Dryland & Kids Conditioning December ’17 Athletes

November 28, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Natalia Kochut
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Natalia Kochut
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Natalia Kochut

This is Natalia’s first year in the Dryland program. She began in September learning about core engagement, balance, accuracy and speed. Natalia always has a face of determination and continues to show her personal best each and every time she is at dry land. She is a pleasure to work with and I’m excited to watch her improve. Keep up the great work Natalia!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Alice Hao
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Alice Hao
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Alice Hao

Alice was new to the Dryland program this fall. She showed up to class raring to go and ready to make a name for herself. Alice is always a front-runner on the track and her determination to excel is quite apparent. She is focused in the Kinesis room and loves to see what she will be learning next. Love to have you in class Alice!

 

 

 

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.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Benjamin Steiger

January 27, 2017 by admin

Benjamin SteigerNew Club Fit Staff Member – Benjamin Steiger

Briarcliff – Lifeguard

Ben is a high school senior, who has a 3.7 GPA and is a three sport athlete. He plays drums and guitar and can play with anyone at any time. His friends call him Steigs and any staff member is welcome to do so. He is a friendly and outgoing guy who hopes to be close with his soon to be staff.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Clairet Saldana

January 27, 2017 by admin

Clairet Saldana

New Club Fit Staff Member – Clairet Saldana

Briarcliff – Fitness Intern

Clairet is a undergraduate student at Mercy College. A member of the softball team and pursuing bachelors in Exercise Science. Her name is French but she is Latina.

 

 

To Keep You Inspired … Balancing Indulgences

November 29, 2016 by karen

My indulgence is … I find balance by …

My indulgence is chocolate — particularly a shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate my family has made for the holidays for years.

I find balance by not keeping “indulgence foods” in the house or at least put them away so they are not easy to grab when looking for a snack. – Ellen Koelsch

My indulgence is cheese, GLORIOUS CHEESE!
I find balance by allowing myself to nibble on cheese only after achieving 12,000 steps in a day. – Lynne Welling

My indulgence is candy…lots of it!
My balance is tennis, treadmill, and training. – Alice Daly

My indulgence is dessert.
I find balance by being out on the tennis court for 8 hours a day. – Michael Bratt

My indulgence is a special family crumb cake recipe that is more crumbs than cake.
I find balance by only serving this during the holidays and in between I enjoy the many classes at Club Fit and biking the trailways. – Maura Schneider

My indulgence is pasta/carbs! And I’m not even Italian!
I find balance by not eating bread. – Diane Rich

My indulgence is alcohol, especially red wine and scotch.
I find balance by skipping one or two snacks on the days I indulge or cut a meal in half. On the days that I overindulge I increase my next cardio workout to compensate. – Prudence Pitter

My Indulgence is spaghetti and meatballs.
I find balance by eating it only twice a month. – Jasmin Fleming

My indulgence is eating potato chips. “You can’t eat just one” certainly applies to me.
I find balance by only buying the small bags. Portion control!! – Mary Ann Helf

Joe: My indulgence is ITALIAN FOOD
I find balance on the stair stepper and treadmill! – Joe Riley

My indulgence is eggnog.
I find balance with spin classes. – Jen Schildwachter

My indulgence is dessert.
I find balance by going for holiday runs and extra cardio. – Evan Delfs

My indulgence is pasta.
I find balance through smart eating the rest of the day. – Jen Ritz

My indulgence is ‘grazing’ appetizers at holiday parties.
I find balance by picking my favorite having 2 and skipping the rest. – Denise Harrington

My indulgence is pie and rainbow cookies. I find balance with intervals on the stair stepper. – Jim Ready

My indulgence is extra chocolate crinkle cookies.
I find balance by lifting heavy. – Dan Franz

My indulgence is the homemade cookies.
I find balance by practicing mindful eating. – Cathy DiSomma

My indulgence is pizza.
I find balance in allowing myself to have it once a month but only if it is exactly the perfect pie from one of my favorite pizza places, never from a box, never just to simply eat an average piece of pizza. – Brenda Bettman

