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Fit and Effective Hawaii Business Professionals

Fitness profiles of 11 high-powered people

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How 11 high-powered people find time for workouts that help them keep their shape, their health and their working edge


Photo: Courtesy of Tim Johns

Tim Johns

Age: 56

Position: Chief consumer officer at HMSA

Workouts: Swimming, surfing, resistance training, stationary biking, jogging, paddle boarding, hiking, long walks with his dog

On weekdays, Johns says he wakes extra early to fit in a swim before work. “Then I just try to grab the time whenever I have a break in my schedule. The weekends usually have multiple activities, which is fun.”

Johns has always been active with surfing, hiking, running and skiing. In his 30s, inspired by his athletic children, he kicked it up a notch, adding open-ocean swim races to the mix, helping him focus his fitness goals and use targeted training.

Advice: Johns says it is important to guard against the effects of aging. “I think you have to work harder. I have increased my resistance training and I do more high-intensity workouts in the morning. I think both of these things help compensate for the metabolic changes our bodies go through as we age.”


Virginia Pressler

Photo: Courtesy of Virginia Pressler

Age: 63

Position: Executive VP at Hawaii Pacific Health, retired surgeon

Workouts: Standup paddling, walking, hiking, cycling, skiing, kayaking, yoga

Pressler sets her alarm for 4:30 every morning to ensure she fits in a daily three-mile walk with her husband on a steep hill in their neighborhood. She follows that with chinups, pushups, core exercises and stretching. She also walks to meetings downtown and uses stairs rather than elevators.

“I love the feeling of being in shape, being able to run and jump and not get hurt,” Pressler says. “I don’t wake up stiff in the morning. It is a stress buster and also helps me think. I am also an older mom and want to stay healthy for my family. Our bodies are meant to be active. Once we stop being active, it’s all downhill.”

Advice: “Find something you enjoy and make sure it’s sustainable so that you will keep at it. Make it part of the routine of your life, not an option. Sharing it with a buddy makes it more enjoyable, sustainable and gives you the added advantage of social activity.”


Lloyd Kawakami


Age: 59

Position: CEO of Iolani Sportswear and musician with Manoa DNA

Workouts: Squash, weights, cardio, yoga

Motivation isn’t a problem for Kawakami. “I’ve been involved in sports ever since I was a kid, as a swimmer and water-polo player throughout my school and college years, then as a paddler, jogger and squash player in my later years.”

Although Kawakami’s schedule is extremely tight, traveling constantly with his family’s musical group, Manoa DNA, and running a fashion business, his competitive spirit helps him keep going to the gym. “I don’t like getting my butt kicked around the squash court by the younger guys,” he says. “As I feel my body aging, I want to try and mitigate the effects by focusing on strength and overall conditioning.”

Advice: “Being overweight and under stress are the two biggest threats to anyone’s health, in my opinion. As a businessman, I see examples of this every day and people who don’t start taking care of themselves could end up with some very serious health problems a lot sooner than they think. Something as easy as a daily walk or a change in diet can be a great way to get started. It’s really about establishing a mindset.”


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