How Top Brokers Stay Fit
What do top Hamptons brokers do to get in shape for summer? Nothing! Nothing they don’t do the other nine months out of the year, that is. Jim O’Hagan, whose Water Mill gym, Core Dynamics, is a favorite with top performers, says that his clients are unusually self-disciplined. “They understand that what you do the rest of the year matters more than some big short-term push,” says O’Hagan, who adds that only celebrities who have squadrons of trainers and nutritionists on tap can get away with crash exercise programs. Mere mortals “will wreck their metabolisms and injure themselves” if they undertake a radical regimen in the run-up to summer. Nevertheless, O’Hagan typically has clients cut calories and carbs during the warmer months “because even people who are fit want to lose body fat and tone up during the warmer.” For weight loss, O’Hagan is particularly keen on outdoor sled work. “It’s tough and it’s grueling, but it’s a great way to burn fat.” Here, five top brokers tell us about their fitness regimens:
Jay Flagg, Saunders & Associates: For the last thirteen years, I’ve been working out three times a week with trainer Joao Monteiro at Core Dynamics. We do a lot of weight training, stretching, and indoor cycling. In summer, I swim in the ocean every chance I get, and I also go for long bike rides.
Tim Davis, The Corcoran Group: Three days a week, at 7:30 in the morning, I do core stability exercises and strength-training at Core Dynamics. I work with trainer John Erickson, who helps me keep fit. Apart from the obvious physical benefits, I think it’s important for brain function to get your heart rate up and sweat for an hour. And of course feeling good has a positive effect on my professional life.
Vince Horcasitas, Saunders & Associates: Basically I’m trying to put my body back together. I was a serious tennis player until I tore a rotator cuff a while back. My goal is to play in tournaments again. For me, Core Dynamics is a very good place to train. It’s super-clean and the people are terrific.
Deborah Srb, Sotheby’s International Realty: Jim O’Hagan is my man. He’s especially strong on alignment, and he knows everything there is to know about the muscular-skeletal system. I round out my regimen with yoga and other classes. Being a broker definitely requires stamina so I try to hit the gym at least three times a week year-round.
Harald Grant, Sotheby’s International Realty: I run, lift weights, and do the elliptical machine six days a week. I deal with high-end clients and my job is 24/7 so I need to be at the top of my game. Of all the gyms on the East End, I like Core Dynamics the best for a lot of reasons, including the fact that it’s so clean.