New Club Fit Staff Member – Sabrina Dring

November 9, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Sabrina Dring

Jefferson Valley – Reception

Sabrina is currently attending Pace University pursuing her bachelor’s in applied psychology and human relations. Sabrina’s hobbies include painting, cooking, watching Disney movies and trying new restaurants. She hopes to one day become a school psychologist and help children. Her goals for Club Fit are to provide a friendly and positive environment.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Savannah Mascalino

November 9, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Savannah Mascalino

Jefferson Valley Café

Savannah Mascalino has three siblings, one of which is a twin sister. Savannah enjoys make-up and doing other people’s make-up.  Additionally, she enjoys sports and video games.  She also LOVES dogs! Savannah works out everyday trying to achieve her fitness goals.  She has lost over 35 lbs. in the last year.  She loves meeting new people and making new friends.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Joseph Binder

November 6, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Joseph Binder

Briarcliff Tennis

Joey is a graduate of Methodist University’s professional tennis management program. Teaching tennis has been Joey’s passion for a number of years. He has experience working with players ranging from beginner to division 1 athletes. Aside from tennis, he enjoys lifting weights and yoga.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Joseph Frederick

November 6, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Joseph Frederick

Briarcliff Fitness

Joe is a Yorktown native. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Iona College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at Mercy College.  Joe is a down to earth and passionate guy. He loves sports, but especially baseball, football, and hockey. Let’s go Mets, Jets, and Rangers!

 

The Hiking Club

October 30, 2017 by jeanne

By Lisa Olney

Balancing the 24-7 responsibilities of everyday life while taking time for oneself can be as elusive as catching a cloud, and, often, the first casualties of this struggle are one’s own health, fitness, and sense of serenity. Experienced hiking leaders and Club Fit Jefferson Valley members Peter Meskin, Andrew Stein, and Michael Capsuto have the antidote, however, and it’s the longstanding Club Fit Hiking Club that has traversed the trails of the Hudson Valley for over two decades. A free activity for Club Fit members and their guests, hikes range from easy to challenging, and the only prerequisites are good physical condition, hiking boots, and a sense of adventure. The ability to combine exercise with the natural wonders of the Hudson Valley has never been easier … or more fun!

Peter Meskin is a former New York City high school English teacher whose innate gift for teaching earned him several awards for innovation in teaching his students desktop publishing in the days when computers were practically unheard of in the classroom. His inspiring teaching style still touches everything he does, whether in a classroom or in the great outdoors. The hiking bug first bit Meskin as a child growing up in Brooklyn, and as a young man, he went on day hikes with the American Youth Hostels hiking club throughout the Hudson Valley. Later, as a member of the Westchester Trails Hiking Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), he became a hiking leader and received extensive training from the AMC at the 1,800-acre Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill. Not limited to dry land, however, Meskin was also a sailing instructor for the New York Sailing School on City Island, received his Coast Guard Captain’s license, and had his own charter boat business in the British Virgin Islands. His hobbies also include sculpting in wood and stone along with photography, and he and his wife, Diane, volunteer at a humane society animal shelter and Guiding Eyes for the Blind where they foster puppies to help socialize the potential guide dogs at a young age.

22 years ago, Club Fit Jefferson Valley reached out to Meskin about creating a hiking club, and it was about this time that Meskin met fellow Club Fit member Andrew Stein. Another avid hiker who grew up in the Bronx, Stein has hiked all over the country including Alaska and the Rockies, and as a videographer he has documented some of his favorite experiences. Encouraged by friends to share his local hiking experiences, Stein decided to look into starting a hiking club. As if Mother Nature herself introduced these two, their meeting couldn’t have happened at a better time. “Andrew is a caring and engaged hiking leader and has hiked the local trails since he was a boy,” says Meskin. “He shares his vast knowledge of local history and lore with the hikers, and his friendly dog Molly accompanies him on the trails, greeting all of the hikers and giving them even more reasons to smile. Andrew has been very important to the success of the hiking club.”

Hand-picked from within the hiking club, Club Fit’s third hiking leader is Michael Capsuto, a Yorktown resident who has been hiking since childhood. Capsuto discovered the hiking club 10 years ago, and his vast knowledge of area trails along with his Red Cross certifications in adult first aid/CPR/AED make him a valued addition as a hike leader. “Michael has an intimate knowledge of the trails from many years of hiking with the Club Fit Hiking Club and on his own,” says Meskin. “He is a caring and compassionate person who only wants the best for our members.”

