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!”

September Fitness Member of the Month

August 22, 2018 by karen

Barbara Cochran is our Briarcliff Fitness Member of the Month for September 2018

 

Club Fit Member Barbara Cohen
Barbara Cochran is our Club Fit Briarcliff Fitness Member of the Month for September 2018

Barbara Cochran has been a member since 1993. One thing that she has learned about Club Fit is that it stays the same even as it changes, all while continuing to be a great health club. But the one constant is that everyone knows your name, there is always something new to try, it is clean with up to date equipment and professional staff.

Even on days when I may not want to work out — and it is work — I am greeted at the door, often by name, and the energy of fellow members gets me going.

I have always appreciated the fact that Club Fit offers new workout options and continually updates the programs. The original spin classes were held in a small studio with bikes that had three or four “clicks” to add resistance, while members listened to the instructor and music through their own headphone sets and radio setting. And we had to line up to sign up! Contrast that with the state of the art spin studio and equipment we have today!

But even if a spin class is no longer part of my cardio routine, I have found so many other options that meet my changing work out needs. TRX and Hoist Roc-It classes are quick and effective. There is always a new class or cardio machine to try with a willing staff to assist. Myzone is a great tool and I use it every day. I love the competitions and the motivation it provides me during my workouts.

My husband and I think of Club Fit as the health insurance that helps us maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. We both have bounced back from health challenges much faster because of our regular visits and workouts at Club Fit over the past 25 years.

Thank you Club Fit for your commitment to staying the same while always changing! I am honored to be Member of the Month.

Dryland & Kids Conditioning July 2018 Athletes

June 14, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Co-Athlete of the Month: B.B. Pepper Jones
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month B.B. Pepper Jones
Club Fit Dryland Co-Athlete of the Month B.B. Pepper Jones

As a member of the Elite Squad on our Club Fit Swim Team, B.B. is an integral part of our group. She has been on the team for several years and sets the example for herself as well as the younger swimmers. She is a member of Croton’s Varsity Swim Team and brings that experience here with her training at the Club. Always a pleasure to have her in class and look forward to always staying in touch.

 

 

 

Dryland Co-Athlete of the Month: Susannah Radick
Club Fit Dryland Co-Athlete of the Month Susannah Radick
Club Fit Dryland Co-Athlete of the Month Susannah Radick

As a member on the Elite Squad, Susannah excels at all the skills and drills given to her during Dryland. Being a senior member of the team, she mentors her teammates and sets the bar high. As a member of Croton’s Varsity Swim Team she comes to Club Fit in top form. Always entertaining with her dance moves, Susannah is a delight to have in class. Look forward to seeing what the future holds for this dynamic young lady!

 

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning May 2018 Athletes

April 26, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Warren Fu
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Warren Fu
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Warren Fu

Warren has showed his talents this season as he joined the program this fall. He has improved in all training aspects excelling on the track as well as the SAQ drills that the trainers give him. He always gives 100% effort and challenges himself on a daily basis and encourages the other class participants to do the same. Congrats, Warren!

 

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Malcom Mark
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Malcom Mark
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Malcom Mark

Malcolm is new to the Dryland program and has made a name for himself in a short period of time. His running has improved markedly. He desire to train and learn new drills is always apparent. Malcolm likes the cardio machines as well as the station workouts we do in the studio. He is a pleasure to work with and the trainers commend his hard work and efforts. You go, Malcom!

 

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning April 2018 Athletes

March 26, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Eli Shriber
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Eli Shriber
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Eli Shriber

Eli is energetic, enthusiastic and looks to improve each day he is at practice! He is a humorous type of kid always providing a light hearted feeling for the class, and hopefully will continue to see improvement due to his hard work during our conditioning sessions. He challenges himself with the track drills and is a true competitor with the team activities. Way to go, Eli!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Jayson Park
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jayson Park
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jayson Park

Jayson arrives like a charging bull every time he is in class! His enthusiasm is only matched by his determination to continually improve each and every time the trainers give him a drill to perform. He is a pint-size powerhouse and always gives 100% effort with everything he does. Way to go, Jayson!

 

 

 

 

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Dryland & Kids Conditioning March 2018 Athletes

March 12, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Ian Papadopoulous
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Ian Papadopoulous
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Ian Papadopoulous

An athletic young man, Ian was raring to go when joining the program in the fall of 2017. Ian is an excellent runner & obstacle course competitor, and excels at all the activities given to him. He has shown a great determination to better his times and attributes on the track, the turf and in the studios. Outstanding, Ian!

 

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Jason Dang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jason Dang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jason Dang

Jason is a dynamo from the word go! He cannot wait to get on the track and start class each week. This young man is designed for speed, agility, and quickness drills. First one to be able to jump from his knees to his feet, as well as catching the ball from a lying down position after scrambling to his feet. Keep an eye on this athlete as he continues to excel! Nice job, Jason!

