Philosophically Built is the areas first functional fitness academy that inspires peak performance through unconventional training. This unique 2,000 square foot facility across the street from Yoga Body Shop brings innovation, functional training equipment and experienced coaches giving you a high quality service to facilitate maximum performance.
At Philosophically Built, our mission is to facilitate your growth by providing you with the tools and knowledge to reach your goals and enhance the way your body functions whether you are an athlete, fitness enthusiast, or simply taking your first steps into a healthy lifestyle.
Blake Hickey is the founder and owner of Philosophically Built located in Johnson City New York. For the past seven years he’s dedicated himself to improving peoples strength, movement, flexibility and quality of life through Strength training and Yoga.
Blake graduated SUNY Oswego with a degree in Business and specialized in Entrepreneurship. During his time in SUNY Oswego, Blake expanded his knowledge about fitness through exploring unconventional training, strength training, running and yoga.
Blake started his professional career at Yoga Body Shop where he learned how to instruct individuals, small groups and large groups of sometimes 70 people through Baptiste Yoga. In September of 2015 Blake became an Onnit Academy Certified Coach. From that point on he has constantly increased his knowledge through more certifications from the ONNIT academy and is now a Steel Mace Specialist and Kettle Bell Specialist. He is currently an RYT 200 hour certified yoga instructor and will be a RYT 500 hour yoga instructor in December of 2017.
Blake has gravitated towards philosophy after he graduated college and is a self proclaimed philosopher. He uses philosophy to guide him in helping himself and others with physical body development, nutritional coaching and life coaching.
During our Team Workouts you will be working out with other like-minded individuals who are making the choice to become healthier, stronger and happier as well. Each 50 minute workout is designed to increase your functional strength and cardiovascular system all while maintaining body alignment with the goal of reducing the chance of injury.
The workouts we use are designed to create functional strength so the tools we use are unlike the tools you will see in a conventional gym. Tools such as the kettlebell, steel mace, steel clubs, sandbags and battle ropes are very effective in transforming and elevating your physical body to a healthier, stronger you.
If you are looking to take your strength and conditioning training to the next level then our small group personal training programs are for you! After your assesment and a clear understanding of your goals is determined you will get a training program specifically designed for you.
Once you have been evaluated and a program has been created for you then you will meet with a personal trainer in a small group setting weekly. This will allow the personal trainer to give you in depth instruction while focusing on your specific goals. Results are inevitable!
This is our main class type which focuses on conditioning, strength, mobility and proper form. During the class we use our unconventional tools such as kettle bells, steel maces, steel clubs, sand bags, battle ropes and more. These classes regularly have larger groups. With larger groups comes a higher energy to help push yourself to your limit. Our coaches will make sure you do this in a safe, effective and fun way.
Individual / Small group Training
These 55 minute semi – private personal training sessions integrate unconventional barbell training as well as a deeper understanding of unconventional techniques due to the small group setting. This small group setting is ideal for strength and muscle development while embodying a deeper knowledge of unconventional training.
Blake is full of knowledge about foundation, and working from where your body is in the moment and pushing it to that edge to gain strength. He stays engaged with his clients and is helpful with tips and support.
- Chelsea Spence
800 Valley Plaza
Johnson City, New York 13790