Trainer of the Month Leslie Kesselman

August 23, 2018 by karen

September 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Leslie Kesselman

Leslie will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, September 17th at 3:30 pm and Thursday, September 20th at 11:30 am

Subject: Active Aging

Club Fit Master Trainer Leslie Kesselman
Club Fit Master Trainer Leslie Kesselman

Greetings!

My name is Leslie Kesselman. I am a master trainer and a group exercise instructor at Club Fit. I have been in the business of exercise; educating and working with individuals for 35 years. I have been at Club Fit for 21 years. I have learned, grown and received much gratification along the way.

When we moved up to Westchester I decided to join a gym, mostly to meet people. I started going to group fitness classes and really enjoyed them. I found that exercising made me feel good. It felt healthy to be moving. I felt better than I did in years. I became a fitness instructor that year. I was fit, healthy and happy.

During my tenure as a group fitness instructor and master trainer I have worked with many different populations. Today the focus of my work is with the active aging population. The aging process presents many changes physiologically. We lose muscle mass, our joints become arthritic and stiff, our bones lose density, our neuromuscular system slows down, our balance and ability to react are compromised. There are postural changes. Maybe you’ve had a joint replacement? These issues can be addressed and improved with different forms of exercise such as; strength training to build bone density and muscular strength, balance exercises to prevent falling, proper alignment and core work exercises to help keep you injury free and flexibility exercises to increase range of motion around a joint to ease symptoms of discomfort.

Aging is a slow but inevitable process. You have the ability to delay that process and be as active and healthy as possible. Let me help you achieve that. I will design an individualized exercise program for you that takes into account your interests and goals as well as your limitations and health risks.

Exercising is worth the time and the effort. It makes you healthier. It makes you feel better. You can continue to do more of the activities that you enjoy. You can live your life to the fullest!

Briarcliff Fitness is Getting a Makeover!

August 10, 2018 by karen

Dear Members,

Our Fitness Center is getting a makeover! New Machines…New Turf…New Layout.

We began moving equipment yesterday in preparation for the big move on Sunday, August 12th.

• All cardio equipment from our small fitness room will be moved to the large fitness area.

• The plate-loaded strength equipment which is currently parallel to the turf will be moved to the area outside the fitness office.

• The strength equipment line (incorporating the Fitlinxx training system) running along the perimeter of the smaller fitness area will not be available for a short period of time as we work in this area.

• The small fitness room will be closed to paint and install turf.

Additionally we will not have TV access on some of the equipment until the afternoon of Tuesday, August 14th.

Need help finding a machine or alternate exercise? Please ask a Fitness Coach for assistance.

Thank you for the suggestions and ideas we used to plan these changes!


Donna Berta
Fitness Director
dberta@clubfit.com

Trainer of the Month Samantha Franks

July 27, 2018 by karen

August 2018 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Samantha Franks

Sam will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, August 6th at 10:30 am and Tuesday, August 14th 7:00 am

Subject: Optimizing Your Workout using HIIT & Weight Training

Club Fit Personal Trainer Samantha Franks

I’m Samantha Franks — Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at Club Fit. Exercise has always been part of my daily life. I grew up playing soccer and lacrosse and continued to play various club sports throughout college — rugby being one of them. In the last few months I’ve completed two Spartan Sprints and my goal is to get the trifecta within the next year.

Training for the Spartan races made me realize that I not only needed cardiovascular endurance but also a great deal of strength, mobility and ability to move my own body weight. I incorporate HIIT into my workouts in combination with weight training. I find that combining the two has helped me improve my overall strength, endurance and even decreased my body fat percentage. I wanted to be physically strong but also athletic and agile and I feel as though I have achieved that.

The benefits of HIIT include lowering your risk of Type 2 diabetes, decreasing abdominal fat, improving cholesterol and decreasing resting blood pressure. HIIT gives you the most health benefits in the shortest amount of time. My style of training incorporates HIIT with barbells, kettle bells and dumbbells. This type of training may be perceived as “only for young and in shape population.” This is in fact false. Research has shown that HIIT is beneficial to people of all ages, including those who currently have Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and even high blood pressure. What I like about HIIT is that you don’t need to be in the gym for hours.

