Meet our December Employee of the Month
Meet William “Willpower” Roggi, one of our experienced and committed fitness trainer/instructors. Will has has over 12 years experience in the fitness industry with a background in many areas such as strength and conditioning, sports specific training, mixed martial arts and self defense. While Will works full time for the State of Connecticut, health and fitness is his true passion. Will truly enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge with others. His time at core club has allowed him to do just that. Since joining the team a few years ago, Will has taught multiple group classes, provided 1:1 and group training and taught seminars in MMA, Olympic lifting and self-defense.He has even hosted several speaking events on this topic for state of CT employees.
Will’s own fitness journey began playing sports as a teenager. Throughout high school and college he continued to progress in both sports and strength training. In his early 20’s he began training at Gracie MMA school and also became a certified cross fit trainer. Later, he participated in Olympic and power lifting competitions as well as multiple races and MMA matches. When it comes to health and fitness Will believes that high effort, consistency and determination leads to success.
We are glad to have you as a part of our team!
Brussel Sprouts, Cranberry and Quinoa Salad Recipe
1 pound brussels sprouts, rinsed and ends trimmed, then halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
orange vinaigrette (see below)
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt and pepper
Whisk all ingredients for the dressing together until combined.
Toss all ingredients together until combined.
Wishing a bittersweet goodbye to our team member/founder of Core Club
It is with bittersweet regret and a deep well of gratitude that I announce that Cheryl Salva, founder and former owner of Core Club & 24/7 gym is moving on to pursue new and exciting endeavors. I can’t begin to convey the gratitude and respect I have for Cheryl in building a business that has truly changed the lives of countless members. Cheryl established the business on April 18, 2011 with the addition of a 24/7 Gym on April 19, 2012 and it has been growing ever since. Since my assumption of ownership in February 2016, Cheryl has been an integral part of my team and a trusted advisor. All of us at Core Club & 24/7 gym will greatly miss her passion and dedication, but we know she will be applying that same energy to something new and exciting. We wish her well and will always be grateful for what she has given us. Good luck Cheryl!
Total time: 40 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup pumpkin puree (from the can or homemade)
1 cup canned diced tomatoes (chopped into smaller chunks)
1 cup vegetable stock or water
1 can black beans (15 oz)
1/2 can chick peas (7.5 oz)
1 tablespoon cumin powder (start with half the amount, and add more, to taste)
2 tablespoons chili powder (start with 1 tablespoon, reduce or add more, depending on your tastes)
salt and pepper
1) In a large pot or skillet, cook chopped onion and minced garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes on medium heat until soft.
2) Add pumpkin, canned tomatoes, vegetable stock, black beans and chick peas to pot. Add half the cumin and half the chili powder, stir everything well, and season with salt and pepper. Taste your chili, season some more with salt and pepper if needed. Add the remaining cumin (or more) and remaining chili powder (or more), if desired. Bring to boil, make sure to stir all ingredients well together to combine flavors and spices. Reduce to simmer and cook for 20 minutes on simmer.
3) Serve in soup bowls, garnished with chopped green onion.