(SPOT.ph) You probably stayed home for most part of 2020, especially if you’re lucky enough to have flexible work arrangements and never had to go to the office. While this is all great for avoiding the virus, we can’t say the same for our legs and arms that could definitely use some stretching. Fortunately, a number of indoor facilities in Metro Manila—from wall-climbing gyms to skate parks—have reopened their doors; allowing you to sprint, jump, pump your wheels, and dive deep as much as you want. Just don’t forget to take note of some rules, follow health protocols, and you’re good to go.
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Check out these indoor gyms in Metro Manila that have reopened:
The Bouldering Hive
UG/F, Ayala Malls Circuit, Circuit Makati, Hippodromo Street corner AP Reyes Avenue, Makati City
Rates start at P600 per session (three hours)
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Bouldering Hive lets you climb walls without a harness or a rope since the obstacles are closer to the ground. All you need are climbing shoes, some chalk to prevent slips, and a good amount of balance, coordination, and strength. With capacity limited to only 30 people at a time, pre-reservation is required. There are three available three-hour time slots per day with 30-minute breaks for a full disinfection of the gym.
Pretty Huge Obstacles
2/F SM Aura Premier, C5 corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Rates start at P400 per session (one hour)
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Touted as Asia's largest indoor obstacle course facility, Pretty Huge Obstacles boasts up to 100 challenging obstacles including monkey bars, high walls, swings, and rings. They're designated as the official cross-training venue for local athletes like the Philippine Obstacle Course Racing team. Pretty Huge Obstacles reopened their doors on October 12, 2020. They only allow 30 people at time inside the gym, so it's best to pre-register for a one-hour session. Group classes are temporarily suspended, but you can practice on your own or sign up for a one-on-one class.
Climb Central Manila
The Portal, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City
Rates start at P500 (Day Pass)
Open from Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
At Climb Central Manila—the biggest air-conditioned sport climbing venue in the country, any weather is perfect for a day of wall climbing. It has approximately 750 square meters of climbing wall space, so you don't have to worry about repeating a trail every time you go there. Only 60 individuals are allowed at a time inside the facility, so everyone is encouraged to book a climbing session in advance. For advanced climbers, the Boulder Wall has a 12-people capacity per three-hour time slot.
SM Megamall Bowling Center
4/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Rates start at P175
Open daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Whether you're up for a game or two of bowling, table tennis, or billiards, you can have it at SM Megamall Bowling Center. The popular hangout reopened on December 18, 2020, with a few tweaks in their layout: transparent barriers are in place between seats and tables, which are spaced apart. Only four people are allowed per bowling lane and everyone's required to wear their face masks even while playing. You can only use the ball assigned to you and clockwise flow of players during the game is implemented.
Muscle Up Parkour Gym and Urban Training Ground
143 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Rates start at P400 (one hour)
Open from Thursday to Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Muscle Up Parkour Gym, which reopened on February 1, is an 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. Services available during the "new normal" are a one-hour session for four people (P2,000); personal training on parkour, functional fitness, or Weck method (P3,500 for five one-hour sessions); and rope fundamentals (P2,500 for five one-hour sessions). Visitors are advised to reserve a slot through Viber (0917-890-0757).
The Bike Playground
Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Rates start at P100 (one hour)
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Circulo Verde is one of the most bike-friendly neighborhoods in the Metro, but what makes it a favorite among mountain bike riders is its indoor pump park—the first of its kind in the country. Skaters and rollerbladers are also welcome. You can book a slot in advance through their website and pay using GCash. Up to 10 bikers are allowed per hour.
308 Seaview Street corner P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City
Rates start at P2,600 (Basics of Freediving with Seazoned Philippines)
Open from Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and every Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tucked in a quiet neighborhood in San Juan, Scuba Studio’s 20-foot pool—the deepest in the Metro—would make you want to learn diving ASAP. Don’t worry, there’s a shallow end (four feet) in case you want to take it slow. Freediving groups like Seazoned Philippines often hold their classes at Scuba Studio. You can sign up for their City Dive: Basics of Freediving class, which is inclusive of an online theory class via Zoom and a pool session; or watch for announcements for their AIDA 1 Certification sessions. For scuba divers, you can book a session with Scuba Studio’s in-house instructors.
The Upper Deck
Ortigas Technopoint Building, 1 Doña Julia Vargas, Pasig City www.facebook.com/TheUpperDeckPh
Rates start at P400 (Day Pass at the Fitness Gym)
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Upper Deck in Ortigas caters to gym buffs, cycling addicts, yoga enthusiasts, and freedivers. It has seven badminton courts, two table tennis courts, and two basketball/volleyball courts that all reopened in September for reservation. They also have the Flow Fitness Studio, Club Cycling Studio, two-level Fitness Gym, Edge Climb Gym, and Plunge Dive Club with a 15-foot pool. At least five days' prior booking is required and visitors should wear a face mask and face shield at all times, except when playing.
FMF Business Center, 126 Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City
Rates start at P2,000 (10 sessions at Sparta Calisthenics Academy)
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sparta Philippines is the home of the first and only FIFA-certified indoor football field in the country. It lets you play a game or two with your team any time of the day, rain or shine. You can join the 12-session Basic Football for Adults module for P4,500 or reserve the whole venue for P3,000/hour with a maximum of four players. The Sparta Calisthenics Academy also resumed operations on December 1 with classes limited to five students per session.
Kerry Sports Manila
5/F Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Rates start at P38,800 (three-month membership)
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (gym and tennis court), from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (outdoor pool)
Kerry Sports is an all-in-one fitness studio with over 8,000 square meters and two floors. As of writing, only their indoor gym, outdoor pool, and tennis courts are open by appointment. The gym has over 90 units of professional equipment, some of which are marked unavailable to comply with the five-meter rule of distancing. The 25-meter outdoor lap pool is available for only two persons at a time for a maximum of one hour, while the hydrotherapy pool is temporarily closed. Booking one of the two covered outdoor tennis courts should also be made prior to arrival.
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