December 2017 Newsletter

 IS IT TIME? . . . Let us help you @ !MPACT:

HOLIDAY SPECIALS – Give this as a gift to someone you love or YOURSELF! – We have Gift Certificates!

3 Personal Training Sessions (55 minutes each) + 1-Hour Nutrition Session = $150 (YOU SAVE $144)

5 Personal Training Sessions (30 minutes each) + 1-Hour Nutrition Session = $199 (YOU SAVE $75)

Unlimited Group Training (come every day!) + 30-Minute Nutrition Session = $89 (YOU SAVE $110)

SPECIAL PROGRAM: GET LEAN IN ‘18

– Unlimited Group Training (for January & February)

– Two 30-Minute Personal Training Sessions

– 1-Hour Nutrition Session

$349 (YOU SAVE $120)

NEW SEMI-PRIVATE TRAINING SCHEDULE:

In addition to our Monthly Group Training Schedule, we are now offering scheduled semi-private training at !MPACT.  This means there is a maximum of 5 participants in each session.  These sessions are a separate service from our Group Training Schedule – and they add that personal touch for those who prefer to work with only a few other participants.  There is a maximum of 5 participants working with a Certified Personal Trainer to help you reach your fitness goals.  You do not need to be a registered client at !MPACT to sign up for these semi-private sessions, since they are just like a personal training session – and your payment holds your reservation.  These sessions are pre-paid and require 24-hour’s notice for cancellations so that we can open the space up to someone who might be on our waiting list.  Pricing for these sessions vary based on the type of training, so give us a call if you want more info and pricing.  These sessions fill up quickly so please call Michael with credit card info to reserve your place on the dates you can attend:  908-403-7605.  BELOW IS A LIST OF OUR SEMI-PRIVATE SESSIONS, ALONG WITH A DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING:

It’s back in December . . . SLIM & Slender –This is a non-aerobic semi-private training session for ladies (max of 5), dedicated to developing long, lean muscles through moderate to slow movements.  The session will be a great combination of Pilates-type exercises and floor work designed to stretch, strengthen and lengthen your muscles – with additional focus on flexibility and all-over muscle tone.  This session is for beginners, intermediate or advanced fitness enthusiasts, as everyone works at their own pace based on their abilities.  This is held on Wednesday’s at 4:00 p.m. – This is a program started last month – and will continue in December and into the New Year.  REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE – and 24-hour’s notice is required for cancellations.

NEW! TRX & KETTLEBELL TRAINING:  This 55-minute session will burn fat and help you build lean muscle and a strong core.  Remember, this is semi-private training so it will be a maximum up 5 participants – who will work exclusively with kettlebells, TRX Suspension Training, and TRX Rip Trainers.  It’s truly an awesome workout.  This session will be run by Stacey Johnson, a new addition to !MPACT .  We’re excited to have Stacey who has been in the fitness industry for 26 years working with adults and youths.  She has her Exercise Physiology from Montclair State and her Physical Education & Health degree from Eastern Connecticut State University.  Stacey’s philosophy is to take care of your mind and body (your brain & muscles) and they will take care of you!  This session will be held on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. – starting in January 2018  REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE – and 24-hour’s notice is required for cancellations.

New! ZONE TRAINING:  This is Semi-Private Training (max of 5 participants), and during this 55-minute session we use your heart rate to estimate exercise intensity. It is like sharing a personal training appointment with 4 other people – and you will use a variety of equipment – from dumbbells to medicine balls – to TRX, Cardio equipment and MORE!  Heart rates are a great way to define and monitor training zones.  For example, the low intensity zone or “fat burning zone” is usually defined as 60-70% of maximum heart rate, and the “threshold zone” is said to be 80‑90% of maximum heart rate.  Continuing to toggle back and forth between zones is a great way to burn fat and get the most results from your workout.  A special heart-rate monitor would be used during this semi-private session. Please stay tuned to our January newsletter (that goes out in the third week of December) to see when we are offering this awesome addition to our semi-private training schedule!

New! SPEED & AGILITY:  This Semi-Private session also has a max of 5 participants – to give our athletes or advanced fitness enthusiasts specific feedback during drills.  During this scheduled 55-Minute Semi-Private Session, participants will perform plenty of drills to help improve speed, quickness, ability to change direction, and explosiveness – along with specific exercises to help them strengthen the muscles needed to improve performance.  And of course these sessions can be booked at other times – so you can call us for a private appointment.  This kind of training is a game-changer — so please stay tuned to our January newsletter (that goes out in the third week of December) to see when we are offering this awesome addition to our semi-private training schedule!

New! YOGA:  This is a 55-Minute Semi-Private Yoga Session (max of 5 participants), led by Erin Chung, who is certified in Flow and Roots classes. Erin is excited to join the team at !mpact Training as a yoga instructor!  She fell in love with yoga soon after her daughter was born as a way to find peace and calm in her life.  Erin looks forward to sharing the gift of yoga with clients at !MPACT in a semi-private training atmosphere.  Outside of her yoga practice, Erin is a full time special education teacher, and she loves to share her love of yoga and mindfulness with her class and school community. She also cherishes the small moments at home with her husband and downward dog-loving daughter, Charlotte.  Please stay tuned to our January newsletter (that goes out the third week of December) to see when we are offering this awesome addition to our semi-private training schedule!

