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4 Exercises That Will Better Prepare You For College Hockey

February 15, 2018

Brett Perry – one of our fantastic Chatham Club trainers – is sharing his 4 favorite exercises that are specifically geared towards preparing for a season of ice hockey!  Brett played ice hockey for Springfield College all four years and was team captain his senior year…needless to say he is our resident expert when it comes to hockey!  Take a minute to read/watch below.  To work out with Brett one-on-one, you can email him: brettperry@chathamclub.com or ask for him at the Front Desk!

 

Exercise 1: Squat jump with 90 degree rotation

This exercise requires good force production in the initial jump, but also works multiple planes of movement and adds difficulty to the landing because of the rotational aspect.

 

 

Exercise 2: Lateral Bounds

Lateral bounds are basically lateral jumps going from one leg to the other. They’re great for single leg force production and working on single leg landing and deceleration. They also work many of the same muscles that go into a skating stride.

 

 

Exercise 3: Spider-Man pushups

This is an added twist to the classic pushup. As you descend during the pushup, you drive one knee to the elbow on the same side, and switch which leg has the knee drive each rep. This exercise involves a high amount of core control and puts added stress on the shoulders and chest compared to a regular pushup. It’s a great exercise for someone who doesn’t have any equipment on hand.

 

 

Exercise 4: Bulgarian (rear foot elevated) Split Squats

A great single leg strength exercise that requires good balance and stability. This exercise can be loaded in many different ways (dumbbells, barbell, weight vest) and is a great way to build lower body strength for all athletes.

 

 

Interested in becoming a member of The Chatham Club?  Contact Kirk at kirkland@chathamclub.com for more information!  To train with Brett, email him at  brettperry@chathamclub.com.

 


Brett Perry, B.S., NSCA  |  Brett earned his Bachelor of Applied Exercise Science degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. While at Springfield College, Brett was a member of the Ice Hockey team for four years, and was team captain his senior year.

Jane & Charlie | TCC Valentine Series

February 13, 2018

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are featuring three lovely couples who commit to a healthy lifestyle by working out together! Our third and final duo, Jane & Charlie Gibney! These longtime members are well known around the Club!

 

 

Q: Why do you enjoy coming to the Club together?

A: We enjoy coming to the Chatham Club together to encourage each other as we practice a healthy lifestyle.

 

Q: How long have you been coming to the Club?

A: I think it’s probably 25 years or so!

 

Q: What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

A: On Valentine’s Day, we wouldn’t miss Lori’s 10:30 yoga class. Then, of course, a romantic dinner for two.

 

Did you miss our blog on our first Valentine’s Day couple – Mary & Neil? Click here to read on!

How about Anthony & Devin? Click here to meet them!

 

Bring a guest on Valentine’s Day — on us! Get fit at The Chatham Club by emailing Kirk DeLaney at kirkland@chathamclub.com or check out our Membership Services page!

Anthony & Devon | TCC Valentine Series

February 13, 2018

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are featuring three lovely couples who commit to a healthy lifestyle by working out together! Next up, Anthony & Devon Penizotto! We love seeing them around the Club and their upbeat attitudes are contagious!

 

 

Q: Why do you enjoy coming to the Club together?

A: We almost always go to the gym together because it’s such a fun environment and as a couple we challenge and encourage each other. Our workouts seem more intense when we are together because we hold each other accountable! 

 

Q: Why do you like working out at The Chatham Club? How long have you been coming to the Club?

A: We have been Chatham Club members for about 5 years and we are there very regularly. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and just downright fun to be around. There is always a big ‘Hello’ as we walk in and endless laughs and smiling faces! 

 

Q: What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

A: With 3 teenagers at home on a school night we will probably be making dinner and driving around during the afternoon but you can bet there will be a moment of child free time to relax and possibly catch a movie. Maybe one of my husband’s favorite Rom-Coms. Ha ha ha.

 

Did you miss our blog on our first Valentine’s Day couple – Mary & Neil? Click here to read on!

 

Bring a guest on Valentine’s Day — on us! Get fit at The Chatham Club by emailing Kirk DeLaney at kirkland@chathamclub.com or check out our Membership Services page!

Why You Should End Your Day with Yoga

February 5, 2018

 

We asked our resident yogi, Bernadette why ending your day with yoga can be beneficial – she gave us her answer below!

 

Many people enjoy carving out an activity to help release and let go of their day. Practicing yoga is a way to transition from a work day to the quieter, home-centered activities of evening. It gives you a chance to connect with yourself.

