About Dorothy Hamburg
A Little Bit About Me
I’m now 54 years old and still redefining who I am. I’m passionately involved in Olympic lifting, the practice of yoga, and mountain biking. And now jui jitsui. For many years I spent most of my free time rock climbing and mountaineering throughout the states and South America. I’ve successfully climbed Denali in Alaska, Huana Potosi in Bolivia, Mount Rainier in Washington and numerous other peaks in the Cascades and South America. I’ve even had the unique experience of mountain biking across Costa Rica via the Ruta de Conquistadores.
Then in 1998, I discovered the world of triathlon. My first triathlon was the day after I graduated from the University of Oregon with my Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology! From there I have raced both short-course and long-course triathlons, Xterra off-road triathlons, as well as short-course and ultra-distance mountain bike racing. I’m a 2-time IronMan finisher (Florida and Lake Placid) and have successfully competed in and placed in races such as the SOS (Survival of the Shawangunks), Xterra National and World Championships, and Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.
I didn’t grow up athletic — I was sedentary and pretty much a bookworm. But when I was seventeen (back in the day of Arnold Schwarzenegger) I fell in love with weight lifting. I didn’t have anyone to teach me as very few women were lifting. So I read and practiced. Ten years later I was teaching both women and men the science and the art of weight lifting. I truly love the freedom that having a strong body, mind & spirit brings with me to whatever I aspire to.
Credentials & Education
Credentials & Education
I obtained my Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oregon in 1998. I have a strong background in sports medicine and biomechanics with a multidisciplinary specialization in lumbar spine stabilization and dysfunction. I have over 25 years of experience teaching strength conditioning and weight training. I specialize in helping individuals regain strength & mobility that has been lost through injury, illness or inactivity.
During the past 18 years in private practice, I have worked with all types of musculoskeletal problems that can interfere with quality of life and everyday activities & sports. I have seen significant results for individuals that suffer from low back & sciatic pain, scoliosis, shoulder & knee injuries, arthritis and osteoporosis.
As part of my desire to learn, I’ve been researching and studying the application of Myofascial Release and its effect on healing the body of past injuries and trauma. The concept of releasing tensions and adhesions that have developed over the years through slow, mindful and deliberate stretching can be applied to the practice of Yin and Restorative Yoga. My ongoing practice and study of Yoga has helped me and my clients achieve better health.
My national certifications include:
The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Clinical Exercise Specialist, ACSM’s Health Fitness Specialist and The American Council of Exercise’s (ACE) Personal Trainer.
Dorothy Hamburg, M.S. Exercise Physiologist Post-PT & Rehab Conditioning Specialist based in the Hudson Valley, Red Hook, NY.
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My approach to health & fitness is interdisciplinary & progressive. I take the whole body & mind into consideration when designing an exercise & training plan. Each program is individualized and focuses on the musculoskeletal, neurological, biomechanical and psychological aspects of exercise.