Ann Krobath: Cancer Exercise Trainer

September 24, 2018 by karen

Master Trainer Ann Krobath is a fitness professional who utilizes a well-rounded understanding of cancer to develop exercise programs specifically suited for cancer survivors.

Club Fit Master Trainer Ann Krobath
Club Fit Master Trainer Ann Krobath

“Over the past few decades, I witnessed friends and families endure, survive and lose their lives to cancer. My mission is to empower cancer survivors to find their inner strength through improved fitness and emotional health. Created in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, American College of Sports Medicine/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers design and administer fitness assessments and exercise programs specific to a person’s cancer diagnosis, treatment and current recovery status. I am committed to upholding the gold standard as set forth by the ACSM and am passionate about helping cancer survivors attain a quality of life that may have seemed out of reach. It is my greatest joy to be a partner on this journey to hope and good health for people who have suffered through this devastating illness.”

An ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer is a fitness professional who utilizes a well-rounded understanding of cancer to develop exercise programs specifically suited for cancer survivors. ACSM/ACS CETs empower cancer survivors to display their significant inner strength by improving their own physical fitness.

Beyond assessing and creating individual exercise programs unique to each individual, ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers have working knowledge around cancer-related topics from surgeries to side effects, from diagnoses to survivor stages—specialized knowledge that allows them to better create the ideal fitness experience no matter what a client has been through. ACSM/ACS CETs truly uphold the gold standard by working to adapt fitness best practices that equip cancer survivors to attain a quality of life that may have seemed out of reach.

Ann will consult with the our Briarcliff Cancer Wellness program participants and develop a program to meet their specific needs. Contact her at ext. 2260 or akrobath@clubfit.com for more info.

Trainer of the Month Colin Connery

June 28, 2018 by karen

July 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Colin Connery

Colin will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, July 9th at 11:00 am and Tuesday, July 17th  at 6:00 pm
Subject: Benefits of Powerlifting

Club Fit Personal Trainer Colin Connery
Club Fit Personal Trainer Colin Connery

My name is Colin Connery and I am a Personal Trainer at Club Fit. For me, it all started with sports. In high school I played lacrosse like my two older brothers, and then when rugby came around I jumped on that opportunity with utmost enthusiasm. From then on, rugby would be my sport.

Along the way a few shoulder, hip, ankle injuries courtesy of the worlds most savage sport, would introduce me to “prehab.” Essentially prehab is the idea of taking care of your body before it gets injured or hindered. This involves proper warm ups, dynamic stretches and mobility exercises as well as stability and joint strengthening techniques. Once I took this approach, I haven’t been injured since, and could continue doing the wacky things I like to do. Knock on wood.

I also am a huge fan of more obscure sports such as: water-skiing, longboarding, snowboarding and skiing. So today, my training style revolves around remaining as spry, flexible yet stable, and strong as possible. This means that I will train myself and my clients on the principles of powerlifting, functional and athletic training, core strength, and prehab. With these various and very different forms of training, I believe that someone can develop a body that not only looks good, but is strong, sturdy, all while being limber. Without even one of these components, you can kiss your strength, durability, or mobility goodbye, and say hello to laundry list of issues.

Like anything else in life worth doing, fitness is a whole package, a lifestyle. Whatever you like to do, tennis, basketball, swimming, golf, or spelunking (you never know), do yourself a favor and do it all the way. It doesn’t start and end at the gym, it is a constant. This means actually taking time to prep your body with “boring” warmups, dealing with delayed onset muscle soreness, learning to accept failures, and most of all, consistency.

If you have the dedication and drive, if you truly want it long term, then you will accept that these things are not an option. My goal for clients is to get them to a point where they are more comfortable with themselves, and no longer rely on me for motivation, and they can be confident and motivated from within.

Trainer of the Month Tiana Gonzalez

May 29, 2018 by karen

June 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Tiana Gonzalez

Tiana will be giving a free-to-member lecture in our Conference Room on Wednesday, June 13th at 7:30 pm and Friday June 22nd at 11:30 am
Subject: How To Set Goals

Club Fit Master Trainer Tiana Gonzalez
Club Fit Master Trainer Tiana Gonzalez

Hi my name is Tiana Gonzalez. I am a Master Trainer at the club with a background in movement, bodybuilding, strength training and nutrition. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering that I don’t use as often as I did when I worked in Corporate America for 13 years, before I decided to pursue my passion. I love to help people and have experienced the utmost joy in coaching people on how to identify goals, put a plan together and then empower those same individuals to execute their plans. There are no two people that are the same in this world, so being versatile and open-minded has helped me to become a better trainer. I believe that honesty and personal accountability should be at the foundation of anyone’s plan. When clients learn how to take ownership of their fitness plans, their workouts, their nutrition, and the other 23 hours of the day when I’m not standing in front of them, that’s when the wheels really start to roll and things pick up momentum. So often, I encounter people that truly do not know where to start and I absolutely love helping them put the right pieces in place to start moving forward. From getting stronger, to trail-run events, to bodybuilding shows and beauty pageants, whatever your goals are, you need to have a plan in place and you need to be committed to that plan. It’s not as daunting of a task as one would think and I am happy to help!

