What we're about
Enough Already! Get Moving, Start Losing™ is a fun fitness group managed and led by Michelle Courtney Berry, MPS, CISD, RMT. It's a group full of wonderful people that are deeply devoted to mind, body and spiritual wellness. Each month, throughout the seasons, they come together to support our shared visions of "letting go" of any emotional baggage that we carry with us each day. (Below this information, a "Release of Liability Waiver" is included. You and your guests and pets are bound by this waiver upon your first excursion, whether you sign this waiver or not).
Enough Already! Get Moving, Start Losing™ is part of America Rises, Inc., which is a new non-profit that is slated to launch regionally and nationally in 2019. Our fitness group of diverse and inclusive members focuses on offering hikes, walks, occasional bike rides, and occasional excursions that aim to reduce the financial barriers that are often part and parcel to "fitness" and "wellness" enterprises. Overall, we're committed to engaging people of all ages in a culture of wellness, particularly as this engagement relates to reducing incidences of childhood obesity, reducing or eliminating incidences of Type 2 diabetes, and in other forms of self-care that create better health and wellness.
Over the years, many folks of all ages, shapes, sizes, skin color, sexual orientations, religions, beliefs, agnostics/atheists, nature lovers, political parties or ambivalent about politics, and ideologies - accompanied at times by their children, neighbors, partners, and canine companions - have made deep, lasting friendships across differences that span a variety of cultures, experiences, and nationalities.
We offer mostly hikes, though other excursions including biking, short walks, and gym meet-ups also happen.
RE: our hikes - You will find that most of our hikes cover a variety of fitness levels, but do read the descriptions carefully so you understand the duration, terrain, and you can prepare accordingly. Remember to go at your own pace and bring a friend.
Instead of charging annual dues, we offer a mix of hikes and other fitness excursions, some free and some will be fee-based to cover the cost of the Meet Up site, which is a little under 200 dollar per year, as well as the cost of time for exploring trails in advance, gas, and occasional club excursions where we will cover some of the expenses if there's money left over.
However, to ensure we meet our goals for inclusion and that wellness in the outdoors is available to all, most of our hikes will be free, with special appeals asking members to "pay-it-forward" by donating seasonally in accordance with how much they feel the club has helped with stress levels, bonding, networking, and forming new friendships.
We will also be holding one big donation day annually, that we hope will bring members together socially for exercise and a bit of club fundraising!
**Please COME ON TIME. We are starting the hikes and ending them ON TIME - as many of us have to do other tasks after the hike. Please factor in time for parking and etc. when coming to a hike. You will not be refunded if you come late and can't find us.
Many people join us for many different reasons. So, whether it's weight loss or just ditching a bad habit, we want to keep you moving so that when you're with us, you can put your worries and excuses aside and enjoy the beautiful natural environment of our surrounding regions and destinations.
Hiking for Body, Mind, and Spirit
Hiking outdoors has many perks - nice views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. Hiking is also a powerful cardio workout that can lower your risk of heart disease, boost bone density (since walking is a weight-bearing exercise), and build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, as well as muscles in your hips and lower legs. Hiking can also strengthen your core, improve your balance, and boost your mood.
Group Leader Information
Group Leader and entrepreneur Michelle Courtney Berry, is an internationally certified stress de-briefer, coach, Usui and Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher (http://www.reikigoddess.org), trainer and transformative motivational speaker who's opened for The Dalai Lama and Dr. Maya Angelou. In April 2014, Michelle was the #1 female and placed #4 overall out of 44,000 participants in the national “Total Lean Challenge” sponsored by Map My Fitness and GNC (http://www.mapmyfitness.com/challenges/gnctotalleanchallenge/). In Spring 2015, Michelle was once again in the top 1% of the nation out of 76,000 participants in the Map My Fitness "Total Degree Challenge" with the iconic trainer and TV star, Chris Powell.
Michelle has also walked on fire and climbed one of the highest peaks in the Adirondacks. She holds a graduate degree in Communication from Cornell University (http://www.cornell.edu) and a dual BA degree in English, Literature, Rhetoric and Political Science from Binghamton University.
