Almost every new piece of research on fitness and health agrees on one thing: exercise is a necessity if you want a healthy lifestyle. Apart from functioning as a way for you to relieve stress, regular exercise provides you with benefits that affect both your mind and your body. An article by Time Magazine reports that exercise regulates blood flow to the brain and improves mental performance, as well as causes overall happiness and wellbeing from after-workout endorphins.
With the benefits of an exercise habit remaining unquestionable, we’ve compiled a list of gyms in Metro Manila— some with branches anywhere in the Philippines— where you can be motivated to break a sweat and push your body to be as fit as it can be.
With locations in 25 countries around the world and over 3,000 gyms in operation globally, Anytime Fitness is the most accessible gym franchise you could apply for a membership at. Anytime Fitness is a no-nonsense gym, with your usual full set of gym equipment, shower, and locker area. What makes it the most bang-for-your-buck for most members is the fact that all Anytime Fitness gyms are open 24/7, allowing you to work out in the wee hours of the morning or late at night. Upon membership, you are given a keyfob which also provides you access to any Anytime Fitness gym, whether here or abroad. This lets you fit in a workout anytime, anywhere. Anytime fitness rates are also quite affordable compared to other gyms, so be sure to inquire about promos or offerings at the Anytime Fitness branch nearest to you.
- Price: From Php2,000 to 2,300 a month.
- Location: Anytime Fitness has branches all over the country. Check out their Locations tab on Facebook for the branch nearest you.
Standard amenities in Fitness First include a complete set of exercise equipment, free weights, a throwdown area, boxing areas, cardio rooms with movie screenings, towel service, toiletries, a steam and sauna room, a jacuzzi, and free-flowing refreshments like coffee and sports drinks. If you end up forgetting your workout clothes, they offer clothes that you can use, free of charge. Some Fitness First gyms even have a half-Olympic sized swimming pool! Not to mention, they also offer some exciting group classes that all members can try, like aerial yoga, indoor cycling, or a Spartan obstacle course. If its variety in services you’re after, look into giving a Fitness First membership a try. Fitness First has rates that give you a range depending on what you want out of your membership, so try and ask an agent first for the options available.
- Rates: From Php3,090 to 3,750 a month.
- Location: Fitness First has branches all over the country. Check out their Locations section on Facebook for the branch nearest you.
Gold’s Gym is perhaps one of the bigger brand names that come to mind when discussing gyms. It’s no question then that even local celebrities like to keep themselves in tip-top shape by investing in a Gold’s Gym membership. What draws people in is that every Gold’s Gym location has several of sets of equipment, meaning no matter how packed your gym might be, you won’t have to wait in line for a treadmill or a turn at the bench. They also have pretty interesting group classes, like circuit classes and HIIT, that will spice up and compliment your strength and fitness goals.
- Rates: 10 Gym Visits for Php2,750 a month or 3 months unlimited for Php3,455 or 6 months unlimited for Php6,840.
- Location: Gold’s Gym has tons of branches nationwide. Check out the Locations tab on their Facebook page for the branch nearest you.
Celebrity Fitness brands itself as an exciting and upbeat alternative to your regular gym. Apart from complete sets of gym equipments and a “playground” for calisthenics, their unique group class options make it easy to have fun while still getting your day’s worth of exercise. Some of their class offerings include Saltar, a low-impact workout done on a trampoline, Floating Yoga, a combination of yoga and Pilates done on a harness, Zumba, and plenty of other dance classes that are sure to make you enjoy your daily sweat session. They’ve also got group classes that are more like a HIIT or a circuit class, using innovative equipment to help you focus more on functional fitness.
- Rates: From Php2,595 to 2,950 a month.
- Location: 2F One Bonifacio High Street, Taguig; and 3F Ayala North Exchange, Makati
Snap Fitness is another 24/7 gym catering to people who want the assurance that they can squeeze in a quick workout even late at night or early in the morning. With basic equipment, shower areas, fun group classes, and a small, friendly community, if you’re from the Quezon city area, definitely check out the Snap Fitness gym!
- Rates: From Php1,700 to 2,500 a month.
