Arnold Schwarzenegger surprises Howard Beach fitness consulting couple

Photo courtesy Jack and Corrine Wlody

A fitness consulting couple from Howard Beach were especially pumped up when they were honored at a recent fitness convention in Ohio, as they got a chance to meet the Terminator.

Jack and Corrine Wlody were recognized at the 23rd annual International Chiropractors Association (ICA) National Symposium on Natural Fitness with the ICA Legacy Award on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Even better, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presented them with their plaque.

The Wlodys were recognized for both their promotion of fitness to all and their commitment to community service.

“Being recognized for what we do because we love to do it is very humbling,” the Wlodys said in a joint statement. “It was a surprise and an honor. One of the wonderful results is that it helps us share our philosophy of ‘one great habit,’ and living a truly balanced life by giving back.”

The couple owns Team Wlody Fitness/Lifestyle Consulting, where they offer one-on-one consulting for clients who want both in-person and online fitness and nutrition consulting.

The couple are involved with many charitable organizations including Bike New York, which empowers people, both young and old, to learn how to ride a bicycle for the first time. They also hold fundraisers for their community, such as when they recently raised enough money for Waldbaum’s Oceanside during their MDA Shamrock Drive to send one child with muscular dystrophy to MDA summer camp.

The Wlodys regularly volunteer at Holy Apostles soup kitchen, work with Habitat for Humanity, donate and personally deliver clothing to the homeless and spend the holidays at halfway houses, bringing gifts to the residents.

“Jack and Corrine are the finest examples of health and fitness professionals and I’m thrilled that Governor Schwarzenegger and the ICA gave them the recognition they truly deserve,” former Sports Commissioner for the City of New York and current CEO of Bike New York Ken Podziba said. “This award has as much to do with their expertise in and philosophy of the fitness industry as it does with who they are as people; and you can’t find more generous, kindhearted and caring people than this couple who are affectionately known as Team Wlody.”

“Jack and Corrine are not only a shining example of the very best in fitness and lifestyle design, but their generosity of spirit has touched the lives of so very many,” said Dr. Jack Barnathan, ICA president emeritus. “We we’re thrilled to present them with this special award and doubly honored to have them serve as one of only nine experts from around the world to present exciting insights for the future of fitness at the VIP panel discussion. I’m so very proud to know such special people who inspire and motivate so very many, including myself.”

The ICA National Symposium on Natural Fitness is part of the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Festival, which is now the largest sports and fitness event in the world. The Legacy Award that is handed out at the symposium was created in the spirit of the charitable works of Schwarzenegger over his career.

“Arnold is awesome, he has a great sense of humor, and he makes it fun for those attending this event,” the Wlodys said in their statement. “He truly embodies the spirit of generosity and emphasized how important it is for everyone to give back.”