New Club Fit Staff Member – Albert “Dave” Boykin

February 24, 2017 by admin

New Club Fit Staff Member – Albert “Dave” Boykin

Briarcliff – Sports

Dave is a graduate of White Plains High School, where he started as the point guard on the Basketball Team from 2002-06′. He went on to play college ball at Fordham University and The University of Bridgeport. After four successful years in college, Dave has been playing professional basketball overseas in countries such as Colombia, Germany, China and Brazil. He is universally known as DB!

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Gabrielle McMillan

February 24, 2017 by admin

Gabrielle McMillan

New Club Fit Staff Member – Gabrielle McMillan

Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Gabby loves the outdoors. If she’s not by the pool, she’s probably on a hike with her dog! She loves all of the activities that Club Fit has to offer and is excited to be a part of the Club Fit family.

 

 

 

 

 

To Keep You Inspired, Dr. Franklin Zimmerman

February 23, 2017 by admin

DrZimmerman

Club Fit celebrated American Heart month in February, helping members maintain their commitment to regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and a healthy heart. But if you ask cardiologist Dr. Franklin (Bud) Zimmerman, a Club Fit Briarcliff member affectionately known as Dr. Z., a healthy heart is a prize to celebrate and maintain all year long.

A graduate of the Brown University Medical School, Dr. Zimmerman is a Senior Attending Cardiologist and President of the medical staff at Phelps Memorial Hospital. He trained at Columbia University, St. Luke’s Hospital and has been a cardiologist at Phelps Memorial Hospital since 1989 alongside his partners at Phelps Medical Associates, Dr. Arthur Fass, Dr. Dina Katz (both Club Fit members), and Dr. Jay Doshi.

The field of cardiology has always excited Dr. Zimmerman, especially working with acutely ill patients and making them healthy again. As important and rewarding as that aspect of cardiology is, however, he has an equal passion for preventative care. “It’s very dramatic when you help a patient with a heart attack,” says Dr. Zimmerman, “but I’d much rather work to prevent the event than respond to an emergency”

Dr. Zimmerman’s commitment to preventative care and education has made a lasting\ impact in his field as well as his community. He is an assistant clinical professor at Columbia and created the Heart and Health Education Foundation with his partners. He is also the director of Phelps Memorial’s Center for Occupational Medicine and Public Safety Services (COMPASS), a center in development that is devoted to the health needs of first responders. Dr. Zimmerman shares his expertise directly with Club Fit on heart healthy initiatives such as training staff members to use automatic defibrillators, a move that has already saved lives at the gym. He consulted on the Health Rx program, a referral program for people beginning an exercise program, and he created the Club Fit Chief’s Challenge, an exercise challenge for policeman and firefighters. Preventing cardiovascular disease in police and fire department personnel is an important area of research for Dr. Zimmerman. “First responders have a risk of heart attack that is out of proportion to the general public, and this strikes close to home for me, because I come from a police family,” said Dr. Zimmerman, whose sister is the current Police Chief of San Diego. After sharing this concern with Club Fit president Bill Beck, the club began offering a half-price membership for active police officers and firefighters, and Dr. Zimmerman created the Chief’s Challenge to encourage first responders to keep their hearts healthy through exercise. Every year Dr. Zimmerman’s foundation awards $1,000 each to the local police and fire department with the most check-ins to the gym. Club Fit tallies the visits, and at year’s end reports the numbers to Dr. Zimmerman. The 2016 winners were the Yorktown Police Department and the Mohegan Lake Fire Department.

According to Dr. Zimmerman, the most overlooked preventative measure for heart disease is exercise, and he feels that “many people would rather take a pill than spend an hour at the gym.” He is always quick to share his favorite mantras with his patients such as “Exercise is medicine” or his wry “You only have to exercise … on the days that you eat.” In 25 years at Club Fit, Dr. Zimmerman says “the most gratifying thing about going to Club Fit is the number of my patients that I see there following my heart-healthy advice.”