OTHER TRAINING ADDITIONS & UPDATES:

DECEMBER GROUP TRAINING SCHEDULE (CLICK HERE):  Why is our Group Training different than a big box gym where you can take classes or work out on your own? You are ALWAYS led by a Certified or Degreed Personal Trainer – not just a fitness coach who received their certification in a weekend.  Great trainers are hard to find . . . but we take our time and we choose high-level trainers who are ready to motivate you and guide you, every single session!  We are a training facility that offers personal training, multi-level bootcamps, elite athlete training, weight training sessions, weight-loss programs, nutrition and more!  Please check out our schedule as we offer programs for adults, teens and kids.  Questions?  Give us a call:  (908) 428-7978!  #investinyou

New! GIRL POWER & FITNESS Program The purpose of this program is to help adolescent girls improve their self-esteem through gaining knowledge of health and fitness.  This will be a 6-week program held on Monday’s at 5 p.m. starting January 7th — and each session will last one hour.  It will consist of a discussion and activity based on the day’s theme, as well as a great workout.  All fitness levels are welcome – as variations to exercises will always be offered, and this is for girls ages 9-12.  The themes for the day will include:  self-esteem, body image, nutrition, goal setting and mindset. This 6-week Girl Power & Fitness Program is only $125 – and sessions will be held on January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and February 5th and 12thUnfortunately, there are no make-up days for missed sessions or refunds, as this is not a regular program on our calendar.

WE ARE OPEN SELECT SUNDAYS FOR BLACKBOARD WORKOUTS & OPEN GYM!  Our Certified Personal Trainers will post the workout for the day on our HUGE blackboard so you have the option of following the posted workout or getting your own workout done.  All participants need to complete their workout between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the Sunday’s designated by management.  These workouts happen on most Sundays (unless we have a conflict) – but if you would like to know the December dates, please contact Michael (908) 403-7605.

Coming this Spring! !MPACT Running Program & 5K Prep:  This program is a perfect way to train if you want to run a 5K (or longer).  Christine Murphy, our certified personal trainer and avid runner will lead this group by teaching some healthy fitness habits and mapping out a plan for success.  You do NOT need to be an !MPACT Training client to join this group.  The training will consist of 3 days per week – including a progressive plan with warm-ups, walking/jogging/running intervals – and there will be some strength training added – since that greatly helps with muscle endurance and building core strength.  There will also be a 1-mile test as you get further into the training – as well as a 1.5 mile test and a mock 5K!  Some of this training will take place at !MPACT, while the rest of it will be out on the road!  Right now we are making a list of interested participants, along with their email address and cell number so we can keep them abreast of more details as the spring grows closer.  SO IF YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS PROGRAM, Please email:  Michael@ImpactTraining-NJ.com

!MPACT WELCOMES A NEW STAFF MEMBER:

We are so excited to welcome Nicholas Citro to our !MPACT Staff (see PHOTO above).  Not only is Nick a “degreed” trainer with his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education & Health from Montclair State University, but he has a great deal of experience working with personal training clients and elite athletes.  AND he completed his college internship with none other than my mentor, Todd Durkin (owner of Fitness Quest10 in San Diego).  Our personal training programs and group training workouts at !MPACT were inspired when I completed a mentorship program with Todd back in 2011 . . . so Nick is going to be a perfect fit here.  He is a talented trainer for one-on-one appointments – and also great with athletes of all sports.  Nick is an assistant football coach for Matawan High School, he also acted as a JV baseball coach for Matawan High School — and he worked with NFL Combine athletes while in San Diego.  His dedication to sports is just another reason we love having him on our team.  Welcome aboard Nick! #teamimpact

CLIENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Meet JAMES ZIEMBA (Pictured above).  James was one of my personal training clients in my home business, Fitness by Hillarie, when he was a sophomore at St. Joe’s High School.  At that time he was 6’7” and playing both basketball and baseball.  I often thought that if I ever opened my own personal training facility, I would want it to have really high ceilings in case I got more clients like James whose head practically scraped the ceiling in my home studio LOL!  Well James went on to get a scholarship to Duke University for baseball – and prior to graduation (2016) he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies – but he chose not to sign with them because he wanted to finish his academics as well as his baseball career at Duke with his team mates.  In 2017 (upon graduation), James was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, and signed a contract with them. What professional baseball team wouldn’t want a left-handed pitcher –who by the way, is now 6’10”!!!  So James reached out to us via facebook to me to see if I remembered him, and I told him “I opened a training facility with high ceilings just for him!”  Haha!  In preparation for training camp in Arizona this spring, James started training one day per week with me and one day per week with Nick (our newest trainer) – in addition to joining our bootcamps and Group Weight Training Sessions.  We are so excited to have his energy in our facility and we are in awe of his dedication and passion for baseball.  I love that when I interviewed James, his advice to young athletes was to practice the way you play.  In other words, don’t play a championship game any harder than you would a regular season game.  They all matter . . . Do your best EVERY game and practice – as well as in the weight room.  James also wanted to do a follow-up nutrition session to make sure his nutrition was in line with the performance program we set forth for him.  I love an athlete that doesn’t take his body for granted.  Food is fuel, and practice makes perfect.  CONGRATS on your success.  Your mom/Maureen, your dad/James, and your sister/Mary must all be so proud of you too!  Awesome family! We are excited you chose to train at !MPACT.

