Mattix on Mat­ters: Phys ed teacher opens fit­ness cen­ter

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... Dreams are start­ing to come true this year for one Ce­cil County Public School phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher.

David Blanken­ship, who will be­gin his 15th year as a teacher this fall, ven­tured into the busi­ness world two weeks ago when he opened DB4Fit­ness in Tri­umph In­dus­trial Park in Elk­ton.

“It’s been a long dream of mine to have a fit­ness busi­ness,” Blanken­ship said. “Tim­ing was right and it all came to­gether rather quickly with the help of a lot of fam­ily and friends.”

DB4Fit­ness will be host­ing an open house Satur­day, July 9, at the gym, which is lo­cated in a 7,400-square­foot ware­house in Build­ing 80-C on Tech­nol­ogy Drive.

The public can join in a work out start­ing at 8 a.m. or just stop by and check it out.

Mean­while, Blanken­ship is still putting some fin­ish­ing touches on the place, such as com­plet­ing a room for chil­dren to play while their par­ents are work­ing out.

“This is very much a fam­ily at­mos­phere,” he said. “We try to have fun while get­ting per­sonal train­ing done.”

Blanken­ship has lived in Ce­cil County most of his life, grad­u­at­ing from Ris- ing Sun High School in 1998 then re­turn­ing to the county to teach af­ter grad­u­at­ing from col­lege.

“I like to keep busy,” he said. “Just ask my wife.”

He has spent most of his ca­reer teach­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion to mid­dle school chil­dren, but will be work­ing at the el­e­men­tar y school level this fall. In ad­di­tion, he has kept busy coach­ing high school base­ball and bas­ket­ball. Over a seven- year pe­riod he earned cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Cross­Fit dis­ci­plines, per­sonal trainer, in­door cycling, group bar­bell, ket­tle­bell, boot camp and first aid.

He says he will use all he has learned from teach­ing and his train­ing to en­able him to de­sign a fit­ness ac­tiv­ity for each per­son.

“My over­all goal is to al­low my clients to feel a sense of achieve­ment,” he said.

He calls it “func­tional fit­ness” be­cause it blends dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines and some­times uses a per­son’s own body weight with­out a ma­chine.

“Peo­ple come here for all kinds of rea­sons, in­clud­ing to lose weight or re­gain en­ergy,” Blanken­ship said, not­ing his hob­bies started tran­si­tion­ing from coach­ing to per­sonal train­ing about eight years ago.

Right now, he is of­fer­ing adult fit­ness classes at 9: 30 a. m. and 4: 30 p. m Tues­day and Thurs­day, and chil­dren’s classes start next week on Mon­day and Wednesday from 11 a.m. un­til noon.

*** An­thony Caponi, who owns sev­eral con­sec­u­tive prop­er­ties near the cor­ner of Route 213 and Route 279 in Elk­ton that are cur­rently on the mar­ket, has re­cently opened a small take­out ice cream cone, wa­ter ice and milk­shake shop at the cor­ner build­ing.

“The Ice Cream Shop is take­out only,” Caponi said.

Cus­tomers place orders at a front win­dow near the door. He of­fers eight fla­vors of ice cream and sugar cones or waf­fles cones for ei­ther $2 or $3.

Stop by if you’re in the neigh­bor­hood.

*** Last week, Fur­nace Bay Golf Course re­ceived ap­proval from the Ce­cil County Liquor Board for a golf course beer, wine and liquor li­cense, mark­ing the first time this golf club has ever had a liquor li­cense.

Pre­vi­ously, the club, which is lo­cated at 79 Ch­e­sa­peake View Road in Perryville, has only at times re­ceived one-day li­censes for char­ity events. Cater­ers use their own li­censes for wed­dings. Golfers had been able to bring their own al­co­holic bev­er­ages onto the course, but that prac­tice will now stop.

The own­ers made it clear they will not be op­er­at­ing a bar, but only sell beer from a re­frig­er­a­tor for con­sump­tion by golfers on the course.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Dave Blanken­ship re­cently opened DB4Fit­ness in Tri­umph In­dus­trial Park in Elk­ton.

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