5 Fitness Classes in Metro Manila If You Don’t Like Going to the Gym
The gym is fun for a lot of us but there’s also a number of people who just don’t like stepping in there. It might be the crowd, the sanitation, or simply not knowing which exercises to perform. Still wanting to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle, some Filipinos prefer attending a fitness class like barre or cycling and there are a whole lot of them in Metro Manila alone.
I like going to the gym but I find myself more disciplined and focused whenever I’m in a class. It’s something about the energy of your classmates and the presence of an instructor that tells me, “Hey, no dilly-dally!” The gym might be the best place for me to get my daily cardio but at the end of the week, I know I’ll still be on that mat doing stretches and balances sure to challenge my body.
Here are 5 fitness classes you can join in Metro Manila if you feel me or if you’re the kind who just doesn’t prefer going to the gym.
Barre3 is a fitness class that was created by celebrity fitness expert Sadie Lincoln by combining ballet, yoga, and pilates. Barre workout is one thing but Barre3 revolves around a unique 3-step sequence:
- Isometric holds to align and strengthen combined with small range of motion to get deep into the muscles until failure.
- Low impact dynamic movement to energize and elevate the heart rate.
- Seamless recovery stretch to elongate and prepare the body.
All classes are open-level which means every level of energy is welcomed in this fitness class. This might sound very intimidating at first but I’ve tried several fitness classes to assure you that being in class with different people will motivate you even more. And to be honest, although it’s sometimes a hit in the ego, I kind of get motivated to be one of those fit titas with abs someday.
Learn more about Barre3 through their website.
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“The magic behind barre3—the ‘I-can’t-put-my-finger-on-it’ factor—is a feeling I’ve never experienced with any other workout. That feeling is empowerment. But—and this is a key distinction—at barre3, we’re not empowering you. We’re giving you the tools so that you can feel empowered from within.” -Sara Catherine Wheatley, b3 Master Trainer @notjustsara #readmore #linkinprofile
Plana Forma is essentially a barre workout and you know what the best part of a barre workout is? It works your thighs. And if you work your thighs, you work everything.
They say this fitness class is more based on dance so you’ll have lots of fun during your workout but for me, it’s more of a delicately choreographed set of workouts instead of dancing to the beat of the music. The transitions are seamless and you won’t feel like you’re doing 10 workouts in 90 minutes although you’ve already done around 25.
During the Plana Forma workout, you’ll feel like you want to back out but since you’re in a class you can’t and it’ll just push you to work even harder. You take breathers every now and then so you don’t pass out, don’t sweat it! The next day won’t be too hard because you’ll feel pain but not to the point where you’re just going to sleep it out the whole day. Really a great experience!
Did I die during my Plana Forma class? Well, kind of. But I learned that my body was stronger than I thought. I write more about Plana here.
Learn more about Plana Forma through their website.
Ah, yes, the epitome of all cardio workouts (or so I believe). Electric Studio is the first indoor cycling boutique in the Philippines offering not only a good leg workout but also a whole-body experience.
Being in an Electric Studio fitness class is fun and sweaty but also very motivating. The instructors give you encouraging words throughout the class and heck yeah you can do one more minute.
Electric goes beyond a cycling class by focusing on the community aspect of the workout. You won’t feel like you’re being left behind by your advanced classmates because you all follow the same beat, surrounded by the same high energy, and carry the same goal to become a fit tita with abs.
Learn more about Electric through their website.
If I were to pick a fitness class I love most, I would always choose yoga. There’s something really empowering about being able to see your improvement through the achievement of poses and how the community of yogis just support each other. It’s embedded in your head and heart right at the start that everyone has their own strengths. You might be able to do a handstand but not a front split, and that’s okay.
Beyond Yoga takes your traditional yoga poses and creates variations that aim to further strengthen and stretch the body. Unlike other yoga studios I’ve been to, I noticed Beyond focuses on the workout aspect so you’re really in it to strengthen the body and the mind.
Learn more about Beyond Yoga through their website.
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The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. he class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting. Students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga sequence of asanas at their own pace. In Mysore style students learn the fixed order of asanas combining movement with free breathing with sound. There are some differences in this method from the usual modern way in which yoga is taught. The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction. Catch our Mysore Ashtanga Classes at: Beyond Serendra every Weekdays 7:00a – 8:30a Beyond Greenhills every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:45a -8:15a & Tuesday, Thursday 1:00p – 2:30p
Central Ground Crossfit
A more intense fitness class you can get here in Metro Manila is Crossfit. There are a ton of Crossfit gyms around the metro but Central Ground, partnering with Evolve Yoga & Fitness, is the first fitness, lifestyle, and wellness center of its kind in the city.
This Crossfit class accommodates all fitness levels and people from all kinds of professions. Whether you’re a freelancer who stays at home and cafe restaurants most of the time or a gymnastics teacher, you won’t find yourself a stranger in Central Ground Crossfit.
Learn more about Central Ground Crossfit through their website.