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Yes, Laughter IS Medicine!

March 3, 2019 by karen

We’ve all heard the old saying — “Laughter is the best medicine” — but it’s based in fact. As reported by The New York Times, a 2011 study published by The Royal Society of Oxford University found social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold. Per the study findings, an integral component to the benefits was the social aspect involved. In other words, having fun with friends is good for you! Men’s Journal reports on some of the specific physical and mental benefits in 5 Ways Laughter Can Enhance Your Workout, including improved mood and increased cardio capacity. A study by Dr. Lee Berk, reported on by CNN, “suggests repetitive laughter can affect hormones in the same way that exercise does. An added bonus, per an article in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Reporter: “Ten to 15 minutes of laughter could increase energy expenditure by 10 to 40 calories per day, which could translate into about four pounds a year.”

Comedian Linda Belt comes to Club Fit
Comedian Linda Belt comes to Club Fit Jefferson Valley on March 29, 2019
Comedian Rich Carucci comes to Club Fit
Comedian Rich Carucci comes to Club Fit Jefferson Valley on March 29, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, most importantly, laughter is FUN! And we can always use more fun in our lives. So… we’ve planned another Comedy Night coming up at Club Fit! We’ll be hosting three hilarious professional comedians, including Linda Belt, Rich Carucci, and emcee Mike Jenkins. Linda has performed throughout the US and Canada and has been featured in a number of comedy festivals, including the Hogtown Comedy Festival (Toronto) the Detroit Comedy Festival, the Long Island Comedy Festival, The Women in Comedy Festival (Boston), Laugh Your Asheville Off, Asheville, NC and the Boston Comedy Festival. Rick, AKA “The Steamroller of Comedy,” is a second generation comedian whose grandfather was a vaudeville performer. Rich was a childhood actor who has been performing stand-up all across the country since 2001. He is also a regular on the New York City Comedy circuit. Former pro wrestler with Mike Jenkins  stormed on to the Comedy Scene in 2010. The “Mad Dawg of Comedy” brings a unique combination of madness, high energy and excitement wherever he takes the stage.

Tickets are available now for $30, but Club Fit members may purchase up to five tickets at a discounted price of $10 each.

 

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Sean Maguire

March 1, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Sean Maguire

Briarcliff Aquatics

Sean is a senior at Westlake High School. He loves the outdoors and playing sports. Sean plays soccer, basketball, track, swimming and biking. When not playing sports, he enjoys spending time with his chocolate Labrador puppy.  Sean feels working as a lifeguard at Club Fit is going to be a great experience!

What is Yamuna Body Rolling?

February 28, 2019 by karen

What is Yamuna Body Rolling and what can it do for me?

 

Club Fit Fitness Instructor Scott Verardo
Club Fit YBR Instructor Scott Verardo

You may have seen the class on our schedule and wondered, “what the heck is Yamuna Body Rolling?” Let’s answer that question with some more questions. Do you have stress? Tight muscles? Limited range of motion? Then Yamuna can help! Yamuna is a specific discipline of focused hands-on body work. Its tools and techniques offer both fitness and therapeutic benefits.  According to Satoshi Suzuki, ATC, CSCS, “Yamua Body Rolling (YBR) is a very effective approach in many clinical settings because it evaluates and treats conditions simultaneously and makes clients more independent…”

Who should take it?:
• Anyone who needs to de-stress their tired body
• Anyone who would like to improve range of motion
• Beginning or current Pilates students who seek to open up or further elongate
• Anyone interested in edgy or new approach to conventional fitness

Benefits of YBR:
• Multidimensional elongation of muscle fibers
• Transversal and diagonal expansion of muscle fibers
• Functional evaluation and therapeutic uses towards multiple conditions in the medical field
• Multiple target areas to treat superficial skin, fasciae, muscle fibers tendons, ligaments, bones, internal organs, and the nervous system

Our YBR classes at Club Fit are led by Instructor Scott Verardo, an avid practitioner of YBR, as well as Pilates, Qigong, and yoga.

