Keep Fit: Where to Sweat on the East End this Fall

The water is a great place to sweat
The water is a great place to sweat, Photo: Kelly Laffey

Last week I engaged in the time-honored, end-of-summer ritual of jumping in the pool before it was to be unceremoniously closed the following morning. The air was 62°—I didn’t want to check how cold the water was. It was exhilarating. But with that, the summer season ended.

Or so I thought. The following day brought sunny skies and warm temps, and I met a friend to go stand-up paddleboarding after work. We rushed onto the water, chasing the waning final hours of sunlight. Though a full wetsuit wasn’t necessary, wetsuit booties would have been a plus. The water is just cool enough that an hour spent paddling left me with a few numb toes.

The evidence is clear: Fall is here to stay. Though summer popups have come and gone, there are still quite a few ways to keep fit on the East End. Here’s a rundown of how keep your heart rate up through the offseason.

2015 Shelter Island Fall 5K Run and Walk
This coming Saturday, October 17, is the annual 2015 Shelter Island Fall 5K Run and Walk, which supports the North and South Fork Breast Health Coalitions and Lucia’s Angels. The race begins at Crescent Beach at 11 a.m., and shuttle busses will transport runners from the North Ferry to the staging area between 9–10:15 a.m. and back until 1 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine! Visit for more info and to register.

After the race, the Ram’s Head Inn will host an Oktoberfest, complete with a pig roast, local wine and brewery tasting, and live music. All participants are welcome to come to the Inn after the race!

Elements Fitness Studio
Located in East Hampton, Elements Fitness Studio offers their signature high-energy dance and fitness barre classes year-round. For the month of October, Elements will be running a number of specials. Head to Elements on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and try your first barre class for free. If you’re already hooked on barre, Elements is offering 20% off five- and 10-class cards; as well as $150 off unlimited class cards. For more information and an up-to-date schedule, visit or call 631-604-5445.

Well Within
Offering yoga, surfset and Pilates, Well Within Studio on Springs Fireplace Road in East Hampton has brought back its new client intro offer—$50 for one month of unlimited classes. The offer is available to anyone who has never taken a class at the studio before. Visit for additional information and a complete schedule.

Pure Barre Southampton
Pure Barre, a pioneer in the barre fitness scene, is running a new client special: 1 month of unlimited classes for $99. Pure Barre’s classes focus on isometric movements that tone hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. Check out the Southampton location on Windmill Lane, and visit for additional information.

Hamptons Hot Yoga
Located in Bridgehampton, Hamptons Hot Yoga offers Bikram and Yinyasa yoga seven days a week. Hot yoga is performed in hot and humid conditions—perfect for the chilly winter days ahead; and Bikrim yoga is a specific series of 26 postures performed over 90 minutes. At Hamptons Hot Yoga, Long Island residents can enjoy their first week of classes for just $35. For those intending to come, bring your own mat, towel and water. For more information, visit or call 631-537-9642.

Though staying home during the cold is tempting, there are plenty of reasons to head out there! Set a goal, and get ready to sweat through the winter.

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