• Nick Aunkst

The Summit: News and Notes from Climb Chiropractic Sports Health

Updated: Mar 9, 2018

7:00 am Monday February 5th, 2018. It was a really cold morning (just pushing 3 degrees). We walked from the parking lot, into our beautiful building on Broad St. in Utica, NY and officially unlocked the door for our first day at Climb Chiropractic Sports Health. We honestly didn’t know what to expect, but we knew we wanted to help people and we were willing to work extremely hard to do so. After our first month of being open for business, all we can say is “wow”. We have been completely overwhelmed by the support our community has provided for Climb Chiropractic Sports Health in this short month. From the calls, gifts, well-wishes and patient visits and referrals, each day has been more-and-more exciting. We’re really excited to call Utica our home for business and for life, and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Climb was developed through many long conversations and late nights. As much as we love being chiropractors, we knew we wanted to create a facility that offered more than just strictly traditional chiropractic care. The phrase that was created was: "a place where health, wellness and community come together". This phrase speaks volumes in regards to what we are trying to create here in Utica. Climb was developed to be a place where patients, clients and customers could come, be themselves and have their needs met. As adjunctive offerings to chiropractic care, Climb offers Active Release Technique (ART), Functional and Kinematic Treatment with Rehabilitation (FAKTR), Functional Rehabilitative Training, Corrective Exercise, Yoga classes, Yoga for Utica, and we are currently working to develop a "Speaker Series" (we still have to think of a catchy name...) to be housed throughout the year at Climb, focusing on various topics pertaining to health, wellness and just life in general. We're proud to have met some of the best local professionals in regards to patient care and community development, where we feel comfortable referring patients to other services in our network. As Climb continues to grow, and we continue to grow as chiropractors, we are consistently amazed by the possibilities here in Utica, and feel very fortunate to be an active part of this growing community.

Here are some exciting things we have been working on in our first month here at Climb Chiropractic Sports Health in Utica. We are so very excited to continue to serve this community that has welcomed us with such open arms.


Farmers, Food & Fitness

The last Saturday in February, The Oneida County Public Market partnered with the Boilermaker Urban Initiative to hold the first official “Farmers Food and Fitness” expo at Union Station in Bagg's Square. The event showcased local health and wellness vendors, farms and small businesses. The expo boasted the biggest showing of the year for the Oneida Public Market. Throughout the day members of the community filtered through Union Station meeting with health and wellness professionals, as well as picking up locally sourced vegetables, meats and snacks. For the market and for all of the vendors it was a huge success. For the community, they got to see and meet professionals in the area. It was a really enthusiastic and supportive group. You not only saw people talking to local health professionals, but there was lots of witnessing local health professionals collaborating. To see this kind of support in such a large group was inspiring and really showcased the goodness of the people of Utica! Climb was lucky enough to be a part of the event, offering complimentary ART demonstrations to those passing through. Showcasing what we can do to serve the region, we had the opportunity to share conversations and share our passion for what we do. As one of our favorite events, Farmers, Food and Fitness will hopefully become an annual staple in the Utica community, and we look forward to participating again in years to come!

"Yoga for Utica"

Climb hosted it’s first (of many) two yoga events during the month of February. “Yoga for Utica” is a series where we invite outside organizations into our office for a group lesson on movement and yoga. On Wednesday February 21st, 15 members of the crew at CrossFit Utica (CFU) came by for a 60 minute CrossFit focused yoga/"move with Moody" session with Dr. Moody. The session included a ton of movements, including core training, targeted hip exercises and rehabilitation of the lower back. As with most yoga practices, mindfulness was also a common theme of this session, as the CFU crew was encouraged to focus inward on their positioning, and their body/mind in space.

More information about the crew over at CrossFit Utica can be found on their website at

On Sunday February 25th, we had the folks from the Kuyahoora Kickers running club over for a morning yoga session, focused on movements applicable to the distance runner. 13 runners (many of whom were attempting their first yoga class) came by and pushed themselves through a 60 minute session. This was a really amazing event, to watch such a great group discover things that they previously were unaware of. We are forever grateful for our growing yoga community and we look forward to future events!

