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  

Club Fit Personal Trainer Alex Celcis

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

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?”

Dryland & Kids Conditioning November ’18 Athletes

November 26, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Michelle Tsentides
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Michelle Tsentides
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Michelle Tsentides

Michelle came to the program through her swim team participation. Her improvement since last season was apparent in the first few classes of this year. She strives to do her best during each class. Her running has improved tremendously as well as her footwork during speed drills. Michelle loves to do stability drills and always has a smile on her face. Proud of you, Michelle!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Ashlyn Goldberg
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Ashlyn Goldberg
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Ashlyn Goldberg

Ashlyn is new to the program this fall and has improved tremendously during her time working with the trainers. Her track times have gotten faster, she is more balanced on the functional equipment and her obstacle drills have gotten better. She is a pleasure to work with and always has a smile on her face. Congratulations, Ashlyn!

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning October 2018 Athletes

November 1, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Malcom Mark
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Malcom Mark
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Malcom Mark

Malcolm has returned for the fall session of Dryland ready to go! He already has improved his running skills on the track and is enthusiastic about all the drills he is asked to do. Malcolm’s balance on the functional equipment has increased and his obstacle course agility is on the rise. He is such a pleasure to have in class, that I am unsure who is more excited for class… Malcolm or the trainers. Proud of you, Malcom!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Jonah Deckelbaum
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jonah Deckelbaum
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jonah Deckelbaum

Jonah is new to the Dryland program and already he has shown great desire to excel with all of the drills given to him. He has a competitive spirit and strives to do his best. Jonah excels at the speed and agility stations and always seems to be enjoying everything he does. He has been a welcome addition to our program. Way to go, Jonah!

 

 

 

 

Trainer of the Month Candice O’Brien

October 29, 2018 by karen

November 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Candice O’Brien

Candice will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Tuesday, November 13th at 10:30 am and Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 pm

Subject: Why You Should Make Friends with the Indoor Rowing Machine 

Club Fit Personal Trainer Candice O'Brien

Hi, I’m Candice O’Brien — Certified Personal Trainer, Spin Instructor, and Fit Coach at Club Fit Briarcliff.  I have over 20 years in the fitness industry.
My passion for running, and ONLY running for many years, led me to several injuries, due to overtraining and the fact that I NEVER stretched or cross-trained. As a single, working mother, there was no time for that stuff!!  While injured and not able to run, I joined a gym to do some strength training (recommended by a physical therapist).  It was at that time I decided to hop on a rowing machine as a warm up before moving on to weights.After five minutes, it became evident that there is more to this machine than meets the eye… it turned out to be my best friend!

Some of the benefits of rowing include:
• Increased strength and cardiovascular endurance
• Improved posture and core strength
• Low impact; ideal for all ages and fitness levels
• Burns tons of calories

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Nancy Brophy

September 28, 2018 by jeanne

Stronger Than Ever

By Jeremy Brown

 

Nancy Brophy has been a member of Club Fit since its earliest days and shows no signs of slowing down!

When Nancy Brophy first came to Club Fit back in 1973, it was a very different place than what it is today. “There were just six tennis courts and you didn’t have to be a member,” she recalled.

As the ’70s gave way to the ’80s, the trend of racquetball began to grow. Brophy, always eager to take on a new challenge, decided to give it a try. “I’d never heard of it, but I like to try anything new,” she said. “So I gave it a go and I’m still playing twice a week!”

Born and raised in Peekskill, Brophy says that she always had a high energy level, most likely inherited from her mother, and has remained active well into her adult years. “I play golf, tennis, and racquetball,” she says. “And I used to ski, although I don’t do that anymore.”

When she’s not playing hard on Club Fit’s racquetball courts (where she can still be found every Tuesday and Thursday), Brophy is working just as hard as the director, owner, and founder of the Tom Thumb Preschool in Mohegan Lake. Brophy founded the school 50 years ago in 1968 when her circumstances forced her to think outside the box.