HIIT can be done in a fraction of the time while still receiving more benefits then just steady state exercise. In addition to HIIT, weight training is ideal for increasing strength and also promoting bone development which is crucial for an aging population. The stronger your muscles, the stronger your bones will be and this reduces the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis. I truly believe that you need to put in the time and commitment. Exercise is more then just a few hours of your week; it’s a lifestyle and something to constantly work towards. Exercise doesn’t need to be boring or tedious. Enjoy what you do and have fun with it!

New Equipment coming to Briarcliff Fitness!

July 3, 2018 by karen

new fitness equipment coming to Club Fit Briarcliff
Some of the new fitness equipment coming to Club Fit Briarcliff this summer!

There’s lots going on in our Briarcliff Fitness department! As you know, Donna Berta is now our Fitness Manager. Just recently, Personal Trainer Russ Schum was promoted to Personal Training Manager. And now, we’re getting some new toys! New machines include Stages Solo bikes, Matrix Olympic benches, and a new circuit in the Women’s area including Matrix leg press, glute press, and chest press.

We’ll be doing some rearranging in the coming weeks to accommodate the new equipment and improve the flow of our Fitness area in general.

Can’t find your favorite machine? Want a quick intro to our new equipment? Stop by the Service Desk and we’ll be happy to help!

Dryland & Kids Conditioning April 2018 Athletes

March 26, 2018 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Eli Shriber
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Eli Shriber
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Eli Shriber

Eli is energetic, enthusiastic and looks to improve each day he is at practice! He is a humorous type of kid always providing a light hearted feeling for the class, and hopefully will continue to see improvement due to his hard work during our conditioning sessions. He challenges himself with the track drills and is a true competitor with the team activities. Way to go, Eli!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Jayson Park
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jayson Park
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Jayson Park

Jayson arrives like a charging bull every time he is in class! His enthusiasm is only matched by his determination to continually improve each and every time the trainers give him a drill to perform. He is a pint-size powerhouse and always gives 100% effort with everything he does. Way to go, Jayson!

 

 

 

 

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Dryland & Kids Conditioning October 2017 Athletes

October 14, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Marina Wheeler
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Marina Wheeler
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Marina Wheeler

Marina showed up this session raring to go! As it is her first year in Dryland I was unfamiliar with her and her abilities. She quickly demonstrated her athleticism and desire to excel. Marina is a strong runner, eager to learn and dedicated to take new drills to their limit. She encourages her teammates and always is a pleasure to work with. Keep on rocking Marina!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Madeline Wolin
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Madeline Wolin
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Madeline Wolin

This is Madeline’s first year in the Dryland program. She showed up on day one eager to start. Her enthusiasm and energy is apparent and she always is looking to improve at the drills given to her. Madeline works hard and seems to enjoy everything she does. She will ask how to perform better with something that might be new for her and always comes from a place of determination and desire to excel. She has made marked improvements in a short period of time and I’m thrilled to watch as she continues to blossom. Way to go Madeline!

 

 

 

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Trainer of the Month Christian Guerrero

August 30, 2017 by karen

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

 

Personal Trainer Christian Guerrero | Westchester, NY | Club Fit Jefferson Valley

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.

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning July 2017 Athletes

June 7, 2017 by karen

Dryland & Kids Conditioning programs with Club Fit Master Trainer Beth Kear
Dryland Athlete of the Month: Victor Zhou

 

Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Victor Zhou
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Victor Zhou

Victor has been with the program for a few sessions now and always tries his best. His speed and agility have seen much improvement as well as his coordination and running. Victor should see continue to see improvement due to his dedication during our conditioning sessions. Keep up the good work, Victor! 

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Daniel Luan
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Daniel Luan
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Daniel Luan

Daniel’s competitive nature is apparent when we perform team drills & activities. Daniel is a quiet force of nature and also a heck of a soccer player. Though not always available for our training sessions, he has still improved in many areas. Great job, Daniel!

 

 

 

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Dryland & Kids Conditioning June 2017 Athletes

May 23, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Richard Liu
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Richard Liu
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Richard Liu

Richard has been with the Dryland program for several sessions. He has shown that he will give 100% effort in whatever drill we are doing. When the weather is nice you will see him using the bounding rings, jumping rope or running hurdles out by the pool. Keep up the good work, Richard!