My indulgences are nuts and chocolate.
I find a balance by not baking for the holidays — if it’s not here, I can’t eat it. – Rose Arrucci

My indulgence is the peanut butter chocolate bars my mom makes for every holiday.
I find balance by running an extra mile or two on the treadmill when I know I’ve eaten a few too many! – Megan Bradbury

My indulgence is Little Sorrento bread.
I find balance in bringing dinner home instead of dining in so I cannot ask for more. – Jodi Coitino

My indulgence is chocolate!
I find balance by taking nice walks and bike rides along the Hudson. – Pam Rotando

My indulgence is carbs (mainly pasta and bread).
I find balance by not over-indulging and making sure I stick to my work out routine 3 – 4 times a week – Laura Crowe

My indulgence is Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. I find myself eating bags at time.
I find balance by purchasing only one bag of Pepperidge Farm while grocery shopping and purchasing more unprocessed ready to consume foods like fruits, nuts, and vegetables. – Phil Brigante

My indulgence is television.
I find balance by spending time with friends and family. – Abby Jennings

My indulgence is wine
I find balance by working out, yoga and meditation every day. – Liza Forster

My indulgence is: ice cream sundaes.
I find balance by eating ice cream one – twice a month. – Andrea Vittoria

My indulgence is cheese – definitely mozzarella!
My balance is exercise (meeting my step goal)! – Amanda Raiano

My indulgence is SmartFood popcorn … can’t get enough of it!
I find balance by buying the small 100-calorie packs! – Laura Susi

My indulgence is football.
I find my balance by getting all of my schoolwork done so I can enjoy all the games! – Gianna Ronca

My indulgence is sweet beverages like coffees, chai tea lattes, milkshakes…
I find balance by keeping them as treats and sticking with herbal teas and fruit/veggie smoothies as my daily go to. – Vanessa Carter

My indulgence is chocolate covered almonds… yum!
I find balance by only rewarding myself after I finish a task or chores. 🙂 – Michelle Furgiuele

My indulgence is sweets.
I find balance in walking at last 10,000 steps a day. – Laura Braun

My indulgence is chocolate covered Oreos.
I find balance by working out 3 – 4 days a week. – Kaitlyn Schmeir

My indulgence is my baking.
I find balance by working out at least 15 minutes. – Jo Ann Schmeir

My indulgence is ice cream.
I find balance by only having it a few times a week. – Angelina Curcio

My indulgence is sweets.
I find balance by not keeping to many sweets in the house. – Jennifer DeBellis

My indulgence is pizza and cupcakes!
I find balance by training for/running Tough Mudders. – Kristen Saffo

My indulgence is chocolate of any kind.
I find balance by having only small amounts and not keeping it in the house. – Dana Tatela

My indulgence is eating McDonald’s.
I find balance by eating three apples a day. – Jackson Childs

My indulgence is food/cheeseburgers.
My balance is working out & doing Tough Mudders. – Ryan Williams

My indulgence is candy…
I find balance by working out at the gym and playing sports. – Kelly Becker

My indulgence is eating Ben & Jerry’s (Creamy dark chocolate brownie with hot fudge and vanilla with chocolate chips, brownie, and caramel).
I find balance in maxing out my workouts. – Dana Marie DeNapoli

My indulgence is cookies.
I find balance by making healthy choices all week before enjoying my indulgence! – Gina Acker

MY indulgence is bagels. The real deal bagel. Fresh, chewy adorned with a modest coat of cream cheese and topped with, when available, a slab of fresh tomato.
I find balance with exercise!!!!!! – Larry Koffer

My indulgence is wine,
I find balance by only drinking on Saturday – Angela Sampogna

My indulgences are Italian food and beer,
I find balance by working out 2 – 3 times a week at Club Fit – Rachel M

My indulgence is martinis;
I find balance by working out a few times a week – Ally G

My indulgence is dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt.
I find balance with wine – Tara C

My indulgence is bread with butter.
I find balance by not buying it every day. – Nicole R

My indulgence is beer.
I find balance by playing soccer and basketball. – Luke F

My indulgence is Chinese food.
I find balance by using the step machine – J.P.T.

