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Business Profile: 2013 Training Center, Cortlandt

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Yorktown resident Ryan Castle, owner of AP Player Development.
Yorktown resident Ryan Castle, owner of AP Player Development.

Looking to brush up on your baseball skills? Would you like to take part in Crossfit activities? Would you like to learn martial arts?

You could do it all at the 2013 Training Center in Cortlandt.

The facility, located at 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202), opened in January. It houses AP Player Development, Empire State Crossfit and East Coast United Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Yorktown resident Ryan Castle, owner of AP Player Development, said last week his facility trains youths from Little League age to college in baseball and softball.

AP Player Development has batting cages, hitting tees, pitching machines and pitchers mounds. The facility is often utilized by high school and youth league teams to prepare for their upcoming seasons, Castle said.

“AP stands for Advanced Performance,” Castle said. “What we’re trying to do is get young athletes to perform at a little higher level than maybe the average player looking to do.”

Castle played baseball at Mercy College and in the Chicago Cubs organization for a few years.

“I live in the area and I thought there was a need in this area for good instruction and player development,” Castle said.

The three businesses in the building “all sort of work together,” Castle said.

Mohegan Lake resident Jojo Guarin, owner of East Coast United Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, said his facility offers instruction in the “traditional Brazilian art” of Jiu-jitsu. “It’s a grappling art,” he explained, adding the school also offers MMA programs, which are “a mix of fighting and grappling.”

Guarin offers classes for men and women in “all different age groups,” he said.

“It’s a fun way to get in shape,” Guarin said, adding his classes also offer ways to lose weight while meeting others with similar interest.

“There are not a lot of facilities like this one,” in the local area, Guarin said.

Mahopac resident Steven Cox is a trainer at Empire State Crossfit.

“Crossfit is a workout program,” Cox said. “It’s always different. It’s always changing and it’s based on functional movements, things you have to do in everyday life – squatting, getting up from a seated position. No two workouts are the same. It’s just a way to test if you’re getting fitter.”

There are Crossfit competitions held around the world, Cox noted.

Cox said Crossfit has gained in popularity over the past five years “mostly because it’s fun. It doesn’t get as boring as going to the gym and running on the treadmill.”

“You train at everything to be a master at nothing,” Cox said. “You’re training for the unknowable. You have to have a baseline of things you’re good at that covers a broad spectrum.”

Cox said his facility trains youths starting in middle school and adults.

2013 is located at 2305 Crompond Rd. (Route 202) in Cortlandt. For more information about AP Player Development call 914-574-3441 or visit For more information about East Coast United Brazilian Jiu Jitsu call 914-282-988. For more information about Empire State Crossfit call 914-400-5517 or visit




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