Barbara Cochran is our 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.
Kathi Grossman joined Club Fit in October of 2013 at the recommendation of her doctors. Read how Club Fit has helped to impact her life and help her reach her fitness goals.
I have been morbidly obese all my life. I ended up with Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, arthritis, and no cartilage in one of my knees. I was injecting insulin up to four times a day and taking numerous medications. I finally had enough! I had WLS (weight loss surgery) on September 22, 2011, and lost 210 pounds, which changed my life more than I ever could have imagined. Within hours of the WLS I was off all medications. I am still medication free, except for supplements. Having been obese all my life, as the weight came off, other issues arose. No core, no muscle tone, loose skin EVERYWHERE!! My doctor gave me a prescription to join Club Fit on the HelpRx program, which was the best thing that could have happened to me. Personal Trainer Russ was my first encounter with a trainer. I was pretty intimidated, but Russ took his time, listened to me and my physical limitations, and designed a routine just for me. This was the beginning — I started taking classes, and I mean everything, even things I thought I couldn’t do just to challenge myself. I started with Retro-Low, Low-impact Zumba, Kickboxing, Definitions, 4×4, Corebar, Spin, and Yoga. If they had a class I was there. I started to see where I fit and what I liked to do. This could have been overwhelming as exercise was NEVER a part of my life. Now I love to spin and weight train and do a few machines. The instructors were excellent and most helpful. There are so many wonderful people who have escorted me on my journey. There is, however, one person who stands out and that is General Manager Mark Cuatt. He took me under his wing and gave me a crash course in nutrition and then an exercise regimen for me to follow. He didn’t have to do that; he has enormous responsibilities running the club on a day-to-day basis. Nonetheless, we would meet at the gym, I would email him my food menus and things started to change again! This has not been an easy journey. I had a few setbacks but, to date, I have lost 250 pounds!! As I type the number it seems surreal.
I take advantage of most of the things Club Fit offers. I have a MYZONE belt, I use it always and should I forget it, I am lost. I do the FIT-3D scans, which help you see the transformation you are attaining. This experience would not have been as successful without the help of so many of the personal trainers, instructors and coaches. I wish I could name all of you, as you are all very special to me, because at one time you made it a point to help me with your time, advice or even a friendly “Hello!”. ALL of you have made an impact in changing NOT only my outward appearance but teaching me that being healthy is an everyday choice. Mark Cuatt told me once, I am always going to wage this battle in my head with my weight. Some days I’ll win and some days I’ll lose; but “never give up” is the moral of this story.
So I thank Club Fit for helping me find ME—the me I was meant to be. You have helped to give a healthy me back to my husband, children and granddaughter. Hopefully I will be around a long time still working out, and if I can inspire ONE person through my story, then I have made a difference!
When it comes to MYZONE, everyone has their own approach. Some are more laid back about it, but there are also the MYZONE fanatics! These people check their numbers religiously, enter every MYZONE Challenge (the Summer Sizzle Challenge begins July 1st at both clubs), and truly track their progress while keeping an eye on everyone else’s numbers on the MYZONE screen. Rich Palombo is in this second camp, and is happy to admit it.
Rich, who has been a Club Fit member for close to 15 years, started using his MYZONE belt last August, when the program was rolled out. And it fell right in line with his competitive nature. Not only did he participate in the various MYZONE challenges, he compared his numbers to his fellow members, at times trying to outpace them, or just keep up. In fact, in one of the early challenges, he spent the entire first weekend working out just to be the first in the club to make the required 1800 MEPs (MYZONE effort points, based on duration of activity and heart rate). And he did it!
The long and short of it? The MYZONE belt gives him the incentive to put more effort into his workout. It is a motivator! “I am all about measurements and metrics,” says Rich. “MYZONE actually made me realize that I could push myself a little bit harder and still work out safely.” At the club, Rich primarily uses the elliptical machines in the Fitness Center, and also plays Tennis and Racquetball. “I’ve always been active, but was never a ‘health club type.’ Club Fit and MYZONE changed that for me.” He also brings his seven-year-old daughter to the pool on weekends, and feels that the club is a great place for people to go as a family. “You may not be working out together, but you are all there to feel better and can leave happy, together.”
Because of Rich’s current job, which takes him to Long Island from his home in Putnam Valley, his workout time has been limited, but he still gets in five workouts a week. “I try to come twice on Saturdays and Sundays, and once during the week,” he says. But even outside of the club, Rich stays active, and wears his MYZONE belt to track his MEPs. He has worn it playing hockey and doing yardwork, and was amazed at how much effort was put forth during these activities.
