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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.

 

Another successful Think Fit for Kids at Club Fit

March 25, 2019 by karen

Great news — we are happy to announce we hosted yet another successful Think Fit For Kids event at Club Fit Briarcliff!

The goal of this annual event is to raise to benefit pediatric brain tumor research via Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The foundation is the world’s leading nonprofit dedicated to the childhood brain tumor community. They serve the more than 28,000 U.S. children and teens battling brain tumors by investing in the most promising research and providing practical, informational and emotional support to families.

smiling group of Club Fit volunteers at the 2019 Think Fit for Kids event in Briarcliff Manor
Smiling volunteers at this year’s Think Fit for Kids event: Energy Center staff Jesse, Jason, Bobby, Christian, and Manager Melissa, along with club member Chrissy

Event organizer Kim Gilman was happy to report this year’s event, held on March 9, 2019, had an impressive turnout. “Thank you, once again, to Club Fit for donating their amazing venue and staff for the 9th annual Think Fit For Kids! This year alone, we have already raised over $225,000 to fund the most promising pediatric brain cancer research. When we first approached Club Fit back in 2011, I don’t think any of us thought we could ever come close to raising $2 million in nine years! But, we have! And in the process, we have built awareness around this horrific disease and built a community of support and hope for families battling pediatric brain cancer. Thank you, Club Fit for your generous partnership. Together, we WILL find gentler and more promising treatments and a cure for kids’ brain cancer!”

Shout out to our caring and enthusiastic Energy Center Staff, and Manager Melissa Lawrence, who says, “I am very happy to be a part of this event. We have been doing it for nine years and it’s for a great cause. My staff never hesitate to help and they have a great time engaging with the kids at the event.”

Want to be notified about their upcoming events? Follow Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on Facebook or Instagram. For more information on how to help/donate, visit thinkfitforkids.org.”

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning April 2019 Athletes

March 11, 2019 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Jason Dang
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Jason Dang
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Jason Dang

 

Jason has been with the Dryland program for several sessions now. He is one of the athlete’s chosen to demonstrate skills for proper form and performance. Jason excels at running and all speed & agility drills. His balance on the functional equipment is above par. Able to balance in many positions on physio balls, he is swift-footed and full of energy. Congrats, Jason!

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Alex Anand
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Alex Anand
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Alex Anand

 

Alex has been with the program for a few sessions now and continually is making improvements. His running has improved immensely and he is always looking to improve his time. Alex can always be found striving to get better and faster while having fun in the process. He always goes “all out” and puts his heart into everything. Way to go, Alex!

 

Tips to Keep Kids Active and Healthy

February 27, 2019 by karen

Pediatrician Dr. Rodd Stein offers some practical advice on keeping kids active

 

Last year’s release of new Federal Physical Activity Guidelines has many wondering how to keep their kids active. We reached out to local pediatrician and Club Fit member Dr. Rodd Stein to ask his advice… “I think that preaching to people about exercise is like talking about the benefits of quitting smoking. Everyone knows that It’s good for you. There are plenty of studies out there that illustrate how good exercise is for you and how detrimental inactivity and obesity are to your health, which are nicely summarized on these CDC links . The trick is getting a child to start. A lot of it may have to come from the person themself, but I think that the one thing parents can do to motivate their children is to exercise with them. Go for a walk in the park, or a hike, or a trip to the city, or join a gym and make it your mission to go with them. Most people need a partner to get motivated. Make your children your partner. In order to improve one’s health, you can’t just talk about exercise, you need to include diet in the conversation, but a lot of times people need to break a cycle of inactivity and poor diet by first just getting out there and doing something. Anything. Once they start to move around more, they start to feel better about themselves. Then, they may not want to make some of the poor food choices they have been making. Maybe they’ll start to slowly change their diet around. For example, they’ll stop eating sugary snacks, stop drinking sodas and fruit drinks, or limit desserts. Then they start to see a difference in how they look and feel, which feeds back to a desire to stay healthy. It starts with tiny steps; nothing too dramatic. Every year when I see people for check ups a few of them have actually gotten themselves into shape and I always ask them how they did it. I always get the same answer. It’s never tricks, fad diets or drugs. It’s always, ‘I stopped eating and drinking garbage and I started exercising’.” ————————————————————— Looking for a fun way to get your kids moving? Bring them to our Cardio Kids class led by Personal Trainer Kelly Baurista, held on the first Saturday of each month. Kids from ages 5–12 will enjoy 45 minutes of high-energy fun. Class is FREE for Club Fit members!
Pediatrician Dr. Rodd Stein, an active Club Fit member, offers tips to help keep kids active

Last year’s release of new Federal Physical Activity Guidelines has many parents wondering how to keep their kids active. We reached out to local pediatrician and Club Fit member Dr. Rodd Stein to ask his advice…

“I think that preaching to people about exercise is like talking about the benefits of quitting smoking. Everyone knows that It’s good for you. There are plenty of studies out there that illustrate how good exercise is for you and how detrimental inactivity and obesity are to your health, which are nicely summarized in the CDC links below.* The trick is getting a child to start. A lot of it may have to come from the person themself, but I think that the one thing parents can do to motivate their children is to exercise with them. Go for a walk in the park, or a hike, or a trip to the city, or join a gym and make it your mission to go with them. Most people need a partner to get motivated. Make your children your partner.

