Getting a good workout isn't why most people visit Anna O'Brien's, best known as a lively Irish bar and nightclub in Moiliili. But on Tuesday evenings that's exactly what you'll get if you take part in weekly classes offered by Hawaii Irish Dance.
At first glance, I balked at the small 1- to 3-pound weights sitting in the bins at the BarreAmped class at the Body Balance studio on Kapiolani Boulevard. After a few rounds of the arm exercises, I could see why.
‘Just add water and shake" is the slogan for Aqua Zumba, held Mondays at the Punahou Fitness Center, in the saltwater pool. Casually known as the "pool party," it integrates aquatic fitness disciplines with Zumba's Latin-inspired dance moves.
If you're looking to rev up your metabolism, Ryan Pang, owner of Fitness HI, has the workout for you.His high-intensity interval training, known as the Metabolic Class, has you burning fat long after the session ends.
Ninety-five percent attitude, 5 percent talent — that's how instructor Mara Bacon-Chang sums up the Street Jamz Werkout class. That formula affords participants a lot of room for creative freedom, which was welcome news for someone like me who does not possess the grace of a trained dancer.
The Spartans of ancient Greece were known for their self-discipline, courage and ability to deal with pain and adversity. Marc Zimmermann's Spartan Training Club strives for the same ideals during his workout sessions at Island Club and Spa (the old Honolulu Club on Queen Street).
Willow Chang is the first to admit she likes to toe the line when it comes to traditional dances. "I'm a granny at heart," she said. So don't expect sparkly, skin-baring costumes and risqué movements at her "Hooray for Bollywood" class at the Still & Moving Center.
I'm slumped in my chair at work, hunched over my computer, when Lisa Ortega Robertson's words come to mind, reminding me to improve my posture. Roll your shoulders down and back, she said, an act that automatically elongates the spine.
I'm a princess — I'm the first to admit it. Sure, I can endure sweaty mixed martial arts classes and grueling interval training sessions, but when placed in the great outdoors, I'm a helpless babe in the woods.
All through a spin class at Honolulu Holo Cycling Studio, I kept thinking, "My butt hurts." I was thankful for the times when we stood up on the stationary bike pedals, which provided some relief from being seated for long intervals.
It's no wonder I have knots, aches and pains, spending much of the day in a sedentary position, typically on a computer, and driving at least three hours a day. This behavior has been shown to lead to muscle atrophy, a shortening and weakening of the muscles.
Sitting down is not allowed. A "never quit" attitude is mandatory for all in attendance. Water breaks are limited to 60 seconds. If one participant is late getting back to their workout station, the rest of the group suffers a punishment of more exercises.