Field Guide: Go Outside and Play

When you’re working out with a group of people, in a beautiful place, you might have so much fun that you forget you’re exercising.

Beach workouts aren’t all misery. Leader Amy Eck, top, and in center of photo below, leads a free workout at Kailua Beach Park.

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Camp Bennett Friday Sunrise Beach Workout

Amy Eck is the happiest, cutest former Marine I’ve ever met. At her sunrise beach workout, she’ll lead you through a tough core routine and a group run (or walk, if you prefer.) Bikinis and board shorts are the predominant attire. Kailua Beach Park, behind Kalapawai Market. Friday, 5:30 a.m. The class is free.


At SoHi Fitness Bootcamp, runner Mike Yuda varies his workouts by doing sandbag lunges. Cliff Hew uses kettlebells to build his leg muscles.

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SoHi Fitness Bootcamp

One look at Megan Clark and you’ll see that she isn’t joking when she says you will soon be in the best shape of your life. Come prepared to sprint, jump, run ladders, throw medicine balls and more. Ala Moana Beach Park (Ewa) at 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There are Aina Haina, Hawaii Kai, and Kailua classes as well. See her website for pricing.







Stroller Striders instructor Joni Stimpson coaches fit mothers Terah Smigun and Stacey Austin.

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Stroller Striders Leeward Oahu

Stroller Striders workouts are perfect for parents who don’t want to use or don’t have access to childcare during their workouts. Children of any age who are happy to be in a stroller are welcome. Classes consist of walking and running intervals and strength training, and are a great way to make mom-friends. Classes take place at Puuloa Waterfront, Kapolei Regional Park, Central Oahu Regional Park, and Schofield Barracks. See the website for pricing and a schedule.


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More Boot Camps






Yoga in Kapiolani Park

This daily yoga class is located on the wide lawn of beautiful Kapiolani Park. Bharat Das has a devoted following of students, some of whom have been practicing with him for more than a decade. Free yoga is hard to find, and this class is great for your body, soul and budget. Kapiolani Park, across from Sans Souci. Weekdays, 5 p.m. Free. Weekends, 8:30 a.m.


Zumba Fitness by Jen

Miss the late night dancing of your college days? Try Zumba on the waterfront at Hawaii Kai Towne Center. Every day except Saturday, you can get fit by enjoying Latin-inspired music and moves, with a waterfront view. Hawaii Kai Towne Center stage. Sunday through Friday, 9 a.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday evening, 6 p.m. $6.


Bragg Exercise Group

The Bragg Group meets six days a week in Waikiki, and has been going strong for over 40 years. Fifty to a hundred people meet for 90 minutes of oceanfront calisthenics and stretching. The class is great for all ages, and fairly gentle. Fort DeRussy’s lawn, Monday through Saturday,  9 a.m. Free.