Author: Andy Sharry

Special Holiday Classes!

By Andy Sharry
Contact Andy with Questions 
 
**Breaking News** Worcester Fitness Holiday Hours
Regular Hours on Saturday • Open 7-5pm Sunday (Christmas Eve) • CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY!
Open Regular Hours on Tuesday December 26.

***SPECIAL OFFER***
Guests: ONLY $5.00 per person, per visit through the end of the Year!

We've got a FESTIVE weekend planned for you this holiday weekend...take a look at these awesome classes!
 

Saturday
• Camp with at 8am
• HiiT it Hard with Janine, 830am
• Spin with Tracy R at 9am
• Aqua Jam at 9am with Picky
• Spartan HD with Tracy R at 10am
• Yoga at 10am with Daniella
 
Sunday
• Christmas Eve Day Spin with Andy at 8am
• Christmas Eve Bootcamp with Lisa at 9am
 
Normal Hours Saturday
Open 7-5pm Sunday
Closed on Christmas Day
Open Normal Hours Tuesday
Guests: $5.00 through the end of the Year!

Charlie LeBlanc

By Andy Sharry and Meg Paradis
Worcester Fitness
 
Charles “Charlie” LeBlanc is a long time, valued member of the Worcester Fitness family dating back to 2000. His smiling face is a staple in our evening indoor cycling classes. He rides hard, but does so with good nature, high spirit and positive vibe. When not in the spin room, Charlie, 59, works diligently in the weight room to maintain his broad shoulders, barrel chest and overall imposing stature. “Charlie is an extremely deep caring, gentle giant’, says Worcester FItness Spin Instructor Meg Paradise.
 
“There is a song that I play as a cool down after spin class called "Humble and Kind". Whenever it plays, he lights up and says to everyone "This song is what it is all about."

Spending time around Charlie, you would never guess that his life story includes a very serious accident that nearly ended his life. As you’ll read, this tragic accident never stole away his faith that he would once again return to health and strength.
 
In July of 2002, Charlie and his friend went on a 14 mile bike ride in the late afternoon hours. Before leaving, he spoke with his wife, and left a message on his mother’s answering machine expressing his love for both. “One thing that this experience has taught me is to never leave anything unsaid. I love you could have been my last words my wife and mother heard from me.”

 
Charlie was travelling 40 mph as he rounded a bend in the road coming from a shaded area to bright sunlight area. There he saw a Dodge Ram pickup stopped in the left lane coming up the hill with its left directional on. Unfortunately, he never saw Charlie and accelerated into the turn. Charlie considered going around the back of the truck but there was traffic coming down the hill and didn’t want to get hit broadside, so he tried to make the turn with the truck. He collided with the truck just at the front fender. “My head hit the windshield and shoulders and upper chest took most of the impact.”, said Charlie. To this day, he really doesn’t remember much of the accident just yelling “NO” immediately before the collision occurred.
 
Moments later Charlie was discovered lying face up on top of his bike, covered in blood. The EMT found that his carotid artery on the left side of his neck was cut. Thankfully, the quick thinking EMT placed his fingers into his neck and straightened the artery, packed the wound and placed him in the ambulance
 
In the accident, Charlie cracked the windshield with his head, bent the windshield strut, took off the outside mirror, blew in the passenger window and crushed in the passenger door. Local police commented that the damage to the large pickup truck was very similar to the damage done when a car strikes a moose. Charlie credits his diligent work in the weight room at Worcester Fitness for saving his life, “This is where the strength training played an important role in my survival. At the time of the accident I was 6’ and weighed 230 lbs with about 12% body fat and I’m certain that my size and strength helped absorb the impact”
 
Charlie had broken the odontoid bone in his neck, fractured his jaw in three places, broke his right collarbone, separated his left shoulder, broke all ribs, collapsed both lungs, bruised his heart and cerebellum, and had a stroke to his brain stem. The doctors gave him a less than a 50% chance for survival and he received last rites several times over the next few days and flatlined a few times that first week.
 

Within a few weeks, Charlie was moved to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and was in a coma for more than a month. He and his family were informed that he would most likely be a quadriplegic and might have permanent brain damage. His robust weight went from 230lbs down to 180lbs, but Charlie was rapidly showing vast improvements in his motor skills. He amazed his family and doctors with how quickly he healed and improved. 6 weeks after the accident, he was transported to Fairlawn Rehabilitation in Worcester, MA where he learned how to walk again. In typical Charlie fashion, by the end of the first week he had discarded his walker for a cane and was mobile again. Finally, he was able to eat solid food, and gained back some of the weight that he had lost. Charlie used his time in the rehab hospital to do some deep thinking, “I could sit there and pity myself or thank God for letting me live. I prayed and told God that if this were how I would have to live my life I’d make the best of it.”
 
