Social Encore: Expo provides motivation
BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Summer is finally here and that means more opportunities to show some skin in the fiery summer heat. If you’re looking for new ways to get fit, or want more information to improve your health, put your workout clothes on and head down to the HI Fit Expo happening this weekend at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
2015 HI FIT EXPO
» Where: Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Local entrepreneur Egan Inoue has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. With a third location of his HI Fit Camp now open in Aiea, the former jiu-jitsu champion and mixed marital artist will set up an obstacle course similar to the hit television show “American Ninja Warrior” in order to crown this weekend’s Mr. and Ms. Fit Expo.
Preliminaries for the competition will happen in intervals on Saturday; while being timed, competitors will have to complete three variations of monkey bars, a rope climb and medicine ball exercise (150 pound for men, 80 pound women). The top four men and top four women competitors will then advance to the finals on Sunday where they’ll compete to win a prize package worth $500.
Inoue said he has 12 trainers working at the three facilities and has touched about 6,000 lives with his fitness programs. His trainers, along with actual members who attend his gym, will be present at the expo, demonstrating workout routines and answering questions anyone might have.
“Our goal at the gym is for everyone to have a great workout and love the environment that they are in,” said Inoue. “We want to people to lose weight, gain muscle and most of all have fun.”
You’ll also be able to see some of Hawaii’s best pound-for-pound weightlifters on Saturday as they showcase deadlifts, squats and bench presses. Mana Barbell co-owner Jonathan Bareng said lifting weights helps set the foundation of basic weight training. The U.S. World Team bodybuilder has been pumping iron for about 14 years and said the great thing about powerlifting is that it isn’t just for hardcore gym-goers, but is a way of fitness that can help all sorts of people.
“You don’t fully know about a sport until you go to an event,” he said. “Expos like this gives you different exposures to different sports and allows you to meet all sorts of people.
“It’s important to know how to lift properly. It’s not about going heavy but about getting in shape.”
Trainers like Megan Clark, owner of SOHI Fitness can understand that sometimes your body goes through life changes, especially when having a baby. The mother of three has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University and over 13 years of experience as a certified personal trainer. She has experience in helping people gain self-esteem, making healthier eating choices and incorporating TRX regimes to reach personal goals.
Staying healthy is always going to be a continuous journey. Clark said constantly changing your workout helps your body keep up its momentum. She intertwines high intensity training in her workouts and helps clients find something that can make their fitness journeys be more enjoyable and maintainable.
“You have to be at that point in your life where you’re willing to make small changes because eventually those small changes start to make small differences,” said Clark. “Things like TRX help re-wire your conventional way of exercising and helps to teach you how to exercise correctly.”
Workouts are sometimes stronger when experienced with others. Clark offers boot camp classes where groups of people can enjoy Hawaii’s beautiful outdoors and create bonds with like-minded people.
“The great thing about working out in groups is the competitive spirit,” she said. “Some love the camaraderie of people, they make new friends, and some are motivated when they see others transform and lose the weight.”
Having the right diet is a big part of staying healthy. There will also be a farmer’s market and supplement vendors at the expo that will hand out samples for people to try. If new equipment is what you are looking for to help you stay in shape, the latest sporting goods and bikes will be there for you to experiment with.
Sometimes working out your muscles can make them a little sore, so licensed massage and acupuncture professionals will be on hand to show you how to relax those muscles. Make a plan to bring down the whole family too, as Aloha Cheer Academy and AYSO are some of the organizations that can help spark an interest in sports for your kids.
“If they are looking for something new, want real examples of people, try the exercise and get excited to do it, then they should come to the expo,” said Clark.
“Health should be a priority for everyone and sure there will be many obstacles of why you can’t do things but like anything else, you have to work through those obstacles,” said Inoue. “You can have the biggest house, fastest car, and be the richest person but if you don’t have good health then it would all mean nothing because you wouldn’t be able to enjoy life.”
Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.