Jason’s Story

May 23, 2013 by admin

No matter what life throws my way, I’ve learned to step back, figure out what needs to happen, and then try my best to make it happen. If life throws you a curve ball, you can try your best to knock it out of the park, close your eyes and hope it’s not a strike, or give up and leave the game. I choose to go for it! With a smile on my face and a positive attitude, I feel as if I can achieve anything that I set my mind to.

As a kid, having the opportunity to go to Club Fit was a wonderful experience for me. I loved it so much that I was inspired to go to school and earn a degree in Exercise Sports Science. I wanted to become a personal trainer and I wanted to work at Club Fit. Once I finally had the opportunity I jumped on it!

Club Fit is now like a second family to me. I cherish the relationships that I’ve made here and I am excited for what the future will bring. I feel the same way about the Parisi Speed School. The program is designed for success. Once I started working with the kids and began to see their improvement in performance AND CONFIDENCE, I was hooked! These kids are my life; they drive me, they look up to me and I look up to them.

Being able to help a child grow confident through fitness and performance is a beautiful thing to me.  The excitement they show when they reach a new goal or do something they thought couldn’t be done is what drives me day in and day out. If these kids can do it, then so can I! I was there for them when they needed help, and guess what? They were there for me when I needed help.

When I was diagnosed with AML leukemia in November 2010, I didn’t think FOR A SECOND, that it was going to beat me. I was actually PUMPED UP for the challenge! I was in the best shape of my life and I knew that this was my time to shine. I needed to beat this disease so that I could get back to these kids and continue to help them grow.

Club Fit and the Parisi Speed School became my support. They created a “Jason’s Army” site on Facebook and Jason’s Army created a survivor. I received SO MUCH support from my family, my friends, all the members, staff, athletes, and their families, that I had no choice but to beat this. I had visitors every single day throughout my 200+ days at NY Presbyterian Hospital. I received countless cards, flowers, gifts, and phone calls day after day. All of these things helped me keep a smile on my face every single day and pushed me forward when I needed a push. All of these people will now be part of my life forever and have helped me to become the person who I am today.

After seven rounds of chemotherapy, total body radiation and two bone marrow transplants, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to thank all of you for your support. You have given me the strength to move forward each day and the attitude to know that I can.  I’m an Iraq war veteran, a two-time cancer survivor, and a proud member of the Club Fit family.

Click here to watch Jason tell his story.

Member Self Services- a quick guide on what you might not know!

May 21, 2013 by Liz

by Shelley Lerea
Member Services Director
Club Fit Briarcliff

Did you know that you can change your credit card information online? As well as your address, phone number and email address? You can also check your account and monitor your housecharges. It’s simple and easy, here’s how:

If you don’t have a user ID and password, use the barcode on your membership card as your temporary user ID and password. If you are having trouble one of our friendly member service representatives can help set this up for you.

Eating at the café a lot? Getting several massages? Taking classes? You can check your current housecharges before they are collected from your credit card to make sure everything is correct. Do not click on “view statements” but instead click on “My account” and then go to “my account history” and view housecharges daily!

Has your credit card number changed? You don’t have to wait till member services is in the office, you can change this yourself any time of day! Click on “my info” and follow the prompts. Not only can you change your credit card, but you can change your address, phone number and email address.

Want to make sure you are coming to the club on a regular basis? You can check your visits by clicking “my usage history.” This way if you are not coming enough, you can start coming more!

Hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to email me at slerea@clubfit.com or call member services at 762-3446.

The Tryout Dilemma

May 21, 2013 by Liz

Ian Wing
Sports Director, Club Fit JV
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

Tryouts can be beyond stressful, but WHY?

I have been a travel soccer coach for over 10 years and every year there is a period of anxiety and chaos, before, during and after tryouts. Is my child going to get cut? Should my child tryout? Will he be on a team with his/her friends? What if? What if? What if?

Most kids going through the tryout process are unfazed by the process; after all, this is normal and part of being a soccer player.

Every piece of research you can find points to FUN being the main reason that children take part in sports, but is that the main reason parents want their children to be involved in sport? Fun, health benefits and social development are part of most parents thought processes, but are the real reasons ‘College Scholarships’ ‘bragging rights’ and ‘keeping up with the Joneses’?

The most important part of tryouts is knowing your child and having realistic expectations. Always have a backup plan: If your child doesn’t make the travel program, would they be happy in the in-house program? Or, would they like to try a different sport that would aid their development? Or, maybe supplement the in house program with some clinics that will keep your child engaged with the sport and give them a better chance at tryouts next time around.