Eight months following the accident, Charlie’s returned to his pre-accident weight of 230 pounds, was riding the stationary bike and elliptical machine for 1 hour. The nerves in his leg were showing signs of regeneration and he was totally off all medications. Within no time, Charlie was back outside on his bike, riding for fun and for charity in races like the Great Mass Getaway for Multiple Sclerosis . Once again, he was riding 30, 50, 75 mile rides. “I can attribute my amazing recovery to the incredible people and spin classes at Worcester Fitness. I was fit before my accident, and I know that my high level of fitness helped me recover fully and quickly.”

When Charlie looks back over all that has happened in the 15 years since the accident, he says that all his experiences and relationships with friends and family have all been affected positively. “Several people have told me that this must have been the worst year of my life, and my answer to them is "It was the best year of my life". "I'm Still Here! Miracles Do Happen!” When asked about Charlie, Worcester Fitness Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor Denleigh Grniet said, “ Charlie teaches us how important it is to ask if what is bothering us now really makes a difference. If it won’t matter in 5 months, we should just let it go, focusing on staying positive and gracious.”
 
We at Worcester Fitness are thrilled to have played a role in Charlie’s recovery and return to strength. We love having him as part of our family and are inspired by his strength and resiliency he’s shown for the years since his accident. According to Meg, “Charlie is an amazing guy. It's an honor to know him, and hear his incredible story of strength and survival.”

Your Kid's Winter Vacation Will Rock!

By Katherine Butterfield
Contact Kat with Questions 
 
Non-Stop Fun All Day Long!
December 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, & 29th.
9am - 3pm
Ages 4 -11 
 
Each fun filled day includes:
Free Swim • Kids Fit Class taught by a Certified Personal Trainer • Arts and Crafts • Recreational Games • Free play, and lots of fun!
 

Vacation Club Prices

 
First Child
5 Day Price: $195
3 Day Price: $149
1 Day Price: $55
 
Additional Sibling(s)
5 Day Price: $145
3 Day Price: $99
1 Day Price: $35
 

Important Vacation Kid's Club Info

Registration is required 24 hours in advance 
Please pack child’s own lunch, snacks, bathing suit, flip flops, towel, sneakers, and water bottle daily. Electronic devices will not be allowed during camp hours.
Our kids room is a peanut/tree nut free zone. All children will go through a swim test prior to swimming without a bubble. Camper profile and consent form will be filled out on their first day of camp.

 
 

Reimagining Athletic Performance for Young Female Athletes

By Janine McCarthy
Contact Janine with Questions 
 
Worcester Fitness is proud to announce our brand new program especially designed for young female athletes, Girls EmPowered!
 
This athletic development program is designed to develop well-rounded & strong female athletes with an emphasis on core stability, proper movement patterns, balance and strength. Increased confidence during practices, games, and most importantly during non-sport times. Specifically designed for Middle School aged girls (grades 6,7, and 8).
 
The head coach for this program is Worcester Fitness Master Trainer Janine McCarthy. Janine is a lifelong athlete with a passion for leading young women into positions of strength and power on the court, field or diamond and off. She played soccer & track/field at St. Peter-Marian and went on to play soccer & track/field at Lock-Haven University. She is the head coach of the girls varsity soccer team at Notre Dame Academy.
 

"We have a special group of young female athletes who play soccer, field hockey, basketball, softball, dance, and lacrosse. They are here to build up the foundation of what they need to succeed", says Program Director Janine McCarthy, "That's core stability and strength, balance and proper movement patterns. All the while, we are instilling the solid message that they are super strong girls with super confidence and strength!"
 
 
Class Details
 
Mondays
November 13th - December 18th
3:30PM-4:30PM
 
Tuesdays
November 14th - December 19th
3:30PM-4:30PM
 
Program Fee
$50.00 per athlete
Maximum of 20 athletes per session.

Your Team Has Been Selected!

By Janine McCarthy

The draft for the first Worcester Fitness Fitness Scramble was held on Thursday, November 9!

Below are the teams and first (and final) round draft picks for each team.

The Scramble

Worcester Fitness Fitness Scramble puts you on an NFL team with teammates. The season will last six weeks. Each member of the team will earn yardage through cardiovascular equipment activities right here at Worcester Fitness.

As the yards build up, so will the scores! Teams score a touchdown after 100 yards are accumulated and recorded by Fitness Scramble Ref, Janine McCarthy!
 
Choose your own equipment:
 

Bike(spin class)/treadmill/elliptical 1mile = 1yd

Stairs 50 flights = 1yd

Rower 1600m = 1yd

 

Group Fitness

HD = 4yds

Group classes = 3yds

Aqua/yoga/Pilates = 2yds

 

Want to put some points on the board early? Cash in 50 yards and pick up a three point field goal. Extra points are awarded if your teams corresponding NFL team wins their game that week.

