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John’s Recovery Process | January Transformation Series

January 16, 2018

During the month of January this year, we’ve been sharing some fantastic member transformation stories! We love having these inspiring people walking around our Club and encourage you to share your own stories with us!  Meet John who is working incredibly hard to meet his recovery goals!  We are blown away by his daily determination and effort.  After you read his interview, see John’s progress for yourself by watching the video at the bottom.



1) What was your transformation?

I joined the Chatham Club several years ago to work out and be physically fit. After I had a stroke in 2015 and had a long period of limited mobility, I wanted to reach the level of strength and fitness that I had before.


2) What was the hardest thing about your recovery?

The hardest thing about my recovery has been regaining full use of the fingers of my left hand.


3) Who do you work out with?

I work out with Frank Azarelo most of the time. He has been invaluable in helping me to increase my overall fitness and improve my hand function, but still manages to make the sessions fun. When Frank is not available, he has arranged for me to work with Will Weber and Brandon Olshvang.


4) How did the Chatham Club help you achieve your goal?

At the Chatham Club, I have been able to make use of the wide variety of equipment available. The personal trainers have been particularly important in managing my use of the equipment to make sure I do enough to improve my strength but not too much to risk injury. Everyone has been friendly and supportive, which I appreciate.


5) What are your goals for 2018?

Over the past 6 months I have gained interest in the Stairmill. I noticed that when my daughter comes here to train, she usually likes exercising on the Stairmill. My daughter inspired me to try it out. When I started with Frank, I initially could only do about 1 minute. Since then, I have progressed to 4 minutes. My primary goals this year are to surpass 5 minutes on the Stairmill while continuing to work on precise motor skills in my left hand and fingers.



We appreciate you taking the time to share your story, John! We can’t wait to watch you crush your 2018 goals!  To learn more how to begin your recovery or rehabilitation process with the Chatham Club, email Kirk DeLaney at kirkland@chathamclub.com or check out our Membership Services page!

Erikson’s Inspiring Weight Loss Journey | January Transformation Series

January 2, 2018

During the month of January this year, we’re excited to share 4 fantastic member transformation stories! We love having these inspiring people walking around our Club and encourage you to share your own stories with us!  Meet Erikson, who works for Professional Physical Therapy and is doing an AMAZING job crushing his weight loss goals!  We love his positive energy and commitment to creating a healthy lifestyle.



Q: What was your transformation?

A: Thanks to trainer Andrew Krasovsky, I was able to go from a size 44/46 waist down to a size 34/36 along with dropping from XXL/XXXL shirts to Mediums now. Overall from when I started from July to now I have seen a loss of approximately 75 lbs (280 lbs to 205 lbs).


Q: What inspired you to make a change?
A: A big reason for the change was that I began getting health risks that were slowly coming because of the sheer amount of weight I had and I knew a change was necessary. More so as an aspiring physical therapist I would like to lead by example by first taking care of myself to later help others.


Q: Who did you work out with?
A: I had the opportunity to work out with Andrew Krasovsky. Had it not been for Andrew I know for a fact I would be worse than how I was originally.


Q: How did the Chatham Club help you achieve your goal?
A: The Chatham Club helped me achieve my goal by first providing me with an excellent facility to exercise in with the proper equipment to aid the process as well as providing me with the motivation to continue on the path I had chose.  I had tried everything to lose weight and nothing was working I was actually gaining more but after being given a proper nutrition plan and workout schedule I’ve been able to see fruits of my work.


Q: Your goals for 2018?
A: My goals for 2018 include dropping about another 20-30 lbs and hopefully competing in a bodybuilding competition in the later part of the year.



Thanks for sharing your story, Erikson! We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for you!

To start your weight loss journey with the Chatham Club, email Kirk DeLaney at kirkland@chathamclub.com or check out our Membership Services page!


Sleigh The Workout | Simple Circuit Workout with Dennis

December 17, 2017

Dennis Stacknick, our Fitness Director has put together the ultimate pre-holiday circuit! Perfect if you only have 15 minutes to hit the gym or for a quick morning workout before a holiday party or gathering. Check it out below and let us know if you give it a try!


