Club Fit Staff Spotlight: Matt Macias

November 19, 2018 by jeanne

Marathon Man

By Jeremy Brown

Matt Macias’s run at the New York City Marathon turned tragic circumstances into a day of triumph.

It seems that Matt Macias is always running. Between teaching full-time in the South Bronx and working at Club Fit’s Energy Center, he’s perennially on the move. But recently, Macias was running not because he had to, but because he needed to.

Last month, Macias participated in the New York City Marathon, running to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. It was an emotional and challenging run, particularly because the cause is one that is very close to his heart.

“My grandmother was very sick with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” he said. “I was feeling kind of useless in a way. Like there wasn’t anything that I could do. So I decided to try and run and raise money for the cause.”

Macias said that he was inspired to take on the marathon by Chris Becker, another Club Fit employee. Two years ago, Becker ran the Chicago Marathon, raising more than $2,000 for breast cancer research in the process.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Macias said. “So I knew that, if he could do it, I had to one-up him!”

Macias had run a number of half marathons but had yet to actually run a full marathon. The closest he had come was a race in San Diego, but an injury had forced him to walk the course instead. In addition, his training was made more difficult by the fact that his grandmother had passed away.

“Everything was just so tense,” he recalled of that time. “The stress was getting to me physically. I know running probably would have been better for me, but I just couldn’t.”

Luckily, Macias said, he had a built-in support system at Club Fit, with many of his co-workers stepping in to help him out when things became too trying.

“Chris Becker was always there, Angelina Curcio always had my back, Kristen Saffo was also there for me,” he said. “All those people helped me every step of the way. I’m starting to realize that all my friends work at Club Fit!”

On the day of the marathon, the unthinkable almost happened when Macias awoke with a fever of 101 degrees. Determined to compete in spite of his illness, he hauled himself out of bed and hit the pavement. However, about halfway through the race, the fever began to catch up with him, and Macias began having second, and maybe even third, thoughts.

“I actually thought about quitting and started texting people saying, ‘I shouldn’t have done this, I’m too sick to run,'” he said. “But, in my armband, I had my grandmother’s prayer card. So I just took it out and ran with it in my hands the rest of the way. That’s when I knew that I was going to finish.”

Having crossed the finish line and raising more than $4,000 for Alzheimer’s research, Macias said that the whole experience was overwhelming.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “Especially all the support I received from everyone. And not just the friends and family who came to watch, but all the people who were tracking me at home and everyone who helped me raise money for this great cause. And being able to run through the streets of New York City was just insane. There’s nothing quite like it.”

Next up, Macias and Becker plan to run a marathon at Disney World in Orlando, with a course that will take them through all five parks in one day.

“I haven’t started preparing for that one yet,” he said. “I’m giving myself time to recover from the last one. But the physical part isn’t as challenging as the mental part. Once you get to mile 18 and you say to yourself, ‘I still have six more to go!’, that’s when you start questioning what you’re doing.’ But the more you work at it, the easier it gets. Practice makes perfect.”

September Featured Artist Club Fit JV

August 31, 2018 by karen

Jen Ritz is our featured artist for September 2018 at Club Fit Jefferson Valley

 

Artist Jen Ritz hardstanding her way across America
Artist Jen Ritz hardstanding her way across America

Club Fit employee Jen Ritz is an amateur photographer who took her love of travel and transformed it into a love of photography.

Pacific Park by Jen Ritz
Pacific Park by Jen Ritz
Santa Monica Pier by Jen Ritz
Santa Monica Pier by Jen Ritz

Inspired by experiences, Jen strives to live by the Bucket List Oath:

“I solemnly swear to create memories that last a lifetime. I vow to make an impression on the world, not the couch. I promise to dream about unrealistic goals and make them my reality.”

Her style of photos brings this oath to life by showcasing exceptional locations and also by displaying familiar settings through a new point of view.

Stay updated on what’s new by following @thebucketlistbrigadeny on Instagram and visiting www.thebucketlistbrigadeny.com.

Unframed prints are available for purchase.

8×10 prints: $25
Large prints: $65

 

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Loretta Whipple

August 30, 2018 by jeanne

Still Going Strong

By Jeremy Brown


Loretta Whipple has been a member at Club Fit for four decades, and she’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

During the 1970s, while attending graduate school at West Conn, Loretta Whipple struck up a conversation with her professor about their extracurricular activities. The professor told her he was a member of Club Fit in Jefferson Valley and waxed rhapsodic about racquetball. Whipple was immediately intrigued. “I investigated it,” she said, “and joined up with a group of ladies who played racquetball there, loved it, and stayed with it for many years.”

