Online Workouts, Organic Finds + More: Where to Get Wellness Essentials in Cebu

From workout equipment to places where you can sign up for classes.

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(SPOT.ph) We know, we know. Getting fit is a struggle and oftentimes, we set up goals but usually fall short due to the busy days that keep piling up. Starting is arguably the hardest part, but trust us, it gets better after that. If you’re still feeling a bit confused about where to begin, allow us to introduce a couple of ways to listen to your body and mind. From healthier food choices, crystals, guided meditation, online workout sessions, and fitness equipment, this list might just help you achieve a healthier you, right from the comforts of your home.

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Getting into wellness? Don't miss these Cebu-based finds and services:

Epic Performance and Fitness

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Rejoice, lovers of circuit training! Epic Performance and Fitness now offers their services via Zoom. A sure-fire way of awakening your body, Epic’s training programs will expose you to a combination of different strength-based exercises done in multiple reps using only minimal gym equipment like kettlebells or even your own body weight. Though these exercises might leave you feeling sore, you’ll definitely feel yourself become stronger after continuous practice. 

A session will cost you P600, but you can get 10 sessions for only P4,000. They also offer one-on-one home service training (P1,000 to P1,500/session) where a personal trainer will watch over you for the entire duration in an outdoor and well-ventilated space of your choice. Beginners are welcome as the coaches can adjust the training based on your capabilities and fitness level. 

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Epic Performance and Fitness is at Oakridge Business Center, A. S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City. For online services, contact them through their Instagram or Facebook page

Align Pilates Cebu

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As the pandemic hit, fitness studios and workout classes either had to temporarily close or find ways to bring the sessions online. The latter was the case with Tantan Fortich, who decided to offer her private pilates classes online. A certified Pilates instructor, Fortich takes the time to carefully learn about each of her client’s goals, history, injuries, and limitations. From these classes, expect small and repetitive movements that will develop your strength and improve your posture and alignment. Since it’s a one-on-one session, she easily adjusts the pace and difficulty on a need basis, making it feel like a personal coach is watching over your progress. She even recently started offering pre-natal and post-natal classes after seeing the lack of proper fitness programs for pregnant women. Group classes may also be booked. Rates usually start at P500 for classes that last from 45 minutes to an hour.

Align Pilates Cebu is held via Zoom or Skype. To book a class or for more inquiries, you can contact them through their Instagram page.

 Kai.co

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Sometimes, all you need is the perfect Instagrammable workout equipment to get you moving. Inspired by the concept of “Kaizen,” which means “continuous improvement,” Via Noel, Dean Reyes, and Shay Omega decided to open their own online shop to inspire everyone to stay active and healthy, especially during the new normal. They offer Cebu’s first-ever Round Yoga Mats (P2,999), which come in aesthetically minimalist designs called “the Gaea Series.” It is inspired by the forces of nature—sea, earth, wind, and sun. 

The round design has a thickness of 3 mm and a diameter of 140 cm. It not only looks good, but also allows more movement by giving you more space compared to its rectangular counterparts. It also makes use of a textured suede-like upper and a rubber base to minimize slipping. Designed by the owners themselves, they are also versatile, as they may be used for yoga, floor exercises, jump rope drills, and even as your beach or picnic mat! Kai.co also sells regular TPE yoga mats (P1,299), beginner-friendly jump ropes (P199), and 5 Piece Resistance bands (P450). All their products are subject to availability and may be delivered nationwide.

 Kai.co is at Maryville Subdivision, Talamban, Cebu City. For orders and deliveries, check out their Instagram or Facebook page.

Soul Sierra

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Kimberly Muego was so inspired by the wellness journey she experienced in Bali in 2018, that she wanted to give Cebuanos a similar experience. Thus, Soul Sierra was created. Soul Sierra offers guided services, either online or in-person: Distance Reiki Healing (P400/session and P1,000/three sessions) is an energy-healing modality to remove blockages and relieve emotional stress. Sound Healing (P2,000/four people) employs singing bowls and the like to re-energize and cleanse your auric field with the healing vibrations of sound.

Nestled in the mountains, Soul Sierra also offers the same services in their headquarters, surrounded by the energy of nature. You can also go on a wellness journey with friends or family by creating your own retreat (price varies), joining a yoga class (P2,000/four people) surrounded by the fresh mountain air, or attending a cacao ceremony (P2,500/solo; P4,000/four people) to deepen your self-awareness and personal development through guided meditation and partaking ceremonial cacao.

Soul Sierra is at Makers Babag Uno, Busay, Cebu City. To book a class, contact them through their Instagram or Facebook.

