#TeamTuesday – Allie Antenucci

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week, meet the youth programs marketing manager Allie! Allie joined the NAC this past February and focuses on marketing for the Youth Programs, Camp NAC, and NAC Parties departments. This involves sending out emails, posting to social media, and creating signs around the club to ensure clear communication with all of you, the parents! You may see her from time to time in youth classes and around the club taking pictures and setting up for various events.

Get to know Allie!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part about my job is learning new things. I just graduated from Temple University in May and this is my first full time job. I have been able to learn so much in just a few short months from the whole youth programs team. I love the people that I work with and am so happy to be part of an amazing team!

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

That’s a hard one! Where wouldn’t I go is a better question. I’ve always wanted to travel a lot and I actually have a trip planned to Spain next year. I think traveling is something that everyone should do to get a better understanding of the world.

3. What was your dream job growing up?

Growing up I was a big fan of cheesy romantic comedies, like 13 Going on 30 and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. All the main characters in these movies worked in a big city at a fashion magazine, so that was what I wanted to do too. Eventually that led to getting into Marketing and Public Relations.

4. Who is your hero?

My hero is my mom. She’s worked really hard so that I could go to school and it inspires me to work hard every day.

5. What motivates you to work hard?

I have always been really self-motivated, both in school and at work. It makes sense to me that if you’re going to spend any time doing something, you might as well make sure you try your hardest and make it the best it can be. I try to put my all into everything I do, whether it’s a simple email or a huge marketing campaign.

6. What is your favorite kid’s movie?

I love watching all of the old Disney movies from when I was little. If I had to pick a favorite it would probably be Lion King.

7. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment was graduating from Temple University this past May! Go Owls!

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

#TeamTuesday – Amanda Kimble

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

The #TeamTuesday team member of the week is Amanda Kimble! Amanda began working at the NAC in February 2014 as a KidFit Zumba instructor and has been able to use her skills in a variety of areas around the club since then. Amanda went on to teach some other KidFit classes and then dance classes, and she has recently stepped into the role as Dance Coordinator.  In addition to this, she also works for Camp NAC as a member of the leadership team as an Administrative Assistant and works the School’s Out Day camps throughout the school year. Finally, Amanda can also be found working the Program Desk and occasionally outside serving at Escape Restaurant.

Get to know Amanda!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is working with the children and getting to dance and exercise. The best part about working with children is seeing how excited they get. I also love to dance and exercise, so getting to do it at work is great!

2. What motivates you to work hard?

My motivation comes from self-determination, family, friends and the children I work with.  I always want everything to be the best for the children.

3. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday! I love the feeling of that time of year, the music, and the decorations.

4. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a few different things when I was little. I wanted to be an interior designer, then a teacher and then a choreographer.  Now I get to teach and choreograph for the children, it’s the best of both worlds!

5. Who knows you the best?

My mom knows the best out of anyone.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment- I don’t think I have one that I am most proud of. I am proud of all of my accomplishments and very proud that I am now the Dance Coordinator.

7. What kind of music do you listen to?

I listen to a little bit of everything. I really like Pop, Country, and I listen to Latin music also.

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

Celebrate National Child Health Day

The first Monday of each October marks the date of National Child Health Day. Every year since 1928, the President of the United States has proclaimed this date and asked organizations interested in the health and well-being of children to join together in recognition of the importance of child welfare.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, in the year 2012 more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were overweight or obese. Additionally, individuals who are obese or overweight as children are much more likely to be obese as adults. While these facts are sometimes startling to hear, national days of observance like Child Health Day are a great way to raise awareness for these issues.

Here at the NAC, our mission of “Making Lives Better” is a goal that we keep in mind for all of the children who participate in youth programs classes. We believe that encouraging healthy choices and finding ways to make fitness fun from a young age have an enormous impact on every child’s overall well-being. While we celebrate and strive to improve the health and welfare of children every day through our youth programming, this national day of observance offers a chance for parents and children to share how they stay healthy!

Check out some fun ways that we thought up for you and your child to celebrate this year’s National Child Health Day!

  1. Take a walk around your neighborhood
  2. Have a dance party
  3. Try a new healthy snack recipe
  4. Go on a family bike ride
  5. Have a catch
  6. Take a trip to a local playground
  7. Go for a hike
  8. Shoot some hoops
  9. Have a neighborhood scavenger hunt
  10. Enroll children in weekly youth programs classes at the NAC!

How do you and your family stay active and healthy?


MYZONE Challenge: The 21 Day Halloween Hustle!

 It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Why not start today?

October 10-October 31 (21 day challenge)
Join us for the #NACHalloweenHustle MYZONE Challenge!

You can do anything for 21 days! Work out while wearing your MyZone belt to accumulate MyZone Effort Points (MEPs) for each minute you spend in the five intensity zones.

We’ll give you one additional raffle entry for every 250 MEPs you collect after the 1,000 mark – in other words, the more points you earn, the more chances you’ll have of winning!

We’ll draw the winner at the end of the challenge. You must come to the club at least twice a week to be eligible to win!