Release of Liability Waiver
This is the waiver all participants in this group will sign upon their first engagement with the group. Whether you sign or not, you are bound by the details of this waiver and agreement upon your first excursion. RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY FOR ENOUGH ALREADY! GET MOVING, START LOSING! ™
Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnification Agreement. This Document affects your legal rights. Read it carefully before signing.1. Activity and Associated Risks: I have chosen to participate in an outdoor recreational activity or other fitness excursion indoors or outdoors (hereinafter referred to as “the Activity”) with Enough Already! Get Moving, Start Losing! ™ (hereinafter referred to as “EAGMSL”). I understand that:• EAGMSL is a not a guide service and therefore makes NO WARRANTIES, PROMISES, or GUARANTEES that the Activity is safe for family or me. I understand that EAGMSL has not verified or approved the safety of the Activity listed on our events calendars, although Club Organizers do check trail conditions regularly and communicate trail updates for your review, discretion and approval regularly through the use of the Meetup app (both mobile and desktop) It is, however, my solely my responsibility to determine whether I think the Activity exposes my family or myself to an unreasonable risk of harm or loss;• hiking and other fitness excursions offered by EAGMSL may be inherently dangerous activities. While hiking my child(ren) and/or myself may be exposed to dangers and hazards, including but not limited to: falling rocks, inclement weather, hostile or aggressive wildlife, falls, fractures, concussions, equipment failures, negligence of others, drowning, and/or death: as well as exposure to canines who often join their owners on these hikes. Canine companions are always to be kept leashed and with their owners on each hike that is approved for dogs to join. However, if my canine should bite, attack, alarm, or harm another hiker, EAGMSL may not be sued or held liable for those distressful actions, though you as pet owner may face liability for those actions directly.• because of these risks, my child(ren) and/or myself may be seriously hurt, disabled or may die from resulting injuries, and my property may also be damaged;• hospital facilities, qualified medical care, and emergency medical evacuation may be limited or unavailable during all or portions of the activity; and• EAGMSL assumes no responsibility for providing medical care during the activity, and I will have to pay for any medical care and/or evacuation that I and/or my family incur. Club organizers typically know first aid and CPR, and carry generic first aid kits for minor injuries, but they assume no risk and they may decline to provide any care if your wounds are too severe and require immediate medical attention. You are strongly advised to bring your own medications, prescriptions, inhalers, health insurance information, and first aid materials yourself.2. Assumption of the Risk: I voluntarily, knowingly, and expressly assume the above-mentioned risks as well as other risks not listed that are part of the activity, and any harm, injury or loss that may occur to me or my property as a result in my participation in the Activity or during any transportation to or from the Activity—including any injury or loss caused by the negligence of EAGMSL, its employees, agents, and officers, its contractors, and other Activity participants. I also understand that any equipment I provide or may borrow or rent from EAGMSL or any other provider I used at my own risk and that any such equipment is provided without any warranty about its condition or suitability. 3. RELEASE OF LIABILITY: I hereby RELEASE EAGMSL, its owners or members, heirs, agents, attorneys, employees, assigns, other participants, sponsors, advertisers, contractors, equipment providers, landowners, municipal or governmental providers of use permits, and their respective employees, officers, and directors (“the Released Parties) FROM ALL LIABILITIES, CAUSES OF ACTION, CLAIMS AND DEMANDS that arise in any way from any injury, death, loss or harm that occur to me or to any other person or to any property during the Activity or in any way related to the Activity, including during transportation to or from the Activity. This RELEASE includes claims for the negligence of the Released Parties and claims for strict liability for abnormally dangerous activities. This RELEASE does not extend to claims excluded from being waived by law. I also agree NOT TO SUE or make a claim against the Released Parties for death, injury, loss, harm, or property damage or destruction which occur during the Activity or are related in any way to the Activity.4. INDEMNIFICATION HOLD HARMLESS AND DEFEND: I promise to INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS AND DEFEND the Released Parties (defined in Section 3) against all claims to which Section 3 of this agreement applies, including claims for their own negligence. I also promise to INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS AND DEFEND the Released Parties against all claims for my own negligence, and any other claim arising from my conduct during the Activity. In accordance with these promises, I will reimburse the Released Parties for any damages, reasonable settlements and defense costs, including attorney fees that they incur because of any such claims made against them. I agree that in the event of my death or disability, the terms of this agreement, including the indemnification obligation in this Section, will be binding on my estate, and my personal representative, executor, administrator or guardian will be obligated to respect and enforce them.5. HIKING AND FITNESS EXCURSION ORGANIZERS: EAGMSL encourages everyone to participate by hosting hikes and other activities that they may offer on the Meetup site. I acknowledge that EAGMSL has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the actions of any hike or other fitness excursion hosts at any time before, during, and after the Activity. I acknowledge that EAGMSL has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the actions of any independent contractors providing any services for the Activity. Additionally, I know that hiking organizers, ambassadors, guest guides and other volunteers may offer their help, advice, adjustment, etc. I receive from these individuals should not be construed as professional advice but merely friendly suggestions. It is my responsibility to make sure I am familiar and comfortable with whatever method I choose to use in transportation and other ways I choose to engage, participate, and enjoy these activities with guests, children, family members, and other associates. 