DOMINIC DINARDI:  Another elite athlete I would love to highlight is Dominic Dinardi (pictured above).  Dominic is a senior at Hillsborough High School and a member of the Varsity Track Team.  His best event is the 800 meter, and right now he is working really hard to improve his time to get into a Division 1 college for track.  His reach school is University of Maryland and your 800m needs to be 1:54.05 or less.  Dominic is putting in the time to cut down his present time – and he doesn’t have far to go!  He would also love to get into Virginia Tech –or University of Rhode Island –or George Mason.  All GREAT schools.  When Dominic was younger he played soccer and baseball – but in his high school years he played Varsity Football – as well as winter and spring track.  I asked Dominic if he paid attention to what he eats – and asked him if he can feel the difference when he eats really healthy.  His response:  “I feel good when I eat healthy – but I really feel the difference when I eat junk . . . I am tired and sluggish and wished I hadn’t chosen the junk”.  So this keeps him pretty consistent on a healthy diet – he likes to feel good!  And he is not afraid of hard work.  In addition to his track practices and outdoor running on his own, he is doing two personal training sessions per week with us to work on resistance running and core strengthening, as well as weight training to improve speed and explosiveness.  I asked Dominic if he had any advice for freshman who are joining the track team (since my Joey just started winter track), and he said the freshman should just try their very best at everything.  The coaches will see what you are excelling in, and can help make recommendations on the things you need to improve upon.  Take their advice and get to work.  You can’t make changes or improvements if you are not working at it.  Dominic’s parents, Guy & Melissa, are super supportive of Dominic’s desire to be the very best he can be.  Dominic has inspired his younger brother Christopher (presently in 8th grade) to get started in track as well.  Dominic, you are a pleasure to train . . . so mature, smart, driven, respectful, and a true athlete with a lot of heart.  We wish you all the luck as you continue your training at !MPACT and on the track!  You’re another athlete we are surely going to miss next year.

HEALTHY RECIPE:

Easy Kale & White Bean Soup Delicious recipe that is loaded with fiber, antioxidants, low-glycemic carbohydrates and protein from the beans too!  Perfect during the cold and winter months, and you can have it for lunch or dinner!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 (32-ounce) box low-sodium vegetable broth
4 cups packed chopped kale
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 large carrots, cut into coins

Directions:
In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and carrots and cook 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes longer. Add broth, kale and tomatoes and cover. Cook 5 minutes or until kale is tender. Add beans and heat thoroughly. Serve hot.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT RECIPE

 PAY-IT-FORWARD:

HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING AT !MPACT WITH DONATIONS TO STEPS TOGETHER!:  On Wednesday, December 20th from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Camie Johnsen will be donating her time and her gift-wrapping skills at !MPACT Training.  What an awesome idea!  Bring your boxed gifts and favorite wrap to your workout, and you leave with your holiday wrapping done!  Limit of 5 gifts per client, and the donation is at your discretion.  Give from your heart the amount you would like to give to Steps Together (our favorite local charity that helps families in medical/financial crisis).  Thanks for offering to do this Camie, and I definitely will need your help with wrapping!

RESULTS OF OUR HOLIDAY VENDOR BOUTIQUE:  We are so excited that our vendor boutique brought in our biggest donation to Steps Together, as we were able to donate $1600.  Thank you so much to our vendors, and for the many shoppers who came to get a jump start on their holiday shopping!  This was our busiest vendor boutique to date!  YAHOO!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  We already have the date from Renaissance Salon!  The annual “Renaissance Runs the Runway” fashion show to benefit Steps Together (local charity supporting families in financial/medical crisis) – will be on Friday, April 20th, 2018.  It will be held again at the elegant Bridgewater Manor.  The best part about this event is that there are so many amazing things going on . . . Cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, basket auction and door prizes, dinner, fashion show, DJ & dancing.  It doesn’t get much better than this!  We will let you know when tickets go on sale, as we will have some at !MPACT Training.  #renaissancerunstherunway

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER!

CONGRATS to our client, Olivia Johnsen/Elite Athlete (pictured above):  One of the great things about Olivia’s success is that we got to be part of her journey – and for that we feel truly blessed!  Olivia is now a senior at Hillsborough High School and a member of the Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse Team.  We met Olivia as she was finishing up 8th grade. We saw how quiet she was – and I don’t think she believed she was an elite athlete.  Her dedication to her training to gain strength and increase speed and overall performance was truly commendable.  We literally watched her get stronger, faster, more determined and most of all more confident.  Olivia is a beautiful girl on the inside and out.  She dreamed it, she believed it, she worked HARD for it, and she ACHIEVED it.  She not only received an athletic scholarship to a Division 1 college, but also an academic scholarship.  Olivia Johnsen, I don’t think you know how proud we are of you – how happy we are for you, and how much we are going to miss you next year.  Central Michigan is lucky to have you, and we are so honored you invited us to your signing!  CONGRATS OJ!!!

