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Meet Certified Personal Trainer Samuel Kowaleski

Sam has been a W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer for two years.  

He started as in intern at Worcester Fitness in 2017 and soon earned a position as the welcome desk and as a personal trainer.  

He also leads small group training sessions with a focus on teen athletes. He has helped teens and adults and seniors to build healthy strength and endurance.

Sam believes that nutrition and personal health are not just a job to him, but instead is his true passion!

Sam grew up in Rutland, MA and now resides in Paxton, MA.

He attended Wachusett Regional High School.  

Sam loves to play Disc Golf and hike in his free time away from Worcester Fitness.

Quote “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory”- Louis Zamperini

"Every child deserves the opportunity to learn to swim!"

Jenni Waldron, Worcester Fitness WSI Instructor

Adaptive Swimming is a parent and child class tailored to the needs of children living with various intellectual and behavioral disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and Intellectual Disabilities.

The primary goal of this class will focus on water safety, i.e., waiting to jump in the water with adult permission, in addition to enhancing swimming ability. The course will be taught with principles derived from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and families are welcome to bring visuals and incentives that work for their child to aid in their learning process.

Adaptive Swimming further aims to provide children with learning differences in a socially safe environment that is accepting of all learning styles.

Every child deserves the opportunity to learn to swim and enjoy the many therapeutic benefits the water has to offer - come join us for the watery fun!

This class is geared to ages 10 and under.

Adaptive Swimming is led by WSI Instructor Jenni Waldron. Jenni has her Masters in Clinical Psychology and is studying for her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at William James College.

Parent and Child Swim Class

September 22 - November 10 [8-week session]
11:45 AM
Ages 10 and under

Price $170

Nick Crossman • Swimming Instructor

Team Spotlight | Nick Crossman

Today we highlight another member of the Worcester Fitness Swim Lesson Team, Nick Crossman. Nick has been involved with teaching young people to swim since he was just 16 years old when he became a swim instructor aid.

Nick took a liking to the water even earlier though! He started his own personal swim instruction when he was only three years old in the Water Babies classes and has been on swimming teams since the age of eight.

Nick was also the captain of the swim team at Sandwich High School.

It's no coincidence then that Nick's favorite place to be is at the beach!

When he's not teaching young people to swim or swimming competitively himself, Nick enjoys playing the piano and cooking. Nick is a big proponent of trying new types of food.

Team Spotlight | Jenni Waldron

The Worcester Fitness Swimming Lesson Team is fast becoming one of the most widely regarded youth swim lesson groups in Massachusetts. The team, led by Kat Butterfield, has done a remarkable job not only teaching children how to swim in a fun and safe way, but also positioning Worcester Fitness as the premier swim lesson location for parents and children in Worcester, MA.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Swim Instructor Jenni Waldron.

Jenni swam competitively for 14 years, with her main event being 100 yards Butterfly.

She began teaching swim lessons and spreading her love and passion for the water while in high school when she became certified in Water Safety Instruction (WSI) at the age of 17. Jenni attended undergraduate school in Boston where she taught swim lessons at YMCA Chinatown - in fact, it was at this facility where she learned how to teach Parent Child classes!

Jenni continued teaching private swim lessons when she relocated to Los Angeles for graduate school. Upon her return to Massachusetts, Jenni found herself settling down in the city of Worcester where she worked full time in nearby Rutland, MA. Shortly after her arrival, Jenni began to crave the water again and discovered Worcester Fitness in her search for a positive, fun and health promoting community to continue to channel her passion for swimming as an instructor.

Given her educational training and work experience, Jenni is especially passionate and experienced in teaching students with a variety of special needs, including Autism, Down Syndrome, partial paralysis, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities and the like.

Jenni strongly identifies with marine life and feels the only thing that separates her from the dolphins is a fin!

