Whether you are an athlete, a gym buff or an office person (or all of the above), our body still requires some attention. Our body is the one physical asset we have to go on with our day and improve our quality of life. With that said, it is really important for us to listen to what our body is telling us, take care of it, and push our own limits to achieve greatness,
Maximize your body’s performance, reach and maintain top condition, and feel better than ever. For good.
Most people think that I am always healthy and my body is strong. This is my goal, and while I’d like that to be always true, there are still a few things I would like to improve on my body. Despite the fact that I always work out and eat healthy, doesn’t mean that I can just ignore some signs that my body is telling me.
Sometimes, I am not sure if I am over-training and making my muscles suffer too much fatigue. Or I don’t know if it’s just my posture. But one of the main problems I face is my upper back. It always feels uncomfortable. It does not hurt. But sometimes, I just feel like I need a massage every day! That does not sound good.
Lucky for me, I heard about Polarity Physiotherapy. When I heard that this place exists, I went immediately to have my upper back checked. Enough of the questions, it’s time I have an expert in myofascia take a look at my chronic pain.
Polarity lounge area
Polarity is an advanced manual physiotherapy and myosfacial release center located in #47 Examiner St. Quezon City. It is a premiere Physical Rehabilitation, Functional training and Wellness facility that caters to all clients who need relief from pain, recovery from injury, improvement of physical condition or beginning a new and healthy lifestyle.
Gym and Physical Training area. You can book a Personal Trainer for customized work out sessions, or ask your personal trainer to go here too.
If you are:
• Tired of being in pain from a physical condition or injury
• Tired of long lines at the hospital or waiting in other physical rehabilitation facilities
• Looking for a place to start
• conditioning your body without feeling intimidated in gyms and other exercise facilities
• Looking for specialized training programs that are based on your health goals and physical fitness level
• If you want to experience the new and emerging techniques of manual therapy and new approaches that work to get you better, faster.
Physical Therapy room
The Polarity Physiotherapy team consists of well- trained, skilled and PRC- licensed Physical Therapists from outstanding Physical Therapy Programs in the country. They have specialized training in the facets of physical rehabilitation through exercise, manual therapy, muscle and fascia manipulation, muscle release techniques, functional exercise and training, and specific conditioning.
Studio area for yoga and Pilates. This can be rented at an hourly rate.
They offer the following services:
1. Myofascial Release (MFR) – an effective hands-on therapy which can directly change and improve health of the fascia. The purpose of MFR is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscle and ‘myofascia’ and restore good posture.
– MFR techniques focus on relaxing the deep tissue of the body providing lasting and effective relief to the patient.
– It uses slow and sometimes deep pressure to restore the proper health of the fascia.
2. Physiotherapy – a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and well being, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participationin their treatment.
Personal toilet for the VIP room
Those weights are really heavy! I tried to pick up some of them and failed. This is for people who want to train hardcore!
A wall full of the owner’s photographs – they’re for sale!
If you have been having chronic pain that won’t just go away, I highly recommend this place. After my first Myofascial release with one of the therapists, I felt my spine and posture improve, the pain gone for about a month and relief from feeling uncomfortable with my upper back all the time.
Even if their location is far from where I live, I would make time to go back here again.
Afternoon tea and yoga party with Under Armour Ambassadors
“If it doesn’t involve you stepping outside, touching other people, it is pointless.” says Under Armour’s ambassador Emmanuelle Adda, a French-Filipina performing artist and fitness enthusiast. She is referring to expanding her enthusiasm for fitness and spreading this passion to other people.
Under Armour Power in Pink celebrates those who use sports, fitness and an active lifestyle in the fight against breast cancer. Under Armour will donate a minimum of $500 to various breast cancer centers and charities through their Power in Pink program.
