Mattix on Matters: Phys ed teacher opens fitness center
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.
Dave Blankenship recently opened DB4Fitness in Triumph Industrial Park in Elkton.