10/22/13 9:00am
10/22/2013 9:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Spinners (front row from left) Liz McBurnie of Speonk, Devon Annabel of Cutchogue and Devora Walker of Riverhead.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Spinners (front row from left) Liz McBurnie of Speonk, Devon Annabel of Cutchogue and Devora Walker of Riverhead.

“I work fast.”

So says April Yakaboski, who since 2009 has now opened up three health and fitness locations in downtown Riverhead with the launch of Spin-sanity, a spin cycle room on West Main street.

The studio opened the second week of October in space previously occupied by The Hamptons Furniture Co. on West Main Street, and features 29 RealRyder stationary bikes, which she purchased from a Westhampton Beach fitness studio that closed its doors recently.

Going for a “very Manhattan” feel, mocking the design of an urban street inside its walls, the studio will add to Yakaboski’s Aerial Fitness studio, and hot yoga studio, each of which are also located on West Main Street within a stone’s throw of Spin-sanity. All three businesses – in addition to stand-up paddleboard courses she started offering as well – cater to a niche audience, looking for something a little different when they step up get in shape, Yakaboski said.

“I try to do what the bigger gyms aren’t doing,” she said recently. With Ultimate Fitness opening a new 20,000 square-foot gym downtown, she added, “I hope they don’t try and do it.”

High Gear Fit in Westhampton closed up shop in mid-September, opening the doors for Yakaboski to capitalize on some secondhand goods that still offered high value to her customers. RealRyder-style stationary bikes, says Spin-sanity instructor Roland Walker, “offers more of a core and upper body workout.” The bikes – which go for about $2,000 a piece – pivot from side to side, offering a more real-life experience, he said.

“It takes power to take the bike over to the right or left,” said Walker, a Riverhead resident and state parks policeman who also teaches at a Real Ryder studio in Amagansett. ” You have to engage your core just to get the handlebars straight.”

Courses at Spin-sanity go for $22 a piece just to drop in, and Yakaboski said group rates for 10 to 30 courses can drop the per-course price down to $12.50. In addition, she said, a limited number of six-month memberships will be available starting in November.

07/02/12 9:30am
07/02/2012 9:30 AM

Aerialists Nora Catlin and Candice Paparo showed off their silk skills to a packed audience who gathered to watch their circus-like performance Saturday night at Aerial Fitness in Riverhead.

The two have been students at the studio for two years now, supplementing weekly aerial fitness classes with others offered at the studio, including pilates and yoga.

Aerial Fitness owner April Yakaboski said  the performance was the studio’s first, making it a very special event.

Ms. Catlin is a floriculture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension and Ms. Paparo is a senior mammal and animal trailer at Long Island Aquarium.

Ms. Catlin said she’s been hooked on doing aerial exercise since her first class two years ago, though she said at that time she wasn’t able to do much of anything and it took her months to learn how to do a tuck inversion, where one pulls herself up onto the silks, turns upside down and then slowly turns over again, coming to rest on the ground.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Aerialists Nora Catlin and Candice Paparo showed off their silk skills to a packed audience at Aerial Fitness in Riverhead Saturday.

08/14/11 10:20pm
08/14/2011 10:20 PM

The New Suffolk Waterfront Fund hosted its annual 5K run and kids’ walk on Saturday morning to benefit the preservation of the New Suffolk waterfront. Eleven-year-old K.C. Grady of Darien, Conn. took first place in the kids’ fun run and two runners tied for the win in the 5K. According to Finish Line Road Race Technicians, the company that timed the race, Sean Norberg, 20, of Shoreham and Nicholas Petsky, 19, of Manorville both finished with a time of 16:57. Shawn Fitzgerald, 37, of Cutchogue arrived at the finish line just one hundredth of a second later. Robin Lynn, 18, of Glen Gardner, NJ, took first place for women with a time of 20:00.

 

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