- Location: Spark Place, P. Tuazon blvd. cor. 10th Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
If martial arts is something you enjoy, the UFC gym is a great membership to try out. They offer a variety of classes, from functional fitness to MMA. Their trainers are also well-equipped to train clients, whether their goals are to be fitter or to feel stronger through sparring or a good, stress-relieving round on the punching bags. The UFC gym also has a good number of gym equipment sets available for use, from exercise machines to free weights, so if you do plan on just doing a traditional workout, it’s still a great choice to spend your day’s work-out in!
- Rates: Annual membership for Php13,860 to Php16,500
- Location: L1 Robinson’s Galleria, RTKL Park Ave. EDSA cor Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center; 249 UP Town Center, 216 Katipunan Ave. Diliman, Quezon City; and BMW Bldg. Madrigal Ave. cor Commerce Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa.
Elorde Pro Boxing Gym
What used to be a small, local gym for people interested in boxing has now leveled up to a full fitness center that offers boxing, muay thai, circuit, and yoga classes to fulfill your personal fitness needs. The Elorde Pro Boxing Gym is now equipped with free weights and simple gym equipment you can independently use to work on your personal goals, as well as having trainers nearby you can book for a boxing or muay thai training session. Whether boxing is something you enjoy, or if you’d rather grind in an intense circuit class or work out on your own, Elorde Pro Boxing Gym is certainly something you can try out.
- Rates: One year membership for Php1,500 to 2,000, boxing session at Php250, Muay Thai for Php350.
- Location: TAC Bldg., Alabang-Zapote Rd., Talon II Las Piñas
With a focus on functional fitness training, Kinetix Lab is a newly opened 24 hour fitness center which houses plenty of certified personal trainers. Whether you’re a current athlete, an athlete in recovery, or simply someone looking to make day-to-day physical activities easier and to improve your overall fitness, Kinetix Lab surely has both the trainers and the equipment to help you get to your best self in the safest way possible. They also have group class exercises like Piloxing, Zumba, and Yoga, so you’re sure to find a workout for the day that you’re going to enjoy.
- Rates: Monthly unlimited visits for Php2,100 to Php2,600
- Location: 2F UP-AyalaLand Technohub, Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City; and soon to open in 4F The Podium Mall, Ortigas Business District.
For people with specific fitness goals, Focus Athletics is a client-centered gym that focuses on an individual’s fitness level and needs. Because everyone’s fitness level and history with physical activity is different, in Focus Athletics, performance coaches and physical therapists work together to evaluate specific things you may need to work on in order to get you in the best shape possible. What is now the go-to destination of pro-athletes and recovering athletes alike, Focus Athletics stands out because they focus on muscle groups you need to develop strength in and have you efficiently train with the use of advanced gym equipment and plyometrics, making sure you’re in tip-top shape for the long run.
- Rates: Php10,000 to Php10,400 for 8 personal training sessions, along with free use of the gym equipment and additional top-ups for more sessions and programs. Group training programs are also available for cheaper rates.
- Location: 2259 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati; and Commercenter, Filinvest City E. Asia Dr., Alabang, Muntinlupa.
The Upper Deck
If you’re the type to enjoy sports a lot, you’ll never get bored with a membership at The Upper Deck Sports Center in Ortigas. Not only do they have a first-class gym with a full set of equipment and free weights, but they also have a diving pool for SCUBA enthusiasts, a climbing wall, a badminton and basketball court, an indoor cycling studio for spin classes, and a studio for group class exercises like zumba, yoga, or even pole and aerial silk classes. They also have discounted rates for members at the Recovery Spa— also located in the Upper Deck— which has top-notch recovery float pods you can book if you need a session to revitalize and relax.
- Rates: Monthly memberships are Php3,500, yearly memberships are Php21,600.
- Location: Doña Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City
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James Gonzales is a Filipino-American travel enthusiast and writer currently based in the Philippines. After living and working in New York for 10 years, James decided he wanted to see more of the world and leave the city behind. In the course of saving up for what would become an epic trip across Asia, he wrote about previous traveling experiences for various travel websites and publications based in the Lower East Side.
James focused on journeying through the Philippines in the hopes of understanding his roots, and began Daydreaming in Paradise to share his thoughts and experiences. He’s always looking for like-minded travelers to trade stories and swap tips with, and he hopes you’ll join him on his journey.