The prizes are better than ever before!

(2) InBody body composition assessments

(1) Hour Nutrition Coaching session


It’s easy to enter this challenge

  1. Just look for an email in your inbox from MyZone



2. At the bottom click “accept invite”


3. Login with your user account and accept

4. Starting earning MyZone effort points!

 Join the hustle!

Dont have a MYZONE belt? Contact our Member Experience team: or (215) 968-0600 x 105

Welcoming new Group Ex director, Jillian DeRisi

Welcoming, Jillian DeRisi: Jillian isn’t new to the NAC but she’s your new Group Exercise Director!

Jillian’s most used emoji is “the chicken of course!” .. you’ll learn why below!

Jillian-DeRisi-head-shotI am Jillian DeRisi.  I graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Political Science. Following college I worked in the Advertising industry and then moved into the Public Relations and Marketing field. I married my amazing hunk of husband, Bob, in 2008.  After the birth of our first child, Luca (5) I went back part-time to an emergency service coordinator position.  During that time I started to take an interest in fitness, as the gym became my “sanctuary”. Like many moms I found sweating for an hour without your little one crying is therapeutic.  Before baby #2 Amelia (3) I decided to stay home full time to raise our family.  As my children grew so did my love of fitness and I decided to become certified as a group exercise instructor. As an instructor I still continued to take classes and fell in love with barre and the “barre shakes” (if you’ve never felt them you don’t know what you’re missing!).  I was trained in Barre at Barre Focus Fitness in University City.  Barre enticed me to deepen my knowledge of the “powerhouse” leading me to receive my Pilates mat certification.

I began at the NAC in March of 2013.  I immediately felt a strong sense of community in the group classes here as well as through out the facility.  The NAC has provided me with more educational opportunities such as Kamagon and Schwinn Cycle training. Barre is still by far my favorite thing to teach, you have to try it at least once in your life!

Currently I have been participating in Team Training at the NAC.  I love letting someone else torture me and encourage me to push my limits and our trainers are good at it!

When I’m not at the NAC I’m usually at our Washington Crossing home my husband, Bob, and I built this past year with my family, playing outside working in our garden or taking care of our chickens!  Omlettes anyone?

I feel blessed to have the opportunity to help people lead healthy lives by doing what I love.  “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”- Confucius

We’re excited to have you on board Jillian! 

#TeamTuesday – Stephany Aviles

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week, our #TeamTuesday staff member is Miss Stephany! Stephany joined the Youth Programs team earlier this summer as one of our Newtown Gymnastics Club team head coaches. More recently, Stephany has taken on some more responsibility and has stepped into the role of coordinator for our recreational gymnastics program.

Get to know Stephany!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of being a gymnastics coach is interacting with the kids on a daily basis. It’s really rewarding to see them building new skills and developing social skills.

2. Who is your hero?

My hero is my son Ayden because he taught me even when life present challenges, there’s always a reason to smile and have something to look forward to.

3. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall is my favorite season because I love all of the colors and how the leaves change. The weather gets colder without getting bitter cold so it’s the perfect time of year for sweaters and scarves and lots of layers without being worried about freezing when you walk out the door.

4. What is your favorite kid’s movie or tv show?

Full House is my favorite kid’s show because it represents a different kind of family.

5. If you could go back in time, who would you spend a day with and why?

I would go back and spend time with my father. He is also a gymnastics coach and it would be really cool to go back and see him while he was developing his coaching skills.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment is being able to be the gymnastics coordinator and have as much coaching experience as I do at such a young age.

7. What was your favorite subject in school?

I really like physics and math. It’s also great because I can apply it to coaching gymnastics in my everyday life.

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

#FitTipFriday: Rotator Cuff Strength

This week’s Fit Tip Friday focuses on the importance of strengthening your rotator cuff, with NAC personal trainer, Tim Cook. Although Tim was a college baseball player at California State University, Fullerton, where rotator cuff strength was a crucial part of strength training, he emphasizes the importance of rotator cuff strength for all people. The rotator cuff’s main job is to stabilize the glenohumeral joint (shoulder joint), as well as, abduction and internal/external rotation of the humerus. Here are two important exercises to help strengthen your rotator cuff.

Try adding them into your training 3 times this week, for sets of 3.

External Rotation (weight range – 2 lbs to 5 lbs)
Lie on your side on a firm flat surface, place a pillow or towel under your head to keep your spine straight
​Hold your elbow at your side at a 90 degree angle
​Keep your elbow against your side and slowly rotate your arm at the shoulder, raising the weight to a vertical position
​Slowly lower the weight to the starting position

Internal Rotation
​Lie on your side on a firm flat surface, place a pillow or towel under your head to keep your spine straight
​Hold your arm at your side at 90 degree angle
​Keep your elbow bent and against your body and slowly rotate your arm at the shoulder, raising the weight to a vertical position
​Slowly lower the weight to the starting position

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Ruth Green, “Grandma, you inspired me. I’ll run a triathlon with you”

Meet Ruth Green, NAC Inspiration and long time member who has inspired so many with her amazing accomplishments. Ruth competed in her first triathlon and has no plan on stopping now- in fact, she’s running another next week!

