Honolulu born and raised, CrossFit HTF/HI Town Fitness's owners Ian Ajimine and Clarence Chee opened their 2500 sq ft facility to help students of all ages and ability levels learn the Crossfit program. Ajimine brings the intensity of his Army Ranger training to each regimen, and Chee backs him up with triple CrossFit certifications in basic training, kettlebell, and gymnastics. With a program that stays fresh by constantly chaning, they challenge students to whip around heavy battle ropes, heft their own bodyweight, and outrun local sea monsters during high-energy one-hour boot camps.
Eddie Clattenburg, always a fitness aficionado, competed on sports teams throughout his childhood and adolescence before studying exercise science at Arizona State and playing for their football team. When injuries forced him to end his football career, he resolved to stick with his passion by coaching and training. He successfully sought certifications as a personal trainer, a CrossFit Level 1 trainer, and a Level 1 Sports Performance coach while training more than 10,000 clients.
Today, Clattenburg continues to help students improve their physical fitness during personal training sessions and classes held in his own private training studio. E C Fitness's 2,400-square-foot facility abounds with TRX suspension training machines, medicine balls, and Olympic platforms, along with fully equipped locker rooms and showers. Clattenburg personally leads private training sessions, tailoring each of his lessons to accommodate the student's personal goals, whether they seek weight loss, enhanced sports performance, or muscle training. Throughout the week, intimate groups of up to 12 students sweat through high-intensity Warrior classes that last an hour each, which is as long as it takes to whittle a totem pole with a butter knife.
Equipment: VersaClimber, JacobsLadder, suspension trainers, sandbags, and kettlebells
Students should bring: Water, towel, clean shoes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
If the multitude of authentic before and after pictures of clients on our website and gym walls, and the fresh beats coming out the surround sound stereo aren't enough to keep someone's blood pumping, our team of certified personal trainers keep clients motivated by creating a positive, supportive, results-oriented, high-energy, non-intimidating, non-judgemental environment with workouts that constantly evolve to keep things interesting, and personalized enough to keep training safe.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
The biggest mistake that people make when trying to get fit on their own is not planning, or using the wrong plan for their goal. This usually comes down to having a specific goal and then taking the shortest route to their destination. One trend that seems to be popular these days is people pulling a random "workout of the day" out of a magazine or website and expecting it to produce the same results as whatever picture is put up next to it. Our Metabolic Boot Camp sessions will make sure clients are exercising at the right intensity to get results and stay injury free. There is really no need to spend more than an hour in the gym to randomly produce results that can be precisely achieved by efficiently and effectively working out in 60 minutes.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I first developed a passion for fitness about 10 years ago when I transformed my own body and lost over 80 lbs. The physical changes were great, but besides all that, I felt 1000x better. When I discovered that I could produce the same results for others, I knew I had found my calling. Since then, I've helped multiple people lose over 100 lbs, and one person lose more than 200 lbs, and countless people reach their goal of getting leaner and more toned. We've trained multiple members of Olympic Team USA, high-school and college-level athletes, and some of Hawaii's professionals including UFC star Chris Leben.
Certified master trainer and holistic-lifestyle coach Asako Lahoe wants to help her clients shape up using exercises and training tailored to them. After having her first child, she became interested in fitness and became a personal trainer with the hope of sharing her new knowledge of body mechanics with others. Her classes, which include Hot Hula fitness and Total Body Stretch, provide a way for participants to have fun in a small-group setting while working to achieve fitness goals.