Morning yoga practices help awaken and energize the body and mind. Evening sequences are intended to quiet and restore the body and mind from activities of the day. When this is effective, you will have enough energy for your evening while also being calm and relaxed, able to sleep well through the night.

A sequence that focuses on supported inversions and restorative poses is the best way to do this. Poses (or asanas) like supported shoulder-stand, or bridge pose or my favorite legs-up-the-wall pose are excellent. Always finish your evening yoga sequence with a 3-5 minute savasana (corpse pose). You can feel the calming effects after one class.

Namaste

 

Bernadette is currently teaching Yoga For All on Monday nights at 7pm in Studio C.  To take advantage of all of our yoga classes, reach out to Kirk at kirkland@chathamclub.com for Membership information!

3 Power Pump Moves You HAVE To Start Doing!

February 5, 2018

Chrissy, our resident Power Pump guru demonstrates 3 of her favorite moves that you can easily incorporate into your workout!  Interested in taking Power Pump in a group setting?  She teaches on Mondays at 9am!

Power Pump is a non-impact strength training class that uses the barbell to target muscle groups.  Light weight with high repetitions exhausts the muscles creating lean muscle and a toned physique.

 

EXERCISE #1:

Back Squat
Primary Muscles Trained:
Gluteus Maximus, Hamstrings and the Quadriceps
Why? “All around a great leg exercise— as a runner myself, I need strong legs!”

 

 

EXERCISE #2:

Lying Tricep Extension
Primary Muscles Trained:
Posterior Arm, Triceps
Why? “The tricep is hard to isolate, these lying extensions target the area and are super effective.”

 

 

EXERCISE #3:

Reverse Lunge
Primary Muscles Trained:
Gluteus Maximus, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Hip Flexors and Calf.
Why? “One of the hardest lower body exercises to execute with correct form. Along with the glutes, hamstrings and quads, it works your hip flexor on the trailing leg and the calf of the leading leg.”

 

 

 

Want to hear Chrissy explain each move in more detail?  Watch the FULL VIDEO below!  To become a member of The Chatham Club, email Kirk DeLaney at kirkland@chathamclub.com or visit our Membership Services page!

 

Mary & Neil | TCC Valentine Series

February 5, 2018

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are featuring three lovely couples who commit to a healthy lifestyle by working out together! First up, Mary & Neil Durnin – they have been members since 2008! We love seeing them around the Club and admire their dedication to frequently getting to the gym at 5:30am!!

 

 

Q: Why do you enjoy coming to the club together?
A: At 5:30am, I’m not sure we would use the word “enjoy”.  But by coming in at the same time, we make sure we each get there!  Once here, it is a great way to start the day.

Q: Why do you like working out at The Chatham Club?
A: The Club is spotless, has great equipment and a tremendous variety of classes. It has something for everyone.  But it is the staff, instructors and trainers who really make the Club special. They are helpful and friendly and create a enjoyable atmosphere. We have made some good friends here.

Q: What are your Valentine’s Day plans?
A: For Valentine’s Day, we will start off the day at The Chatham Club and finish with some good takeout at home.

 

 

Bring a guest on Valentine’s Day — on us! Get fit at The Chatham Club by emailing Kirk DeLaney at kirkland@chathamclub.com or check out our Membership Services page!

Presidential Workouts

February 5, 2018

In honor of President’s Day, we thought we’d take a minute to highlight some fun facts about past Presidential workout regimens!

 

 

President Thomas Jefferson understood the importance of exercise and is quoted saying, “leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading,” – we agree!

 

President Herbert Hoover‘s White House physician (Vice Admiral Joel T. Boone) invented a workout game called “Hooverball” – the workout consisted of heaving a very heavy medicine ball over a net.  Many workout fiends continue to use this as a form of exercise today!

 

 

President Harry Truman created the White House bowling alley – his preferred form of exercise!

 

 

President Ronald Reagan was well-versed in health and exercise and he understood the important of having a evenly dispersed routine.  He is quoted saying, “I have two different sets of exercises I do on alternate days…Most people don’t realize it, but you overdevelop a set of muscles at the expense of other muscles and thus reduce flexibility, so it’s important that the routine you develop be well-rounded.  All your muscles – not just a few- need exercise.” Our trainers would agree!

 

President George W. Bush is widely known as an avid biker! He hosts an annual bike ride/race in honor of injured veterans and frequently rides for charity.  Many of our members along with our own Janet DeBiase love to do this- it’s a great way to get exercise and support an important cause!

