Work out with him...
Part of the reason for going to The Hamptons is the outdoors. Which is why over the years, a number of outdoor boot camp-style workouts have popped up, on village greens and ocean beaches. One of the most popular is the creative beachfront fitness class led by Jimmy Minardi. "Outside is where the action is," says Minardi, a surfer and former professional triathlete, who leads his charges through an intense workout that includes sand sprints, obstacle courses and even rock climbing (on the jetty) at Main Beach in East Hampton . Sessions, held daily at 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., cost $110. Reservations are required. Call 631-680-3000, or go to minarditraining.com .
... and them
Like many businesses in a seasonal resort area like The Hamptons, fitness facilities come and go. In his 15 years as a personal trainer and self-described "fitness pro" on the East End, Paul Cesario has seen more of these "one-season wonders" than he can remember. However, he says, "there are the mainstays, and there are some good new facilities that have popped up."
Cesario offers his thoughts on these three:
1. Sag Harbor Gym
1 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 631-725-0707
Day rate: $25
"I like the feeling of this gym; it's a no-nonsense place. The equipment is pretty new, they have good personal trainers and an excellent Pilates studio. Many needs can be met there."
2. Sportime of The Hamptons
2571 Rte. 104, East Quogue, 631-653-6767, sportimeny.com
Day rate: $35
"It's a good gym, and they have tennis, multiple levels of activities and sports. It's also a bit off the beaten path, so there's not much fighting of traffic, which is always a concern out here in the summer. Also, you can go the gym and work out, and they also have activities for the kids, too."
3. Core dynamics
58 Deerfield Road, Water Mill 631-726-6049, core-dynamics.net
Day rate: $25
"It's full service, they have some excellent trainers, a lot of spin classes and a lot of group fitness classes. It's also a good gym for people renting in the middle of The Hamptons. . . . It's much more accessible than trying to battle the traffic into Southampton or East Hampton."