Club Fit YBR Instructor Scott Verardo Club Fit YBR Instructor Scott Verardo
 

Tips to Keep Kids Active and Healthy

February 27, 2019 by karen

Pediatrician Dr. Rodd Stein offers some practical advice on keeping kids active

 

Last year’s release of new Federal Physical Activity Guidelines has many wondering how to keep their kids active. We reached out to local pediatrician and Club Fit member Dr. Rodd Stein to ask his advice… “I think that preaching to people about exercise is like talking about the benefits of quitting smoking. Everyone knows that It’s good for you. There are plenty of studies out there that illustrate how good exercise is for you and how detrimental inactivity and obesity are to your health, which are nicely summarized on these CDC links . The trick is getting a child to start. A lot of it may have to come from the person themself, but I think that the one thing parents can do to motivate their children is to exercise with them. Go for a walk in the park, or a hike, or a trip to the city, or join a gym and make it your mission to go with them. Most people need a partner to get motivated. Make your children your partner. In order to improve one’s health, you can’t just talk about exercise, you need to include diet in the conversation, but a lot of times people need to break a cycle of inactivity and poor diet by first just getting out there and doing something. Anything. Once they start to move around more, they start to feel better about themselves. Then, they may not want to make some of the poor food choices they have been making. Maybe they’ll start to slowly change their diet around. For example, they’ll stop eating sugary snacks, stop drinking sodas and fruit drinks, or limit desserts. Then they start to see a difference in how they look and feel, which feeds back to a desire to stay healthy. It starts with tiny steps; nothing too dramatic. Every year when I see people for check ups a few of them have actually gotten themselves into shape and I always ask them how they did it. I always get the same answer. It’s never tricks, fad diets or drugs. It’s always, ‘I stopped eating and drinking garbage and I started exercising’.” ————————————————————— Looking for a fun way to get your kids moving? Bring them to our Cardio Kids class led by Personal Trainer Kelly Baurista, held on the first Saturday of each month. Kids from ages 5–12 will enjoy 45 minutes of high-energy fun. Class is FREE for Club Fit members!
Pediatrician Dr. Rodd Stein, an active Club Fit member, offers tips to help keep kids active

Last year’s release of new Federal Physical Activity Guidelines has many parents wondering how to keep their kids active. We reached out to local pediatrician and Club Fit member Dr. Rodd Stein to ask his advice…

“I think that preaching to people about exercise is like talking about the benefits of quitting smoking. Everyone knows that It’s good for you. There are plenty of studies out there that illustrate how good exercise is for you and how detrimental inactivity and obesity are to your health, which are nicely summarized in the CDC links below.* The trick is getting a child to start. A lot of it may have to come from the person themself, but I think that the one thing parents can do to motivate their children is to exercise with them. Go for a walk in the park, or a hike, or a trip to the city, or join a gym and make it your mission to go with them. Most people need a partner to get motivated. Make your children your partner.

In order to improve one’s health, you can’t just talk about exercise, you need to include diet in the conversation, but a lot of times people need to break a cycle of inactivity and poor diet by first just getting out there and doing something. Anything. Once they start to move around more, they start to feel better about themselves. Then, they may not want to make some of the poor food choices they have been making. Maybe they’ll start to slowly change their diet around. For example, they’ll stop eating sugary snacks, stop drinking sodas and fruit drinks, or limit desserts. Then they start to see a difference in how they look and feel, which feeds back to a desire to stay healthy. It starts with tiny steps; nothing too dramatic. Every year when I see people for check ups a few of them have actually gotten themselves into shape and I always ask them how they did it. I always get the same answer. It’s never tricks, fad diets or drugs. It’s always, ‘I stopped eating and drinking garbage and I started exercising’.”

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Looking for a fun way to get your kids moving? Bring them to our Cardio Kids class led by Personal Trainer Kelly Bautista, held on the first Saturday of each month. Kids from ages 5–12 will enjoy 45 minutes of high-energy fun. Class is FREE for Club Fit members!

*More info:
www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm
www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/facts.htm

 

Club Fit Tennis Pro Heath Hoover

February 26, 2019 by karen

Club Fit’s Heath Hoover has been named Southern District President for the USPTA Eastern Division

 
Congratulations to our Assistant Director of Tennis and Adult Tennis Program Director Heath Hoover on his new position as Southern District President for the USPTA Eastern Division!

