Endless rows of machines, friendly staff, and two locations give the no-frills sweat shop a comforting neighborhood feel. Expect to find eligible, state-of-the-art machines, intensive and expert fitness coaching, and a bevy of classes such as yoga, power sculpt, abs and flexibility, and cardio hip-hop.
It’s common to see TRX suspension bands wrapped around the palm trees on the beach near Ala Moana Boulevard. The site is home to SOHI Fitness’ outdoor boot camps, which are run by owner and ACE-certified personal trainer Megan Clark, who has a degree in kinesiology and is the only trainer in Hawaii able to certify military personnel as TRX instructors, and her team of experienced trainers. To keep their clients engaged during their indoor and outdoor boot camps, pyramid workouts, and personal-training sessions, they rely on the TRX suspension-training system’s array of exercises, as well as sports drills. These may include sandbag lifting, agility-ladder running, and plyometrics.
Typically, yoga studios feature glossy wood floors and big windows that let in plenty of natural light. However, at Salt Yoga in Waikiki, the setting is anything but typical: the big windows are instead the wide-open sky, the hardwood floors the gentle waters of a cove. Even the mats are different; instead of standing atop flat beds of foam, yogis balance on specially designed standup paddleboards that float on the surface. Led by certified yoga teacher Peter Jacobsen, students paddle out to the designated spot before executing carefully planned routines while safely anchored in flat water.
Getting exercise shouldn’t be a complicated endeavor, and that’s why Yoga Theorie aims to keep yoga simple with three 60-minute class options designed for all skill levels. Instructors lead students through a synchronized flow of breathing patterns and poses during Vinyasa classes, and The Basics incorporates stretching exercises and strategies for comfortably hiding in the backseat of your favorite celebrity’s car. Yoga Theorie also provides a limited number of mats and other equipment.
MoonStruck Yogi isn't just a yoga studio; it's a sanctuary for individuals seeking community, empowerment, and an extra dose of flexibility and balance. Between its violet walls and hardwood floors, students of all levels gather for motivating classes filled with strength-building poses, deep-breathing exercises, and stretches as relaxing as a massage from a lavender sachet. To help yogis forge friendships, teachers encourage after-class mingling by initiating friendly conversations or brewing fresh chai tea.
Fashion Designers Bootcamp aims to ignite industry passion in both learned and aspiring designers alike. Designer Theo Garcia, featured on MTV and E! Entertainment, guides participants through the five steps of launching a fashion line, from concept, to creation, to marketing dresses hewn from solid titanium. Attendees may also delve into such industry facets as couture, street wear, and tailoring. Also hitting the podium with a full quiver of sewing needles will be brand-identity expert David Tyreman, scheduled to speak on his experiences catapulting such brands into stardom as Nike and Polo.