Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
Licensed Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Uchenna Egwuonwu helms Wholehealth, where she puts more than 10 years of experience to use in treating conditions with a blend of Eastern and Western medicine, aided by a nursing degree. Aiming to treat a variety of maladies and symptoms such as coughs, addiction, arthritis, or back pains, she uses miniscule, sterile needles during acupuncture to target specific points on the back where there might be blockages along internal meridians of energy, or qi, to restore flow and balance to bodies. She also utilizes techniques such as moxibustion, burning mugwort to mitigate dampness in the body, or herbal prescriptions, tailoring herbs for individual conditions and cases.
Unlike many yoga studios, which focus on just one style of yoga—such as Bikram—Alma Yoga teaches classes inspired by various styles, including Kundalini, Flow, Ashtanga, and Hatha. And classes that are supposed to follow one style might not even do that because instructors such as Kelly Damon, a certified Vinyasa instructor who teaches most of Alma's classes, rely on poses from multiple disciplines. Kelly focuses primarily on teaching the Principles of Movement to help beginner through advanced students connect to themselves through breathing and proper alignment.
Under the constant threat of invasion, the soldiers of Thailand (then known as Siam) developed a style of combat based on swordplay but practiced with empty hands. The fighting art grew into a spectator sport for royalty, and lives on to this day in the form of muay thai. At Newburgh Muay Thai, instructors preserve the art, culture, and context of Thai fighting, embracing Khanomtom muay thai—the sport’s most traditional form. Instructors travel each year to Thailand to train for a month, sparring with and learning from current and former champions before bringing their knowledge and skills back to students in New York. The gym also offers training in western-style boxing as well as cardio kickboxing.
Thirteen years as a chiropractor has enabled Dr. Abreu to specialize in treating a variety of ailments, including neck and back pain, headaches, and fibromyalgia. He alleviates pain through spinal adjustments and prevents future discomfort with corrective exercises that includes stretching, leg lifts, and eyebrow raises.