“I was teaching at Copper Beech Middle School, and I was going to have a baby,” she recalls. “And the laws at that time were when women began to show, they had to take a year off. They couldn’t teach and be pregnant.”

Not wanting to stay idle, Brophy sought out a piece of land owned by her father and decided to start a school.

“I had a year off with nothing to do,” she says with a laugh. “And here I am today!”

During her half-century teaching the children in and around Mohegan Lake, Brophy has seen the kids she once taught grow up and come back to her school to enroll their own children.

“The special part of it is that every day the children are the challenge,” she says of the joys of teaching. “I have a wonderful staff, hundreds of people who’ve worked for me over the years. My teachers and staff make possible my dreams for children come true. I’ve had a great run and I’m still there every day!”

But, she says, “I don’t let anything interfere with racquetball!”

That commitment to her twice-weekly racquetball games is part of Brophy’s philosophy of staying active and keeping oneself in shape. In fact, she is so devoted to that philosophy that she makes physical education a key component of Tom Thumb’s curriculum.

“Even with my four and five-year-olds, I’m teaching them how to hold a racquet and hit the ball against the wall,” she says. “They love to do that. I also try and teach them how to putt. We have some artificial turf where we do putting. Kids should have physical education every day. And I’m afraid for this new generation because they’re not active enough.”

Brophy’s devotion to staying fit is part of what drew her to Club Fit, but it’s not the sole reason she’s remained a member for forty-five years. “It’s a great place to be,” she says simply. “They’re accommodating, the place is immaculate, and they throw wonderful parties for the members! They’ve got a lot of competition, as I do. And they’ve managed to stay afloat and keep getting better.”

 

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.

Ann Krobath: Cancer Exercise Trainer

September 24, 2018 by karen

Master Trainer Ann Krobath is a fitness professional who utilizes a well-rounded understanding of cancer to develop exercise programs specifically suited for cancer survivors.

Club Fit Master Trainer Ann Krobath
Club Fit Master Trainer Ann Krobath

“Over the past few decades, I witnessed friends and families endure, survive and lose their lives to cancer. My mission is to empower cancer survivors to find their inner strength through improved fitness and emotional health. Created in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, American College of Sports Medicine/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers design and administer fitness assessments and exercise programs specific to a person’s cancer diagnosis, treatment and current recovery status. I am committed to upholding the gold standard as set forth by the ACSM and am passionate about helping cancer survivors attain a quality of life that may have seemed out of reach. It is my greatest joy to be a partner on this journey to hope and good health for people who have suffered through this devastating illness.”

An ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer is a fitness professional who utilizes a well-rounded understanding of cancer to develop exercise programs specifically suited for cancer survivors. ACSM/ACS CETs empower cancer survivors to display their significant inner strength by improving their own physical fitness.

Beyond assessing and creating individual exercise programs unique to each individual, ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers have working knowledge around cancer-related topics from surgeries to side effects, from diagnoses to survivor stages—specialized knowledge that allows them to better create the ideal fitness experience no matter what a client has been through. ACSM/ACS CETs truly uphold the gold standard by working to adapt fitness best practices that equip cancer survivors to attain a quality of life that may have seemed out of reach.

Ann will consult with the our Briarcliff Cancer Wellness program participants and develop a program to meet their specific needs. Contact her at ext. 2260 or akrobath@clubfit.com for more info.

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Mark Voeltz

August 30, 2018 by jeanne

Remembering the Fallen
Mark Voeltz is on a mission to honor lost police officers, one name at a time.

By Jeremy Brown

 

When Mark Voeltz isn’t working as the owner of Mark’s Towing in Thornwood, he’s patrolling the streets of Fishkill as a member of the Duchess County town’s police department. It’s a difficult and demanding job, and one that Voeltz feels isn’t often given the respect and reverence it deserves. “People don’t realize what we do and the sacrifice we make when we go out every day,” he said. “They don’t know the amount of cops that are killed every year. On average in the United States, one cop gets killed every 53 hours.”

