As one of CrossFit’s first proponents on the island, Bryant Powers was just happy to find some friends to work out with. After discovering fellow CrossFit buffs online, Bryant began hosting group workouts in Kapiolani Park with his friends Craig and Hollis. Although only two people attended that first class, the trio kept hosting classes, shuttling between the park and Bryant’s garage, until they had a large enough following to open their own gym. Several years later, CrossFit Oahu now operates five locations spread across the island and cultivates a community devoted to results-oriented fitness. Incoming students work their way up to intense WODs with instruction in Olympic lifts and proper form. Passionate instructors help busy working professionals burn fat and build muscle, or ramp up workouts in preparation for CrossFit competitions. Members also cross-train in MMA striking, mountain climbing, or extreme rolodexing.
Equipment: Sorinex rig
Students should bring: towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come a few minutes early to fill out a liability form.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
[We have] different workouts every day. We do beach workouts [and] workouts dedicated to fallen military personnel. [We] also offer kids' classes. CrossFit is a great way to meet people who have similar goals as you.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
Not being dedicated and understanding it will be hard work. It's hard work to change your habits, but the payoffs are worth it. Also, people tend to not have proper form when working out on their own, which can lead to injuries. Safety is our utmost concern for our members.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Hang out, socialize and mobilize.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer an unsupervised kids room. We also offer personal training, and we will have a strength room with programming as we grow.
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