10 Fun Ways to Burn Calories in Manila
Trust us. You'll want to try them out.
(SPOT.ph) Okay, so we’re not saying that exercising or hitting the gym is that bad. We’re just putting some spice in your workout and making it more fun (and maybe more bearable?)! Squeeze these activities into your schedule and you're sure to get fit in no time, without even realizing it.
Swing in the air
Thanks to Flying Trapeze Philippines, you can now learn how acrobats and gymnasts make their death-defying acts seem like a walk in the park. The guys at Flying Trapeze will make sure that you’re fully warmed up and strapped in before you launch up into the air. And hey, from all the swinging and flipping that you’re going to do, this is as good as any workout! Rates are from P1,000 to P1,250 per class.
Flying Trapeze Philippines is at Federacion Drive corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Open from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Tuesday and Friday); 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Wednesday and Thursday); 10 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Saturday); and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Sunday). For more details, call 0917-242-0331 or visit the Flying Trapeze Philippines' website.
Unleash your inner sexy
It’s long been said that strong is the new sexy and women who go to Polecats Manila prove just that. If you’re looking for a new form of dance workout, then this is the place to be. Work up a sweat as you learn all about pole dancing tricks, aerial silk lifts, aerial hoop inversions, and striptease dance moves. Don’t worry, gents; there are some classes for you, too. Rates start at P600.
Polecats Manila is at 22nd Floor, Strata 100, F. Ortigas Jr. Road (formerly Emerald), Ortigas, Pasig City. Open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday and Wednesday); 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Tuesday and Thursday); and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday). For more details, call 0917-700-7653 or visit the Polecats Manila Facebook page.
Climb your way to fitness
Nowadays, everyone’s getting into climbing, be it mountain-climbing, rock-climbing, or wall-climbing. For people who can't get out of the city, Climb Central Manila is an indoor climbing facility that focuses on beginners and has equipment that won't scare off beginners. You can try the auto-belay climbing or the belay-safe, if you’re with a friend. Here’s an out-of-the-box kind of workout that will surely help you give Spiderman a run for his money. Rates start at P400.
Climb Central Manila is at The Portal, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City. Open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Friday); 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). For more details, call 734-8883 or visit Climb Central Manila's website .
Fly as high as you can
There’s no wonder why everyone’s flocking over to Jump Yard; the jumping possibilities are just endless! Take a pick from the Cage Ball, Slam Dunk Basketball, Dodge Ball, and the seemingly bottomless bed of foam. With all these exciting physical activities and the non-stop laughter, you’re sure to burn calories in no time! Rates are P250 from Monday to Thursday and P350 from Friday to Sunday.
Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park is at Frontera Verde Complex, Ortigas Avenue corner C5, Pasig City. Open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Thursday); from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Friday); and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Saturday to Sunday). For more information, call 544-0704 or log on to Jump Yard's website.
Take a tour around Intramuros
Let’s face it: Exploring Intramuros can be a bit of a walk. So, instead of being on your feet all day, here’s an equally healthy alternative: ride a bike. Take Bambike Ecotours’ offer of a guided two-and-a-half-hour tour and you’ll surely have your fill of history inside the Walled City. What’s even better is that while you ride on those bamboo bicycles, you get to help the Gawad Kalinga villagers who made them by hand. Rates are P1,200 for the Intramuros Experience and at least P600 for the Express Tour.
Bambike Ecotours is at Plaza San Luis Complex, Real Street corner General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday). For more details, call 525-8289 or visit the Bambike Ecotours website.
Dance the days and nights away
Quite possibly the most fun way to lose some pounds, dancing has become a popular alternative to hitting the gym that’s just as effective. Take Brewing Point Dance Studio. Its classes range from dance to Zumba to yoga to Piloxing, which is a non-stop cardio fusion of standing Pilates, boxing, and dance. Whatever class you pick, it’s sure to be a total workout with an added dose of awesomeness when you finish it. Rates are P350 per dancing class and P400 per fitness class.
Brewing Point is at 56 T.M. Kalaw Street corner Congressional Avenue Extension, Quezon City. Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Sunday). For more details, call 0917-893-8191 or visit Brewing Point's website.
Earn some battle scars
So, maybe you and your friends are the best in battling it out with other people in Internet gaming. Well, how about you put those skills to the test on Global Gutz Paintball’s field? Its wide playing area is sure to give you thrill as you strategize and duke it out with other teams. Sure, you might take some actual hits along the way. But, hey, at least you have the scars and, well, the paint to prove that you had the best time. Worked up a sweat, too, while you were at it! Rate is P500, inclusive of gear rental and bullets.
Global Gutz Paintball is at Philippine Army Gymnasium, Lawton Corner Bayani Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City; and at Star City, Vicente Sotto Street, Manila. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Sunday) at Philippine Army Gymnasium; and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday to Sunday) at Star City. For more details, call 0995-250-7707 or visit Global Gutz Paintball's Facebook page.
Be stealthy like a ninja
If paintball is a bit too physical for you, there’s always laser tag. Round up the gang and check out LazerXtreme for a fun, challenging game of sneaking around and going head-to-head with other groups. It’s perfect for the competitive ones out there! There’s a snack bar, too, in case you get hungry. Rates are P170 per game on weekdays and P190 per game on weekends.
LazerXtreme is at 4/F Activity Center Wing, Market! Market! Mall, Bonifacio Global City. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday); and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday). For more details, call 0917-852-9379 or visit LazerXtreme website.
Go on an adventure
In the middle of a busy Quezon City is La Mesa Eco Park, an oasis that’s filled with a lot of attractions and activities. There’s just so much to try that you might not have any idea where to start. Make sure to check out the Adventure Zone and feel the adrenaline rush from ziplining , bungee jumping, and target shooting. You can also bike around, ride a horse, paddle a boat, and even swim. Entrance fee is P50, with different rates for each activity.
La Mesa Eco Park is at La Mesa Dam Compound, Greater Lagro, Quezon City. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Sunday). For more details, call 430-5207 or visit ABS-CBN Foundation’s website.
Channel your inner superhero
You know how obsessed you were with superheroes when you were a kid, wishing that you could fly or have superpowers? Now, you can relive those dreams at Ninja Academy. This facility offers not only parkour, but also obstacle courses, swordsmanship, tricking, and calisthenics. Sure, the classes may seem out of the ordinary. But, take it from us: You’re going to feel every inch of a badass superhero after. Rates start at P350, depending on the session.
Ninja Academy is at 155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig City; and Warehouse 2 BNM7210 Group Corporation, Manila Doctors Village Road, Las Piñas City. Open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Friday), from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Saturday), and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday). For more details, call 0917-565-8945 or visit the Ninja Academy’s website.