My indulgence is mac & cheese.
I find balance by playing soccer. – Fabian F

My indulgence is shopping.
I find balance by working. – Sasha W

My indulgences are pizza and cannolis.
I find balance by running. – Daniella S

My indulgence is mac & cheeses.
I find balance by eating salad. – Amanda S

My indulgence is Dunkin Donuts iced coffee.
I find balance by eating healthy meals the rest of the day. – Lisa F

My indulgence is tacos.
I find balance by walking as much as I can instead of driving. – Rebecca B

My indulgence is reading.
I find balance by making sure chores are done first. – Joyce D

My indulgences are chocolate and cookies.
I find balance by working out at Club Fit and being active with my son and dogs – Jennie B

My indulgence is to sleep late on my day off. –
I find balance in spending time with family / friends, working on my classes and working out with some of the most amazing people. – Marie Senno

My indulgence is family.
I find balance by making time for them. – Stef Fucci

My Indulgence is a long hot shower twice a day.
I find balance by keeping active physically and mentally – Carol Newman

My indulgence is chocolate.
I find balance by staying mindful, practicing yoga, and being with family. – Lucy Conway

My indulgence is life.
I find balance by breathing. – Scott Verardo

My indulgence is chocolate.
I find balance by teaching Belly Dance and socializing with my friends. – Liz Ford

My indulgence is dark chocolate
I find balance by exercising my body mind and soul. – Barbara Dellicurti’

My indulgence is wine and dining.
I find balance by doing yoga and spending time with family & friends. – Diana Morgan

My indulgence is definitely chocolate or something sweet.
I find balance through exercise, practicing moderation, and being thankful for what I have. Sarah Garcia

My indulgence is dessert every night.
I find balance by eating small, healthy meals and exercising. – Danielle Clark

My indulgence is dessert.
I find balance by limiting it to weekends only. – Diane Purdy

My indulgence is ice cream.
I find balance by allowing myself only one day per week to have it. – Andrew Amalfitano

My indulgence is dessert.
I find balance by working out every day. – Bonnie Natale

My indulgence is ice cream.
I find balance by allowing myself only one day per week to have it. – Andy Avolio

My indulgence is wine and dark chocolate.
I find balance by only allowing myself to enjoy it on the weekends! – Joanna Zottoli

My indulgence is any form of junk food (ughh).
I find balance by walking/running 4 times per week. – Nelly Belmonte

My indulgence is ice cream
I find balance by having ice cream on Monday nights only, while watching Dancing with the Stars. – Joan Serrecchia

My indulgence is chicken wings.
My balance is working out and playing basketball. – Kyle Legato

My indulgence is potato chips.
I find balance by only eating them on the weekend. – Dean D’Alessio

My indulgence is ice cream.
I find balance by hiking and being outside as much as possible. – Heather Norberto

My indulgence is chocolate.
I find balance by hiking. – Sabine Diller

My indulgence is dark chocolate!!!
I find balance by trying not to take things too seriously, dancing, surfing, laughing a lot, enjoying my family and friends, and reminding myself that I am not really in control of the big picture — just going on a wonderful ride! – Liz Mallon

My indulgence is concerts and restaurants.
I find balance in being grateful and mindful of all the good life offers. – Andrea Klekman

My Indulgence is McDonald’s.
I find balance by taking different routes home to avoid driving by one. – Rodane Robinson

My indulgence is pizza.
I find balance by running three times per week. – Matthew Macias

My indulgence is red wine.
I find balance by only having one glass and planning for an extra 30 minutes of cardio beforehand – Gillian Cobb

My indulgence is chocolate chip ice cream.
I find balance by totally enjoying it once a week, after a long run. – Cathy Cousin

My indulgence is 2 slices of chicken, bacon and ranch pizza.
I find balance by working it off on the basketball court. – Aldo Redendo

Fall is on its way! Are you ready?

