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Burn It Up!

by Catherine E. Toth | Hawai'i magazine | September 6, 2012

Kick your daily grind to the curb with one of these action-packed classes.

Fight Club
The rhythm is going to get you at Capoeira Besouro Hawaii. With roots in West Africa, this sizzling Brazilian form of martial arts lifts students to new heights with fun, infectious beats created on instruments like the atabaque (drum) and pandeiro (tambourine). (In the past, capoiera’s music and graceful moves disguised its fighting aspect.) Under the guidance of the school’s master, Mestre Kinha, classes seemlessly blend martial arts, dance and acrobatics, torching major calories in the process. In no time, boost flexibility, coordination and strength, not to mention confidence. (Women definitely know how to hold their own here.) And with classes held all over O‘ahu—from Boca Hawai‘i in Kaka‘ako to the Arthur Murray Movement Studio in Kailua—getting your groove on couldn’t be easier. Various locations, 247.7890/386.6895, capoeirabesourohawaii.com

Posers Only
There’s no place like om, thanks to CorePower Yoga. With a variety of classes at all levels, the Colorado-based studio has been pumping up aspiring island yogis at its Kahala Mall location since March. Newbies can learn proper breathing and technique in a Vinyasa class; regulars can expand their yoga repertoire with a Hot Power Fusion class taught in a 102-degree room, or another that incorporates free weights. And with classes starting as early as 6am and as late as 8:45pm—plus, locals can try the studio for a week for free—there’s no excuse not to sweat. Kahala Mall, 4211 Wai‘alae Ave., 738.9642, corepoweryoga.com

Spin Cycle
Push the pedal to the metal! At the high-energy Honolulu Holo Cycling Studio in Kaimukī, blast 800 calories an hour in a spacious 2,000-square-foot indoor studio. And if the hot jams pumping over the sound system don’t get you going, there are two 110-inch projection screens, showing everything from surf videos to Tour de France clips. But the best part of the studio is its 30 top-of-the-line Spinner Blade indoor cycles that put you in control of your workout. “You can be in a class with a world-class athlete or an Ironman and be somebody who, last week, was a couch potato,” says owner Devin Minardi. “You can do the same workout and you won’t feel left out.” 3057 Wai‘alae Ave., 737.8535, honoluluholo.‌com