In order to improve one’s health, you can’t just talk about exercise, you need to include diet in the conversation, but a lot of times people need to break a cycle of inactivity and poor diet by first just getting out there and doing something. Anything. Once they start to move around more, they start to feel better about themselves. Then, they may not want to make some of the poor food choices they have been making. Maybe they’ll start to slowly change their diet around. For example, they’ll stop eating sugary snacks, stop drinking sodas and fruit drinks, or limit desserts. Then they start to see a difference in how they look and feel, which feeds back to a desire to stay healthy. It starts with tiny steps; nothing too dramatic. Every year when I see people for check ups a few of them have actually gotten themselves into shape and I always ask them how they did it. I always get the same answer. It’s never tricks, fad diets or drugs. It’s always, ‘I stopped eating and drinking garbage and I started exercising’.”

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Looking for a fun way to get your kids moving? Bring them to our Cardio Kids class led by Personal Trainer Kelly Bautista, held on the first Saturday of each month. Kids from ages 5–12 will enjoy 45 minutes of high-energy fun. Class is FREE for Club Fit members!

*More info:
www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm
www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/facts.htm

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning February ’19 Athletes

January 21, 2019 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Leah Fragin
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Leah Fragin
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Leah Fragin

 

Leah has returned to Kids Conditioning raring to go. She is an example of big things that come in small packages. She is strong, agile and coordinated. The list of this young lady’s athletic attributes is long. Running is not her favorite thing to do but she still gives her best effort. With a fitness-minded family as her foundation, expect great things of this pint size powerhouse! Go, Leah!

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Sean Goldberg

Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Sean Goldberg

 

This is Sean’s first year in the program. He is a positive, polite young man who regularly looks to improve on the drills he is given in class. He listens, learns and performs well on the balance equipment, obstacle course and turf activities. Always a pleasure to see his smiling face as he arrives excited for class. Congrats, Sean!

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning January 2019 Athletes

January 2, 2019 by karen

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

A woman named Tori Jarosz, the 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

A woman named Saniya Chong, that is Summer Camp Basketball Coach 
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

Grace Kennedy, the New Club Fit Staff MemberNew 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!

 

New Club Fit Staff Member: Saniya Chong

June 22, 2018 by Human Resources

Saniya Chong, the New Club Fit Staff MemberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Saniya Chong

Briarcliff Sports Basketball Coach
PDH Summer Camp Counselor

Saniya is an avid basketball player, being awarded WBCA All American in high school, the Parade Magazine Player of the Year, and Gatorade Player of the Year. She attended the University of Connecticut and continued her participation in the school’s team and won 3 national championships. After college, she was drafted by the Dallas Wings in the 3rd round and had the opportunity to play overseas in Israel for her first year. Saniya is a very outgoing person, loves to smile, laugh and have fun.

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.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member: Max Handwerger

June 8, 2018 by Human Resources

Max Handwerger, the New Club Fit Staff MemberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Max Handwerger

Briarcliff Sports
Summer Camp Counselor

Max is a recent graduate Horace Greeley High School and will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall. In high school, Max was on the football team and is also a huge Jets fan.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member: Noah Brail

June 8, 2018 by Human Resources

Noah Brail, the New Club Fit Staff MemberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Noah Brail

Briarcliff Sports
Summer Camp Counselor

Noah is a recent graduate of Horace Greeley High School and will be attending Cornell University in the fall. In high school, he was the captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team at Horace Greeley and was also a player on the Varsity Football team. He has 2 younger brothers and enjoys playing lacrosse and basketball with them. His favorite food is steak and his favorite color is blue.

 

New Club Fit Staff Member: Valeria Manent

June 1, 2018 by Human Resources

Valeria Manent, the New Club Fit Staff MemberNew Club Fit Staff Member – Valeria Manent

Briarcliff Sports
Summer Camp Counselor

Valeria is an incoming Sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in Environmental Health. Her goal in the future is to improve our Earth’s health and improve human’s health from of the impacts of environmental conditions. This summer, she is looking forward to spending time with her friends, family and joining the Club Fit family.

Dryland & Kids Conditioning May 2018 Athletes

April 26, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Warren Fu

The boy Warren Fu in a karate position
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Warren Fu

Warren has showed his talents this season as he joined the program this fall. He has improved in all training aspects excelling on the track as well as the SAQ drills that the trainers give him. He always gives 100% effort and challenges himself on a daily basis and encourages the other class participants to do the same. Congrats, Warren!

 

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Malcom Mark

The boy Malcom Mark with a green ball in his hands
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Malcom Mark

Malcolm is new to the Dryland program and has made a name for himself in a short period of time. His running has improved markedly. He desire to train and learn new drills is always apparent. Malcolm likes the cardio machines as well as the station workouts we do in the studio. He is a pleasure to work with and the trainers commend his hard work and efforts. You go, Malcom!

 

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning March 2018 Athletes

March 12, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Ian Papadopoulous

Te boy Ian Papadopoulous with a ball in his hands
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Ian Papadopoulous

An athletic young man, Ian was raring to go when joining the program in the fall of 2017. Ian is an excellent runner & obstacle course competitor, and excels at all the activities given to him. He has shown a great determination to better his times and attributes on the track, the turf and in the studios. Outstanding, Ian!

 

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Jason Dang

The voy Jason Dangwith a ball in his hands
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jason Dang

Jason is a dynamo from the word go! He cannot wait to get on the track and start class each week. This young man is designed for speed, agility, and quickness drills. First one to be able to jump from his knees to his feet, as well as catching the ball from a lying down position after scrambling to his feet. Keep an eye on this athlete as he continues to excel! Nice job, Jason!