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Club Fit Swim Team Raises over 16K for Charities!

March 26, 2019 by karen

 

Kudos to our Club Fit Swim Team, and swimmers Alana Rabinowitz and Hannah Nemerever, whose efforts have raised over $16,000 for charities!

Alana has been on the swim team for seven years. She is the team Charity Co-coordinator to help spearhead our annual swim-a-thon. Her father, who passed away last summer, was the founder of Panthera. Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wildcat species and their landscapes. Our Jefferson Valley Swim Team has raised over $15,000 for this amazing charity in honor of Dr. Alan Rabinowitz.

Community-minded Club Fit swimmers raised over 16K for charities!
Community-minded Club Fit swimmers Hannah and Alana raised over 16K for charities!

Hannah Nemerever has been on the team for nine years. She has been our charity coordinator for the past five years, raising thousands for charities, as part our ongoing effort to give back to those in need. Hannah’s father Ed, who was our Parent Charity Coordinator, passed away last spring. Ed was relentless in his passion to help those in need. In honor of Ed Nemerever, we have raised over $1000 for local charity Sparrow’s Nest. This organization is dedicated to helping families with food donations while battling cancer. Sparrow’s Nest provides two meals, once a week, to the families of caregivers and children diagnosed with any type of cancer.

As Club Fit President Bill Beck noted recently, we have our members to thank for bringing so many worthy charities to our attention. “Over the many years we’ve been in business we’ve supported many local charities. Often times we have our very generous members to thank for this, as it is our members who are involved in these organizations. We’re happy to support them in their efforts to improve our community while they support us as we help them improve their health and wellness.” It’s rewarding to us to be part of such a thoughtful and caring community.

We’re also offering our new members a chance to give back when the join, by donating their enrollment fees to one of these deserving local charities: SPCA of Westchester Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Support Connection, Inc., The Justin Veatch Fund, United for the Troops, or Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center.

 

How Does Daylight Saving Time Affect Us?

March 7, 2019 by karen

Daylight Saving Time is seen by many as one of the first signs of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. After the cold dark days of winter, who doesn’t love an extra hour of daylight to enjoy after work? While we may be happy about the extra light in our evening, there are also potential issues to watch for. Disruption of the circadian rhythm can have negative effects. The beginning of DST can cause symptoms of jet lag. It can take several days for your body clock to adjust to the change.

Take advantage of the evening daylight to get outside and get moving!

To help lessen the impact of a sudden change, NBC News suggests “To reduce the effects of DST, try to reset your clock by going to bed and waking up 15-20 minutes earlier starting a few days before the time change.”

Experts recommend being extra mindful during the first week or so, as there is increased potential for accidents caused by sluggishness.

Want to speed up your body’s adjustment to the change? Exercise! “A 1987 study found that hamsters that ran on an exercise wheel adjusted to a new lab-created time zone in a day and a half, on average, while those that did no exercise took more than eight days to adjust.” Take advantage of the extra daylight to get outside or into the club and after work — hibernation season is over!

According to Forbes, massage is another great tool to help alleviate fatigue. Club Fit offers a range of spa services on-site at both locations as a complement to your overall health and wellness program.

Yes, Laughter IS Medicine!

March 3, 2019 by karen

We’ve all heard the old saying — “Laughter is the best medicine” — but it’s based in fact. As reported by The New York Times, a 2011 study published by The Royal Society of Oxford University found social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold. Per the study findings, an integral component to the benefits was the social aspect involved. In other words, having fun with friends is good for you! Men’s Journal reports on some of the specific physical and mental benefits in 5 Ways Laughter Can Enhance Your Workout, including improved mood and increased cardio capacity. A study by Dr. Lee Berk, reported on by CNN, “suggests repetitive laughter can affect hormones in the same way that exercise does. An added bonus, per an article in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Reporter: “Ten to 15 minutes of laughter could increase energy expenditure by 10 to 40 calories per day, which could translate into about four pounds a year.”

