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Arnold Schwarzenegger surprises Howard Beach fitness consulting couple

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Jack and Corrine Wlody

A fitness consulting couple from Howard Beach were especially pumped up when they were honored at a recent fitness convention in Ohio, as they got a chance to meet the Terminator.

Jack and Corrine Wlody were recognized at the 23rd annual International Chiropractors Association (ICA) National Symposium on Natural Fitness with the ICA Legacy Award on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Even better, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presented them with their plaque.

The Wlodys were recognized for both their promotion of fitness to all and their commitment to community service.

“Being recognized for what we do because we love to do it is very humbling,” the Wlodys said in a joint statement. “It was a surprise and an honor. One of the wonderful results is that it helps us share our philosophy of ‘one great habit,’ and living a truly balanced life by giving back.”

The couple owns Team Wlody Fitness/Lifestyle Consulting, where they offer one-on-one consulting for clients who want both in-person and online fitness and nutrition consulting.

The couple are involved with many charitable organizations including Bike New York, which empowers people, both young and old, to learn how to ride a bicycle for the first time. They also hold fundraisers for their community, such as when they recently raised enough money for Waldbaum’s Oceanside during their MDA Shamrock Drive to send one child with muscular dystrophy to MDA summer camp.

The Wlodys regularly volunteer at Holy Apostles soup kitchen, work with Habitat for Humanity, donate and personally deliver clothing to the homeless and spend the holidays at halfway houses, bringing gifts to the residents.

“Jack and Corrine are the finest examples of health and fitness professionals and I’m thrilled that Governor Schwarzenegger and the ICA gave them the recognition they truly deserve,” former Sports Commissioner for the City of New York and current CEO of Bike New York Ken Podziba said. “This award has as much to do with their expertise in and philosophy of the fitness industry as it does with who they are as people; and you can’t find more generous, kindhearted and caring people than this couple who are affectionately known as Team Wlody.”

“Jack and Corrine are not only a shining example of the very best in fitness and lifestyle design, but their generosity of spirit has touched the lives of so very many,” said Dr. Jack Barnathan, ICA president emeritus. “We we’re thrilled to present them with this special award and doubly honored to have them serve as one of only nine experts from around the world to present exciting insights for the future of fitness at the VIP panel discussion. I’m so very proud to know such special people who inspire and motivate so very many, including myself.”

The ICA National Symposium on Natural Fitness is part of the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Festival, which is now the largest sports and fitness event in the world. The Legacy Award that is handed out at the symposium was created in the spirit of the charitable works of Schwarzenegger over his career.

“Arnold is awesome, he has a great sense of humor, and he makes it fun for those attending this event,” the Wlodys said in their statement. “He truly embodies the spirit of generosity and emphasized how important it is for everyone to give back.”


Back to school…back to fitness

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


With the start of school approaching, parents will once again be faced with the chaos and craziness of early mornings, homework projects, scout meetings, sports practices and games, as well as, the constant chauffeuring that comes with having kids. The good news is that although you may look a bit crazy when you’re running around the house you are actually getting some exercise.

Even if you have a good start in January and keep your resolve through the summer, come fall – with its endless procession of holidays – even the most dedicated can stop making fitness a priority.

Remember, back-to-school craziness affects parents and kids as schedules change and hours get filled with everything from soccer practice to music lessons. It’s easy to let exercise slide when things get busy. But it is possible to find time for fitness.

Instead of thinking, “I’ll start over in January,” use these three Rs to make September a time to renew your fitness goals.

Re-assess: Consider what you have accomplished so far and what new action you need to take to stay on course with your goals. In addition, evaluate your schedule. How can you fit fitness in with activities and obligations that start in the fall while staying motivated with fewer daylight hours? Fitness centers often create new schedules this time of year. Learn something new…a new exercise class or sport or find a nutrition or health education seminar to attend.

Re-connect: Find ways to re-establish that emotional high toward your goals and keep the momentum going. One-way to do this is to sign up for an event that will complement your health and fitness goals, or help you achieve them. “An event can be a 5K Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, 10K, a triathlon, half-marathon or more extreme events like the Warrior Dash or Spartan Race. This will keep your motivation high throughout the year and will help you stay on track with the kind of lifestyle behaviors that lead to achieving your desired goals. Accomplishing these events also leads to more confidence that will help with the goal-setting, goal-achieving cycle.

Re-assert: Change your mindset from making a resolution to making a commitment. A personal commitment is much more powerful than a resolution, which is often thrust upon us by outside expectations. A resolution is deciding to do or not do something; a commitment is a promise or obligation.

Think about the personal responsibility between the two. When people “promise” or make an “obligation” it puts their credibility on the line, and maintaining one’s credibility has a huge impact on motivation.

As the saying goes, “Just Do It!”

Barbara Brenseke is a strength and conditioning coach and the owner of Train For The Game LI in Bellmore. Barbara has been featured on WALK-FM 97.5 in addition to being published in several Long Island publications.