The National Guard bestows awards on him. The Hudson Valley Horrors, a roller derby team, beat a path to his dojo to train and learn how to more effectively lambaste their opponents. The city of Fishkill had to change its name from Tons of Fishville, after he gave a cross look to the river system. His name is Master Robert S. Blum, and he's the chief instructor at Just For Kicks Martial Arts. Together with his team of black belt and US national champions, he teaches a self-defense curriculum that emphasizes the importance of an active lifestyle, respecting others, and becoming a productive member of society. To ensure that more than just fist and kick combos were getting through to trainees, Blum enlisted the help of child psychologist Dr. Robyn Silverman to develop the life skills portion of the program. Within the Just For Kicks studio, Robert and his crew train preschoolers, kids, teens, and adults. To practice their strikes, students unleash their uppercuts and roundhouses on focus mitts and Wave Master standup punching bags. In these sessions, budding martial artists get the same instruction that instructors have imparted to baseball players from the Hudson Valley Renegades, guards at the Fishkill Correctional Facility, and officers from the local police department. His programs have garnered the Century Gold Award every year since 2007, which recognizes excellence in martial arts instruction. To practice the same community-minded message he preaches, Robert runs programs for groups such as the local Boy and Girl Scout troops and supports charities that include Project Action (Juvenile Crime Prevention) and the American Cancer Society.
Even if their clients never intend to step into the ring, the certified trainers at Mittwork Fitness LLC train them with some of the same techniques as prizefighters. Through a noncontact quartet of boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and fitness classes, the coaches foster svelte frames and stronger limbs with combinations of mitt work, heavy-bag workouts, and boot-camp-style exercise. Meanwhile, students gain confidence and soak up the fundamentals of martial-arts techniques without ever having to spar with other students or engage in competition.
Over the years, George and Amy Corso have racked up their fair share of fitness certifications. While some of those credentials overlap—such as the ones that designate them as personal trainers—others do not. George is authorized as a strength-and-conditioning specialist; Amy holds rank as a level-three Spinning instructor. At CORSO, the duo fuses these areas of expertise into a comprehensive collection of fitness opportunities. They conduct TRX training sessions, intense cardio-circuit workouts, and rounds of indo-row—a fast-paced class that captures the elements of on-water rowing, just without all the pirates blowing past on stolen jet skis. Joining the Corsos, yoga instructor Dana Lucas helps exercisers heal with accessible and fun yoga classes.
When clients walk into CrossFit Peekskill, they're not inundated with the rows of elliptical machines and treadmills common in typical gyms. This warehouse-influenced gym houses wall-to-wall Olympic weights, gymnastics rings, and rowing machines. During workouts steeped in functional fitness, clients climb ropes and flip giant tires. Coaches are on-hand to ensure clients are practicing the correct form during each exercise, which include swinging kettlebells and lifting medicine balls. To help workouts fit into everyone's schedule, CrossFit classes are offered every Monday?Saturday, and open gym hours are scheduled seven days a week.
Medicine balls, barbells, tires for flipping, and other strength-training equipment is packed into Adrenalin Gym. Seven days a week, its trainers assist clients as they work their way through the gym. Personal-training programs may incorporate pull-ups, dead lifts, or clean and jerks depending on whether clients wants to bulk up or throw their old car into the sea.
Solars Sports Clubs has fitness fanatics of all stripes covered, offering amenities that range from the parquet of the basketball court and the hardened evergreen of the tennis courts to rows of weight machines and the whirr of the smoothie bar. Group classes whip participants into shape, whether it's heart-pumping belly dancing or spin classes that encourage cyclists to workout without having to share the road with reckless turtles. Solaris also offers kids classes and summer camps, getting little ones off the couch and into action while honing their sports skills.