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The Matabungkay Beach Resort Newsletter

Get in shape


Most people refer to ripped physiques and sultry curves as "beach bodies." Summer is usually the perfect time for people to shed their city clothes and flaunt their hard-worked bodies at the beach.

Now that summer's done, it's all-too easy to fall into the trap building our "office bodies." Flab begins to grow as we lose the incentive to show-off our physiques at the beach. The end of beach season is no excuse to slack-off on training, though. Physical activity is a must, especially if you're an office worker.

If you find yourself getting bored in the gym, here are a few non-typical gyms you may want to try out. They're definitely a far cry from your usual mall gym.

Zest Power Gym – Cubao, Quezon City

Zest dubs itself as the "Home of the Philippines' Strongest Men and Women in the sport of Powerlifting." Judging by the racks of trophies, and the walls covered in accomplishments, the title fits. The gym consistently produces some of the strongest lifters in the country. Its roster of athletes consistently performs well in local and international tournaments.

If you're tired of the usual ball- and team-sports, give powerlifting a shot. Powerlifting is a game of will and heart, as much as strength and skill. Don't be intimidated by the hulking racks of metal and equipment. The coaches and athletes of Zest are some of the friendliest, most fun-loving people you'll find. If you're not into powerlifting, the Zest trainers can still help you power-up and become a stronger person.

CrossFit Manila – Fort Global City, Taguig City

If you've wondered what CrossFit means, CrossFit Manila's website describes it as "a fitness program for everyone! The CrossFit program is a combination of high intensity and constantly varied exercises, which means you'll never repeat a workout. Exercises range from gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, track and field, kettlebell training and other sports. Most workouts resemble circuit training and are finished in less than 30 minutes."

Ang Tibay Training – Timog, Quezon City

Headed by trainer Russell Eustaquio, the vocalist of seminal punk band Tame the Tikbalang, Ang Tibay Training also uses high-intensity training usually found in CrossFit programs. If you're up for a no-nonsense workout that puts importance on measureable results, head over to Ang Tibay and schedule a foundations class. The program isn't for people who want to sculpt their abs for vanity's sake. This is real strength-building, and conditioning.

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