After one year of stay at one of the biggest fitness clubs in the country, I decided to bring my fitness journey to another level. That’s why when I got the chance to try crossfit in Mad Minute Makati, I immediately said yes! I signed up for their Crossfit 101, a special class for crossfit beginners. The class is composed of 9 sessions, which will last for almost a month and is held every Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

The Crossfit Mad Minute Makati, located at Unit G 7433 Yakal Street, Makati City, Philippines 1203

I’m already on my third and final week now and so far, I’ve been enjoying all the workouts we’ve had. The classes here are very different from the usual group classes and exercises that we know from the popular fitness clubs. While we all love to do body combat, body jam, rpm classes, etc., the crossfit 101 classes is very different in so many ways. Here’s why:

It’s a learning class. Before every session, there is a short discussion of what to do, how to do it and why we need to do it. The coaches of Crossfit Mad Minute are all Certified Crossfit Trainers and really teach very well. They will explain, demonstrate and teach you how to execute the work out without getting yourself injured. They will also correct your posture and teach you techniques to make the work out easier and suitable for you.

Coaches are always ready to help and assist the members in their workouts.

There’s a friendly competition. After the short lecture and demo, participants will have to accomplish the Workout of the Day (WOD). WOD’s are usually a series of workouts and is timed. While they always remind you not to compete with others and just focus on yourself, I think it’s a human nature to be competitive. When you see other people finishing fast, you tend to speed up your movement. When you see someone pushing hard to finish the work out and you almost want to quit, you will also push your self more. It could be competition or maybe, inspiration. Whatever it is that pushes you to finish the work out, it’s all good, I think.

Are you ready for a Tire Flip workout? :)

The motivation. The coaches and the other members of the crossfit box are very supportive to the newbies. They will cheer for you and motivate you to finish the work out when they see that you’re getting tired and almost giving up. “Go Cj! Good job Cj! Nice work Cj!”All those encouraging words can really help you finish your last 10 burpees after 3 sets of a heavy work out. Haha.

Walang Arte. I think the main peg of Crossfit gyms today is to just work out hard and get results and nothing else. It teaches you to focus on what you really want, what your fitness goals are and why are you working out.

So, if you think crossfit is for you, you might want to try their free trial every first and last Saturdays of the month. You may visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/CrossFitMadMinute  for more details.

And also, if you want to join the new batch of Crossfit 101 for December, here are the details:

Unilab Active Health will be holding the Run United HP Recovery Run, in partnership with Enervon HP recovery drink, a unique, non-competitive running event exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers that aim to consistently exceed themselves. Only 2014 Run United finishers will be allowed to participate in the event. All activities from gun start to finish aims to educate the running community on how proper recovery practices during and after an intense workout plays a vital role in enhancing race performances.

The participants of the 5km and 10km recovery run categories will be led by guest pacers such as top coach, Coach Ani De Leon Brown, and National Team Athletes like Claire Adorna and John Chicano in guiding them on the best recovery pace for a run. The 5km recovery run category will have 8, 9, and 10 minute per kilometer recovery paces while the 10km recovery run category will have 8, 9, 10 and 11 minute per kilometer recovery run paces. The 21km category is intended for participants who wish to do an easy, long distance run to cap off a full season of long distance running for the year but still want to learn more from expert guests about proper recovery after the race.

Run United HP Recovery Run Race Details:
Date: December 14, 2014
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Events: 5K/10K/21K

Run United HP Recovery Registration Schedule:

Registration Type Start & End Date Venue Kit Distribution Additional Fees
Online Registration Nov 10 – 30 (12nn) http://www.runrio.com Race bib with D-tag will be delivered Plus P150 delivery & processing & P50 web admin fees
In-Store Registration Nov 17 – 30 Selected stores Runners will receive their race bib with D-tag at the store None for runner participants

Run United HP Recovery Prepaid Card Selling Venues:
In-store purchase of the prepaid cards will be available at the following stores, from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting November 17, 2014.
*RUNNR Store BGC - B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
*Toby’s Galleria - 3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
*Toby’s SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
*Toby’s MOA - SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila

Run United HP Recovery Registration Fee:
5K Recovery Run – P750
10K Recovery Run – P850
21K Easy Long Run – P950
Inclusions: Race Bib & Tag (Pre race) HP Tech Shirt, Recovery Drink, Recovery Village Pass (Post Race)

