Avoid Going From Foodie To Flabby With These Intense Workouts In Manila


We love that the restaurant scene in Manila is really heating up. But for some of us mere mortals who love to eat, that also means our metabolism might not be able keep up.

If you’ve been taking pictures of churros, bingsu, and burgers and at the same time saving “fitspirational” photos of people with pandesal abs… It’s time to get off social media and get moving!

We put together a list of fun (and challenging) workout classes in Manila! Who says you can’t be a fit foodie?!

Anti-Gravity Yoga (AGY)

If you find the usual Hatha and Vinyasa yoga practices not thrilling enough, you don’t have to give up on the exercise completely. With Anti-Gravity yoga, not only do you get to fulfill your wild Cirque du Soleil fantasies, but you reap so many health benefits as well. Who would’ve thought that one session can burn as much as 600 calories!

The first step in your AGY practice is getting acquainted with the hammock-like contraption that you’ll be using for your yoga, pilates, and aerial acrobatics-inspired poses. Once you’ve learned to trust it, the fun workout then begins! As you master different kinds of moves and inversions, you’ll feel your spine lengthen, your body get stronger and more flexible, and your mind become less cluttered.

Hang upside down and get your full body workout at Beyond Yoga, the only studio in Manila certified to teach AGY!


If you were the kid who always dreamed of being a ballerina but also wanted to be the star of your school’s varsity team, then you can make this dual fantasy happen at barre3. Here, you’re trained to move with the grace of a dancer combined with the power of an athlete! Don’t underestimate the small, low impact movements because you’ll definitely be feeling the burn all throughout the class, and also possibly wake up with an aching body.

The studio comes alive with upbeat music as your instructor guides you through a fast-paced series of postures which you’ll be doing on ballet barres and yoga mats, intensified with the help of yoga straps, dumbbells, and fitballs. Regulars of this exercise have lost inches off their waist, thighs, and arms so you know it’s legit!

Reserve a slot at a class at barre3 to shape and lift your body!


If you’re in a lazy mood and would rather lounge around all day, keep this Manny Pacquiao quote in mind: “Don’t make training easy. Make it harder so that you will get better.” In other words, get out of bed! You won’t be sorry you dragged yourself to the gym because once you’re in the ring throwing punches, the adrenaline kicks in and you’ll feel better than ever.

Aside from the rush of happy hormones, there are plenty of health benefits in boxing. For one, you enhance your cardiovascular strength to better ward off heart diseases. You also increase your total body strength because punching the living crap out of a 100-pound heavy bag is not an easy feat. Other perks of practicing the sport include better hand-eye coordination, upgraded self-defense skills, and improved body composition.

Head to Elorde Boxing Gym, Empire Boxing Gym, or Gerry Penalosa Boxing Gym for a heart-pounding boxing session!


If you’ve seen videos of traceurs doing backflips off of walls. pulling off handstands on the edges of buildings, and just being their crazy, badass selves, chances are you want to be just like them. Except you’ve got zero coordination skills and even less than zero stamina. But no worries! There are classes in Manila that’ll teach you how to be just as cool (and ripped) as they are.

Parkour trains the body to overcome any kind of obstacle in the way, whether it’s by leaping over things, climbing over 90-degree walls, or balancing on narrow ledges. Any kind of movement that’s physically possible is practiced in this sport! Just imagine how satisfyingly sore your whole body will be the next day.

If you’d like to learn how to make the whole world your playground, take a class at Metro Manila’s first parkour facility, Ninja Academy.

Plana Forma

Sticking to a routine is one of the most challenging parts of working out, especially for those who get easily sick of doing the same thing over and over again. If you find yourself switching between different forms of exercise too often, give Plana Forma a shot. It’s an exciting mix of dance, pilates, yoga, and Physique 57 so there aren’t going to be dull moments. It’s highly addicting too.

If you’re looking for results, this effective and dynamic workout will definitely help you achieve your fitness goals. From long, lean legs, to toned and sculpted arms, to a more flexible body, you’ll be well on your way to becoming the healthiest and strongest you’ve ever been.

Go beast mode at Plana Forma and get the physique you’ve always wanted. You might just end up being someone else’s fitspiration!


If you want to get your cardio in for the day but the weather is being bipolar again (it’s always extreme heat followed by crazy rains these days) then head indoors for a spinning session. It’ll get your heart rate up the same way a jog outside would, but without the damaging impact on the knees. You get shapely legs and a strong core too!

There are less chances of you getting demotivated in spin class, because working out alongside other hardcore spinners will make you want to push yourself harder. Peer pressure can sometimes be a good thing! You’ll also be surprised how fast time flies when you’re on the saddle as your instructor regularly changes up the pace to keep you excited.

So whether it’s rain or shine, you’ve got no excuse! Sign up for a spin class at Electric Studio, Gold’s Gym, or Fitness First.

Weight Training

Guys are all about working their upper bodies to get the Thor/Captain America buff look, which explains why weight training is such a popular exercise among men. But the ladies aren’t as eager to try it out for fear of becoming more macho than their boyfriends.

This myth needs to be put to rest because lifting heavy actually makes girls lean instead of bulky. (You’re going to need male hormones and copious amounts of protein to acquire mass like a Marvel superhero!)

An intense weight lifting session can get rid of as much as 500 calories per hour, but it’s been proven that the burning of kcals can continue for as long as 24 hours after the workout! With a leaner body, you’re also boosting your BMR (basal metabolic rate) which means your metabolism is still going even when you’re doing nothing on the couch.

Learn the proper weightlifting form at 360 Fitness Club and CrossFit MNL.

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Denise Jose

Denise is a recovering food addict. She distracts herself with photography and keeps off the pounds by doing pilates. She is still struggling, however, and has occasional relapses. Her food comas are mostly induced by oily burgers and chocolate desserts.