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A Workout For Folks On The Go

I used to be one of those gym rats who loved to work out. So, what happened?

Well, I still love to exercise, but I just don’t have the time to. Between work, two young kids, house chores and errands, there really is no time. I know, it’s an excuse we’ve all heard over and over. But really, when I finally have a minute to relax, that’s all I want to do, relax.


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Personal trainer Kara Stoner uses the ROM at Rom Gym Hawaii | Photos by Leah Friel, lfriel@midweek.com

Then I was introduced to the ROM (range of motion), an exercise machine that claims to give a full body workout in just eight minutes. It was created in 1990 and coincidentally was invented by Honolulu resident John Pitre, a world-renowned artist and inventor.

So how does it work? At the front of the machine, you sit down for a full-range rowing-like exercise with resistance in the push and pull for your upper body. At the back is an extended stepper/climber for your lower body.

When performed at high-intensity for four minutes each, the ROM claims to give you a workout equal to about 15 to 20 minutes worth of stretching, 45 minutes of circuit training in a gym, and between 20 and 45 minutes of cardio.

The ROM is manufactured in the United States by fitness pioneer Alf Temme, and costs $14,615. Among those who reportedly use it are Sylvester Stallone, Simon Cowell, Steven Spielberg, pro golfer David Duval, as well as the U.S. Army Special Forces.

In Hawaii, there are about 100 machines that are privately owned, and two local businesses offering it for use and/or purchase.

Fortunately for me, one of those places, ROM Gym 8 Minute Fitness at 320 Ward Ave., is conveniently located just a few blocks away from my office, making it easy to squeeze in a quick workout during lunch or in between meetings.

It’s also available at Quick Exercise Gym by Shiatsu Therapists of Hawaii at 1999 Dillingham Blvd.

Both locations offer month-to-month memberships, and you can try the ROM first for free. For more information, call 523-7777 or 843-8006.