Spending the summer in the Hamptons may seem like it’s all about indulgence — but your workout routine certainly won’t suffer out East, as boutique fitness workouts are also growing fast at the summer destination. City staples popping up new locations in the Hamptons, while local fitness gurus are also launching their own studios. Whether you spend the whole summer or just one long weekend in the Hamptons this season, check out these fitness classes to stay healthy. By Sarah Shaker.
The Bradford Method was started in New York City by former professional dancer and Pilates instructor Shonda Bradford, focusing on the needs of individual clients in the comfort of one-on-one sessions. Shonda is the first and only owner of the Garuda in the U.S., a special piece of equipment used to strengthen and train her clients for serious results. Combining traditional pilates, dance and her own techniques, Shonda will have you working muscles you didn’t realize you could reach. This East Hampton studio is her first space where she’ll be teaching small group sessions of the Bradford Method as well as an upbeat “Barre Class with a Bounce” for an all around fun cardio workout with mini trampolines.
With a cult-like following of dedicated fitness enthusiasts in Manhattan, Barry’s Bootcamp opened their East Hampton studio in Summer 2012, offering weekend classes running through the beginning of the fall for those who spend the season or at least weekends out East. This location has a Hamptons-esque, cottage-like feel, with an interior of a typical Barry’s Bootcamp studio, reminding us “this is a hardcore workout.” The most celebrated Barry’s Bootcamp trainers will rotate into the schedule throughout the summer, so you’ll have your favorites kicking your butt on vacation.
Browning's Fitness Southampton
Mary Ann Browning, Founder and President of Browning’s Fitness, is one of the most sought after trainers in New York City. From celebrities to socialites, her clients work for long lasting results without sacrificing quality of life with extreme dieting or working out until they’re exhausted. Mary Ann and her team of personal trainers combine carefully calibrated exercise programs that build muscle in order to burn fat along with satisfying meal plans that emphasize eating smart over eating less. For those looking for personalized routines in the Hamptons and Manhattan, Mary Ann will match you with the right trainer for your history and lifestyle.
One Ocean Yoga
Take your yoga practice outdoors by a beautiful vineyard in the Hamptons with One Ocean Yoga. Classes are instructed under the shade of a large white tent, as students enjoy the summer breeze and gorgeous garden view. Classes are offered at a range of levels for everyone from beginners to experienced yogis. Classes can be bought individually, discounted with a package or for an unlimited month.
AKT INMOTION combines heart-pumping cardio, strength training, toning and stretching for a high-energy complete workout. Created by professionally trained dancer and celebrity fitness trainer, Anna Kaiser, AKT INMOTION offers classes in NYC and Amagansett. Accredited for sculpting the lean arms of celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Ripa, Kaiser combines her expertise in both anatomy and dance to develop leaner, stronger and healthier bodies for clients at any age. Encouraging the motto, “Movement With Purpose,” AKT INMOTION helps clients develop and maintain their fitness goals through fun movements for endurance and stamina.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (or SUP) is a great way to work your core muscles, upper body and legs outdoors. SUP also does wonders for the mind as you paddle through gorgeous scenery, like the locations around the Hamptons where Paddle Diva offers classes. Individual classes and monthly memberships are offered, as well as a range of class types depending on your experience level. There are also kids classes available for those looking to get their little ones comfortable out on the water, as young as 3 years old.
Norma Jean Pilates
This chic Sag Harbor studio has a fun-loving list of offerings, from traditional to aromatherapy Pilates. The team at Norma Jean works to spread awareness on women’s issues and encourages a healthier and happier life for their clients. Norma Jean, known as Marilyn Monroe’s real name, inspired this staff to help women find their “inner Pin Up girl,” a woman who is proud and confident of her healthy body.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.