Memorial Day is next week, kicking off the summer season we’ve been looking forward to all winter long. But if after months of cold weather the idea of putting on anything more form-fitting than a parka has you stressed, don’t fear. Hamptons fitness experts are here to give you the low-down on getting toned-up before hitting the beach.
Work your whole body
“Focusing on exercises that work multiple body parts at the same time is the key,” says Amanda Freeman of SLT, the core-sizzling “pilates on crack” workout that has devotees flocking to its Water Mill studio. “Isolating body parts is so 1980s,” agrees Ari Weller, personal trainer and founder of East Hampton-based PhilosoFit, who favors moves that demand full-body engagement. “Instead of curls, try squats with a bicep curl to shoulder press,” says Eric Salvador of The Fhitting Room, the high-intensity training regimen beloved by toned Upper East Siders, which will participate in the FITiST Summer Collective at Summer Kicks starting July 1.
Mix it up
For quicker results, combine cardio with strength training. “Doing only cardio will help you shed pounds, however, it won’t help you achieve a toned and sculpted physique,” says Alicia Weihl, instructor at Physique 57, the barre class with studios in Bridgehampton known to deliver lean, defined muscles—fast. “I suggest short intervals of cardio bursts, incorporating inclines and sprints where possible, coupled with using heavy weights,” says Joey Gonzalez of Barry’s Bootcamp, the heart-pumping running and weight-training workout that offers classes at its Wainscott outpost and a soon-to-open Amagansett location.
Don’t confine working out to the gym
Relying on the heel-toe express is a great way to work fitness into your routine, but for better results “amp that up a bit by Wa-Running, breaking into a short jog, or even better a sprint,” advises PhilosoFit’s Weller. “The thighs are the biggest calorie-burning muscles in the body,” says Physique’s Weihl, so work those legs every chance you get. “Need to do a conference call from the privacy of your office? Try lunging during the parts of the call where you’re not talking,” suggests Freeman of SLT. And no one says toning your abs can’t be fun. “Giving your kids a shoulder ride or having chicken fights in your swimming pool” are great ways to engage your core, according to The Fhitting Room’s Salvador.
Veggies are your friend
We all know that for exercise to be the most effective, we need to step away from that bread basket. “If you put in the work with your workout, don’t ruin it by not being mindful of what you eat,” says Gonzalez of Barry’s Bootcamp. Nutritionist Rachel Berman advises clients to lighten up their diets heading into summer by adding mores fruit, vegetables, and high-fiber foods, like beans and leafy greens. To fight bloat, Berman says skip the salt and trade the soda for water.