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New Club Fit Staff Member – Aidan Glendon

January 18, 2019 by Human Resources

 Aidan Glendon the new memberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Aidan Glendon

Briarcliff Aquatics

Aidan is an emerging media major at Ithaca College, which is a cross between computer science and film/tv production.  He is an Eagle Scout and his time with the scouts led to his love of hiking.  In addition to hiking, running is one of Aidan’s favorite activities.  He is a member of the running club at Ithaca.  Aidan is a television fanatic, and loves movies and video games.  He is excited to work with everyone at Club Fit.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jada Tom

January 11, 2019 by Human Resources

Jada Tom the new memberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Jada Tom

Briarcliff Aquatics

Jada is a student-athlete at Westchester Community College where she plays basketball.  Jada has been working as a lifeguard for over a year and is looking forward to being a part of the Club Fit team.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Aimee Collins

January 11, 2019 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Aimee CollinsAimee Collins the New Member

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Aimee is a fitness professional with a background in sales. Her passion for a healthy lifestyle lead her to AFAA and Les Mills Body Pump certifications.  Challenge yourself each day and you can achieve anything.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Lucas Totoro

January 4, 2019 by Human Resources

Lucas Totoro  Briarcliff AquaticsNew Club Fit Staff Member – Lucas Totoro

Briarcliff Aquatics

Lucas is from Somers, New York.  He is a sophomore at the University of Delaware.  While in high school, he participated in tennis programs at Club Fit.  He became a certified lifeguard in 2017.  He plays 3 musical instruments- piano, guitar, and drums.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Thomas Gustin

January 4, 2019 by Human Resources

Thomas Gustin  Briarcliff AquaticsNew Club Fit Staff Member – Thomas Gustin

Briarcliff Aquatics

Thomas is an Ossining High School honor student and a member of the Braircliff Manor Volunteer Fire Department. he has been a lifeguard for 2 years and takes great pride in keeping others safe.  When not at the pool, he is mountain biking and racing with his team throughout NY state.

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jurnee Reid

January 4, 2019 by Human Resources

Jurnee Reid  Briarcliff Reception

New Club Fit Staff Member – Jurnee Reid

Briarcliff Reception

Jurnee is a multi-sport collegiate athlete, currently majoring in sports management and marketing, as well as social science. She enjoys spending time with children and being of service to anyone that needs help.  She spends her free time playing softball, volleyball, and volunteering at local after school programs. She is a team player always looking to brighten somebody’s day.


New Club Fit Staff Member – Elizabeth Koenig

January 4, 2019 by Human Resources

Elizabeth Koenig  JV Club ExperienceNew Club Fit Staff Member – Elizabeth Koenig

JV Club Experience

Elizabeth comes to Club Fit with over 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry.  She acquired her bachelor of arts in psychology from Sacred Heart University and her master of arts in organizational leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.  Liz was a Division 1 swimmer and rower while attending Sacred Heart University.  In her spare time, Liz enjoys cooking, working out, spending time with her family, reading, swimming and watching movies!

Dryland & Kids Conditioning January 2019 Athletes

January 2, 2019 by karen

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


Dryland Athlete of the Month: Hunter Szkodzinski
Little boy Hunter Szkodzinski smiling
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Hunter Szkodzinski


Hunter has been with our program for several seasons. His running skills on the track are strong and enthusiastic! He is often asked to demonstrate drills as his form is correct and powerful. Hunter’s upper body and core strength are on the rise and his agility is above par. Always with a story to share and eagerness to do well, he is always a positive part of our program. Congrats, Hunter!



Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Thurston Crane
Little girl Thurston Crane smiling
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Thurston Crane


Thurston has returned for his second year of Kids Conditioning. His endurance and strength has shown much improvement — encouraged by his outside hiking expeditions tackling mountain summits. He has a competitive spirit and is always looking for ways to improve. Obstacle courses are a strong activity for him as well as speed drills. A polite and positive young man and a pleasure to have in class. Keep up the good work, Thurston!