Comedian Linda Belt comes to Club Fit
Comedian Linda Belt comes to Club Fit Jefferson Valley on March 29, 2019
Comedian Rich Carucci comes to Club Fit
Comedian Rich Carucci comes to Club Fit Jefferson Valley on March 29, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, most importantly, laughter is FUN! And we can always use more fun in our lives. So… we’ve planned another Comedy Night coming up at Club Fit! We’ll be hosting three hilarious professional comedians, including Linda Belt, Rich Carucci, and emcee Mike Jenkins. Linda has performed throughout the US and Canada and has been featured in a number of comedy festivals, including the Hogtown Comedy Festival (Toronto) the Detroit Comedy Festival, the Long Island Comedy Festival, The Women in Comedy Festival (Boston), Laugh Your Asheville Off, Asheville, NC and the Boston Comedy Festival. Rick, AKA “The Steamroller of Comedy,” is a second generation comedian whose grandfather was a vaudeville performer. Rich was a childhood actor who has been performing stand-up all across the country since 2001. He is also a regular on the New York City Comedy circuit. Former pro wrestler with Mike Jenkins  stormed on to the Comedy Scene in 2010. The “Mad Dawg of Comedy” brings a unique combination of madness, high energy and excitement wherever he takes the stage.

Tickets are available now for $30, but Club Fit members may purchase up to five tickets at a discounted price of $10 each.

 

 

 

What is Yamuna Body Rolling?

February 28, 2019 by karen

What is Yamuna Body Rolling and what can it do for me?

 

Club Fit Fitness Instructor Scott Verardo
Club Fit YBR Instructor Scott Verardo

You may have seen the class on our schedule and wondered, “what the heck is Yamuna Body Rolling?” Let’s answer that question with some more questions. Do you have stress? Tight muscles? Limited range of motion? Then Yamuna can help! Yamuna is a specific discipline of focused hands-on body work. Its tools and techniques offer both fitness and therapeutic benefits.  According to Satoshi Suzuki, ATC, CSCS, “Yamua Body Rolling (YBR) is a very effective approach in many clinical settings because it evaluates and treats conditions simultaneously and makes clients more independent…”

Who should take it?:
• Anyone who needs to de-stress their tired body
• Anyone who would like to improve range of motion
• Beginning or current Pilates students who seek to open up or further elongate
• Anyone interested in edgy or new approach to conventional fitness

Benefits of YBR:
• Multidimensional elongation of muscle fibers
• Transversal and diagonal expansion of muscle fibers
• Functional evaluation and therapeutic uses towards multiple conditions in the medical field
• Multiple target areas to treat superficial skin, fasciae, muscle fibers tendons, ligaments, bones, internal organs, and the nervous system

Our YBR classes at Club Fit are led by Instructor Scott Verardo, an avid practitioner of YBR, as well as Pilates, Qigong, and yoga.

Club Fit YBR Instructor Scott Verardo Club Fit YBR Instructor Scott Verardo
 

Club Fit Heart-Healthy Smoothie

February 6, 2019 by karen

We’ve created a nutrient-packed and delicious heart-healthy smoothie in honor of Heart Healthy Month at Club Fit! You can order one in the café or use the recipe below to make and enjoy at home.

Ingredients:

• ¾ cup of cranberries
• 1 apple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
• ¼ cup chopped raw walnuts
• 1 tbsp maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener (optional)
• 1 cup almond milk
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
• ice cubes (optional, if you prefer your smoothie more chilled)

Instructions:

1. Blend all ingredients until desired consistency is reached.
2. Enjoy!

Nutritional Benefits

Cranberries: According to the American Heart Association, the micronutrients found in cranberries accelerate the condition of the digestive system and antioxidant system while also boosting positive heart health, potentially decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol as well.

