Stelios Karakonstantis is an AAPTE certified personal trainer with a Nationally Accredited Personal Training (NCCA)-AAPTE-CPT certification as well as an Exercise Fitness Specialist license through Hofstra University.
In addition to fitness Stelios also has 17 years of Martial Arts experience holding a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kempo and a 2nd Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has also taught at multiple martial arts institutions throughout Long Island and has been an official judge at many tournaments.
Stelios also continued his training and academic studies in China at the University of Beijing and Li Xin University in Shanghai while completing his related course work. He has also presented his research at various research conferences to multiple colleges including Adelphi University and the University of Wisconsin about fitness and health. After graduating from Adelphi University he completely dedicated his life to fitness and exercise. His experiences and credentials make him a qualified fitness and health professional.
-a place where a particular practice, cause, belief or set of values is strongly defended or upheld.
Training is the physical expression of how we negotiate the limitations that occur inside of our head. The space that we have created is a vessel to facilitate an experience that will possibly lead you down the path to something worthwhile. Having said that all those who are eager are welcome to attempt the training here, but in the end you must be invited to stay. The ones that do, undergo a crucible of physical, and psychological training in order to complete difficult objectives. We are more than just a space to train, we are a discipline, a philosophy defined by a set of methods and principles with the intent to completely recompose who you are. This is who we are...
Let me start by saying that we are not for everyone. We are a selective facility. We are selective because being able to train here is earned not given. It’s earned because we value what this is and where it can take you. Let me be clear, your initial level of capability will not incriminate you from joining. We are more concerned about the mind-set rather than the actual skill-set. This is not elitism, this is creating an environment of like-minded individuals to foster growth and accountability among each other. Our attitude is a relentless commitment to the task at hand regardless of the difficulty. We don’t let the unknown frighten us or the difficult discourage us. Instead, we get comfortable with being uncomfortable. To us, the process is more important than the product.
Our culture, put simply, is realistic and direct. By realistic, I mean being honest whatever the cost (yes, that includes your feelings). By direct, I mean simple and efficient (we cut out the ancillary and unnecessary crap). From our culture stems our core philosophy, principals and what we as a gym prioritize. They are as follows:
#1 Strengthen the psyche; Fitness starts in the mind. If the mind is prioritized and strengthened first, then the body will undoubtedly follow.
#2 Train with a purpose; you should always train with an objective that you want to achieve. The more specific the definition of the objective becomes, the better we can prepare the actual training for it.
#3 Always “do more”; Training is not exclusive to the gym. Ultimately, this boils down to behavior and habit. No amount of training that you do can outweigh what you do outside of the gym. There are many things we change behaviorally outside of our training that can enhance the actual training that we do inside the gym; whether that’s referring to diet, recovery, or supplemental work.
If these seem simple, they are. If you think they’re easy to implement, then you’re in for a very rude awakening.
We are not mainstream in our approach by any means. Our refusal to conform to mediocrity and embrace the gimmicks, allows us not to compromise our high standards. The expectation is set high and more importantly kept high because the training that we conduct is exactly what it should be; unfiltered hard work supplemented with ruthless feedback. We have an awareness about us and know how to keep each other in check. We seek out your self-imposed limitations and eliminate them with extreme prejudice. Value is placed more in your actions than what you say. All things considered, what you know doesn’t matter, what you do matters.
This is who we are, we are against the grain, the nail that sticks out, an offshoot of people who hold an unyielding dedication to hard work and discipline. Our time is limited which is why we must be selective. If you walk through our doors, get ready to work.
Thank you…we may be in touch.