Club Fit Briarcliff Assistant Director of Tennis / Adult Tennis Program Director Heath Hoover
Club Fit Briarcliff Assistant Director of Tennis / Adult Tennis Program Director Heath Hoover

Heath — who grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas — was taught to play tennis when he was eight years old by his father, a former college player and local junior high school coach.

Heath became a certified teaching pro with the USPTA (U.S. Professional Tennis Association) in 1997 in Ft. Worth, Texas. He moved to the Northeast in 1999 and has been an active member of the USPTA for 22 years. In 2009, he won the Cardio Tennis Fast Feed contest for the Eastern Division. He then went on to take second place in the National Cardio Tennis Fast Feed contest at the USPTA National Conference in Marco Island, Florida. Heath continues to attend multiple Eastern conferences every year. This year, the Eastern USPTA Board of Directors voted him in as Southern District President after current Eastern President, Geoff Jagdfeld, nominated him for the position.

There are six district presidents within the Eastern Division: Manhattan, New Jersey, Western, Northern, Long Island, & Southern. The Southern District is made up of Westchester & Rockland Counties. Each district’s president serves as a liaison between the district’s members and the Board of Directors. The district president is responsible for forming a committee within the district and to work with them to create and offer multiple events for the USPTA members of their district as well as neighboring districts — three educational events, two social events, and one charity event per calendar year. The district presidents also carry out various administrative duties as required to support their respective districts.

Heath is also hoping to use his new position to bring some additional tennis events to Club Fit Briarcliff. For more info on USPTA, you can find it at uspta.com.

Club Fit Tennis Director Rodrigo Schtscherbyna, Heath, Tennis Pro David Hugues
Club Fit Tennis Director Rodrigo Schtscherbyna, Heath, Tennis Pro David Hugues

New Club Fit Staff Member – Kyle Cristello

February 22, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Kyle Cristello

Briarcliff Energy

Kyle Cristello is an engineering student through the University of Buffalo’s online program. His goal is to transfer to a college in New York City by next fall. Kyle has many hobbies and interests. He likes to play and watch football, basketball, and lacrosse. Kyle also likes to lift weights, watch movies, snowboard, read, and travel. He is very friendly and looks forward to establishing new relationships with colleagues and members.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Dylan Beck

February 22, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Dylan Beck

Jefferson Valley Sports

Dylan is a student at Yorktown High School. When not at school, Dylan plays lacrosse and runs tracks for the school’s team. Dylan also volunteers at the Field Home.

New Club Fit Staff Member -Evan Harrison

February 22, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Evan Harrison

Briarcliff Energy

Evan is a graduate of Horace Greeley High School and is currently attending SUNY Purchase majoring economics. In Evan’s free time, he enjoys working out, playing guitar, and producing music with his friends, as well as hiking. He is also a die-hard New York Knick fan and hopes to be an entrepreneur in the future.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Bertin Patippe

February 22, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Bertin Patippe

Jefferson Valley Cafe

Bertin, known to everyone as Steven or Steve, is a student at WCC.  He is excited to begin working in the Cafe and putting smiles on the faces of Club Fit members.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Molly Siegel

February 22, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Molly Siegel

Briarcliff Aquatics

Molly Siegel has been a swimmer since she was four years old. As a past member of the Club Fit Briarcliff Swim Team, she is very much looking forward to being able to give back to the aquatics community and spend time at the pool! In her free time, Molly is an active student, volunteer, and friend. She is very excited to be part of the Club Fit team.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Elizabeth Tapinekis

February 22, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Elizabeth Tapinekis

Briarcliff Reception

Elizabeth is currently a sophomore at Pace University, studying criminal justice and psychology with the goal of pursuing law school. Aside from her love for the law, fitness has always been a big part of her life. As a receptionist at Club Fit, she hopes to continue and spread her passion for fitness to others.  Above all, she is excited to be the bright smile that members see right when they walk through the door!

New Club Fit Staff Member – Teddy Kozera

February 22, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Teddy Kozera

Jefferson Valley Sports

Teddy attends Yorktown High Shool and loves sports. He plays basketball and soccer for his school. Teddy’s favorite college is Duke. Some of his hobbies include fishing, video games, and hanging out with friends. He loves chocolate and pizza.

