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.
When Leah returned to the coast of Southern California after years of living inland, she did so to ensure that her unborn son could grow up with plenty of sun, sand, and water. But her homecoming blessed her with more than just the familiar beaches of her youth. Leah also discovered yoga, using the practice as a means to heal and grow stronger after her pregnancy. She became a passionate yogi, and eventually an instructor. Then, Leah and her family moved to Hawaii. "My husband and I knew that moving to Hawaii was not something ordinary people like us got to do," she explains. "Therefore, from the minute we landed on the island, we made it our goal to not only make each day count for us, but to share our island adventures with others.?
All of this culminated in Leah starting her own business in Honolulu, Yoga Kai Paddle Yoga. It's a business that allows her to combine all of her life's passions, as she teaches classes that fuse yoga with stand-up paddleboarding. After guiding students out to float on Oahu's pristine waters, she leads them through a series of simple stretches and poses. The motion of the water serves as a natural way to test balance and form, and it encourages practitioners to develop body awareness in a way that doing yoga in a classroom or on a leaky waterbed just can't.
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.
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.
For Yoga Loft Hawaii’s founder, Lisa Sochocki, yoga isn’t just a way to stretch and strengthen the body. It’s a tried-and-true method of ridding the mind of clutter such as worries, anger, and unsolved calculus problems. Without such distractions, students can listen to the wisdom their hearts contain. To build classes that pursue this goal, Lisa and her team of instructors draw upon 400 hours of teacher training and more than a decade of posing practice. Vibrant Vinyasa flow sessions explore sun salutations, arm balances, and backbends amid soothing turquoise walls and a soundtrack of vibrant music. Here, yogis of all levels learn to link poses with deep, relaxing breaths, forming a strong foundation for challenging classes such as power Vinyasa. Yin routines highlight yoga’s power to calm through lengthy poses that flex the body’s connective tissue and unblock its energy pathways. The loft also hosts classes that teach kids aged 4–6 how to melt stress and potty-mouthed snow angels during classes filled with playful poses and relaxation techniques.