A Fitness Fundraiser For The Cure

San Shoppell, Jim Favalora, trainer Kyle Higa, trainer Glenn Philhower, Jenny Chanhpheng, and Maritza and Lei Yamada at Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp’s Ala Moana Beach bootcamp held Saturdays | Lawrence Tabudlo photo

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MMA champion Egan Inoue has been offering Bootcamp for Boobies as part of Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp. Through the end of October, join the Saturday Ala Moana Beach Bootcamp for $5 per person. All proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help in the fight against breast cancer.

The bootcamp starts at 7 a.m., meeting at lifeguard stand 1D, and is led by trainer Glenn Philhower.

“It’s high-intensity interval training,” explains Inoue, who also is a former racquetball champion. “Sometimes we involve short swim sprints or, if people don’t want to swim, we give them something else to do out of the water. We’re trying to get full body (muscles worked) all the time, but for sure your legs are going to get a good workout.

“Also, there’s a lot of cardio, and when you do it in the sand, it adds a lot of resistance. That’s how I did most of my training for racquetball, and what I found when I went back on to the court was I was a lot more explosive and my muscles didn’t get as tired as fast.”

The Saturday bootcamps started about three years ago as a community service, with the fee to join being canned food items to donate.

The workout runs 45 minutes to an hour, and is open to men and women of all ages. Participants should bring a towel, extra change of clothes and a bottle of water. Shoes are optional.

Inoue also is offering his popular 14-day Fat Furnace Program for only $25 before the end of October, with all proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure as well. The program normally costs $79 and includes 14 days of workouts at Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp and a fat loss meal plan.

“Personally, (my wife) Marcia and her mom both had breast cancer, so it’s directly related with us,” adds Inoue, a father of five.

“We also have bootcampers who have had mastectomies, so for me, it’s a big deal and it’s real.”

Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamps are located in Manoa, Downtown, Kailua and Waipio. He also owns Grappling Unlimited, and will relocate the Manoa studio to a larger space at 2700 King St., opening Nov. 1. The new training center was designed with the help of Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin, who trains with Inoue. For details, visit hawaiifitcamp.com or call 271-3779.