Balance Lifestyle Fitness- An Excellent Option

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I thought it was a smart decision to sign up with Fitness First, but after few months of being a member, I really feel that it wasn’t worth it.  I would like to make it crystal clear that it’s not the club’s fault– it was MY FAULT for having that impulse decision.  First of all, though the rate is reasonable enough (@ Php 2,300 per month), I couldn’t manage to have that unlimited session since I am a very busy person, and I’m also struggling to make it at least once per month so it’s just a waste of money!

If only I have gotten the reply from The Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club earlier, I wouldn’t have come up with this decision.  I inquired online before I signed up for Fitness First, but I got no reply so I took the opportunity to visit the club before my press trip that day.  Oh well, the only thing that I can do is to head there if I have the time so I could make use of what I paid for.

Yesterday, I inquired in their website again, and I was surprised to hear from Mr, Arem Ignacio, the club’s Lifestyle Supervisor.  He sent me the rates via email and if I will compare, the rates are the same in Fitness First if you will be a walk-in guest.  For P500 per visit, you can use the gym and their wet area including the sauna room, steam bath room and the jacuzzi.  Aside from that, you can also use their swimming pool.

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The jacuzzi

This is what I’m looking for in a fitness club– a jacuzzi wherein I could enjoy the warm water.  That is not available in other fitness clubs.

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The downside in choosing crowded fitness clubs like Fitness First is that they have too many clients to give you some time (though if you approach the trainers, they will assist you).  In my experience in our staycation in Discovery Suites last October 2017, I was spoiled by the two receptionists.  I wasn’t able to use the workout machines because I forgot to bring my rubber shoes, but they suggested that I should use their wet area.  They assisted me from the time I put my things in the locker and served as my human timer.  After 15-20 minutes, they come to me and inform me that it’s time to go to sauna and steam bath area as they know that I had to be in the photoshoot at the Serendipity Lounge on time.  

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Next time when I get back, I will use their modern workout equipments/machines (as what I have told Mr. Ignacio, I would just drop by as a walk-in guest because I still have an existing contract with Fitness First for 18 months.  After sweating out, I will head to the wet area.

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The lockers are modern as well.  No need for old-style keys, you just use the bracelet with sensor and presto— the locker door will open.

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At Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club, there are also toiletries that the guests and club members can use.  I was impressed!  The shower rooms are also clean.

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There are also pair of slippers that you can borrow while you are in the female’s area.

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What I like from this is that you can take a swim first before heading to the fitness club.  Of course, with the same rate of P500, I would go for Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club.  There, you are not locked in a contract.  You may choose to be a walk-in guest or a club member (monthly, quarterly or semi-annual or annual package).  For busy persons like me, I would suggest to just avail the walk-in rate.

I am still super busy but I know I will be back soon and I am looking forward to that pleasant experience again.

 

 

 

 

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My Fitness Challenge Update

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By now, you already know that i’m currently enrolled in Fitness First for 18 months.  I haven’t been in the Metroeast Club for quite a while because lately I felt strange and it’s like I was physically drained and exhausted.  I think it has something to do with the last two sessions I had in the club.  Last Thursday, I had my 3rd session with my PT and based from MY assessment (not theirs) , I am not fit for strenuous activities.  Though I know that their goal for the said assessment is to see how far can you go and from there, they can design the right exercises or workout for you.  I’ve been very vocal with my trainer that I do not intend to participate in any group classes like Zumba and freestyle dancing.  I enrolled there so I can use their machines for cardio workout.  I just want simple exercises that would help me achieve that beach-ready body on April 2018.  Since I only get the chance to go to the club for twice or thrice per week, I do the daily workouts at home.

 

 

 

 

The videos above were taken last Nov. 30, 2017.

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10 minutes using the stationary bike (Dec. 1, 2017)

The day after my assessment (Friday), I still managed to go to the club and use their machines but then that particular night then the whole Saturday, I felt really weak and drained.  I didn’t manage to go out like I do every weekend.  I ended up in bed the whole day to rest and luckily, on Sunday, gradually I felt the energy coming back.  I think another factor that affected what I have experienced is STRESS.