Whipple started playing racquetball at Club Fit back in the days when there were still eight courts available and she and her husband quickly became very involved in the sport. “We soon got wrapped up in racquetball and played frequently,” said Whipple.

An active traveler and adventurer who has visited all 50 states, Whipple came to Yorktown from the small farming town of Peabody, Kansas. “I was a farm girl,” she recalled. “After school, I went home and gathered eggs, fed the chickens, milked the cows, all those sorts of things.” When she arrived in Yorktown and began teaching 5th grade at Crompond School. Whipple made sure to bring a little bit of her hometown with her. “Kansas’s birthday was always a special day in the class,” she said. “And for a number of years, I actually made a sheet cake in the shape of Kansas and decorated it with products or towns related to the state. It was always a special day!”

Whipple’s impact as a teacher was strong enough that remains in touch with three of her students who had her as a teacher back in 1966. “That was 52 years ago and today they’re getting ready to retire! As a teacher, that’s one thing that’s a lot of fun, to see students that I’ve had through the years come over and say, ‘Do you remember me, Mrs. Whipple?’ It’s nice that they acknowledge some of the things that we have interesting conversations about their lives today.

Although she retired in 2000 after nearly 40 years on the job, Whipple continued her adventurous ways. That same year, she and her husband, Fred, made the journey all the way to Churchill, Manitoba to view polar bears in their natural habitat. “We took a lot of pictures of the polar bears on the tundra,” she recalled. “And then I came back and went to different classes and made presentations with the pictures that we’d taken. It was a lot of fun!”

Today, Whipple remains as active as ever. She and her husband visit Club Fit three times a week, and more in the winter months. “We love the variety of programs,” she said. “They have the swimming pool, they have racquetball, they have tennis. They have so many different types of classes, from spinning to yoga and many others. Club Fit is a family-oriented club, but they also have programs for seniors and programs for teenagers. They appeal to a wide variety of people and it’s very exciting to be a part of that.”

During their visits to the gym, Whipple’s husband tends to work out in the aquatics center, while she herself takes classes or works with a personal trainer. “It’s just something that’s a part of our life,” she said. “It’s never a case of our feeling lethargic or saying, ‘We’re too tired to go today.’ Having the space in our day to go to the gym is just something that’s always there and we do it often!”

This sense of staying healthy and active is something that’s important to Whipple and something that she hopes other people take seriously. “There are a lot of people that don’t feel like they have the time to develop an interest in going to the gym,” she said. “Age is a factor that diminishes your agility, your flexibility, your balance. So when you’re participating in activities and having the help of the personal trainers, exercise really makes a difference in people’s lives. It keeps you healthy mentally as well as physically. I think it’s important, that’s the bottom line!”

Nathalie Garcia wins David Swope Scholarship

July 11, 2018 by karen

Congratulations to our JV inaugural David Swope Educational Scholarship winner, Nathalie Garcia!

 

David Swope Scholarship award winner Nathalie Garcia
David Swope Scholarship award winner Nathalie with Aquatics Director Patrick

In 1973 David Swope and his business partner, Beth Beck, founded Club Fit. In early 2018 David passed away and Club Fit and our communities suffered a great loss.

In addition to being enthusiastic about creating health clubs that foster a sense of community and providing top notch expertise and facilities, David was passionate about helping everyone have access to educational opportunities. To honor his name and the great work he dedicated his life to here at Club Fit and in our communities, we have created the David Swope Educational Scholarship.

Nathalie currently attends SUNY Cortland and is a Community Health major. At the club, you can find Nathalie in the Aquatic Center working as a Lifeguard over the summer and during school breaks throughout the year. Nathalie works diligently at multiple jobs in support of furthering her education. In addition, she is currently interning at Montefiore Hospital and working towards the last 12 credits to obtain her degree. Nathalie is extremely focused on her education and will be traveling abroad to Barcelona this fall with the Global Experience Internship Program. She will be doing career-related humanitarian work. Nathalie is excited to share her passion with others and is looking forward to the opportunity to work in this capacity.

Nathalie truly embraces David Swope’s true essence and commitment to humanitarian outreach. It’s a pleasure to share this award with her.