I could relate quite well to Emmanuelle’s firm belief as stated above. Lately, I have been on a mission to become the best version of me. With the help of friends, fitness mentors, nutrition coach, doctors and the support of loved ones, I slowly am headed to becoming my best self in all aspects of my humanity. By slowly changing and transforming myself, I realized that my students, friends, readers and followers slowly notice the positive changes in me, and then I began to realize, I could in fact inspire change or make an impact in other people’s lives. I respond slowly to fitness questions via email, skin and beauty tips via social media and facebook messages and even as as far as giving advice to people who are emotionally distraught. I think one thing my readers know about me is that I am transparent in my struggles and they see the real deal. I blog about these things, but more importantly, I never fail to share that I am always trying to stand right back on my feet, dust off some negative juices and try again.
Blogging could surely take up a lot of my time. Traveling from one event to another, writing and documenting travels, hours of research and content writing too, and so on and so forth. I am not even blogging for the money, nor is this my main source of income. I blog continously so that I could send a message to everyone that they can achieve anything they want to as long as they put their heart to it.
Success is not as sweet, when you keep it to yourself. Success is best when shared. And I applaud Under Armour fo their campaign “Women of Will”, which engages women of different shapes, ages and bckground to immerse themselves more into active lifestyle and fitness.
Women of Will goes Urban
Under Armour has designed whole month-long fitness activities for women who want to empower themselves. These activities have already begun, starting with the breakfast group “Girls Run”, headed by Tessa Prieto and Under Armour athlete Doray Elis last October 28, as they tried Under Armour sports bra in their fitness yoga and run. These activities are now being conducted regularly for the month of November together with partner gyms and women groups.
TheWomen of Will campaign rallies to fight against breast cancer so be sure to check out these dates and GET ARMOURED!
Women of Will Wednesdays at Urban Ashram. All Wednesdays of November
Total Wellness and Fitness Saturdays at Edsa Shangri-La Health Club. All Saturdays of November!
Exclusive Tea Fitness Party at Raffles Hotel. ovember 0, 2015 at :0 pm.
Women’s Basketball Treat – PBA Basketball 3 on 3. November 28, 2015.
Ftness Day with Belle de Jour. November 29, 2015.
For Further information, please visit Under Armour’s official website at www.ua.com.ph and follow Under Armour Philippines on instagram (@underarmourph).
A girl in her teenage years would usually grow up confused with her body transformation. That was me. I went into puberty earlier than my classmates and I thought it was a horrible thing to have my chest growing. My classmates teased me and I slouched all the time, uncofortable of this change.
I was a dancer too and it involved a lot of jumping and moving around. I was embarrassed to ask my mom for undergarment, but I had to. We went to the mall and my first bra is actually Triumph.
As far as I remember, Triumph has been around and recently I just found out that they have been around for about 130 years already! They know what they’re doing and years and years of research, development and experience made them a leading brand in feminine lingerie and shapewear.
The New Trimph Sports Bra Collection.
I was so happpy to hear that Triumph has unveiled their new sports bra collection, tailored for women with active and sporty lifestyle. I am also very happy that being fit is becoming the norm in society. I am a firm believer of loving your own body shape and body type but imortantly, loving your body and becoming the best that you can be. If that does not make sense, all I’m trying to say is that health is wealth. It is our responsibility to take care of our bodies. I am really happy that people are actively changing their lifestyles and now eat healthy and do more physical activities.
Yaye for an awesome life, together!
The last thing that we want to worry about while we go for a good workout is our workout garments! Our bodies are different but it is important to find the right underarment that is reliable and give a full support we need. Triumph has been making lingerie since 1886 and I trust the reliability of the sports bra collection that they just crafted to low, medium and high impact support needs. All these styles are soft to the touch, suportive, yet comfortable, and are made of super breathable fabric while combining fit, comfort, and support for every kind of active lifestyle.
Low Impact Sprots Bra
The Low Impact Sports Bras come in two razorback styles. One is designed with a flattering low cut front and a thicker razorback, which comes in white and dark grey. The other was designed with a higher neckline for additional support and coverage and with a thinner razorback for a balanced feel, and is available in the colors pink and black. These two bras were made for comfortable low impact activities such as Yoga, basic floor exercises and Pilates.
