While it is true that workout sessions and fitness training programs demand one’s focus and undivided attention, it doesn’t automatically signify that they are boring.
Finding a gym that gets your interest and works with your specific requirements can establish the fun factor, especially if the place is uniquely appealing.
The relevance of health and wellness is incontestable. With that, more and more studios and classes have been established around the Metro, which fascinate the fitness community, and prove that physically demanding activities can also be a source of pleasure and enjoyment.
Here are some fitness classes that are worth your weekly visit or seven!
Aqualogic Swim Co.: Comprised of aquatic educators from various swimming backgrounds, using the latest and most effective teaching methods, Aqualogic Swim Co. is dedicated to provide high-quality and personalized swimming instruction, catering to all ages and skill levels. The exercise is an excellent way to burn off fat while learning several aerobic skills in the water.
Address: Makati Shangri-La Hotel; Richmonde Hotel Ortigas; The Village Sports Club in BF Paranaque; New World Hotel Makati; Edsa Shangri-La Hotel; The Linden Suites; 3 Forty Fifth Residences in Alabang
Effie Nañas Ballet: Offered as one of the programs in the JNA Dance and Fitness Center, Effie Nañas Ballet is inclusive of pre-ballet, children, elementary, adult, intermediate, and advanced ballet lessons. Headed by one of the country’s ballet luminaries, Effie Nañas, the class is open to everyone, both for the experienced and inexperienced dancers.
Address: Level 5 Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Hot Hula Fitness: Inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands with the accompaniment of Polynesian drumbeats and funky Reggae music, Hot Hula Fitness is a total body dance workout. A fusion of traditional and contemporary dance moves, you are said to lose nothing but calories, while increasing the strength and definition of your core muscles, quads, and arms.
Address: The Rockwell Club, 23 Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City; JOYA Gym, Rockwell Club, Joya North, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Kadara Capoeira Philippines: Appealing to those who want to learn martial arts, and at the same time improve their dancing skills, Kadara Capoeira Philippines offers the unique Afro-Brazilian technique that enhances both the attack and defensive moves through the incorporation of acrobatics, music, and dance elements. The classes and workshops mainly aim to create a healthy and conducive environment for personal and social growth.
Address: *Location varies according to scheduled activities and sessions.* Current schedule: Gold’s Gym Sheridan, Warehouse 3, Greenfield District, Sheridan, Mandaluyong City; Fisher Mall, Quezon Ave, Quezon City; UP Diliman, Vidal A. Tan Hall, Velasquez Street, Diliman, Quezon City
Parkour Philippines: You’ve seen this in movies and it might seem effortless as it looks aesthetically fluid and smooth, but it actually demands the full utilization of the body and the mind. Parkour is a discipline that focuses on the efficiency of movement—running, climbing, jumping, landing, rolling, swinging, crawling, vaulting, and tumbling—to overcome obstacles. Parkour Philippines is a non-profit organization that promotes and represents Parkour in the country. Get in touch with them online if you would like to learn parkour.
Address: *Location varies according to scheduled activities and sessions.*
Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy (PMSA): Frustrated mermaids and mermen have the chance to truly become sea creatures in PMSA’s Mermaid Swimming Lesson, which begins from the basic to eventually more advanced classes. The unique experience includes tail-fitting and rental, safety briefing, directed photo shoot, and freestyle session, among others.
Address: Makati Sports Club, Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City; Salcedo Park Condominium, HV Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City; Forbes Park, Mckinley Road, Makati City; Forbeswood Heights, Fort, Taguig City; Celebrity Sports Club, Quezon City
Polecats Manila: Tagged as the first aerial school in the Philippines and the first organized pole group in the country, with internationally certified pole dance instructors, Polecats Manila empowers people to defy the laws of gravity by offering classes that teach the fundamentals of pole dancing. Climb and suspend your way up to build and tone those muscles!
Address: Strata 100 Bldg, F. Ortigas Jr, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Power Up Climbing: Whether you prefer indoor climbing or outdoor rock climbing, the feeling of fun, adventure, and fitness is the same. Power Up Climbing gyms are said to have pioneered the first commercial climbing gym in the Philippines. Instructors of these indoor facilities promote the sport of safe climbing, while creating an alternative form of recreation.
Address: D’ Original: 690 Tandang Sora Ave, Old Balara, Quezon City; The Multi Sporter: Centro Atletico, North Road cor West Road, Cubao, Quezon City; The Posh Climber: ROX Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City
The Little Gym: Whoever said that fitness is only for adults probably isn’t aware of The Little Gym. Originating in Bellevue, Washington, United States, this children’s fitness and development center franchise is now in the Philippines. With a wide variety of classes to develop physical, social, and cognitive growth, kids from 6 months to 12 years of age can get fit and healthy while seemingly just playing.
Address: G/F, Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st Street corner 2nd Avenue, Taguig City
Up Pilates Studio: Aiming to inspire and empower its clients to discover their body’s full potential, Up Pilates Studio is fully-equipped with special apparatus to utilize a system of exercises designed to improve strength, flexibility, and posture. What stands out is the application of one of its fitness methods, the Yamuna Body Rolling program, which is a unique workout session to primarily strengthen the feet by wearing high heels.
Address: 2305 Chino Roces Extension Shop M03 EcoPlaza Building, Makati City