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: James Wang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete James Wang
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete James Wang

James is a pleasure to have in the Dryland program! He has shown a great desire in excelling with all the drills given to him. James has a competitive spirit and strives to do his best. He loves to improve his racquetball skill, and his balance and core strength has improved. Way to go, James!

 

 

Trainer of the Month Frank Murphy

April 27, 2017 by karen

May 2017 Club Fit Jefferson Valley Trainer of the Month Frank Murphy

 

Personal Trainer Frank Murphy | Westchester, NY | Club Fit Jefferson Valley
May 2017 Club Fit Jefferson Valley Trainer of the Month Frank Murphy

 

Qualifications:

• B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics
• NCCPT Smart Fitness Certified
• Basic Life Support (CPR & AED) Certified

Specialties:

• Personal Nutrition Consulting
• Speed and Conditioning
• Strength and Power Hypertrophy

Hobbies: 

• Nutrition & Cooking
• Football
• Hockey
• Lacrosse

Frank will be leading FREE workshops on Saturday, May 20th (8:00–8:30 am) and Saturday, May 28th (1:00–1:30 pm).

PURE FORCE is a high intensity class that uses a variety of circuits and intervals that will push your body to the limit. In just 30 minutes, PURE FORCE will torch your body fat, increase aerobic capacity, and build lean muscle mass. This class will utilize equipment such as slam balls, battle ropes, kettlebells, plyometric boxes and much more! Come put your body through the ultimate test, and may the force be with you.

Want to know more? Contact Frank at ext. 1257 or fmurphy@clubfit.com.

 

New HOIST Smith Machine

April 24, 2017 by karen

New HOIST Smith Machine at Club Fit Briarcliff

HOIST Dual-Action Smith Machine
HOIST Dual-Action Smith Machine at Club Fit Briarcliff in Westchester, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just added to our fitness area at Club Fit Briarcliff—the HOIST CF-3754 Dual-Action Smith Machine!

While traditional Smith machines have a constrained range of motion, the advanced design of this unique HOIST dual-action system allows it to be utilized as a safety-assisted Smith machine AND incorporate the fuller range of motion of a free-standing squat rack. The range of exercises that can be performed on this machine is nearly endless! 

• Dual Action technology allows for both horizontal and vertical bar movement

• Travel distance of horizontal bar movement: 30.25” (77 cm)

• Travel distance of vertical bar movement: 63.50” (161 cm)

• Integrated racking system provides 9 positions for Smith exercises

• Adjustable safety tiers

• Incorporates 10 weight plate holders for easy storage

• Starting weight of Olympic bar: 52 lbs. (24 kg)

• Maximum weight storage capacity: 1.450 lbs. (612 kg)

• Maximum exercise weight capacity: 540 lbs. (245 kg)

Come in and try it out! Need a demo or some pointers? Ask one of our Fitness Coaches—they’ll be happy to assist!

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning April Athletes

April 1, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month: Brittany Corbett
lub Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Brittany Corbett
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Brittany Corbett

This is Brittany’s second year in the Dryland program. She has shown her athletic talents from day one. Her enthusiasm and energy is apparent and she always is looking to improve at the drills given to her. She excels at the speed and agility stations, and always seems to be enjoying everything she does. Brittany is always willing to lend a hand with the earlier class when a partner is needed. Thanks, Brittany, for setting the example!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Kaitlyn Bennett
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Kaitlyn Bennett
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Kaitlyn Bennett

This is Kaitlyn’s first year working with the trainers. She began in September learning about flexibility, balance, accuracy and speed.  Kaitlyn continues to show her personal best each and every time she is at Dryland class.  She is a pleasure to work with and to see her improvement. Keep up the great work, Kaitlyn!

 

 

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Dryland & Kids Conditioning March Athletes

March 1, 2017 by karen

Dryland & Kids Conditioning programs with Club Fit Master Trainer Beth Kear
Dryland Athlete of the Month: Patrick Fang
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Patrick Fang
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Patrick Fang

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

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Xander Sohng
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Xander Sohng
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Xander Sohng

Xander was new to the program and has made marked improvements since beginning this fall. He is very focused and stays on all tasks given to him. His skills on the obstacle course have improved and he always gives his best. Xander is a pleasure to work with. The trainers commend his hard work and efforts. You go, Xander!