Medium Impact Sports Bra
If you enjoy medium impact sports like jogging, cycling, cross training and body combat, then this is the bra for you. Add some flair to your sports outfit with the striped designof this sports bra, which come in bright red, cyan and black. It has a higher front to ensure that you don
t need to worry about readjusting yourself. A thicker mesh razorback is in place as well to make sure that your back receives adequate support to help improve posture.
High Impact Sports Bra
This bra is made for freedom of movement and is ideal for ihh impact ball sports such as volleybal, football, basketball, including other actvities such as step aerobics, and Zumba. The Hih Impact Sports Bra, too, comes in bright stylish pops of colors such as red, cyan, teal and the ever classic black, and is made with very breathable material while remaining functional and stylish enough to wear alone. It has a high front and the thickest straps to provide maximum support on its own so you can exercise without worrying about underwear malfunctions.
Amy Ahomiro for Triumph Sports Bras
Amy Amohiro, the UAAP Season 77 Finals MVP player of the Ateneo de Manila University Volleybal team, has shed her share of blood, sweat and tars for the love of her sport. Seeing her inperson, and knowing about her achievements, I am pretty ure there was a lot of work and effort put there and she sure is the perfect girl to represent Triumph Sports Bras.
We attended a Body Combat group class together (kilig) and she jumps super high!!! 😛
So whether you want something to simply wear around or to help you get the most out of your fitness routine, Triumph has something perfect for you. Visit the Triumph Store at Robinsons Place Manolia or one of their many branches at all major department stores nearest you and get fitted so you can find the one
Get fitted now
Fits me really well. High enough for chest coverage and I love the sexy razorback showing of the back that I’ve been working on teehee
Me after our Body Combat class! Punch like a girl 😉 👊🏻
This week has been a great expression of pole in my life.
Big Shift VIE & VAULT Amateur Night 2012
I haven’t been attending proper classes at the Polecats studio since I have been busy with work and travel. I pole at home from time to time, when I can.
I had a crazy decision to join an amateur pole competition 3 days before the final deadline. I AM CRAZY! People have been telling me I’m crazy for my decisions, but they were all decisions that came from my heart (yes also with a lot of logic and thinking but my heart always wins).
Creating a choreo for pole from scratch was a very tasking job! For the song choice, I just decided to use “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys the first time I heard it on the radio. It’s a powerful song and I’d enjoy dancing to it. After hearing the song over and over again to choreo for it, I GOT SICK of it! >.< But, I finished the song (well, from 4 mins down to 3 because I got so dead tired). So here goes…
My audition video for Vie & Vault Bigshift Danka Studios Amateur contest 2012
My friends are so OA! The views doesn’t count in the criteria, but they campaigned for me like crazy! Special thanks to Mica, Twitter followers, crazy plurk friends and Facebook friends who have been promoting it on their blogs and social media. You guys are crazy but I love you all! THANK YOU SO MUCH for encouraging me to do this. Heck, I am one weak soul and you guys just gave me the courage to do this. What have you gotten me into? **faints**
The good always comes with a bad. My battle scars. Happy scars!
and eek! I made it to the grand finals together with other Pole Kittens and Pole Tigers!
Xpert Pole Fitness Teacher Training with Marlo Fisken
*Assisted by Natasha Wang
Yeah… another last-minute decision I made was to take a Pole Teacher training program.
Teaching pole has been something that’s been lingering on my mind, especially when friends here and in Bacolod have been asking me to teach them. They want to be my “first students.” I will always just say “I’ll try.”
One, I can’t teach just like that. I want to be a responsible teacher, one that knows how to manage a studio, legal requirements, first-aid knowledge, handling a class etc.
Again, thanks to friends who pushed and encouraged me to take this class. I think it’s an investment worth spending for. I just resigned from my recent job and I’ll be helping my family with our fam business. My friend said, “What are you gonna do with pole?” I guess I’m taking it to the next level.
