Incoming: CM Paradise Run Clark

Clark gives you fresh and clean backdrop as you enjoy a good run.  It gets even better as Color Manila brings its Paradise Run to the wide streets of Clark on March 18, 2018.  It’s colorful fun in the morning sun with 3K, 5K and 10K distance to choose from.

Color Manila

6 years of Color Manila

Color Manila has brought back the fun in the run with their color display and party atmosphere during races. Play with the different themed color-powder stations and let the inner kid take charge.  It’s now been 6 years of Color Manila fun and they bring the Paradise-themed color run to the wide street of Clark.  Clark gives you a runner-friendly route that gives you more leg room to run and the intimate feel away from the city-rush.

Take the 3K, 5K or 10K distance and kick start a healthy habit of running.  After the run, get to enjoy the party (Spoiler Alert: Color Manila throws a really great party) and of course, the color powder ceremony.  Register now and enjoy the scenes of Clark.

Race Details

Date and Venue:

  • Date: March 18, 2018
  • Venue: Clark Parade Grounds
  • Gun Start
    • 10K – 5:30 am
    • 5K – 5:45 am
    • 3K – 6 am

Fees and Inclusions

  • DELUXE – P750 – Inclusive of Drifit Shirt, Sunglasses, Race Bib, Color Packet, Finisher’s Medal
  • ROCKSTAR – P1,050 – Inclusive of Drifit Shirt, Sunglasses, Race Bib, Color Packet, Finisher’s Medal, Drawstring Bag, Headwear
  • SUPERSTAR – P1,500 – Inclusive of Drifit Shirt, Sunglasses, Race Bib, Color Packet, Finisher’s Medal, Drawstring Bag, Headwear, Finisher’s Singlet

Registration

  • Online via Track Oval
    • Credit / Debit Card / Paypal / SM Tickets

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Take the 28 Day Fitstrong Challenge with Mark Streigl

Big Victories comes from small gains, top MMA fighter Mark Streigl shares a six minute workout that can help you develop a healthy lifestyle.  Take the 28 days Fitstrong Challenge and start a habit of fitness and achieve results.

Mark Streigl

Mark Streigl

Mark Streigl

Under Armour Athlete and top MMA Fighter shared his workout routine to national coaches and trainers last Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Edsa Shangrila Hotel for the launch of 28 Days Fitstrong Challenge.  28 days could be a life changer as your body learns to adopt to the different workouts and can help your mind adopt into a system and a lifestyle of fitness.  It’s a road map to being fit, toned and losing weight. As an MMA fighter, keeping weight is a key factor for Mark to make weight limit and his routine helps ensure that he is ready by fight day.

With Princess and Mark

With Princess and Mark

Mark shared a 6-minute workout you can incorporate in your day.  Even if you are on a busy schedule, it still a good habit to maintain.  I do mine in the morning before I go to work and try to do another set when I am at home.  It’s a simple 6 minute routine as follows:

  • 30 seconds knee rolls (similar to crunches with your hands reaching your knees per repetition).
  • 30 seconds leg lifts (from a flat lying position, straighten your legs and lift up and pull down)
  • 30 seconds plank
  • 30 seconds knee crunches (from a push up position, alternately crunch your knee to your core are)
  • Repeat the set 3 times without rest and your good to go.

The hardest part is to start but once you get the hang of it, the routine becomes a habit.  I’m also taking the 28 days fitstrong challenge so please join me with the challenge and let’s inspire more people to a fitness lifestyle.

28 Day Fitstrong Challenge

From left to right : Ms. Sze Chi from Sanctband Headquarters , Master Jermy Ng, MMA superstar Mark “Mugen” Strieg, One of A Kind Marketing Managing Director Christine Majadillas and Chief Operating Officer Engr. Allan Majadillas.

The 28 Days Fitstrong Challenge was developed by Mark throughout his MMA career and can be done with the aid of Sanctband.  It can be done anywhere and will help people achieve a healthy lifestyle and at the same time becoming fitter and stronger at the end of the program.   Aside from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger version of you, you’ll also get a chance to win some prizes from Under Armour and Sanctband.  The 28 Days Fitstrong Challenge will be launched digitally on March 10 to April 6 digitally and will have a culmination event on April 7 and April 14 at BGC.  There will be a series of video tutorials from Mark Streigl that would be uploaded to various social media platforms weekly. During the entire contest, a participant must perform the video tutorial, the post it on their social media account everyday with the use of the unique hashtag alongside major partners #SanctbandGlobal #SanctbandPH #UnderArmourSEA and #UnderArmourPH.  At the end of the challenge, the participant must also post their before and after photo. Winners will be selected through the participants social media posts.