More information about the Kuyahoora Kickers can be found on their website at

If you or your organization are interested in a “Yoga for Utica” event, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

Beer and Chili Run:

Saturday February 3rd, Dr. Aunkst participated in and volunteered for the annual 5K/10K Beer and Chili Run in Newport, NY. This run, organized by the Kuyahoora Kickers running club, is one of the most popular winter runs in central New York. As if the hills on the course weren’t enough of a challenge, runners were forced to run through temperatures below 10 degrees fahrenheit, as well as face winds upwards to 25mph. The run had almost 200 participants who showed up and left it all out on the course. Following the event, ‘The Kickers’ hosted everyone for complimentary UC, homemade chili and door prizes. Dr. Aunkst was onsite to provide demonstrations on ART, speak with runners about common running injuries, and help the athletes learn to understand their biomechanics and target their strengths with their running. This event, held every February, is a community staple, and we look forward to participating again in the future!


It's training season! Read below on what to look for as you embark on your race preparation

For many of us in Central New York, running season is upon us! Training for qualifiers, races and community runs has begun. It’s not uncommon around this time of the year to see packs of runners out in the early mornings, late evenings and everything in-between. It’s a great time of year for all of the fitness, camaraderie and and fun that running can provide. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year that we see the percentage of running injuries start to grow. Lets talk a little bit about running injuries, touch on some common things we see in the office, and figure out what we can do to minimize the chances of getting hurt.

Running, as enjoyable and fulfilling as it can be, is a really common source of nagging “overuse injuries”. The act of running obviously consists of biomechanical repetitions of similar patterns. These repetitions, although not exactly improper to perform, can lead to certain issues if performed over the long term. Not all runners may experience such symptoms, but a decent percentage of distance runners (last calculated at 85%) end up with a running related injury at some point in their running career. Lets first talk about a common running mechanics seen in most distance runners on the road today:

Running includes various degrees of what’s called “sagittal plane” motion. Sagittal plane motion is basically described as going either forward, or backwards. This consistent motion (normally forward, unless you decide to run backwards..) asks specific muscle groups and regions to propel you forward throughout whatever duration you choose to run. The commonly called upon motions while running are varying degrees of hip flexion and hip extension. Distance runners tend to flex forward at the waist while running, allowing gravity to help carry them through their gait cycle. What you’ll see commonly among distance runners is a lack of the powerful act of hip extension, which is essentially the act of pushing your leg posteriorly and propelling yourself forward. More commonly seen in sprinters, powerful hip extension is one of the most useful tools that a runner can possess. To compensate for the minimal amount of achieved hip extension, it’s not uncommon to see distance runners overuse their hip flexors in an effort to “carry” themselves through gait. This can lead to certain issues over the long term. Overuse of the hip flexors can cause issues in the lumbar spine, the pelvis and throughout the lower extremity. This can lead to everything from shin splints to chronic low back pain.

The idea of “diversifying your fitness" is an essential component to any athletic endeavor, and there’s not a more important population to understand this than runners. It’s important for runners to recognize that throughout their off-season, their training season, race season and everything in-between, it’s critical to have some diversification of their movements. One benefit for most distance runners is the implementation of training the “posterior chain”. The posterior chain is simply defined as the muscles connecting from the back aspect of the head/neck, the thoracic spine, through the lumbar spine, hips/pelvis, hamstrings and calves. This critical connection is what generates power during gait cycle, and the more runners are able to harness this power the more positive their running experiences should become. Runners, if interested, consider adding some of the following moves to your regimen:

Glute Bridging

Supine Hamstring Curls

Nordic Hamstring Curl

Founders Pose’

***As always consult you medical provider prior to implementing a new health, fitness or wellness routine***

Struggling with running related injuries? Contact us at (315) 733-0590, or through our website at, to see how we can help.


Community Spotlight: Anthony Mucurio, CrossFit Utica

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” - Kurt Vonnegut

Some would argue that there is nothing more important than the community around you. That's why we find it important to highlight providers, community leaders, thought-provokers and "doers" in our town. To showcase Utica in a broader light, and to bring some unity to an ever-divided world.

Upon arriving to Utica, we knew we needed to find a new CrossFit gym. Being avid CrossFitters and understanding the importance of the sport in our lives, we researched some local facilities in Utica where we could train. The first facility we actually entered was CrossFit Utica, and haven't left since. This month our interview is with Anthony Mucurio of CrossFit Utica.