 

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning February ’18 Athletes

February 10, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Eleanor Keenan
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Eleanor Keenan
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Eleanor Keenan

A strong athlete when arriving fall 2016, Eleanor is a pleasure to have in the Dryland program. She has shown a great desire to improve by excelling in all the drills given to her. Eleanor is unwavering in her dedication to doing well and her competitive spirit is gratifying to work with. Cheers, Eleanor!

 

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Sophia Levenson
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Sophia Levenson
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Sophia Levenson

Sophia took a bit to get motivated for Dryland when beginning this past fall. She now arrives raring to go and to do her best. Her focus and determination as well as coordination and agility have all shown improvement. She is a true pleasure to have in class. Congratulations, Sophia!

 

 

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning January 2018 Athletes

January 10, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Aston Martins
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Richard Liu
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Aston Martins

Aston might be young (9 years old), but watch out for this young man. He excels at running as well as the obstacle course. He has learned about core engagement and how that applies to training. Aston always keeps the trainer on their toes with his unlimited energy and enthusiasm. Just like his name… he trains like a fine tuned machine! Congrats, Aston!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Savannah Pavlouais
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Savannah Pavlouais
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Savannah Pavlouais

Savannah is new to the Dryland Young Athlete program this year. She began the year with learning the core, strength and agility drills taught in the program. This past month Savannah has showed her personal best each and every time she is in Dryland class. Keep up the great work, Savannah!

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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Dryland & Kids Conditioning November ’17 Athletes

November 10, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Victor Zhou
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Victor Zhou
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Victor Zhou

Victor is a veteran of the Dryland program. He began this season looking to make a name for himself. His focus and desire to do well was obvious from the start. Victor is often asked to demonstrate skills and drills, and his progression in agility & speed stands out. Watch out for this young man in the months to come! Awesome, Victor!

 

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Thurston Crane-Messina
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Thurston Crane-Messina
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Thurston Crane-Messina

This is Thurston’s first year joining us in the Dryland / Kids Conditioning program. He began in September learning about the track, core exercises, teamwork and gym etiquette. Thurston tries his best weekly and continues to show his improvement on a regular basis. A pleasure to have in class. Great job, Thurston!

 

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning October 2017 Athletes

October 14, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Marina Wheeler
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Marina Wheeler
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Marina Wheeler

Marina showed up this session raring to go! As it is her first year in Dryland I was unfamiliar with her and her abilities. She quickly demonstrated her athleticism and desire to excel. Marina is a strong runner, eager to learn and dedicated to take new drills to their limit. She encourages her teammates and always is a pleasure to work with. Keep on rocking Marina!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Madeline Wolin
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Madeline Wolin
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Madeline Wolin

This is Madeline’s first year in the Dryland program. She showed up on day one eager to start. Her enthusiasm and energy is apparent and she always is looking to improve at the drills given to her. Madeline works hard and seems to enjoy everything she does. She will ask how to perform better with something that might be new for her and always comes from a place of determination and desire to excel. She has made marked improvements in a short period of time and I’m thrilled to watch as she continues to blossom. Way to go Madeline!

 

 

 

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Fitness Success Story: Patrick Doanne

June 28, 2017 by karen

Club Fit Member Patrick Doanne is pleased with the fitness success he achieved during Tiana’s Training Challenge

 

Master Trainer Tiana Gonzalez helped Club Fit Member Patrick Doanne achieve fitness success
Master Trainer Tiana Gonzalez and her happy client Patrick Doanne

Patrick wrote us to thank Tiana for the great results she helped him achieve during the 40-day Training Challenge: “After rehabbing my injured knee for the past 10 months this program provided me with a great bridge bringing me back to fitness. During the 40 days I achieved all of my goals including improved strength and conditioning. Through the increased activity and Tiana’s nutritional counseling, I also achieved a substantial weight loss. Tiana is an excellent coach that has a tremendous understanding of fitness and movement patterns. She was able to modify each exercise to make it both safe and effective for me. Thank you for everything, Patrick”

The goals of the Training Challenge include losing weight, improving stamina and strength, and becoming the strongest version of yourself.  Keep an eye out for future challenges!

Congratulations to Patrick on his hard work and success achieving his fitness goals!

Dryland & Kids Conditioning July 2017 Athletes

June 7, 2017 by karen

Dryland & Kids Conditioning programs with Club Fit Master Trainer Beth Kear
Dryland Athlete of the Month: Victor Zhou

 

Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Victor Zhou
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Victor Zhou

Victor has been with the program for a few sessions now and always tries his best. His speed and agility have seen much improvement as well as his coordination and running. Victor should see continue to see improvement due to his dedication during our conditioning sessions. Keep up the good work, Victor! 

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Daniel Luan
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Daniel Luan
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Daniel Luan

Daniel’s competitive nature is apparent when we perform team drills & activities. Daniel is a quiet force of nature and also a heck of a soccer player. Though not always available for our training sessions, he has still improved in many areas. Great job, Daniel!

