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Fitness travel is building a head of steam in Hawaii, mirroring a worldwide trend. While the islands never fail to set a lovely stage for a lazy vacation, the destination is also offering more opportunities to work up a sweat.
Combining fun and fitness, Hawaii’s boot camp classes and other physical challenges cater to a range of clients. From multisport drills for hardcore athletes to one-hour sessions for the average Joe, the following five options will keep travelers in top shape.
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, OahuMaking the most of Aulani’s seaside setting, Beach Boot Camp takes exercise to the next level. Using sand for natural resistance, the class puts participants through their paces while providing them with inspiring views. A variety of equipment — from medicine balls and kettlebells to ladders and TRX straps — helps instructors make maneuvers demanding for clients of differing abilities. After a tough workout, guests can jump into the ocean water, which aids in the muscle recovery process.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii IslandLike so much at this coastal luxury resort, its Interval Training Circuit pulls out all the stops. Clients move from station to station to use weights, bands, balancing and stabilizing equipment and medicine balls for full-body workouts or to zero in on leg and abdominal muscles. For biking buffs, the Cycle Fit Strength Circuit delivers a supreme cardio workout as it focuses on watts and exertion rates, complemented by resistance and weight training and mat work for arms and core.
Fairmont Kea Lani, MauiDuring Boot Camp, guests follow a workout circuit around the southwest Maui resort’s beautiful grounds, presented as an outdoor gym. With ocean and mountain vistas to motivate them, they improve overall power, strength and agility through plyometrics, intervals and other training.
Family Boot Camp, offered in the high seasons, encourages fitness for all ages through running, jumping and racing activities. Guests with joint issues can stop by the adult pool for Aqua Fitness, designed to get the heart pumping while bettering their balance and range of motion
Pure KauaiTaking a personalized approach to each of its clients, this commissionable concierge presents a one-stop shop for the discriminating traveler seeking workouts on vacation. It creates itineraries in response to any fitness request, including strenuous Boot Camp tests. A team of trainers, yoga instructors, massage therapists, nutritionists and private chefs customizes the schedule. Pure Kauai also can incorporate land and water activities such as hiking and surfing, spa treatments, cultural outings and lodgings in an exclusive cottage, vacation home or estate
Turtle Bay Resort, OahuProviding panoramic ocean views, the North Shore resort’s fitness center offers a rotating calendar of one-hour group classes. H.I.I.T. Box instruction uses body weight, punching bags, barbells and kettlebells to increase levels of conditioning while focusing on heart rate. Guests who want to hang 10 can try a surfing-oriented program with suspension training, core workouts and power stretching. When it’s time to rock out, consider cardio jam sessions using fitness drum sticks.