Tap Into Your Inner Ninja at These Places in Metro Manila
Make your American Ninja Warrior dreams come true.
(SPOT.ph) These days, races aren't just about running a marathon or finishing an open water swim. Things have leveled up—a lot. You can now join Obstacle Course Racing where you climb over walls, crawl under barbed wires, cross bodies of water through a monkey bar, and maybe even jump through fire. Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is even bigger now that it's part of the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games, which will be held in the Philippines. In case you're looking to take up this competitive (and crazy) sport, there are a few indoor gyms and outdoor parks in the Metro where you can test your strength.
Here are places where you can make your American Ninja Warrior dreams come true:
Pretty Huge Obstacles
2/F SM Aura Premier, C5 corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Rates start at P800 (one-day full access for non-members)
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Touted as Asia's largest indoor obstacle course facility, Pretty Huge Obstacles boasts up to 100 challenging obstacles. With the number of monkey bars, high walls, swings, and rings in its layout, it's where both kids and adults can run, jump, hang, leap, and other verbs you wouldn't think would be included in a workout session. Pretty Huge Obstacles opened in February 2019 and was designated as the official cross-training venue for local athletes, especially the Philippine OCR team. How’s that for taking things up a notch?
2/F Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Rates start at P350 (one-hour group class)
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ninja Academy, which is the first indoor parkour facility in the Philippines, opened in March 2014. It focuses on parkour, which includes running, climbing, swinging, and jumping in all kinds of environments—a park, a playground, or any urban space. At Ninja Academy, aspiring ninjas can sign up for group classes to build your agility, endurance, and power before you enroll in private parkour sessions where the mantra is to go from one place to another with the least effort. We wonder if we can just parkour our way through traffic. (Kidding, that's impossible—or is it?)
6 Madasalin Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Calisthenics is a type of bodyweight training making use of minimal equipment. It shares a lot in common with gymnastics, though unlike the sport, it can be a street workout. Itching to try calisthenics? Calibarzz, an outdoor calisthenics facility that opened in 2014, lets you try your hand at bars where you can either swing or pull yourself up. They make this look really easy, but we can't even make it across the monkey bars at a children's playground. Calibarzz doesn’t hold regular classes, but you can contact them through their Instagram account to set a date for your group.
2/F Fort Strip, 5th Avenue corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Fitness Army is an international gym franchise co-owned and founded by fitness trainer Rendon Labrador. Its Bonifacio Global City outlet, which opened in December 2018, has a total area of 875 square meters and features rings, bars, and other equipment for obstacle course training. Their soon-to-open flagship branch in Quezon City is even more exciting for fitness buffs with a basketball court, a volleyball court, outdoor and indoor wall climbing, and more sets of obstacles.
Muscle Up Parkour Gym and Urban Training Ground
143 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Rates start at P400 (one-hour parkour class for non-members)
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Muscle Up Parkour Gym, which opened its doors in 2017, is another alternative fitness facility that makes every workout fun—except, maybe, when you have to deal with the body pain after a session. The course features agility ladders, high walls for mounting and dismounting, and ropes where you can test your core. Aside from parkour training, they also offer circuit training, boxing, kali, and Muay Thai.