1. One Arm Dumbbell Press on Theraball (10 Reps each side, 3 Sets)


2. Prone Bench Dumbbell Row (10 Reps, 3 Sets)


3. Dumbbell Thruster (10 Reps, 3 Sets)


4. Tricep Extensions / Seated Dumbbell Curl Blasts (10 Reps, 3 Sets)

**These two moves are done back-to-back with no rest on the blast! 



5. Kayakers (15 Reps each side, 3 Sets)


To work with Dennis on identifying and designing an individual exercise program, e-mail him directly at dennis@chathamclub.com. For membership information, contact Kirk – kirkland@chathamclub.com.

Dennis Stacknick, B.S., NSCA is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a B.S. in Movement Studies and Exercise Science. He earned his Personal Trainer certification from NSCA. He is also a certified Kinesis, Power Plate and Spinning instructor. Dennis developed his own Intensity Training class for the Club, incorporating high-intensity, plyometric-interval exercises. While at ESU, Dennis was captain of the Men’s Cross Country and the Indoor/Outdoor Track teams. Since joining The Chatham Club staff in 2006, he has focused on sports-specific training and strength-conditioning programs.

Emily’s Spin Playlist – (9am on Saturdays)

December 2, 2017

Looking to refresh your workout playlist? We asked one of our spin instructors, Emily to give us her #ultimate spin playlist! Read on to see why Emily loves these songs and subscribe to the playlist by clicking the play button above. Break a sweat with Emily on Saturday mornings at 9am.

1) Long Train Runnin’ – Doobie Brothers

2) Turn All the Lights On (feat. Ne-Yo) – T-Pain
“One of my favorite songs to get you up and out of the saddle!”

3) Ghost Town – Adam Lambert

4) Say It Right – Nelly Furtado
“This song has the perfect beat for a heavy, standing climb (in third)!”

5) Hey Brother – Avicii

6) The Anthem (feat. Lil Jon) – Pitbull

7) Plowed – Sponge

8) Dig In – Lenny Kravitz

9) He Like That – Fifth Harmony
“An awesome song for a weight segment. The movements are slow to match the beat so you definitely feel it.”

10) Till the World Ends – Britney Spears

11) Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
“I love to play this towards the end of a class, as a seated climb with a burst out to (position) three at the end. The beauty of this song always voice gives me goosebumps!”

12) The Cave – Mumford & Sons
A beautiful, intense song to end with. You pick up your RPMs along with the beats, and end with an all-out push. Dramatic and exhilarating!

Cool Down) Porcelain – Moby

A Peek Inside The Professional Squash World

October 27, 2017

I began my professional squash career in 2010 traveling around Australia. At the time I was representing Australia and I was training in Brisbane whilst competing on the Australia Tour. At the end of 2012 I decided to represent my father’s country Guyana. My decision to represent Guyana stems from the relationship I have with my dad. My dad introduced me to squash and has supported me from the very beginning. In 2015, I reached my highest ranking of 122. It was quite a journey competing on the professional tour for seven years.



The tour is very demanding mentally, physically and also emotionally. Becoming a professional squash player was an opportunity to travel whilst pursuing my passion. Although squash is demanding physically, it requires skill and adaptability. If I were to compare myself to the top 10 I would say they are faster at reading the next shot, so quickly that it literally allows me no time to catch my breath. Playing those guys are virtually in another world. I must admit that my best results have come when the temperature is above 90 degrees. The rallies are insanely long because the ball bounces a lot more. So I do love to play in the Caribbean!



Recently I have backed away from competing professionally and focusing more on my health and future. I look forward to playing for my country with my next major event being the Commonwealth Games back in the place where it all began, Australia.


–Sunny Seth, Assistant Pro

To work with Sunny, email him at sunny@mitchellsquash.com or, for membership information, contact Kirk at kirkland@chathamclub.com.

Sunny Seth is a Guyanese squash professional, currently ranked 133 in the world. He was based in Perth, Australia, before moving to the U.S.  Sunny joined our teaching staff on January 5th while continuing to compete on the PSA squash tour. He represented Guyana in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and recently led the Guyanese men’s team to qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games.  Sunny hopes to share his experience as a world-class athlete with our Chatham Club squash players.