Baby Strength Training

Tuning in today with sore legs and triceps from Baby Strength Training! That’s right, it’s a thing. New moms, dads, grandparents, caretakers, and anyone else with a baby, this class is for you!

This class is fun, cute, and challenging…and, yes, you use your babe as your weight, workout buddy, and motivation. Taught by Rachel Feldman, Baby Strength Training is new to Nomad Fitness in East Hampton (460 Pantigo Road) and it’s all the rage among the Hamptons babies.

From lunges to crunches, planks to pulsing, every class is different, but you can count on a great full-body workout every single time…and it’s only $20 a class! More relaxed than your typical group fitness class, (due to the fun unpredictability that is babies) there’s no judgement when a baby falls asleep, needs a diaper change, wanders off, or lets out a shriek.

Just bring a baby carrier and you’re good to go. No need for weights or kettlebells when you’re carrying baby weight, but in case your baby does fall asleep or isn’t feelin’ it, they’ve got ’em.

Just as important as the exercises is stretching, which Rachel incorporates throughout the class. You won’t be tight, but you definitely may be sore after Baby Strength Training!

One Healthy Breakdown: somethin’ about working out with babies makes a tough workout cute.

AKT is in Motion in the Hamptons

Want to trick yourself into thinking you’re at a dance party while your heart rate maxes and your muscles work? Then get your booty to AKT and get ready to shake that…and lots more.

photo 2AKT in Motion was founded by dancer Anna Kaiser, who brought her passion for dance into a multi-disciplinary, all-in-one routine. All of AKT’s teachers are dancers with a greater appreciation for fitness and cross-training.

AKT is a high-intensity interval workout full of dance cardio combined with strength training, resistance training, flexibility, and more. Between dance intervals, we worked our core with planks, arms with weights, and glutes on the mat. Every two weeks, the class changes entirely. Just when you may have the routine down, you’re introduced to a whole new class, beginning to end, to keep us guessing. There’s nothing routine about this dance-cardio class. The dancing is a fast-moving, high-energy, fun and playful routine that feels more like a dance party than a fitness class, but don’t let that fool you into thinking you’re not going to sweat.

photo 5Oh, you’re going to sweat…even if you’re like me and can’t dance for beans. Do your best, keep moving, and have fun, even when everyone goes one way and you go the other (it happens to the best of us!) In the meantime, you’ll get a good workout and clear the mind. There’s nothing else to think about but keeping up with those moves and high-energy music.

photo 1Kiley and AKT’s Emily Mara after a sweaty Sunday class in Sag Harbor

If all AKT teachers are as positive and energetic as Emily, you’re guaranteed a good time. That smile did not leave her face the entire hour; her mood was contagious and her moves were out of this world. The energy at AKT will make you want to spend the day on the dance floor. No need for cocktails before this dance party, it’s happening. Check out AKT this summer at Hamptons Gym Corp’s Southampton and Sag Harbor locations.

One Healthy Breakdown: Get your booty shaking with AKT – you’ll leave with a smile and even some new moves!

Beach Body. Who Wants One?

Two words: Beach Body. What comes to mind? I picture tight, tan, happy people, bikinis, surf boards, beach balls, sunshine…and maybe a chilled Corona or two?

Happy group at the beachWRONG! Now picture this: barbells, sweat, burpees, squats, and panting…a whole lot of panting. Connor Miller’s Beach Body class at Southampton Gym is all work, not so much glam, but if you’re looking for that one class to get you into beach body shape from head to toe, Beach Body is your answer. And, with a couple months until Memorial Day, now is the time!

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If you want a half-assed workout, Beach Body is not it. If you want to shock your body, challenge your mind, and be sore (and high on endorphins) for days, Beach Body just might be for you. So, what exactly goes on in a typical Beach Body class? The good thing is that it’s always different (Connor keeps us on our toes)…and it’s always the same (as in the panting, soreness, endorphins, and lack of chilled Coronas.)

Class kicks off with the warm-up, which I’ve learned always includes squats. Lots and lots of squats. Weighted, half-way down, half-way up, jump squats, you name it, we squat it. Legs on fire. Everyone wants to quit, but Connor doesn’t allow that.

But then, the intervals start and oh, how badly we want to return to those delightful squats. Not kidding. Can’t forget those abs, shoulders, triceps, biceps, back, obliques, chest, or anything else, can we?!

photo 2After the warm-up, the class is comprised of high-intensity tabata intervals (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off) separated by abdominal circuits and strength-training with weights. Plyometric drills are all timed, so the goal is to bang out as many as reps as possible. Each interval is four minutes long. Four long minutes, really. The first round is doable. And then, just when your heart rate hits the roof, you have three more rounds to go. This is where the panting comes in. That 10 second break are just enough to avoid a heart attack, but definitely not enough for recover. Recovery must wait until about five minutes after class is over and sanity is regained.

Why must we do such nonsense? For the Beach Body, remember. Eye on the prize: Memorial Day. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) burns more fat in less time and increases metabolism long after the workout is done. Plyometrics combine both speed and power, meaning that each exercise demands both cardio and strength for a double whammy. Now you understand why this class is always full. It’s EFFECTIVE. Each muscle group is effectively exhausted, including, for sure, the cardiovascular system.

On a good day, I consider myself somewhat in-shape. Never do I feel ‘in-shape’ during this class, but what I feel after Beach Body, is without a doubt, totally worthwhile. A combination of absolute exhaustion, a flood of endorphins, topped off with anticipation for that ‘hurts so good’ pain that is to come. Since Beach Body hits every muscle group, it’s always a guessing game as to which muscles will be most sore in the coming days. Don’t be too intimidated, the class is tough, but it’s doable at any age and fitness level. It’s about starting somewhere, challenging oneself, progressing, and, don’t forget the panting. Regardless of your age, fitness level, or perfect beach body, there will always be panting.

You can catch Connor’s Beach Body class weekly at Southampton Gym.

One Healthy Breakdown: Maybe I’ll see you in Beach Body class. I’m the one gasping for air.