I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Thank you for the gift of health. I am so inspired by your strength and dedication. I appreciate how generous you are with your time. I love how carefully you plan each workout.
Denby and I talk about our favorite things that you say. I love how you say, “Mountain Climbers” because it sounds like “mutton climbers” and I think of sheep climbing up a mountain. Denby loves how you say “grab a drink.” I would be so out of shape if not for your classes. Thank you so much for moving to zoom and for making two start times. I also love hearing your stories about growing up in a Communist country.
Please continue to stay healthy and safe and we miss you and can’t wait to see you when you return to Hawaii.
With Love, Alia
Aloha John, just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the workouts you have been giving us. They are fun and very challenging. The hour just flies by. I really feel much stronger now-I have a lot more muscle (my running friends tell me my back muscles are really getting defined-1st time they’ve ever said that). I like how you encourage us to keep a good pace-get our heart rate up but still maintain our form. I know this is a lot of work for you and I really do appreciate it. From talking to the others, they feel the same way. Everyone is very grateful for the time you give us and the coaching to help us get it right. And even though we all feel tired at the end, its a good healthy tiredness-very satisfying.
Thank you, John. Now for some unknown reason. My computer is functioning again. I thought it was a battery problem but the battery is up again, fully charged. To finish your workout, I did 100 kettlebell swings. Thank you again for the season and the fun distance birthday party for Dottie. I second what she said. Without your training, I would not have the muscle tone and excellent balance I have today. Best wishes to Diane.
March 6, 2019
Sharing a Success Story of Our Dottie
I saw Dr Nakasone this morning and had both knees x-rayed for my 5 yr follow-up from knee replacement. I made appt a month early because the pain I had in right knee when running two wks ago. Dr said my replacements look brand new and he expects them to last 20 years! The pain I had was my IT band. My cartilage looks good on right side of both knees. He said the partial-knee replacements are really successful.(he started to ask me what kinds of things I was able to do…I showed him my squat and he didn’t need to ask me anything else – he was impressed). I have no restrictions…”keep doing what you are doing”. I told him what an impact he has made on my life He gave me a big hug and said he would see me in 5 years!
Feb 4 2019
APRIL 17 .18
1. What made you join Johnny’s Fit O’hana?
The opportunity to join an enjoyable group of friends while training to become fit.
2. What did you get from joining the group?
Valuable knowledge of kettlebell and other useful workout resources for strength, cardio and nutrition.
A fantastic Ohana and social atmosphere full of music and humor surrounded by the midst of the beautiful outdoor Hawaii.
3. Do you enjoy the workouts?
4. Will you recommend the KB workouts to your friends?
5. How did the group & KB help you in your fitness?
Helped in learning correct and incorrect ways to use KB, dumbell and other exercise techniques. Positive encouraging energy in our Ohana begins the day on an inspirational note.
6. How satisfied are you with the coaching?
APRIL 10 .181. What made you join Johnny Fit O’hana
Very much-I hate to even miss one. Its not a competitive atmosphere, you are encouraged to try your hardest and do your best. You feel great at the end of each session-tired like a good workout will make you feel but strong. John has a great sense of humor. He’ll work you hard but also make you laugh and relax.2. What did you get from joining the group?
Absolutely! His classes are for everyone. I wasn’t in good condition when I started-couldn’t do a proper sit-up or a pushup for the 1st 4 months, but over time like the others, I did improve a lot.3. Do you enjoy the workouts?
Very much-I hate to even miss one. Its not a competitive atmosphere, you are encouraged to try your hardest and do your best. You feel great at the end of each session-tired like a good workout will make you feel but strong. John has a great sense of humor. He’ll work you hard but also make you laugh and relax.4. Will you recommend the KB workouts to your friends?
Absolutely! His classes are for everyone. I wasn’t in good condition when I started-couldn’t do a proper sit-up or a pushup for the 1st 4 months, but over time like the others, I did improve a lot.5. How did the group & KB help you in your fitness?We have a very supportive group-there are times I’m tired, but their energy lifts me up and their camaraderie keeps me coming back for more. KB is a very good workout for the entire body-John makes up a series of exercises using the KB and/or DB and/or our body weight that utilizes every muscle. As a result, I have less injuries. I also am running a lot faster and longer-its become much easier.6. How satisfied are you with the coaching?
I couldn’t ask for a better coach. He gets to know each of us personally and knows how to bring out the best effort from everyone without making them feel pressured or discouraged. John gives a detailed explanation of how to properly do each exercise and the muscle group we are targeting and watches us as we are doing them. He gently corrects us with humor and dignity. No one is singled out and made to feel unworthy. He focuses on good form and on safety-getting the most out of a exercise without getting injured. That is top priority with him. I can ask him any question on fitness, nutrition, equipment, muscles-you name it and he’ll either give me a qualified answer or will research it and send me the information. We get daily fitness information in his emails. If he tries a new product and he likes it or feels it may help some of us, he’ll share that information. He is truly focused on our well being and staying healthy and fit. He is very honest and forthright – and compassionate.
