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Fitness Scramble Results!

By Janine McCarthy
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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
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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
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**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

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.”

More Ways to Score!

By Janine McCarthy
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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!"

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Improve Strength, Flexibility and LIFE

By Denleigh Grniet
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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

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!

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."

Worcester Fitness Flu Shot Clinic

By Andrea MacDonald Shliapa
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Flu Shot Clinics at Worcester Fitness

Worcester Fitness will be offering two opportunities to become vaccinated from the Flu for the winter of 2017-2018. We care about our members and want you to be healthy. This is Free of Charge for Employees, Members and Guests. Please have your insurance card with you.

Clinic #1
Provided By Neil Grossman from Walgreens
Thursday, September 28
 8:00am-1:00pm

Clinic #2
Provided by Anthony Desmond from Osco Drugs @Shaw’s Gold Star Boulevard
Tuesday, October 3rd  
12:30pm-5:30pm

2017 Mid-Year Review • Yoga For A Cause

Back in February of this year, Worcester Fitness Yoga Instructor Jeanine Mchugh Skorinko went to Director of Fitness and Wellness Andy Sharry with an idea. Worcester Fitness would create a monthly event, centered around a yoga class, that not only introduced the positive effects of yoga, but also helped a local non-profit organization by raising money during the event.

Yoga for a Cause was born! 

Now over six-months later, Yoga for a cause is now one of our most popular events with members and friends alike.
 
As we approach another beautiful New England Autumn, we wanted to update you on the results of the program.
 
Yoga For A Cause is a monthly yoga class. It generally is scheduled for the first Saturday in each month. The class is unique in that both members AND non-members are invited to participate. Members and guests are asked to contribute $5.00 per class for the charity or non-profit organization supported that week.
 
Participants can sign up via the Worcester Fitness Mind Body app and can convienently access the app via Facebook or a blog post on worcesterfitness.com a few days prior to the event.

Events

Here is a complete list of charitable organizations supported by Worcester Fitness through the Yoga for a Cause program along with the total amount donated as a result of the event. Donations are delivered directly to each organization.
 
Sherry's House/Why Me - $160
Worcester Animal Rescue League - $125
Abby's House - $50
Rachel's Table - $65
Veterans, Inc - $106
Ivy Child - $60
Planting the Seed Foundation - $100

Next Event

Yoga for a Cause at Worcester Fitness will be in support of the Dana Faber Cancer Institute on Saturday October 7, 2017 at 10:00am. We would love to see you there!

Details

SATURDAY Yoga Class (Dana Faber Cancer Institute)
10-11am
Worcester Fitness, Grove Street
Price: $5 for Non-Worcester Fitness Members (all proceeds go to Dana Faber) & Free for Worcester Fitness Members.

This is open to anyone—you don’t have to be a Worcester Fitness Member to participate.

Bring: your own mat (blocks and straps are available at the gym), water, & any donation you want to make to Dana Faber Cancer Institute.

Yoga for a Cause • August

On Saturday, August 5th, Worcester Fitness will be offering our monthly Yoga for a Cause class with all proceeds going to Ivy Child!
This class is open to the community so anyone can come to the class—$5 will gets you in the door for the class and it will automatically go to Ivy Child! There will also be a donation basket in class.

Details

SATURDAY Yoga Class (to support Ivy Child)
10-11am
Worcester Fitness, Grove Street
Price: $5 for Non-Worcester Fitness Members (all proceeds go to Ivy Child) & Free for Worcester Fitness Members.

This is open to anyone—you don’t have to be aWorcester Fitness Member to participate.

Bring: your own mat (blocks and straps are available at the gym), water, & any donation you want to make to Ivy Child

About Ivy Child International

Ivy Child International is a Massachusetts-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit devoted to universal mindfulness education, prioritizing the multicultural needs of children and communities. They bring culturally-tailored programs to diverse educational systems and communities, with a special focus on urban populations.

Learn more at IVYCHILD.ORG

INSTRUCTOR - Lilly Sarmiento Caruso

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Shopping Soiree Fundraiser

The Worcester Fitness Running Team is raising $20,000 for the amazing charitable organization Homes For Our Troops. Please come to our awesome multi-vendor Shopping Soiree on Friday July 28th from 5pm-9pm at MacDonald's Tavern where there will be a great cash bar.

VENDORS ATTENDING:
Lularoe Lip Sense
Pure Haven Usbourne
Younique Arbonne
31 Gifts Avon
Jewelry/Crafters Herbalife
AND MORE!

 

This is a great opportunity to get some fantastic deals on some of your favorite brands and at the same time help us raise our goal of $20,000 for Homes for our Troops!