Run United HP Recovery Gun Start Times:
5K Recovery Run – 5:40am
10K Recovery Run – 5:30am
21K Easy Long Run – 4:30am

Run United HP Recovery Reminders

  • Exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers.
  • Limited slots only. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race slots may run out before November 30, 2014.
  • Participants are encouraged to wear any of their 2014 RU singlet/finisher shirt, no singlet will be provided.
  • Runner participants who register at the stores will receive their race bib with D-tag upon purchase.  A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.
  • Those who will be registering for their friends must buy a prepaid card.  The race bib with d-tag will be delivered on or before December 7, 2014.
  • Finishers’ shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
  • All finishers will receive a limited edition HP Recovery Tech Shirt.
  • D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.
  • No BIB, No D-TAG, NO RACE.

After crossing the finish line, all participants gain access to the 1st Enervon HP Recovery Village where all activities have been developed with Sports Science experts from the University of Santo Tomas, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science and Physical Therapy Departments. The village will be divided into key zones: physical recovery, sports nutrition recovery, and mental recovery. Some of the activities will feature hot and cold treatment, flexibility exercises, self myofascial release, and periodization counseling.

Participants will also get a chance to enjoy a cold glass of Enervon HP Recovery drink. Enervon HP Recovery is formulated with the ideal 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio that can help repair worn-out muscles and restore lost energy with carbohydrates, B-complex vitamins, and essential minerals. Enervon HP Recovery is best taken within 45 minutes after a workout for best nutrient absorption.

Rudy Project brings you its much anticipated Annual Holiday Sale! Right in time for your Christmas Shopping run, get your hands on the latest in Technically Cool gear with ridiculously low prices and jaw dropping deals! Mark your calendars for this huge sports blow out happening on November 16 to 21 at the Tektite Tower, Ortigas Center.

A few Holiday Treats you can look forward to are: Free Special Edition items; Additional 5% off for BDO Credit Card holders; Free Gift Wrapping; Buy 1 Take 1 deals on Rudy Project Rydon Eye Wear; Free Donuts from November 17 to 21; 40% off on all ORCA items; Special Promos on Rudy Projects Helmets and Bags; Buy 2 Get 1 offers on EFX bracelets; and a 20/20 Promo on Rudy Project Eyewear!

Enjoy Huge Discounts and get Big Savings in the best Holiday Sale in sports gear from a brand trusted by both athletes and sports enthusiasts. It’ll be a very Merry Christmas, indeed!

Rudy Project Technically Cool, for more information check out their website www.rudyproject.com.ph

Earlier this month I received an early Christmas gift: the Jaybird Bluebuds X, a bluetooth-streaming wireless earphone. It came in a very neat and elegant box, complete with accessories and a protective case.

I got very excited with the earphones so I used it as soon as I got the chance, I downloaded the most recent episode of my favorite TV show on my phone. To kill time at the commute, I started watching using the Jaybird Bluebuds X.

Since jaybird is a bluetooth-streaming device, I just had to turn on my phone’s bluetooth to search and connect with the device. It’s very user-friendly. You don’t need to be a tech geek to know how to get your around using this cool bluetooth earphone.

You know what else is cool? It’s let’s you know your device is already connected through a voice message. I heard a voice that said “headphone’s connected.” Pretty neat.

As soon as my phone is connected with the Jaybird Bluebuds X, I immediately watched Survivor. The earphones are so good my experience watching is almost realistic. The sound quality is very good. The sounds are crisp and very clear. For a moment, I thought I was actually in the island with the castaways. That’s how good the sound is.

For me, the audio quality is a 10.

“Bluebuds X rewrites the rules of bluetooth audio, delivering outstanding performance that rivals the very best in mainstream wired headphones”

Jaybird Bluebuds X boasts of high quality audio performance. It’s also very durable you can use it even in physical activities. This is great for working out because it’s sweat-proof. You don’t need to worry about sweating a lot while listening to music during exercise. It also has a very secure fit. This means it won’t fall off even when your running or completing strenuous workouts in the gym.

Running regularly is a vital part of training for races, which I do a lot. Let’s face it, jogging can be really boring especially when you’re alone. And even if you have a running buddy, you can’t really talk because it takes way more effort. The solution: music. But many of the earphones I’ve had are flimsy and slip off the ears easily, especially when I start to sweat a lot. Jaybird earphones are an entirely different story. These in-ear cans fit snugly and because they’re wireless, I don’t have to deal with tangled wires (which can get really annoying).

