June 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Westfield Area Y member Phil Bruno joined the Westfield Area Y when he and his wife moved to Cranford in 2008. Phil had belonged to the Y in Boston and the Westfield Area Y was a natural choice then and has been a great fit ever since. Both of his children have been taking swim lesson at the Y since they were infants!
Phil has always been active and worked out. As a teen, he played baseball, football and rugby. As an adult, he participated in triathlons. Phil trained at the Y by swimming, doing other cardio and strength training and by taking Cycling and Barefoot Fusion classes. He had a history of back problems and a series of back surgeries beginning 2010. Although Phil was used to working out on his own, he knew he needed to be careful and decided to work with a personal trainer.
“Phil had been attending classes regularly, working really hard every time and revealed his back issues to me in conversation following class. I immediately thought of pairing him with Danny Kaltneckar for personal training because he is very comfortable with post-rehab personal training and an all around great trainer. They have since developed an incredible working relationship and clearly, Phil is reaping the benefits of the one-one-one exercise instruction,” says Lynne Applebaum, Westfield Area Y Associate Health & Wellness/Membership Director. “We are fortunate to have such excellent trainers on our Y staff who work well with all populations no matter what their goals might be.”
Danny and Phil began working together twice a week, four months after the first surgery. “Working with Danny is never routine. Danny always brings new ideas to the table from what he continues to learn about in his field. He keeps me on track and constantly progressing. We email back and forth to discuss focus areas and new workout plans. At one point we shifted my focus to weight loss, and I am down almost 50 pounds,” stated Phil.
“The Y provides a positive atmosphere you can’t find just anywhere,” says Phil. “The Y has high standards for the facility and the staff has a level of competence and expertise you don’t find just anywhere. There is always someone on the floor to offer guidance when needed.”
Phil wants to get back to a triathlon, probably in a year. He feels he is in better shape now than he was in high school!
To learn more about Westfield Area Y membership and personal training options, call the Welcome Center at 908-233-2700
or visit www.westfieldynj.org
. The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.