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.”

 

Congrats to our Club Fit Flag Football Team!

September 21, 2016 by karen

Our winning Club Fit Flag Football Team
Our winning Club Fit Flag Football Team

We are very proud of our Club Fit Flag Football team. Staff, members, family and friends joined forces to participate in a local football league, winning the trophy after only three seasons.

Their success story…

We started out as a group of friends just playing a pick-up two-hand touch game of football on Christmas Day, 2015. A few days later, Personal Trainer Russ Schum suggested playing in a Holiday Flag Football Tournament coming up the next month. Excited and ready to get started, we began to recruit more employees from Club Fit, as well as family and friends. Eventually, we changed leagues, and joined the Tappan Zee Flag Football League (TZFFL), entering in the Spring B Division.

Under the name “Squadd” we started the 2015 season with a well-deserved 7-6 victory. Throughout the season, we took our fair share of bumps and bruises – we struggled at times, but finished our season with a 2-6 record. Despite the losses, we were determined to improve and push ahead.

With one season of experience under our belts and a crop of new players on our team, we began the second season filled with hope and an expectation of winning more games.  We won the first three of four games – and it was evident the changes we made were coming to fruition. Unfortunately our early success was short lived – we stumbled during the middle of our season, but managed to carry ourselves to the playoffs.  Although we felt confident in our abilities to win, we were outmatched and ultimately lost.

Our third season brought renewed vigor and determination, under our new name – the Westchester Spartans.  With the help of a few key players, we devised new strategies. We kicked off the season with an outstanding 19-0 victory. We went into our second game with renewed confidence, only to be quickly humbled by a 26-21 loss.  Nevertheless, we won the last 6 games of the regular season and entered the playoffs with seven wins and one loss – ready to tackle the championship game. We fought hard and won!

After two seasons of accomplishments, and a few setbacks, we finally came out as the success story we were hoping to become. Perhaps the most meaningful aspect of this journey for us was that we started out simply as colleagues from around Club Fit, and ended as close friends and champions.  Through the seasons, we got to know more about one another and learned how to play football successfully together as a team.  We may have lost a few people along the way, and added some new players, but we’re all dedicated and determined to play more football and play it well into the future, as a team.

Our Winning Team:

Club Fit Staff
Brandon Brailsford — Team Captain (BR Fitness)
Bobby Drinks (BR Energy Center)
Jordan Archible (BR Reception)
Russ Schum (BR Fitness)
Jesse Drinks (BR Energy Center)
Tyler Hamberg (BR Fitness)
Sam Lacour (BR Energy Center)
Tommy Weingart (BR Fitness)
James Johnson (BR Energy Center)
Joe Riley (JV Fitness)
Jason Fancie (BR Energy Center)
Tarik Stovall (BR Energy Center)

Club Fit Members
Matt Laccetti
Ryan Tompkins

Family and Friends
DeVonte’ Brailsford
Mike Olave
Alejandro Rodriguez
Ryan McNiff
Tyson Agler
Nick Miranda
Al Brailsford
Kevin Miranda
Chris Fucci