Hate Traditional Gyms? Here are 6 Alternative Ways to Get Fit this 2015

There’s more to fitness than running on a treadmill. If you failed at your last year’s gym resolution, you might want to try these alternative fitness activities.

There’s more to fitness than running on a treadmill. If you failed at your last year’s gym resolution, you might want to try these alternative fitness activities in the metro.


Where: Ninja Academy | #155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig City, PH
When: Mon-Fri, 1 PM to 9 PM; Sat, 11am to 9pm; Sun, 11 AM to 7PM
Contact: 02-624-2872 / 63-917-5658945 | http://ninjaacademy.ph
Rates: PHP 350 for unlimited use of gym per day; PHP 2500 per month for unlimited use of gym and unlimited Gauntlet classes

Photo from Ninja Academy website and Facebook page

Parkour practitioners overcome physical obstacles using the human body and the surroundings “for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe.” Parkour as a fitness activity includes obstacle courses, running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, and quadrupedal movement.

Ninja Academy has a unique obstacle course which will ensure a whole new total body workout with Gauntlet – an intense series of workouts that will utilize the student’s whole body as he maneuvers through the course. 

Flying Trapeze

Where: Flying Trapeze Philippines 34th St. corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 
When: Click for the schedule.
Contact: 0917-242-0331 | http://www.trapeze.ph/
Rates: Classes are held Tuesdays to Sundays, with Open Swing (P200 per swing / P500 for 3 rounds)and 2 Hour Classes (P1,000 weekday morning and afternoon / P1,250 for weekends and evenings) available.

The first and only trapeze arts school in the country is located in BGC, just beside the football field.  Flying trapeze allows you to tone your upper body and core muscles in a fun and challenging environment. Interested participants under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or court-appointed legal guardian. Recommended minimum age to participate is 6 years old.


Where: Movement Dance Studio
1.) Makati Sports Club, LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City Philippines
Landline: 788-6527 | Mobile: 0933-3605344/ 0927- 8580048
2.) 3rd Floor, Kidsville in Podium Mall, Mandaluyong CIty
Landline: (02) 788-6527 | Cell: (0999) 7951006


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Movement Dance Studio offers several types of dance classes and programs for kids, teens and adults, which include Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Ballroom, Latin Aero Sexy Jazz, Belly Dance, Zumba Fitness, Pole Dancing, Dance Aero, Yoga, and Punchbag Aero among others. 

Photo from MDS’ Facebook page

Circuit Training

Where: 360° Fitness Club Branches

1.) 22nd Floor, Strata 100 Bldg., F. Ortigas Jr. Road (formerly Emerald Ave.) Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City | Landline:  577-7807 Mobile: 0917-5600360
2.) 7th floor, 107 Dolmar Gold Tower, C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City Landline: 940-9575 
3.) 2nd Floor Esna Building 30 Timog Ave., Quezon City | Landline: 4131365 Mobile: 0917-8431301; 0999-8847552 
4.) 3rd Floor Active Fun Building, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City | Mobile:  0917 581 3933; 0920 977 7731; Landline: 478-4059
5.) Westgate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City Mobile: 0917-5180923; 801-1017

360° Fitness Club promises customers a fun, quick and efficient way to tone up. This kind of total body workout is a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercises, keeping heart rate up in a short period of time. The friendly coaches will guide you through a quickie workout plan that will strengthen and tone your body in just thirty minutes. 

The club offers Annual Membership and Semi-Annual Membership. Both memberships include trainers during your workout sessions, all group exercise classes (so attend all you can), and unlimited used of the circuit training facility (exercise all you can). 


Where: Multiple branches across the metro

Rates: First-timer Trial (3 classes in 2 weeks) for P1,500; Monthly Unlimited is at P5,500.

barre3 combines the physical activities of ballet, yoga, and pilates in a one-hour workout. barre3 promises ideal body-shaping results, improved core strength, and long-term postural benefits. 

Photo from barre3’s Facebook page

High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

Where: HIT Arena, 2nd Level Aurora Building, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
(+63 977) 195-6090, (+63 939) 952-7768
Monday to Saturday: 9:00am to 9:00pm

High Intensity Interval Training (or ‘HIIT’ pronounced like ‘hit’) refers to short explosive movements done in a short span of time, and the rest period is minimal. In much simpler words, think of it as the baby of CrossFit and Circuit Training.  

Hit Force concentrates on muscle building and resistance training, Hit Rush focuses on burning fats and losing weight, and Hit Impact is a combination of Hit Force and Hit Rush. For strong abs, there is Hit Core, which solely concentrates on the abdominals. They also offer other services like personal training and exercise classes like yoga, Zumba, capoeira, muay thai, boxing, and hiphop.

Have you tried other alternatives to traditional gyms? Share us your choice of fitness regimen in the comments section below.

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