August 24, 2016 by Liz

Fall is coming and you know what that means! It’s time to hit the ground running. Literally and figuratively. It’s a busy time of year for everyone . . . especially families. It’s about coordinating schedules, getting kids back into the routine of heading to school every day, preparing for meetings, switching up your gym routines and restoring a sense of order back to life.

It doesn’t have to be a bummer and maybe even some of you can’t wait for the heat to break and the school bells to ring. We have some great things for kids that you might just love! Check out Breakfast Club Fit Kids at Club Fit Briarcliff. Drop off the kids at 7am and let them hang with us, work on homework, have breakfast or just chill out until the buses arrive! We’ll have movie nights and plenty of Parent’s Nights Out, so you’ll be able to relax while the kids are having fun! Keep an eye out for the School’s Out Camp Calendars too. That’s always a favorite during the school year! Of course we’ve always got your kids covered for various sports programs and swim lessons! Not to mention the awesome Swim Teams at each location! Our Jefferson Valley Swim Team deserves a special shout out for all their accomplishments last year!

For those of you who will mourn the Summer, don’t worry! Summer will be here again before you know it. Try to take advantage of the awesome Fall weather- take a hike with the Hiking Club, go for a run . . . maybe register for a Turkey Trot or any 5K! We’ll have a Paint Nite at Jefferson Valley on September 23rd that is sure to be a great time!

Be sure to look for the new Group Fitness Schedule, coming out on September 19th! There are so many great things to be excited about this Fall and we can’t wait to see you in the club!

Group four friends in helmets riding bikes on a forest path
Group four friends in helmets riding bikes on a forest path

Club Fit’s Member Self Service (MSS) How-To!

August 17, 2016 by Liz

Club Fit’s Member Self Service (MSS) How-To!
Account History

Club Fit’s web site includes a Member Self-Service (MSS) system that allows our members to access personal account history on their own time, without having to make a phone call or stop by the club. But while the idea behind “self-service” is to make things easier for the customer, today’s technology sometimes complicates matters. That is why we are providing you with these step-by-step instructions that will take you to the information you are looking for, including charges, payments, and descriptions of the transactions made through your account. Of course, any discrepancies can be handled face-to-face with our Member Services staff, but often simply viewing this information online will resolve your concerns, and save you time and energy.

Step 1: Head on over to www.clubfit.com, and log in!

MSS is accessed directly from the Club Fit website. Click on the “Login” button located at the top right section of the screen.
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Step 2: At the Login page, set yourself up with a personal password you will remember!

User Name will always be the barcode number found on the back of your membership key-tag, and for first-time users, the password will also be the barcode. You will be prompted to set-up a personal password.
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Step 3: You’re in! Here is your Personal Dashboard, with an overview of your membership information.

From the dashboard, members can view their account, book appointments, view current appointments, edit personal information, etc. To review charge activity, click “My Account”! (Don’t click “View Statement”…not what you want!)

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Step 4: What have you and your family been up to at the club? Review those charges!

To view all charge and payment activity, as well as a description of the services or products purchased, click “Go to My Account History.”
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Step 5: Get an overview of your charges and payments, and use the sort function to organize your information.

The My Account History page lists charges and payments starting with the most recent activity at the top. Headings at the top of each column allow for selective sorting. Click “Type” to sort by charge or payment. Click Description to sort by specific types of charges. Click “Due” to sort by the date of your charge. But do not click “Current Statement” – not what you want! There may be multiple pages that you can scroll through using the page number arrows at the bottom.
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Step 6: Get the details on those charges, and confirm payments made and existing balances.

To view your charges and payments: click “Type.”
To view the detail of a specific charge or payment: click “Details.”
To find the detail on a specific payment to match your credit card or bank statement: click “Description,” sort the entries and look for EFT Payments. Find the due date that matches the date on your credit card or bank statement. Click “Details” and you will be able to see all the charges that total the amount of your EFT Payment.
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Step 7: Details, details, and more details!

The Details screen will provide a receipt of charges comprising your payment. The top of the receipt includes the EFT Payment Receipt #. The detail below lists charges by Date and Receipt #.

RECEIPT
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Step 8: Even MORE details!

Scroll further down the page to see the Item Details of the receipt by Description.
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Step 9: A final tally.

