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
Q&A with Chris Ranes, Chief Athletics Officer
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.
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.
Sun Yoga Hawaii represents the culmination of a long journey for its founder, Michele Lowchinovscy Santos. After coming to the island for college, Michele began work as a psychologist for children with special needs. Her first student was a young girl named Grace who had Rett syndrome, which inhibits speech and deliberate movement. Michele first learned about hot yoga from Grace’s mother, who used it to cope with the physical and emotional challenges sometimes associated with Grace’s care. A gift from Grace’s mother, Michele’s first hot-yoga class sparked an interest that resulted in her entrance into a Bikram training program and eventually led her to create Sun Yoga Hawaii, which she dedicates to Grace.
Michele seeks to share peace and personal growth within her studio, where infrared rooms warm up to 105 degrees. Eco-friendly bamboo flooring cushions soles and nature sounds fill the air during sessions, which begin as instructors and students perform sun salutations that pay tribute to Mother Nature, inventor of the yoga mat.
As the sun rises and falls over the ocean, experienced yoga instructor Karen Le leads classes through Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow yoga sessions. Drawing from her training in the hill town in India that’s also home to the Dalai Lama, she instructs participants through postures that maximize blood circulation and improve breath and alignment. Rhythmic music and ocean breezes wafting around palm trees set the scene as students flow through dynamic Vinyasa movements and mindful Ashtanga postures. Voted #29 out of 145 Honolulu attraction on TripAdvisor, Beach | Sunset Yoga Hawaii's classes meet at the quiet left end of Waikiki, which showcases views of Honolulu's central beaches, allowing participants to finally do a true sun salutation, as opposed to a living-room-ceiling how-do-you-do.
The heat—105 degrees, to be exact—scorches the yogi's body as she sustains the pose, and sweat drips onto the high density rubber mat below. The muscles in her ankles and wrists constantly fire, helping her maintain her balance on the soft surface. If it sounds intense, it's supposed to be; it's all part of a workout at Hot Yoga on Nimitz.
Such 90-minute sessions become easier in light of the facility's many amenities. Visitors get complimentary filtered water to drink, access to changing rooms and shower facilities, and even a lavender-scented hand towel that's useful for drying off after class or proving that towels really do grow from flowers. As for the yoga space itself, the back of the enormous classroom features safety bars to assist with balance during class. It also bears mentioning that the schedule includes class options aside from hot yoga, including BUTI Fitness dance classes, Barbara Tone body toning, and unheated Vinyasa yoga.
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