I can never let go of dancing. From performing at almost every functions in my elementary years, to joining folk dance competitions in high school and cheerleading in college – dancing, will never leave me. And here I am. A pole dancer. And now, I am confident that I can teach pole. I just need experience and well… capital to take pole to my hometown. I need business partners baby! C’mon, email me if you believe in art, fitness and creativity. Pole is the next big thing!
I just passed and received a certification that I completed the Xpert Pole Fitness Training!
Thanks to Polecats Manila for hosting this training!
I’m panicking! I need a song, a theme/concept, a choreo, a list of tricks and spins and A COSTUME!
and I need some energy booster thingamajigs. WHEATGRASS and Berocca TIME!
Sometimes, you just need to go beyond the weighing scale to feel the difference!
When I was almost done with my NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-Day Program, I felt the change even without checking with the scale yet. My clothes were fitting me okay, my jeans are easier to wear with and everything just felt more comfortable!
I guess that’s the real essence of losing weight. It makes you feel more comfortable, then it has a domino effect on your whole well-being: you feel good, you exude confidence and in turn, you do better at work or in school, your social life booms and everyone would say "blooming ka ah!" That indeed was what happened to me. People keep noticing my change in weight that even my pole instructors were amazed at the "healthy" weight I now have.
from 119 lbs to 115 lbs
28 in to 26 in
But I’m not quite finished yet, I’m planning to maintain this weight and do the NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-Day Program twice a quarter (since it is not a recommended REGULAR diet).
BEING FIT adds QUALITY to your Life
It all boils down to quality of life. With proper diet, nutrition and exercise, you would feel great and you would love the life and enjoy it with your family and loved ones!
The best part is, after my NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-Day Program, I seem to pick healthier foods and crave less of the junk! It’s also all about training your body for the proper eating habits!
Exercise and diet, when both combined, gives you great results!
Check out the NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-day Journal App on Facebook!
Good news friends! To aid you in your fitnesse goals, Nestle Fitnesse gives you the 14-day Journal app on Facebook!
It’s a very helpful app to keep track of your daily meals and even exercise!
If you’re clueless on what exercise you need to do, don’t worry! Just log into your 14-day Journal and click on the Daily Exercise Tip button!
Now you don’t have any excuse to skip exercise along with your Nestle Fitnesse 14-Day diet!
What are you waiting for? a new you awaits! All you need is to take the first step!
The NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-Day Program encourages me to exercise!
So yes, exercise is good with my new healthy lifestyle kicked off by my 14-Day Nestle Fitnesse diet! Find your exercise! Find the exercise that fits your schedule and your goal. As for me, I’ve been busy lately but there’s no excuse to exercise – I exercise at home.
The often most neglected part of any exercise is warm-up, stretching and conditioning.
And since I burned some good calories after a good exercise at home, I have to put bananas in my NESTLÉ FITNESSE cereal for dinner and maybe add 1 hard-boiled egg for protein (for muscle repair). My goal is to lose the fat and gain healthy muscle!
The most important part about the NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-Day Program is that it trains my body to crave less, eat healthy, less of the junk, but at the same time it doesn’t deprive me of a full-on healthy meal every day! It trains my body to eat more nutritious food that complements my exercise, making it more effective in losing weight!
They also say, the more you exercise, the more you improve your body’s metabolism. NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-Day Program also has the same goal. By eating 2 meals of NESTLÉ FITNESSE Cereal, 1 balanced meal, and 2 healthy snacks in between is actually more effective in improving my body’s metabolism than skipping meals and starving myself. This is based on my past experiences when I do 2-day crash diets and then end up gaining more weight than I should.
Check out the NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-day Journal App on Facebook!
Good news friends! To aid you in your fitness goals, NESTLÉ FITNESSE gives you the 14-day Journal app on Facebook!
It’s a very helpful app to keep track of your daily meals and even exercise!
If you’re clueless on what exercise you need to do, don’t worry! Just log into your NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-day Journal and click on the Daily Exercise Tip button!
Now you don’t have any excuse to skip exercise along with your NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-Day diet!
