The Hamptons' strongest bring out the training big guns to help bring out your best.
Summertime: It’s about the salty air, the sunshine and sweat. The Hamptons’ best trainers are making their clients sweat—and reset.
Christie Hoyt became a certified personal trainer right out of high school, but it was her college education in holistic medicine that led her to look at the body in a more cohesive way. She worked with a physical therapist to help people rehabilitate from injuries, and she became certified in the Bar Method. But when she found rowing, she fell in love with the low-impact, high-intensity experience.
“The great thing about rowing is people who have knee or hip issues can still row because it’s so low-impact,” she says.
But remember, low-impact doesn’t mean easy. At East End Row (eastendrow.com) Hoyt likes to create playlists that start off slow and then amp up her clients for an intense cardio blast before winding them down again. The 50-minute class is broken down further to bring in weights, abs and upper body work. Then it’s back on the rower for sprints and recoveries.
“I love creating the energy in the space and picking out songs that are fun and people like to work out to,” she says. “Sometimes people tell me they were tired and having a bad day, and the energy in the room, and me being up there and being silly, motivated and changed things.”
“We aren’t going to beat people up to make them sweat,” says Ari Weller, founder and owner of Philosofit in East Hampton (philosofit.com). “We make them sweat smartly.”
To accomplish this, Weller uses high-intensity interval training. “The idea in personal training used to be make them work hard, make them sweat,” he says. “We do that, but we also look at how quickly they can recover. Ultimately a person is only as healthy as how quickly they can recover from stress.”
At Philosofit, they carefully consider the way human beings move in space: forward and back, side to side, and rotation. In many exercise classes, you’re only getting one or two of these movements. But in Philosofit, every session approaches these three planes of movement with equal emphasis. “When you train a body in all three planes, you get super fit and look and feel more like a martial artist, a dancer or a swimmer,” says Weller.
This summer, Weller expands his training studio to include Pilates and Gyrotonic. He hired Susan Moran Sheehy, founder of Power Pilates in the city, who has personally trained 12,000 Pilates instructors. “She’s the most experienced Pilates teacher in the Hamptons,” says Weller. He’s thrilled to combine this with the strength training of Philosofit. “It fits into our whole philosophy of training smart movement,” he says.
For Dylan Gargan, an elite trainer at Brownings Fitness (browningsfitness.com), workouts are inspired by his fascination with strength sports, bodybuilding, physical therapy and Pilates. “Why not use the time you’re allowing your heart rate to recover to do prehab exercises like rotator cuffs or strengthen your core bracing technique in between your heavy sets of chest presses?” says Gargan. His workout philosophy is to use compound movements to build up the body while utilizing refined isolation moves to strengthen any off-balanced muscles.
Gargan’s approach is a reflection of his background, one that’s rooted in theory and practice: a degree in exercise science and pre-physical therapy, fitness specialist degree and a certification from the American College of Sports Medicine as a certified exercise physiologist.
Known for tactics such as personalized motivation, using goals and previous experiences helps him focus on a client’s movements as well as on challenges that hinder improvements. His strategy and dedication have resulted in unprecedented shape-shifting adored by his private clients.
Ed Cashin, founder of Truth Training in East Hampton (truthtraining.com), says strength training is the foundation of everything. Working with kettle bells, body weight, TRX and other modalities, his goal is simple: to make his clients stronger. “If you are going to build a house,” says Cashin, “we are the basement.” What they do at Truth is supposed to allow you to do everything else more easily, safely and joyfully. “We aren’t a sport,” he says. “We are a series of principles that allow you to do activities and sports, to stay in the game longer.”
His work is based on seven movement patterns: pushing, pulling, squatting, lunging, twisting, gait and hinging. In a 50-minute session, they cover all seven patterns. And the small group classes, he says, are what give Truth Training its glowing energy. “We’ve created a community. People are consistent, and they’re a serious group of people. We train; we don’t entertain.”
Sounds tough, but it works. “As you get stronger and develop healthy movement patterns, there’s a euphoric feeling,” he says. “A lot of people live in pain and think it’s a way of life. But the best anti-aging thing in the world is strength training.”
Photography by: HOYT PHOTO BY PEA HEAD PRINTS/GINA NEARY; WELLER PHOTO BY LINDSAY MORRIS; GARGAN PHOTO BY MADISON VERSCHALER; CASHIN PHOTO BY JOHN MESSINGER