While some people are using the belt to help them lose weight, at this point in his busy life Rich is happy to maintain. But he does know how effective it can be. “I took a month off between my last job and current job, and was at the gym religiously. I dropped almost 10 pounds in that month by staying focused.” He loves the fact that he can check his numbers after every workout, even on his phone. “With MYZONE you can hold yourself accountable. Unless other people know your user name and follow you on the screen, only you know exactly how hard you are working and whether you are meeting your personal goals.”
Even though his time at the club is now limited, Rich is a huge fan of Club Fit. “The staff and the facility are wonderful,” he says. “I love that I can go there and get a smile from everyone, and that most people know my name. I’ve developed great relationships with some staff members as well as others who use the club.” Rich works in the customer service industry managing call centers, and feels that Club Fit is a definite leader in this area. “In general, people will spend up to 10 percent more on a product or service if the customer service is top-notch. With the personalized attention I get at Club Fit and the great facility, I’m happy to spend a few more dollars to belong here as opposed to a bare bones or quick service gym.”
Even if you are not as much of a MYZONE fanatic as Rich, you can join him this month in the Summer Sizzle Challenge, taking place at both Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley! Simply log in to your MYZONE account and accept the challenge. You only need to rack up 1800 MEPs to earn an entry into a raffle for great prizes. Make it fun, like Rich does; follow fellow members as they rack up points, and set little challenges for yourself. And if you don’t have a belt yet? Stop by the Service Desk at Briarcliff or the Reception Desk at Jefferson Valley and invest in one! “It was such a great investment for me because I like to stay on top of things and know what I am accomplishing,” says Rich. If you are working out at Jefferson Valley, look for “RICHPA” on the MYZONE screen and see if you can keep up!
MYZONE is all the rage and it’s no surprise! This super motivating piece of technology helps keep us on track even through our vacation seasons. It’s simple, it’s a heart rate monitor- an incredibly smart one! You wear it during your workouts here at the club OR during your home and outdoor workouts. Then when you are near one of the upload stations, it pulls in all that awesome data from your workout and tells you how much effort you were exerting!
One of the best parts of MYZONE is that it allows you to compete against your own personal best or against others when we are holding our challenges. Even some small group trainings utilize it to measure progress throughout a session of trainings or group fitness classes! What’s more, is that we will reward you for reaching your challenge goals!
This Summer, you can join in the fun with our Summer Sizzle Challenge! Check it out: Keep active during the beautiful summer season!
Going on vacation? Don’t forget to pack your MYZONE belt and upload your workouts in the club when your return. Every participant who reaches 1800 MEPs will earn an entry into a fabulous raffle. (Only one entry per participant, please.)
Challenge— Earn 1800 MEPs in 30 days:
Each participant who reaches 1800 MEPs will be entered into a raffle for a
chance to win one of three prizes. Drawing will take place on August 6th.
(Winners will be posted at the front desk.)
1st: Pair of Tickets to Westchester Broadway Theatre
2nd: $50 eCash | 3rd: Pair of Tickets to Comedy Night at Club Fit
How to get involved:
If you have a MYZONE belt, login to your personal MYZONE web page
and accept the challenge invitation. If you don’t have a belt yet,
see the front desk for details and join in the fun.
For more information on the MYZONE Challenges at Club Fit Briarcliff: MYZONE Challenges
For more information on the MYZONE Challenges at Club Fit Jefferson Valley: MYZONE Challenges
This past week, I celebrated my birthday, which I have a very different perspective on in my cancer-remission world. Before I started out seriously on a path to health and wellness, I would celebrate my birthday in less healthy ways, but now, I see my birthday as an opportunity to reward myself with a gift that will help me on my new path. Last year on my birthday, I celebrated with an early morning workout and a massage. This year, I gifted myself with Club Fit’s newest toy, the MyZone belt. (If you haven’t heard of MyZone, check out this video to learn more.)
The MyZone belt is an ingenious little device that tracks your heart rate during your workout, and emails you a summary of your results after you’re finished! (What a world we live in, huh?) If you’re working out in the gym, you’ll be able to see your current heart rate, calories burned, and more, right on the nearest screen. I can keep one eye on it to see if I’m working too hard, or if I need to put more effort in, to get the most out of the time I’m putting into my workout. You can also take it with you outside the gym – it will store 16 hours of workout data, and then sync up again next time you get to the gym.
When I first started using my belt, I was really surprised to find that I wasn’t working as hard as I thought, and I needed step up my game a little bit. It also helped me identify the fastest activities to get my heart rate up, so I can use cardio intervals more effectively. It’s super comfortable to wear, easy to put on, easy to clean, and it’s just a really cool piece of technology that is so gosh darn fun to use! I mean, who doesn’t feel like a superhero with a bright red band around their chest?! (Secret superhero handshake, anyone?)
I’m SO, SO glad I made this investment. It has helped me immensely, and I’d recommend it for anyone who is serious about results from their training (or just wants to feel like a superhero.)