6. INSURANCE: I do not expect EAGMSL to provide insurance or pay for any costs associated with harm, including being injured or killed, to my family or myself. I know that I have the option to purchase my own insurance. If I were to suffer any type of loss during the Activity, I would not want my loss to negatively impact EAGMSL. As I am assuming all the risks associated with the Activity, I would find it harsh and inequitable to ask EAGMSL for indemnification relating to any events occurring during the Activity. 7. EAGMSL AND THE COMMUNITY: I believe EAGMSL serves a compelling public interest. It is important to me to see that EAGMSL maintains a strong public presence so that participants of all ages, children and their caregivers and even their canine companions are inspired to get out and explore nature and the outdoors. I would not want to see EAGMSL limit or restrict its activities because of concerns over liability. Participating in the Activity with EAGMSL is a purely recreational endeavor. I know there are numerous trails, campsites, parks, and other natural areas available throughout my area where I could hike and enjoy other outdoor recreational activities without limiting my rights as a plaintiff. I do not believe this agreement reflects a disparity in bargaining power. I view Enough Already! Get Moving, Start Losing! as a group of like-minded participants working together to further common goals related to: mind, body, and spiritual development, fitness, weight loss, team building, diversity and inclusion and other community-minded goals. I view myself as a member of the organization and I understand that if I do not like the terms of the waiver, I am free to submit a counter-proposal to EAGMSL organizers or refuse to sign and participate in club activities. 8. USE OF MY LIKENESS: I understand that during the Activity I may be photographed or videotaped. To the fullest extent allowed by law, I waive all rights of publicity or privacy or pre-approval that I have for any such likeness of my family or myself or use of my name in connection with such likeness, and I grant to EAGMSL and its sponsors, partners, advertisers, and assigns permission to copyright, use, and publish (including by electronic means) such likeness of me, whether in whole or part, in any form, without restrictions, and for any purpose.9. SEVERABILITY: I agree that the purpose of this agreement is that it shall be an enforceable RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law. I agree that if any portion or provision of this agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, then the remainder will continue in full force and effect. I also agree that any invalid provision will be modified or partially enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law to carry out the purpose of the agreement.10. MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION AGREEMENT: This agreement is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the state of New York, without any reference to its choice of law rules. Any controversy or claim arising out of this agreement or in any way associated with the Activity shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”). All hearings and other procedures shall be held in Tompkins County, in the State of New York, between an Arbitrator who is a licensed attorney with at least 5 years of experience. A judgment upon the award rendered by the Arbitrator shall be entered in a Court with competent jurisdiction. As a condition precedent to the filing of an arbitration claim, the parties agree to first mediate any claims between them. Any party refusing to mediate shall not prevent the other party or parties from pursuing their claims in arbitration. The arbitrator’s decision shall be final, and binding and judgment may be entered thereon. In the event a party fails to proceed with arbitration, unsuccessfully challenges the arbitrator’s award, or fails to comply with arbitrator’s award, the other party is entitled of costs of suit including a reasonable attorney’s fee for having to compel arbitration or defend or enforce the award.I HAVE FULLY INFORMED MYSELF OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT BY READING IT BEFORE SIGNING IT. NO ORAL REPRESENTATIONS, STATEMENTS OR OTHER INDUCEMENTS TO SIGN THIS RELEASE HAVE BEEN MADE APART FROM WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A CONTRACT THAT AFFECTS MY LEGAL RIGHTS AND I SIGN IT OF MY OWN FREE WILL.THIS CONTRACT CONTAINS A BINDING ARBITRATION PROVISION WHICH MAY BE ENFORCED BY THE PARTIES.If participant is under 18 years of age, signature of parent or responsible adult is required below:In consideration of the minor child being permitted to participate in the Activity, I accept and agree to the full contents of this agreement. I certify that I have the authority to sign on behalf of the minor child and to make decisions for the minor child regarding this Activity. I also agree to RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS, INDEMNIFY AND DEFEND the Released Parties (defined in Section 3) from all liabilities and claims that arise in any way from any injury, death, loss or harm that occurs to the minor child during the Activity or in any way related to the Activity. This includes any claim of the minor and any claim arising from the negligence of the Released Parties. I understand that nothing in this agreement is intended to release claims any liabilities that governing law does not permit to be excluded by agreement.