As the travel soccer tryout season in your town draws to a close, remember that no matter the outcome of the tryouts, right or wrong, your child plays sport because they enjoy it! If they enjoy it, they will improve, know your child and be realistic about your expectations. Being involved in sport has massive health and social benefits regardless of the level you play at. Make sport FUN for your kids and they’ll play for life and they’ll have a happier longer life because of you!

Building Better Bones

May 17, 2013 by Liz

By: Kimberly Stein, RD, CDN

In honor of Women’s Health Week (May 12- 18), this post is for all us gals! Depending on where we are in our life cycle, our needs for certain vitamins and minerals will vary. One particular mineral, calcium, has been the center of attention for quite awhile- and rightly so! Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body and it is utilized to maintain strong bones and teeth. In fact, 99% of our total body calcium is found in these two locales. When calcium levels become too low, the body starts depleting calcium from the bones, which increases the risk of developing osteoporosis. Since we do lose trace amounts of calcium daily, it is essential to consume a balanced diet with calcium rich sources to replete our bodily stores.

How much calcium do I need?
Since the body cannot make calcium, it is important to obtain it from dietary sources. As with any vitamin or mineral, the body can utilize it better from its food form rather than a supplement. Speak with your doctor if you are thinking of taking a calcium supplement. Here are the daily recommendations for calcium intake:

What are some calcium – rich foods?
I’m sure we are all well aware of dairy being chock-full of calcium. This includes the gamut of milk, yogurt, cheese, and all of the above. Not everyone likes dairy foods, and luckily there are other sources to pick from. Consider some of these options:
1. Fortified cereals/ juices (almost all fortified foods are a good source of calcium)
2. Soy products- soybeans, tofu
3. Almonds/almond milk
4. Dark leafy greens- Chinese cabbage, kale, spinach, bok choy, turnip greens
5. Broccoli
6. Beans
7. Seeds
8. Fish, canned with the bones


May 14, 2013 by Mark Cuatt

Discover the top ten fitness trends in the world, reported for this year by the authoritative American College of Sports Medicine.

Mark T. Cuatt

  • The rise of the fitness professional: Ranked number one in 2013, this trend has been included for the sixth consecutive year. Across the industry, trainers and operators alike are raising the bar in terms of professionalism, through an exponential growth in certification, training and accreditation. We at club fit will be including an in depth internal  on line certification process with www.smartfitness.com


  • Strength training: In second place for the second year in a row, strength training is a key focus for people of all backgrounds and ages. It’s widely undisputed to be a fundamental cornerstone of optimal fitness and wellness programs for most professionals.


  • Body weight training: This new trend refers to strength training exercises that tap into one’s own body weight
    without the need for free weights. Simpler and more affordable, it allows people to “get back to basics” on the training floorOver the next few months we will be redesigning our fitness center to accommodate modalities and improve layout and function

  • Concern over child obesity: The widespread epidemic of overweight and obese children continues to be a serious public health problem. In recent years, schools have focused on academic performance and limited time spent on physical education and nutrition classes. The responsibility for growing physical activity among children may fall into the hands of fitness and wellness professionals through. We are implementing a position of wellness coordinator to work directly within the fitness center and to be a liaison for member integration and community wellness involvement. This position will require a health related degree with minimum of 2 years working directly within the health care industry


  • Exercise for weight loss: This has always been a key motivation for exercise and of late, the integration between diets and exercises to grow energy expenditure and decrease caloric intake, has been of growing interest to fitness professionals. It is particularly important to design the right fitness program for each person and build more touch-points between trainer and client to grow compliance. Adding Dietetics related programing and Nutritional Counseling.

  • Fitness for older people: The aging baby boomer generation enjoys a longer life expectancy, but with that comes a higher likelihood of serious health issues. Doctors recommend that this group engage in more physical activity in an ‘Exercise is Medicine’ approach.  More programs for both active and less active older adults need to be developed with a particular focus on functional activities.
    Safe, secure and easy to use. Our circuit and fit coaches are ideal for bringing movement to both young and older generations.

  • Personal training: Personal trainers are now being employed in community-based programs, corporate wellness programs, hotels, medical fitness facilities and commercial settings – making them more accessible and affordable for more people. Personal trainers are also growing in expertise, with more attention being paid to training and certification.


  • Functional training: Functional fitness is designed to improve the client’s ability to perform daily activities without stress or problems. Particularly well suited to older people, it improves balance, coordination and strength and works on specific motor patterns that the client goes through every day. Over the next few months we will be redesigning our fitness center to accommodate modalities and improve layout and function

  • Core Training: Core training focuses on the stabilizing muscles of the abdomen, chest and back, including exercises for the hips, lower back and abdomen, which all provide support for the spine. Exercising the muscles of the core improves posture and overall trunk stability, allowing the individual to meet the demands of daily life and their sport of choice.


