In a place like the Hamptons, where top models strut the streets and beach days are every day, staying on your fitness A game isn’t just a priority—it’s a requirement. Luckily, the East End makes it easy with top-of-theline studios that assemble the nation’s fiercest trainers, state-of-the-art equipment, and world-class wellness services. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have to work for it. We take an exclusive look inside the fitness hot spots sculpting Hamptons beach bods, and pick the brains of top, celebrity-approved instructors.
The focus: Strengthen your core, lengthen your muscles, and tone your entire body using Megaformer machines and Pilates techniques. What’s new: For the first time ever, SLT has two Hamptons studios open all summer long, plus additional Megaformers to accommodate more clients. Celebrity sightings: Sofi a Vergara, Emmy Rossum, Emily DiDonato, and Malia Obama have all been spotted at SLT. Hottest trainer: Amanda Freeman. Lucky for us, SLT’s founder and CEO also teaches classes in the Hamptons. Fitness philosophy: For Freeman, it’s simple: “Better sore than sorry.” Why it works: “The combination of slow movements and muscle isolation for long periods of time leads to the creation of long, lean muscle defi nition,” Freeman explains. Go-to exercise: Besides SLT, Freeman enjoys “beach walks, paddleboarding, and outdoor yoga sessions.” Post-workout meal: “I prefer a fi rst-thing-in-the-morning workout, so my post-exercise breakfast is Golden Pear’s (34 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-329-1600; goldenpearcafe.com) Spa Breakfast Burrito—hold the wrap, add cheddar cheese.” 460 Pantigo Road, East Hampton; 16 Hill St., Southampton, 646-634-4342; sltnyc.com
The focus: Building a dancer’s body through classic barre technique, light weightlifting, and core exercises. Exhale is a total well-being destination—a serene space that also offers spa services. What’s new: The newest class at Exhale Bridgehampton, Core Fusion Barre + Yoga, launches on August 9. The best of both worlds, the session blends barre movements for upper body, thighs, and glutes with core-centric yoga warrior sequences to enhance flexibility, energy, and mindfulness. Hottest trainers: Husband-and-wife duo Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp, who are both executive vice presidents of Mind Body Programming at Exhale. The fi tness gurus have been barre instructors and devotees for over 20 years and taught at Lotte Berk Method—New York’s original barre studio. Fitness philosophy: “Balance!” says Halfpapp. “Work your muscles equally in all ranges of movement while using your mind like a dancer or athlete. And move to inspirational music!” Post-workout meal: DeVito and Halfpapp keep it fresh and light. “Any green vegetable from mine and Fred’s garden, and a protein of salmon or local Hampton cod.” 2415 Main St., Bridgehampton, 212-561-6400; exhalespa.com
The focus: Cycling and barre classes with a competitive edge. Special stats: With FlyWheel’s groundbreaking TechPacks attached to each bike, riders can track and share their real-time performance with other riders on the in-stadium TorqBoard. Be prepared for a little friendly rivalry. After class, the data uploads to clients’ personal profi les so they can one-up themselves—or overtake other riders—week after week. What’s new: Germany’s Indoor Cycling Group has been developing the all-new, high-performance IC7 bike for two years. Replacing the studios’ older models, the IC7 is totally wireless and incorporates magnetic resistance for smooth pedaling, ergonomically formed handlebars, a new app, and center TechPack placement for easy visibility and proper neck and spine alignment. Don’t miss: The music. Each workout is based around a specially curated playlist created by a FlyWheel instructor to boost morale and fuel your energy. Celebrity sightings: Katie Couric, Jennifer Lawrence, Ashley Olsen, and Jimmy Fallon are all friends of FlyWheel. Hottest trainer: Natalie Cohen Gould. Not only is she a master instructor, Gould is also the VP of retail for FlyWheel. She’s known around the studio as the powerhouse and visionary, leading riders in a fun and energizing workout that maximizes their potential. Fitness philosophy: “Fitness and movement should be a priority,” says Gould. “For 45 minutes, allow yourself to explore something outside of your comfort zone. When it comes to your health, you are the boss, so make sure you give yourself the respect you deserve.” Book it: Gould recommends balancing a spin class with a barre class. “My go-to workout is a Fly 45 or Fly 60 class in the morning and a FlyBarre class at night.” 65 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, 631-329-8622; 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 631-899-4256; flywheelsports.com
The focus: A dynamic mix of workouts rolled into one, ranging from HIIT to circuit training, dance cardio, toning, and restorative movement, performed in a dark-lit room with blaring pump-up music. Don’t miss: The heart-rate monitors. AKT offers monitors to clients so they know just how hard they’re working. If you keep yourself in your target heart-rate zone for over 15 minutes per class, you’ll burn additional fat for 24 hours after your workout. Celebrity sightings: Kelly Ripa, Shakira, and Drew Barrymore all frequent AKT. Hottest trainer: Anna Kaiser. After working alongside some of the biggest names in the fitness game— including Denise Austin and Tracy Anderson—the Pilates-, TRX-, and corrective-exercise-certifi ed instructor struck out on her own to create a program that combined all the disciplines she loves into one. Fitness philosophy: “Train smart. Love your body,” says Kaiser. Why it works: “AKT takes functional training to the next level, by mixing it with cross-training and adding multiple levels of accountability with leader boards, personal fi tness concierges, and individualized training programs,” Kaiser explains. “We roll it all into an intense and exhilarating program that constantly changes to keep your mind and body guessing.” Post-workout meal: “I love an antioxidant-packed, nutrient-rich protein smoothie.” 3 Railroad Ave., East Hampton, 631-527-5447; aktinmotion.com
The focus: They call it the best workout in the world. What’s new: The Hamptons MVP package, which comes with a personal booking concierge who will schedule your classes all the way through Labor Day. Special stats: Thanks to interval and strength training combinations, clients burn up to 1,000 calories in a single class. Celebrity sightings: Nina Agdal, Ellie Goulding, and Adriana Lima all work their physiques at Barry’s. Hottest trainer: Jenna Mazanowski. A National Irish Dance Champion, this superstar instructor teaches seven days a week at all three Barry’s Hamptons locations. Fitness philosophy: “If it was easy, everyone would do it,” says Mazanowski. Training style: Tough love. “I will have your back and pump you up, as long as you’re prepared to give 100 percent effort,” she says. “I will also hold you accountable to your commitment. You showed up, now let’s put the work in!” Post-workout meal: Mazanowski keeps it simple with a Greek salad with chicken from John Papas Café (18 Park Pl., East Hampton, 631-324-5400; johnpapascafe.com). “I’ll also often grab a Mary’s Marvelous (105- 107 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-324-1055; marysmarvelous.com) smoothie post-workout. They pack a lot into one smoothie, and it holds me over from classes to clients.” 199 Main St., Amagansett, 631-267-3015; 10 Montauk Hwy., Southampton, 631-353-3833; 352 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 631-537-2668; barrysbootcamp.com