By Jennifer Farnsworth
The owner of a new boxing gym, Ole Hustle, wants people to know that his 1,000-square-foot facility is packing a punch in the world of fitness.
James Boyd said he had a clear idea for what he wanted to happen at the 51 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, location.
“My vision for this facility was to have a fun and inviting environment and also to have the equipment and trainers that give the best workouts possible,” said Boyd.
Ole Hustle is a boxing and conditioning studio that offers both group classes and personal training. Boyd said the facility has 12 heavy bags, free weights, resistance equipment, benches and mats.
“We call ourselves a boxing and conditioning studio, but we offer more than just boxing,” said Boyd.
Boyd said classes include kickboxing, express boxing, “hustle hard,” which he described as a full body strength and conditioning. There is also a pilates-based class called tabata. Power crunch is for abs only; Dirty 30 is 30 exercises in 30 minutes with 30 repetitions of each exercise.
The “final stretch” is a yoga-based class geared toward athletes and weekend warriors. They also have offer open gym times, which has been popular, Boyd said.
They also offer kids boxing classes, and host corporate events and other events.
His trainers are Monique Ratti, Adrienne Parker and Jake Robinson, who specialize in different areas of expertise, something Boyd said sets them apart from most gyms.
“Monique has an M.S. in nutrition and human performance and holds personal training and kickboxing certifications. Adrienne ran college track, has a performing arts background and holds personal training and barre certifications. Jake is an ultra-marathon runner and holds a personal training certification. They all teach class and take private clients. Our biggest focus is creating a positive and energizing community that puts health and fitness at the top of its priorities,” said Boyd.
He said being a part of the Saratoga community was a major factor in choosing his downtown location. Being in a community that supports small business is something he looked forward to and is already enjoying.
“We’re looking forward to doing events with other businesses in the community and sharing our passion for fitness with Saratoga,” said Boyd.
Boyd said employees work to ensure that whoever walks through the door feels instantly welcome.
Open gym is free with any unlimited membership or for a minimal fee of $10 for a drop-in session. Other class options and pricing can be found at www.olehustle.com or call 518-350-7095.