Trainer of the Month Sean Fewer

December 31, 2018 by karen

January 2019 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Sean Fewer

Sean will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, January 21 at 5:30 pm and Thursday, January 24th at 10:00 am

Subject: Balance & Mobility

Club Fit Master Trainer Sean Fewer

Hello my name is Sean Fewer, A.C.E certified Master Trainer. I have worked in the fitness/health industry for twenty years. Along with working as a personal trainer, I have worked in Cardiac-Pulmonary Rehab and in Physical Therapy.

My interest in fitness began years ago when I was a member at Club Fit. I knew I could make a difference in peoples lives by helping them improve their physical condition. I have worked with individuals from eight to ninety eight years old. Whether a person is looking to get into better shape or manage a long-term medical condition (such as diabetes or heart disease), exercise is key! It is one of the major ways to continue living a productive and healthy life. In addition to finding time for my own workouts, I enjoy going to music concerts and trying new restaurants. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and develop a healthier lifestyle.

Club Fit Spotlight: Liz Mallon

December 26, 2018 by jeanne

Medallia Exceptional Experience Award Winner Liz Mallon!
Liz Mallon smiling with ballons on her hands
This award is given yearly to a member of the staff who delivers exceptional service and care to our community, creating a unique and inspiring environment. Liz brings great enthusiasm and professionalism to the facility. Inside class, she is all smiles and energy, outside she is still full of warmth with a big smile but has a meaningful conversation with staff and members alike. Liz is a 25-year employee who brings her very best every day and gives us all a bar to aim for.
We are grateful to have Liz as part of the Club Fit team.
 Liz Mallon smiling and some people applauding Liz Mallon at Club fit facilities Liz Mallon smiling receiving the awars Liz Mallon hugging a man Group of people smiling in the gym


New Club Fit Staff Member – Marissa Carpentieri

December 21, 2018 by Human Resources

Marissa Carpentieri  Briarcliff Group FitnessNew Club Fit Staff Member – Marissa Carpentieri

Briarcliff Group Fitness

Marissa is currently attending SUNY Purchase College pursuing a major in sociology and a minor in psychology.

This is her first official job teaching studio cycling and she is extremely excited to begin teaching professionally and motivating others through music.


Club FIt Staff Spotlight: Sam Nunes

December 21, 2018 by jeanne

On the Move with Sam Nunes

Samantha Nunes is always pushing forward and is working hard to keep her trainers and her clients going in the same direction.

By Jeremy Brown

Samantha Nunes smiling

It’s long been an immutable fact that there are 24 hours in a day. No more no less. But, talking to Samantha Nunes, it seems as though she might have found a few extra here and there. Either that or she is actually superhuman.

As the Fitness Director and Master Trainer, as well as the Parisi Speed School Program Director, Nunes puts in a full 40 hours at Club Fit’s Jefferson Valley location. In between, she also manages her own personal training business, training clients before and after hours. Oh, and did we mention that she also has her real estate license.

“Even as a kid I always had to stay busy,” she says. “I’m not the kind of person that can sit behind a desk. I always have to be out and about.”

Still, in spite of her hectic schedule, Nunes knows the importance of time management, something she admits wasn’t always her strongest suit. “In order to keep all those plates spinning requires a schedule. It’s a balance,” Nunes says. “I try to fit everything into Monday and Thursday, so that, when it comes to the weekends, I’m able to have that for family time.”

That word, family, is an important one to Nunes, and she says that Club Fit shares her appreciation for family.

“It’s very family oriented,” she says about the club. “I have a great team, they were very welcoming when I came in. When I first went into a manager’s meeting and everyone introduced themselves, there wasn’t a person in there who hadn’t been with the club for at least ten years. That says something about the company.”

As the Fitness Director, Nunes notes that there are many benefits to training at Club Fit, but stressed the importance of small group training, something she feels members don’t take enough advantage of.

“What’s so great about small group training is that you can train with family, friends or a group of people that share the same interest,” she explains, “and you’re all able to be front and center with a trainer that can walk you through biomechanics, watch your form and help you and your group all together.”