Meskin, Stein, and Capsuto all combine working out at Club Fit with their outdoor exercise routines and agree that daily exercise is the key to staying healthy. They can often be found in the cardio area on the treadmills and elliptical machines or in the strength training area using equipment like the FitLinxx circuit. “I’ve been working out at Club Fit since the 1980s,” says Meskin. “They are constantly reinventing themselves, integrating new exercise strategies and programs to keep everyone involved and motivated.” Combine that with the physical and mental benefits of hiking, and the result is a full mind-body workout that spells balance with a capital B.

The Club Fit Hiking Club is always ready to welcome newcomers and familiar faces, alike. Hikes take place all year long, ranging from easy to challenging. No sign-up is required, and as part of the Club Fit membership, all hikes are free to members and their guests. The next two hikes are November 4th at Teatown with a Teatown naturalist and November 12th at the Fahnestock Park Appalachian Trail.  To view a Hiking Club photo montage from Hike Leader Andrew Stein, click here. Happy hiking!

New Club Fit Staff Member – Allanah Yap

October 20, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Allanah Yap

Jefferson Valley Cafe

Allanah is a healthy food and lifestyle enthusiast. She is always open to trying new fitness classes and activities from boxing to horseback riding. She is always willing to lend a hand and is a true believer that you should always leave things a little better than you found them.

New Club Fit Staff Member – John Cho

October 20, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – John Cho

Briarcliff Fitness

John is currently attending Mercy College and majoring in criminal justice. John played football and ran track at Valhalla High School. In his free time, he likes lifting weights, playing basketball, and hanging out with friends.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Robert Hutton

October 20, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Robert Hutton

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

RJ is in his first year at Westchester Community College. He graduated from Lakeland High School in June 2017. RJ swam competitively for 10 years and enjoys playing ultimate frisbee. His favorite music artist is Logic and his favorite movie is The Rock with Sean Connery and Nick Cage.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Janique Rivera

October 20, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Janique Rivera

Briarcliff Aquatics

Janique Rivera or “Nanie”, was born and raised in Puerto Rico and came the states at the age of 15. Janique loves sports, but has a true passion for the arts, especially music. She has been a dj for eight years.  Janique will soon graduate from one of the Top 10 art schools in New York, SUNY Purchase, with an arts management degree.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Rosalyn Marmol

October 20, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Rosalyn Marmol

Briarcliff Fitness

Rosalyn Marmol is a current student majoring in nutrition. She loves trying new recipes and preparing eccentric meals, but also enjoys a delicious slice of pizza. Her friendly, outgoing, and charismatic personality will be a great addition to the Club Fit team.

Operational Alert – Water Line Maintenance

October 18, 2017 by Lynne Welling

Operational Alert – Club Fit Jefferson Valley

On Friday, October 20th we will be performing necessary maintenance on our water lines from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. During this time there will be no water available. Please plan accordingly. The club will remain open for use during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In Health,

Lynne Welling

General Manager

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Jefferson Valley Club Fit Alert

October 14, 2017 by Lynne Welling

Dear Members.

On Wednesday, October 11th we had an incident where a male went into the women’s sauna.  This type of very unusual behavior has never happened before at our club.  We immediately notified the police and assisted with their investigation. Given our findings, immediate response and cooperation with the local police we have identified a person of interest and an arrest has been made. We believe this is an isolated incident and has been resolved by the Yorktown Police.  In an abundance of caution we have asked our management team to increase their presence within the locker rooms in an effort to deter any unwanted behavior.

Thank you for your support while we worked to get to the bottom of this,

Lynne Welling

General Manager

Club Fit JV

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Torin Dorival

October 13, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Torin Dorival

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Torin recently moved to Mahopac from Elmwood Park, New Jersey. He is pursuing a degree in athletic training at Westchester Community College. He is very active and loves to play sports and work out.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Karyn Cortese

October 13, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Karyn Cortese

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Karyn Cortese has been teaching Zumba Fitness for over 5 years. She is certified in Zumba Tone, Zumba Kids, and Strong by Zumba. In addition, she has been certified in the Les Mills Program Grit, a 30-minute HIIT class. Karyn graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in child development. Karyn has a passion for health and fitness and loves to teach, dance and spend time with her family.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Bujar Zabelaj

October 13, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Bujar Zabelaj

Briarcliff Aquatics

Bujar, or Buji, grew up in White Plains participating in competitive swimming. Sports and fitness have always played a large part in Bujar’s life. He is family oriented with a great work ethic. Bujar is very outgoing, loves people, and plans on being a huge success at Club Fit.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Angela Kowal

October 13, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Angela Kowal

Briarcliff Energy

Angela is married and mother of 3 active children! She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in teaching, both from Iona College. She currently teaches preschool and loves children. Her hobbies include writing poetry, crafting, and is addicted to word search puzzles!