Ruth shares with us what she does behind the scenes with NAC trainer, Kelly Poinsette, and how she became a triathlon competitor!

I started this journey shortly after I moved here from Chicago. My son and I bought an old farmhouse and we (my daughter-in-law and grand children too) are in the process of renovating it. Well, my son goes to work every day, my daughter-in-law has her own business and my grandchildren have their schools. I’m a retired teacher and I was at home by myself. I needed something to do and some place to go where I could be active and talk to people. So, I joined the NAC. I started with the TechnoGym and then took advantage of the free Live Fit session with a personal trainer. Melissa thought that Kelly would be the right one. Wow, was she right!


Ruth jumped in and out of the agility latter with her body lowered in a squat position.

Kelly is the BEST because she understood where I was at the beginning and had me do a lot of different exercises and activities to get me started and feeling good about it. She has pushed and encouraged me for about two years now. She’s always saying something like: “Good job!”, “I like the way you did that” and “I’m proud of you.” Kelly has pushed me to do things I never thought I’d do with weights, TRX and, best of all, my own boxing gloves! She calls me “Boxing Grandma!”

Another important thing Kelly had me do was keep a food journal. When you know someone else is reading what you eat, you certainly think twice about what you eat! She always explains and demonstrates as we go along. She’s also considerate and funny. We’ve done things outside the NAC too – a couple of outdoor walks, lunch and dinner. It meant a lot to me that Kelly was there when I finished the triathlon. She is the BEST and I certainly recommend her.

In addition to my twice-a-week training with Kelly, I’ve been doing 2-3 Forever Fit classes every week with Leyla Ghazzouli. On Monday, there is the step class; on Wednesday, the cardio/strength class; and on Friday, the Zumba class or the water aerobics class. Leyla has always been very supportive, enthusiastic, and considerate- fun, too!


Ruth’s personal training session with Kelly.


I’ve thought for a while that triathlons looked like fun. I mentioned this to Kelly, and about two days later SHE found one for me! I signed up and we began a special running program as that was the event where I needed most help. That was a four week program and was perfect timing for the triathlon. I’d been swimming 32 lengths for quite awhile so that was the easiest part. I also rode the stationery bike for 5 or more miles, as well as riding my own bike at home.

At the end of the triathlon I finished with tears in my eyes because I DID IT! My family and Kelly were there with hugs and congratulations. Then I got the triathlon medal- what a feeling! My son said, “That’s the feeling that makes you want to do another one.”

Not only have I learned to eat better, and I’m in the best physical shape I’ve ever been in, but I’ve lost 25 pounds and 3-4 jean sizes! The fun part is that I can go shopping and get a whole new wardrobe!

After I finished the triathlon last week, my granddaughter, who is a complete coach potato, said “Grandma, you inspired me, I’ll do a triathlon with you.”

We, including my grandson, have signed up to do a triathlon next week.

It’s been an unbelievable journey- one I never even considered, but all the hard work has given me a different view of me – and I like it!

I’ll keep going!

Ruth Green


Ruth & Kelly after Ruth crossed the finish line!

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Academy of Dance at the NAC Recital 2015

Early in the morning on Sunday, May 17, staff and volunteers arrived at Council Rock North High School to prepare for the busy day ahead. The dancers from the Academy of Dance at the NAC had been preparing all year and the 2015 recital day had finally arrived.

Dancers in the first show began arriving shortly after 9:30 a.m. to check-in and join their class to wait backstage. Families and loved ones were able to purchase flowers, candy, and jewelry to give as gifts at the end of the show. When everyone was in their seats and the dancers were in their places at around 10:30 a.m., the show was ready to begin!

The audience was greeted by Linda Mitchell, Director of Public Relations and Community Partners at the NAC, who was appointed emcee of the day. The first show opened with Miss Kimberly’s Thursday 7:30 Hip Hop III class, whose performance to “Boss” was a fantastic way to kick off the recital. From that point on, the audience was wowed by every performance, from the tiny ballerinas to the more mature and amazingly talented dancers in level three classes.

The second show, which began at 2:30 p.m., was equally as impressive to both the audience and instructors who have guided and helped the dancers throughout the year. Beyond the skill shown on stage, one of the most apparent things was the amount of fun each dancer had performing for their family and friends.

The dancers and audience had a special surprise announcement waiting for them at the end of each show. Two special guests, Minnie & Mickey Mouse, joined the instructors on stage to share the news of the upcoming Disney Dance the World program. This new program would be a special class of dancers ages 7 and older who would visit Disney World in June 2016 to dance in a parade!

The 2015 Academy of Dance recital was a huge success, with over 1,500 friends, families, and loved ones coming out to support the dancers. Youth Programs co-directors Jessie Westfall and Amanda Brown, Dance Coordinator Emily Howard, and all the instructors and dancers did an amazing job putting on two fantastic shows. Click here to view pictures from the recital.