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Club Fit Is Going Greener!

April 25, 2019 by karen

Club Fit is working to reduce waste and leave a smaller footprint

 

As we continue to look for new ways to embrace our neighborhood and support about members’ well-being, we are taking steps to help the planet by implementing these green initiatives.

Club Fit recycles! In our cafés, we have made the switch to biodegradable straws and cutlery. The Eco-Products PSM (plant starch material) cutlery is made with 70% renewable resources, as opposed to the 100% virgin plastic used in manufacturing traditional cutlery. The Eco-Products straws, made from 100% renewable resources, are “so green, you can compost them!” And unlike paper straws, they don’t get soggy. Members have been telling us they definitely prefer these to paper straws. Also, starting May 1st, we will be offering ceramic mugs for your dining-in experience as well as a 20¢ discount for those coffee and tea drinkers filling up with a reusable cup.

To keep you informed about upcoming programs and events, we are now primarily utilizing TV screens as opposed to poster stands throughout the clubs. This cuts down on paper waste as well as freeing up space on the floor.

Over time, we are converting our lighting to use more energy efficient LED bulbs throughout the clubs.

How can you help?

• Use the recycle bins located throughout the club for all co-mingled goods club
• Bring your reusable water bottles and mugs
• When using items such as towels, plastic bags, napkins, and cutlery, take only what you need
• Help cut down on paper waste by viewing the class schedules and registering for classes online at clubfit.com

Our team is dedicated to providing more eco-friendly choices. Do you have other ways we can all do more? Please send me an email at lwelling@clubfit.com with your suggestions.

 

How Does Daylight Saving Time Affect Us?

March 7, 2019 by karen

Daylight Saving Time is seen by many as one of the first signs of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. After the cold dark days of winter, who doesn’t love an extra hour of daylight to enjoy after work? While we may be happy about the extra light in our evening, there are also potential issues to watch for. Disruption of the circadian rhythm can have negative effects. The beginning of DST can cause symptoms of jet lag. It can take several days for your body clock to adjust to the change.

Take advantage of the evening daylight to get outside and get moving!

To help lessen the impact of a sudden change, NBC News suggests “To reduce the effects of DST, try to reset your clock by going to bed and waking up 15-20 minutes earlier starting a few days before the time change.”

Experts recommend being extra mindful during the first week or so, as there is increased potential for accidents caused by sluggishness.

Want to speed up your body’s adjustment to the change? Exercise! “A 1987 study found that hamsters that ran on an exercise wheel adjusted to a new lab-created time zone in a day and a half, on average, while those that did no exercise took more than eight days to adjust.” Take advantage of the extra daylight to get outside or into the club and after work — hibernation season is over!

According to Forbes, massage is another great tool to help alleviate fatigue. Club Fit offers a range of spa services on-site at both locations as a complement to your overall health and wellness program.

What is Yamuna Body Rolling?

February 28, 2019 by karen

What is Yamuna Body Rolling and what can it do for me?

 

Club Fit Fitness Instructor Scott Verardo
Club Fit YBR Instructor Scott Verardo

You may have seen the class on our schedule and wondered, “what the heck is Yamuna Body Rolling?” Let’s answer that question with some more questions. Do you have stress? Tight muscles? Limited range of motion? Then Yamuna can help! Yamuna is a specific discipline of focused hands-on body work. Its tools and techniques offer both fitness and therapeutic benefits.  According to Satoshi Suzuki, ATC, CSCS, “Yamua Body Rolling (YBR) is a very effective approach in many clinical settings because it evaluates and treats conditions simultaneously and makes clients more independent…”

Who should take it?:
• Anyone who needs to de-stress their tired body
• Anyone who would like to improve range of motion
• Beginning or current Pilates students who seek to open up or further elongate
• Anyone interested in edgy or new approach to conventional fitness

Benefits of YBR:
• Multidimensional elongation of muscle fibers
• Transversal and diagonal expansion of muscle fibers
• Functional evaluation and therapeutic uses towards multiple conditions in the medical field
• Multiple target areas to treat superficial skin, fasciae, muscle fibers tendons, ligaments, bones, internal organs, and the nervous system

Our YBR classes at Club Fit are led by Instructor Scott Verardo, an avid practitioner of YBR, as well as Pilates, Qigong, and yoga.

Club Fit YBR Instructor Scott Verardo Club Fit YBR Instructor Scott Verardo
 

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

 

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.

 

Parisi Athletes: Lakeland Panas Lacrosse Team

July 1, 2016 by karen

Parisi Speed School
Athlete Spotlight July 2016:
Lakeland Panas Boys Lacrosse Team

Lakeland Panas Boys Lacrosse Team in the lacrosse field
Lakeland Panas Boys Lacrosse Team credits Parisi with helping them win the Section I Championship.

“We worked extremely hard at Parisi Speed School this past winter and it carried over to the season. It is one of the reasons we were able to have such a good
season this year and become Section I champions.” – Kevin Prunty, Lakeland Panas Boys Lacrosse Team Captain

“Having worked with this team in Parisi for the last several years, it was great to see the hard work pay off as they ended the season as Section I Champs. This group of seniors has set a high standard for the classes coming behind them. I believe all of their time spent in Parisi was one of the reasons they were able to stay focused and disciplined enough to have such a successful year.” – Coach Greg Horowitz

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.

 

TRX: The Benefits of Band Suspension Training

August 18, 2015 by Liz

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

By Jennifer Schildwachter, Master Trainer

What does TRX really stand for? Many members and clients constantly ask when in awe of those yellow and black dangling straps in our functional area where our TRX classes are held regularly each day. It stands for Total body Resistance Exercises. It is a type of training that uses your own body weight and forces of gravity to build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, core/joint stability. Plus it’s an excellent tool for corrective exercises and to ultimately prevent injuries.

