Summer Gym Guide

Looking for a new gym? We’ve done the research, making choosing the right one for you even easier.


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Due to Hawaii’s aging population and our younger generation’s struggle with obesity, there is a trend toward people using a gym for overall wellness, not just to fit into a pair of jeans. People want more than a good sweat; they’re looking for physical, mental and emotional guidance.

“One million Americans have heart attacks each year—one-third of them fatal—those people don’t get a second chance to live a healthier life,” says John Kristofich, a cardiologist at Straub Clinic and Hospital. Kristofich says that Straub’s cardiology department is busy, but notes that in many cases of coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise would have helped offset the deadly risk factors.

“It’s ironic that the illnesses we suffer from the most are also the ones that are most preventable,” Kristofich says. “It just takes a willingness from us to make a change to a healthy lifestyle.”

If you’re ready to change your lifestyle, the following chart provides a variety of gyms, from women-only to teen-friendly to senior-focused, that can help anyone get in better shape.

24-Hour Fitness
7 Oahu locations, 1-800-204-2400
Some locations are open 24 hours.
Dues & Fees: Varies
Parking: Varies
Equipment: Free weights, weight machines and cardio training.
Classes: Many classes available. Specifics vary by location.
Notes: Some branches have pools and raquetball courts, others offer Pilates, steam rooms or saunas. Youth and teen programs available. Some childcare.

Affordable Fitness
84-1170 Farrington Hwy., Suite BF4, Makaha 348-2145
Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., closed.
Dues & Fees: $35 annual membership fee. Month-to-month (no contract), $25. Yearly, $250.
Parking: Free parking at the Makaha Marketplace.
Equipment: Free weights, weight machines and cardio training.
Classes: Aerobics, body sculpting, core conditioning, self-defense training, Pilates and yoga.
Notes: A full-service fitness facility on the West side. The gym provides towels, has childcare, offers Pilates. You can also buy reconditioned equipment, such as treadmills, bikes and steppers.

Body Balance Centre
1115 Young St., Honolulu 596-8663
Mon.-Sun., 6 a.m.-8 p.m. (by appointment only)
Dues & Fees: Starting rates: Private session, $75. Semi-private (2 people), $50 per person. Pilates Reformer class, $27.
Parking: Free parking on site.
Equipment: Free weights and Gyrotonic Expansion System.
Classes: Mat work, Gyrotonic Expansion System and Pilates Reformer sessions. "Dream Body" cardio classes (swim, walk, mat work) at Ala Moana Beach, every day at 8 a.m.
Notes: The Gyrotonic Expansion System stretches and strengthens the body, while increasing range of motion and coordination. Massage services available.

Clark Hatch Fitness Center
Topa Financial Center, Fort St. Mall, Honolulu 536-7205
Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun., closed
Dues & Fees: No initiation fees. Monthly fee: individual, $68. Couple, $115. Corporate, $68.
Parking: First hour free at Topa Financial Center, with validation. $1 for second hour.
Equipment: Free weights, weight machines and cardio training.
Classes: Step and low-impact aerobics, hi/lo combo, hydro-tone, Pilates, power circuit, stretch, weight training and yoga. Lunchtime jogging groups, noon swims (Ala Moana), tennis and golf tournaments, club fun runs and marathon training.
Notes: The gym is a full-service operation. It lends members workout clothes free of charge, everything from a shirt and shoes to soap and towel. Massage services also available. Pool.


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