… And, at least once a week this October, Makati traffic.
As a follow-up to a successful debut last May, FitCon MNL this time collaborates with Dubai-based coaches Dynamic Duo Inc. and Warehouse Eight coworking space for the Urban Fitness Series, a weekly session to help the “non-gym” types get out of that sedentary lifestyle rut.
Slated to run for three consecutive Thursday nights, at 6 PM, this October 12, 19, (Update:) and 24, and one evening in November, on the 5th, at Warehouse Eight, La Fuerza Compound, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati, Urban Fitness is a mini-workshop on fitness, health, and wellness. It seems a bit insufficient in a week, but for any person who’s looking to battle potentially destructive inactivity and, indirectly, rush hour, this series might just be the mid-week program he/she is looking for.
On the October 12 session, Urban Fitness tackled mobilizers, TriggerPoint foam rolling, and bodyART, through the engaging classes of Dynamic Duo’s Rica Rodriguez and Divine Masinsin.
Rodriguez started off by presenting the facts on whether or not “busy” people could be fit. The truth was, many of the attendees weren’t in tiptop shape – some had injuries or had at least one part of their body feeling a little strain or discomfort. Rodriguez then made us stand to reveal those discomforts by doing a few of movements repetitively, which immediately broke us from our everyday motions—whether it’s walking a certain way, sitting at work a certain way, or turning our head a certain way. These were called mobilizers, which were done to help stretch the fascia, a band of connective tissue that wraps up the entire body. Other simple ways to restore mobility include Yin & Yang movements (what you do to the right, do to the left), taking brain breaks, and hydration.
With mobilizers targeting the ankles, the hip, and the T-spine, Rodriguez introduced the TriggerPoint foam roller, a simple-looking but very impressive tool that first originated to rehabilitate injured muscles, but is now used by athletes or gym-goers for warm-up, widening the range of motion, thus, lessening the risk of injury.
The night was capped off by a dynamic bodyART class led by Masinsin. BodyART is said to be a fusion of several types of workouts, mainly yoga, Pilates, dance, and kinesiotherapy. It has not officially arrived in the Philippines yet, however, it’s been big for years in Europe, the US, and of course, Dubai, UAE, and our after-class feeling gets just why.
The Urban Fitness Series will soon have events dedicated to bikers, runners, and dancers. Join the two remaining sessions this coming Thursday and next. Visit their event page for more details.