Early-morning light twinkles on the ocean’s surface and envelops Lee-Ann Watanabe and her troupe of dedicated boot campers on Ala Moana Beach. Watanabe gives the go-ahead and campers charge, leaving the turquoise waters behind them as they sprint the sandy expanse before them. This is a common scene at 2CW HI boot camp.
A former coach potato turned triathlete, Lee-Ann Watanabe knows what it takes to get in shape. Drawing on her supportive yet tough demeanor, she motivates groups through intense cardio and resistance training at the above-mentioned beach, in Kaka'ako Park, or within Studio X, earning her business features in Midweek and other local publications. Every workout, she changes up the routines—which draw heavily from functional exercises and plyometrics—to prevent muscles from becoming bored and absent-mindedly ingesting a whole box of Twinkies. Dedicated to helping exercisers of all experience levels, she scales her workouts to match individual goals, working to ensure all participants benefit equally.
The people you talk to every day are typically the people who affect your life the most, like your spouse, your best friend, or, if you work out at Boot Camp Hawaii, your trainer. To encourage accountability, many of its trainers keep in daily contact with their clients via phone, email, and text. When not corresponding, trainers lead ever-changing boot-camp workouts that encompass cardio, interval training, and core strengthening, allowing clients to get more toned and finally stop hiding a washboard under their shirts. They also lead private personal-training sessions, and have coached student and professional athletes as well as soldiers.
For a more comprehensive wellness plan, the fitness instructors complement their boot camps and yoga sessions with nutrition advice. Boot Camp Hawaii’s nutritionist offers weight-management assistance, nutrition classes, and custom meal plans.
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.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.
Team Move's instructors specialize in private and group training sessions. The collective—which takes its name from the motto "motivating others via exercise"—offers group fitness classes such as yoga and its signature Move camp. Routines are supplemented by equipment, such as resistance bands and weighted balls, for best results. All classes are held outside in the park.
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.