As Voeltz took note of the rising number of police officers killed in the line of duty, he knew that he had to act. “I thought, let me do something for these cops who are getting killed,” he said. “After they’re killed and the funeral is over, no one gives them recognition anymore. They’re making the ultimate sacrifice, so let me give some recognition to these guys.”

In 2016, Voeltz purchased a 2006 Crown Victoria formerly used by the Connecticut State Police and, with the help of volunteers, friends and family, had it decorated with the names of all the fallen police officers since 2015, along with an image of St. Michael, the Policeman’s Prayer, and images of the World Trade Center. Voeltz dubbed the project “Wheels of Honor,” and today the car makes regular appearances at law enforcement funerals, but also at parades, memorial services, and fundraising events. For Voeltz, Wheels of Honor is a way to keep the names and the memories of fallen officers in people’s minds long after the last honor guard shot has been fired. “When it’s all over, two days later, the family is on their own and the recognition is over,” he said. “So I think that, with this car, and having their names on the car, they’ll always be remembered.”

Unfortunately, the original Wheels of Honor car, although it has served Voeltz honorably and well, is growing a bit tired. Purchased used in 2006, the car already had 160,000 miles on it and that number has grown considerably in just two years. As such, with the help of Club Fit, a Casino Night fundraiser is planned at Club Fit Briarcliff on October 12th. Tickets can be purchased for a minimum donation of $25 and 100% of the ticket proceeds will go to the Wheels of Honor foundation to purchase a new car. This event is guaranteed to be filled with a night of fun, hours of “play” gambling, food samplings, music, and prizes! 350 tickets will be available for sale starting on September 1st at either the Reception Desk or Service Desk.

Having the fundraiser at Club Fit is fitting for Voeltz, as he is a long-time member of the club. In fact, he can be found there hitting the weights six days a week. “I’ve been going there for years, and it’s a great club. I usually do a lot of weights, although recently someone pushed me to try out some of the classes as well. But most of the time I’m just training with weights.” A former high school wrestler and football player, Voeltz knows the value of staying in shape. “It’s really important to stay healthy,” he noted. “Especially in my line of work. You can’t afford to be out of shape when you’re a police officer.” And, when it comes to staying healthy, Voeltz says that Club Fit fits all his needs. “It has everything you could want,” he said, “It’s clean, the staff are all professionals It’s just a great place.”

Trainer of the Month Leslie Kesselman

August 23, 2018 by karen

September 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Leslie Kesselman

Leslie will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, September 17th at 3:30 pm and Thursday, September 20th at 11:30 am

Subject: Active Aging

Club Fit Master Trainer Leslie Kesselman
Club Fit Master Trainer Leslie Kesselman

Greetings!

My name is Leslie Kesselman. I am a master trainer and a group exercise instructor at Club Fit. I have been in the business of exercise; educating and working with individuals for 35 years. I have been at Club Fit for 21 years. I have learned, grown and received much gratification along the way.

When we moved up to Westchester I decided to join a gym, mostly to meet people. I started going to group fitness classes and really enjoyed them. I found that exercising made me feel good. It felt healthy to be moving. I felt better than I did in years. I became a fitness instructor that year. I was fit, healthy and happy.

During my tenure as a group fitness instructor and master trainer I have worked with many different populations. Today the focus of my work is with the active aging population. The aging process presents many changes physiologically. We lose muscle mass, our joints become arthritic and stiff, our bones lose density, our neuromuscular system slows down, our balance and ability to react are compromised. There are postural changes. Maybe you’ve had a joint replacement? These issues can be addressed and improved with different forms of exercise such as; strength training to build bone density and muscular strength, balance exercises to prevent falling, proper alignment and core work exercises to help keep you injury free and flexibility exercises to increase range of motion around a joint to ease symptoms of discomfort.

Aging is a slow but inevitable process. You have the ability to delay that process and be as active and healthy as possible. Let me help you achieve that. I will design an individualized exercise program for you that takes into account your interests and goals as well as your limitations and health risks.