Barring a medical emergency, Dr. Zimmerman works out at Club Fit four to five times a week during his lunch hour, focusing on cardiovascular exercise and weight training. He begins with a five-minute warmup on the treadmill, light stretching, and a half-mile run on the track – either an easy jog or more vigorous interval running. For weight training, he uses the Nautilus and Cybex machines along with free weights for his arms, varying his routine to devote certain days to different muscle groups. Cross training keeps his workout both physically challenging and mentally stimulating, and he feels that Club Fit offers a distinctive advantage in its variety of equipment. On the weekends, he includes some distance work on his home treadmill before going out to dinner with family and friends where he admits to “eating some things a cardiologist avoids during the week.”

Dr. Zimmerman and his wife of 37 years, Laurie, enjoy an active lifestyle, as do their children: Stacey, a devoted runner, and Rick, an avid cyclist. But something you might not know about the Cleveland native is his passion for baseball and the Cleveland Indians. A lifelong Indians fan, he attended his fifth Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp in January at the team’s spring training facility in Goodyear, AZ. A pitcher and infielder, Dr. Zimmerman modifies his Club Fit workout three months before camp to prepare himself for its physical demands and daily double-headers, drills, and practices. His managers this year were Mike Hargrove and pitcher Jaret Wright, who Hargrove started in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. Dr. Zimmerman jokes, “Now, Hargrove’s managing me—how far he’s fallen.” Besides the joy of seeing his patients exercising and his love of Indians Fantasy Camp, what keeps Dr. Z. coming to the gym? “Exercise is fun—it makes you feel better and just keeps you healthy,” he says. “Plus, I want to get a few more miles on my fastball.”

New Club Fit Staff Member – Alexandra Sansone

February 17, 2017 by admin

Alexandra Sasone

New Club Fit Staff Member – Alexandra Sansone

Briarcliff – Group Fitness Class Instructor

Aly is a Fitness Professional with a background in Psychology. Instructor, Trainer and Professor, she approaches fitness holistically with the goal of helping people become their happiest, healthiest, most effective self. Born and raised in Westchester, Aly believes that we all have something to learn and there is always room for improvement. Reach your goal and raise the bar.

 

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jason Reyes

February 17, 2017 by admin

Jason ReyesNew Club Fit Staff Member – Jason Reyes

Briarcliff – Group Fitness Class Instructor

Jason is a fitness professional with over 20 years’ experience helping clients of all walks of life reach their goals. With significant accomplishments in the worlds of bodybuilding, triathlon, and CrossFit, Jason combines his love of variety to bring the best out in his clients.

  

New Club Fit Staff Member – Samantha Cichocki

February 17, 2017 by admin

Samantha CichockiNew Club Fit Staff Member – Samantha Cichocki

Jefferson Valley – Childcare Worker

Samantha is currently studying for her MS in School Counseling at Mercy College. Samantha is bilingual in English and Polish. Interestingly, only a select few people call her by her full name, she is mostly referred to as “Sam.” Samantha has a passion of traveling and seeing all the interesting places in the world. In her free time she enjoys kickboxing, hanging with friends, and just sipping on a good cup of coffee.

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Nicklas Clemente

February 17, 2017 by admin

Nicklas ClementeNew Club Fit Staff Member – Nicklas Clemente

Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Niko is a Civil Engineering major, in his second year. He loves to hike and kayak, always staying active. He also grew up in the area, and loves the Hudson Valley!

 

 

 

Snow Shoveling Injury Prevention

February 8, 2017 by admin

Snow Shoveling the Correct Way to Avoid Injuries

by Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS

Woman Shoveling Snow
Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity that can cause muscle strain to the lower back and shoulders. Back injuries due to snow shoveling are more likely to happen to people who may not know that they are out of condition. Following these tips can help you avoid injuries.

 

● Lift smaller loads of snow, rather than heavy shovelfuls. Be sure to take care to bend your knees and lift with your legs rather than your back.

● Use a shovel with a shaft that lets you keep your back straight while lifting. A short shaft will cause you to bend more to lift the load. Using a shovel that’s too long makes the weight at the end heavier. Step in the direction in which you are throwing the snow to prevent the low back from twisting. This will help prevent “next-day back fatigue.”

● Avoid excessive twisting because the spine cannot tolerate twisting as well as it can tolerate other movements. Bend your knees and keep your back as straight as possible so that you are lifting with your legs.

● Take frequent breaks when shoveling. Stand up straight and walk around periodically to extend the lower back.

● Backward bending exercises while standing will help reverse the excessive forward bending of shoveling: stand straight and tall, place your hands toward the back of your hips, and bend backwards slightly for several seconds.

