Top 10 Workouts You Can Do on a Budget
Affordable workouts you can do in and around Manila.
(SPOT.ph) It's summer again and it's time for you to get in shape and flaunt that beautiful physique. But getting in shape doesn't mean you have to spend lots of money. Here are 10 budget-friendly workouts that will produce results without putting too much strain on your wallet.
Workouts are listed in descending
If you talk about budget-friendly workouts, Crossfit does not exactly top any list. But if you talk about results over price, then Crossfit beats most if not all fitness programs today. Developed by fitness guru Greg Glassman in 2000, Crossfit is basically the Michael Jordan of all exercise programs. It’s a mixed bag of different routines, ranging from Olympic weightlifting to calisthenics, done to help get you in shape-one that isn’t globular.
Where to go:
âÂ€¢ Crossfit MNL
Check out Crossfit MNL’s website for more information on their branches, schedules, and rates.
âÂ€¢ BioFitness Gym
Unit MO-5 986 Caly Bldg., Aurora Blvd., Cubao.
Tel. No. 0906 308 0738.
âÂ€¢ Personal Trainer (Ajalon Zarate)
Tel. No. 0926-700-2240.
Higher end, full-blown programs (like in Crossfit Manila) can range from P3,500 to P6,000 per month, or a per session rate of P300 to P750. However, lesser known
But for those looking for the convenience of working out in the comfort of their own home, they can opt to have a personal trainer, which could cost around P300 per session or a varying monthly fee (depending on the packages which are based on how many sessions per week and goals set). The best part about having a personal trainer, however, is the fact that you can always haggle with the price.
Benefits: According to US army soldier-turned-Crossfit trainer Ajalon Michael Zarate, "Crossfit is a system of training that aims to produce an elite level of general fitness in the most efficient manner." When he says "elite," he means a set of intense training regimens that will make you lose weight, gain muscle, and build cardio in a short span of time. The workouts are hard and
And though Crossfit is good for all ages, coaches and trainers like Zarate recommend consulting a physician first to check if your body is capable of such intense and competitive activity.
9. POLE DANCING
Much like Crossfit, Pole Dancing has been underappreciated as a workout because of its exclusivity and price range. But this doesn't negate the fact that it is a highly effective form of exercise. The days of pole dancing
Where to go:
âÂ€¢ Pole Academy Philippines
Arts in the City (ATC), 26th St corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Tel. No. 399-2211
Academy One Alabang, 2/F Don Gesu Building, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills Village, Muntinlupa.
Tel. Nos. 826-5182 and 0917-622-3663
âÂ€¢ Pole Cats Manila
22nd Floor, Strata 100, F. Ortigas Jr. Road (formerly Emerald), Ortigas, Pasig City
Tel. Nos. 631-0818 and 0917-700-7653
There are several Pole Dancing studios in Manila, and perhaps the most known
Benefits: Right off the bat, the first thing you'll notice is that professional pole dancers have
Aside from having the most dangerous hands in the world, boxers are also masters of cutting weight. And contrary to popular belief, most of
Where to go:
âÂ€¢ Elorde Boxing Gym
Check out Elorde Boxing Gym’s website for more information on their branches, schedules, and rates.
âÂ€¢ Empire Boxing
Unit 5K OPL Building, C. Palanca corner Dela Rosa, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel. No. 0916-682-9653
âÂ€¢ Equipment: K-1 Extreme Sportshop
14 Granada, Ortigas Avenue corner Santolan Road
Tel. Nos. 726-4681 and 0917-540-6283
For many years, Elorde Boxing Gym has been the front-runner when it comes to quality boxing training with affordable rates. The annual membership fee of P400, which will cut the regular rate per session from P200 to P150. If you want to pay 10 sessions in advance, you can opt to do so at a price of P1,200. And with more than a dozen branches spread across the metro, you won't have a hard time finding a gym to train in. Empire Boxing is making waves in the city as well, with rates similar to Elorde.