Streigl has also tested the 28 days fitstrong challenge on his friend.

“He is my high school friend. He works in Taipei and he flew over to the Philippines and live with me for five weeks. He wanted to have more energy, feel better, feel stronger, and be healthier. He was able to lose 30 pounds in four weeks. He feels much healthier. I’m very happy with his progress and I know he is happy too,” said Striegl.

Sanctband Certification

Sanctband

Sanctband

Earlier during the day, there was also a Sanctband certification for the national coaches and trainers conducted by representatives from Sanctband Master Trainer Jeremy Ng.  Sanctband has a whole range of fitness equipment including mat, resistance bands, spider cord among others.  It was one of the more lively training sessions I’ve seen with some interactive games to energize the participants.  The workout sessions featured the different Sanctband products and their uses.  The resistance bands can really help you strengthen muscle group and improve your form.

Buddy workout using the spider cord

Buddy workout using the spider cord

Sanctband Resistance Band, which would be exclusively distributed by One of a Kind Marketing in the Philippines, is a natural latex resistive exerciser and resistance training device.  It is suitable for all fitness levels and can be incorporated in many exercise regime.  Sanctband Resistance Exercise Band is colour-coded to indicate the resistance levels and strengths of physiotherapy, rehabilitation, sports therapy and training.  Sanctband Powder Free and Reduced Protein Exercise Bands are developed to address the uncomfortable feeling of using powdered bands and concerns of latex allergy when using a latex band.

Sancband Master Trainer Jeremy Ng conducts the training sessions.

Sancband Master Trainer Jeremy Ng conducts the training sessions.

The different Sanctband products are impressive.  It’s like having a whole gym available at home.  The Sanctband was perfect for the national coaches and trainers as it goes well with different sports.  You can strengthen the different muscle groups needed for any sports by adding resistance.  The participants did the workout with and without Sanctband and after using Sanctband, the routine felt easier and with improved form.

With Allan and Z

With Allan and Z

The session was informative and also gave the coaches and trainers a different approach to their training routines.  Brazilian Jiujitsu Champion and Under Armour Athlete Meggie Ochoa also gave a short talk to the participants and mentioned her upcoming talk on Self Defense upcoming in April.  Under Armour and Sanctband was able to give us new approaches to fitness through the 28 days Fit Strong Challenge and Sanctband resistance bands.

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Bravehearts 2018

The race earned its “Bravehearts” title as I was descending on the ropes on a really steep terrain.  Good times come when you brave those tough parts.  True enough, we were rewarded with a whole ridge view of the sea of clouds as we made our way into the race.

Bravehearts

Good Morning Sea of Clouds

Good Morning Sea of Clouds

I love running on ridges with  the views of the mountains and the sea of clouds.  I got that after 2 kilometers of the Bravehearts race.  Nothing like the early morning view of the Sierra Mountain range filled with the fluffy sea of clouds as you inhale fresh air and get to feel the mountain breeze.  That scene made all the effort worth it but getting to this point is a totally different story.

After the gunstart of the race, we proceeded into an uphill course with stair pegs and dirt tracks.  The first kilometer is a steep climb of 250 meters overlooking the mountain range.  It’s a struggle and made me a believer of “forever.”  I can feel my heart beat get faster from the effort.  My cough and colds made me tire a bit faster than normal but I’m a trooper so I’d take it one effort at a time rest for a few seconds and appreciate the scenery.

After the first kilometer, the climbs shift to more moderate ones along ridges.  It was a visual delight getting to move around with the mountain ranges surrounded by the sea of clouds.   The few short ridges led us to another surprise.  It’s always a TRAP with DBB races.  We then saw the terrain get a lot steeper became such a challenge.  What have I gotten myself into?

When the going gets tough, take a selfie.

When the going gets tough, take a selfie.

It was a few hundred meters of almost 90 degrees. It was a bottleneck here as most of the runners were tentative on the descent.  I just went with the pace of the group after all I am not really rushing in this race as I don’t have much lung power to go fast this time.  It was really scary that I heard some say that this would be the last time they do trails.  I’m quite sure they’d want to do it again the next time after they finish the race.  The long steep descent led us to another climb again.

It was another steep climb of about 150 meters heading to the peak.  It was another round of forever once again.  I tried to take it one climb at a time before hitting an open area where you get to see the top of the mountain and the remaining steep climb to conquer.  I met Jun at the open area.

With Jun

With Jun

We took a break since there was a store there and we ate biko before proceeding to the next climb.  We did the next sets of climb with several efforts before hitting the highest point of the race at 527 meters.  The first 2 kilometer stretch of the race felt really exhausting and it took us a lot of time plus you have to factor in the biko break and the pictorials.  At the top of the climb is the “Magasawang Bato.”

Mag-asawang Bato

Mag-asawang Bato

There was a cave inside and Jun asked me if we’d want to explore it. I said next time as I’m already out of energy.  It was a good thing that we were done with the tough part of the first part of the race.  It makes me think how to survive the next 9-10 kilometers.  The next part was the scenic part as the sky is our playground and we had the amazing sea of clouds to keep us awed.

Running in a sea of clouds

Running in a sea of clouds

We couldn’t help ourselves but to take photos with the sea of clouds.  I guess this is not just a race but a photo shoot as well.   It was great going over long ridges with a landscape as magnificent as the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.  It was downhill after that.  With a much defined trail and a descent, it was time to speed up a bit.  I went into brisk walk and a few runs since I was reserving my energy for the next long climb at the second half of the race.

We hit the start area again and proceeded to the other side of the trail when the race marshal made us go right, I remembered this route.  This was the same route leading to the Batolusong Route.  Seriously, after going through the first 2K, will they make us go through the steep and technical Batolusong route?  Well, I was overthinking as when we hit the trail head, we were asked to go straight instead of the Batolusong route.   It was a long and moderate ascent but thinking that there would be some technical part made us conserve our effort a bit.

U-turn

U-turn

The u-turn came after a series of steep climb but knowing we were near gave us the energy to hit the turn-around.  At the turn-around, Jun told me to go ahead as he would take his energy gel.  I was a bit more comfortable on the way back since I had good traction on downhill with the Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2.   I was moving a bit faster though I hit another glitch.  I ran out of water on my Amihan Vest.  Since I needed to wet my throat regularly because of my cough and cold, I consumed a lot more water than usual.  It was also a hot morning.  My life saver was the pack of Valda pastilles I brought for my cough as it gave me something to keep my throat wet on the way back.

Some locals also gave me a few cup of water along the way. Thanks!  I started to move faster without over exhausting my self since I had no more water reserve and when I hit the last few hundred meters of the race, I went on to run so I can finish strong.  It’s a long way for me before I get back in my old form but I got a good beating to remind me to train better and be mentally stronger.  I’ll need that on their second leg since Mount Sembrano is also a mentally and physically challenging course.

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Incoming: Zarks Ultimate Run 2018

A good run is always a perfect excuse to gobble up those fresh, tasty, mouth-watering, flavorful Zarks Burger.  Go long or go fun as Zarks brings you an Ultimate 500 kilometer run from Ilocos to Quezon City on February 20, 2018 and it culminates with a fun run at Quezon Memorial Circle on February 25, 2018 with newbie friendly distances.

Zarks

There are bad times and there are burgers.  Burgers is our go-to feel good food that always lifts up our moods.  Zarks has been with fresh, huge and great burgers at an affordable price since 2009.  They  make each bite a pleasant experience with their tasty mouthwatering burgers.  Another good endorphin booster is running. The fun in every bit comes with the fun in every stride as Zarks brings you the Zarks Ultimate Run that’s meant for hardcore endurance athletes covering 500 kilometers from Ilocos to Quezon City starting on February 20, 2018 as well as the newbie friendly Zarks Fun Run with 2.5-kilometer, 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer categories at Quezon City Memorial Circle on February 25, 2018.

Join in the fun and the excitement whether your among the few brave souls to take on the 500 kilometer challenge or just a part of those who want to have fun in the shorter distance.  Of course, there’s the fun in the bun in Zarks all the step of the way. Register Now!

Race Details

Date and Time

  • ZARK’S BURGER ULTIMATE 500KM ULTRA MARATHON

    • Start: Pasuquin Plaza, Ilocos Norte
    • Finish: Quezon City Memorial Circle
    • Actual Distance: 500km
    • Cutoff: 120 hours
    • Gunstart : February 20, 3 pm
    • Finish: Feb 25, 3 PM
    • Route: Manila North Road – McArthur Hiway – Edsa
  • Zark’s Ultimate Run 2018

    • Venue: Quezon City Memorial Circle
    • Date: February 25, 2018
    • Assembly: 5:00 AM
    • Gunstarts:
      • 10.0KM – 5:30AM
      • 5.0KM – 6:00AM
      • 2.5KM – 6:30AM

Fees and Inclusions

  • 10K, 5K, 2.5K

    • Registration : Php750
    • Inclusions:
      • Race Bib
      • Singlet
      • Finisher Medal
      • ZARK’S ULTIMATE BURGER
  • 500K

    • Registration Cost : 6,500
    • Race Kit Inclusions:
    • Tshirt Event Shirt
    • Longsleeve Finisher Shirt
    • Amihan Golite Waistbelt
    • Accident Death Insurance
    • Race Bib plus 2pcs Tarp (for support Vehicle (Front and Back))
    • Finisher Trophy
    • Finisher Buckle
    • Finisher Medal
    • Finisher Shirt
    • Zark’s Ultimate Burger

Registration

  • Onsite Registrations:
    • Zarks at SM North, SM Megamall, SM Mall Of Asia, Taft, SM Southmall, SM San Fernando Pampanga

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Incoming: CM Blacklight Run 2018

Enjoy the run at the night with the Color Manila brand of fun and excitement as CM Blacklight Run at McKinley West on February 24, 2018 with 3K, 5K and 6.5K categories to choose from.

CM Blacklight Run

The country’s number one fun-run organizer – ColorManila, which kickstarted 2018 with its successful CM Paradise Run campaign last month, is gearing up for another massive ‘concept fun-run’ on February 24, 2018, at McKinley West in Taguig City, with CM Blacklight Run, co-presented by Brother International Philippines.  CM Blacklight Run will be ColorManila’s first night run for 2018, and will be first of a series for this year, which will be held in various cities nationwide.

It’s always a fun time with Color Manila plus this time you get to run without the pressure of waking early.  The good thing is that after a good run is that you can have a clean and colorful party time fun.  It’s all set for colors and glows to guide you though the streets of McKinley West.

ColorManila VP Justine Cordero says, “We are happy to be working once again with Brother for the CM Blacklight Run.  Night runs are perfect for people who are working and need cap their week with a bit of a workout, which they can do with their family and friends.  It will also be held at McKinley West, so those who just stay at BGC, Makati, Pasay, or other parts of the Metro, can just easily join the event.”

Registration is still ongoing. For more information, visit www.colormanila.com for more details.

Race Details

 

Date and Venue

  • Date: February 24, 2018
  • Venue: McKinley West, Taguig

Fees and Inclusion

  • 3K, 5K and 6.5K
    • Deluxe is priced at Php950 and includes a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet and a finisher’s medal.
    • Rockstar Kit, which is priced at Php1500, comes with a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet, finisher’s medal, drawstring bag and a foldable water bottle.
    • the VIP Kit is priced at Php2,500, comes with a drifit shirt, headlamp, race bib, color packet, finisher’s medal, drawstring bag, foldable water bottle, finisher’s pillow, P1000 worth of CM Merchandise GCs and a VIP Pass.
    • Kids below 7 by the way, get to run for free.

Registration

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SBR.Ph is All Set for 2018

SWIMBIKERUN.PH has laid down their 2018 events starting of with the SBR Expo and the awards night followed by their race series, which includes Aquaman, Duaman and Triman.

SBR 2018

Setting things ablaze in the local scene of the triathlon community, SWIMBIKERUN.ph held their press conference at the event center of the Century City Mall where they announced their activities for the year and introduced their present partnership for the season.

Present at the launch were Asec. Frederick Alegre – Assistant Secretary for Office of Public Affairs, Communications and Special Projects of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Mr. John Walter Baybay – Chief strategist and Vice President for Marketing and Communications  and Ms. Kezia Lucas, Marketing and Communications Manager for Black Arrow Express (BAE) – official logistics partner of SBR.ph for 2018, The Big Difference Communications team – official PR and marketing arm of SBR.ph and Ms. Leizel Cosgayon, Marketing manager of Century City Mall – official events venue for non-active sports activity of SBR.ph for 2018, and her team.

Taking time off from their schedules to attend the event were the people from the Museum and Cultural Affairs Office (MCAO) of the City of Makati and Mr. Warly Guerra and Dir. Edgar Santos of Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). Curves, Tinapayan Festival and California Pizza Kitchen were the food sponsor of the launch.

 SBR Online Store

SWIMBIKERUN.ph (SBR.ph) is the brainchild of a Carlos de Guzman, a tri-athlete with a passion for the sports.  With the fire burning strong, a community is now formed that is continuously growing and inspiring lives.  SBR.ph is also an online store that caters to the gear needs of tri-athletes and/or those that are simply into running, swimming and cycling.  He has shirts, socks, caps, drinking bottles, monitor watches, goggles, support straps and such made available on his site.  He can also give support to some cyclist needs such as wheels.

SBR.ph for 2018 has a lot activities lined up for the triathlon community. This February, the Oscar’s of the local triathlon community will take place on the 10th alongside the Expo which will run for 2 days from the 10th till the 11th of the prior mentioned month.  The SBR EXPO is a retailers event showcasing items all geared to the needs of a tri-athlete.  New retailers will join in the event showing their wares that are health related in nature that both athletes and non-sport minded individuals may be interested in. This is an open to all event, regulars of the mall can also enjoy the items offered on those days.

With the online voting taking place right now, the triathlon community of the Philippines is buzzing with excitement and is waiting for the results which will be made known during the Award’s Night which shall take place still at the event center of CCM.  Recognition to be given are for the following categories:

  • Elite Tri-Athlete of the Year (Men and Women Division)
  • Duathlete of the Year (Men and Women Division)
  • Age Group Tri-athlete of the Year (Men and Women Division)
  • Youth Tri-athlete of the Year (Men and Women Division)
  • Race of the Year (Below 800)
  • Race of the Year (Above 800)
  • Team of the Year
  • Shoe of the Year
  • Shop of the Year
  • Tri-Gear of the Year
  • Bike of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • ph Hall of Fame Class of 2017

The Races

SBR’s regular races is also set for the triathlon community.  The first of all the races will take place in April which is the AQUAMAN (Aquathlon), followed by the DUAMAN (Duathlon) in May and capping it all off with the TRIMAN (Triathlon) in June; registration for all SBR events is now open to all interested individual and enjoy an early bird discount; something that some attendees took advantage of since the whole race activities are not time set, making it more enjoyable in the process.  Reflecting the dynamic demanding sports of triathlon, SBR.ph is packed with energy charge activities, setting things truly burning in the local triathlon scene this 2018.

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Assemble Your Armour at Balesin

Balesin

Balesin

When you get to mix your fitness and travel activities in one weekend then it must be a good one.  Balesin is a bucket-list adventure that gives you a feel of the different sites around the world like Bali, Phuket, St. Tropez, Costa Del Sol, Mykonos and a whole lot more.  I got to enjoy the island and had my share of fitness routine for the Assemble Your Armour Event last January 26-28, 2018.

Balesin

Private Villa

Private Villa

Balesin Island gives you an around the world tour of all the refreshing places.  Enjoy the tropical beach fun at Bali and Phuket.  Get the feel of the Greek Architecture at Mykonos.  Be awed by the colorful and lively beach setup of the French Riviera at St. Tropez.  Transport yourself to the coastal towns of Southern Spain at Costa del Sol.  Get the laid back feel of Tuscany, Italy at Toscana.  It’s a choose your own adventure time at Balesin and you can even get to see them all.  That’s how it feels to be in Balesin plus you get numerous fitness, sports and water activities to choose from.

Mykonos

Mykonos

Balesin is a bucket list worthy destination.  It’s pricey but if you want to pamper yourself for a weekend of rest, relaxation and an appreciation of the outdoors then it’s a good spend.  I’ve been wanting to see Balesin for quite some time now and when Under Armour had an event, I immediately grabbed the chance.  Experience and adventures are priceless and years from now, I wouldn’t want to look back on a life of ‘ifs’.  Forget the hefty price tag, I’m game for this adventure.

St. Tropez

St. Tropez

3 days and two nights is not enough to enjoy the island but I just made the most out of it.  I joined the island tour on the first day where we got to see the different themed village of Balesin.  We were booked in Bali Village and enjoyed the tropical island paradise feel of Bali.  The good part about Balesin is your free to try the other village so you can have your meals or take a swim at the other villages.  It also gives you that secluded feel with so many villages and fewer people around the island.

I was able to squeeze in a few short runs in between events and if I’d have the chance I’d explore the island by foot and also bike around the island, I’d love to swim in the different themed village too. Well, that’s something I would look forward to the next time.

Assemble Your Armour

With Gretchen Ho

With Gretchen Ho

Assemble Your Armour was set on our second day at Balesin and it was raining real hard.  Balesin is rain ready as it also has indoor facilities for the activities.  The Beach Volleyball was moved to the Sports Center.  Gretchen Ho handled the Volleyball session and she gave pointers to the participants.  They ended up with an exciting and tightly contested Volleyball game.  Gretchen Ho is such a passionate host for the session.

With Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz

With Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Up next was the Olympian’s workout hosted by Weightlifter and Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz.  Hidilyn showed different basic exercise made more effective by Sanctband.  She focused on the proper form and execution of the participants.  Sanctband can really help build more muscle strength and give you an added resistance in your workouts.   Hidilyn is such a down-to-earth athlete that you can feel her sincerity when she teaches.

Aegle Wellness Center

Aegle Wellness Center

Then we had a healthy and hearty lunch at Ambrosia in Aegle Wellness Center.  The day before we had a fitness check up at the Aegle Wellness Center.  It was a comprehensive check up that gave us an idea of our overall fitness level.  It felt so funny for me that I was silently telling the machine to stop when my weight was already above the normal. Yes, I have to work on my weight but based on the result, I have a faster metabolic rate too so I guess it’s workable when I resume my training.

IV Therapy

IV Therapy

I opted for a high protein meal and yes, it was delicious.  We also got a talk on nutrition and among the key items I got to note is to go for complex carbohydrates (instead of rice).  I also got my IV treatment, which was the sports boost.  It had a mix of L-carnitine, Glutathione, Vitamin C and a lot more nutrients applied to your system over 45 minutes.  I also wanted to try the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment but I guess that’s on my next time list for now.

Run

After the treatment, I saw a window to squeeze in a run before the next session at 5 pm.  Yes, I opted for a run instead of rest. I started from Bali to the Sports Center, which was about 1.5 kilometers away.  I still had several minutes to spare so I went on to the clubhouse and back to the Sports Center at 5 pm for the next session.  It was nice to run in Balesin as it was a cool afternoon just after the rain.  They had soft grounds, which meant less strain on the legs and a rich forest view.

6 minutes abs session by Mark Streigl

6 minutes abs session by Mark Streigl

After the run, I headed to the gym for Mark Streigl’s session.  With Mark’s MMA background, he has really mastered managing his weight for his fights.  Mark’s session was short but can really be practically added to our daily routine.  We can never be too busy to be fit. If you still insist that you are busy, here’s a 6-minutes abs workout you can do everyday.

  • 30 seconds knee rolls (like doing crunches but each repetition you let you hand roll to your knees)
  • 30 seconds leg lifts (hands on butt, feet straight, and lift your legs)
  • 30 seconds plank
  • 30 seconds mountain climbers (push up position and alternately push legs in a forward motion)
  • Do it 3 times without rest

True enough, I was sweating hard just after 6 minutes.  It’s challenging but not too overwhelming so it’s really doable.  Mark has also helped his friend, Justin (who was also at the event) lose 30 pounds in 28 days.  Follow Mark Streigl and check out for his fitness challenge too.

I guess we earned this today.

I guess we earned this today.

We wrapped up our day with a night of singing, food and fun.  It was a full day but anytime you work on getting yourself fit is a good day.  Assemble Your Armour has given me a different look at fitness from different disciplines.  Fitness is all encompassing and Under Armour was able to give us a lot of reasons and ways to be fit.  It was also nice to interact with the different ambassadors as you can see that they are not only good in their field but are also great people up close.

With Tin of One of a Kind Marketing

With Tin of One of a Kind Marketing

Going Home

Run Franckee Run

Run Franckee Run

Before heading home, I was able to sneak in a 30 minutes run in from Bali to Sports Center and back.  I know it’s a packed itinerary but it’s just my way  to appreciate the island one last team before going home.  It’s always a great weekend when you get to travel to a new destination and discover fun ways to be fit.  ‘Til next time.

Bye Balesin

Bye Balesin

 

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Tough Mudder Expands to Philippines

First Tough Mudder in the Philippines is scheduled this July 2018

Tough Mudder Inc., Partners with Proactive Sports Management to bring the “Tough Mudder” brand of getting dirty and strong in the obstacle course.  Their maiden event is set on July 2018.

Tough Mudder

Obstacle Course Races gets another look with Tough Mudder entering Philippine shores for their maiden event.  It brings in the fun, the challenge, the team work and the camaraderie that has been synonymous to the Tough Mudder brand.   Tough Mudder, Inc., a leading sport, active lifestyle and media brand, and Proactive Sports Management, a premier sports agency known for organizing the largest fun runs in the Philippines, announced today a new partnership to bring the world’s leading obstacle course event, Tough Mudder, to the Philippines for the first time in 2018. This marks the first time Tough Mudder has licensed its events in the country. Tough Mudder holds events on five out of the six habitable continents.

The inaugural Philippine’s Tough Mudder Event Weekend will take place in July, followed by another event in November 2018.  Both events will feature Tough Mudder’s signature obstacles.

“This is the first time that Tough Mudder will be in the Philippines, and Tough Mudder is not just about being tough, it is also about teamwork and determination,” said Proactive COO Justine Cordero.

This new licensee follows the success of Tough Mudder’s licensed events – hosted to date in Mexico, Bali, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. It will provide access to events for active lifestyle individuals living or visiting the Philippines seeking the challenge, camaraderie and thrills that only a Tough Mudder experience can offer.


“Tough Mudder events have united millions seeking a more engaging, communal form of active lifestyle.  We are excited to partner with Proactive Sports Management, who have a proven track record for success for athletic events in the Philippines, to ensure locals and tourists alike will have the same unparalleled experience that has made Tough Mudder the must-do event for OCR enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike,” said Will Dean, CEO and Co-Founder, Tough Mudder.   

With more than 3 million participants to date across five continents, Tough Mudder has offerings ranging from accessible yet rewarding challenges, such as the Tough Mudder 5K and Tough Mudder Half (five-mile event excluding fire, ice and electricity), to competitive events, such as Tough Mudder X (the toughest mile on the planet) and World’s Toughest Mudder (24-hour endurance event).

This year, Tough Mudder, Inc. and its licensees will host an unprecedented 150+ events across nearly a dozen countries, such as the United States, The United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Canada and two new countries, South Africa and Oman, welcoming participants worldwide into a global community that lives courage, personal accomplishment, teamwork and fun.

Tough Mudder in the Philippines is held in partnership with Proactive Sports Management, a sports events company which started in 2012, and is known in the industry for staging various marathons and mass participation events.  Proactive has been the team responsible for the highly successful Color Manila branded races which has brought the fun and the colorful adventure races around the country.

Registration is ongoing, for more information, please visit FB/ToughMudderPhilippines.

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Hidilyn Diaz leads UA Fitness Retreat

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Under Armour Heads to Balesin for a Fitness Retreat headed by their athletes, Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz and Gretchen Ho, on January 27, 2018.

Under Armour

 

Under Armour Ambassadress Hidilyn Diaz made history by becoming the first Filipina to take home a medal in the Olympics when she claimed the silver medal in the weightlifting competitions in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  She’s recently won silver at the AIMAG as part of her preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she is aiming for nothing less than a gold medal.