Enchantherese

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For those who want to explore the interaction between crystals and our body’s chakras, Enchantherese is your go-to. Maria Orosio started her brand after personally experiencing the benefits of crystals in an effort to share these positive effects with others. With a starting price of P150, you can choose among her variety of crystals.

Like most healing-modality practitioners, Orosio believes that crystals choose their humans. Thus, she provides a wide set of tumbled stones, allowing you to choose which benefit you seek at a particular moment. The Clear Quartz, known as the “Master Healer,” amplifies energy and intention, while the Rose Quartz, or the “Stone of Unconditional Love,” attracts compassion, love, and forgiveness. Citrine, on the other hand, helps attract wealth, success, and prosperity. Enchantherese also provides a comprehensive explanation for each of her crystals on her social media pages. 

Enchantherese is at Makers at Dear Paper in Bonifacio District, F. Cabahug Street, Cebu City. For orders and deliveries, check out their Instagram or Facebook.

The Green Table

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On fast-paced days when you feel like gulping down a cup filled with nutrients, try riding the smoothie trend! Just as their name describes, The Green Table’s main goal is to feed Cebuano families with food direct from the farm to your tables in hopes of encouraging everyone to swap processed food with their immunity-boosting, detoxifying smoothies. Their 7 Day DIY Smoothie Kits (P650/500 ml) are surely good replacements for breakfast for those who are always on the go or are simply looking for a fresh way to start their day. These kits come with free almond milk, and you may choose between their colorful selections such as the Pink Power Beet, the Stomach Smoother, the Detoxing Green, the Tropical Mango, and the Energizer.

The Green Table is at General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City. For orders and deliveries, contact them through Instagram, Facebookowebsite.

Dad’s Organic Farm

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Love for the environment runs deep in this family business. Back in 2009, the De Jesus family created their own bee farm after realizing the important role of bees in the ecosystem. Since then, they decided to share their produce with everyone after exploring the different ways we can benefit from bees’ produce. Their main products are Pure Honey (P200/145 g and P400/290 g) and Honeycomb Honey (P275/100 g and P900/400 g) which can both be used as healthier sweeteners. They also sell warm and homey-scented Beeswax Candles for P750—and their Beeswax Lip Balms for P100 will leave your lips moist the entire day! For those who love to cook, they also sell herbs such as basil, mint, rosemary, thyme, coriander, chives, parsley, and tarragon for P150 to P450. These are personally grown by their matriarch who wants to teach people how easy it is to grow their own produce. 

Dad’s Organic Farm is at Sunset Drive, Lahug, Cebu City. For orders and deliveries, contact them through Instagram or Facebook.

Mooshi Green Bar

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For healthier thirst-quenching drinks, Mooshi Green Bar’s well-loved smoothies are your best bets! Established in 2013, Mooshi Green Bar was born out of the owner’s desire to share the benefits of health drinks after experiencing them as a triathlete. With a price range of P99 to P269, you can try out these energy-boosting whole-fruit and vegetable smoothies that not only taste great but also contain nutrients to up your immunity. Must-try flavors are the Energy Booster, a mix of mango, banana, fresh coconut juice, spinach, and chia seeds; and Mother Earth Juice, which is a blend of apple, cucumber, celery, ginger, kale, spinach, lettuce, and lemon. They also sell Easy Packs (P285), DIY smoothie packs that contain the ingredients of some of their smoothies (Power, Happy, Boost, Look Good, and Booster Blends) that you may blend at home when the need arises.

Mooshi Green Bar has branches at Robinsons Cybergate Cebu, Capitol Site, Cebu City and Banilad Town Center, Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City. For orders and deliveries, contact them through Instagram or Facebook.

Upnourish Cebu

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“We don’t believe in diets, but we believe in better food choices”—this is the tagline that the owners Teta Cosep, Lovelei Pepito, and Jaja Chiong themselves live by. Their goal was to help fellow Cebuanos to make better food choices after experiencing first-hand the lack of healthful food alternatives in the market. Crowd favorites are their Premium Adlai (P60/120 grams, P110/240 grams and P360/1 kilogram), which can be a substitute for rice, and the Coco Sugar Cacao Nibs (P75/50 grams and P120/100 grams), a guilt-free crunchy topping for yogurt and desserts. You can also try their wide variety of snacks and breakfast options that are definitely worth the calories such as their Homemade Granola (P130/100 grams), and Dried Goji Berries (P85/50 grams and P110/100 grams).

Upnourish Cebu is at Lawaan, Talisay City; Talamban, Cebu City; and Basak, Lapu-Lapu City. For orders and deliveries, check out their Instagram or Facebook page.

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