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1. What made you join Johnny Fit O’hana? In the end of 2013, I finished a Winter Training Boot Camp and was looking for a group workout. Petula and Brian ( from Yama’s ) were in the boot camp as well. I asked, now what are we going to do? They said kettlebells. I had heard about kettlebells from Dottie for a couple of years so decided to try it out. And I have been a part of the group ever since ( 2014).2. What did you get from joining the group? I had been doing a lot of triathlon training. John’s training was strength training, which I really needed. The people in the group are amazing, supportive, and fun. John is a wonderful coach. In addition to being welcoming to everyone, he takes the time to make sure everyone knows how to do each exercise. Plus he always has different exercise routines, so the workouts are never the same..
3. Do you enjoy the workouts? Yes, both the workouts themselves and the people in the group.
4. Will you recommend the KB workouts to your friends? YES!
5. How did the group & KB help you in your fitness? I love going to the workout because it is an excellent all over workout, the people are great, and the coaching is excellent, whether it is John or Brenda or one of the other members of the group who coach the class.
6. How satisfied are you with the coaching? As mentioned above, the coaching is great. New exercises are always demonstrated, John is patient with some of us who like to joke and sometimes talk. Plus, unlike many workout classes, if you happen to be a little late, there is no fuss.
Thank you so much John and Brenda for making the workouts so fantastic and the group so welcoming.
to work on my fitness without this class. When I started with John I had just been diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune desease and recovered from double pneumonia and hadn’t even been going for walks. Totally out of shape and bloated from the drugs I have to take.
DONNA In May of this year, I was given the opportunity to join one of John's kettle bell classes at a local fitness centre here in London. To be honest, I did not know what a kettle bell was so thought it best to google the name before attending my first class. I did not want to look too silly in front of my new instructor. Working at a desk, predominately over the years, meant I had become out of shape and heavier than I had ever been. Shopping for clothes had become an unpleasant experience. My first classes with John were challenging. I immediately migrated to one of the lightest kettlebells in the gymn as I knew my fitness level was poor. As the days and weeks unfolded, I was able to increase my weights and began to feel stronger. Changes were beginning to take place not so much on my bathroom scale but in my measurements. My body was beginning to shed inches. With John's instruction, I was beginning to challenge myself to do more than I ever thought possible. My energy levels were dramatically improving and I was feeling so much better. My bouts with anxiety and depression were disappearing. John has been a wonderful teacher. Throughout this whole process, whenever I have had a question or challenge, John has been there to guide me and provide me with a wealth of information. I have learned so much from my experience and am deeply grateful for a teacher who is totally committed to the health and well-being of his students. I had an appointment with my family doctor this week and he is thrilled that I have committed to improving my fitness and loves the idea of the kettlebells.
Prior to surgery, the physical therapist told a group of us (about to have surgery that we needed to have a strong upper body because we would need to lift ourselves from a seated position using just our arms while our knees were healing. There were alot of groans from others in the room but I just smiled – knowing that I was well conditioned to do so because of kettlebell. I could have dropped to the floor then and done 20 pushups – but didn’t want to show off!!!
On May 5th I had partial knee replacement on both knees. After surgery I began physical therapy immediately. Upon discharge I went right to Stay Fit Physical Therapy. The goal was to have 120-degree range of motion in 6 weeks. Four days after surgery I had 90 degree range of motion and within 2 weeks I reached the goal of 120-degree range of motion. This usually takes 6 weeks for most. I firmly believe this was due to the workouts, squats, etc. that my legs were used to doing in KB. Other benchmarks included strength and balance. After one month in physical therapy I had surpassed all of the goals and they discharged me. I continue in KB and know that because of the fitness I had, my surgery and recovery was “a piece of cake”
Went to my yearly doctor’s visit at the MS Clinic up at University Hospital yesterday. I told the doctor that for the past 9 months I had been exercising regularly ( 5-6 days a week at 6:45am) The last 6 months I had been exercising with the bike, treadmill and kettle bells along with squats, leg raises, and various other strengthening routines. I did have to explain what a kettle bell is and how it is used, as this was something foreign to him. Needless to say he was very impressed!
Now to the good part. He tested my reflexes, my balance, walking and my leg and arm strength. He could not push my legs down from a raised position – last year I could hardly hold my legs in a raised position. My arms were even stronger than my legs! – (yeah kettle bells!) He couldn’t see any spasticity in my legs this year. He took me off my muscle relaxant drugs after I told him I had not taken any before this appointment. He thought I must have done so since my legs were so good. My balance was 150% better. Yeah kettle bells again! And squats, and leg raises, and mountain climbers, and all you encouraged to do!! He was blown away by my improvement! He said and I quote “Exercise is the cornerstone to good health.” ” You need a motivation and a good support system to make it a success.”
You are my inspiration and my motivation!! The class has become a support system, not only for me but for everyone in it. We could not continue without that support from each other.
Thank you for telling me yes I could join your class and yes I would become strong and to keep going at my own pace. My own pace soon became even with everyone! I did become strong and I am going to get stronger! Wait till next spring!
Thank you so much John, you gave me my health and my life back.