What are you waiting for? a new you awaits! All you need is to take the first step!
Since I’ll be doing the NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-Day Program, I must think of a way to add variety to my cereal which I will take twice a day for the rest of the 14 days.
First of all, the NESTLÉ FITNESSE cereals come with different flavors. So, I can work on alternating flavors for one.
Second, I can incorporate more flavor to my cereal by adding fruits, using soy milk and dark chocolate bits, the list is endless! My favorite has always been the original NESTLÉ FITNESSE flakes, milk, good bananas and mango
Healthy ways to make your NESTLÉ FITNESSE 14-Day Program more interesting:
Add fruits to your cereal. Like I said, banana and mango are my favorite fruits to add to my cereal.
Add nuts to your cereal. Try almonds, pistachios and nuts that are unsalted. NESTLÉ FITNESSE has Honey & Almonds flavor so you can try this too
Try different flavors of NESTLÉ FITNESSE cereal
Try alternating milk with soy or flavored milk to make the flavor interesting! You can try milk in strawberry, melon or chocolate flavor!
Eat NESTLÉ FITNESSE cereal as is – like a snack! I usually do this when I’m in the office. My officemates take this as a snack too!
Add dried fruits. Prunes and raisins! If you don’t have a fridge at home, this is ideal for you.
NESTLÉ Fruit Selection Yogurt
Try to experiment and find out the perfect combination for you.
Or, if you like the simple, original cereal and milk like me then so be it :)
It may not be easy to travel on a diet but if you’re dedicated, it is possible. One of my rules when I’m traveling is "no diet" whatsoever. Period. But I had to change that since I was so committed to seeing the results of my current 14-Day diet.
I was on my NESTLÉ FITNESSE14-Day Program. The good thing is, the cereals are easy to bring along with. For the 14-Day duration I had 2 travel destinations – one locally in Subic and the other one that was quite challenging was my trip to Jakarta.
For Subic, it was easy for me because I was with my officemates for our teambuilding. Initially, they all teased me that they’d all be eating buffet for breakfast, dinner and lunch and I’d look SAD not being able to eat 2 meals. Meh… like I said, it’s all about dedication and your commitment to see the results!
I wrote this down in my last blog post and I’ll write it again, my officemates LOVE NESTLÉ FITNESSE! It’s a good thing that they do because they totally supported me on my diet. They would say "Hey diba bawal ka niyan?" when they see me sneaking into the buffet table, or "Kain ka na muna kahit konti." So I did that.
during breakfast while we were on team building
It was hard to be so strict on this diet that I had to adjust a little for the occasion. During dinner I had approximately 3 spoonful of the food from the buffet table, just not to deprive myself. Those served as "snacks" for me.
As for my travel to Jakarta, it was harder! We stayed at Century Park Hotel in Jakarta and their breakfast also serves buffet!
I didn’t eat the pancakes and waffles but I tried a bit of beef bacon and their local "fried noodles." Good thing it wasn’t so appetizing, flavor wise, so I celebrated with the fruit and salad section!
Of course, they also had a cereal bar!
I sneaked in my own NESTLÉ FITNESSE cereal because it is richer, more nutritious and tastes better than their cereal selection.
They should include the NESTLE FITNESSE in their cereal table!
Of course, I incorporated fruits to my cereal
The weird thing is, slowly during the diet, I didn’t crave for anything "oily" and "sinful" which is amazing! Everytime I search for my meals for lunch, I’d make sure they are balanced, not so greasy and healthy. And for snacks, I look for fruits instead. It makes me feel fresh, clean and maybe my body doesn’t lie. Someway, somehow, my body is telling the "decision-making" part of my brain to choose healthy food because it is good for me.
Airports are filled with fast-food restaurants and I am so happy I didn’t crave for any of them. And I’m glad that part of the diet is to eat one good balanced meal per day – this didn’t deprive me of tasting the local food of Indonesia and Malaysia.
