JCC focuses on wellness

JCC focuses on wellness

Pamella Vanderslice

JCC Rockland has changed the name – and focus – of its fitness center, redubbing it the Russin Fitenss & Wellness Center.

The idea is to reposition the center and offer more than an array of exercise opportunities and classes. The JCC has recently upgraded its cardio selection, replaced its spin studio with new Schwinn bikes, and revised its group exercise schedule to include more than 85 classes each week. In addition, the J has added an onsite physical therapist and introduced a lecture program featuring holistic and medical experts.

The JCC will officially launch the change on Sunday, March 3 during a health and wellness fair for the community. The fair will begin at 9 a.m. and include medical practitioners, vendors, giveaways, fitness demos and a special membership offer.

“Our objective is to keep people healthy and help those who are considered ‘deconditioned’ better manage their conditions through easy access to exercise, nutrition, support programs, lectures, spiritual disciplines, and physical therapy,” said Pamella Vanderslice, JCC Rockland’s new fitness general manager, who came on board at the first of the year.

Vanderslice brings a level of professionalism and business management expertise to her position. She has worked in a variety of fields, including information technology, as well as health and fitness. She has overseen the turnaround of a new fitness club after three years of profitability and increased revenue from both membership and personal training.

And while her background is business, her focus is helping others improve their lives, according to Joshua Krakoff, JCC Rockland’s chief operating officer.

“Pamella comes on board at a time when we are repositioning our center to focus on both exercise and overall wellness,” he said. “Her business sense and belief in personal change through fitness are right in synch with the JCC’s goals and those of our membership.”

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