Training Days

Get workout tips and lessons straight from the pros.

MMA fighters, super bowl winners, tennis stars, volleyball players are forever admired for their skills, whether in the ring, on the court or on the field. Fortunately, HawaiÊ»i isn’t short on professional athletes who not only are willing to impart their tokens of workout wisdom to eager trainees, but actually are available to show you their winning moves themselves. Getting fit under the guidance of one of these heavy hitters may be just what you need to finally get your body in shape or perfect a particular sport.


For decades, Egan Inoue was on top of the world as a premier athlete. He had collected numerous world championships in racquetball, jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. One afternoon in an airport, after a recent MMA title, his soon-to-be wife, Marcia, asked him, “What are you going to do now, continue to travel the world and win championships?” Th at one simple question got Egan thinking, sparking an idea that led to Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp.

“When she asked me that, I stopped and said, ‘Wow, maybe that’s why I won these titles, so I could get other people in shape and share my philosophies,'” says Inoue, who co-founded Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp with Marcia in 2009.

With locations in Honolulu, Kailua and WaipiÊ»o, Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp is based on group training methodology, integrating community encouragement to raise motivation. Each 30-minute session incorporates high-intensity exercises with different themes, movements and circuit activities for each day of the week.


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Pacific Elite sports clients can get trained by NFL players and brothers, Chris and Maʻake Kemoeatu.

“When people are first starting out, we work to modify exercises for them. After a couple months, people really start to get better, make progress and become comfortable with the movements,” says Inoue, who works with his trainers to formulate nutritional programs for participants that coincide with their preferences.

Exercises and equipment are both traditional and progressive, using resistance training, sandbags and medicine balls for weighted workouts, TRX equipment and balancing techniques.

“I like to meet people, understand what their goals are: whether it’s size, strength, speed. When they hit little goals along the way, that’s what’s super exciting for me.”


Walking similar paths, brothers Chris and Ma’ake Kemoeatu made it to the pinnacle of the American sports arena. Both played football for Kahuku High School. Both played four years at University of Utah. Both played in the National Football League—MaÊ»ake for the Baltimore Ravens; Chris for the Pittsburgh Steelers. And, almost unprecedented in professional sports, both won Super Bowls (twice for Chris with the Pittsburgh Steelers).

More recently, off-the-field matters have worked to band brothers Chris and Ma’ake. In 2013, after Chris’ continuous battle with a kidney disorder—which unfortunately cut his NFL career short in 2010—a transplant was necessary. Without hesitation, it was Ma’ake who instantly stepped up to be Chris’ donor.

After successful surgery, Chris and Ma’ake found themselves in Hawai’i once again. Bonded under a new outlook, they opened Pacific Elite Sports with a drive to provide specialized fitness and training for the community—what helped them reach their goals years ago.

“What we went through, and learned over the years, is that when times change, you have to change with the times, and training is one of those things. At Pacific Elite, we do very specific training to the sport you play. If you’re a football player, the training and technique are specifically for that sport, and the same for basketball, volleyball, baseball and other sports,” Ma’ake says.

Designed with an individual, highly personalized approach, the trainers at Pacific Elite Sports work one-on-one with participants.

“As we know, everyone is different. You’re not going to be doing the exact workout as the person next to you. When you come in, we make sure to find your weaknesses and make those stronger, and work to make your strengths a lot stronger too,” Ma’ake adds.

There is a wide spectrum of programs offered at Pacific Elite Sports, providing a training schedule and approach for anyone interested in improving their fitness level. A few of the programs offered include Sports Performance Training, Adult Fitness Training, Student and College Training, Tactical Performance and NFL Combine Training.


It’s not all lazy beach days and surfing on O’ahu’s North Shore. At many resorts and timeshares, it’s common to drive past mostly desolate tennis courts, aside from maybe a retired couple or two getting a workout in before lunch. At luxury resort Turtle Bay, it’s quite the opposite. The screech of sneakers, walloping of tennis balls and congratulatory high-fives can be heard from morning to sunset, and much of that has to do with Diego Miranda. ATP tennis pro Miranda is instructor and coordinator of Turtle Bay’s private and group tennis lessons, clinics and round-robin tournaments, attracting all levels of players.

“My philosophy with tennis is that it’s an activity that is very fun, and can be fun for people to learn and improve. I try to make each lesson as fun as possible, where people are learning at the same time,” says Miranda—who, originally from Brazil, won the Brazilian National Doubles Championship before moving to the U.S. to play collegiately, including two years at BYU-HawaiÊ»i.

Concentrating his lessons and clinics—both of which are open to guests of the resort, as well as residents—on engagement and enjoyment, Miranda has designed his program around aerobic and cardiovascular training, rather than high-intensity tennis tutoring. One of the most popular programs he offers is Tenniscize Hawaiian Style, which, in the process of elevating fundamental ability, is a heck of a lot of fun and quite the workout.

“We have music going on the court; our primary focus is to make the class fun, and make sure everyone is sweating a lot,” Miranda says.

For those seeking more focused training, Miranda’s experience on the professional level can be shared during private lessons.


Bucking the stereotype of HawaiÊ»i’s laidback lifestyle, HIGHX Training is a high-intensity, 50-minute class, maximizing the body’s ability to burn fat, build lean muscle and improve daily and athletic performance. Created by fitness icon and former Women’s Beach Volleyball League star Gabrielle Reece, HIGHX classes on OÊ»ahu are offered currently at Pearl City 24 Hour Fitness, and are scheduled to expand to most 24 Hour Fitness clubs on OÊ»ahu this year.

On HIGHX Training’s group fitness approach, Lashaun Dale of 24 Hour Fitness says, “A beginner to the format can burn, build and get body benefits, while working alongside the competitive athlete. We’re excited about our partnership with Gabby and HIGHX. Gabby shares our belief that the group exercise experience builds strong bodies and a strong community.”

Utilizing a multiple circuit training approach, HIGHX Training is designed for functional, systematic and efficient results. Surprising as it may sound, HIGHX started from humble beginnings on Kauaʻi—where Reece continues to offer classes during the winter months.

“I started training the local community of Kaua’i a few years ago in a converted warehouse,” Reece says. “It fulfilled a need to get friends working out while fitting functional training into their busy schedules. I’m thrilled to introduce the format to 24 Hour Fitness.” or

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