In conclusion, it might be difficult to go on a diet while traveling but if you are committed to it, nothing will stop you. Plus, your body and brain help you in a way. When you start the healthy diet, they would help you crave less and decide better on which food to pick. At the end of the day, it’s all about the choices we make, and every time – we do have a choice. Let’s pick the right one, the choice that’s good for us
Cirque du Soleil is back in Manila! After their successful show “Varekai” here in Manila, they are back for Saltimbanco!
I am so fond of watching acrobats and the circus, minus the clown because I don’t like clowns. But, in all fairness their clowns were too funny for me to get awkward in my seat!
DID I JUST SAY FUNNY? funny, entertaining and inspiring (for me) as a pole athlete and fitness enthusiast. The artists are awesome and I like dreaming big. For my fitness goal, my dream is to join the Olympics (when they include Pole in the future) or join an elite Circus like Cirque du Soleil. I’m one ambitious girl but I’ve got nothing to lose if I dream big, don’t I?
YES, this show is a must-watch! Check out more pictures, details and Cirque du Soleil Saltimbangco ticket prices here.
This was taken before they announced “No photos, flash or no flash”
Seriously guys, flash could distract the artists. And even if you don’t intent to turn on your flash, sometimes you accidentally flash them.
And their life is at risk.
Anyway, just don’t bring your camera and enjoy the show!
They are here for a very limited time only! Must not miss it!
Cirque Du Soleil Saltimbanco in Manila show dates:
Thursday, August 9 at 8 p.m. Friday, August 10 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, August 11 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, August 12 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 15 at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 16 at 8 p.m. Friday, August 17 at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 18 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
I worked hard for this because it has a lot of health benefits for me. Less injuries, stronger joints, and more mobility for me
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I just tried yoga again yesterday and I’m taking 5 classes FOR FREE!!!
Urban Ashram Manila Open House
Urban Ashram Manila celebrates their newest location at the Bonifacio High Street. It is very accessible to where I work so it’s perfect! With their soft opening, they also invite and encourage yoga enthusiasts and those who want to try it by joining their Open House from July 14 – 24, 2012.
Over 40 FREE Yoga Classes for you to sign up for from 14 to 24 July 2012. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO JOIN ANY OF THE OPEN HOUSES CLASSES.
You can sign-up for to a maximum of five (5) classes during the Open House period. Regular class schedules will follow starting July 25 and you can check out the class schedules for the rest of July and August by clicking here.
I took the 6:30am class yesterday and the class said “FNR” or Flexibility Not Required. But we worked most of our core out and right now, my abdomen is in blissful pain. The pain you should be proud of because you know your yoga session worked well to tone your body.
*Come at least 20 minutes before class time and bring a valid photo ID along with towel and water bottle for the class. No cellphones, bags or personal belongings will be allowed inside the studios. Lockers will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Shower facilities MAY NOT be available during the Open House period (because they are still fixing some facilities).
I give much importance to doing my workouts the right way. I appreciate my pole teachers, Polecats Manila, on how they value proper form and body alignment. Doing things the right way not only avoids causing injuries to your joints and muscles, but most importantly, your work-out would be more efficient and effective.
Urban Ashram as the same value. Although I think the class I took was for beginners, I felt my core like no other!
Their technique is not to get overwhelmed with poses but to make sure your body is aligned the right way when you are doing poses.
It was a great challenge for me, but I think it would help me much with my pole dancing.
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It’s a place close to my heart. For one, I work around the area since the time they were developing it. There were only quite a few buildings at that time and a limited number of restaurants we can dine for lunch. Now, it is a throbbing city full of life with busy workpeople during the day and party-goers, skateboarders, dog walkers and runners at night.
I used to run here every night when I wasn’t busy yet. It’s a perfect place to get inspired to get fit!
You know who my inspiration is when it comes to running? Oh, he’s very popular… You know him as COACH RIO…
I know him as “THE MAN FASTER THAN A PLANE”
Check this out guys
ASTIG!!! Coach Rio vs Plane
And so I was walking along BGC one night because I was headed to the parking lot. I noticed this sign.