An Apple, a cup with the clubfit logo and some walnuts
Club Fit’s Cranberry Apple Walnut Smoothie for Hearth Healthy Month

Apples: According to Medical News Today, apples contain high levels of important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples could potentially lower the probability of developing cancer, elevated blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

Walnuts: According to an article published by WebMD, a researcher stated that walnuts are the #1 nut for heart health because a study conducted showed that they contain a higher amount and better quality of antioxidants than other nuts. Nuts can help decrease cholesterol, lessen the amount of oxidative stress caused by free radicals (due to their antioxidant content), and reduce inflammation.

Honey: According to Healthline, honey contains a variety of essential antioxidants such as phenolic compounds including flavonoids. Two experiments found that buckwheat honey raised the amount of antioxidants in the blood, which are associated with a decreased probability of heart attacks, strokes, and certain forms of cancer.

Almond Milk: According to Medical News Today, almond milk is high in Vitamin E, which shields fats from oxidation, lessening the amount of oxidized LDL cholesterol, which is known to increase the risk for developing heart disease. Additionally, 50% of the calories in almond milk stem from fat, and oleic acid, the main fatty acid in almond oil, have been associated with lowering levels of LDL cholesterol and increasing levels of HDL cholesterol.

Cinnamon: According to WebMD, cinnamon has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants out of all the spices. Additionally, studies have shown that taking cinnamon as a supplement can help reduce total cholesterol levels, which help decrease the risk for developing heart disease.

Protein Powder: According to Health Line, one study showed that consistently consuming whey protein daily was positively associated with a decrease in LDL cholesterol. Additionally, glutathione, a natural antioxidant produced by the body, requires a high abundance of amino acids, including cysteine, which at times is not available in sufficient quantities. Since whey protein is high in protein, it may increase the body’s ability to produce antioxidants and decrease oxidative stress. Finally, research has demonstrated that the intake of dairy is associated with decreased blood pressure due to lactokinins, an ACE inhibitor found in whey protein.

 

 

 

Healthy Heart Nutrition Tips from Alicia

January 25, 2019 by karen

Club Fit Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Alicia Lusardi
Club Fit Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Alicia Lusardi

You may ask yourself, “What factors play a role in maintaining a healthy heart?” There are many, but the good news is, YOU have control over almost all of them! Aside from genetics, cardiovascular exercise, nutrition, alcohol consumption, and smoking/tobacco use are the main agents that influence your heart health. Specifically, staying active will help prevent obesity, decrease blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol, improve blood sugar control, and make that heart of yours nice and strong! Developing good eating habits such as avoiding processed foods, limiting sugar intake, and increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables will aid in sustaining adequate blood flow by decreasing the risk of hypertension and lowering LDL cholesterol.

Eating foods lower in sodium and limiting alcohol consumption to 1–2 drinks daily can help lower blood pressure as well. Finally, abstain from smoking or using tobacco and make an effort to spend time in smoke-free environments whenever possible. Consciously following these simple guidelines or making small changes to work towards them will ensure longevity and a thriving heart.

NEW: Come join Alicia in our JV café on April 28, 2019
for a pre-Mother’s Day Munch ‘n’ Brunch!

Special occasions can sometimes be difficult to navigate when trying to make healthier choices. Alicia has some tips and tricks to help!

She’ll cover healthy holiday eating topics including:

• Healthy Brunch Ideas
• How to Balance Your Plate at a Brunch
• Mindful Eating Techniques
• Balancing the Booze

 

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Club Fit Staff Spotlight: Matt Macias

November 19, 2018 by jeanne

Marathon Man

Matt Macias in the  Marathon Man

By Jeremy Brown

Matt Macias’s run at the New York City Marathon turned tragic circumstances into a day of triumph.

It seems that Matt Macias is always running. Between teaching full-time in the South Bronx and working at Club Fit’s Energy Center, he’s perennially on the move. But recently, Macias was running not because he had to, but because he needed to.

Last month, Macias participated in the New York City Marathon, running to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. It was an emotional and challenging run, particularly because the cause is one that is very close to his heart.

“My grandmother was very sick with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” he said. “I was feeling kind of useless in a way. Like there wasn’t anything that I could do. So I decided to try and run and raise money for the cause.”