CONGRATS TO Joan Murphy, the winner of our gift basket We had a raffle for our clients to give away a meal planning cook book, along with a package of 15 food-storage containers with the perfect portion sizes for all your macros! (proteins/carbs/veggies).  Congrats Joan!  Always happy to try to give our clients some incentive to meal prepping since that always equals RESULTS!

CONGRATS TO GABI, who is on my nutritional cleansing team — BIG RESULTS ON THE SCALE!  Her results on this program are incredible!!!  She is a high school English teacher who hit 200 pounds after her first year on the job – with no energy. You will also hear what she had to say about how she “thought” she was eating healthy and never got results.  You just have to CLICK HERE to see her amazing before and after photos and read her quick story.  You never know who will feel inspired by Gabi’s story and results.  Congrats Gabi on your fantastic transformation.  You are heading into this holiday season looking like a million bucks!

“I am a high school English teacher, and I hit 200 pounds after my first year on the job. I had no energy and would come home from work and fall asleep … I was introduced to this lifestyle and was able to lose and maintain a 60 pound weight loss. I have more energy than ever and I feel like a new person.

I am able to be the teacher that I want to be to my students and I am able to live an active healthy lifestyle …For so long I thought eating Lean Cuisine’s meant that I was dieting, boy was I wrong. This lifestyle has taught me so much more than just how to shake up a shake. It has taught me how to choose healthier alternatives so that I can sustain my weight loss and keep up with my busy on the go lifestyle.”

CONGRATS TO STEVEN BARTOSIEWICZ AND ROSEANN MONTEMURRO!  Steven is my husband’s first cousin and Roseann is his girlfriend . . . They both decided to make some lifestyle changes and reached out to me regarding a 30-Day Nutritional Cleanse.  Well as of day 20, Steven is down 20 pounds!! And Roseann is down 12!  Keep rockin it guys . . . you’re doing great!

THE BEST VERSION OF YOU IN 2017!:

THINKING ABOUT DOING THE 30-DAY NUTRITIONAL CLEANSE?  I provide free coaching!  This program is for any man or woman who is interested in decreasing bodyfat/losing weight, improving energy levels, increasing lean muscle and improving overall balance and health!  I would love to hear about your goals to see if this program would be a good fit for you.  Call me so we can set up a free 15-minute phone consult.  Thirty days can change your life!  And you can take the weight off and KEEP it off, as there is a maintenance plan to follow!  Hillarie (908) 403-7620.

ANYBODY INTERESTED IN JOINING MY TEAM OF NUTRITIONAL CLEANSING COACHES?  You don’t have to be an expert for this program . . . just someone who wants to get healthier and then help others do the same! I’m looking for a handful of folks to join my team.  This is going to be the most motivating job you have ever had.  The personal development you will receive, in addition to making a great income is very much worth your consideration.   First, you need to find products that you absolutely LOVE and use yourself – so that you can be passionate about what you are doing.  Next, you have to outline your WHY . . . Why you want to make an extra income – whether it be to remodel your bathroom, take a family vacation or to put towards a college education.  Once you’ve established your WHY, we can get you going so you SUCCEED!  Please contact me if you want to find out more about Nutritional Cleansing or how to become part of MY TEAM of nutritional cleansing coaches. My team of coaches consists of regular people – just like you . . . Office Administrators, Teachers, Event Planners, Accountants, Fitness Instructors, and even Window Salesmen . . . all who are living the life they deserve – and it all started with putting the right nutrition into their bodies!  Training is provided so each coach is set to succeed!  Email me if you want to join my team . . . you won’t regret it:  hillarie.scannelli@verizon.net

OTHER !MPACT “STUFF”

Did you know we offer a special discounted rate for POLICE OFFICERS, EMS WORKERS AND FIREFIGHTERS?:  YES, we do!  Whether you are a Hillsborough police officer, firefighter/EMS or work in a neighboring town, your discount applies.  This is just another way for us to thank you for what you do for our community.  You can have Unlimited Training for only $99 per month – which is our student rate, and you can come as often as you like – ALWAYS guided by one of our Personal Trainers who prepare ALL your workouts for you!  Come and let us help you set some fitness goals AND reach them!  Email Michael if you would like more info about how to get started:  Michael@ImpactTraining-NJ.com

NEED TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SPORT OF CHOICE?  NO BETTER WAY TO DO SO THAN TO UTILIZE OUR ELITE ATHLETE TRAINING PROGRAM (ages 13-18) OR PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS TO PREPARE FOR IT!   If you are an elite athlete (or a parent of one), and you have the desire to improve your speed, agility, strength, power, quickness, or confidence, please call us . . . Please check out our DECEMBER Group Training Schedule  – and in addition to our group sessions, we also offer one-on-one training private training, partner training (2 people) and semi-private training (a handful of their friends or team-mates).  We can help them address their weaknesses so they are ready for their next season.  Call us at 908-428-7978 or email: Michael@ImpactTraining-NJ.com

