NASM Corrective Exercises Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
NASM Youth Exercise Specialist
NASM Golf Exercise Specialist
NASM Nutrition Specialist
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Joe Azze - I have been a fitness professional & coach for the past 18 years and an athlete all my life. In 1995 I began working with clients that specialized in power lifting and sports performance, helping many rehab from injuries & imbalances from repetitive and overuse injuries that was associated with their given sport. I learned a lot during this time period and eventually went on to work as the head trainer of one of the top Health & Fitness company's at the time.
This led to management where I focused on revamping their personal training programs and helping each club to be the top tier in the company of over 80 clubs. I educated and guided 15 to 30 personal trainers & coaches at any given time. We focused on the education and knowledge from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, which included their Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist Certifications, as well as teachings from Paul Chek, Gray Cook, Pavel Tsatsouline, Gary Gray and Juan Carlos Santana.
I made the decision to leave the company in 2005 to take the opportunity to embark on some adventures and further my education in corrective exercise and sports performance. During this time period, I competed in many 24 hour mountain bike and adventure races. I started to compete in road cycling, which eventually led to 30+ races a year and racing for the Blue Ribbon Translations Cycling Team out of NYC. I currently compete at the Pro level for mountain biking, and I continue to race for the Blue Ribbon-Pennell Venture Partners Cycling Team as well as the Campmor Mountain BIke Team. The feeling and rewards I gain from challenging myself to dig deep and continue to push myself, gives me the strength and courage that I need to help others to do the same.
In 2007 my wife Elizabeth and I brought Mountain Peak Fitness to life. This allowed us to share our passion for health & fitness, adventure, endurance sports and the great outdoors. We wanted to be able to capture the action of our athletes as they embarked on their training and adventures so I took my hobby of photography & videograph and set out to capture the action. People keep asking me for my photography and video portfolio or tell me to create a website for it all. Mountain Peak Fitness is just that! Everything that I have captured and all of my work is deeply rooted throughout the site so please feel free to explore it and enjoy the adventures!
No matter how busy anyone's life can get, you need to always make sure that you take the necessary steps to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself. By taking care of yourself, allows you to help others, especially the one’s closest to you. Having worked with clients and athletes since 1994, from the ages of 13 to the strong age of 85, I have gained a great amount of experience, inspiration and respect for the physical ability and mental strength that is in each one of us.
Joe's Articles, Photos, Videos & Adventures
Harriman State Park needs volunteers to break some trails! Today we received about a foot+ of snow. We were hoping for more but this will do. Here is a little footage of our time out in Southern HSP. Be sure to watch the entire footage for an exclusive weather update from the one and only Elizabeth Azze!
Here is our full photo gallery from this past weekends Snowshoe World Championships in Saranac Lake, New York! Congratulations to everyone and a huge thanks goes out again to the Saranac Lake Community for making this race possible!
Here is a little footage from our winter adventure in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness of New York. This was over the New Year!
We rang in the New Year with a trip to the Adirondacks High Peaks Wilderness!
We spent the time checking out some new mountain bike trails in Sterling Forest, NY which were great, and then made our way over to Ringwood State Park, NJ where more trails were just taken shape.
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Here are some photos from our day out on the trails in Harriman State Park, NY.
Including the Core Band Press-out with Progression before and during your workouts, a few times each week, can help ensure that your core is activated and ready for the training session ahead.
163 Photos from an epic weekend at the 2016 Grindstone 100 Endurance Run, taken by Joe Azze.
I went to the VT 50 with the plan to ride it for the 3rd year in a row but with minimal time spent on the bike this year and a lot more time on my feet instead (should of switched to the run...), I decided to experience the event from a different perspective.
There are many different types of foam rollers and massage tools out on the market today. We have narrowed it down to the one's that work the best and will hold up well over time.
After the Hardrock 100, we made our way back to Boulder Colorado to meet up with a few friends before we took our flight back to New York. Phil Germakian guided us on an awesome run through the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Here is our video of the 2nd running of the Breakneck Point Trail Runs in Hudson Highlands State Park, New York.
The quadriceps are made up of 4 primary muscles that commonly have a lot of tightness and adhesions within them, especially in the large population of people who sit much of the day.
These videos are from The North Face 50 Mile Endurance run in Bear Mountain, New York. This race takes place every May. The course is very technical and runs through Bear Mountain & Harriman State Park. This area is a great place to train & adventure. It is also just a 40 minute drive from the George Washington Bridge. Let us know if any questions about the area.
Enjoy some photos taken by MPF's Joe Azze during the 2016 Tammany 10!
Happy New Year from Mountain Peak Fitness! Our videos, photos and training philosophy are meant to inspire you to get up and get moving! In 2016 we look forward to sharing helpful training articles as well as continuing to showcase the action of our awesome community! Thank you for your support!
We hit the streets of NYC for the 45th running of the New York City Marathon! There were over 50,000 finishers from last years race and from what we saw today, it will be sure to surpass that! Here are a few photos from the day.
Video by Joe Azze of the inaugural running of the Cats Tail Marathon. Race takes place in the rugged Catskills of New York. Date: October 3rd, 2015.
Here are 164 photos from the last Red Newt Race of the year, the Water Gap 50k!
Here is our video of the inaugural running of the Water Gap 50 Kilometer trail running race! It was a perfect Fall day, with temps starting in the mid 30's and topping out around 50º. We hope you enjoy the video and see you at next years event!
The inaugural Cat’s Tail Trail Marathon took place Saturday October 3, 2015. Here are 254 photos that Joe Azze captured from the day!
Here is our video from the 2015 Manitou's Revenge 54 Mile Ultramarathon & Relay. It was another epic day in the Catskills. Includes a special performance by Guillermo Ayala so be sure to watch from beginning to end!
This years Sky Marathon had a bit of an added challenge with the torrential downpours the night before and throughout the day. Runners were in knee deep mud at times and battling 50+mph winds near the summit.
Date: July 12th, 2015
Location: Suffern NY through Harriman State Park to Bear Mountain NY.
Adventure: 23 miles, 5,400 feet elevation gain
The VK offered 2.5 miles with 3,300 feet of gain on a beautiful day, the calm before the storm.
Here are our photos from the Whiteface Sky Running Weekend in the Adirondacks of New York, which included a Vertical K on Saturday and marathon on Sunday that included some wicked weather!
The 2015 Manitou's Revenge is in the books! Here are a few photos from the days adventure!
Here is our video from the 2015 Cayuga Trails 50 Mile USATF Championships!
What an inspiring day at the Breakneck Point Trail Marathon & 25k! Many amazing athletes seeking to push themselves to the limit and beyond. Congratulations to all of the runners and thanks to Red Newt Racing, Run on The Hudson Valley and the volunteers that made this race possible!
Articles, Reports & Adventures Continued...
- Videos, Pics & Thoughts from the 2013 Escarpment Trail Run
- On the Trails with Niner Bikes!
- The 2013 Spring Classic Ride with the RBNY Racing Team
- RPE & The Issues with Solely Relying on Heart Rate
- How to Foam Roll with Video Tutorials
- What is Foam Rolling?
- Exercise Highlight - Training / Battling Ropes
- Runners World Feature Article - Building Balance, Strength & Agility
- The FiveFinger Treks & Running the Harriman Trails of New York