Exercising is worth the time and the effort. It makes you healthier. It makes you feel better. You can continue to do more of the activities that you enjoy. You can live your life to the fullest!

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.

Briarcliff Fitness is Getting a Makeover!

August 10, 2018 by karen

Dear Members,

Our Fitness Center is getting a makeover! New Machines…New Turf…New Layout.

We began moving equipment yesterday in preparation for the big move on Sunday, August 12th.

• All cardio equipment from our small fitness room will be moved to the large fitness area.

• The plate-loaded strength equipment which is currently parallel to the turf will be moved to the area outside the fitness office.

• The strength equipment line (incorporating the Fitlinxx training system) running along the perimeter of the smaller fitness area will not be available for a short period of time as we work in this area.

• The small fitness room will be closed to paint and install turf.

Additionally we will not have TV access on some of the equipment until the afternoon of Tuesday, August 14th.

Need help finding a machine or alternate exercise? Please ask a Fitness Coach for assistance.

Thank you for the suggestions and ideas we used to plan these changes!


Donna Berta
Fitness Director
dberta@clubfit.com

August Featured Artist Club Fit Briarcliff

August 8, 2018 by karen

Aaron Cohen is our featured artist for August 2018 at Club Fit Briarcliff

 

Aaron Cohen and sketch
Artist Aaron Cohen and a close-up of one of his sketches

• Born in Brooklyn New York, Aaron has been a resident of Croton-on-Hudson for the last 50 years

• Education: Georgia Tech, Pratt Institute; Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Architecture, Masters of Architecture

• Profession: Architect

• Buildings of significance: National Library of Singapore, National Library of Greece, King Abdullah University for Science and Technology in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

• Exhibited at Guild Hall in East Hampton 2013 to 2017

• Favorite Artist: Georges Seurat

 

 

 

 

 

Alexa Guevara wins David Swope Scholarship

July 10, 2018 by karen

Congratulations to our Briarcliff inaugural David Swope Educational Scholarship winner, Alexa Guevara!

 

David Swope Scholarship award winner Alexa with her mom, Assistant Communications Coordinator Lori, and her uncle, Briarcliff General Manager Mark.

In 1973 David Swope and his business partner, Beth Beck, founded Club Fit. In early 2018 David passed away and Club Fit and our communities suffered a great loss.

In addition to being enthusiastic about creating health clubs that foster a sense of community and providing top notch expertise and facilities, David was passionate about helping everyone have access to educational opportunities. To honor his name and the great work he dedicated his life to here at Club Fit and in our communities, we have created the David Swope Educational Scholarship.

Alexa is a part of the Energy Center team and recently graduated with honors from Westchester Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Visual Arts. She will be transferring into the SUNY New Paltz Fine Arts program in the fall.

By receiving this scholarship, Alexa believes she will “… be able to put it toward the resources that will help me become the artist I want to be. I truly love what I’m in school for and am working hard to achieve my dream.”

All candidates were asked to describe the Club Fit organizational value that meant the most to them. Alexa described her embracement of the neighborhood and genuine fulfillment from caring for the community in which she lives. She described a scenario of volunteering at the local food pantry and said, “Many times our society chooses to be most eager about the qualities that look the best. To have more and better things than the next person. To me, I like to think that when we want a great neighborhood we have to embrace the more challenging parts and help build them stronger. The food pantry has always been a humbling experience and I am fortunate enough to have been exposed to that at an early age. It’s become a value that will stick with me my entire life.”

Alexa’s educational drive and passion for her community aligns with everything David stood for in our community. Congratulations Alexa!

New Equipment coming to Briarcliff Fitness!

July 3, 2018 by karen

new fitness equipment coming to Club Fit Briarcliff
Some of the new fitness equipment coming to Club Fit Briarcliff this summer!

