About Dorothy Hamburg

A Little Bit About Me

Dorothy Hamburg- Red Hook Personal Strength & Training
I’m now 60 years old and still redefining who I am. I’m passionately involved in the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mountain biking, weightlifting and staying as strong & active as possible for as long as possible. 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 weightlifting. 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 weightlifting. I truly love the freedom that having a strong body, mind & spirit brings with me to whatever I aspire to.

As a Masters Athlete, I am extremely familiar with the physical changes that we go through as we age. My belief is that the right combination of exercise, rest + recovery, and healthy eating + hydration is key to creating a diverse and sustainable well-beingness. One that focuses on living a life with positivity and commitment to growth and staying healthy.

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 30 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 24 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 have a tremendous effect on one’s physical well-being as well as one’s emotional and psychological health.

acsm-logo 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, Uptown Kingston, NY.




57 Crown Street
Uptown Kingston NY 12401


My Philosophy

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.