TRX was originated by the US Navy Seals as a way to stay fit while on missions in remote areas. No matter what your fitness level, TRX is a perfect and versatile way for all. Several fitness types like: athletes, post rehab patients, stay-at-home moms, body builders, the young and the old are all reaping the benefits of TRX!

Whether you’re chasing after the kids or family dog or playing sports or cleaning the house, you are using your “core”. You are mostly in multiple planes. Simply, TRX is a total body work out!

For Starters, you can minimize your training time by working your entire body; at all times you’re keeping your “core” engaged. Also transitioning from one exercise to the next by making simple adjustments can be so easy and you can regress or progress the same exercise to fit the type of client you are working with. You can control the intensity of your work out by walking yourself closer or further away from the anchoring point. So instead of adjusting a seat position or having to grab a different set of dumbbells you simply adjust your foot placement. The direct benefit of transitioning through various exercises can help keep your heart rate up. You can even do great stretches, like stretching more than one body part at a time. TRX is also light weight and easily portable. Workouts could be done virtually anywhere: inside a gym, hotel room or in the great outdoors. To have an affordable, light weight, durable and easily portable band suspension system like the TRX, you can add a new dimension to your work out.

Hit those straps, you won’t be sorry!

If you are itching to take your training to the next level, check out Jen’s specialized class that focuses on Kettlebels, TRX Suspension Straps, and Balance Boards: KBells, Straps, Boards & BEYOND!

For a list of free classes offered at our locations:
Free TRX Classes at Club Fit Jefferson Valley Schedule of classes: Group Fitness Schedule.
Free TRX Classes at Club Fit Briarcliff Schedule of Classes: Group Fitness Schedule.

Circuit Training Can Get the Job Done!

May 6, 2015 by Liz

A woman Clubfit  Specialist
Master Trainer & NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Jen Schildwatcher

By Jennifer Schildwachter

Timed Circuit Stations can get the job done for most at the gym!

Circuit training can be a time efficient and challenging form of body conditioning that develops strength, endurance (aerobic and anaerobic), flexibility and coordination all in one exercise bout. The term coined “circuit” actually describes the way in which the work out is structured. It usually consists of a series of exercises or “stations” completed in a timed succession with minimal rest in between.

Circuits are great because it allows the trainer or coach to become imaginative and add more variety to the training programs. Interval training tends to focus one exercise like cycling or running. However in a timed circuit you can run through a variety of exercises that focus on strength, stabilization, agility, flexibility and power.

A circuit can be used for general fitness, basic strength and for strength endurance. Depending if the circuit is for a sports specific need or for muscular endurance, you may have a varied work out based on criteria like; rest intervals, the number of exercises used and the number of circuit sessions needed to complete one total work out session at the gym.

Many advantages to a timed circuit station as it can help incinerate fat, promote stabilization and flexibility, maximize your time at the gym and also focus on muscular endurance and all out strength.Using whole body, dynamic movements can tap into all three energy systems our body uses to burn calories and taps into the longer and lower intensity energy systems referred to as the oxidative system and at the same time can also tap into the two others; ATP-CP and glycolytic systems responsible for the short burst of energy. Together, all three pathways of respiration contribute to your body’s ability to maximize fat loss, as well as preserve lean muscle tissue while increasing the body’s potential for functional and dynamic movements.

So whether you need to make a sudden dash for the bus leaving the bus stop, or go catch a dog that got off the leash and is already a block ahead of you or even weaving in and out of a large crowd of people in an airport or train station; you will be ready for what life throws at you with circuit training.

Jennifer is a Master trainer, Certified NASM trainer who is currently running a paid fitness program on the fitness floor every Wednesday morning at 10 am called; “KBells, Straps, Boards & Beyond!” Come see how fun you can have on the Functional Fitness Floor!

Learn how to prevent changes in balance for a fall-free future

February 19, 2015 by Liz

Learn how to prevent changes in balance for a fall-free future.
Practice exercises to improve your balance!

Debbie Lenihan
PT Director
Physical Therapy at Jefferson Valley

As we age the ability to maintain balance becomes more difficult. 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.

Many factors influence good balance. Some of them are biological and some we are able to influence and improve. Good balance is dependent on sensory input from 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, and have an increased risk of falls and hip fractures. 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 that 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.

Postural changes can develop as people age which includes rounded shoulders, forward head postures and an increased thoracic curve in the spine. 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.

There are many ways we can adapt to the changes in our bodies as we age. Different forms of exercise, such as strengthening exercises, flexibility and stretching exercises, yoga, tai chi, and aerobic exercise, such as walking, will all contribute to decreasing the risk of falls and improving balance.

A couple doing exercise and clubfit logo

Join Physical Therapy at Club Fit Jefferson Valley for a free lecture: “Use it or Lose it” on March 31!

If you would like to attend this free presentation contact Physical Therapy at Jefferson Valley at (914) 245 – 8807 to reserve a seat. Space is limited to 10 participants.

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.”

the man Vince Wright, clubfit trainer

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.

Learn more about Personal Training at Club Fit! Click here for Personal Trainer Bios.

Swimming lessons for children with special needs

April 17, 2014 by Liz

Here are some of the benefits of this swim program:

1. Development of cognitive and gross motor skills
2. Increased muscle strength
3. Increased muscle endurance
4. Improved relaxation
5. Improved communication skills

Our new program, Adaptive small group swim lessons is for children with Special Needs and is taught by a NYS certified Teacher in Special Education. Each child is taught at their level with a student to teacher ratio of 4:1.

For more information and for our online registration form!

Children in swimming pool and the text: Adaptative Programming