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Carry that weight

As he jogged along the promenade in Waikiki on a recent weekday afternoon, Jake Garvin chatted about health and diets, which was no small feat, given that he was carrying a log on his left shoulder that weighed nearly 100 pounds. Read more

Insurance CEO relies on walking to lose weight and gain health

Hawaii Kai resident Jeff Shonka is well versed in risk management practices thanks to his role as president and chief executive officer of First Insurance Co. of Hawaii. But it didn’t dawn on him until last year that he needed to manage his own health to minimize the risks of age-related ailments. Read more

Integrated Pilates improves golfer’s game and life

Sheri Gleason stood barefoot on the mat in the airy Diamond Head studio where Cristal Mortensen teaches integrated Pilates, a program of low-impact exercises which focuses on strength, flexibility, balance and the connection between body and mind. Read more

Cellist combines love of hiking with passion for music

As principal cellist for the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra, Mark Votapek delighted audiences this concert season with solo performances of Astor Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” as well as other works where his talent shines on his 300-year-old Italian-made cello. Read more

Lifeguards: Ocean challengers

To become a city lifeguard, excellent swimming skills and being in top shape are a must, but being able to handle the pressure of a life-and-death situation is just as crucial. Read more

Bryan Clay focuses on helping people stay fit

To earn the right to be called world’s greatest athlete, Olympic decathlon champion, Bryan Clay beat his rivals in the grueling 10-event competition held over two days. Read more

Myles Dias is helping seniors take charge of their health

When runner Eileen Min suffered a stress fracture in her left femur in 2011, her normal regimen of running didn’t help her heal. “I was getting so frustrated trying to get over it,” said Min, a retired Aliamanu Elementary School teacher from Pearl City. Read more

In a run ‘zone’

About two years ago, while standing in line at the bank, Honolulu tile setter Kevin Chang accidentally dropped some change and knew, with his bulky, 40-inch waistline and 275 pounds of weight, that it would be difficult to bend over and pick it up. Read more

Consistence is secret behind physical transformation

Motivation can come when a person least expects it, a reality check you never saw coming. For Brent Anbe, the 36-year-old casting associate for “Hawaii Five-0,” a photograph turned his life around. Read more

Exercise gave him a new lease on life

Runners who enter Saturday’s fifth annual Makahiki Challenge must navigate a cross-country course through Kualoa Ranch that is strewn with obstacles more suited to military commando training. Read more

Construction workers use simple warm-ups

It’s 6:30 a.m., the dawn of a new day, and while many folks are just wiping the cobwebs from their eyes, Honolulu’s construction workers are already up and energized for a full shift on the job site. They have to be ready to pick up whatever and wherever they left off the previous day, so there’s not much time to ease into the job. Read more

Good Fit: A few of their favorite things

Fitness enthusiasts from our Good Fit and Tryouts series share their must-have workout accessories that also might appeal to the gym rat or exercise fiend on your gift list: Read more


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