Pull an "All-Nighter"

By Andy Sharry
Contact ANDY with Questions 
Worcester Fitness is turned into a Merry scavenger race of Midnight Madness in this fun, unique event to benefit our own special charitable fund called Friends Helping Friends.
December 8, 2017
10:00PM - 1:00AM
What is Friends Helping Friends?
FhF was started in 2017 by several members of Worcester Fitness as a way to show financial and emotional support to two members battling cancer. Now, the fund needs a boost to continue. Funds raised through this event will help us continue to lend a financial hand to those in our Worcester Fitness Family who need it. Our first act of kindness following this event will be to donate money to Planting the Seed's Toy Drive. Throughout the year, we will donate to additional people and causes within our family. 100% of the money raised will be used directly to help those in need.
Teams of 3 participants will compete in 20+ physical and mental challenges set-up all throughout Worcester Fitness!
The challenges won’t be revealed until the teams' check-in! Each team will have 90 minutes to complete each task and be signed-off on by MMM referees stationed around the club.
The team that finishes all of the challenges first, OR the team finishing the highest number of challenges in the allotted time will be crowned MMM Champion! There will be prizes for the winning team AND for best team costume/theme!
Preliminary Schedule (subject to change):

10pm Teams arrive and register for the event. Teams are given the 20+ obstacles on a clip board

1015pm Merry, Midnight Madness Begins!

1145pm Merry, Midnight Madness Ends!

1145-1am Late Night Merry Midnight Madness Party in the Bar with Food, Drinks and Fun!
Signs ups will start on Monday November 13th.

Sign up for Merry Midnight Madness

Fitness Challenge

Fall Swimming Lessons Second Session

Fall II Group Swimming Lessons
Begins Sunday, November 13th
$99 - 5-week session
30-minute classes
Registration begins October 31st

How To Register
Registration Begins October 31st and you can register online right here !

Class Dates
Sunday: Nov 13th – Dec 11th
Tuesday: Nov 15th – Dec 13th
Wednesday: Nov 16th – Dec 14th
Thursday: Nov 17th – Dec 22nd
Friday: Nov 18th – Dec 16th
Saturday: Nov 19th – Dec 17th

There is no class on Thanksgiving. Make-up date is December 22nd.

There are no make-up classes if your child misses a class. No refunds.



Goldfish“Sharks” are pre-competitive swimmers who aim to perfect their technique and master the most difficult of strokes – the butterfly.

1. Warm up with 40 yards of front crawl.

2. Practice the “finger-tip drag” drill by dragging your fingertips across the surface of the water with each stroke. This drill will extend your reach and force you to keep your elbows high during the front crawl. (20 yds.)

3. Practice the “rooster tail” drill by exaggerating your pull at the end of each stroke, so a splash appears like a tail behind you. This drill will help you get a feel for the water on your forearms while strengthening the force of your pull. (20 yds.)

4. Now, swimmers should practice the breaststroke pull-out. Swimmers are aloud one pull-out off of every wall while competing in the breaststroke. A pull-out is an underwater stroke that permits you to bring your arms all the way down to your sides in one exaggerated pull and complete one kick under the water before surfacing.

5. Swimmers who master the pull-out should practice 40 yds. of breaststroke, including a pull-out off of each wall.

6. Practice the “fashion model” drill to improve your shoulder rotation in the backstroke. Keep your hands on your hips, and rotate your shoulders while flutter kicking on your back.

7. Practice the “head, bottom, feet” drill in order to understand the body-motion of the Butterfly stroke. This will look like the dance move “the worm.” Your head should surface, then your bottom, then your feet.

8. Now add your arms. (1) Fingertips point straight out in front of you, (2) then straight down at the bottom of the pool, (3) finally thumbs hit your thighs and come out of the water. To start, imagine completing the front crawl with both arms at the same time.

9. As your Butterfly begins to feel more natural, your arms will begin to stay parallel with the surface whenever they come out of the water. If you were to give a “thumbs down,” your thumbs would drag across the surface with each new stroke.

10. If you are up for a challenge, practice an Individual Medley. Complete one length each of Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Front Crawl.