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Trainer of the Month Leslie Schneider

September 26, 2018 by karen

October 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Leslie Schneider

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

Leslie Schneider Trainer of the Month on October 2018 at Club Fit Briarcliff
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.

“Running a marathon will not be the hardest thing I will ever do”

July 3, 2012 by Liz

Jessica Katzowitz is a massage therapist at Club Fit Briarcliff. Her and her husband, Eric, have dedicated their lives to fitness and health. Both are avid cyclists and runners. Bottom line is, they eat right, exercise and are health conscious individuals. That’s just one of the reasons it was so unreal when Eric was diagnosed with cancer. You’re whole outlook on life changes when something like this happens and for Jess, it inspired her to turn her marathon running into fundraising efforts that are near and dear to her heart. The type of cancer Eric was recently diagnosed with is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

Here is some information from Jess herself about this type of cancer:
“CLL is a blood cancer that is not curable and is typically only treated when certain symptoms worsen. If you are not feeling too sick and your lymph nodes and spleen aren’t that swollen and you are not running fevers and you are not anemic they don’t treat you.

So, you can be walking around with CLL and still be sick but not sick enough for treatment. The treatment is chemotherapy and the doctors don’t want to make you sicker than need be or compromise your already weakened immune system. What? My husband has cancer, but you are not treating it? This was the prognosis, no treatment right now and maybe not for 3 to 5 years. This has got to be the most mind boggling concept to deal with.”

Woman running a marathon

“Eric and I live with his cancer every day. Some days he feels good and other days he is so tired and aches down to his bones. There is no treatment for these symptoms. Perhaps if there was more research into CLL there would be a “feel good” treatment for the wait and watch period.”

It is quite clear that running a marathon will certainly not be the hardest thing she has to do. It is people like Jess that are strong enough to make a difference. Even when the chips are down, seeing the light can inspire us to incite positive change. Thanks for your support and for listening!