  • Group personal training: This trend allows the personal trainer to evolve their service by adapting their programs to small groups of up to four people. The shift towards higher intensity training is rising.  Offering small group training can help operators to differentiate themselves, generate additional revenue and provide alternatives for personalized training at lower costs. We have integrated TRX, Kettle bell, CFX classes, and are reviewing current group exercise offerings to add more HIIT classes


MyPlate: The New Food Icon

May 8, 2013 by Liz

By Kimberly Stein, RD, CDN

Do you remember the food pyramid? Chances are you do….and that it also probably confused you. Don’t fret- you weren’t alone. In case you lost all hope for how to manage your meals, hope has been restored! There is a new icon in town and it is here to stay!
Welcome to the era of MyPlate! Born in 2011, this extremely visual guide is a clear reminder of how our plates should look at our main meals. Super easy to understand, MyPlate takes the guesswork out of mealtimes. But…wait! There are only THREE simple rules MyPlate emphasizes! These are: 1) enjoy your food, but eat less of it, 2) avoid oversized portions, and 3) balance your calories. Think you can do that? You sure can!

So how exactly should your plate look?

But, wait…..what is this telling me? Well…..

1) Make half your plate fruits and vegetables—whatever you like!
2) Make half your grains whole grains
3) Vary your protein—switch it up during the week and try those new recipes you’ve stashed away
4) Switch to non-fat or 1% dairy—same nutrient content, just less fat and calories!

Congratulations, now you are well versed with the ideology of MyPlate! Go forth and have fun planning your meals around these easy, healthful tips. Remember to include your daily dose of physical activity and you will be on the right path to staying healthy!

Balanced Nutrition & Balanced Body

May 7, 2013 by Liz

By Jennifer Schildwachter

I’ve been working at Club Fit in Jefferson Valley since 2007 as a trainer. Currently, I’m happy to say I’m a Master trainer, Certified through National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM) for personal training, corrective exercise specialist and most recently for Fitness Nutritional Specialist.

Through the years working as a trainer and fit coach on the busy fitness floor, I’ve often heard members talking about nutrition and supplements and the importance of incorporating both in their lifestyles.

I find myself most fascinated and intrigued by keeping a healthy immune system. I help oversee the Cancer Wellness and Help Rx programs here at Club fit, I see the importance of Probiotics and Prebiotics and how they can enhance your immune system.

What are Probiotics? What are Prebiotics? What’s the relationship between the two?

Probiotics are foods that contain live microorganisms and are found in such foods like yogurt and fermented foods. Such as aged cheeses, pickles and fermented cabbage.

What are Prebiotics?
They are the non-digestable carbs that act as food for the probiotics. Ex: whole grains, bananas, garlic and honey.

You can take Probiotics in a supplemental form; like in a liquid, tablet or capsule. Capsules are found by surveys to be the most popular form of supplement to take.

Here’s an interesting factoid: not all brands of yogurt contain live, active cultures. Look for the seal adopted by the National Yogurt Association to identify products that contain a minimum of 100 million live lactic acid bacteria per gram of yogurt.

Additionally, experts state: Ideal healthy ratio of good to bad bacteria living inside your gut should be 85% good to 15% bad bacteria (9 : 1 ratio)
Its all about maintaining “Balance” inside and out!!

Your fitness tip of the week!

May 1, 2013 by Liz

Compound resistance exercises might be right for you!
by Jeff Aston

Chasing after that elusive ‘beach-body’ we all covet and hope to one day call our own? Well, compound resistance exercises might just be the solution for you! Compound exercises are multi-joint/muscle movements such as the squat, deadlift, pull-up, and dip. These exercises work a greater number of muscle groups than conventional isolation exercises, burn more calories, and promote the release of natural fat-burning and muscle building hormones!

Sound too good to be true? Fortunately, for you, me, and everyone else out there trying to build a stronger, healthier physique, these exercises are just as fantastic as they sound. Now, there is one caveat to keep in mind. Due to their multi-joint/muscle nature, compound exercises are more challenging to perform correctly than your typical machine-based or free-weight isolation exercise. That being said, If you are unfamiliar with these movements, or are simply looking to improve your technique, I strongly encourage you to stop by the fitness office and we’d be happy to help. What are you waiting for?!

Jeff Aston is an ACE certified Personal Trainer at our Briarcliff location.
He is currently enrolled at New York Medical College and is an MD candidate for 2015! He can be reached by calling Club Fit Briarcliff 762-3444 ext. 2223.