Macias said that he was inspired to take on the marathon by Chris Becker, another Club Fit employee. Two years ago, Becker ran the Chicago Marathon, raising more than $2,000 for breast cancer research in the process.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Macias said. “So I knew that, if he could do it, I had to one-up him!”

Macias had run a number of half marathons but had yet to actually run a full marathon. The closest he had come was a race in San Diego, but an injury had forced him to walk the course instead. In addition, his training was made more difficult by the fact that his grandmother had passed away.

“Everything was just so tense,” he recalled of that time. “The stress was getting to me physically. I know running probably would have been better for me, but I just couldn’t.”

Luckily, Macias said, he had a built-in support system at Club Fit, with many of his co-workers stepping in to help him out when things became too trying.

“Chris Becker was always there, Angelina Curcio always had my back, Kristen Saffo was also there for me,” he said. “All those people helped me every step of the way. I’m starting to realize that all my friends work at Club Fit!”

On the day of the marathon, the unthinkable almost happened when Macias awoke with a fever of 101 degrees. Determined to compete in spite of his illness, he hauled himself out of bed and hit the pavement. However, about halfway through the race, the fever began to catch up with him, and Macias began having second, and maybe even third, thoughts.

“I actually thought about quitting and started texting people saying, ‘I shouldn’t have done this, I’m too sick to run,’” he said. “But, in my armband, I had my grandmother’s prayer card. So I just took it out and ran with it in my hands the rest of the way. That’s when I knew that I was going to finish.”

Having crossed the finish line and raising more than $4,000 for Alzheimer’s research, Macias said that the whole experience was overwhelming.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “Especially all the support I received from everyone. And not just the friends and family who came to watch, but all the people who were tracking me at home and everyone who helped me raise money for this great cause. And being able to run through the streets of New York City was just insane. There’s nothing quite like it.”

Next up, Macias and Becker plan to run a marathon at Disney World in Orlando, with a course that will take them through all five parks in one day.

“I haven’t started preparing for that one yet,” he said. “I’m giving myself time to recover from the last one. But the physical part isn’t as challenging as the mental part. Once you get to mile 18 and you say to yourself, ‘I still have six more to go!’, that’s when you start questioning what you’re doing.’ But the more you work at it, the easier it gets. Practice makes perfect.”

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Nancy Brophy

September 28, 2018 by jeanne

Nancy Brophy  the member of Club Fit since its earliest days

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.”

 

Club Fit Member Spotlight: Loretta Whipple

August 30, 2018 by jeanne

Still Going Strong

By Jeremy Brown

Loretta Whipple  a member at Club Fit for four decades
Loretta Whipple has been a member at Club Fit for four decades, and she’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

During the 1970s, while attending graduate school at West Conn, Loretta Whipple struck up a conversation with her professor about their extracurricular activities. The professor told her he was a member of Club Fit in Jefferson Valley and waxed rhapsodic about racquetball. Whipple was immediately intrigued. “I investigated it,” she said, “and joined up with a group of ladies who played racquetball there, loved it, and stayed with it for many years.”

Whipple started playing racquetball at Club Fit back in the days when there were still eight courts available and she and her husband quickly became very involved in the sport. “We soon got wrapped up in racquetball and played frequently,” said Whipple.

An active traveler and adventurer who has visited all 50 states, Whipple came to Yorktown from the small farming town of Peabody, Kansas. “I was a farm girl,” she recalled. “After school, I went home and gathered eggs, fed the chickens, milked the cows, all those sorts of things.” When she arrived in Yorktown and began teaching 5th grade at Crompond School. Whipple made sure to bring a little bit of her hometown with her. “Kansas’s birthday was always a special day in the class,” she said. “And for a number of years, I actually made a sheet cake in the shape of Kansas and decorated it with products or towns related to the state. It was always a special day!”