Alexa Guevara wins David Swope Scholarship

July 10, 2018 by karen

Congratulations to our Briarcliff inaugural David Swope Educational Scholarship winner, Alexa Guevara!

 

David Swope Scholarship award winner Alexa with her mom, Assistant Communications Coordinator Lori, and her uncle, Briarcliff General Manager Mark.

In 1973 David Swope and his business partner, Beth Beck, founded Club Fit. In early 2018 David passed away and Club Fit and our communities suffered a great loss.

In addition to being enthusiastic about creating health clubs that foster a sense of community and providing top notch expertise and facilities, David was passionate about helping everyone have access to educational opportunities. To honor his name and the great work he dedicated his life to here at Club Fit and in our communities, we have created the David Swope Educational Scholarship.

Alexa is a part of the Energy Center team and recently graduated with honors from Westchester Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Visual Arts. She will be transferring into the SUNY New Paltz Fine Arts program in the fall.

By receiving this scholarship, Alexa believes she will “… be able to put it toward the resources that will help me become the artist I want to be. I truly love what I’m in school for and am working hard to achieve my dream.”

All candidates were asked to describe the Club Fit organizational value that meant the most to them. Alexa described her embracement of the neighborhood and genuine fulfillment from caring for the community in which she lives. She described a scenario of volunteering at the local food pantry and said, “Many times our society chooses to be most eager about the qualities that look the best. To have more and better things than the next person. To me, I like to think that when we want a great neighborhood we have to embrace the more challenging parts and help build them stronger. The food pantry has always been a humbling experience and I am fortunate enough to have been exposed to that at an early age. It’s become a value that will stick with me my entire life.”

Alexa’s educational drive and passion for her community aligns with everything David stood for in our community. Congratulations Alexa!

New Equipment coming to Briarcliff Fitness!

July 3, 2018 by karen

new fitness equipment coming to Club Fit Briarcliff
Some of the new fitness equipment coming to Club Fit Briarcliff this summer!

There’s lots going on in our Briarcliff Fitness department! As you know, Donna Berta is now our Fitness Manager. Just recently, Personal Trainer Russ Schum was promoted to Personal Training Manager. And now, we’re getting some new toys! New machines include Stages Solo bikes, Matrix Olympic benches, and a new circuit in the Women’s area including Matrix leg press, glute press, and chest press.

We’ll be doing some rearranging in the coming weeks to accommodate the new equipment and improve the flow of our Fitness area in general.

Can’t find your favorite machine? Want a quick intro to our new equipment? Stop by the Service Desk and we’ll be happy to help!

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Max de Janosi

June 28, 2018 by Matt

Finding Your Strength

By Jeremy Brown

After training for a stellar season, Greeley football standout gives back to Club Fit

Although already a standout defensive end at Greeley High School, Max de Janosi, or “DJ,” knew that he needed something more. He found it thanks to Club Fit Personal Training Manager Russ Schum. Schum, who also works as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Greeley, saw potential in DJ, as well as other athletes on the team, and proposed a series of workouts designed to get them in peak condition for the coming season. “He came in three days a week and he’d grind for an hour and a half each day,” Schum said of DJ. “And from there we were able to make a bigger connection than just football, and I think that kind of went a long way towards helping him understand what he needed to do to have the success that he wanted. And once he understood the things he needed to do, there was never a doubt he’d be successful the following year.”

For Max, the sessions were a challenge at first. “There were days when it was tough,” he admitted. “Like Fridays getting home from school and then knowing I’d have to go to the gym. I had to push through that. But I always reminded myself why I was doing it.”

Schum saw that Max was facing some struggles at the outset, but didn’t let up on him, knowing that he would eventually reach his potential. He recalled a story that illustrated Max’s journey from neophyte lifter to next-level athlete. “There’s a thing called a hex bar, it’s a version of a deadlift,” he said. “And DJ wasn’t even one of the top five in our group in terms of how much he could lift. And then it clicked and he went from being in the top five to being the strongest on the team.”

Both Max and Schum agree that however hard and grueling the work was at Club Fit, it paid off many times over on the field that fall. “If I could show you film from junior year to senior year, you’d think it was two different players,” said Schum. “He was another animal as a senior. He probably single-handedly won us two games from just his effort alone. And once you added in his size and speed and the strength he had gained from all the training, he had a great year.”