Even if you don’t opt for small group training, Nunes says that Club Fit offers so much for members that, whatever your fitness goals are, they’ll definitely be met. That said, with more than 80 classes to choose from, Nunes admits that it can be daunting for new members to decide which ones to take on first. But don’t worry, she says, the team has you covered. “Every member that signs up gets a free fitness orientation,” she says. “We assess your biomechanics, which is how your body moves, where your imperfections are and how we can fix them. We also do an upper body assessment to see where your strength is. It’s a free one-on-one session with a trainer. You can ask them questions and we go over all the important details that can help get you where you need to be to live a healthy lifestyle.”

In the end, that is the ultimate goal, says Nunes. Making health and fitness a cornerstone of your life. As she tells her clients, “Your body is the king or the queen of your castle. And if you’re not taking care of yourself, that king or queen is coming down and taking the whole kingdom with it! It’s not a selfish thing to put yourself first sometimes. Your kids are always the most important, but you have to keep yourself healthy so you’re around for them.”

Looking ahead to 2019, Nunes says she has big plans for her team of trainers.

“I want to see the trainers that I have to explode to an elite level and be training 60 to 100 sessions a month,” she says, “and for them to be the point of contact for anyone who needs help in the club.”

And, she adds, while she doesn’t usually make New Year’s resolutions for herself, this year might be a little different.

“I recently said to myself, ‘2019 is finally going to be the year of me,’” she says. “I always put everyone first, and I have a lot of goals that I want to be able to accomplish. So, for this year, I really am focusing on becoming a better version of myself.”







New Club Fit Staff Member – Josefin Cuji-Perez

December 14, 2018 by Human Resources

Josefin Cuji Perez  Briarcliff CaféNew Club Fit Staff Member – Josefin Cuji-Perez

Briarcliff Café

Josefin Cuji-Perez is a current student at Westchester Community College. Josefin has embarked on a path of self-improvement. Josefin has made health and wellness a priority in her life.  Working at Club Fit would mean a great deal in helping her gain more confidence and implementing a better routine and mindset in her life. She strongly believes in the motto of “Health is Wealth”.


New Club Fit Staff Member – John Rotando

December 14, 2018 by Human Resources

John Rotandobthe new memberNew Club Fit Staff Member – John Rotando

Jefferson Valley Energy

John recently graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany with a degree in business administration with a concentration in sport management. John resides in Cold Spring, NY with his parents, three siblings, and dog named Lily. His aunt, Pam Rotando, is the Director of Communications at Club Fit, and is very excited to be in the same work environment with her. In John’s free time, he enjoys playing baseball, basketball, and soccer with friends, as well as hiking.


New Club Fit Staff Member – Emma Coster

December 14, 2018 by Human Resources

Emma Coster the new memberNew Club Fit Staff – Emma Coster

Jefferson Valley Aquatics

Emma Coster is a senior at Walter Panas High School. Emma has worked a seasonal job as a lifeguard for two years at the Charles J. Cook Pool in Cortlandt Manor and will be working as a lifeguard at Club Fit. She spends her time playing varsity soccer for her school team and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite activities include reading books and watching The Office and Netflix. Some of Emma’s favorite books include the Harry Potter series, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Revolution.


Grand Opening of Studio 1 Tonight 5:25 PM

December 6, 2018 by Lynne Welling

Jefferson Valley Group Fitness Studio 1 News Flash!

Studio 1 is ready for its grand reveal this evening. Studio 1 will open its doors tonight at 5:25 PM with Body Pump. The modified schedule has come to an end and our schedule has reverted to previous timeslots. Come and celebrate our grand reveal tonight!