#BeatCoachRio? You’ve gottstabekiddin’ me!
But oh well, there’s no harm in trying right?
This event was presented by Safeguard promoting good hygiene in Sports!
for a 20 meter sprint, coach Rio’s record was 2.3 seconds!
Can you beat that?
I walked around and saw people warming up and stretching!
I was like “I didn’t get the memo! I was wearing my wedge sandals – eek!”
So I headed to the registration area. I wanted to register and try to beat coach Rio’s time (like I could) but I wasn’t dressed for it, wasn’t wearing shoes the very least
I think these guys came in a group. Obviously, they are wearing uniform shirt.
The runners would run alongside this long LCD screen where a running virtual “coach Rio” can be seen.
This picture is a blurry one! That’s just how fast these people go.
On the average, the time the runners had were 2.8 – 5 seconds.
As compared to coach Rio’s time of 2.3 seconds! That guy’s insane!
And contestant #29 is special because he’s like coach Rio’s doppelganger.
The host momentarily mistook him as coach Rio!
Did he beat coach Rio’s time?
Unfortunately not, but I remember he had a good record at 2.8 seconds!
More runners attempt to #BeatCoachRio
I spotted Coach Rio by the side. It was raining! Good thing I brought an umbrella with me.
And the picture is blurry! Sorry I got so excited I forgot to turn the flash on!
My Running Hygiene
I am personally very particular in maintain good personal hygiene in sports especially even after running. Even on a normal day where we bask on tropical weather and we expose ourselves to polluted air as we commute around the Metro is one big reason enough to pay attention to our own hygiene.
I believe that personal hygiene is the first step to good health.
Although our skin is the first layer of combat against pollutants, toxins and bacteria – we cannot abuse it that much!
It’s a habit of mine do rinse or shower before doing any form of exercise (running, pole dancing, yoga, gym). I don’t know, it’s just a bit weird for some but I personally want to be clean before invoking sweat on my body because I feel like it will breed bacteria more when I sweat. So I want to rinse off any existing unwanted microorganisms in my body before sweating! YIKES!
Plus, ODOR is caused by very naughty bacteria! They are the main culprit to that pungent smell and it is such a total turn off when I run around and I bump into my crush and they smell funky. I don’t want to smell funky either!
Because of the humid weather, I take a bath every day. Then I take a bath after I work out.
UNLESS I want to repel people…
Safeguard Active Bar
It’s actually cool that Safeguard hosted this event. Not only do they promote sports, they also provide a very convenient product to aid us in our hygiene needs!
Safeguard Active has a 12-Hour Shield and how this is able to provide what one needs when in an active lifestyle.
You should try it for yourself
Nine-tenths of our sickness can be prevented by right thinking plus right hygiene – nine-tenths of it!
Wellness Alliance Center 22nd Flr., Strata 100 Bldg., F. Ortigas Jr. Ave., Ortigas Center 1600 Manila Philippines
Formed in 2009, Polecats Manila is now considered to be the premiere pole dancing school in the country. Located at the heart of Ortigas, their studio boasts of professional grade equipment of the highest standards for safety and quality.
I can attest to their quality standards when it comes to pole fitness because I have been their student for more than a year now. They push you the right way, they harness your strengths and at the same time develop your weaknesses as well. For a year, I never had any injuries apart from minor bruises so I can really say their teaching methods are safe and a whole lot of fun! And the benefits I get out of pole dancing are tremendous: flexibility, strength, confidence, creativity, weight loss, muscle tone and achieving the impossible! Most of the students advance safely into different levels and every time, we pole kittens (their students), surprise ourselves with the many things we can actually do! Every trick we conquer is a cause of celebration!
International Pole Championship titles
Grabbing some details from their website:
Polecats are taking pole dancing to new heights. We believe that every trick, climb and spin can become strength, grace and art. As a performance group, Polecats deliver fluidity in motion, with performances that fuse ballet, jazz and gymnastics. Every performance is a reminder that the extraordinary is our specialty.