 

Laura C.
Adam R.
Lindsey B.
Kelly K.
Jaime D.
George R.
Leah W.
Tracy R.

Eric S.
Jen D.
Jackie H.
Nick J.
Judith A.
Tony O.
Stephanie D.

Deb S.
Robyn P.
Steve D.
David R.
Barry B.
Dianne D.
Daniella W B.
Anthony D.

Megan B.
David F.
Doris G.
Jane R.
Jen R.
Leslie Q.
Tim O.
Jane J.

Challenge Schedule

Start Date - November 10, 2017

End Date - December 22, 2017

Prizes awarded to winning team and season's "Most Valuable Player!"

More Ways to Score!

By Janine McCarthy
Contact JANINE with Questions 
 
FITNESS SCRAMBLERS! Just an FYI about tomorrow's DRAFT--you don't have to be at Worcester Fitness when we put all the teams together! We'll emails you, text you, FB you, yell across the parking lot...as soon as the teams are drawn!
 
PLUS--we've added some more "YARD GAINING" activities! Check 'em all out and do what you LOVE!
 
Bike(spin class)/treadmill/elliptical 1mile = 1yd
Stairs 50 flights = 1yd
Rower 1600m = 1yd
Group fitness
HD = 4yds
Group classes = 3yds
Aqua/yoga/Pilates = 2yds

Challenge Schedule

Start Date - November 10, 2017

End Date - December 22, 2017

Prizes awarded to winning team and season's "Most Valuable Player!"

Sign up for this Fitness Challenge

Improve Strength, Flexibility and LIFE

By Denleigh Grniet
Contact ANDY with Questions 
 
Worcester Fitness is launching a brand new yoga program especially designed for seniors on November 2!
 
Senior Yoga helps to improve strength, flexibility, mobility and balance. It also teaches breathing techniques and body alignment.
 
Seniors who do yoga have better sense of well being, reduced risk of fall, improved sleep patterns and mood, reduced joint pain, and reduced anxiety.
 
Register at member services OR please share this with someone you think would benefit from the class!
 
Class Details
 
Thursdays
November 2nd - December 21st
9:30am-10:15am
Members: $64 or $9 Drop-In​
Non-Members: $76​ ​or $12 Drop-In
 

Sign up for Senior Yoga

Worcester Fitness Fitness Scramble!

By Janine McCarthy
Contact JANINE with Questions 
 
Worcester Fitness is launching a brand new fitness challenge...this time with football theme!
 
The Worcester Fitness Fitness Scramble will place you on an NFL team with nine teammates. The season will last six weeks. Each member of the team will earn yardage through cardiovascular equipment activities right here at Worcester Fitness.
 
As the yards build up, so will the scores! Teams score a touchdown after 100 yards are accumulated and recorded by Fitness Scramble Ref, Janine McCarthy!
 
Choose your own equipment:
 
Treadmill activity will generate one yard of forward progress per mile of running/walking. Stairclimbers and Ellipticals will help you7 move the ball down the field a yard for every fifty flights. Hit the rower for one yard for every 1,600 meters.
 
Want to put some points on the board early? Cash in 50 yards and pick up a three point field goal. Extra points are awarded if your teams corresponding NFL team wins their game that week.
 
Fitness Scramble takes guts, determination and plenty of team work!

Challenge Schedule

Start Date - November 10, 2017

End Date - December 22, 2017

Prizes awarded to winning team and season's "Most Valuable Player!"

Sign up for this Fitness Challenge

Tricia Stepanski Plouffe

By Andy Sharry
Worcester Fitness
 
"Worcester Fitness has and will continue to make a huge positive difference in my life!"

In January of 2017, I was extremely ill with the flu and almost died.  It took 6 weeks of bed rest to regain strength, energy and to start to feel “normal”.   Due to the 6 weeks of bed rest, my knee area showed signs of atrophy, thus resulting in my inability to walk well or use stairs.  I was in constant pain.  Once completed with my physical therapy at Saint Vincent Hospital, they referred me to Worcester Fitness.  Before joining Worcester Fitness, however, I chose to visit 5 gyms in the city and assessed St. Vincent’s was correct in sending me to Worcester Fitness.  Worcester Fitness stood out tremendously from the other gyms. The environment is professional, clean, calm, attractive and totally focused on service.

I joined the gym in May and a program was initiated on my behalf.  Janine became my personal trainer; Dani became my massage therapist.  By meeting with Janine and Dani at different and regular intervals, I started a personally tailored program that has proven to be of enormous help for major health improvements.   The combined efforts of Janine, Dani and I, have turned my health around for the better.

