Last week’s Valentine’s Day celebrations threw my diet askew, as I received boxes of chocolate and dessert from Cadbury, Toblerone and Krispy Kreme.
I’m only human. And while I was very careful not to let my workout regimens fall by the wayside, I’m sure that many people have lost their initial enthusiasm after signing up for those gym memberships last month.
Thankfully, it’s never been easier to stay fit, whether you’re a fitness addict or noob. Here are some of my favorite workouts and programs, along with some high-performance activewear to go along with them.
Focus 60 at Focus Athletics—This new program combines precise one-on-one training with the camaraderie of group workouts. Paolo Cabalfin, managing director of Focus Athletics, says, “Anybody can do it from [people who are] in shape to recreational athletes to young professionals.”
If you’ve always been intimidated either by the rates or the advanced sports-specific systems at Focus Athletics, bring a buddy and try this out. You can go once a week (equal to four times a month) for P2,500; twice a week (equal to eight times a month) for P4,500; or choose the unlimited package for P6,000, which they’re pre-selling at P5,000.
“At that price point, everyone can come in and still get personalized coaching in a semiprivate type of setting,” Cabalin says. They also offer the services of a nutritional therapist to “educate people on what to eat, and provide a healthy, delicious database of foods that they can substitute for what they eat on a regular basis.”
Burn and Strength classes at Urban Ashram Yoga—If you think that yoga is all about stretching and lengthening without any actual core or strength training, think again. Urban Ashram Yoga offers advanced classes like Burn, a vigorous and cardio-driven Vinyasa Open Level class that focuses on the core and legs.
Strength, meanwhile, is an intense Vinyasa Open Level class that focuses on dynamic movements while building upper body vigor and force.
If you’re more of a beginner, I recommend the Flexibility Not Required Athletics class, which balances strength and range of motion. It is also recommended as cross-training for athletes.
Watch out for their Total Lean Burn Boot Camps in the second quarter of 2016, which maximize strength, power, and multi-directional range in one’s lower body.
Free training apps by Nike and Fitness First—Staying fit is never a problem whenever I’m traveling. The Nike Training Club (NTC) app has been downloaded 20 million times and delivers more than 135 athlete-inspired training sessions, ranging from Beginner, Intermediate to Advanced levels.
The workouts are incredibly varied and new ones are always being added, so the person is always challenged. Plus, the routines require minimal equipment.
The Nike+ Training Club app is available for free on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
CustomFit by Fitness First was designed by the gym chain’s very own experts around the Theory of Intrinsic Motivation. It features a library of 750 exercises (200 of which are bodyweight exercises that do not require equipment) with video content and a Fitness Logic system, which gets to know user preferences and delivers a set of personalized workouts based on it. Through the app, users can track, analyze and share their progress.
The CustomFit by Fitness First app is available for free on iTunes and Google Play Store.
Premium international fitness platform GuavaPass officially launched in Manila earlier this month, and they’ve partnered with only the best of Manila’s fitness studios.
Some of the boutique studios in their roster include 360 Fitness, Bikram Yoga Manila, Beast House, Beyond Yoga, CrossFit MNL, Elorde Boxing, F45, Flying Trapeze, Focus Athletics, Groundzero, HIIT Philippines, LIFE Yoga, Lift Hard, Ninja Academy, Polecats Manila, Plana Forma, Platinum Executive Fitness, Primal Ape Crossfit, Saddle Row, Sante Impact System, Ultimate Fitness and Urban Ashram Yoga.
For just P2,999 a month, you will get a chance to list in as many fitness classes you can with the top premium and boutique studio partners.
Nike Power Speed Tights (P7,295)—Nike designers crafted tights to aid the linear motion of running and the muscles it engages. They employed a slim cut to maximize compression and boost muscle control.
These compression zones are accentuated by screen-printed graphic lines that visually enhance the natural beauty of the athlete in motion.
Nike Zoned Sculpt Tights (P6,795)—Inspired by the way athletes employ a varied and vigorous training routine, Nike designers looked to the six core training moves—push, pull, lunge, squat, bend and rotate—to tailor a tight that moves with the natural motion of a woman’s body, wraps and defines muscle movement and promotes a sense of fluid control.
Adidas PureBoost X by Stella McCartney (P8,195)— The sleek, form-fittingPureBOOST X features a first-of-its-kind floating arch that hugs the foot and provides support throughout any run.
“I designed the Adidas by Stella McCartney PureBoost X alongside female athletes to capture their individual energy and provide them with a product that enhances their confidence to surpass their personal best every time,” said Stella McCartney.
Triumph Sports Bras—Triumph, the maker of lingerie since 1886, has crafted a sports bra collection to cater to low, medium, and high-impact support need.
Low-Impact styles (P800-P950) are for activities like yoga, basic floor exercises, and Pilates; Medium-Impact (P1,000) sports bras should be used for jogging, cycling, cross training, and body combat; and High-Impact (P1,250) bras are great for volleyball, football, basketball, including other activities such as step aerobics and Zumba.
Uniqlo Women AIRism Racerback Bra Sleeveless Top (P690)—This AIRism tank top keeps you feeling refreshed and comfortable in any season. Incorporated bra cups shape and support without constricting. Sweat dries quickly so you stay smooth and dry, and anti-odor and antimicrobial features keep you feeling fresh. The tank top design is fitted yet comfortable, with an open racerback that allows easy movement.