Here are some Healthy Tips for Safely Shoveling Snow

Stretches that target the trunk, legs and upper body:

Counter-Top stretch (Low back): Place your hands on your kitchen counter and walk backwards until your body makes an L-shape. Bend or hinge forward from your hips, while keeping your back lengthened your arms forward. You will feel a stretch in your back and throughout your trunk. Hold this for 10 long, deep breaths.

Heel Up On a Chair stretch (hamstrings): While holding onto some support, straighten your leg out and place your heel up on a chair, tighten that thigh, and pull those toes towards your body. Feel the stretch in the back of your leg. There’s no need to bend forward and it’s better if you don’t. Just stand up tall and keep both legs active. Hold 10 breaths. Repeat other side.

Bent Knee with Ankle in Hand stretch (quadriceps): Keep holding onto some support as you grab one foot with one hand behind your buttocks and hold it as you bend that leg. You should feel this stretch in the front of the thigh of the bent leg as you hold for 10 breaths. Repeat other side.

Core Strengthening Exercise:

● While standing, imagine pulling your belly button in towards your spine and engage your abdominal muscles without letting your pelvis tuck under. Try holding this for 5-10 seconds while breathing normally and repeat this a few times until it makes sense. This exercise uses the innermost layer of abdominal and back muscles and reminds your body where the center of your core strength is.

Mindfulness:

● As you are shoveling snow, focus on the rotating movements happening in your  hip joints. You can place your finger on the front of your hip joints (located at the top of each thigh near the groin) and practice a few sways side to side, simulating raking. Avoid letting the rotation happen at your waist—this will cause unnecessary movement around your lumbar spine.

● Continue to focus on the core strength exercise above and engage your belly  button in towards your spine as you rake, activating those lumbar spine  stabilizers. Pay attention to loosening up any stiffness in your legs and trunk muscles and you will go a long way to preventing injury to your back!

If your back hurts from shoveling snow or you have complaints of neck or shoulder pain, call to make an appointment with one of our staff of knowledgeable physical therapists for a free 15 minute consultation. Our experienced and dedicated licensed physical therapists can also help you get started with treatment. With Direct Access a prescription is not required to be evaluated. . Most insurance plans are accepted. Contact IvyRehab Briarcliff (914) 762-2222 and IvyRehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245-8807 or visit our Website —www.ivyrehab.com — to learn more about Direct Access.

Reference: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail.aspx?cid=bc1413cc-3ed6-4cf9-888f-3955df4a1b13

New Club Fit Staff Member – Eric Dammeyer

February 2, 2017 by admin

Eric Dammeyer

New Club Fit Staff Member – Eric Dammeyer

Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Eric is a senior at Somers High School in Somers, NY. He plans on studying environmental science when he starts college. He loves to play football and obviously enjoys swimming. Being that he is an avid New York Giants fan, it is suggested that Dallas Cowboy fans keep their distance, though he will gladly but cautiously hold a conversation with them. Eric is always looking to help out those around him and have a good time.

 

 

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Arnold Perez

February 2, 2017 by admin

Arnold Perez

New Club Fit Staff Member – Arnold Perez

Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Arnold is a graduate of Putnam Valley High School with a passion for fitness, skateboarding and food! Arnold also goes by the nickname “AJ”.  At only 18 years old he received his personal trainer certification.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jordan Hack

February 2, 2017 by admin

Jordan HackNew Club Fit Staff Member – Jordan Hack

Briarcliff – Water Safety Instructor

Jordan is here to help, please if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning February Athletes

February 1, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month:  Allison Corbett
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Allison Corbett
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Allison Corbett

This is Allison’s second year with the Dryland program. Her running has improved immensely and she is always looking to improve her time. She continually strives to improve and get faster, yet keeps it fun. Allison consistently goes “all out” and puts her heart into everything we do in class. She is often asked to demonstrate skills for her classmates. Love to have you in class, Allison!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Elizabeth Kracht
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Elizabeth Kracht
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Elizabeth Kracht

Elizabeth was new to the Dryland this past fall. From the first day she has demonstrated her enthusiasm and desire to learn new skills, and to better the skills that she already knows. Her running continues to improve as she challenges herself on a weekly basis. We are thrilled to have Elizabeth in class. Way to go, girl!