!MPACT OFFERS ½ HOUR PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS:  Some people are pressed for time, others juggling finances . . . but one thing for sure, many of you are making fitness a priority.  You now have the option to come for a full, 55-minute personal training session — OR come for a 30-minute personal training session!  These are great for athletes too!  Call us for more info:  908-403-7605 or email:  Michael@impactTraining-NJ.com

DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A REFERRAL PROGRAM – JUST BRING A FRIEND AND SAVE!:  If you are already a client at !MPACT and bring a friend, this could save you big money!  It’s our way of saying THANKS for bringing us more people like YOU!!  People who are caring and genuine . . . who want to get healthier and FIT!  Email Mike if you’d like to bring someone in for a free trial:  Michael@ImpactTraining-NJ.com

NOTE FROM HILLARIE – Month of December:  I hate to start out my December note with “Well the holidays are approaching” LOL, but they really are! The seasons go so fast . . . One minute we are whooping it up on Memorial Day weekend at the beach, and the next we are setting the table for Thanksgiving and putting out the Holiday decorations.  During all this rushing around, we are short on sleep, short on time for our workouts, and short on time for meal planning and prep.  What does all of this amount to?  Usually 6-11 pounds for many of us. So even if a client or family member tells me that they really want to lose weight during December, I remind them that if they just “tried” to be diligent on their diets during the week – knowing they will be splurging a bit with food on the weekends around the holidays, at least they can maintain their weight instead of gaining weight between Thanksgiving and New Years.  And then we need to re-focus in January – no silly resolutions that are so drastic we fail during the month of January . . .but realistic life style changes that work.  Make a commitment to yourself.  We are so quick to commit to others – yet we put our own health and the way we feel about ourselves on the back burner.  So think about coming to see us for training (whether it be with personal training, semi-private training or group training), and we will help guide you with cleaner eating, more time dedicated for sleep, time for prayer, and time for getting organized.  Leave the training to us!  Our certified/degreed trainers will help you reach your goals.  You can totally do this.  Remember, the only way to fail is to quit.  We will have no quitters here.  You CAN do this!   If you ever feel like you need a quick conversation or phone call to help you set some goals, just give me a call – Happy to help: 908-428-7978 –Hillarie

LOCAL BUSINESS PLUGS:

These are all businesses we have used and would highly recommend . . . everything from financial planning — to decorative cookie platters for a special occasion — to real estate — to plumbing – to acupuncture!  We’ve got it all!  I always prefer to use a business that I was referred to – word of mouth is the best form of advertisement.  And I love supporting other local small businesses since we are also one!

The Preferred Client Group, LLC.   Jamie Moore is a great client of ours, and he is on this team of financial professionals that act as Your Personal Financial Concierge, helping you make efficient business and personal economic decisions. We will become the single source to facilitate your comprehensive financial affairs.  They provide a comprehensive educational process that includes the strategies, solutions, and resources necessary to make wise financial decisions. Through our holistic planning process, they will efficiently and cost effectively help build and protect your wealth.  Their team of financial professionals can help you address: Investing principles and strategies, Retirement investing and distribution strategies, Estate conservation issues, Risk management.  FOR MORE INFO OR A CONSULTATION, CONTACT JAMIE @:  908-272-3722

MB HOME IMPROVEMENTS (Mauricio Barajas) is an independent contractor founded by Mauricio Barajas.  They handle all renovations and remodels . . . kitchen, bathroom, basements, and more!  They also provide painting and custom woodwork services.  I’ve seen some of his before and after photos of their jobs, and they are outstanding.  They are also professional and reliable.  You can reach Mauricio at 908-500-0148

SCRAP U & ARTISTRY TOO HAS A NEW STUDIO!  – Located At: 2 Clerico Lane, Suite 201, Hillsborough.  Tina Rear, Founder/Owner, started this business and did it out of her home.  We wish her luck as she branches out in a new place!  Our new craft studio features two classrooms!  Perfect for birthday parties, special events & more! We have a brand new line up of events for children & adults coming for 2017!  Who is Scrap U & Artistry Too and what do we do?  We Are A Full Service Crafting Studio! – Kids & adults can attend one of our pre-set classes at our studio OR create your own class/workshop with a few friends in our studio or have we come to you!  We provide full/half day camps during school closings; create centerpieces & decorations for ALL your special celebrations; tween room makeovers; create custom mixed media/scrapbook albums and personalize special gifts for all occasions.  Contact Tina at:  Tina@scrapunj.com

TAYLOR’S CREATIONS:  Taylor Wyatt is a senior at Hillsborough High School, and she makes the most amazing custom concrete garden art.  Taylor was one of the vendors at !MPACT Training’s recent holiday boutique, and I was blown away with her talent and professionalism.  If you would like to see some of her work or consult with her about creating the perfect art for your garden, please contact her at:  taylorscreationsnj@gmail.com

A Source for Wellness – Acupuncture:  (908) 392-3468 — Michael Gonzales,  is located at 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ.  Michael sees himself as a partner in a person’s healing journey, assisting them in taking responsibility for their health through acupuncture and wellness.  And I had the pleasure of getting a complimentary acupuncture session to relieve stress . . . It was amazing!  Such an interesting way to treat patients for a variety of reasons, and it has been around for centuries!

