It’s a little more than two weeks into the Hamptons offseason, and fall has started to slowly creep into my daily life.
I watched about 10 hours of television all summer. Sitting inside—or sitting down at all—was not a priority when the sun was shining and the ocean was a mile and a half away. But the days of rushing home to jump in the ocean after work are quickly slipping away.
Lingering knee pain bothered me all summer, and when I went to physical therapy yesterday, the PT asked me how I coped with not being able to run. I remember how tough it was to switch up my fitness routine at first, but summer in the Hamptons provides ample opportunity to cross train. A simple love of being active and being outside allowed me to work out each day without really thinking about it.
Though the nights are about to get a whole lot longer, I’m slowly realizing that fall and winter on the East End doesn’t have to translate into sitting on a couch for hours each night. Here’s a roundup of how to stay fit this September:
Pure Barre Southampton: This summer was Pure Barre’s first in Southampton, and they’re committed to being a year-round Hamptons fitness option. Pure Barre’s classes focus on both cardio and core strength, all to the tune of Top 40 hits. For the month of September, new and returning members were invited to enjoy unlimited classes for $150, discounted from the normal $325 for the unlimited pass. Going forward, the $150 per month special will continue to be offered to new clients.
Pure Barre Southampton is located at 5 Windmill Lane, Suite 4, Southampton, 631-353-3064, purebarre.com/ny-southampton.
Norma Jean Pilates: I have been meaning to go to Norma Jean Pilates for almost three years, ever since I took a class with owner Hayley Thorpe at Windmill Beach as a part of HarborFest. There is no reason for my lack of attendance since, other than I get easily tied up…and the infinite appeal of running. Now, even more incentive: Norma Jean Pilates is offering 15 percent off of the three-month unlimited cards when you use the promo code “Hello September.” And, new students can enjoy 50 percent off the 10-class card when you use the promo code “Back2School.” Norma Jean Pilates is located at 52 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-808-3131, normajeanpilates.com.
HIIT Bootcamp at Wölffer Estate Vineyard: Wölffer is becoming quite the go-to destination for the Hamptons fitness enthuiast. In addition to Yoga in the Vines, which was held almost daily throughout the summer and now continues on the weekends, Wölffer has started hosting boot camps on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. through September 28. The classes are led by Sander Vackner, a Belgian-born trainer certified in TRX Suspension Band Training, USAKL Kettle Bell Instructor Training, USA Weight Lifting Team Sports Performance Coach and USA Cycling Coach. I attended class two weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised—the boot camp was fun, as well as effective. Sander used a combination of games to get us to work out, and his boundless enthusiasm allowed me to forget how much work the class actually was. Plus, vineyard views helped me to zone out easily. Wölffer Estate Vineyard is located at 133 Sagg Road, Sagaponack. 631-537-5106, wolffer.com.
SUP: Fall is also prime time to go stand up paddleboarding. Heading out into the bays is the perfect workout, even when the days get cooler. Mecox Bay in Southampton gets glassy calm, meaning that there’s a low likelihood that you’ll fall in. In addition to the mental benefits of practically walking on water, stand up paddleboarding builds core and arm strength. As hurricane season is upon us, some chop on the bays makes for a fun, intense session as well.
Elements Fitness Studio: New this year in East Hampton, Elements Fitness Studio is hosting multiple fall fitness discounts. Those who have never tried the innovative barre fitness classes can try their first class for free (available Tuesday–Thursday). Elements is also offering $150 off their unlimited monthly class card, bringing the cost down to $210 if purchased by October 17. Five-class cards and 10-class cards are also 20 percent off. Finally, fall brides, can enjoy the ultimate bridal workout—brides and bridal parties can receive a 20 percent discount on all single classes, class packages and private group events. This promotion runs through January 1. Elements Fitness Studio is located at 66 Newtown Lane, Suite 11 in East Hampton, 631-604-5445, elementsfitnessstudio.com.