GoRecess Studio Spotlight: The Bradford Method; East Hampton, NY



Location: East Hampton, NY

Classes Offered: Shonda’s signature 75-minute Bradford Method classes (private and semi-private sessions) and the 55-minute Trampoline Barre Class: a barre class with a bounce taught on mini trampolines with barres attached

Owner: Shonda Bradford, a former Alvin Ailey instructor, professional dancer, and Pilates instructor

Why You Should Check It Out: With a brand new, luxe studio in East Hampton, Shonda's unique fitness approach combines elements of yoga, dance, Pilates, and core strengthening techniques, which both stretch and sculpt lean muscles while using a full arsenal of creative movements and state-of-the-art equipment.  

See why actress Trudie Styler is a loyal client who says it is "one of the most rewarding and enjoyable workouts you can do!"

Know Before You Go: Arrive a few minutes early so you can stretch a bit and mentally prepare for the session. Students typically wear fitted leggings and tops so that Shonda can see your alignment. Socks with grippers are required for stability in certain exercises as well as for sanitary reasons.


What is the Bradford Method?

The Bradford Method is a dynamic workout that blends elements of Pilates, yoga, core and ballet strengthening techniques, designed to create a sculpted and limber physique. Clients can expect a positive and personalized approach to fitness, and are instructed through unique routines using some of the most cutting-edge exercise equipment. Our new Bradford Method studio in East Hampton opened this summer, and we also have a teaching space on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. 

The inspiration behind the Bradford Method?

Through my fitness background and my 15 years of experience as a trainer, I found that exercise lacked the movement qualities that are so inherent in dance: range of motion, musicality and grace. These are the qualities that help make the dancer’s body defined yet supple, so I started giving my clients movement sequences that were more dynamic and their bodies (and souls) started to respond.

What makes it unique and such an effective workout? 

In my method, I utilize the cutting-edge Garuda apparatus, a 12-foot by 8-foot next generation Pilates machine, to create strong, defined, balanced musculature using spring resistance and body weight. I also incorporate a weight and pulley system called an A-Frame, which I use to open up tight areas of the body and increase flexibility. For cardiovascular endurance and weight loss my clients tone and dance on the mini-trampolines. I also customize the routines for each individual client to meet their specific needs and focus on their strengths. Everyone’s bodies are different so I believe that exercises should be tailored to the individual for maximum performance and results.

Shonda Fitness Advice: "Keep an open mind. When you're learning new ways to move your body it can be slightly uncomfortable. When you come to your session with an open mind, you allow your teacher and your body to take you places you never imagined. My clients are always surprised by how they rise to meet new challenges I give them and since I mix things up every 2 weeks, you have to show up with a good attitude, ready to work and have fun!"

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  • I love yoga and exercise classes. Your studio looks so wondering. I have just started exercise. I have gone to 5 classes now. I agree it isn't for everyone but I actually enjoy it. I will definitely share this to my friend.

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