Trainer of the Month Leslie Schneider

September 26, 2018 by karen

October 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Leslie Schneider

Leslie will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 pm and Friday, October 19th at 10:00 am

Subject: Become a Stronger Runner — Build Strength, Stay Healthy and Run Faster

Club Fit Personal Trainer Leslie Schneider
Club Fit Personal Trainer Leslie Schneider

My name is Leslie Schneider. I am a Fit Coach and Personal Trainer here at Club Fit Briarcliff. I decided to offer a workshop on Strength Training for Runners since so many runners I encounter have suffered running related injuries including myself. Whether it is Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, or runner’s knee, all of these conditions can be practically eliminated with a regular strength training program designed with runners in mind.

I took up running myself in the early 1990s. I loved the ease of just putting on a pair of sneakers and taking off. It was made all the more fun by participating in 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, and more. The high from a good run is the ultimate reward. And I don’t want to give it up.

Over the years I’ve dealt with various overuse injuries that came about due to weak or unbalanced muscles. I’ve learned that by incorporating specific strength training and agility exercises at least 2X a week you can continue running virtually injury free for years to come.

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!

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Group four friends in helmets riding bikes on a forest path

Teamwork to find a cure for Arthritis

December 15, 2014 by Liz

Now this should make you feel all warm and fuzzy! We’d like to share what Group Fitness Instructor, Carol Migliorelli, sent us about what she and some of our members were up to this weekend . . .

“This weekend at the Arthritis Foundation 5K, lots of Club Fit members joined the honoree, Denise Olsen to walk/run the event.

Denise was gravely ill a couple years ago and never thought that she would be able to walk again after a horrific flair up with her arthritis. However, she fought hard and long and has recovered. This year they honored her for her tremendous spunk and hard work!

We participated last year and raised over $3500 this year we pulled in over $8000!

Club Fit donated a gift card for a raffle (see young lady below) she gave a scream when she found out that she won “such an awesome prize!” So thank you Club Fit for supporting our efforts to hopefully one day find a cure for arthritis, but also for offering quality fitness programs that provide a safe place for people with arthritis to work out and promote a healthy quality of life. Denise said the aquatic center and classes were an important part of regaining her strength. When I see people improve and get their life back it makes me so proud to be a part of Club Fit.”

To Carol and all who participated in this great fundraiser: you are what makes us tick! You are all a fantastic example of what it means to be a team, working toward a goal for an excellent cause. We will continue to support these great works whenever possible! Great job!

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Motivation from the Heart: Club Fit members take to the trails at Rockefeller for Sandy Hook Memorial Virtual 5K

February 7, 2013 by Liz


It’s not always about doing something good for ourselves. In fact, the most inspiring stories are often born of the things we do out of the goodness of our hearts, our wanting to make a difference and the depths of compassion we embrace. That’s why We want to share this story with you. Not just because these women we’re about to tell you about are Club Fit members, but because they are exceptional individuals that are trying to make a difference in whatever way that they can.

Martha Klein and her fellow teammates; Laureen Fitzgerald, Sharon Edmonds, Kathleen Crowley, Janet Hartman, Mary Oliver, Gerry Mattia, Caroline Curvan, Kim Carrafiello and Ann Zimmerman all took to the trails at Rockefeller State Park on January 27. Why? To run a Virtual 5K of which all the proceeds went to the United Way for the victims of the recent and tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Martha was originally contacted by a group from Tampa, FL. The group was promoting a virtual 5K/Half Marathon fundraiser for the victims of Newtown. The event was nationwide with over 10,000 participants and it didn’t take long for Martha and this team of extraordinary women to get on board!

Martha had a lot to say about her experience but a few things struck to the heart of the matter right away: “I knew without missing a beat that this was something that would resonate with all of us. We run all the time, not always together but always there for each other . . . And now we could share it. With those who have lost so much and lives are changed forever. How could we not?” Martha went on to say, “Personally I felt incredibly lucky that I was able to do something. Anything. Every time I run Rockefeller now I will always take a moment to be thankful that my children are safe. And hope that the families in Newtown find peace.”

Janet Hartman said “My experience with this run also made me feel so good being able to do something for the families who lost a child or loved one on that tragic day in Sandy Hook. In addition, after our run I bumped into a few other running friends in a Starbucks. They asked me about my bib – and with teared up eyes – touched it and said, “I’m going to get a group of friends together to register and run in their memory as well.” It is certainly evident that the goodness we put forward can spread when we are willing to support a cause we care so much about. Simply, these ladies inspire others to pay it forward.

Laureen Fitzgerald, an avid runner who is also in part responsible for putting together the annual Rockwood Ramble, said “It was a way for us to honor the victims of this tragedy and reflect upon their memory.”

Knowing that there are ladies like this right next to us should certainly give us a little nudge to use what we have in order to do something good. Whether it is one small act of kindness or a huge collaborative effort, it begins with the thought. We will all take something positive away from their experience. A sincere “thank you” to all of you compassionate ladies for sharing your experience with our community.

For more information on the virtual 5K/Marathon, visit the
Sandy Hook Memorial Half Marathon and 5K Facebook page
If you wish to make a donation please click here: Our Hearts With Sandy Hook

Want to start training for a 5K but need a little help? Contact sreiner@clubfit.com for more information on Club Fit’s Couch to 5K program. Maybe you’ll even see Laureen at the Rockwood Ramble this year! Who will you run for?
Remember, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu