The complete guide to getting fit minus the usual boring exercises

By Monique Avila | Photos taken from establishment’s official websites and Facebook pages


Regular exercise, along with a proper diet, is the key to a healthy lifestyle. But exercising regularly doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. Spice up your program by trying new workouts every now and then. Fitness enthusiasts seem to agree—more and more groups are coming up with new and interesting ways to replicate the burn you get from the treadmill. Here are some unique gyms around the metro:

Boutique boxing

Flyweight is a boutique boxing gym that offers group classes, so friends can learn the sport together to the beat of heart-thumping music. Interested flyweights can choose classes depending on their skill (Contender, Challenger, and Champion), with programs ranging from low-impact active recovery exercises to isometrics and plyometrics. This April, Flyweight is launching The Rundown, a promo that challenges its members to train under eight different trainers within 30 days. Those who can complete the challenge within April 1 to 30 will get two class credits and a limited edition shirt.

2/F, Eight Forbes Town Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Open daily


Bar hopping

Calibarzz is mainly an outdoor calisthenics gym (although they also have an indoor Barzz setup for when it rains) filled with bars on bars on bars of workout goodness. Basically a playground for big kids, Calibarzz lets you literally swing from one set of bars to another, testing your bodyweight strength. Workouts are circuit-type, with each round designed to set you up for moving across the various set-ups. If calisthenics is not your thing, Calibarzz also offers boxing training and a skate ramp for half-pipe enthusiasts.

6 Madasalin, Sikatuna Arts District, Quezon City

Open daily.  Sessions are for reservations only.

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Jump for joy

In these multitasking times, trampolines aren’t just for random jumping around anymore. Trampoline Park, the country’s first trampoline warehouse, offers Gravity Fitness, a one hour high-intensity, low-impact class that helps participants burn fat while having fun. Another option is the Aerodance class, which offers a one-hour Zumba dance lesson modified for the trampoline setup. For those who want that extra bounce, there’s Gravity Rope, which involves jumping on trampolines while jumping rope.

The Portal, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City

Open daily


Move like a ninja

Despite its name, Ninja Academy doesn’t really teach its students the art of the Japanese mercenary. It’s mainly an indoor parkour gym, which offers a variety of classes that encourage participants to use their whole body to attain physical strength. Programs include circuit training, an obstacle course challenge and archery games. This April, Ninja Academy will be holding its first bootcamp at Splash Island, a full-day of physical activities including introductory parkour for kids, archery war games, Okami Samurai arts, and extreme martial arts.

Ninja Academy has branches in Pasig and Las Pinas.

Open daily.

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Everywhere fitness

Out of the gyms on this list, Fitness Mobil is the easiest one to access. This personalized fitness coaching service can offer the gym experience straight to your own home. The group behind this program is composed of fitness experts who specialize in programs that cater to general fitness, fat loss, strengthening, and athletic training. Their packages will also include equipment along with your personal trainer, which means you don’t even have to buy stuff that will add clutter to your space. Fitness Mobil is perfect for those who don’t have the time to go to the gym, especially the ones who need encouragement to stick to a fitness plan.

Currently services areas within Metro Manila only