I recently put it to the test when I joined the Rexona Run to Your Beat event last week. There was an “earphone zone” on the race route. The Jaybird Bluebuds X really served me well. It managed to stay on my ear–it fit snugly–during the entire race. It was still there when I crossed the finish line.

Photo from PCMag

Jaybird Bluebuds X comes with a protective case, three pairs of eartips in small, medium and large sizes, and three removable and flexible ear support pieces, cord fasteners and usb charging cable. The left earpiece has a pop-off cover where you can find the micro-usb connection. It can last for 8 hours of music and calls

This is so far the most fitness/work out friendly earphone I’ve tried. No doubt because they are the official training headhones of the US Triathlon team. So if you’re thinking of a nice gift to your athletic/fitness buff friends who loves their music, Jaybird Bluebuds X is an awesome gift this Christmas.

Jaybird Bluebuds X is available at the following stores: Beyond the Box, Digital Walker, Digital Hub, Power Hub, iStudio, ROX, Runnr, 777 Bike Hub, Allterra, Listening Room, Techsavvy, Technoholics and Technoodling. For more information you may visit http://www.jaybirdsport.com.

Last October 16, Fitness First and Star World launched its new reality tv show: Fit for Fashion. The reality show features 12 ordinary men and women who aims to live a healthier and to develop their own personal style. The contestants must perfom different challenges every episode that will test their fitness abilities and fashion sense. They will be trained and judged by some of the world’s best; Louise Roe, Christine Bullock, Mitch Chilson and Todd Anthony Tyler. There will be a weekly elimination and the last man or woman standing will win USD100,000 and will be on the cover of Fitness First Magazine!

They are now on their 5th episode and currently having a promo for their viewers: They call it the #F4FMovement. All you have to do is to take a photo or video of yourself while doing the workout of the week and share it your friends in social media. Fitness First will giveaway 3-month passes to one winner weekly.

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#F4Fmovement of the Week: PUSH UPS

Here are the full mechanics of the #F4FMovement for the week:

1. Watch Fit for Fashion and look out for the #F4FMovement of the Week.
2. Follow @FitforFashionTV on Instagram and Twitter or like Fit for Fashion TV on Facebook.
3. Post a photo or video of yourself performing the movement on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
4. Hashtag #F4FMovement and tag @FitforFashionTV on your photo or video.
5. Wait for our direct message to see if you were picked in the weekly draw!

For more information, you may visit: http://fitforfashion.tv/f4fmovement-push-ups/

Goodluck guys!

Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) has added four exciting bouts to ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY, which is set to take place on December 5 at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) in Manila, Philippines. Top bantamweights Koetsu Okazaki and Kevin Belingon will clash while former ONE FC Featherweight Champion, Honorio Banario returns to the ONE FC cage to face Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, Herbert Burns. Light heavyweight contenders, Roger Gracie and James McSweeney will also battle it out in Manila while light heavyweight standout Jake Butler seeks redemption against Sylvain Potard in a highly anticipated rematch.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™, Victor Cui, stated, “ONE Fighting Championship is set to end the year with a blast by making ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY the biggest and most exciting MMA event of 2014! We have added some truly massive fights on the already astounding fight card. Team Lakay warriors Kevin Belingon and Honorio Banario seek redemption inside the ONE FC cage while Filipino-American Brandon Vera makes his debut. Fans can definitely expect an unforgettable night of world class and adrenaline-pumping mixed martial arts action! ”

Tickets for ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY on 5 December in Manila are on sale now at SM Tickets (http://www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220. Prices include ticketing fee. Pre-sale packages are currently available.

Koetsu Okazaki worked his way up the ranks of Shooto by dominating all opposition and earned the Shooto World Championship belt as a featherweight. He has never been knocked out or stopped with strikes due to his excellent chin and ability to take a punch. Okazaki is looking to continue his win streak by defeating Kevin Belingon to move up the ranks and work his way to another shot at the Bantamweight title.

Kevin Belingon is arguably one of the best bantamweights to hail from the Philippines, renowned for his striking ability while possessing incredible speed and power. He can get in and out of range without being taken down or countered and can inflict serious damage with just a single strike. To top it off, Belingon has some of the most dangerous kicks in the entire division, rounding things out with explosive takedowns and devastating ground-and-pound. Belingon is set to come back stronger this time against Okazaki in front of his home crowd.

