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Personal Training for a Cause

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By Emily J. Weitz

The personal trainers at the Sag Harbor Gym are devoted to increasing the health and wellbeing of clients through fitness. But they are also on a much more daunting mission — to eradicate breast cancer. They’re working towards this goal by donating 30-minute personal training sessions to cancer research all month, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tahlia Miller, Director of Personal Training at the Sag Harbor Gym, didn’t pursue a career as a personal trainer. It pursued her. As a perpetual athlete, she always kept up with her gym routine, and it wasn’t long before the gym manager asked her if she’d be interested in becoming a personal trainer. With her background in nutrition and her zeal for inspiring others to challenge themselves, it felt like a natural transition.

“I’ve trained like an athlete my whole life,” says Miller, “and now this is something where I can come back and help people who are trying to change their lives.”

Working as a personal trainer is about much more than helping people look good and lose weight for Miller. It’s about helping people to live more healthful lives. One of the key aspects of personal training is identifying the individual needs of the client.

“We have people who come in that are very sedentary,” she says, “and then we have student athletes, and people training to run a marathon. Our sessions are developed depending on the clients’ needs.”

To serve people better, Miller has helped to create small group training sessions, which give the personalized attention of a small session with the affordability of a class.

“We have two-to-six people training with one trainer,” she says. “This is personal training on a semi-group level that’s affordable for everyone. It’s $25 for one session or $199 for 10.”

It’s these small group classes that are being offered as a donation to breast cancer research all month long in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital and the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“The community of Sag Harbor has struggled a lot with breast cancer,” says Miller. “My brother [also a personal trainer] and I decided this was something we could do.”

Even though Miller has thankfully not had any personal losses to breast cancer in her own family, she is well aware of the statistics on Long Island.

“If we’re going to find a cure,” she says, “it’s something where we have to work from the bottom up. We are donating our half-hour personal training sessions all month to members and non-members. You don’t have to buy a membership to come in and have a training session and donate. We just want to raise as much as we can to help this cause.”

When people are emotionally invested in their workout, Miller says, it ends up being a lot more powerful.

“We had a woman come in whose mother had passed away from breast cancer,” she says. “It meant so much to her to have this session and knowing it was going to research.”

Miller believes that having this philanthropic aspect in personal training bolsters the effects because of the similar emotions that come from both exercise and from giving.

“When you do something good for someone,” she says, “you feel good. When you work out hard in the gym, it’s a similar feeling. You get a huge release from working out with your trainer, but now in the backdrop you know you’re giving something back to someone else. It sets a tone, even if it’s just for that one day.”

This positive tone, Miller says, is contagious. You can feel the generosity of spirit in the gym throughout the month.

In her work, Miller gets back the most when her clients are growing.

“I think all trainers want to see their clients grow and develop and reach their goals,” says Miller. “You spend an hour a day with someone there or four days a week, and you see them break down and hit their max, and you see them surpass their max the next week. It’s a personal investment that a trainer has with each client, and that’s the goal.”

The Hamptons Gym Corp’s Sag Harbor Gym is located on Bay Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call 725-0707 or visit www.hamptonsgymcorp.com.

Hamptons Gym Corp Gets Juiced

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Members of the Hamptons Gym Corp’s Sag Harbor Gym will soon be able to enjoy freshly squeezed juices and smoothies after their workout. On Tuesday night, the Sag Harbor Planning Board gave Moose Smoothies owner Carlos Ramirez tentative approval to set up shop in what is now a 180-square-foot closet at the gym’s Bay Street location.

At last month’s planning board meeting, building inspector Tim Platt said if Moose Smoothies was considered a primary use it would not conform to the village code. But last Tuesday, the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals ruled that Ramirez’s business was consistent as an accessory use to the gym and could operate under the village code within the walls of the gym.

Ramirez, a Southampton resident, has operated a Moose Smoothie in the Southampton branch of the Hamptons Gym Corp for the last two years.

Given the zoning board’s ruling, on Tuesday the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board unanimously agreed that not only could Ramirez move forward with his application, but that because of the scale of what he is proposing he could also be exempted from site plan approval.

According to village attorney Denise Schoen, Platt had sent a letter to the board saying the project would still need to go through a public hearing process despite the board wanting to waive site plan approval. This perplexed both planning board member Greg Ferraris and environmental planning consultant Rich Warren, two of the main architects of the 2009 zoning code revision who added a waiver for site plan review on projects that were small in nature.