ALL ABOUT ME DESIGNS — Custom T-Shirts & Apparel (908) 2928992 – email: allaboutmedesigns2@gmail.com:  The gals who started this company are absolutely amazing . . . Cindy Caramico and Amy Smith came in to !MPACT Training to bring their kids for personal training – and we found out they are working moms who also started a part-time business making gorgeous customized t-shirts.  We had them make several for !MPACT and we really LOVE them!  They have many different types of shirts (t-shirts, muscle tanks, sweatshirts/hoodies – for both ladies and men).  So if you need a special t-shirt made for yourself, for your family reunion, for a team sport, or any other event, these gals are the people to see . . . I had !MPACT ones made with a glitter font!! YAHOO!

DRX DUCT CLEANING:  Call George:  (908) 755-2950 . . . THANK YOU to George Ghanime, owner of DRX Duct Cleaning, who learned that the Koll family was in need of having their air-ducts and AC/heating vents cleaned so they could bring their son, Chris Koll home from the hospital.  Since Chris is undergoing chemotherapy, it is essential they do all they can to help his compromised immune system, so cleaning out all the duct work was first on the list to reduce the chances of mold, etc.  I told George about the Koll family, and he immediately reached out to them to provide them with service, and he picked up the tab.  George knew that Chris is one of the Steps Together beneficiaries, and he wanted to give back.  Thank you so much, George!  Visit their website: www.NJAirDuct.com

PURE POWER, Electrical Services, LLC:  For all your electrical services, reach out to owner and licensed electrician, Richard Dietrich 908-829-4252 – email: purepowernj@gmail.com

ACTIVCORE — ONE-ON-ONE PHYSICAL THERAPY — CONTINUUM HEALTH CLINICS:  Adrienne Jensen and Activcore offer physical therapy services that are one-on-one for the entire session utilizing suspension equipment (Redcord) to maximize treatment times in a pain-free environment so people can achieve their goals faster.  They assess the whole person from head to toe to find out the cause and not just treat the pain.  Adrienne also offers golf-specific assessments!  908-625-625-9688  They are located not far off Route 206 — just down the road in Princeton (800 Bunn Drive, Princeton, NJ) . . .  AMAZING facility!

NORZ HILL FARM:  I LOVE Norz Hill Farm in the summer when I am dying for their Jersey tomatoes, fresh produce — delicious corn, and look so forward to pumpkin picking in the fall.  And their fresh baked pies are amazing!   Now you have got to try their meats:  steaks, burgers, ham, bacon and more!  Visit their website for farm hours and activites/events . . . LOVE the owners (Debbie & Rich Norz) and LOVE that farm!  www.norzhillfarm.com

MAILBOXES BUSINESS CENTER:  Our favorite place in town for all of our copy and stationary needs.  Matt Schorr, owner of Mailboxes Business Center is also a great guy . . . always giving back to the community.  Stop in to see Matt and his staff at Mailboxes business Center — for everything from copies, to mailing packages — to making business cards.  Matt does it all:  908-874-6200 (located in the Shop-Rite shopping center on Rt. 206 in Hillsborough).

FARLEY LAWN SERVICES:  Marshall Farley, owner/proprietor, is also one of the amazing firefighters from the Flagtown Fire & Rescue that trained with us.  Farley Lawn Services (residential & commercial) offers lawn maintenance (spring/fall), tree pruning & removal, pavers, retaining walls, mulch & stone.  908-872-2451.  Quality, dependable serving!

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR RENOVATION & BUILDER CO.:  Pro Builders Plus, Hillsborough – Walt Wengryn handles everything from roofing and siding, to interior renovations, and additions, etc. – He and his teams provide quality work at competitive prices:  Walt has done work for everyone in my neighborhood! Call Walt at 908-369-7562 (references are available!).

Check out this great website to see what’g going on for kids in the area!:  http://hillsborough.macaronikid.com/  This website lists all upcoming events and happenings for kids in our communities throughout New Jersey.  Log on to see the fun local happenings.

PODIATRIST:  Dr. Brandon Zuklie, LLC –: Treats any and all issues of the foot and ankle, from warts to stress fractures and all other athletic injuries.  Treats children as well as adults, and accepts most insurance plans.  Address:1161 202N Branchburg (in the same strip mall near Phil’s Pizza and Texas Liquor — by Imclone and Chubb).  Other offices in Piscataway and Monroe, NJ – for moreinfo:  www.drzuklie.com

REVIVAL BARBER SHOP!:  Congrats to Jen Korab – owner of Renaissance Hair Salon, as they expanded and opened another shop last year called Revival!  This BARBER SHOP  specializes in men’s haircuts and hot shaves, and will be located in the same strip mall as Renaissance Salon (411 Route 206 in Hillsborough – New Amwell is the cross street).  They are amazing and do some fun/trendy razor cuts too!