There’s lots going on in our Briarcliff Fitness department! As you know, Donna Berta is now our Fitness Manager. Just recently, Personal Trainer Russ Schum was promoted to Personal Training Manager. And now, we’re getting some new toys! New machines include Stages Solo bikes, Matrix Olympic benches, and a new circuit in the Women’s area including Matrix leg press, glute press, and chest press.

We’ll be doing some rearranging in the coming weeks to accommodate the new equipment and improve the flow of our Fitness area in general.

Can’t find your favorite machine? Want a quick intro to our new equipment? Stop by the Service Desk and we’ll be happy to help!

Trainer of the Month Colin Connery

June 28, 2018 by karen

July 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Colin Connery

Colin will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, July 9th at 11:00 am and Tuesday, July 17th  at 6:00 pm
Subject: Benefits of Powerlifting

Club Fit Personal Trainer Colin Connery
Club Fit Personal Trainer Colin Connery

My name is Colin Connery and I am a Personal Trainer at Club Fit. For me, it all started with sports. In high school I played lacrosse like my two older brothers, and then when rugby came around I jumped on that opportunity with utmost enthusiasm. From then on, rugby would be my sport.

Along the way a few shoulder, hip, ankle injuries courtesy of the worlds most savage sport, would introduce me to “prehab.” Essentially prehab is the idea of taking care of your body before it gets injured or hindered. This involves proper warm ups, dynamic stretches and mobility exercises as well as stability and joint strengthening techniques. Once I took this approach, I haven’t been injured since, and could continue doing the wacky things I like to do. Knock on wood.

I also am a huge fan of more obscure sports such as: water-skiing, longboarding, snowboarding and skiing. So today, my training style revolves around remaining as spry, flexible yet stable, and strong as possible. This means that I will train myself and my clients on the principles of powerlifting, functional and athletic training, core strength, and prehab. With these various and very different forms of training, I believe that someone can develop a body that not only looks good, but is strong, sturdy, all while being limber. Without even one of these components, you can kiss your strength, durability, or mobility goodbye, and say hello to laundry list of issues.

Like anything else in life worth doing, fitness is a whole package, a lifestyle. Whatever you like to do, tennis, basketball, swimming, golf, or spelunking (you never know), do yourself a favor and do it all the way. It doesn’t start and end at the gym, it is a constant. This means actually taking time to prep your body with “boring” warmups, dealing with delayed onset muscle soreness, learning to accept failures, and most of all, consistency.

If you have the dedication and drive, if you truly want it long term, then you will accept that these things are not an option. My goal for clients is to get them to a point where they are more comfortable with themselves, and no longer rely on me for motivation, and they can be confident and motivated from within.

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Max de Janosi

June 28, 2018 by Matt

Finding Your Strength

By Jeremy Brown

After training for a stellar season, Greeley football standout gives back to Club Fit

Although already a standout defensive end at Greeley High School, Max de Janosi, or “DJ,” knew that he needed something more. He found it thanks to Club Fit Personal Training Manager Russ Schum. Schum, who also works as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Greeley, saw potential in DJ, as well as other athletes on the team, and proposed a series of workouts designed to get them in peak condition for the coming season. “He came in three days a week and he’d grind for an hour and a half each day,” Schum said of DJ. “And from there we were able to make a bigger connection than just football, and I think that kind of went a long way towards helping him understand what he needed to do to have the success that he wanted. And once he understood the things he needed to do, there was never a doubt he’d be successful the following year.”

For Max, the sessions were a challenge at first. “There were days when it was tough,” he admitted. “Like Fridays getting home from school and then knowing I’d have to go to the gym. I had to push through that. But I always reminded myself why I was doing it.”

Schum saw that Max was facing some struggles at the outset, but didn’t let up on him, knowing that he would eventually reach his potential. He recalled a story that illustrated Max’s journey from neophyte lifter to next-level athlete. “There’s a thing called a hex bar, it’s a version of a deadlift,” he said. “And DJ wasn’t even one of the top five in our group in terms of how much he could lift. And then it clicked and he went from being in the top five to being the strongest on the team.”