New Club Fit New Staff Member – Nolan McMahon

February 15, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Nolan McMahon

Briarcliff Fitness

Nolan McMahon entered into the fitness industry through the sport of gymnastics at the age of 13. He fell in love with the sport at World Cup Gymnastics in Chappaqua, NY. He is now seeking to further his career as a fitness instructor at Club Fit in the hopes of helping others fall in love with becoming the best versions of themselves.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Nichi Boyer

February 15, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Nichi Boyer

Briarcliff Reception

Nichi Boyer comes to Club Fit with over 20 years of night club management and promotions experience in the New York, Miami, and Los Angeles areas. Now a resident of Briarcliff Manor, he hopes to bring his knowledge of hospitality, skills, and passion for helping others to achieve their happiness to the Club Fit family. Nichi enjoys biking, fitness, cooking, music, and DIY home remodeling.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Adolfo Godinez

February 15, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Adolfo Godinez

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Currently Adolfo is certified in the following formats: Mad Dogg, AFAA, TRX level 1, Les Mills Body Combat, and Les Mills Grit. He became an instructor due to his  fitness journey of losing close to 70lbs! Motivation is the name of the game! He loves to motivate all members in his classes to be the best then can be. A fun fact about AJ is that he loves to travel!

Trainer of the Month Ron Spooner

February 14, 2019 by T M

March 2019 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Ron Spooner

Ron will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, March 11th at 11:00 am and Monday, March 25th at 10:30 am

Subject: Proper Kettlebell Techniques for Strength and Conditioning

Club Fit Personal Trainer Ron Spooner

Hi, I’m Ron Spooner, and I’m entering my fourth year as an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified personal trainer, and the sixth year of my own personal fitness journey. Because that journey began in a place completely lacking in physical fitness, or even overall health really, I feel I have a somewhat unique perspective from most of the industry. Going from an overweight, untoned, fast food junkie who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and drank a twelve pack a night, to someone who has taken part in the training of children as young as eleven trying to add activity to their lives, middle aged individuals trying to lose weight and get strong, high school and college athletes (some Division I) looking to get faster and more explosive, and senior citizens recovering from heart surgery (all while getting into pretty decent shape myself), I can tell you: being physically fit is definitively worth the work it takes to be so. I can also tell you that I know how hard it is, how much work it takes. I can tell you there will be set acks and hurdles you never even imagined having to get over. I can sympathize with the emotions that go along with this journey. I know what if feels like to not see what you want on that scale, to not see the body you want in the mirror. I’m also here to tell you that hard work always wins out, and results are for everybody.

Through properly managed expectations, logical progression, and a focus on functional movement patterns all goals are achievable. Functionality has become a buzzword in the fitness industry, but with good reason. Focusing on training your body to be a master of its own natural movement patterns unlocks all sorts of potential. Understanding proper alignment and technique in those patterns make you more efficient and balanced. The strength that comes with that balance and efficiency translates to confidence and ability in all aspects of everyday life. Whether you’re looking be able to carry your groceries in the house without throwing out your back or absorb contact on your way to the hoop without it throwing off your shot, it all comes down to mastery of the functional movement patterns.

Hinge, squat, push, pull — that’s it. And do it properly. Know how to do these things properly and make yourself unbreakable. Do this correctly and shed pounds, find your center of gravity, gain muscle tone, build endurance and give yourself power. Do it logically and with reasonable progression and it allows your nervous system to train at an appropriate rate, giving you a more powerful mind body connection. Do it with the right teacher and it takes the pressure off having to learn these principles while balancing your already demanding life. Who knows, maybe you’ll even have a little fun.

However you choose to do it, do it smart and do it now. Don’t wait because life is, for sure, not waiting for you. There is no finish line, but the journey is worth the effort.

New Club Fit Staff – Maura Duff

February 8, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Maura Duff

Jefferson Valley Reception

Maura has lived in Yorktown for the past 24 years.  She has four children Ryan, Casey, McKenna and Reed.  Reed, her youngest daughter, is a senior at Yorktown High School.  Maura’s older three children are in college.  Maura enjoys walking, biking, and spending time at the beach.  She is looking forward to a healthy and happy 2019.