RODAN & FIELDS Dermatology:  “You exercise to improve/maintain your body. Why not use awesome skincare to improve/maintain  your skin too!”  One of our clients, Colleen Schwarz, is so excited to launch her new business as an independent skincare consultant with Rodan and Fields Dermatologists  (of ProActive fame). Rodan and Fields has all skin types covered. Please feel free to call Colleen at 908 392 3144 or email her at ceschwarz7@verizon.net  to chat about what products would be best for you.

CIRCUS PLACE in Hillsborough has LOTS of new classes on their calendar! Something fun and different to do for your kids or YOU!  Check out their website:  www.thecircusplace.com or email me the owner at:   sharyn@thecircusplace.com for more information!

SWEET PERFECTION by Maria:  If you need beautiful, customized cookies (as well as cupcakes and other special treats) for a special occasion, then you need to contact my friend, Maria Ryan.  She is so ridiculously talented . . . her cookies looks so pretty you hate to eat them . . . but you should be cause they are buttery and delicious!  She can design cookies for any occasion . . . birthday, baby shower, get-well, corporate events, anniversary, etc.  Contact Maria at:  reregarman@gmail.com

BRONZE AMBITION:  Best spray tan I ever had . . . hands down!  Rebecca Veronika not only knows how to apply an amazingly even and golden spray tan, but she is friendly and professional, and I would HIGHLY recommend her.  I’ve gotten LOTS of spray tans over the years when I was competing in Fitness & Figure competitions.  Those tans looked o.k. on stage, but when you got up close, they were streaky and very “orange”.  Bronze Ambition will come to you!  She comes fully equipped.  To contact Rebecca:  732-580-2747

RENAISSANCE SALON: Renaissance Hair Salon & Spa (located in the strip mall on Rt. 26 – near Dunkin Donuts & Sal’s Cleaners – at the top of New Amwell Rd.).  They offer a relaxing and welcoming environment that is both modern and chic. Their expertly trained stylists have a passion for what they do and make every decision with the guests needs in mind. They have combined exquisite and innovative services to create an experience like no other.  Renaissance stylists are trained in the latest techniques in order to remain on the cutting edge of hair care and creativity. When creating a new look, their stylists pay close attention to detail, and great consideration is placed on adaptability and suitability. This allows us to personalize each look to the individual’s facial features, hair type, and lifestyle. They are confident you will find their team among the finest anywhere. Visit their website to view our full menu of services, including facials, microdermabrasion, waxing, and full salon services.  www.renaissancehairsalonnj.com

RWJ SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY:  This is a great place to go for any type of physical rehab – and boy, are did a great job on my lower-back pain!  They handle everything from ligament sprains to arthritic pain.  I have always had a strong core and lower back, but I guess my age (47), my strenuous training routine/6 days per week, and the long hours I spend on my feet every day as a trainer can often take a toll on my lower back.  Every now and again, it just tightens up and I am in a lot of pain.  I heavily rely on the physical therapists at Sports Physical Therapy to get me mobile and pain free again!  They have multiple locations, and one of the partners, Jeff Erickson, is a neighbor of mine – great guy!  Can’t say enough about what an awesome facility this is!  Hillsborough location:  908-359-8800, Princeton (609) 419-0455, Somerset (732) 565-5455, Flemington (908) 806-2000.

ARBONNE: Christine Murphy, a dedicated client at !MPACT Training just launched her own business with Arbonne!  Arbonne is a highly regarded, premium brand with a Swiss heritage.  Their skincare, cosmetic & nutritional products are healthy, safe, botanically-based and inspired by nature.  The Arbonne experience starts with changing your skin, then it is about changing your life.  If you are interested in purchasing products, hosting an event, or starting a business, contact her at:  christine.m.murphy22@gmail.com

TENDER LOVIN GRILL (TLG):  If any of you haven’t made your way into the restaurant that is located at the corner of Rt. 206 and Amwell Road, you are really missing out.  Not only is the food delicious, but nothing is processed or frozen . . . everything on their menu is freshly made.  So I met with the owners of TLG, Steve and Maribeth to talk about implementing an !MPACT Menu – which would be delicious foods that are also calorie-conscious.  So if you live or work locally in Hillsborough, you can stop in to check out their specials . . . their regular menu and their !MPACT Menu so you know you are staying on track with your weight-loss plan.  We will keep copies of the !MPACT Menu at our front desk so our clients can pick up lunch or dinner on days when they just don’t have time to cook a healthy meal.  And Steve & Maribeth will also have copies at their counter.  They have awesome food . . . you have to stop in to see them!  Lots of their regular menu items as well as their “Specials for the Week” are also super healthy and delicious.

BELLE MEAD PHYSICAL THERAPY: Another GREAT physical therapy facility in town . . . Are you dealing with ongoing pain?  Did you recently experience an injury?  Mark Nagel, Physical Therapist, would be happy to provide you with a FREE consultation so that you increase your range of motion and work towards being pain FREE!  Belle Mead Physical Therapy is located at 476 Amwell Road (right near the high school) in Hillsborough (908) 281-6515.