Oftentimes, people get overwhelmed thinking about what they really want for themselves. The secret to accomplishing any goal is to first establish what it is a person truly wants, then break it up into smaller steps. Once you do that, you work backwards to create a schedule that is effective, manageable and has check points along the way. There are plenty of mobile apps and websites that are designed to help you stay on track. I will be discussing a basic overview on how to set goals and I will go over a few popular applications. I’m hopeful that this short lecture will help you feel better equipped to reach for your goals.

The Benefits of The Kettlebell Swing: One hand or two?

June 29, 2015 by Liz

By Master Trainer, Jennifer Schildwachter

Master Trainer & NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Jen Schildwatcher
Master Trainer & NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Jen Schildwatcher

The kettlebell swing has been found to bring forth therapeutic relief by preventing further injury and relieving pain. It also can have a corrective benefit, coupled with natural physics, which demands correct spine mechanics throughout the actual swing. The kettlebell swing also reinforces proper functional spine mechanics and in some studies, it has helped back pain sufferers. From a corrective standpoint, kettlebells can be a great tool for individuals with prior low back, shoulder, knee and ankle injuries.

So how does one embark on a kettlebell program? Does the person start with heavy or light weight? Does that same person, start with one handed grip or two?

In general, the kettlebell swing targets practically every muscle in your body, but in particular those of the posterior side; glutes, hamstrings and back. It would make logical sense the more muscles you can hit or fire in one go around with the kettlebell, the more energy(calorie expenditure) is required to fuel the movement. Kettlebell swings are huge fat burners as well as great for your posture.

So if the swing in general is so great, why would it matter if you wanted to do a two handed or one handed swing?

The one handed swing offers similar benefits of the two handed swing plus:

1) The one handed swing helps to recruit smaller and stabilizing shoulder muscles that help keep your shoulder joint in correct position and safely in its socket. That is the main reason, from a rehabilitative and corrective standpoint, the one handed swing is great to strengthen each shoulder and prevent future shoulder injuries.
2) Using the one handed kettlebell swing puts more rotational torque or rotational through the core muscles resulting in additional core recruitment.
3) When using the one handed kettlebell swing it basically doubles the amount of grip strength required to keep hold of the actual kettlebell. As we age, grip diminishes and it’s important to look after a steady and firm grip. Grip strength tends to illustrate a natural sign of overall full body strength.

So if you’re looking forward to starting a kettlebell program or you are incorporating them into your current routine, but don’t know where to begin with utilizing a one handed grip, it’s important to acknowledge mastering the double handed grip first before going to a single handed grip.

In general, there are so many wonderful benefits to kettlebell swinging and in some circles it’s almost revered as a “practice”. The Swing is dynamic and mechanical, but when done correctly, it is an art form because it demands perfect muscle activation which in turn protects and stabilizes the body.

Whether you wish to swing for fun, fitness or corrective reasons, swing with two hands first then ease your way into a one handed grip and stay in that sequence as you begin progressing to heavier kettlebells. So swing away!!

Double Arm Kettlebell Swing:

Single Arm Kettlebell Swing:

If you are interested in taking your training to the next level, Jen is currently teaching Kettlebells, Straps, Boards and Beyond. That is a great way to challenge yourself and change up old workouts. Not sure about taking a class, but would like some individual attention? Jen is available for personal trainings as well! Feel free to send her an email at jschildwachter@clubfit.com or call her extension at Club Fit Jefferson Valley: 914.245.4040 ext. 1216.

Vince Wright shares “Some of the Good Stuff”

November 24, 2014 by Joy Cain

— Written by Club Fit Member and Guest Blogger Joy Cain

 

Meet Club Fit Personal Trainer Vince Wright

Vince Wright is in the Club Fit café, happily munching on a plate of chicken tenders and mashed potatoes from Kentucky Fried Chicken. Hmmmm. This is not the typical type of meal you’d expect to see Jefferson Valley’s newest personal trainer eat . . . but then again, Vince is not your typical type of trainer. “It’s not about restricting yourself,” he says in defense of his occasional foray into KFC-land. “It’s about getting into a healthy lifestyle and making it so that you can enjoy some of the good stuff.”

Born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, Vince was a small, sickly kid who suffered from asthma. He vividly remembers not being able to climb the rope in gym and not being able to play with his classmates at recess. Vince couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for breath. And he was bullied. Determined to get stronger, he asked for and received a set of weights from his father—not that he really knew how to use them. But Vince desperately wanted to change his physical condition. He just didn’t know how.