Both Max and Schum agree that however hard and grueling the work was at Club Fit, it paid off many times over on the field that fall. “If I could show you film from junior year to senior year, you’d think it was two different players,” said Schum. “He was another animal as a senior. He probably single-handedly won us two games from just his effort alone. And once you added in his size and speed and the strength he had gained from all the training, he had a great year.”

Max, for his part, agreed wholeheartedly. “I can’t even put it into words,” he said. “I had my best season by far and I completely attribute it to training with Russ.”

Now Max has a chance to give a little something back to Club Fit, having signed on as a camp counselor for the summer. “I’m looking forward to connecting with the kids in my group,” he said. “The same way that Russ took the time to know all the kids on the team, what makes them tick and who they are as a person. I want to be able to do that with my campers and make sure they all feel welcome.”

After the summer, Max will attend the University of Vermont and, while they don’t have a D1 football team, he says he’s very interested in joining the club football team.

For Schum, he was recently promoted to manager of personal training at Club Fit and continues to bring the same level of passion and dedication to training club members that he brought to working with Max. “It all comes down to knowing what you want,” he says of members wanting to achieve their fitness goals. “DJ was able to set a goal and say, ‘Coach, what do I need to do to have a great season and help this team,’ and he didn’t blink. He went after it. I think you have to be truthful to yourself, ask what it’s going to take and then go and attack it.”

As for his former student, he has no doubt that his success on the field is only the beginning. “Once he flipped the switch and turned it on, the things that he was capable of doing were amazing,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he accomplishes down the line. Because once the switch flips for that kid, the sky’s the limit.”

 

New Summer PDH Basketball Coaches at Club Fit

June 26, 2018 by karen

Welcome to our two new 2018 PDHoops Summer Basketball Coaches, Tori Jarosz and Saniya Chong! Both will be Camp Counselors for PDH Summer Camps run at Club Fit Briarcliff. Additionally, both are available for a limited time for Private and Small Group Trainings. Trainings can be booked until the end of August by calling Sarah at 914-250-2760 or emailing sbenischek@clubfit.com.

Coach Tori Jarosz
PDHoops Summer Camp Basketball Coach Tori Jarosz
PDHoops Summer Camp Basketball Coach Tori Jarosz

• Won 2 section 1 titles in HS, and 1 state championship for Lakeland HS
• Went on to play one year at Vanderbilt then finished her college years playing for the Marist Red Foxes
• At Marist she was named the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year after leading the conference in four categories; scoring (18.8 ppg), rebounding (12.1 rpg), blocked shots (3.0 bpg), and field goal percentage (49.0%)
• Two time all-MAAC first team selection at Marist
• 2016 NCAA division I Women’s Basketball Statistical double double champion with 24 double-doubles in 31 games!
• Has WNBA playing experience with the WNBA Dallas Wings during training camp
• Played professionally internationally in Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Australia and Israel

 

Coach Saniya Chong
PDHoops Summer Camp Basketball Coach Saniya Chong
PDHoops Summer Camp Basketball Coach Saniya Chong

• WBCA High School All-American
• 2012-13 Parade Magazine All-American Team’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year
• 2012-13 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year
• Won States her senior year in high school and was named MVP
• Section I all time leading scorer in high school with 2,988
• Played basketball at the University of Connecticut (UConn) for 4 years
• Won three national championships during her tenure at UConn
• Drafted by The Dallas Wings in 3rd round and played one full season and part of a second season the following year
• Played overseas in Israel and made it to the Final Four

 

 

 

New Club Fit Staff Member: Grace Kennedy

June 22, 2018 by Human Resources

Westchester Summer Camp Counselor Grace Kennedy New Club Fit Staff Member – Grace Kennedy

Briarcliff Sports
Summer Camp Counselor

Grace Kennedy is a recent graduate John F. Kennedy Catholic High School and will be attending Elon University in the fall to study Elementary Education. She played on three different sports teams throughout high school and is looking forward to working at Club Fit this summer!