 

 

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Dryland & Kids Conditioning February Athletes

February 1, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month:  Allison Corbett
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Allison Corbett
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Allison Corbett

This is Allison’s second year with the Dryland program. Her running has improved immensely and she is always looking to improve her time. She continually strives to improve and get faster, yet keeps it fun. Allison consistently goes “all out” and puts her heart into everything we do in class. She is often asked to demonstrate skills for her classmates. Love to have you in class, Allison!

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Elizabeth Kracht
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Elizabeth Kracht
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Elizabeth Kracht

Elizabeth was new to the Dryland this past fall. From the first day she has demonstrated her enthusiasm and desire to learn new skills, and to better the skills that she already knows. Her running continues to improve as she challenges herself on a weekly basis. We are thrilled to have Elizabeth in class. Way to go, girl!

 

 

 

Dryland & Kids Conditioning January Athletes

January 1, 2017 by karen

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

 

Dryland Athlete of the Month:  Susannah Radick
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Susannah Radick
Club Fit Dryland Athlete of the Month Susannah Radick

Susannah has returned to the Dryland program this season and already has shown great desire in excelling with all of the drills given to her. She has a competitive spirit and strives to do her best. Susannah loves to improve her SAQ skills and her balance/core strength has improved greatly. Always ready to do the “Carlton” dance and lighten a difficult set, she is a pleasure to have in class. Way to go, girl!

 

 

 

Most Improved Dryland Athlete: Hunter Skodzinski
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Hunter Skodzinski
Most Improved Club Fit Dryland Athlete Hunter Skodzinski

Hunter has made a name for himself and I love to see what I can give him next. His running has greatly improved and he always gives 100% effort in whatever exercises he is performing. Hunter’s coordination, strength and agility have all seen great improvement. Keep up the great work Hunter!

 

 

 

Parisi Athlete: Hockey Player Paige Sullivan

November 1, 2016 by karen

Parisi Speed School
Athlete Spotlight November 2016:
Hockey Player Paige Sullivan

Parisi Speed School Athlete: Hockey Player Paige Sullivan
Parisi Speed School Athlete Paige Sullivan is happy to see improvement in her performance on the ice.

Parisi Speed School has helped me a lot in the short amount of time I have been going. I have really seen an improvement in my strength and conditioning. It has made me a more well rounded athlete. The training and the trainers have pushed and challenged me, and it has made me so much better. I can’t wait to see more improvement as I continue my training.” – Hockey Player Paige Sullivan

“Paige brings her all to Parisi. Her dedication and positive attitude is what makes her an exemplary athlete. As a  hockey player, Paige has improved her speed and strength skills through training at Parisi. Each class, Paige comes in high spirits and eager to learn. She is ready to push herself and stay motivated—no matter how tough the workout is!” – Coach Jess Petti

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.

 

To Keep You Inspired: Diane Purdy

October 28, 2016 by karen

Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist Diane Purdy Keeps Us Inspired

{by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger}

Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist Diane Purdy with Personal Trainer Lori Nigro
Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist Diane Purdy with Personal Trainer Lori Nigro

Club Fit’s highest staff honor is its Annual Service Award, presented under veil of secrecy each year at the Annual Meeting — a day of education, team building, and staff appreciation. So, when Diane Purdy, Club Fit’s Payroll Specialist of almost 20 years was asked to lead a Q & A about the Club’s new human resource management system, Dayforce, she was prepared and ready for any question that came her way. What she wasn’t prepared for was the proverbial table turn. Instead of being introduced as the afternoon’s next speaker, she was introduced through a cleverly written poem as Club Fit’s 2016 Annual Service Award winner!

Diane may have been the only person in the room surprised by the announcement. Her consummate work ethic and dedication strikes a lasting impression for all who meet her. Diane’s attention to detail and support to managers and staff has made her invaluable in every area of Club Fit. Diane takes her responsibility as Club’s Payroll Specialist seriously, and over the years she has braved many of Mother Nature’s wicked weather curve balls to get to work, even during weather closures, because, simply put, “Our people need to get paid.” The support she provides has become her calling card, and Diane has helped guide her team through two significant technology launches helping to maximize Club Fit’s internal efficiency and overall position as a leader in the fitness industry. But most importantly, on Diane’s watch, people come first, and everyone is taken care of with equal care and attention.