As teachers, we aim to show every student that no matter their size, height or history, they are still capable of defying gravity. Equipped with the most professional equipment, Polecats are the only group in the country with internationally certified instructors. We do not only offer classes, we offer a community of encouraging and engaging students who bloom into their own brand of beauty.
The 360˚ Circuit is the main training program of 360˚ Fitness Club. It is a total body workout that combines cardiovascular and strengthening exercises. The circuit is made up of 20 exercise stations – 10 active stations + 10 active rest stations designed to be completed in 30 minutes.
Their workout is perfect for those who don’t want to sacrifice hours from their already busy schedule. For 30 minutes, you get a compact yet effective gym and aerobic workout. If you think the circuit would be boring and easy, think again. The circuit is designed to train you from different levels. Friendly coaches are always present to assist you and give you that extra push!
Apart from the circuit, they have a group classes as well.
Many of us are already aware of the many benefits Yoga has to offer: physical, mental and spiritual. That’s why Yoga has been a part of most of our fitness regimen. Popular yoga studio at the Bonifacio Global City YOGA+ brings the mind-body experience to Ortigas Center.
“It’s a dream come true for us to be able to bring YOGA+ to another accessible location. We believe that yoga is for every body and everybody. We welcome all who would like to experience the benefits of yoga regardless of their body type, fitness and flexibility level.”
– Dinah Salonga, Managing Director of YOGA+
A class package at YOGA+ includes
free use of Manduka yoga mats
free use of yoga and bath towels and shower toiletries
Alkaline water dispenser is provided for everyone, so just bring your water bottle.
They took care of the small stuff to make sure that everyone can enjoy yoga without any worries. Just focus on enjoying the benefits of yoga. It is a great full body workout that helps fight stress, increases flexibility and improves balance. Unlike other forms of exercise, yoga goes beyond the physical and also helps improve one’s mental and emotional health.
Check out Yoga + schedule at their official website yogaplus.ph
Dermastrasse Skin and Slimming Center
Dermastrasse launches itself as a premier skin and slimming center. Believing that “Beauty should be taken seriously,” Dermastrasse is serious in its commitment to deliver only excellent results from services that include aesthetic and cosmetic surgery, dermatology and skin care.
Their list of services:
Oxygen Jet Peel
Rejuvenating Organic Peel
Intensive Depigmenting Treatment
RF Contour Plus
Slimming Massage with IR Blanket
Dermalift (Non-Surgical Face Lift)
Intense Pulsed Light
Stem Cell Therapy
Wart & Skin Tag Removal
Rhinoplasty (Nose Lift)
Alarplasty (Nose Trimming)
Face & Neck Lift
Spaholics Nail and Blow Dry Bar
It’s the metro’s first urban glam bar.
Spaholics is designed wit Hollywood’s old school glamour in mind,the entire space is designed in art deco wallpaper of black and white intricate patterns that is as minimalist as it is charming.
Your usual Nail Spa and Blow Dry Bar is given a fun twist! Its feminine twist separates it from your typical spa or salon. This is the Nail Bar where customers can perch on leather stools and have their nails done next to one another. The Nail Bar carries an extensive range of the latest polishes that can be painted on plain or in various designs, making one’s nails look like a tiny gallery of artworks.
They have Shellac series which is a gel and paint polish painted on just once and “dried” with a UV lamp for mere 3 minutes”!
Blow Dry Bar
Unlike most, if not all salons, The Blow Dry Bar doesn’t offer any cuts or color. Instead, they focus on just fabulous blowouts for all types of hair. The concept is simple: Wash, Blow, Style and GO!
Thank goodness heaven just landed beside our pole studio!
I’ve been waiting for this healthy restaurant to launch and they have officially opened last June 30 at 22nd floor Strata 100! It completes the Alliance Wellness Center! Now we have healthier options and we don’t have to go far from where we work out!
What’s interesting is that they also have a Nutritionist present at the restaurant every Friday and Saturdays for consultation at 12nn – 2pm.
They offer guilt-free but delicious food!
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