Whipple’s impact as a teacher was strong enough that remains in touch with three of her students who had her as a teacher back in 1966. “That was 52 years ago and today they’re getting ready to retire! As a teacher, that’s one thing that’s a lot of fun, to see students that I’ve had through the years come over and say, ‘Do you remember me, Mrs. Whipple?’ It’s nice that they acknowledge some of the things that we have interesting conversations about their lives today.

Although she retired in 2000 after nearly 40 years on the job, Whipple continued her adventurous ways. That same year, she and her husband, Fred, made the journey all the way to Churchill, Manitoba to view polar bears in their natural habitat. “We took a lot of pictures of the polar bears on the tundra,” she recalled. “And then I came back and went to different classes and made presentations with the pictures that we’d taken. It was a lot of fun!”

Today, Whipple remains as active as ever. She and her husband visit Club Fit three times a week, and more in the winter months. “We love the variety of programs,” she said. “They have the swimming pool, they have racquetball, they have tennis. They have so many different types of classes, from spinning to yoga and many others. Club Fit is a family-oriented club, but they also have programs for seniors and programs for teenagers. They appeal to a wide variety of people and it’s very exciting to be a part of that.”

During their visits to the gym, Whipple’s husband tends to work out in the aquatics center, while she herself takes classes or works with a personal trainer. “It’s just something that’s a part of our life,” she said. “It’s never a case of our feeling lethargic or saying, ‘We’re too tired to go today.’ Having the space in our day to go to the gym is just something that’s always there and we do it often!”

This sense of staying healthy and active is something that’s important to Whipple and something that she hopes other people take seriously. “There are a lot of people that don’t feel like they have the time to develop an interest in going to the gym,” she said. “Age is a factor that diminishes your agility, your flexibility, your balance. So when you’re participating in activities and having the help of the personal trainers, exercise really makes a difference in people’s lives. It keeps you healthy mentally as well as physically. I think it’s important, that’s the bottom line!”

Nathalie Garcia wins David Swope Scholarship

July 11, 2018 by karen

Congratulations to our JV inaugural David Swope Educational Scholarship winner, Nathalie Garcia!

 

Two people smiling. with balloons
David Swope Scholarship award winner Nathalie with Aquatics Director Patrick

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.

Nathalie currently attends SUNY Cortland and is a Community Health major. At the club, you can find Nathalie in the Aquatic Center working as a Lifeguard over the summer and during school breaks throughout the year. Nathalie works diligently at multiple jobs in support of furthering her education. In addition, she is currently interning at Montefiore Hospital and working towards the last 12 credits to obtain her degree. Nathalie is extremely focused on her education and will be traveling abroad to Barcelona this fall with the Global Experience Internship Program. She will be doing career-related humanitarian work. Nathalie is excited to share her passion with others and is looking forward to the opportunity to work in this capacity.

Nathalie truly embraces David Swope’s true essence and commitment to humanitarian outreach. It’s a pleasure to share this award with her.

July Featured Artist Club Fit JV

June 28, 2018 by karen

Taylor Lu Kowgios is our featured artist for July 2018 at Club Fit Jefferson Valley

 

Fractured Fish photo
Fractured Fish by artist Taylor Lu Kowgios

Taylor grew up in Pleasant Valley, New York. Around the age of 12, she began taking pictures, and thus her love for photography was born. Currently a rising senior at Lafayette College, she is earning degrees in Photography, English Literature and Art History. Her work spans multiple facets of photography; her BA degree focuses on fine art photography, but she also photographs events, capturing Greek Life formals, weddings, and sports. After interning with world-renowned photographer John Isaac, her interest in wildlife photography blossomed, which is largely what you see in her work on display here. Her post-undergraduate plan is to earn her Ph.D. in Art History and become a college professor.

