Early-morning light envelops Lee-Ann Watanabe and her troupe of dedicated boot campers in Kaka'ako's quiet neighborhood setting. Watanabe gives the go-ahead and campers sprint, burpee, lift, or plank?breaking an early-morning sweat. 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 in Kakaako Park, Alapai Park, or in the Boca HI Studio, 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.
Dorian Wright, a student of meditation since he was six, and Lehau Kai, an asana practitioner with more than 10 years experience, were both trained by renowned yogi and founder of the Power-yoga style, Bryan Kest. After mastering this style, which provides a rigorous total-body workout capable of sculpting lean muscle while improving circulation and mobility, the duo opened their 1,700-square-foot studio with a team of certified instructors. In addition to leading Power-yoga classes, the diverse team infuses the schedule with a range of yoga varieties, such as Vinyasa flow, slower paced Yin yoga, and Aerial yoga performed on suspended fabric that's designed to facilitate deep stretches. On Thursdays, Power Yoga invites a DJ to come spin motivating beats during classes, inspiring upward dogs to get down and downward-facing dogs to "get down."
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.
The chief of surgery at EyeSight Hawaii, Dr. John Olkowski, has performed more than 10,000 vision-correction surgeries over 15 years. He has so much experience that other eye doctors entrust their eyes to him for big procedures. Dr. Olkowski teams up with optometrist Dr. Elise Louie to sharpen eyesight using laser treatments and corneal transplantation methods. To make sure they can accurately diagnose any issues, the team uses cutting-edge technology such as 3-D corneal mapping. And during the procedure, they use FDA-approved eye-tracking laser technology, which means you won't have to keep your head perfectly still as they determine the marketability of your pupil as a new marble design.
Dr. Russell H. Masunaga keeps patients’ mouths in optimal health while ensuring a comfortable, virtually pain-free experience through the use of laser technology. With lasers, Dr. Masunaga can often avoid the use of anesthetics when removing tooth decay in a quicker, more precise manner than standard drilling procedures. He also fills cavities with tooth-colored composites for a unified, natural-looking smile. With office hours available Monday–Saturday, Dr. Masunaga makes scheduling a visit more accessible, as well.