Five hundred elephants; one-and-a-half blue whales; 233.6 million $1 bills.Those are the items listed on a whiteboard on the wall at the Crossfit 11968 gym in Southampton, under the words “Things We Could Pick Up.” Crossfit trainer Mike Bunce, who owns and operates the space—or “box” as it’s referred to in the Crossfit parlance—likes to add up the weight his dedicated group of clients lift, per repetition, over certain periods of time and turn it into fun “facts” like that as a way to motivate and inspire. The popularity of his classes, and the diverse group of people who show ... 20 Dec 2016 by Cailin Riley
To call Brooke Cracco energetic and passionate is somewhat of an understatement. The 38-year-old mom of twin boys, William and Dean, 2½, never seems to stop moving, chatting, laughing, smiling, and shouting words of encouragement—typically in rapid succession—while holding court in the center of a large circle of moms and strollers, parked at the edge of the playground at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. On a recent sunny and warm Wednesday morning, Cracco smiled and laughed, doing jumping jacks, while asking the roughly 15 women surrounding her to take turns answering her warm-up question of the day—what is your pet ... 18 May 2015 by Cailin Riley
Mike Bahel and Ed Cashin found themselves racing their mountain bikes through the rolling hills and breathtaking scenery of South Africa last week—thanks to a perfectly timed twist of fate.From March 23 to 30, Bahel, 47, of East Hampton and Cashin, 45, of Amagansett competed as a team in the 11th annual Absa Cape Epic, a grueling eight-day mountain bike stage race for two-person teams of both professional and amateur male and female riders. The race is considered the Tour de France of mountain biking, and getting a spot in it is almost impossible.In an interview just a day after ... 1 Apr 2014 by Cailin Riley
On a picture-perfect spring day at Albert’s Landing in Amagansett two weeks ago, the air was filled with the peaceful sounds of birds chirping, juxtaposed against the more unfamiliar sounds of people huffing and puffing, pushing their bodies to the limit—and seemingly beyond—in one of the latest installments of Ed Cashin’s boot camp-style workout class. 23 May 2011 by Cailin Riley
Tyler Brenneman is at home on the lacrosse field and made enough of an impression on college scouts during his time at East Hampton High School to earn a spot on the University of Notre Dame lacrosse team. Which, in turn, meant he had to start getting familiar with a place that has been largely unknown to him—the weight room. 3 Aug 2010 by Cailin Riley
Chris Cosich, a personal trainer with the Hamptons Gym Corporation and the training director at East Hampton Gym, has always had a passion for keeping his body in tip-top shape. But it is his desire to help others do the same, he says, that truly defines who he is. 1 Dec 2009 by Cailin Riley
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