REALTOR: Are you looking to buy a new home or sell your current home? You really need someone who understands what you want and isn’t going to waste your time. Melissa is not only professional to deal with, but understands that families are the most important thing and so is the home they live in. Call Melissa Martin of Weichert Realtors – cell: 908-656-4070 or email:  melissamartin@weichert.com

MADCONNECTIONS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS -who provided a complete set-up of our new computers at !MPACT!  Jaquim also helped me out last year when my home computer had some kind of a virus eating away at it — to the point where the screen went black.  But because I still had power on this computer, Jaquim was able to salvage all my data and most of all, my MUSIC!!  He cleaned it up and put my desktops stuff back in working order (i.e., Microsoft Office) — in addition to adding protection so this type of thing doesn’t happen again.  MADCONNECTIONS is a professional, affordable and reliable computer repair company.  Call them between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. at 907-768-6534 or email:  MADCONNECTIONS@COMCAST.NET

STEPS TOGETHER:  This is a local charity dedicated to inspiring our community to paying their blessings forward and supporting families in Somerset County facing a medical crisis.  If you are looking for a great charity to get involved with, check out their website:  www.steps-together.com.  Courtney and Mike Newman (founders of Steps Together) are wonderful people – dedicating their lives to helping others.

20% OFF if you mention this add!!!!  A&B LANDSCAPING of Central NJ: 908-240-8784.  They do everything from lawn maintenance (cutting, edging, weeding, seasonal work, etc) and they also do landscape design, patio pavers and MORE!  Increase the value of your home by improving the appearance of your lawn, shrubs and landscaping!!!  They can make your house look like something out of Better Homes and Gardens!! Call today!

DOCTOR:  Looking for a doctor you can rely on? Take good care of your body, and go for regular check-ups and blood work . . . We can’t take good health for granted.  Come and meet the wonderful doctors in this group, like Ernest J DeLaCruz, MD (Board Certified in Internal Medicine), Montgomery Internal Medicine Group, 719 Route 206, Suite 100, Hillsborough , NJ (908) 904-0920 www.montgomeryinternalmedicinegroup.com

ITALIAN CUISINE:  Caffe Piazza – DINE-IN, PICK-UP OR CATERING AVAILABLE:  Fine Italian dining and catering by owner, Antonio Ruffa (a great friend and former client).  Caffe Piazza is located on Route 206 in Hillsborough (in the same strip mall with Stop-N-Shop).  Let them cater your next affair!  (908) 359-9494

VIDEO PRODUCTION — KBARBELLA:  Kristyna Barbella – She has been doing all my video work, including our new Pay-it-Forward video!  She is so creative and professional, and you will love your finished product.  She also does web-design work.  Check out her website: www.kbarbella.com

HILLSBOROUGH PODIATRY . . . Attention Hillsborough Residents – Marc Mizrachy is a fellow fitness enthusiast and also a well-recognized Podiatrist in town.  They are open 6 days per week including Saturdays and three evenings.  Hillsborough Podiatry Group — 719 Route 206, Suite 107, Hillsborough, NJ  08844 — (908)431-5901 – www.hillsboroughpodiatry.com

WILLS:  Do you presently have a will?  It may sound like something you can put off, but wouldn’t you like to make sure your family is taken care of – just the way you want?  Tiffany Moore, Esq. can help simplify the process so you can rest easy, knowing everything is outlined properly – and she’ll make sure you don’t forget anything or anyone.  And we are not just talking about monetary issues – what about guardians for your children or your pets in the unfortunate event something happens to you?  Everyone should have a will — Don’t put it off another day . . . Gain piece of mind:  Call Tiffany @ (908) 797-3198 or email her @:  jtmoore98@msn.com

Organic Farm in Hillsborough:  Jon Knox and his wife, Kimberly, have started an organic farm at Duke Farms. Everything they grow is done following the USDA organic guidelines as part of their lease with Duke Farms and the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NJ). Please check out their website or the detailed article from the Hillsborough Patch.  Both links are attached:  http://dogwoodfarmsnj.com/   andhttp://hillsborough.patch.com/articles/couple-s-venture-launches-new-era-in-hillsborough-farming

UPPERCASE LIVING:  Betsy Toland If you love all the inspirational quotes and pictures on the walls at !MPACT, contact Betsy.  Uppercase Living brings the incredible expressiveness of words into homes, transforming them into more wonderful places to live.  Not only does Betsy provide a professional installation, but she also makes great suggestions with regards to colors and size.  These make beautiful accents for your home!  Wanna have an Uppercase Living Party at your home to get discounts on your own purchases, drop Betsy an email:  betjentol@verizon.net

FRANKLIN MEDICAL GROUP:  Dr. Steven DelMaestro (MD, Internal Medicine) of Hillsborough, NJ was approached to head up Franklin Medical Group – a new medical practice affiliated with Somerset Medical Hospital.  Before taking on this new venture, Dr. DelMaestro had his own practice for 22 years, operating out of his offices in New Brunswick and North Brunswick (NJ).  So . . . when is the last time you had a complete physical?  Your health is so important – and so is finding a doctor who cares and actually takes the time to get to know you and your health history.  Maybe you are presently getting medical care from a practice that is so huge – with so many different doctors that you feel it lacks that personal touch.  Make your health a priority:  908-685-2526 (located @ Franklin Commons, 454 Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 210, Somerset, New Jersey).

Written by