Diane grew up playing basketball, softball, and running track. As an adult, she enjoyed an effortless balance of health and fitness. But time marches on, and bodies change. As Diane entered her 50s, she realized that maintaining this balance was finally going to require a little more effort. So, she decided it was time to focus on improving her own health and fitness. She found her perfect partner in Club Fit Jefferson Valley Personal Trainer Lori Nigro.

“Lori knew that I was interested in getting in shape and losing weight,” recalls Diane. After their first session, the rest was history, and they’ve been training together since March of 2015. Every Tuesday at 3:30, the duo meets for a 30-minute personal training session. Lori has incorporated high intensity training (HIT) and functional training into Diane’s repertoire. Some days are dedicated to specific body parts, and each session includes stretching and cardio. Diane’s favorite machine is the cross cable machine, and she complements her Club Fit routine by staying active and bicycling through her neighborhood.

“Over the years, I’ve tried just about everything — spinning and cardio tennis, but, this is what I do on Tuesdays,” says Diane. It has been just over 18 months since Diane started her weekly sessions with Lori. She noticed changes right away, and is proud that she has maintained her fitness and weight loss. As for her future fitness goals, Diane is happy continuing her Tuesday sessions with Lori. “I’ll stick with my program,” says Diane. “Lori has shown me so many things. She is motivating, very encouraging and great to work with.”

This February will mark Diane’s 20-year Club Fit anniversary, and Diane most values the caring and friendly culture at the Club, from the staff to the members. “It’s my home away from home, and I love the people,” said Diane. “Everybody cares about their well-being, and the Club cares about helping the community. It’s a great place to work.”

As Diane closes in on the big 2-0, staff and members alike may already know of her love of traveling, NBA basketball, and her favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs. But, did you know that Diane is a huge country music fan with an ear that would make any Nashvillian proud? In 2016 she has already seen 16 big-name artists in concert such as Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and on October 26, Carrie Underwood. 2016 is not over yet, however, and in November she will see Keith Urban and Brett Eldridge, and Stevie Nicks is on the docket for December. Diane has already purchased her tickets for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Soul2Soul tour in October of 2017 — just another fun fact that exemplifies Diane’s attention to detail and strategic planning, a strength that can always be counted on by the Club Fit community.

Fitness Success Story: Janet Murff

October 19, 2016 by karen

Healthier and happier — Club Fit Member Janet Murff started training with Personal Trainer Candice O’Brien in 2015 and is now stronger, fitter, and happier.

 

Club Fit Member Janet Murff and Personal Trainer Candice O’Brien — working together to help Janet reach her goals.

“I’d like to express my appreciation to my trainer Candice and Club Fit. I am thrilled! The physical & mental benefits of exercise are amazing.

When I made my decision in November 2015 to have a personal trainer, I was out of shape and feeling stressed from two years of the life changing activities of caring for one’s parents; too much driving, too much sitting. Realizing what a difference a trainer would mean to my success, I signed up — and as luck would have it, I was paired with the right trainer from day one. I began with the goals of improved health and fitness. I knew that I could only commit to two or three gym visits per week. Consistency would make it work. Weight loss was far down my list. Today, I am much stronger, fitter, more toned, and happier than I was a year ago. Weight loss has been a bonus. I know that I could not have done this alone. I am excited to set new goals for 2017 and look forward to continue working with Candice to help me reach these.” – Club Fit Member Janet Murff

Congratulations to Janet on her hard work and her commitment to health!

Fitness Success Story: Kathi Grossman

July 29, 2016 by karen

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.

 

Kathi before, and how she looks today, showing her remarkable transformation.
Kathi before, and how she looks today. Amazing progress on her fitness journey!

 

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!

Better Balance Now

July 26, 2016 by Jacquie

Better Balance Now!— Fall Prevention
Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS, CST, RYT

As we age the ability to maintain balance becomes more difficult. Many factors influence good balance, some of them are biological; and some we are able to influence and are able to improve. Balance and stability are important factors for aging adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Loss of balance is the primary factor in falls, which often results in serious injuries.