“My favorite photograph is titled Fractured Fish. It was taken at the Botanical Gardens in Bronx, NY when I was interning with photographer John Isaac. In this large outdoor pool of water I could see many koi fish swimming around, along with smaller orange fish. A corner of the pool was shooting bubbles into the water, and the orange fish were swarming around the bubbles. Occasionally, the fish would visibly suck air from the surface of the water — this was grabbing my attention! I took some shots closer to the bubble machine, eventually moving over a few inches and capturing this shot here. I was excited by it, but it was not until post-processing that I fell in love with it. In orange, the fish looked captivating, but it felt like the attention of the main fish, with his gaping mouth, was being divided amongst the surrounding fish. Putting the photograph in black and white, the scene changed dramatically. The fish became a grayish color, which balanced beautifully with the black water they were submerged in. What I particularly love is that when put in black and white, the fractured light on the water reflects onto the bodies of the fish, creating beautiful geometric patterns throughout the photograph.”

Visit her website at tkowgios.wix.com/photos

8×10 photos: $50
11×14 photos: $75

New Club Fit Staff Member: Jacqueline Cunningham

June 15, 2018 by Human Resources

Jacqueline Cunningham, the New Club Fit Staff MemberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Jacqueline Cunningham

Jefferson Valley Sports
Summer Camp Counselor

Jacqueline is a rising senior at Wagner College in Staten Island. She is studying to become a nurse and is very excited on what is in store for her future. She enjoys helping people and making everybody feel like a somebody. She is the second oldest of six children and spends most of her free time with her siblings. Jacqueline is very excited to start working at Club Fit.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member: Dominick Dellicurti

June 8, 2018 by Human Resources

Dominick Dellicurti, the New Club Fit Staff MemberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Dominick Dellicurti

Jefferson Valley Sports
Summer Camp Counselor

Dominick is a Junior at Binghamton University. He is currently in the school of management and on track to graduate with a degree in accounting. Dominick has been a member at Club Fit JV for almost 10 years. He is a big sports fan (go Yankees!) and also loves music and all types of movies.

 

Club Fit Staff Spotlight: Clint Hodder

April 3, 2018 by jeanne

Club Fit Staff Spotlight: Clint Hodder, Director of Maintenance & Special Projects

By Lisa Olney

March Madness came early to the Hudson Valley as Mother Nature rained four nor’easters upon the Hudson Valley, backing up Punxsutawney Phil’s unpopular prediction of six more weeks of winter. Winter storm Riley hit the area on Friday, March 2, leaving communities from Briarcliff to Jefferson Valley without power – some for over eight days, including Club Fit Jefferson Valley. Club Fit’s Director of Maintenance and Special Projects, Clint Hodder, and his crew sprang into action assessing damage at both Clubs. Club Fit Jefferson Valley was forced to close while Clint tracked down an industrial strength generator in Connecticut, and his crew worked tirelessly to restore the club to functionality for its members. Down the Taconic, however, Club Fit Briarcliff seemingly dodged a weather bullet, remaining fully operational for members of both clubs – that is until 9:30 p.m., the next night.

On Saturday, Club Fit Briarcliff closed at 9:00 p.m., and the maintenance team – a few men down due to cleanup and repair efforts at Jefferson Valley – began their overnight shifts, readying the Club for the following day. At 9:30 p.m., one of the crew was grooming the courts in the tennis bubble when he heard a loud pop and the ominous sound of a steady rip followed by the sudden listing of the bubble due to a pressure imbalance. As it turned out, Club Fit Briarcliff did sustain a hit from the relentless 60-plus mph wind gusts, and the bubble absorbed a 60-foot tear when an anchor bolt gave way, cutting through the bubble.

Club Fit’s tennis bubbles are nearly indestructible, so the issue was not of the bubble collapsing, but of the growing pressure imbalance within and the still gusting winds which could topple the unbalanced bubble, taking out the fences and damaging the exterior of the Club. Clint, however, had a contingency plan in place, and the call was instantly and decisively made to take the bubble down and wait out the raging winds. The only X factor was time. Nor’easter #2 was due to arrive on Wednesday, promising over a foot of snow.