 

 

President Barack Obama enjoyed playing basketball during his presidency – oftentimes playing with celebrities like George Clooney! There is an online movement of people who want to see Obama play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game – what do you think?

 

 

Do you have any interesting #Presidential exercise facts? Let us know in the comments!

Alexa’s Dance Goals | January Transformation Series

January 29, 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 Alexa, a dancer who continues to push herself to the next level each and every day.  We’re so impressed by her progression and her opportunity to become an aerialist! Check out her amazing adventures below.

 

 

Q: What do you do for a living?

A: I am a dancer for Royal Caribbean Productions. Recently In addition to my dancing, I have been given the opportunity to be an aerialist on my next contract. I have been working for the company since September 2013, and I’m leaving for my 6th contract at the end of February.

 

Q: How does The Chatham Club help you stay in shape when you’re ‘on land’?

A: I am a huge fitness freak, and I absolutely love working out when I’m on the ship as well as on land. At The Chatham Club, there is a huge variety of things to do, which is what I love about the space so much. They have every machine you could think of, as well as a huge variety of classes to participate in.

 

 

Q: What exercises do you do, specifically for dance?

A: For the past year or so, I’ve mostly been doing weight training, which I’ve really grown to love. As a dancer, I need to make sure my body is in top shape to be able to perform my job to the best of my abilities and to avoid any injuries. When I go to The Chatham Club, I usually start with about 10 minutes of cardio to warm up, either on the treadmill, row machine, or stair master. Then my main workouts consist of weight training and HIIT sessions. I usually break up my week into specific days. For example, one week I might do a leg workout on Monday, back workout on Tuesday, HIIT workout on Wednesday, another leg workout on Thursday, upper body (shoulders, biceps and triceps) on Friday, and then either another HIIT session or full body on Saturday. I usually workout six days a week, and then I will have one rest day. Weight training has really helped me feel very strong in myself. I also believe it makes me a solid partner because I am able to support myself and not solely rely on my partner. Because my job is heavily based on my appearance and how I look, I make sure to take care of myself as best I can. When I’m on in between contracts, The Chatham Club really helps me to keep in shape and keep my fitness at its highest level.

 

 

Q: How long have you been interested in dance?

A: I have been dancing since I was three years old, so I’ve been dancing for about 23 years now. I knew in 8th grade that I wanted to work for Royal Caribbean, since that was the year I went on my first cruise and was able to see the shows. I worked extremely hard throughout middle school and high school to learn as much as I could as a dancer because I knew it was what I wanted to pursue. I went to Point Park University and majored in dance. I auditioned five times for Royal Caribbean during my senior year. I graduated in 2013, and a few months after graduation, I started my first contract as a Production Cast Member with Royal Caribbean.

 

 

Q: What are your goals for 2018 in dance as well as your strength/conditioning?

A: In 2018, I will be heading out on my 6th contract with the company. I absolutely love working for Royal Caribbean. I’m being paid to do what I love and to travel the world, and I don’t think it gets much better than that. As far as my fitness goals, I want to continue with weight training, which will help me to get stronger. I always am looking to build muscle. I’ve never had the desire to just be skinny; I always want to be strong. Being physically strong helps to keep you strong mentally, and I think it builds confidence. I was always nervous about going into the weight room at a gym and being judged, but now I walk in there knowing what I’m doing and knowing that I can “keep up with the guys.” 2018, and every year, is my year to continue to grow.

 

 

We appreciate you taking the time to share your story, Alexa! We can’t wait to see what’s next!  Inspired? Get fit with The Chatham Club by emailing Kirk DeLaney at kirkland@chathamclub.com or check out our Membership Services page!

Carmine’s Take: Inserting Competition into Exercise at Any Age

January 25, 2018

We stopped trainer Carmine in the halls and got his take on exercise at all different age levels! His main piece of advice? Insert a little bit of competition into the mix! Whether it’s friendly competition between two kids or the competitor inside yourself – it will give you that extra boost of energy.

Listen to Carmine here:

If you are in high school or college and are interested in starting up some friendly competition at The Chatham Club, let us know!  For membership services, email Kirk at kirkland@chathamclub.com and to work out with Carmine, email him at carmine.c@chathamclub.com

 


Carmine Colasurdo, B.S., ACE | Carmine earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from Montclair State University. He is a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Carmine is well versed in personal, small and large group training with more than 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is a former NJ State Bodybuilding competitor. Carmine is also a Physical Education teacher at an elementary school in Nutley, NJ, and is a licensed Youth Soccer Coach through the Mid-New Jersey Youth Soccer Association.

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!

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