Max, for his part, agreed wholeheartedly. “I can’t even put it into words,” he said. “I had my best season by far and I completely attribute it to training with Russ.”

Now Max has a chance to give a little something back to Club Fit, having signed on as a camp counselor for the summer. “I’m looking forward to connecting with the kids in my group,” he said. “The same way that Russ took the time to know all the kids on the team, what makes them tick and who they are as a person. I want to be able to do that with my campers and make sure they all feel welcome.”

After the summer, Max will attend the University of Vermont and, while they don’t have a D1 football team, he says he’s very interested in joining the club football team.

For Schum, he was recently promoted to manager of personal training at Club Fit and continues to bring the same level of passion and dedication to training club members that he brought to working with Max. “It all comes down to knowing what you want,” he says of members wanting to achieve their fitness goals. “DJ was able to set a goal and say, ‘Coach, what do I need to do to have a great season and help this team,’ and he didn’t blink. He went after it. I think you have to be truthful to yourself, ask what it’s going to take and then go and attack it.”

As for his former student, he has no doubt that his success on the field is only the beginning. “Once he flipped the switch and turned it on, the things that he was capable of doing were amazing,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he accomplishes down the line. Because once the switch flips for that kid, the sky’s the limit.”

 

New Club Fit Staff Member- Daniel Bacal

May 4, 2018 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Daniel Bacal

Jefferson Valley Sports

Daniel is a long-time Club Fit Member and avid Tennis player. He is currently attending college to study Physics, enjoys singing, acting, badminton, and chess. Daniel loves motivating and helping others and is excited to be part of the Club Fit team.

 

JV Basketball Gym closed for floor refinishing

August 28, 2017 by Lynne Welling

The Jefferson Valley Basketball Gym is closed for floor renovation and refinishing beginning today August 28th. We anticipate reopening the gymnasium for member use on Sunday, September 10th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In Health,

Lynne Welling

General ManagerWarning

Laura Bunt (2)

August 27, 2017 by jeanne

“To know Laura is to smile, to be energized, to be inspired.”

By Lisa Olney

Calvin Coolidge was president when Laura Bunt was born on the Rockefeller Estate in her family’s apartment above the large, stone coach barn. Her father worked for the Rockefellers for 60 years, and if you visit Kykuit today, Laura, at 92-years young, may be the one waiting there to give you a tour and share her personal experiences of what it was like to be born and raised in Pocantico, the Rockefeller Family Estate. That is, she may be your tour guide if she’s not working out at Club Fit Briarcliff, visiting art museums, or challenging herself with adventures like the EdgeWalk Challenge, a walk around the circular observation deck of Toronto’s CN tower — one of the tallest in the world.

An enviable picture of balance in motion due to her love of learning, adventure, arts, and fashion, to know Laura is to smile, to be energized, to be inspired. Laura graduated from Barnard College with a degree in chemistry. As many young graduates do, Laura’s career path took her in a different direction, and along with her husband and brother, she opened the Tarrytown clothing store John Charles, Ltd., a community fixture for over 40 years. During that time, Laura managed the women’s department, ran several fashion shows, and was the store’s buyer.

Laura joined Club Fit Briarcliff 10 years ago and soon discovered a passion for fitness, and her go-to activities became stretching, dancing, and swimming. Today, Laura’s workout routine includes group fitness classes (Trifecta Stretch twice a week with Denise Weber, Zumba Gold with Elizabeth Ford, Yoga and Meditation with Irene Sakamoto, Retro Low/Dance with Karen Cornetz) and lap swimming three to four times a week. Laura enjoys everything she does at Club Fit and feels more relaxed and energetic after her workouts, adding that “…my teachers have been so caring and loving that it is as good for my brain as it is for my body.”

“Laura is an inspiration to all,” says Group Fitness Manager Karen Cornetz. “Her amazing spirit is catching and her smile lights up the studio. She is always genuinely happy to be in class, and the members and instructors love dancing with her.” Karen also applauds Laura’s self-awareness in knowing her limitations when exercising and doing what her body allows. “We are in awe of what she can still do, and is willing to try, like the EdgeWalk Challenge,” says Karen. “It’s the most amazing thing thats, Laura was gutsy enough to take on.”

