Fortunately for Makati residents and visitors, you have plenty of chances to fulfill the aforementioned resolutions in the financial capital of the Philippines. We've already talked about budget-friendly vegetarian restaurants yesterday, so today we'll fill you in on the top ways to get fit in Makati.
Play basketball at The Zone.
Address: The Zone, 7224 Malugay St.
As far as Filipinos are concerned, basketball is the (unofficial) national sport. There's a court for the sport in almost every corner of the country — whether it's in the form of a makeshift basket hanging from the wall, or a special play area where basketball fans can shoot like their favorite NBA/PBA star for the day. Under that second category falls The Zone, which is located near the Makati Golf Club Driving Range, Ospital ng Makati-Acute Care, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue Makati.
At The Zone, you can play basketball for Php1,500/hour from Monday to Friday (6:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.), and Php2,000/hour on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. You can also buy equipment, food, and beverages at the place, though you're also allowed to bring your own refreshments and other paraphernalia. The Zone's pretty popular with the locals, so make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time, especially if you're playing during the "peak" hours (i.e. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays).
Channel your inner Pacquiao at the Elorde Boxing Gym.
Address(es): Makati Sports Club, L.P. Leviste St. cor. Gallardo St., Salcedo Village; 3/F A&W Bldg., 1 Juno St., Makati Ave.; Prudential Life Bldg., 843 Arnaiz Ave. (Pasay Rd.)
Gabriel "Flash" Elorde was one of the Philippines' foremost boxers, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the country's foremost boxing gym is named after him as well. For an annual membership fee below Php1,000 (US$40-50), you already have your own set of punching bags, plus experienced trainers to teach you the art of fighting with your fists. Also, boxing has at least a handful of health benefits, so use it to punch up your weekend routine today!
Learn MMA at KMA.
Address: Le Domaine, Tordesillas St., Salcedo, Makati
If you prefer a more rounded combat sport, mixed martial arts (MMA) might be up your alley. As the name suggests, MMA utilizes every part of your body for maximum performance. This allows practitioners to do as much damage as possible to their opponents in the ring.
Luckily, you can also do MMA within a safe, controlled environment. At KMA, you can learn the basics for only Php550 (member) or Php650 (non-member) per session. KMA also offers special rates for children, so if you have a budding martial artist in the family, let their talents bloom in this Makati gym.
Be fit at CrossFit MNL Makati.
Address: Unit 102, G/F First Midland Bldg., 109 Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Like MMA, CrossFit is a well-rounded workout routine that combines the principles of gymnastics, calisthenics, powerlifting, among others. It took off as a fitness trend back in 2014, and even today, it's still generating buzz via Instagram posts, newspaper articles, and more.
At CrossFit MNL (CFMNL), you can get your feet wet with a trial session for around Php300. If you like that first session, you can move up to the Php4,500 to Php6,500 sessions. For more information on CFMNL in Makati, visit their website.
Do yoga at… pretty much everywhere.
Address: Anywhere in Makati where there's a yoga studio
Of course, you can't talk about fitness without mentioning yoga. If you Google "yoga in Makati," for example, at least nine results will pop up — and that's just for the listed gyms! We might do a more in-depth feature on Makati's yoga studios in the future, so keep your eyes peeled on this page.
Go running at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.
Address: Paseo De Roxas St. cor. Makati Ave. cor. Ayala Ave., Makati City
Don't want to spend thousands of pesos for gym memberships? No worries: Even in a "high-end" place like Makati, there are plenty of cost-effective options to help you fulfill your New Year's resolution to get fit.
For example, if you want a refuge from the noise and haze of urban living, you can always drop by places like the Ayala Triangle Gardens. There, you can admire the greenery, go running with your friends, or join in on activities that take place there every now and then. (By the way, the Festival of Lights show is still ongoing until January 8, 2017, so don't miss this last chance to get into the spirit of the holiday season!)
At Makati City, fitness goals will always be within your reach. Pay a visit to one or more of the establishments above, and give their famous workout routines a try. For now, have a great weekend, and remember to make the most of your 2017!