Club Fit logo with the text Jefferson Valley

New Club Fit Staff Member – Gail Katz

November 30, 2018 by Human Resources

Gail Katz the new memberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Gail Katz

Jefferson Valley Energy

Gail loves Club Fit. She calls it her home away from home. Besides working out, she is an avid swimmer. She loves the theater, baking and her cat Pumpkin. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Trainer of the Month Alex Celcis

November 27, 2018 by karen

December 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Alex Celcis

Alex will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Tuesday, December 18th at 5:00 pm and Thursday, December 20th at 10:30 am

Subject: The Benefits of Boxing for Mind, Body, & Overall Wellness  

Alex Celcis as December 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month

Hello, I’m Alex Celcis — (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Self-Defense Instructor, Kick-Boxing instructor, Karate (Goju Ryu) Instructor. I have over 15 years of martial arts experience and five years’ experience years as a personal trainer.

My passion for boxing and the martial arts grew as a teenager, through watching movies and seeing ordinary humans do extraordinary acts. I then began to go to tournaments, and observe my passion in real-time. I began studying and training diligently as a young adult at the age of 19 and since then I have not ceased the journey of learning, growing and teaching the martial arts to others who want to become stronger, more confident, and healthier physically, mentally and spiritually. And as a result at the age of 36 I feel healthier and stronger then when I was 24.

Top Benefits of Boxing:
• Enhanced cardiovascular health — you need to do cardio to protect yourself from heart disease, burn calories, and lose or maintain your weight
• Improved total-body strength
• Better hand-eye coordination
• Decreased stress
• Improved body composition.

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Richard Senato

November 26, 2018 by jeanne

The Season of Giving

A happy family in thanksgiving dinner

By Jeremy Brown

Love Holds Life’s annual toy drive will bring holiday joy and happiness to the families who need it the most.

In 2012, Richard Senato, then a volunteer with the Red Cross, was approached by a friend with the prospect of starting a foundation. A young boy, Michael Montana, was battling leukemia at just 11 and the family was struggling financially. The proposed foundation would help raise money to fund Michael’s treatments.

“I agreed to do it,” Senato recalled, “and that’s how Love Holds Life was formed.”

Through fundraisers, motorcycle rides, golf outings charitable donations and toy drives, Love Holds Life helped raise more than $70,000 for the Montana family and has gone on to help families throughout the region at an average of $25,000 per child.”

“Our mission is to financially assist families whose children are battling cancer,” said Senato. “We want to help to relieve the financial pressure that they’re facing.”

Senato feels that Love Holds Life stands apart from other organizations due to the immediacy of the work that they perform.

“We have a powerful message and mission,” he said. “We do something that most people don’t do, which is take care of people who are battling cancer now. I’m looking to help those that are sick right now – whether it be your brother, your sister, your father or your mother.

As the holiday season approaches, Senato is looking ahead to Love Holds Life’s annual Toy Drive, which will be held on Saturday, December 15th at Lewis Tompkins Hose Company #1 in Beacon, New York. The event, which is officially titled “Cookies & Cocoa with Santa” will feature holiday treats, an array of superheroes and princesses to meet, and plenty of photo ops with Santa himself.

The drive is held each year in memory of Leticia Dos Santos, the eighth child to be sponsored by Love Holds Life, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 15. “She and I started these toy drives about five years ago,” Senato said.

Recently, Senato, in need of a little extra help, has been reaching out to Club Fit for their involvement. A long time member of the Briarcliff location, Senato said that Club Fit’s charitable and family-driven approach make them the perfect ally for Love Holds Life.

“I think they’re great,” he said. “They’re family-run and family-oriented, and they’ve got great staff members who are always smiling and happy and there to help you. I think everything that they stand for is great.”

For Club Fit members and families who are looking to help out with the toy drive, Senato said that boxes will be available at the Briarcliff location. People who wish to donate have until December 7th to bring new and unwrapped gifts ranging from board games to stuffed animals, books, sports equipment and Legos. Senato says that, however little or much each family wants to give, he can guarantee that it will be worth it.

“The kids get so happy and the parents are so grateful,” he said. “It brings people together. And the holidays aren’t just about presents, it’s about coming together. It’s about being happy and joyful. What could be better than that?”