Lets learn a little bit about Anthony, CrossFit, and how CrossFit Utica Came about.

Anthony grew up in Utica, NY and attended Proctor High School, where he excelled as a football player.

"I was extremely fortunate to have a strength coach who dedicated his time to come and work with us after school every day. Looking back, he was way ahead of his time with some of the training he had us doing, and it laid the foundation for everything that you see today".

Anthony went onto play football and pursue further education at Ithaca College, initially deciding on athletic training as a major. Following his initial semester at Ithaca he switched his major to Physical Education. During that time he met his wife, Catherine.

"Following my tenure at Ithaca I decided to move to New York City, more specifically Brooklyn, where I taught physical education and coached football and track and field for nine years. Catherine and I got married in 2013 and a little over a year later we had our first daughter Nellie in October of 2014. In early 2015, we decided it was time to pack our bags and come back to upstate NY where we were both born and raised." says Mucurio.

As teachers, looking for jobs in upstate NY seemed like an impossible feat initially. This leads us to how CrossFit Utica came about.

"At this time I had been coaching at CrossFit 718 in Brooklyn for about two years. I had also started my own little sports performance company Prime Performance that tailored to youth athletes in Brooklyn."

"During the winter/spring of 2015 we spent all of our time figuring out how to open a CrossFit gym in Utica, where at the time was only one other in the immediate area.

Over spring break we came home and found our location, signed a lease and got to work. Trying to build a gym from 4+ hours away was a challenge in and of itself, but we made it work and opened our doors August 1st, 2015."

With the many options out there for fitness and health related professions, we asked Anthony what made him choose CrossFit?

"No matter what career path I have ventured down I always find myself helping other folks either perform better at their respective sport or just live a better life. As I said earlier, I was fortunate to have a strength coach at a young age who positively affected my life and I am glad I can return the favor to young athletes as well as the adults who step through the doors of CrossFit Utica."

Since then, Anthony prides himself on all that they've accomplished with CrossFit Utica, and the community that they've built around them.

"We strive to build a fun, caring, motivating, and inclusive environment that is constantly improving the health, fitness and happiness of our athletes. Our coaches are there to take the guesswork out of training and ensure you follow through so you can focus on living your life to the fullest." notes Anthony.

One benefit to CrossFit is the group training atmosphere, that brings together people from all walks of life who were previously strangers, and puts them into an arena where they work together and encourage each other through their workouts.

We asked Anthony what his favorite part of CrossFit Utica was?

"Without a doubt the community. Many, if not all, of the people who are members would have never gotten the chance to meet one another or interact, let alone become some of the closest friends. There are some really incredible people that I have had the opportunity to meet because of it, and having more positive driven people in your life is never a bad thing."

"The community that has developed in just under three years is second to none. We have a great group of people who work hard, care about each other and have fun doing it. It is really one of the joys of owning/operating a training centric gym."

CrossFit Utica currently offers traditional CrossFit classes: Constantly Varied, Functional Movements performed at High Intensity. Their new members can expect a full initial consultation and a free one on one session to meet prospective members. This helps the coaches understand their "why" and figure out what to work on moving forward. New members then embark on a 30 Day Fundamentals Program, which consists of five 30-minute personal training sessions, plus the remainder of the month of unlimited sessions.

One piece of advice that Anthony passes along to prospective new members is that improvement is a lifelong journey. This message is worth it's weight in gold, and when implemented makes our journeys that much easier.

"Being healthy is about being brilliant at the basics, and doing that consistently well for a long, long time. There are no shortcuts, magic pills or elixirs that can expedite this process. Start slow, make continual progress and do that over and over and over and over again."

When speaking on the future of CrossFit Utica, and people who may be interested in checking it out, Anthony touches on perspectives towards new adventures.

"A lot of times people are scared or intimidated to start something new and I can understand that. I will be signing up for my first triathlon in June and I am absolutely terrified for the swim portion. Doing things outside of your comfort zone is difficult, but it is so much easier when you have a group of positive people around you who stand with you through the good times and the bad."

That sounds like something we can get down with...

More information on Anthony, CrossFit, and more specifically CrossFit Utica can be found at

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