First Week of Fall Session Recap

Our youth programs fall session has begun!


Youth programs at the NAC offers both noncompetitive and competitive programs for children ages 1 through 12.  Programs are designed to appeal to all children with their individual interests in mind. We offer a variety of different classes including Gymnastics, Kidfit, Dance and Taekwondo. Each session lasts about 11 weeks, which gives kids the opportunity to try new activities, meet new friends and work on skills they have learned prior.

This past week, we offered a ton of exciting classes for a range of age groups, levels and interests. From dance classes, fitness classes, cooking classes and more, we had a great first week of our fall session and are looking forward to the upcoming weeks.







Youth Programs classes are open to both NAC members and the general public. If you still need to sign up for classes, stop by the Program Desk! For more information, email or click here to check out our fall session brochure.

#FitTipFriday: Cleanse Week

Last week, we kicked off the Genavix 90 Day Commit To Get Fit employee pilot program!

What is Genavix? This is not a diet. This is not a workout plan. It is a 13-week comprehensive wellness program run by certified wellness coaches and personal trainers here at the NAC. The program is designed to provide an education to enrich your life and help you become a healthier you!

Allie Antenucci, Youth Programs Marketing Manager, gives some insight on week 2 of the 90 Day Commit To Get Fit program. Here’s what you can expect during week 2- thanks for the tips Allie!


Pilates class on the reformers in the Pilates studio at the NAC

1. Prepare for any major diet change: This week kicked off our Jumpstart cleanse to get rid of all the toxins in our body by eating only whole foods and a lot of water. Going from eating out at least 3-4 nights a week, I was nervous about eating only fruits and vegetables for one week. However the week leading up to the cleanse I started being more mindful of the things I was eating and slowly incorporating more fruits and veggies into my diet to prepare, which made this week not too bad.

2. Be mindful about your workout routine during a cleanse: This week, the Genavix group all did a Pilates workout, which was low intensity but definitely a challenge. It was a big change from my usual approach to workouts, but with the cleanse strictly limiting protein it was important to make an adjustment (plus it was fun to do something different with the group).

amanda allie workout3. Have support to reassure you: Going into this week I was really nervous about sticking to the cleanse rules, but getting a few others on board with me was a huge help. One of the other Genavix participants and I each made a few of the recipes and would bring them in to share and swap, making preparation way easier. Having friends and family share your interest in success makes your goals so much easier to achieve!


All the details on the Genavix program on our website! The program is available to both NAC members & non-members.

The Healthy Care 90 Day Commit To Get Fit Program will launch Monday, February 8!

Join our waiting list for the 90 Day Commit To Get Fit

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! 

Why the number on the scale isn’t what’s most important: Thanks to InBody 770

Know your body composition as opposed to simply monitoring your weight with the InBody 770. It’s a non-invasive and pain free test.

60 Seconds
Measure your fat, muscle, and water levels in less than a minute. There is no dunking, no pinching and no discomfort. Simply stand on the device and hold the hand electrodes to test.


The InBody measures segmented muscle, fat and water. For example, analyzing separately the composition of ones right leg verses their left. This makes the tool valuable to athletes and active individuals, those trying to lose weight and those with chronic disease such as high blood pressure and kidney disease. As a percentage of fat is necessary for healthy bodily and physiological function, risks arise when body composition is too high, as well as too low.

“Before my first assessment, I didn’t know anything other than what my scale was telling me at home- and I got sick of looking at that. The assessment told me where I was at and where I needed to go. I’m able to set more realistic goals for myself and not focus on losing weight, but gaining muscle and eating right.”

InBody results are used to see what’s working for you in your current exercise, dietary and hydration practices and where to improve. The results allow for more focused fitness and nutrition plans going forward. That’s why we’ll have our InBody experts guide you through your InBody analysis from start to finish and suggest how to maintain or improve your overall health.

How It Works
Safe, low-level currents are sent through the body through the hand and foot electrodes. The impedance the currents encounter are measured, and from there, your body composition is derived. With InBody’s patented technology, BIA has never been more highly correlated with gold standard methods until now.

Your InBody results sheet will automatically print once the test is complete.

Consistency is key with the InBody assessment. If your first assessment is done at night, the second should be too. As close to the day and time as possible! For the most accurate results, there are a few steps you should follow: do not exercise before testing, try to take the test in the morning as an empty stomach produces most accurate results, and use the bathroom before your assessment.

Who Can Use The InBody
The InBody is available to the community. Newtown Athletic Club members receive one InBody assessment every 6 months included in their membership. LiveFit personal training and private nutrition coaching clients are permitted to use the InBody monthly with their trainer or coach. Non-NAC members may schedule an appointment for $40 per assessment. The appointment includes: the assessment, explanation of results, and a current fitness program review.

Schedule your body composition assessment today:

#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!

National Gymnastics Day

This Saturday, September 19, gymnasts around America celebrated the 17th annual National Gymnastics Day. This day is celebrated by gymnasts, coaches, family and friends to raise awareness of the sport and to help athletes in financial need.

The Newtown Gymnastics Club Team was excited to join in the celebration this year. Team gymnasts gathered for a fun sleepover on Saturday night, including open gym time, pillow decorating, night swimming, and more! This sleepover was a great way for the team to spend time together having fun outside of regular practices.

For our National Gymnastics Day celebration, gymnasts at the sleepover filled out cards with their favorite thing about gymnastics. Check out what our gymnasts said!

My favorite thing about gymnastics is…

…playing on the bars, meeting new friends, and my coaches.

…learning and trying new things that you’ve never tried before.

…having a fun time with my friends.

…learning new skills.

…trying new things! 🙂

…having fun trying new things and challenging myself.


…gymnastics sleepovers at the NAC.

…having fun!

…doing fly aways

…being my best

…doing flips

…doing awesome skills

…being crazy 🙂

…playing on the bars

…tumbling, bars, and beam

…free play

…trying new things (sometimes) perfecting skills. Round off handspring tuck!

…learning about back handsprings and other things in the world

…my teachers and doing skills and learning skills


What is your favorite thing about gymnastics?

#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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For more exercises to strengthen your shoulders, email me at 

Introducing the NAC’s newest personal trainer, Tim Cook!

Why is the dog face Tim’s favorite emoji: because I would take my beagle and husky everywhere with me if I could

About Tim:

Tim has been involved in physical fitness throughout his whole life. He achieved his degree in Kinesiology at the California State University, Fullerton where he was also a varsity athlete as a member of the baseball team. It was during that time that Tim decided he wanted to remain involved in the fitness industry. Specifically, he knew he wanted to help people achieve their goals.

Tim specializes in TRX and corrective exercise. His favorite exercise is TRX push-ups .. so don’t be surprised when they show up in your training sessions with Tim!

Despite the fact that his favorite teams include the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, Tim enjoys spending time in Philadelphia. When Tim isn’t personal training he enjoys being outdoors, hiking with his dogs, fishing and camping.


A message from Tim: Whether you have large goals of competing in a triathlon or just want to be move active and healthy; I want to help you reach those goals!

I look forward to meeting you!

Train with Tim Cook


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