With new races popping up weekly in cities around the world, the organizers of the Spartan Race are almost as busy as their race's runners. Almost. The grueling races range from the Spartan Sprint, which is a 5K with more than 15 obstacles, to the Ultra Beast, which is a marathon with more than 50 obstacles. Depending on the race, the obstacles may include mud pits, pugil sticks, or fire. To unite the sprawling operation, Spartan Race tracks racers' point totals on its online-standings page.
Elma Ann Thiem loves feeling fit and healthy, but—like many people—finds conventional exercise a little dull. Instead of pounding her soles on some treadmill, she twists her heels in upbeat Zumba classes, which she leads twice a week. Her classes have an easy learning curve: students simply watch what she's doing and copy it. That's why she invites students of all fitness levels, from the tragically uncoordinated to hula-hoop world champions.
Michele Day mans the massage tables at Kaimana Massage Therapy. A licensed massage therapist, she has numerous modalities at her fingertips, from relaxation and therapeutic massage to more exotic forms like lomi-lomi and aroma touch techniques. Regardless of which massage you opt for, Michele’s goal is to foster health and well-being in the mind and the body.
On Oahu, it may be hard to know where to begin. With a endless variety of activities, from hiking picturesque trails to kayaking along the shore, Active Oahu Tours helps explorers hone in on fun activities?and safely guides them through all adventures. With the added advantage of knowing little-known spots, guides usher tour-goers to less-congested kayaking areas, tropical hikes, and rivers. Other activities such as snorkeling and destination yoga are also available, encouraging visitors and natives alike to actively explore the lush island.
Equipment: TRX, Kettlebells,
Students should bring: Water, towel
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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.