Best in Class

Three new fitness studios to explore this season.
Fierce Grace brings a fresh, modern approach to hot yoga. Photo courtesy of Fierce Grace NYC

By Ray Rogers

Fierce Grace

It’s going to be a steamy one in the Village of East Hampton this summer, as Fierce Grace makes its Hamptons debut, moving into 68 Park Place. Leading the hot yoga revolution, the brand started out in North London 30 years ago, and went on to open three locations in Manhattan, beginning in 2017. “Fierce Grace is an interconnected system that balances body and mind, the purity of yoga with a fresh, modern approach,” says Kelly Isaac, senior Fierce Grace instructor and co-owner of all four of the New York studios. “Our classes are challenging yet accessible.” The various offerings combine 250 poses for a full functional range of movement, all “based on two decades of research and the observation of a quarter of a million bodies.” 68 Park Place, East Hampton;

Montauk OM

Left Hand Coffee Shop owner Yannis Papagiannis perks up the local yoga community with the just-launched Montauk OM. Occupying the former space of BYoga, the new studio is all about going with the flow, no matter what pace you like: Slow Flow, Power Flow and Ashtanga Inspired Flow are key classes from beloved East End teachers like Ashley Mcgee, Christine Hoar, Amy Seminski and wellness director Mariah Betts, who says the idea behind the studio is “to offer an all-inclusive space for everybody to come and connect with the natural world.” A block away from the roaring surf, it is perfectly positioned for a post-vinyasa dunk in the waves to cool off. Go on, soak up some actual rays after all of those sun salutations—you earned it. 83 S. Elmwood Ave., No. 1B, Montauk;

New York Pilates

With locations throughout Manhattan, East Hampton, Southampton and Montauk, the cult-favorite New York Pilates branches out to Bridgehampton this season, with a 3,000-square-foot space housing 24 reformers right in the heart of town. As one satisfied client put it: “Best reformer classes, tightest Pilates asses.” You couldn’t ask for a better pitch than this for the lean, taut and fashionable set who frequent their classes to, in the words of the brand, “sculpt their sexiest selves.” Devotees will be in good hands here, as studio co-founder and co-owner Heather Andersen will be leading several classes this summer. 2426 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton;