What would you like to do with your spare time? Surf the turquoise
waters? Hike the lush, green trails? Jog along the scenic beaches?
Many would love to get involved in the various outdoor activities
that Hawaii offers, but lack the energy to actually do
You need to get in shape to really enjoy Hawaii, and
getting in shape has other benefits. With only 30 minutes of
activity, three times per week, you can beat stress, sleep better,
and improve performance in class and out. Downtown Honolulu
offers a number of health clubs that can help you get in shape,
so you can enjoy the outdoors.
|YMCA's swimming pool.
Photo by Cari Aguilar
24 Hour Fitness
Sixty-five percent of reaching a (fitness) goal depends
on food intake,according to Sergio Gomez, assistant general
manager of 24 Hour Fitness on Bishop Street. Their 24/5 Program
teaches members about proper food intake, supplementation, cardio
and resistance training, all for an additional fee. The 20,000-square-foot
club has free weights, Nautilus and Cybex equipment for weight
training. Aerobic classes include body pump, cycling, and kickboxing.
Every new member is assigned two orientation workouts with an
instructor. At the first session, the member has his or her
body fat, heart rate, weight, and height measured. At the second
session, members are shown how to use five pieces of equipment
chosen to help reach his or her goals.For best results, Gomez
recommends that members see a personal trainer 2-3 times per
week, which is an additional charge.
A co-ed Fitness Center located in the Amfac Center downtown,
it caters to the busy professional. This club has a weight room,
aerobic classes, cardio equipment, a pool, a racquetball court,
and massage services. There are free weights, Keiser and Cybex
equipment for weight training. The Cardio Theater
supplies television and radio entertainment to motivate exercisers.
Rowers, treadmills, and cross trainers are among the cardio
equipment available. All members begin with a medical history
review and fitness assessment.
We dont want to show off in the gym, we want to
show off outside the gym, said Erika Bush, manager of
Curves on Bishop Street. This simple, one-room club for women
rates convenience high on its list of priorities. The 30-minute
circuit training workout combines cardiovascular and strength
training, which is broken down into 30-second intervals. Hydraulic
Quick-Fit equipment is used for the weight training portion,
and the aerobic portion is performed using jogging squares,
flat pieces of wood to run on in place. To ensure proper form,
staff members go through the entire first workout with new members.
Members can track their attendance by scanning their membership
cards into a computer on each visit. A members personal
record of measurements is also displayed onscreen as a motivational
If you are looking for a real serious environment, come
to Golds, said Eddie Im, fitness consultant at Golds
Gym on South Street. This 23,000-square-foot facility has an
extensive strength training area featuring free weights and
equipment such as Icarian, Hammer Strength, and Paramount. There
are approximately 100 pieces of cardio equipment, and aerobic
classes that include yoga, Pilates mat, and dance. All new members
are toured through the club, but if you want someone to walk
you through a workout, you must hire a trainer. For additional
charges, triathlon training camps, personal training sessions,
and Kung Fu- based classes are available.
The YWCA on Richards Street is a co-ed, family-friendly facility.
It recently spent $1.5 million in renovations, but memberships
remain very affordable. Student members have access to the pool,
the gymnasium, the fitness club, and more than 52 aerobic classes
per week for less than a $1 per day. For an additional fee,
classes such as ceramics and hula are available.
The Nuuanu YMCA on the Pali Highway has two aerobic studios,
a gymnasium, a pool, and a wide variety of cardio equipment,
and a weight room featuring Hammer Strength, Life Fitness, and
Cybex equipment. Membership includes fitness appraisals, racquetball
lessons, speed bag lessons, and basketball games. Team rates
are offered to college athletic teams, especially those in the
HPU athletic dept.