Best of Honolulu 2012: Fitness

Paws on Path has a strict leash rule but an anything-goes dress code.

photo: elyse butler and matt mallams

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Best Way to Feel Like a Badass

You don the Viking helmet. You Army-crawl under barbed wire, scale a wall and leap over the hot flames lapping at your feet. What better way to bolster your already badass status than crossing the Warrior Dash finish line? For the first time, the nationwide extreme run is coming to Hawaii on March 24. The 3.01-mile course features 12 daring obstacles strategically placed inside Dillingham Ranch in Waialua. “It’s an alternative to the classic 5K run,” says Kendra Alley, media relations for Red Frog Events, which hosts the Warrior Dashes. Oh yeah, there’s also beer, roasted turkey legs and live music awaiting you at the end. Alley says the dash is for “couch potatoes to extreme athletes,” not that you were worried. Registration closes March 12.


Best Kids’ Swimming Lessons

During Dr. Jan Prins’ swimming lessons at Swim Hawaii, you learn how to do more than just blow bubbles and do the sidestroke. “We’re very unique, the kids are filmed above and underwater to study their stroke mechanics,” says Prins, who started Swim Hawaii in 1986. Prins is the director of the UH Aquatic Research Laboratory and was the head UH men’s swimming coach, so he knows his stuff. Swim Hawaii students are taught in groups of five to six at the UH Manoa swimming pool. Children age 4 and above start off in the beginning class and progress to the Super Swim class where they improve stroke techniques and build endurance. There are also competitive classes geared for students on swim teams.


Best CrossFit Gym

Weight machines, StairMasters and fleets of cardio bikes have no place in a CrossFit gym. Instead, you’ll find free weights, jump ropes, pull-up bars and oddball things to throw around, such as tractor tires. You’ll also find a bunch of superfit, ridiculously enthusiastic CrossFitters. What we like about CrossFit Oahu, besides the fact that it was one of the nation’s original CrossFit affiliates, is its three locations: downtown, Kailua and Waipio. We also like that you don’t have to wear shoes unless you want to. 556 Reed Lane, 94-1388 Moaniani St., and 167 Hamakua Drive; 685-7630.


Best Doggie Social Mixer

Unlike the neighborhood dog park, where your dog has all the fun and you stand there holding that little shovel, the Paws on Path hiking club gets both of you moving. The club convenes on the last Saturday of each month at a different trailhead for its two-to three-mile trek. This month’s hike: the Maunawili Gulch Trail. All you need is a dog, a leash and a poop bag, and you’re in. Hawaiian Humane Society, 356-2217.

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Best Best Golf Course

Koolau Golf Club, 45-550 Kionaole Road, 247-7088,