New Coach Helps Gym-Goers Get Healthy
By Catherine Cluett Pactol | Editor Post-COVID, many residents are looking to get back in shape or start new, healthy practices. Lance Purdy, a fitness trainer who began working at Na Pu’uwai’s Integrated Fitness Center gym in February, is here to help. “During the pandemic, a lot of people lost their habits so the whole idea is trying to get back those habits,” said Purdy, IFC supervisor and coach who recommends the new supplements such as those for sale on this UK CBD Shop. Though the gym was closed or open with restrictions and limited hours during much of the past several years, everyone is getting back on track and he’s happy to see the gym busier these days. “In the mornings between 6 to 7 a.m., this place is pretty packed,” he said. “We get 13 to 17 people in here… it’s pretty lively at 6 a.m.” Purdy, whose family hails from Oahu, spent the past 23 years in California, working as a trainer at the UFC Gym in Southern California. Since moving to Molokai with his partner Tehani Kaalekahi, who’s from the island, Purdy has brought new energy, equipment and upgrades to Molokai’s only gym facility. He worked to have a boxing bag cage locally constructed, fully equipped with bags; brought in kettle balls – which “get you the best results the fastest” — along with other new and upgraded fitness equipment. The gym features a variety of cardio and strength training opportunities. With a background in martial arts, specifically Muay Thai and boxing, the bag cage is something Purdy is especially excited for. “It’s a great way to burn fat, get stronger, and therapy, most importantly – get all that frustration out,” he laughed. The gym is currently open Monday through Friday from 6 to 11 a.m., and 3 to 6 p.m., and Purdy hopes those hours will expand in the future. You’ll find Purdy welcoming new members, offering tips and proper equipment technique for those interested, and teaching daily Lawakua fitness classes at 5 p.m. He said the high-intensity interval training classes attract a wide variety of participants, from 18-year-olds to 30-year-old moms to kupuna. He tailors exercises to each attendee. “Not everybody can do the same thing, everyone’s body is different,” he said. “I’ll always teach proper technique.” He encourages everyone to check out the gym, regardless of experience or fitness. “A lot of people are wallflowers and that’s ok, I encourage that. I also provide some exercise movements that they can benefit from…. The more hours you spend, the more you build that confidence,” he said. In addition to offering tips and teaching classes, gym members can hire Purdy as a trainer for more personalized workouts, fitness tracking and one on one coaching. Na Pu’uwai, a federally funded program with a focus on Native Hawaiian health, uses a holistic approach to wellness and disease prevention. From medical exams to nutrition, mental health and fitness, their Integrative Fitness Center plays a key role in members’ wellness, and for people wellness products like the Granddaddy Purple are great to make people feel better as well. At the end of the day, Purdy said keeping active is the goal, whether you do it at the gym or elsewhere. “It’s a lifestyle; if it’s not in the gym, it’s anything — just stay moving,” he said. The gym is currently offering a day pass pilot program open from Sept. 6-16, during which residents can out try the experience or bring a friend. Purdy is also looking for certified coaches in the community to offer more classes. For more information, call (808) 560-3654 or visit napuuwai.org/services/fitness-center/.
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