The Ritz Carlton Kapalua
I coordinate the group fitness department and perform massage therapy at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Waihua Spa and Fitness Center. I teach Hybrid Fitness, Pilates, yoga, taiji and strength training classes and privates.
Step 1: Put it on your calendar; schedule it into your day literally.
Step 2: Get a friend or partner to workout with.
Step 3: Visualize it! Take five minutes every night as you go to bed to imagine yourself exercising, see and feel yourself happy and healthy as you are doing it.
Step 4: Exercise in the morning if possible.
Step 5: Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day or two either, just get back into it the next day you can. If you start to miss too many days, you may have stopped your visualizations. Go back to Step 3.
Walk Before You Run
Start slowly. Figure out what you like to do that is active. If you love the ocean, make a commitment to swim for 10 minutes every other day. If you like being with other people for motivation, then sign up for a few classes and see which ones you enjoy once or twice a week. Walk, walk, walk. Get a pedometer and track how many steps you walk each day. Strive to walk 10,000 steps a day for health. Be patient with yourself. Let go of expectation, judgments and comparisons about your body.
Body in Balance, The Pole Room
On Maui most people know me as the pole dancing instructor, but I teach just about everything from Circuit Training to TRX to Aqua Zumba to Ballet Barre. I also organize the annual West Maui Health and Fitness Expo to raise health and fitness awareness on the island.
Try a New Gadget or Class
I definitely think technology will play a big part in this year’s fitness trends. Everyone loves a cool new gadget, app or gizmo. I also think small group classes will make a comeback this year. They have the benefits of personalized attention without the cost. Start small—smaller than you think. If you think you can’t work out, try a five-minute workout. Everyone can handle five minutes. When you think you can’t do it, try to keep it up for 10 more seconds. You can do anything for 10 seconds.
Do Something Different
Plateaus are the worst! Nothing destroys motivation quite like the stagnation of a plateau. The easiest way to jump-start the body is to change it up. When someone comes to me with a plateau problem, I analyze my client’s current activities and diet, and see where I can shake things up a bit. It’s all about confusing the body and tricking it into working more efficiently. Anything that makes me feel like I’m not working out is the perfect workout. That’s why I love pole dancing so much—it’s hard to skip a workout you love! But don’t beat yourself up, give yourself a break. It’s ok to take a day off. Try to follow an 80/20 rule–80 percent of the time you’re awesome, 20 percent of the time you do what you want.
JULIE CORRINE AUDINO
The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
I’m a personal trainer for guests as well as a yoga Instructor and CardioCore (mix of standing Pilates and cardio) instructor. I find variety is key with body movements, similar to learning languages. Once you learn a few, the learning curve increases exponentially. Through the resort’s Spa Helani, I’m able to implement this belief with variety of classes is offered daily, both for guests and non-hotel guests, including local residents.
Be bold! For 2014, I plan to speak my voice and take more risks in the direction of my dreams. For me, that means creating a workbook to go with my book Finding Your Piece, posting workout videos and hosting my first retreat called Living the Principles. These resolutions will help me reach more people, do what I love and spend more time enjoying Maui. What I’ve found is that when I step into the level of my purpose, I’m automatically inspired to eat well, exercise well, sleep well, etc.
Getting your sleep is important
I have helped clients break plateaus by recommending seven to nine hours of sleep, which is actually where you lose weight. The body releases weight at night when you rest. In combination of doing the right things such as drink lots of water, exercise and eat well, I’ve seen clients lose one to two pounds just by getting the proper amount of sleep. Now, when I am working with a cardio junkie, marathoner or aerobic champion, I begin to incorporate strength and flexibility. That balance makes all the difference in the world and their body changes quickly. Another common way to break a plateau is to simply look at their nutrition. There are so many specifics with nutrition that can completely change a person’s body and health. Always remember that Abs-Are-Made-In-The-Kitchen.
I was born and bred with rhythm in my blood and a bounce in my step. As a kid growing up here on Maui, my parents had me involved in many fun dance classes and outdoor physical activities. It was only a natural step forward to pursue a career in inspiring others to move their bodies.
Look for These Fitness Trends this year:
The newest trends are fitness vacations and fusion classes. I predict lower impact cardio equipment will become more mainstream this year. Assisted stretching and foam roller workouts will be offered as classes. Try small group training and private fitness one-on-one sessions for getting best results from your workout. Yoga will be taken off the mat, giving you opportunity to try an anti-gravity fitness like aerial yoga.
The perfect client is anyone who is ready and willing to make their health and wellness a priority. It’s so exciting and rewarding to see changes taking place once the body is in motion in all aspect of a client’s life. Motion creates emotion. I’ve been lucky enough to see so many of my clients lives change in huge and incredible ways through the years spent working together.
About Jen Russo
I write lifestyle and culinary columns for MauiTime. I love being a Maui girl and adore my big family. Dedicated food taster, blogger, internet fanatic, and Maui and Hawaii specialist.