 

 

 

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Parisi Athlete: Golfer & Athlete Malachy Reynolds

June 6, 2017 by karen

Parisi Speed School
Athlete Spotlight June 2017:
Golfer Malachy Reynolds

Parisi Athlete: Malachy Reynolds
Parisi Athlete and avid golfer Malachy Reynolds finessing his putting stance.

“I enjoy playing soccer, basketball and golf. Last September, I decided to attend Parisi Speed School to improve my speed and agility. Jen and Vince provided me with exercises every week to improve my athletic skills. I feel that I have become faster, stronger and lighter on my feet. Thank you so much to Jen and Vince for helping me to achieve my goal.” – Athlete Malachy Reynolds

“Malachy has been working with us for the past nine months and has made great strides in his training. He has greatly improved his quickness and agility in the short time he has spent with us. He consistently comes in with a positive attitude ready to work hard and tackle whatever workout is scheduled. He is proof that being a great athlete isn’t always measured by being the fastest or strongest in class but by your determination, attitude and leadership.”

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.

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning June 2017 Athletes

May 23, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Richard Liu
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Richard Liu
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Richard Liu

Richard has been with the Dryland program for several sessions. He has shown that he will give 100% effort in whatever drill we are doing. When the weather is nice you will see him using the bounding rings, jumping rope or running hurdles out by the pool. Keep up the good work, Richard!

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: James Wang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete James Wang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete James Wang

James is a pleasure to have in the Dryland program! He has shown a great desire in excelling with all the drills given to him. James has a competitive spirit and strives to do his best. He loves to improve his racquetball skill, and his balance and core strength has improved. Way to go, James!

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning May 2017 Athletes

May 9, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month:  Owen Sibinga
Owen Sibinga
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Owen Sibinga

 

Not being a fan of running, Owen joined the Dryland program with some trepidation. We spoke about it and made some modifications, and he has made remarkable improvements. He always gives 100% and his coordination, strength and agility have all seen great improvement. Always entertaining us with a story or ancecdote, Owen has become a fundamental part of our Dryland group. Congrats, Owen!

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Carter Corbett
Carter Corbett
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Carter Corbett

 

Carter was new to the Dryland program last fall. He immediately showed us he was a force to be reckoned with. Carter’s high energy level was at times a challenge to harness, however, he showed what he was made of and has made remarkable strides. His natural athleticism helps in the agility drills as well as strength and balance drills. Great job, Carter!

 

 

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Dryland & Kids Conditioning April Athletes

April 1, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Brittany Corbett
lub Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Brittany Corbett
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Brittany Corbett

This is Brittany’s second year in the Dryland program. She has shown her athletic talents from day one. Her enthusiasm and energy is apparent and she always is looking to improve at the drills given to her. She excels at the speed and agility stations, and always seems to be enjoying everything she does. Brittany is always willing to lend a hand with the earlier class when a partner is needed. Thanks, Brittany, for setting the example!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Kaitlyn Bennett
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Kaitlyn Bennett
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Kaitlyn Bennett

This is Kaitlyn’s first year working with the trainers. She began in September learning about flexibility, balance, accuracy and speed.  Kaitlyn continues to show her personal best each and every time she is at Dryland class.  She is a pleasure to work with and to see her improvement. Keep up the great work, Kaitlyn!

 

 

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Dryland & Kids Conditioning March Athletes

March 1, 2017 by karen

Dryland & Kids Conditioning programs with Club Fit Master Trainer Beth Kear
Dryland Athlete of the Month: Patrick Fang
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Patrick Fang
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Patrick Fang

Patrick, who joined the program in the fall, has really shown his talents this season. He has improved in all training aspects excelling on the track as well as at the SAQ drills that the trainers give him. He always gives 100% effort, challenges himself on a daily basis, and encourages the other class participants to do the same. Congratulations, Patrick!!

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Xander Sohng
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Xander Sohng
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Xander Sohng

Xander was new to the program and has made marked improvements since beginning this fall. He is very focused and stays on all tasks given to him. His skills on the obstacle course have improved and he always gives his best. Xander is a pleasure to work with. The trainers commend his hard work and efforts. You go, Xander!

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning January Athletes

January 1, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month:  Susannah Radick
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Susannah Radick
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Susannah Radick

Susannah has returned to the Dryland program this season and already has shown great desire in excelling with all of the drills given to her. She has a competitive spirit and strives to do her best. Susannah loves to improve her SAQ skills and her balance/core strength has improved greatly. Always ready to do the “Carlton” dance and lighten a difficult set, she is a pleasure to have in class. Way to go, girl!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Hunter Skodzinski
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Hunter Skodzinski
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Hunter Skodzinski

Hunter has made a name for himself and I love to see what I can give him next. His running has greatly improved and he always gives 100% effort in whatever exercises he is performing. Hunter’s coordination, strength and agility have all seen great improvement. Keep up the great work Hunter!