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Happy Anniversary

By The MacDonald Family
Contact ANDREA with Questions 
 
Dear Worcester Fitness Nation,
 
Worcester Fitness opened forty years ago this year as Worcester Court Club, a twelve court racquetball facility.
 
When our family purchased the club in 1983, we did so with a clear vision: to create a health club where members come first.
 
The club has certainly changed a lot over the past four decades, gradually evolving to become the industry leading, multiform fitness and wellness center that we all know today. It has always been our members who have pushed our club to greatness. You've encouraged us to continue to make investments in groundbreaking fitness programming, and have supported our multiple building renovations. Most importantly, you've always been our number one resource for new memberships. You have always loved introducing your friends and family to Worcester Fitness!
 
To be successful, a business such as Worcester Fitness must have in place a team of professionals who share its commitment to member service. The Worcester Fitness team does this and more. It is our team that inspires us to break out of comfort zones and lead the industry, not follow. It’s their passion and enthusiasm for the work that they do and for the members that they work with that truly differentiate Worcester Fitness from other health clubs and gyms.
 
2018 will be a year filled with celebration for our community. Our club will be marking Year 40 with many special events that we think you will enjoy.
 
Our family is looking forward to sharing this very special year with you and YOUR family, our incredible team and with every one of our friends in Worcester Fitness Nation!
 
To all of us at Worcester Fitness, have a Happy and Healthy New Year.
 
The MacDonald Family

Fitness Scramble Results!

By Janine McCarthy
Contact JANINE with Questions 
 
The first ever Worcester Fitness "Fitness Scramble" is in the books and today we announce the winners!
 
The Scramble team "Pittsburgh Steelers" were the Overall Winners even beating the Worcester Fitness Team of employees who had a huge home field advantage!Each member of the winning team will receive a free smoothie!
 
The Steelers Team was made up of these WF athletes :
 
• Megan Briggs
• David Fields
• Doris Gould
• Jane Raabis
• Jen Roche
• Leslie Quinn
• Tim O'Brien
• Jane Jackson
 
The Scramble's MVP was Jane Raabis who was awarded with an official WFN stainless steel water bottle!
 
Congratulations to EVERYONE who participated! Stay tuned for announcements about our next fitness challenge...

Fitness for Young Female Athletes

By Janine McCarthy
Contact JANINE with Questions 
 
Our fitness program specifically designed for young, female athletes is back for 2018!
 
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).
 
Mondays
1/15 - 3/12
3:30PM-4:30PM
REGISTER
 
Tuesdays
1/16 - 3/13
4:00PM-5:00PM
REGISTER
 
Wednesdays
1/17 - 3/14
3:30PM-4:30PM
REGISTER

NEW CLASS • HD POWER!

By Andy Sharry
Contact Andy with Questions 
 
**Breaking News** Worcester Fitness Adds Brand New HD Class for January 2018
 
Tracy McDonald will be leading a brand new HD class beginning January 9!
 
Sweat, Run, Jump, Push, Press, Row and Curl your way to a highly invigorating workout to improve your strength, speed, agility, power, and flexibility. A fun mix of HIIT, Circuit Training, Strength and Resistance Training combined with intense cardio. You'll work all muscle groups to become a strong athlete. Class will meet Tuesday's from 6:00AM to 6:45AM.
 
This class is a high-energy, total-body workout that focuses on every muscle group at an intensity that will simultaneously improve your cardiovascular strength and endurance. Performed to motivating music and inspired by any and every sport, incorporates a variety of exercises and equipment to always keep you on your toes and eager to see what is next.
 
***SPECIAL OFFER***
Try HD POWER for FREE on January 9, 2018
Class Time - 6:00AM - 6:45AM

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 Team Has Been Selected!

By Janine McCarthy
Contact JANINE with Questions 

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!"

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

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

How Yoga Can Change Your Life

By Robyn Dos Santos
 
If you’ve been contemplating a yoga practice, consider the following findings.  Among the myriad benefits of a regular yoga practice are:
 
Improved balance, strength, and flexibility
Reduction of weight and body fat
Stress reduction
Increased bone mass and bone strength
Improved cardiovascular conditioning
Prevention of injuries
Restore vitality and youthfulness
Assist in psychological well-being
Promote digestion
Aid in spiritual connectedness
Increase respiratory capacity and efficacy
Improve joint motility
 
This is not a complete list.  Many yoga practitioners report significant reversals in chronic conditions as well as improved function in all areas of life. Some people who found little or no relief from traditional approaches to health and healing have found that yoga offered real and lasting improvement. Additionally, the scientific and medical communities are now recognizing yoga’s unique positioning as a health and wellness prescription.  Hundreds of random controlled studies (RCT’s) have been conducted that prove yoga’s benefits. And more are being done for a variety of conditions including neurodegenerative disorders and autoimmune conditions.

How it works

Yoga treats the body and the mind as one, integrated whole.  Coming to a yoga practice to increase flexibility in your joints just might evolve into learning to breathe more completely, more effectively.  The emphasis on stretching the body during yoga relieves tension, soreness, and sluggishness. Increased flexibility brings improvements in posture and virtually all movement activities.  Holding the poses strengthens muscle, bones, and joints. 

Breathing is often a key component to practicing yoga.  Since, we are always breathing, learning to expand on the energy of the breath will improve overall health and wellness, while reducing the effects of stress.   This breath awareness, which can be done one minute at a time, can lead to a sense of stillness, of letting go to the peaceful, undisturbed part of the mind.  Yoga’s mental and psychological benefits arise from this place, of creating new ways of thinking and doing.  Over time, this process of thought renewal can assist in working towards behavior changes (changing old habits, looking at everyday situations in a more objective way).

With its’ skillful and mindful approach to delivery, yoga can be tailored to meet the needs of anyone.  Yes, anyone can practice yoga.  And they do.  Whether you are currently healthy, recovering from illness or injury, young, old, overweight or not, the components of yoga will meet you exactly where you are at this current moment in time.  In fact, that presence, and  an acceptance of the state of the body and the mind is a powerful tool of yoga.  While working with the physical poses of yoga (the asanas), all thought is on feeling the sensations within the body. This asks that the mind take time off from the regular, habitual thought patterns and allow for a sense of freedom, of openness to possibilities.  (in yoga, this is often referred to as “A beginner’s mind”, sometimes the best place to be!)

Yoga is a path, a journey.  Staying on the path, devoting some time,  and having faith can take you far.