice increased difficulty performing everyday tasks. For example, walking up stairs and experiencing shortness of breath.

An attempt to lose weight begins. Upon awakening the first morning, the attitude is “Today is the day”. Breakfast usually consists of something like bran cereal or oatmeal, skim milk, and a piece of fruit. These are considered some typical diet foods, so the feeling of accomplishment is achieved. After breakfast, another meal is not consumed until lunch- time, which is usually about five hours later. Lunch consists of tuna fish on whole wheat bread, a salad, and maybe fruit. The mental attitude is good. Even dinner is a success with three ounces of chicken, and some vegetables.

Then comes the difficulty. About two hours after dinner, sitting around watching television. The body is now starting to notice some type of depravation. Much less food was consumed. Hunger starts to set in, and the refrigerator or cupboards are visited. The amount of food consumed is more than what should be eaten. The mental attitude diminishes, and failure is perceived. Lets start again tomorrow.

This is a typical pattern that is followed. I have counseled many people who have experience it. Sometimes it may take two or three days before too much is eaten, but the body will usually win over will power. There are physiological reasons why the body responds this way. I will discuss this in future blogs  

If this pattern looks familiar to you, I want you to think about how positive you felt when you were in control. That is the power that must be sustained. Not many things life comes easily. Certainly not dieting. It all begins with the mental attitude. To that end, it is important to understand the decision making process, and the power of goal setting.














Any health or behavior change must start from within. The first step is to identify the problem. As I used in the example, the clothing not fitting comfortable, and it was harder to perform everyday activities. Second, was the commitment to make a change. Third, is setting goals. You must have a goal, a focus to achieve. Without goals, is like sending a sports team out to play, with no plan book, or reason why they are playing. When you have a plan of action, you are likely to remain focused, and committed to achieve.

            There are several books that reiterate the importance of setting goals. One such book is “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People”, by Stephen R. Covey. In his book, Covey states, “ An effective goal focuses primarily on results rather than on activity. It identifies where you want to be, and in the process, helps you determine where you are. It gives you important information on how to get there, and tells you when you have arrived. It unifies your efforts and energy. It gives meaning and purpose to all you do. And it can finally translate itself into daily activities so that you are proactive, you are in charge of your life”.

Always remember, for a goal to be truly effective, you must believe that you can achieve it. Never give up, or lose sight of your desired outcomes. Once you lose sight, it is a long and disappointing journey that will lead to feelings of failure.




The first thing I would like you to do is to determine what your long- term goal is.What is your final outcome?  Then, you must set a series of short- term quantifiablegoals. When you achieve the first short-term goal, move on to the next one. It is a stepby- step process. It is necessary to learn how to crawl, before you can run a marathon.

Keep in mind it is the journey that is the exciting and rewarding process, not the finaldestination. You appreciate the end results much more when you know you busted yourbutt to achieve them. This process is what makes true champions and leaders.