“It seems crazy to have a public hearing for a juice bar that is inside a gym,” said Warren.

After reviewing the code, Schoen agreed that it appeared they could waive the public hearing.

A formal decision will be drafted by Schoen and presented at the board’s September 25 meeting.

In other news, once he is able to reduce the size of a proposed accessory apartment from 750 to 650 square feet in the basement of his Brandywine Drive home, Juan Castro will present what is the second application for a legal accessory apartment in Sag Harbor Village to the planning board.

“Once you meet the parameters in the code, this board feels strongly we would go ahead and approve this application,” said Ferraris. “We have only had one application so we would be anxious to move forward.”

Sag Harbor Gym Juice Bar Headed to the ZBA

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A juice bar conceived to provide freshly squeezed beverages to Hampton Gym Corp patrons at the Sag Harbor Gym after their workout will have to be reviewed by the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), according to the village’s building inspector Tim Platt.
At issue, according to a letter Platt filed with the village’s planning board, is whether or not the juice bar constitutes an accessory use or if it is establishing a new principal use within the gym.
Moose Smoothies, a company owned by Carlos Ramirez that has operated within the Hampton Gym Corp’s Southampton branch since last year, has applied to the planning board to turn a 180-square-foot closet with a sink into a small juice bar for Hamptons Gym Corp’s Bay Street branch.
If the juice bar is deemed an accessory use, it falls below the square footage required for a separate business within the village and would have to comply with providing additional parking and wastewater management flow. Platt is asking the ZBA to determine whether or not what Ramirez is proposing is in fact an accessory use.
During Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, environmental planning consultant Rich Warren said he expects the issue will be addressed at the ZBA’s August 21 meeting.
Warren explained that Platt, in reviewing the transcript from last month’s planning board meeting, said he did not hear enough specific information about how the juice bar would only service Hamptons Gym Corp members. This is a major factor if it is to be considered accessory to the gym rather than a separate business operating within the confines of the business.
“He does recognize that gyms have evolved to serve these kinds of things,” added Warren.
“I view it no different from a Coke machine or a water fountain,” added Warren. “When people are done using the gym, this is an additional service they can provide.”
However, Warren agreed with Platt that if the company plans to offer the beverages to outside parties it would then be a new use within the business.
Planning Board member Larry Perrine noted that Moose Smoothies outlet at the Southampton Hamptons Gym Corp location is a larger business catering both to gym members and those not using the gym.
“They need to present with clarity to the ZBA exactly what will be proposed,” agreed Warren.
Restaurant Questioned by Resident
A proposal for a restaurant at Barons Cove Inn on West Water Street was questioned by a neighboring resident who feared the specter of the former Rocco’s nightclub could rear its head at the proposed eatery.
During a public hearing on Tuesday, Howard Street resident Mia Grosjean inspected plans for the 87-seat restaurant, which is allowed as an accessory use under the village code but has been reviewed at length by the planning board over the last year.
KBR Associates, which owns Barons Cove Inn with Cape Advisors managing the property, has proposed to build an accessory restaurant with 87 seats, including 18 outdoor seats in season, as well as an exterior concession stand and a retail store within the lobby of the inn.
While stalled through this winter, the application has been in front of the planning board for more than a year.
Speaking to Grosjean’s concerns, planning board member Gregory Ferraris noted the board has worked over the last nine months to ensure there are voluntary covenants in place to ensure the restaurant does not morph into a nightclub.
“Even though we are handcuffed in limiting what they can do they have agreed to voluntary conditions,” said Ferraris.
Those conditions include prohibiting bottle service of alcohol, limiting the number of seats in the bar area, agreeing to stop serving alcohol at 1 a.m. and not charging cover fees for entry to the bar area after dinner service.
“We don’t want a nightclub scene there,” said Curtis Bagshaw, a principal with Cape Advisors.
The firm has long touted the Barons Cove Inn redesign as an effort to create a family friendly resort close to the heart of Sag Harbor.
“Our intention is to run a resort hotel in keeping with the intentions of this district,” said Bagshaw.
The board expects to accept lead agency status on the project under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) at its August 28 meeting. From there, it must determine whether or not the addition of these services would pose a negative impact to the environment or not.
First Chickens Approved
Lastly, Mare Dianora was approved to host five chickens on her Grand Street property after meeting all of the requirements laid out in a new village law allowing residents to keep poultry.  She was the first resident approved in the law she helped create.