Scrolling to the bottom of the Details screen shows the total that will match the total of the EFT Payment.
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Have more questions? Member Services is happy to help. Give us a call or send us an email.
Briarcliff: 914-762-3446 or brmservices@clubfit.com
Jefferson Valley: 914-245-4244 or jvmservices@clubfit.com

Your Commitment and Our Equipment

July 20, 2016 by karen

Reach your fitness goals with our exciting new equipment arriving soon in the Fitness department.

Keiser Squat and Keiser Runner 

Keiser Technology: With Keiser Pneumatic Technology, the muscles remain active and engaged throughout the entire range of motion and velocities, with reduced shock loading to muscles, connective tissues and joints, which allows for workout regimens that can safely improve physical performance in ways not seen with traditional strength-training methods.

Keiser Squat: Combining a low impact workout with the ability to move safely at higher speeds, the AIR300 Squat enhances explosive Power. The AIR300 squat work for all users through its self-adjusting comfort pads and a sturdy wide base. A range-limiting feature helps prevent ligament and joint injury to the knee. Adjust the air pressure at your fingertips for a functional, safe, and explosive workout!

Keiser Runner: The Air300 Runner is a unique and innovative product designed for the athletic performance and functional training market. It allows users to train speed, resistance, and form of the lower body to improve functional movement and pattern. Whether you are looking to improve your acceleration for sport or form and strength in the lower body, this equipment is for you!

THE FROG!

This Total Body Training Device will work every major muscle in your body with a variety of exercises in unique planes of motion. Get ready for a killer core workout. Stay tuned to see the Frog in our new CORE-FIT class starting soon.

CORE-FIT — Core and Cardio Circuit:

We will be incorporating three new pieces of equipment into this NEW Circuit class on the Group Fitness Schedule (formerly known as Abs Express).

Total Gym Core Trainer: A unique piece of core exercise equipment that strengthens the abdominals, while engaging the entire core musculature.  The Core Trainer helps enhance basic core stability for beginners while providing advanced strengthening and a competitive edge for the most seasoned athletes.

Total Gym Row Trainer: A new and unique rower that emulates a rowing movement pattern using adjustable bodyweight resistance, the Total Gym Row Trainer produces a full body workout, integrating a strength component into a traditional cardio machine. Built on an incline, the Total Gym Row Trainer targets all the muscles groups simultaneously and enables a smooth consistent load through the entire range of motion, due to loaded concentric and eccentric phases of the exercise. Designed for multi-planar movement including exercises such as biceps curls and an alternating side to side row, the Row Trainer is fun to use and user friendly, accommodating all fitness levels.

Cybex Eagle Abdominal Machine: Innovative design isolates abdominal muscles and allows different body types to enjoy a comfortable range of motion. The counterbalance mechanism offsets the user’s trunk weight for more consistent loading and greater effectiveness, and the patented pelvic stabilization eliminates hip flexor involvement while rear foot pegs provide for expanded training variation.

See a Fitness Coach to learn how to use any of our new equipment. We strive to bring you the best and newest machines on the market to help you achieve your fitness goals at Club Fit.

Parisi Athletes: Lakeland Panas Lacrosse Team

July 1, 2016 by karen

Parisi Speed School
Athlete Spotlight July 2016:
Lakeland Panas Boys Lacrosse Team

Parisi Athlete Spotlight: Lakeland Panas Boys Lacrosse Team
Lakeland Panas Boys Lacrosse Team credits Parisi with helping them win the Section I Championship.

“We worked extremely hard at Parisi Speed School this past winter and it carried over to the season. It is one of the reasons we were able to have such a good
season this year and become Section I champions.” – Kevin Prunty, Lakeland Panas Boys Lacrosse Team Captain

“Having worked with this team in Parisi for the last several years, it was great to see the hard work pay off as they ended the season as Section I Champs. This group of seniors has set a high standard for the classes coming behind them. I believe all of their time spent in Parisi was one of the reasons they were able to stay focused and disciplined enough to have such a successful year.” – Coach Greg Horowitz

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.