Under Armour athletes Gretchen Ho and Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz will lead UA’s fitness retreat on January 27, 2018 in Balesin Island.  Gretchen Ho has made her mark in Women’s volleyball and has also been active in the fitness field as well is emerging as a television host.  These champions in their fields of sports will share their training regimens and fitness routines with participants of the retreat.

Participants of the fitness retreat will also learn how to achieve a healthy lifestyle from Aegle Wellness Center Medical Director, Dr. Benedict Valdecañas, over a healthy and delicious gourmet lunch at Ambrosia. Furthermore, they’ll get to experience Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, IV Therapy or Thalassotherapy—an anti-ageing and detox medical treatment utilizing sea water and sea minerals, exclusively offered in the Philippines at Aegle – Balesin.

The Under Armour Fitness Retreat in partnership with Aegle Wellness Center, Balesin Island Club, and Sanctband is happening on January 27, 2018 at Balesin Island, Quezon. For inquiries, contact Aegle Wellness Center at (02)737-0077, +63917-821-9795,  +63949-889-6237 or info@aegle wellnesscenter.com.

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A Day at Anytime Fitness Baguio

Finally, An Anytime Fitness in Baguio

Finally, An Anytime Fitness in Baguio

Being an Anytime Fitness member, I’m happy that the purple brand hit the City of Pines.  I got a chance to test out their facilities and functional movement program over the weekend.

Anytime Fitness

With THE Allan Ray Enriquez

With THE Allan Ray Enriquez

If there’s one thing I like about Anytime Fitness, it’s practically everywhere.  My main branch is at Paseo Center but I also get to work out in Jupiter, BGC, Pioneer among others.  You can practically go anywhere in the city and work out at Anytime Fitness after.  This is one of the reason why I got real excited knowing that there would be an Anytime Fitness in Baguio a few months ago from fellow running blogger Allan Ray Enriquez, who’s also part of the AF Team. Baguio is my hometown and it’s nice to have a go-to gym there too even if most of the times, I’m on the trails of Baguio.

Anytime Fitness Baguio

I got the chance to check out Anytime Fitness over the weekend when I went home.  I just walked my way from my house at New Lucban to Anytime Fitness at The Camp in Leonard Wood Road.  That’s just a few kilometers away though it’s mostly uphill.  It’s a cool day, might as well have a few cardio run / walk before hitting the gym.  It’s a work in progress but most of the facilities are already available for use.  They have also friendly staff as they assisted me when they see me clueless on some of the machines.  I got to try a few machines as well as do some spinning before Allan assigned me my trainer for the day.

Functional Movement Test

With my Trainer Orlando Smith Jr.

With my Trainer Orlando Smith Jr.

Orlando Smith Jr. (Jun) was assigned to me.  As I was talking to my cousin later that day, Jun was the same trainer that had him slim down last year.  The first order of business is to have a functional movement test.  A functional movement test helps assess on which area you need to strengthen.  I’m not a fan of fitness tests since I know I have a lot of weak points as an athlete.  I have weak core and overused knees from the years of running.

I like how Jun handled the test as he didn’t sound intimidating and would compliment me for doing the drills.  After the test comes the results and well,  I do have a lot of things to work on especially on loosening up the hips, strengthening my knees and core.  The functional movement test is just what I needed as I really need to strengthen myself before pursuing my next bucket list of racing adventures.

The Drills

After the tests, the fun part begins.  That also means, it’s time to work out.  I got some drills to strengthen and loosen up the knees and hips.  I did kettlebells as well as weight training to strengthen the various muscle group.  My trainer would note areas for improvements and bad habits.  I tend to lean forward on the exercise instead of being upright.  I also had some lunges to improve on my flexibility.  It was one exercise after another and Jun would check on the form and execution.  It’s nice that I got a good trainer for this one.  I also did more dynamic core workouts since it’s really my weak areas as it’s also the area I need to work on.  I also got to do some squats while slamming the bag.

Overall, it was a good workout and it’s nice that some of  the strengthening workouts can be done at home with mostly minimal use of equipment.  While I still have a long way to go, I’m glad I had the stamina to last the workouts and was able to recover fast.  I felt some improvements in my mobility as I felt a lot more comfortable moving in the trails the next day.  Now, I just need to form a new habit out of the results of my functional movement test.

On CloudX was real comfortable for my workout.

On CloudX was real comfortable for my workout.

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