 

Cooking Demo presented by Peter Pratt’s Inn

September 28, 2017 by karen

We enjoyed some food and fun last night in Jefferson Valley! Chef Jon Pratt of Peter Pratt’s Inn presented a free cooking demo to our members. We gathered in the Café to watch, listen, and — most importantly — taste! A vegetarian meal of soup and salad was taken to different level with the use of fresh, local ingredients and a variety of spices and seasonings. Jonathan gave us some useful tips and tricks along the way, including letting us in on a special “secret” ingredient.

John also shared his “Corn Chowda” recipe with us. Bear in mind, quantities will need to be reduced as this was made to fed a crowd! For best results, use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. No time to shop for the best local produce? Join Field Goods and get your order dropped off weekly at our Jefferson Valley location. You can order produce, dairy products, spices and more.

We’ll be hosting another cooking demo next Week in Briarcliff, on Wednesday, October 4th. Hope to see you there!

Salad prepared by Chef Jon Pratt at our cooking demo
“Glazed & Confused Salad”
Grain and Arugula Salad with Miso Glazed Sweet Potato.
Chef Jon and Club Fit Member Pete dishing it up at our cooking demo
Jon & Pete
Corn chowder prepared by Chef Jon Pratt at our cooking demo
“Corn Chowda” by Jon Prat of Peter Pratt’s Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Corn Chowda”

1 case: sweet corn, raw, peeled and cut off the cob
2 lbs: butter
10 each: Spanish onions, small dice
12 each: red bell peppers, small dice
1 head: celery, small dice
2 heads: garlic, peeled and minced
3 each: jalapeños, seeded and minced
3 bunches: thyme, chopped fine
½ cup: smoked paprika
as needed: corn stock
2 quarts white wine
4 quarts heavy cream
6 bunches basil, coarsely chopped
to taste: sherry vinegar (secret ingredient!)

Make corn stock by simmering corn cobs in water just to cover for about 45 minutes. Try to yield as little as possible while still covering the cobs with water for full extraction. Strain and reserve.

Sweat down the onions and garlic in the butter with salt and pepper until slightly tender and translucent. Add the rest of the vegetables, the thyme and the smoked paprika. Sweat until tender, no color. Add the corn in stages, stirring well to coat with butter. Once the mixture comes back up to a simmer, add the white wine and reduce to sec. Add corn stock and reduce until very thick, then add all of the cream and reduce until thickened again. Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper, and a little champagne vinegar if it’s too sweet. Remove from the heat, puree half of the mixture, and return it to the pot. Fold in the chopped basil, still off of the heat, and check the seasoning again. Yum!

“Glazed & Confused Salad”
Grain and Arugula Salad with Miso Glazed Sweet Potato

Peel and cut 3 sweet potatoes; toss with olive oil and s&p; set aside

Simmer 20 minutes: 1/2 cup white miso with 1/2 cup soy, 1/2 cup mirin, 1/2 cup sake, 2 tablespoon sesame oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar; set aside to just warm

Cook separately in lightly salted water:
1 cup quinoa
1 cup wheat berries
1 cup barley or faro or your favorite grain
1 cup French green lentils

Reserve to room temp:
1 cup avocado chunks
2 cups favorite mushroom sautéed

Roast sweet potatoes in 375 oven until caramelized on edges; toss with a few tablespoons of reserved dressing and set aside.

Assemble: Add greens to salad bowl and all above grains. Top with sweet potatoes, mushrooms and avocado. When ready to eat, drizzle the appropriate amount of sauce and a little olive oil and your favorite vinegar or lemon juice.

 

 

To Keep You Inspired: Katherine Stern

September 25, 2017 by jeanne

To Keep You inspired….. Club Fit Member Katherine Stern

By Lisa Olney

Days before embarking on the July 9, 2016, 31-mile Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation, known as “The Circ”, 67-year old Club Fit member Katherine Stern received a diagnosis that would send her into unchartered waters:  early-stage breast cancer.  No one would have faulted her for pulling out of The Circ, but for Katherine kayaking offered a spiritual solitude in which to think, to clear one’s mind, and to take charge.  And 31 miles cutting through the currents of the Hudson and East Rivers provided her with the best therapy for what lay ahead.