Then one day a friend challenged him to see who could jump furthest on a bike. What happened next was Light Bulb Moment No. 1. Vince’s fifth-grade mind reasoned that jumping on a bike was basically a matter of lifting the bike, while in motion, and then landing. So to train for the upcoming bike jump challenge, every day for two weeks Vince lifted his bike. When competition day came, he was more than ready. “I smoked him– just smoked him, “ Vince recalls. “I remember the bike felt so light when I went to lift it, and I thought—‘Wow, that really worked!’ So that began my fascination with weight training and how it could improve my performance and make me better.”

During high school, Vince spent countless hours in the family garage lifting weights and reading Muscle and Fitness magazine, but his results were mixed. On the plus side, his asthma symptoms disappeared. But on the minus side, despite eating healthfully and working out for hours each day, Vince wasn’t bulking up. His 5’8” frame wouldn’t budge above 140 pounds.

It wasn’t until he was 21 years old that Vince experienced Light Bulb Moment No. 2, which basically came down to this: Simpler is better. Everyday, Vince had been spending hours trying to exercise each muscle group—when in reality he should have been focusing on one muscle group for just 45 minutes a day. Moreover, he was doing some of the exercises incorrectly. And although Vince often ate a healthy dinner, he never ate breakfast and lunch, at best, was a crapshoot. Bottom line: His food intake was off. Vince made some adjustments.

“I looked at my workout program and whittled it down. I made it lean and effective. I started focusing on certain muscle groups on certain days, and I didn’t go beyond a certain period of time in each session,” Vince says. “And I made sure that I was providing the proper nutrition for myself in order to sustain those workouts. The result was like night and day. My body—it was like a plant. It finally got the light. It finally got the water. And it finally got the food to grow. “ By making those changes, Vince gained a much-desired 40 pounds in one year. He felt empowered by his newfound knowledge and the transformation he had made in his life. And he hasn’t looked back since.

Vince has been certified by the National Strength Conditioning Association and currently holds an International Sports Science Association certification. Since moving east, he has worked in three Westchester gyms and experienced numerous success stories among his clients. One woman had shin splints, terrible posture, and bad feet-–but she wanted to be a marathoner. Says Vince: “I thought I was a little bit out of my league because I wasn’t a runner, but I always had a need for information so I researched what was going on with her and what she needed to do.” Long story short—after training with Vince for over a year, the woman’s body was transformed. She developed a little six pack, some muscle definition in her arms and her posture improved. Most importantly, she ran in two marathons, completing the second one in under four hours.

Another success story was that of the high school swimmer who, after training with Vince, won a New York State swimming championship. And no, Vince isn’t really a swimmer, either. But as with the marathoner, Vince’s persistence, his knowledge base, and his willingness to research and cross-train made all of the difference for his young client. Here at Club Fit, Vince hopes to create group classes that help women transform themselves and eventually, he hopes to work with all types of athletes through the Parisi program. Naturally, personal training sessions are on his agenda as well.

“I’m in this to help people,” Vince says. “ I’m in this to make a change in someone’s life, just the way I made a change in my own life. That’s what I look forward to. That’s what drives me and keeps me going.”

Vince Wright

What else keeps Vince going? Here’s a quick connection with Vince Wright, Club Fit style:

Favorite guilty pleasureMoosetracks ice cream.

Most exciting G-rated experience– Going across country, from Chicago to San Francisco, with my mother on a bus. I was in the fourth grade. It was an amazing trip, seeing the countryside.

Favorite type of musicDrum and bass (electronic dance music from England)

Favorite TV show—Breaking Bad.

Least favorite vegetableRed beets.

Favorite actor, and whyI like Morgan Freeman. Morgan Freeman’s my man. You know why? When I was a kid, he was on the Electric Company, and then as I grew up, he was always out there somewhere. I’ve always respected Morgan Freeman.

Fitness goalRight now I’m at about 12 percent body fat; I want to be at 8 or 9 percent. And I want to be bigger. Right now I’m about 190 pounds, but I want to be like 200, 205. It’s almost like being anorexic. When I look in the mirror, I see a small guy. For as hard as I work out, I don’t feel like my body represents that.

Weightlifting routine– On my heavy days, I’ll deadlift 430 pounds for 5 reps. On my chest day, I’ll bench press 325 for 5 reps. On my leg day, I’ll squat 430 for 5 reps.

But that’s on my heavy days. Then I have lighter days and I have moderate days—you can’t always go heavy, not at my age, you’ll beat yourself up. I’m 43. When I was 20-something I could do that, but at 43, you have to cycle it a little bit.

Favorite Sports teamEither the Chicago Bears or the New York Giants. I’m torn because I’m a hometown boy, but at the same time, I’m here now–and I love the Giants. I love my football.

A perfect day consists ofSpending time with my three sons (ages 21, 16, and 8) and going to the beach and barbequing. I enjoy cooking out.

What would people be most surprised to find out about you? That I’m a nerd. I’m a tech nerd. I enjoy computers, I like talking about the technical aspects of things.

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