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October Club Meeting - Pilates for Cyclists, by Gail Giovanniello - sponsored by Clif Bar

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Pilates for Cyclists, a presentation by Gail Giovanniello - sponsored by Clif Bar

Event: October Club Meeting
Topic: “Pilates for Cyclists, a presentation by Gail Giovanniello - sponsored by Clif Bar”
Date: October 11, 2016
Location: Connolly’s Bar & Restaurant, 121 w. 45th St. (3rd fl.) (bet. 6th Ave. & B’way)

6:00PM - dine, drink and schmooze
7:00PM – program
8:15PM - raffle

Gail Giovanniello Bodin - Biography

Gail has fascination for the limitless potential of movement and healing in the human body, and how incorporating fitness can permeate one’s entire life. Her decades-long devotion to fitness has intrigued her to pursue multiple methods, however Gail finds the Pilates method to be the most effective and accessible exercise method for any physical level. Having been a professional dancer for ten years, Gail now dedicates her life to keeping other people moving and feeling good. 

Gail is a fourth generation descendent teacher of the Pilates method, receiving wisdom handed down carefully and specifically from past master to present master and keeping the continuity and exactness of the method intact. Gail has trained for over ten years with Deborah Lessen, a teaching disciple of another Joseph Pilates direct-line student, Carola Trier. Gail also studied with Kelly Kane, founder of The Kane School - Kinected, who incorporated anatomical knowledge to improve strength and stability. Gail believes in continuing the traditions of precision, breath, control, and alignment set forth by Joseph Pilates in the 1950′s by receiving Heritage Training from Cara Reeser, a disciple of Kathy Grant, who studied directly with Joe Pilates. 

Gail promotes focus and attention to detail along with an in-depth comprehension of anatomy for movement. Her extensive background as well as on-going Pilates continued education allows her to assist people with a broad range of physical concerns: post-injury rehabilitation, sports conditioning and pre-natal exercise as well as posture and overall strength.


Why Pilates vs other regular fitness?

- Pilates will provide overall strength & stretch.

- Pilates targets all muscle groups needed in cycling.

       - Hip flexors - psoas!

       - Above & below the knee (hamstrings, quads)

       - Ankle/foot

       - Spine stability/strength

       - Shoulder stability & mobility

- Pilates is a full body movement practice designed to strengthen the intrinsic muscles.

- Provides full length of muscles, giving the stretch (length) needed to support healthy muscle function.

- Incorporates movements, positions that counter the repetitive movement and positions of cycling.

- Injury prevention.

- Knowledge of overall movement, alignment, breath, stretch and maintaining strength.

Presentation includes:

A demonstration of a mat workout. Link to free workouts on Gail's YouTube channel.

A discussion of the specialized equipment and how it expands on the Pilates method and provides the exerciser with feedback.

Gail is generously offering one private lesson, as an additional raffle prize




Connolly’s/NYCC Beer Happy Hour

We are thrilled to announce a new Connolly’s/NYCC Beer Happy Hour (which will continue through the entire length of our meetings), from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The following beers will be available for purchase during the Beer Happy Hour at the discounted price of $6.00 :

Bass Ale  ·  Sam Adams  ·  Connolly’s Red or Wheat  ·  Yuengling


Raffle Prizes

Featured prizes: 4x Clif Cycling Kits - jersey/shorts/arm warmers (2x men’s/2x women’s)

5 Clif Product Bags – incl: 2 boxes Clif bars, 2x Clif Bloks, 2x Clif Gels, 2x Clif Organic Energy Food. Plus a custom Clif Bag.

5x Clif wool cycling socks

About Clif Bar:

Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® Bar energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; and CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®. Focused on sports nutrition and snacks for adventure, the family and employee-owned company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and planet. For more information on Clif Bar & Company, please visit, check out our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter at:

Clif Bar & Company has a long history supporting the sport of cycling. The idea for CLIF® Bar was born on a bike and the sport is embedded in the company’s culture and heritage. CLIF Bar sponsors cyclists and bike events at all levels of competition, from amateur to professional athletes, and from grassroots events to major national competitions, both in road and mountain biking. CLIF Bar is proud to be a partner of the NYCC in 2016 – our NY team loves to ride and is looking forward to seeing you on the road!


October Club Meeting - Pilates for Cyclists, by Gail Giovanniello - sponsored by Clif Bar
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