I am no longer in pain.  I can walk up and down stairs with confidence and comfort.  I can get up from sitting on the floor without needing assistance or something to hold.  I have returned to country western line dancing, something I had missed for years.  My balance is greatly improved. My posture is totally different.  My strength and stamina greatly surpasses when I started.  I ride the stationary bike 5 miles a day and continue to increase my walking time on a treadmill.  Emotionally, I feel happier and more centered. I now am at the gym 4-5 days a week (with or without individualized attention) and have changed my lifestyle to ensure even greater health.   I also have been motivated to change the foods I eat and thus have lost 30 pounds and counting!

I am grateful to the professionals and patrons at Worcester Fitness who have helped me alter my life.  I now understand the benefits of creating healthful time for myself and providing tutelage on body enhancing techniques that literally have resulted in no pain and excellent physical health. 

StrongTeam™

Did you know that Worcester Fitness offers team building programs? Our StrongTeam™ training program is the perfect combination of motivational coaching and group fitness training.

Recently, Andy Sharry and Meg Paradis conducted a session with Wachusett Regional High School's Girl's Vollyball Team that included a rocking spin class taught by Andy and Meg followed by a motivational discussion on the power of THE TEAM.

We are looking forward to working with YOUR team or business group! Contact Andy Sharry to schedule a StrongTeam™ Session at Worcester Fitness for your team!

KnockOut 90 is HERE!

Worcester Fitness Meg Paradis

Knockout 90

66 members of Worcester Fitness Nation enrolled!

Worcester Fitness presents Knockout 90

Knockout 90 is here! We have 66 members of Worcester Fitness enrolled in this incredible program-all dedicated to raising money, raising awareness and doing it ALL in classic Worcester Fitness style!

Schedule

6:00-6:10pm 

Welcome and Introduction in Group Exercise studio with Meg Paradis for all participants.

6:10-6:40pm

• Camp with Picky Lanigan in HD Studio

• Strength with Mary Daniels in Group Exercise Studio

• Spin with Meg Paradis in Spin Studio

6:45-7:15pm

• Camp with Picky Lanigan in HD Studio

• Strength with Denleigh Grniet in Group Exercise Studio

• Spin with Meg Paradis in Spin Studio

7:20-7:50pm

• Camp with Picky Lanigan in HD Studio

• Strength with Tracy Riley in Group Exercise Studio

• Spin with Meg Paradis in Spin Studio

7:50-8:00pm

•Thank You and Closing with Meg Paradis in Group Exercise Studio for all participants.

8:00-10:00pm

• Celebration in MacDonald's Tavern

About Knockout 90

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of our own, Meg Paradis, who was diagnosed in the Spring has undergone treatments and recently returned to teaching at Worcester Fitness. She wants to give back to the community that has supported her during the previous several months by hosting special events in October. The event will take place in the first week of October and is designed to raise fund for Dana-Farber Cancer Center and to raise awareness during BCAM.

Nicole Apelian

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Nicole Apelian

NICOLE APELIAN

"Having the right mindset was my new best friend."

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Nicole Apelian has been personal training with Fitness Director Andy Sharry five days each week over the last eighteen months. Nicole came to Worcester Fitness when she was at her physically weakest point, barely finished with her cancer treatments and sapped of her usual strength and energy. But, with a very strong spirit.  Nicole enjoyed her training sessions with Andy and within just a few short weeks, she was achieving monumental accomplishments.

"Nicole lifts weights, runs and jumps unlike anyone else I train." says Andy,  "Despite her petite statute, I don't train anyone who can bench press, squat or overhead press more than this 110 pound beast-combination of determination and grit."  Andy and others at Worcester Fitness are inspired by Nicole, and the manner in which she has handled her adversity.
 
"She just comes in with a smile, works her tail off, and does this days after day." says Andy,  "She respects her illness but also isn't defined by it, or limited in any way by it.  I really look forward to my time with Nicole."
 
Nicole’s story should emphasize to all of us the importance of being fully aware of your family medical history and mindful of the changes in your own body. Breast cancer has afflicted many people in Nicole’s family. She has been diligent about getting routine checkups every six-months since she turned twenty-five years old.
It was in the time between one of those biannual visits that she felt a lump in her breast and immediately scheduled to see her doctors. 
 
"That day in July of 2015 my whole entire world was forever changed." Nicole adds emphatically, "I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I was in the best shape of my life. Training five days a week, eating right, and  my daughter was starting kindergarten. how could this happen to me? I was feeling a million different emotions but fear wasn't one of them. Having the right mindset was my new best friend. It got me through surgery, chemo, and it got me out of bed even on my sickest days. Today I feel the best I've ever felt and with the right mindset I won't have it any other way!"
 
Nicole now enjoys her time with her husband Dan and daughter Samara, who is enrolled in swim lessons at Worcester Fitness and occasionally accompanies her Mom in personal training sessions with Andy.  "A  healthy lifestyle is something I want to instill in Samara so she has a love for swimming, running, playing and being active and Worcester Fitness is a place she really enjoys being."