Two days after completing The Circ, Katherine had a lumpectomy. “I consider myself one of the lucky ones because of early detection,” Stern says.  When her oncologist explained the diagnosis, prognosis, and everything in between, Katherine interrupted, simply asking, “Is it going to kill me?”  “No,” was her doctor’s answer. “Then I don’t want to bother with details” Katherine replied.  “Just tell me when and where to go.”  Chemotherapy began in August – every three weeks in four-hour sessions through February 2017 – followed by a six-week daily course of radiation.

While Katherine was strong and fit heading into her treatment program, the chemo and radiation robbed her of her strength and vitality making her feel like a prisoner in her own body.  After each chemo treatment, she would have ten days of extreme sickness and fatigue that worsened over the course of her treatment.  “Within months, I was an old lady, and as the months went on, those 10 days got worse and worse,” Katherine remembers.  “Food was difficult, and I could only seem to handle white foods – things that I had never kept in my house before.” With no energy, Katherine gained 40 pounds and remembers it as being a very isolating time.

Her treatments ended in mid-April, and Katherine was ready to take back her body.  Her doctor recommended Club Fit’s Help RX program, a physician-referred exercise program designed to ease patients back into exercising. A discounted three-month membership program, Help RX features personalized attention from Fit Coaches in order to set goals and achieve lifestyle changes.  To ease her re-entry into an active lifestyle, Katherine traveled to a yoga and boot camp spa in Mexico. “I had no idea how young everyone was going to be there, but I thought I would just go for it,” she laughs.  “It was the start of taking control of my body.”   Upon returning home, she began her Club Fit Help RX program, with a dual goal in mind: to regain her strength and to complete the 2017 Circ on July 15.

At the gym five days a week, Katherine’s workout included strength training, treadmill, and a Pilates class.  A fitness level that was once in her wheelhouse, however, was now difficult to recall – especially in Pilates.  But with the help of Club Fit’s Fit Coaches, instructors, and her laser-like drive, she stuck with it.  Everyone she encountered at Club Fit made her feel like she could reach her goals. “Eric, one of my Fit Coaches, treated me as if I was a regular person, but 20 years younger,” she recalls.  “He was no-nonsense with a sense of humor and would always say, ‘You can do it!’  He sensed that this was really important to me, and once I was at Club Fit, I knew I could do it.“  After just a couple months, her fitness level soared.  She could not only handle the Pilates class, but her goal of the 2017 Circ, became a reality on July 15 as she lowered her kayak into waters of the Hudson under unusually ideal weather conditions.

Today, Katherine has lost 28 pounds, kayaks on the weekends, is at the gym four days a week, but most importantly, she is cancer free.  Strength training remains her favorite activity and she still catches up on CNN while on the treadmill.  “I feel strong again and that’s my way of being in control of my body.”  Katherine continued her Club Fit membership after the three-month prescription period due to the supportive atmosphere throughout the Club. “I would never have considered coming to Club Fit without the Rx program, and I probably would have gone back to my old club,” says Katherine.  “It would have been a totally different experience, because I would have had no motivation to work on the equipment.  But at Club Fit, I knew that working on the circuit would help me to regain my strength, and this was the key.”

Owner of Katherine Stern Design, Katherine is an interior designer and stager.  She also volunteers with the Northern Westchester Hospital Cancer Wellness Center in Mt. Kisco and is the driving force behind promoting a lesser known cancer therapy option called Cold Capping, a method that prevents hair loss by freezing hair follicles. If she could impart any wisdom to her friends and the Club Fit community it would be to get annual mammograms.  “You’ve got to get regular mammos,” says Katherine.  “There is no history of cancer of any kind in my family, but I’ve always been very good at getting regular mammograms.  And, then they found something.”

Thanks to early detection, Katherine is now spending her weekends kayaking around local lakes, rivers and the Eastern Seaboard.  If you’re out in the Hyde Park area along the Hudson this October and see any kayakers, give a wave, because there’s a good chance one of those kayakers just may be our own Katherine Stern.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member – Traci Burton

September 22, 2017 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Traci Burton

Jefferson Valley Group Fitness

Traci has been teaching group fitness since 1995. She is certified in cardio kickboxing, step aerobics, TRX, Les Mills Body Pump, Cx Worx, and Grit. She loves to assist and inspire people to achieve their fitness goals while having fun at the same time!