My name is Lee-Ann Watanabe. Having been a chubby and inactive kid for most of my adult life, I eventually turned to Jenny Craig to kick start a 45lb weight loss which led to many years of scale-obsessed madness. I eventually realized that my food and fitness balance needed to come from within, not from a fad diet or fake food.
I broke up with Jenny after reaching my goal and became a gym rat. And soon after, my alter ego, 24CycleQueen was born when 16 years ago, I took a leap of faith and decided to get certified to teach spin!
There is an amazing feeling when participants wait in line to take your class; looking forward to spending an hour with you each week. My life’s mission was clear. I had an amazing ability, my unique talent, to motivate others in a non-intimidating way. I ditched an 11-year career in Advertising for one of full time fitness.
I work with all ages and abilities. I specialize in wellness programming for people with GI dysfunction and working with busy women is my jam. My approach to wellness coaching follows my 3 M protocol – Mind, Move and Meditate.
In addition, as a 10+ year endurance athlete (marathon, ironman), I have experience in fitness programming for endurance related sports as well as fitness programming for fellow Ostomates! Yes, you read that right! I belong to the gutless club. After suffering with severe refractory Ulcerative Colitis for over 10 years, my body reached its breaking point on December 7, 2015, when I underwent a total proctocolectomy with ileostomy.
In my so far 43 trips around the sun, my experiences have allowed me to be a better fitness coach. I know how hard it is to start. I understand the struggle of pain and injury. I’ve walked the path of hopelessness and depression. And I’ve surrounded myself with people that help me believe that I can. I hope our time together will allow you to feel the same. This is not about a body size or scale weight. This is about the journey of living your best life in the strongest mind and body you can achieve. With a strong will and a solid plan, everything is possible! Let me take the guesswork out of your workout!
Currently, I am training clients at Beyond Fitness Hawaii located at 863 Halekauwila Street. I also offer in home visits, workplace wellness solutions and virtual wellness sessions on Zoom.