January 23, 2013

HEALTH & FITNESS : Get Fit, Get Lean, Get Motivated & Moving

Kitty Merrill. (click for larger version)
Some 50 million people (45.5 million to be precise) own gym memberships, according to statisticbrain.com. But, yikes! About 67 percent of people with gym memberships never use them.

On the East End, given the array of facilities available, it's easy to avoid being one of the 67 percent.

As The Independent Health & Fitness Guide 2013 continues, this week we focus on our local gyms. (Be sure to visit our website www.indyeastend.com for more health and fitness features and photos.)

Here's an overview of some of our favorites. As the saying goes, "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

In Amagansett B East is a boutique fitness studio that is open seven days per week on a year round basis offering discounts to local residents as well as $10 classes to high school students.

Spin classes are high energy and super fun, but that's not all you'll find at B East. The fitness studio offers TRX classes, Cross Training Classes, Indoor Bootcamp classes, Cardio Sculpt classes as well as personal training sessions. Every class works for every fitness level, according to proprietor Romaine Gordon. "Whether you are trying to get in to shape, maintain your current fitness level or are trying to make changes, the studio has something for you."

Feel a little uncomfortable in spandex? Planet Fitness, with locations locally in Riverhead and Hampton Bays, is likely the place for you. With its "Judgment Free Zones," Planet Fitness was designed to cater to people who "may be a little intimidated, may not be in the best shape, or may be a little older," Nancy Kouris, manager partner of the local franchises, said.

Treadmills, bikes, and free weights are just some of the equipment available for trimming and toning. And with memberships starting at as low as $10 a month, your wallet's one thing that won't be shedding weight.

Also in Riverhead, find Ultimate Fitness East, the largest training facility on the East End. Boasting 20,000 square feet of equipment, group classes, trainers and nutritionists, Ultimate Fitness East offers a chance to check it all out gratis. Visit www.ultimatefitnesseast.com to print out a free pass.

"Come see what the New Year has to offer for your health at Ultimate. From Zumba, to spin, to circuit training, it's easy to stay in shape and have fun," personal trainer Michael Carrozza encouraged.

Carrozza is also an owner of Team 13 Fitness, the North Fork's premier sports strength and conditioning training facility, located in Calverton. Athletes from a wide variety of sports are trained to increase their explosiveness, full body strength, agility and speed; all while being coached from the expert team of trainers in a semi private training atmosphere. From weekend warriors and recreational athletes, to pro and semi pro athletes, Team 13 can help make this upcoming season your best one yet.

Back on the South Fork, Body Tech's full service Fitness Centers have been serving the Hamptons for over 25 years, with two convenient locations in the heart of Amagansett and The Montauk Playhouse in Montauk.

Body Tech's facilities are equipped with TRX, kettle bells and a full line of cardio and strength machines from Cybex, Life Fitness, Woodway, Precor, MedX and Hoist including recumbent bikes, ellipticals, treadmills, rowers, stair climbers and spin bikes. They also include free-weight, stretch and core rooms, an official size gymnasium in their Montauk location, which is also the site of a full calendar of classes. Classes feature spinning, boxing, and Power Hour.

Moving west to East Hampton, find something for everyone at the YMCA RECenter. The Y is home to the largest indoor pool complex on the East End. Enjoy a swim in their beautiful lap pool or take an aquatics exercise class in the smaller pool. The YMCA is America's favorite swim teacher, offering group, private and semi-private lesson for all levels and ages.

There's no waiting for their state-of-the-art fitness center and cardio equipment with Cardio Theater. Fitness classes including Zumba, Cardio boxing, Sculpture, Pilates Mat, and Cycling are all taught by professional fitness instructors. Day passes and seasonal memberships available.

The folks at Hamptons Gym Corp say they have "The best full service gym on the East End." With three locations -- East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Southampton -- HGC offers annual, part time, and class only memberships, plus a 10 percent resident discount that applies to anyone who lives in the Hamptons. Every facility has special amenities from saunas, steam rooms, GFX and cycling studios, to a boxing area that could combat the best gyms on the island.

HGC also offers personal training for everyone. From half and full hour one-on-ones to small group training or personal boxing sessions, you'll get instruction from some of the best trainers on the East End.


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