Honorio Banario has a record of 8-4 and is hungry for a win, with the ultimate goal of landing another shot at ONE FC gold down the road. Known for his aggressive yet calculated approach to striking, Banario will need to overcome the toughest challenge of his career against Brazilian featherweight standout Herbert Burns before he can consider himself back in the running for the ONE FC Featherweight world title.

Herbert Burns is one of the top Featherweight prospects in ONE FC with a penchant for locking in fight-ending submissions. With his strong background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Burns is widely considered the top contender in his division and is on the fast track to getting a shot at the ONE FC Featherweight title. He is extremely driven to win the belt to prove to fans all over the world that no one can get in his way.

Newly signed Roger Gracie will make his debut at ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY against contender, James McSweeney. Roger is one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners of all time and is part of the world famous Gracie fighting family, the originators of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He is undeniably one of the most skilled grapplers to transition into mixed martial arts and is looking to showcase his world-class technical acumen when he competes in Asia for the very first time.

Challenging Roger Gracie in this exciting light heavyweight bout is British fighter, James McSweeney, who is coming off a series of wins since his debut in ONE FC. Nicknamed ‘The Hammer’, McSweeney is menacing in the cage and will look to completely destroy his opponent to prove that he is the top fighter in the ONE FC light heavyweight division.

Since transitioning into mixed martial arts, former collegiate wrestling standout Jake Butler has amassed four victories with only one defeat and has exhibited some of the finest wrestling skills seen in professional mixed martial arts competition. Butler uses his elite wrestling pedigree to control opponents on the ground and in the clinch, where he does most of his damage by assuming dominant position and unleashing powerful strikes. Butler has been waiting for a rematch against Sylvain Potard to avenge the only loss on his otherwise unblemished record. ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY is the perfect opportunity for Butler to even the score.

French fighter, Sylvain Potard has a record of 7-4, with one of those victories being a memorable one-punch knockout of Jake Butler at ONE FC: TOTAL DOMINATION. In a highly-anticipated rematch, Potard will enter the ONE FC cage with Butler, this time, to prove his first victory was no fluke. A victory here will reinstate that he is the better fighter of the two. Both Potard and Butler have a lot riding on this matchup and fans will not want to miss the action.

Fans around Asia can catch all the action live on FOX Sports 3. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at http://www.onefc.com/livestream. The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.

For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visit http://www.onefc.com and follow on Instagram and Twitter @ONEFCMMA, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA and Weibo at http://www.weibo.com/onefc.

SM by the BAY, envisioned to be Manila’s premiere destination for leisure and lifestyle activities, proudly announces the opening of its latest addition to its roster of popular outdoor-themed entertainment and leisure facilities.

Sands at SM by the BAY is the only beach-themed, multi-purpose, outdoor sand court in the city. With an impressive and spacious court area measuring 28×18 meters, Sands is an ideal facility for outdoor sports such as beach volleyball, beach tennis, and sepak takraw. Sands in also the perfect venue for product launches and beach-themed parties without the hassle of travelling outside the city.

Owing to the emerging popularity of volleyball and beach volleyball in the country, SM by the BAY invited leading local sports celebrities to grace the opening of Sands. At the launch were former DLSU Lady Spikers and now professional volleyball league players Melissa Gohing, Michelle Datuin, Petron Beach Volleyball Champion, Aileen Abuel , and former Shakey’s V-League MVP and now Super Liga pro player Rachel Ann Daquis. Joining this roster of local personalities were trade partners and heads of sports and lifestyle brands, as well as friends from the media. To complete the beach vibe, the event was capped off by vibrant performances by fire dancers and percussionists set against the Manila Bay sunset. The event was made possible with the support of Roxy, Quicksilver, Mikasa, The Lab Gastropub, Oceana and The Roadhouse Manila Bay.

Open for private bookings, corporate and sport-related functions, Sands is conveniently located at the north area of SM by the BAY grounds. While it has always been a must-visit outdoor entertainment and amusement destination for the entire family, with the addition of Sands, SM by the BAY now promises a more enjoyable experience for people with active lifestyles.

For inquiries and reservations please contact SM by the BAY at thesmbythebay@gmail.com . Like and follow us at Facebook at facebook.com/smbythebay/ Twitter and Instagram: @smbythebay.