For hygiene reasons, you might also want to consider buying your own pair of gloves. The best place to buy gear is K-1 Sports Extreme Sportshop. Prices vary between P2,500 to P4,500 for
Benefits: If you are dreaming of having that chiseled physique
7. MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA)
Ever seen a fight in the UFC? Good for you if you have, and if not, go check out a fight now and marvel at the fighters’ skill and fitness. MMA fighters have an almost engineered approach to working their body so they can perform high levels of maneuvers, while at the same time allowing them to endure punishment in the ring/octagon. MMA has elements of boxing, wrestling,
Where to go:
âÂ€¢ KMA Fitness and Martial Arts
Unit 102 - 103 Le Domaine, Tordesillas Street, Makati
Tel. No. 5514449
Royal Mansion, Wack Wack Road, Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. 0917-824-2420
âÂ€¢ ATOS Philippines
2/F Blue Eagle Gym, Judo Dojo, Ateneo de Manila, Katipunan, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. Nos. 0917-858-8230 and 0917-892-5754
âÂ€¢ SPRAWL Gym
3/F JN Bldg., 657 EDSA corner Monte De Piedad Street, Brgy. Immaculate Concepcion, Cubao, Quezon City
Tel. Nos. 0910-440-8035, 0907-302-0384, and 0927-7036912
The best part about training in MMA is the fact that it is mostly done in classes (unlike boxing which often requires one-on-one sessions). Not only is this much more fun and interactive (you can make more friends), it will also allow you to avoid giving fat tips to personal trainers. A casual MMA gym with good enough trainers and equipment can cost around P1000 to P1500 per month (with 8 to 12 sessions) while the higher-end gyms (the kind that has professional MMA fighters and grappling competitors as clients) can cost P2000 to P2500 per month.
Benefits: Cardio and muscle definition are the biggest take away from this sport. MMA training is divided primarily into two parts: striking and grappling. Hitting the mitts and heavy bag for a couple of rounds and wrestling it out on the mat will surely get your lungs burning-as well as your body fat. Your back, shoulders, arms, and posterior muscles will be sculpted to perfection as you do striking drills. Your cardio, core (read: abs), and overall resistance will take a good test once you start sweating it out with grappling drills.
Yoga is a workout not just for your body but also for your mind. This stress-relieving exercise has been proven to increase a person's tolerance for stress, while at the same time improve the metabolism, as it tones the muscles and improves the body's flexibility. The best part about it is once you've learned the foundations of yoga you can do it pretty much anywhere you want, without having to pay for group classes.
Where to go:
âÂ€¢ Bliss Yoga Manila
Check out Bliss Yoga’s website for more information on their branches, schedules, and rates.
âÂ€¢ Yoga Plus
Check out Yoga Plus’ website for more information on their branches, schedules, and rates.
âÂ€¢ Beyond Yoga
Check out Beyond Yoga’s website for more information on their branches, schedules, and rates.
For beginners who are not yet confident on doing yoga on their own, there are several places in the city that offer classes at affordable prices. The Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness (ILAW) Center and OLE Dance Studio conduct classes priced at P100 to P250 per session. Other good places to go are Bliss Yoga Manila (San Juan and Makati), Yoga Plus (Makati and Ortigas), and Beyond Yoga (Alabang). Prices vary per
Benefits: Whether you work nine hours a day in front of a desk or out in the field, muscle and joint pain caused by stress will definitely take their toll on you. What yoga does is condition your body to relieve itself of such pains by incorporating movements and poses that are both meditative and aerobic. And by doing so you'll get to improve your body's overall muscular dexterity, strength, and balance while largely developing your respiration, overall energy, and vitality.
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Swimming has not been a very popular form of working out because it doesn't appear to be so straining and you do not exactly see people sweating profusely while doing it. But it's actually quite the opposite. The buoyancy, resistance, and cooling effect your body experiences while underwater will allow you to perform things you cannot do on land while at the same time works your muscles without getting exhausted right away.
Where to go:
Check out Top 10 Public Swimming Pools in Manila for more information
So long as you can find a good pool that will allow you to swim a couple of lapses constantly, you're good. SPOT.ph has listed the 10 best public swimming pools in Manila. Each pool has been judged by their cleanliness, general upkeep, and most importantly, cost.