Laura’s son surprised her this past March with a ticket to the EdgeWalk Challenge, a walk on the edge of the CN Tower’s Observation deck in Toronto. While wearing a harness secured by long cables to the roof of the observation deck, Laura walked the walk along the edge of a circular surface that is over 1,168 feet above the ground and 492 feet long — a feat that many would happily decline. Laura admits that while she didn’t try “all” the tricks that her younger Challenge goers did, she wasn’t as scared as she imagined she would be.

Next on the fitness agenda for Laura is to continue her current workout routine of dancing, stretching, swimming, and yoga. Whether that includes more unnerving, pulse-racing walks on skyscrapers, only time will tell.

New Precor Elliptical Trainers

April 25, 2017 by karen

New Precor Elliptical Trainers at Club Fit Briarcliff

Precor Ellpticals
New Precor Ellipticals being installed at Club Fit Briarcliff

We are very excited to be replacing all Precor Elliptical units at Club Fit! We will be installing NEW Precor Elliptical Trainers with fixed and moving arms as well as an additional AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer) to ensure variety for all of our members. Here are some of the benefits and new technology offered by these machines, designed to offer maximum exerciser satisfaction:

New converging CrossRamp®: Allows the exerciser’s footpath to converge for a more natural movement; EFX patented stride path made even better.

Faster CrossRamp response: Changing CrossRamp angle moves 2x faster, quickly improving discoverability and exercise variety.

Easy to get on and use: New slimmer, approachable design with easy access. CrossRamp resets to level 1 resulting in a low step-up height and ease in starting. Open-sided, large foot pedals are easy to step onto.

Ergonomic, tapered moving handlebars and stationary grip. Comfortable and familiar ergonomics between EFX and AMT.

Stable design minimizes console vibration with a robust console mast.

Thoughtful, secure storage: A logical, clean and secure place for cell phones, tables, water bottles, and other items.

Integrated TV and audio technology: No more Cardio Theater Box—listen to the overhead TVs straight from your machine!

See Fitness Coach for more details. Check out the pre-set programs on the machine, and have a great workout!

New HOIST Smith Machine

April 24, 2017 by karen

New HOIST Smith Machine at Club Fit Briarcliff

HOIST Dual-Action Smith Machine
HOIST Dual-Action Smith Machine at Club Fit Briarcliff in Westchester, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just added to our fitness area at Club Fit Briarcliff—the HOIST CF-3754 Dual-Action Smith Machine!

While traditional Smith machines have a constrained range of motion, the advanced design of this unique HOIST dual-action system allows it to be utilized as a safety-assisted Smith machine AND incorporate the fuller range of motion of a free-standing squat rack. The range of exercises that can be performed on this machine is nearly endless! 

• Dual Action technology allows for both horizontal and vertical bar movement

• Travel distance of horizontal bar movement: 30.25” (77 cm)

• Travel distance of vertical bar movement: 63.50” (161 cm)

• Integrated racking system provides 9 positions for Smith exercises

• Adjustable safety tiers

• Incorporates 10 weight plate holders for easy storage

• Starting weight of Olympic bar: 52 lbs. (24 kg)

• Maximum weight storage capacity: 1.450 lbs. (612 kg)

• Maximum exercise weight capacity: 540 lbs. (245 kg)

Come in and try it out! Need a demo or some pointers? Ask one of our Fitness Coaches—they’ll be happy to assist!

 

Parisi Athlete: Baseball Player Erin Gray

April 12, 2017 by karen

Parisi Speed School Athlete: Baseball Player Erin Gray
Five-year Parisi athlete Erin Gray has improved her baseball game and more.

Parisi Speed School
Athlete Spotlight October 2016:
Baseball Player Erin Gray

“If anyone knows the difference Parisi Speed School can make in your athletic ability, I think it would be me. I have been going there for over five years, and I wouldn’t be the athlete I am without this program. The trainers have really pushed me, making me stronger and faster. I look forward to getting even better as I continue.” – Baseball Player Erin Gray

“Erin is a two-sport athlete at Yorktown High School and still finds the time to train consistently at Parisi. She constantly pushes herself in every drill and doesn’t shy away from harder workouts. Erin is eager to improve her strength, speed, and stamina, and she puts in extra work at home. More importantly, she always comes to class ready to go and with a positive attitude.” – Coach Jen Ritz

The Parisi Speed School, a state-of-the-art speed and agility training program, has become an industry leader in youth performance. Club Fit Jefferson Valley is the only facility in Northern Westchester to offer the program.

 

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 – 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 – 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.