Pacific Business News reports that Definition Personal Fitness is moving to a new space at 815 Waimanu Street and will change its name to Kakaako Fitness. The gym is owned by Michele Tokuda.
“It would appeal to people who need the one-on-one attention, that personalized training,” Tokuda told PBN. “We’re not a membership gym.”
Michele Tokuda received her degree in Exercise Physiology in 1991 at Oregon State University and started off as a group exercise instructor as well as a fitness manager for a corporation. She opened Definition Personal Training in 2008, which has evolved into a training studio and a group fitness room for additional classes (Zumba, Yoga, Belly Dancing, TRX, Boot Camp, and Jiu-Jitsu).
First announced last May, UFC Gym Hawaii will open for business on Monday. The facility, located at 660 Ala Moana Blvd. in Kakaako, is part of a network of gyms founded by Hawaii-born mixed martial artist B.J. Penn.
“B.J. Penn is an icon in his home state and we’re thrilled to open a signature U.F.C. Gym with his name on it,” said spokesman Mark Mastrov in a statement.
B.J. Penn’s Hawaii UFC gym opening Monday
The 37,000 square-foot facility, owned by Kamehameha Schools , is the fifth UFC Gym and joins the collection of clubs on the mainland in four cities in California.
The partnership with Penn, a Hilo native and two-division UFC champion, is the first of its kind for the brand.
“I’ve always dreamed of putting my name on a gym in my homeland of Hawaii and I’m so grateful that I finally have the opportunity to do so with my partners at UFC Gym,” Penn said in a statement. “My new signature gym is not a traditional health club or just a fight club, but it offers all the tools you and your family needs to get results.”
A Look Inside the New UFC Gym
Located at the old Pipeline Cafe location the facility underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and now features top of the line equipment including 82 workout/weight machines, 82 cardio machines and 30 bikes for cycling.
“We have an indoor turf track that is about 35 yards so its like a football field, so guys can do agility work. We have these row machines and the big monster in the house is the octagon, no gym has that here,” says UFC Gym general manager Les Tin.
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