Benefits: If you've seen the body of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, then you know what swimming can do. And since we're talking about the summer, a swimmer's body is the ultimate beach body: lean and phenomenally chiseled. Blood circulation, muscle endurance, core strength, and muscle flexibility are just some of the many benefits you can get from swimming a couple of lapses every day.
Where to go:
âÂ€¢ Athlete's Lab
Gatorade Hoops Center, Liberty Center, 312 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Tel. No. 720-5492
Like basketball courts, weight lifting gyms are as rampant in the city as moss in a swamp. What's best is that they don't cost much. A simple, raggedy gym can charge as little as P35 to P50 per session, and you can lift weights as long as you can. A monthly charge costs P300 to P500. A mid-level gym (the kind that has working treadmills and in-house instructors), cost around P750 to P1,500 per month. A personal instructor may cost a little extra, but having him around will not be a permanent thing. Once you've gotten yourself familiar with the program and have enough knowledge of form and posture, you can lift weights on your own.
Benefits: The art of weight lifting is somewhat complex as every muscle group has several different kinds of exercise that can sculpt them properly. But with the proper guidance of an instructor, you'll be able to develop nearly every part of your body-from your shoulders to your back, legs, arms, and heck, even your neck. But the key to this workout is not exactly the weight, but the form. Targeting the right part of your body for
Basketball is arguably the most popular sport in the country, which happens to be the healthiest past time for Filipinos as well. If you talk about a full body workout, this sport defines that in every way possible. And what's best is you can do it virtually everywhere-so long as you have a ball, a hoop, and a couple of friends.
Where to go:
âÂ€¢ Ronac Art Center
424 Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills North, San Juan
Tel. Nos. 570-9815 and 570-9816
âÂ€¢ The Zone
Malugay Street, Makati City
Tel. No. 893-1600
Nearly every barangay, subdivision, town, and village in Metro Manila has a basketball court of its own. So finding a place will not be a problem. But if you're looking to play at a competitive level with some of your competitive friends, places like Ronac Art Center and The Zone offer hardwood basketball courts that can give you that feel of a pro baller. The rental fee range from P1000 to P1500, but that's not something that cannot be solved by some good
Benefits: The dynamics of basketball allow a player to use every muscle in his body. Your legs, arms, hips, back, shoulders, and core have to be on point as the game involves a lot of running, jumping, and other movements that will test your agility. Heck, even the boxing legend Manny Pacquiao plays basketball for his conditioning workout. It will definitely work your body resistance, improve your cardio, and most importantly, burn away
Cycling is slowly becoming popular again in Manila. Whether by high-intensity mountain bikes or stylish and trendy folding bikes, more and more people are finding it better to travel the city using these two-wheelers. And aside from the fact that it is totally free, cycling is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercises today. Plus, opting to
Where to go:
So long as it abides by traffic regulations, you can bike anywhere in the metro. But for great places that specifically cater to bikers, you can check out UP Diliman Campus or Bonifacio Global City for wide empty roads that are perfect for a couple of miles of biking. You can also check out Remedios Circle to Adriatico Street in Manila, and if you’re feeling brave, try the bike lanes along EDSA and Commonwealth. Wear something bright!
Benefits: Contrary to popular belief, cycling does not solely involve the legs. It is a holistic strength and conditioning workout that burns fat in virtually every part of the body-from the legs, hips, buttocks,
There is a reason why nearly all athletes-from basketball players to professional fighters-utilize running or jogging as a vital part of their training. Running is the mother of all exercises for three simple reasons: it's efficient, effective, and, most importantly, free.
Where to go:
The first thing you have to consider before choosing a place to run is the environment. It has to be conducive to working out-no pollution of any kind and unnecessary distractions like being over
One thing you must also consider is the shoes you'll wear. They should fit your feet perfectly as ill-fitting shoes are guaranteed tickets to injury. They should also bend easily and have a shock-absorber in the heel. Good investments for running shoes are Saucony and Brooks. So time to lace up and start running!
Benefits: Next only to cross-country skiing, running is the most efficient exercise in terms of calories burned per minute. And if you talk about holistic, running yields the same benefits you can get from pretty much every exercise in this list. You get cardio, resistance, muscle definition, calorie burn, and stress relief all rolled into one workout.
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