Good balance is dependent on sensory input form the eyes, the correct functioning of the balance system in the inner ear, posture and center of gravity and our ability to sense the position and movement in our feet, legs and arms. Vision affects the balance system, as the eyes send messages to the brain telling us where objects are in space.

Aging adults are affected by a loss of muscle mass and strength. This is associated with an increased risk of falls and hip fractures. It also has a great affect on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Weakness in the ankle musculature may cause difficulty in recovering lost balance more quickly. Strong quadriceps muscles are necessary for good balance and walking. Evidence shows the strength and aerobic training can lead to a reduction in falls.

Loss of flexibility occurs with age. This may lead to difficulty climbing stairs, transferring from sit to stand and or getting out of bed without difficulty. Much of the loss of flexibility is due to inactivity. Flexibility exercises, stretches, gentle yoga will help improve flexibility of major muscle groups and therefore improve ones ability to complete everyday activities.

Postural changes develop as people age but not because they age. Rounded shoulders, forward head postures, increased thoracic curves in the spine are common postural changes. These changes affect the center of gravity in the body moving it forward. With changes in the center of gravity, older adults are more prone to loss of balance and an increased risk of falls.

Medications also contribute to the deterioration of the balance system. Research has shown that adding new medications in the previous two weeks increases the risk for falling.

There are many ways we can adapt to the changes in our bodies as we age. Some helpful tips include:

Promote safety in the home by using non-skid surfaces, eliminating area rugs & improve lighting in the home

  1. Get a yearly eye exam
  2. Proper nutrition and hydration
  3. Know the side effects of your medication
  4. Use caution with pets running around in your home
  5. Different forms of exercise, such as strengthening exercises, flexibility and stretches, postural exercise, yoga, tai chi, and aerobic exercise such as walking, will all contribute to decreasing the risk of falls and improve your balance.

Guidelines from The American College of Sports Medicine suggest that:

1) Healthy adults under the age of 65 should aim for:

 – Moderate intense cardiovascular exercises 30 minutes a day (aerobic exercise), five days a week or vigorous intense exercises 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week and strengthening-exercises twice a week

– Flexibility or stretching exercises are also recommended a minimum of 2-3 days a week

 2) Healthy adults 65 years or older:

 – Low-to-Moderate aerobic exercises, 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week and gentle strengthening-exercises (very light weights), 2- 3 times a week

– Flexibility or stretching exercises at a minimum of 2-3 times a week

Types of Aerobic and Low-to-Moderate Exercises:

Moderate Intense Aerobic Exercises Low-to-Moderate Aerobic Exercises
  • brisk walking
  • running
  • swimming
  • cycling; spinning classes
  • water exercises
  • gardening
  • housework
  • dancing, yoga, tai chi

If you want to determine your fitness level, refer to the reference guide from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/measuring/index.html.

For beginners, you can simply start out by learning the basics of the talk test, which is a rule of thumb for doing moderate-intensity activity and you can still talk, but not sing during an activity. However, if you are doing a vigorous-activity you would want to learn how to find your target heart rate and determine what intensity range you should be exercising at for optimal cardiac performance.

Check out the Stay Healthy Website to determine a simple way to find your target heart rate at: www.cancer.org/healthy/toolsandcalculators/calculators/app/target-heart-rate-calculator. Once you find your target heart rate, wearing a heart rate monitor will make it easier to monitor your desired rate.

If you would like to improve your current level of fitness, but still have questions about how to begin a safe exercise program if you had an injury or illness, our experienced and dedicated licensed physical therapists can help you get started. With Direct Access a prescription is not required to be evaluated. Contact Ivyrehab Briarcliff (914) 762 – 2222 and Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245 – 8807 or visit our Website: www.ivyrehab.com to learn more about Direct Access.

References:

(1) Exercise: Designing a Cardiac exercise Program. New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Retrieved September 2, 2011 from http://nyp.org/health/cardiac_exercis3.html

(2) American College of Sports Medicine Position Stand. Retrieved September 2, 2011 from http://www.mhhe.com/hper/nutrition/williams/student/appendix_i.pdf