After the weather stabilized on Sunday, Clint’s hardworking team once again rose to the challenge, surpassing expectations by having the bubble repaired, restored, and cleaned with one court playable by Tuesday evening and the remaining six courts ready for play the following morning. This huge project with an extremely quick timeline included two men heat welding the tear while five others held the material in place, cleaning and drying the bubble and the fixtures within, resurfacing the courts, and checking the electrical and HVAC systems. The dedication and work ethic of Club Fit’s maintenance team is nothing new, but never had it been more on display then during this mad month of March.

“Never doubt the power to accomplish monstrous tasks when a thoughtful, committed group of people work together,” said Club Fit Tennis Director Rodrigo Schtscherbyna. “Getting our bubble fixed and all courts ready for play only a few days after the storm is a major accomplishment, and all parts of our Maintenance Team should be commended for it.”

21 years ago, when Club Fit first decided to install tennis bubbles, David Swope, the Club’s co-founder, did his research and hired Clint, who was an expert and respected professional in tennis court construction and bubble installation, to manage Club Fit’s tennis bubble project. Clint also had a background in exercise physiology, and while living in the City, he worked as a fitness director, helped with the building of the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club, and ran his own tennis bubble business. It wasn’t long before David and co-founder Beth Beck brought Clint on board as their full-time special projects manager.

“David and Beth gave me the freedom to learn and grow on my own,” Clint recalls of entering the area of health club maintenance and construction. “It wasn’t my field, so I was self-taught, I watched, learned, paid attention, did my own homework. And, I adapted it to this industry.”

David Swope and Beth Beck had an uncanny knack for finding employees who combined specialized expertise with tremendous growth potential. “Our members, particularly tennis players, probably don’t know how lucky they are to have Clint working on our courts and bubbles. He’s one of the most knowledgeable people in the country with regard to tennis court maintenance and bubble procedures,” says Club Fit President Bill Beck. “When other businesses in this industry need help, they are often directed to Clint for troubleshooting by the manufacturers and suppliers, themselves,” explains Bill. “Clint does a great job.”

So, when you are heading to Club Fit for your next tennis clinic or workout rest assured that Clint Hodder and the Club Fit maintenance crew are always hard at work, doing their part to make your Club Fit experience the best it can be.

David Swope

February 22, 2018 by jeanne

Photo of Geoff Thompson that contributed by long time Club Fit member and friend of David

The following is contributed by long time Club Fit member and friend of David, Geoff Thompson, along with David’s family. Here is an insightful look at the life of the pivotal figure in our community’s history. 

David Swope of Ossining, a prominent Westchester environmentalist, philanthropist, community leader and business owner, died Wednesday. He was 76.

Among his many roles he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Westchester Community College in Valhalla, the Teatown Lake Reservation Environmental Education Center in Ossining, and the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. As a co-founder of Club Fit health and fitness centers in Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley, he was a pioneer in the development of full service health and fitness membership clubs. He was also the owner of Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, now Abagail Kirsch catering.

Born in Mount Kisco, NY, September 24, 1941, he was the son of David and Sarah (Sally) Porter Swope. He was the third generation of his family to live in the Ossining area. His grandfather, Gerard Swope Sr., was President of General Electric and owned The Croft, a large equestrian-oriented estate which was donated by the family to form the original part of Teatown Lake Reservation.

David, known as Dee to family and friends, graduated from the Scarborough School in Briarcliff Manor and the Loomis School in Connecticut. He was a graduate of Harvard University and earned a law degree from Columbia University.

In the early 1960s he answered President Kennedy’s call and joined the Peace Corps spending two and a half years in India. This proved to be a life-changing experience and forged his life-long interest and love of India and Indian art and culture. It also inspired him to form a legal aid society in Bombay (Mumbai.) Throughout his life he visited India and maintained an extensive network of Indian friends both at home and abroad.

After returning to the U.S., he worked as an attorney in Manhattan, first with the White & Case, and then the Davis Polk law firms. In the late 1970s his father became ill and David moved back to Ossining to assume his business interests which included the Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley Racquet Clubs and Tappan Hill. With his business partner, Beth Beck, they began adding exercise equipment and other facilities to what had been strictly tennis clubs. Over the ensuing decades they continued to expand and modernize the clubs making then among the first full-service clubs of their kind in the region and both clubs remain highly successful today.

As he entered his 60s, David gradually shifted away from his business interests and devoted his time to working with not-for-profit organizations. Throughout his adult life he played a major role in the evolution and growth of Teatown, and he also supported numerous other environmental organizations and programs including the Westchester Land Trust and the Pace University Environmental Center. He spent many years on the Westchester Community College Board including overseeing the search for a new president to succeed long-time president Dr. Joseph Hankin. The effort culminated in the hiring Dr. Belinda Miles, the current President.

He took an early interest in the creation of and growth of the Jacob Burns Film Center and as board chairman worked to support the major expansion and outreach of its educational programming. He also served on the boards of the Ossining Children’s Center and Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, and offered generous financial support to numerous other groups and organizations.

In addition to living in Westchester, from childhood David loved both short and long stays at his mother’s family’s ancestral cottage at Wauwinet on Nantucket where he welcomed guests and friends from back home as well as Nantucket. He supported land preservation efforts on the island and various non-profit organizations.

David traveled extensively having visited every continent and he had friends across the nation and the globe.

He is survived by his sister, Dorothea (Dorry) Swope, by many cousins and by hundreds of friends. Funeral services will be private. Those interested in making contributions in David’s memory are asked to consider Teatown Lake Reservation, Westchester Community College, the Jacob Burns Film Center or a worthy organization of their choice.

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!

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

 

 

Trainer of the Month Christian Guerrero

August 30, 2017 by karen

September 2017 Club Fit Jefferson Valley Trainer of the Month Christian Guerrero

 

Club Fit Trainer of Month september 2017, Christian Guerrero

Qualifications:

• SUNY Cortland ’17 Graduate
• B.S. Exercise Science
• NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer
• CPR/AED Certified

Specialties:

Sports Performance, Nutrition, High Intensity Interval Training, Anatomy and Physiology, Functional Training

Hobbies: 

Sports (Baseball, Basketball), Exercise, Music, Cooking, Movies

Frank will be leading FREE workshops on September 18th (6:00 pm) and September 27th (10:00 am).

FUNCTIONAL TRAINING/HIIT will consist of three circuits differentiated by emphasizing different areas of the body. These three circuits (upper body, lower body, full body), will alternate between 3 exercises in each circuit, with 30 seconds of work followed by 30 seconds of rest before the next exercise.
Upon completion of one circuit, move directly to the next circuit. (Upper -> Lower -> Full -> REPEAT)
This process will be repeated three times through with a minute of rest after the first run through of all three circuits. Program should take exactly 30 minutes if done correctly.

Want to know more? Contact Christian at 914-214-2167 or cguerrero@clubfit.com.

 

Parisi Athlete: Golfer & Athlete Malachy Reynolds

June 6, 2017 by karen

Parisi Speed School
Athlete Spotlight June 2017:
Golfer Malachy Reynolds

The boy Malachy Reynolds playing golf
Parisi Athlete and avid golfer Malachy Reynolds finessing his putting stance.

“I enjoy playing soccer, basketball and golf. Last September, I decided to attend Parisi Speed School to improve my speed and agility. Jen and Vince provided me with exercises every week to improve my athletic skills. I feel that I have become faster, stronger and lighter on my feet. Thank you so much to Jen and Vince for helping me to achieve my goal.” – Athlete Malachy Reynolds

Our Parisi Speed School coaches are impressed with Malachy’s progress: “Malachy has been working with us for the past nine months and has made great strides in his training. He has greatly improved his quickness and agility in the short time he has spent with us. He consistently comes in with a positive attitude ready to work hard and tackle whatever workout is scheduled. He is proof that being a great athlete isn’t always measured by being the fastest or strongest in class but by your determination, attitude and leadership.”

The Parisi Speed School, a state-of-the-art speed and agility training program, has become an industry leader in youth performance. Club Fit Jefferson Valley is the only facility in Northern Westchester to offer the program.