Upon reflecting,  I remembered that you don’t have to rely on workouts or exercises alone, 80% would depend on the kind of diet that you have so I really need to plan about my meals and it will just be supplemented with exercises.  Also, aside from the workout, I am also planning to have my relaxation routine as part of my preparation this coming summer.  Hopefully, I can scout for my perfect spa partner (along Marcos Highway) within the month.

I will give you an update in a separate post about my last PT session.  Have a productive week ahead 🙂

 

My First PT Session @ Fitness First

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Yay!  So I finally signed up for  an 18 month membership with Fitness First.  Because I was really busy, I could only devote Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for my training.  Yesterday, I had my first PT session with Cath, my personal trainer.  It only lasted for an hour, but it felt good and I didn’t have body or muscular pains at all.  Even if there is, I am already motivated to have a drop-dead gorgeous beach-ready body this coming summer.  So, this is it!  I accept the fitness challenge and I swear, I will be able to tone down my muscles and legs and have a flat tummy by next year.

 

 

I am not really familiar with the exercises and workouts to do and later, I will have my second session to try out the other machines on my own.  After the session, I had a shower and tried their sauna bath.

Finally, I had coffee with my guest (my 13 year old son Kyle) who had a complimentary pass.  Every Friday, I have that kind of privilege. We had to wait for the mall’s opening because I had to shop for training outfits.  I will feature that on my next post.

 

My New Chapter With Fitness First

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I never thought that I would actually be a member of Fitness First as I had plans before but I never pushed through with it.  I was reluctant before due to these factors:  time and the monthly fee.  I was motivated to pursue this when I stayed in Discovery Suites last month and was impressed with the Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club.  The membership fee is P5,000 per month (too expensive for me!) and it is located in Ortigas.  Definitely, it’s a NO-NO for a working mom like me with limited budget.  I just inquired in Fitness First Metroeast (located in Robinson’s Metroeast, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal).

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My appointment to speak with a representative was 10am.  We were there for about 2 hours for the consultation, tour and member orientation.  What I was waiting was the membership fee and monthly fee.  When I was informed that the monthly fee will just be P2,300, I thought that it’s already a good deal and I had to grab this opportunity; however, when Raymond (the one who handled my inquiry) told me that I need to settle a one-time payment amounting to P9k plus, I said NO.  It ended up with the P2,600 one time payment instead and the monthly fee of P2,300 which will be paid every first day of the month.

 

The purpose why I decided to join Fitness First is to have at least 3x per week training/workout.  I’m super busy with work, hobby and family that it’s really hard to squeeze some time for this— but this time, I am really determined to change my style and routine.  I would really like to lose weight and be physically fit.  For now, I would be allotting 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for this.  The good news is that I can bring a guest for free every Friday so hubby will be training with me.

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There are 4 sessions each with my Sports Rehabilitation Trainer (Cath) and my nutrionist whom I haven’t met yet.  My first day of training with Ms Cath will be on Friday (November 17, 2017) at 6:30am.  I am excited already!  Watch out for my next post about it (more pics and videos) . I am already shopping for training/exercise outfits but they are kinda expensive.

I have signed up for 18 months with Fitness First and I hope that I won’t regret doing it.  I have seen the equipments and quite impressive.  They have free classes daily as well and you can stay in the lounge area for free coffee.  The only thing that I do not like or they need to improve is their comfort room.  They have sauna but they do not have jacuzzi.  I hope in the future they will be considering that, but anyway this is the NEW chapter for me and as a membeer of this fitness club, all I have to do is to make the most out of my membership.

As of Nov. 12,2017 my weight is 59.7 kgs.  I swear this coming April, I will have a beach-ready body.  Til next post!

 

My Fitness Club Experience @ Discovery Suites

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The pretty receptionists

One of my planned activities in my stay in Discovery Suites is to use their fitness center.  It’s a good thing I have managed to squeeze the time for that before we have our photoshoot in Serendipity Lounge.  Because I was focused with our photoshoot and  wedding anniversary, I forgot to bring rubber shoes that’s why I wasn’t able to use their equipments.  The receptionists (Joyce and Hannah) were very friendly and courteous, that they have convinced me to stay and use their jacuzzi and sauna instead.  The rate for walk-ins is P500, but you can use for free if you are staying in the hotel.

 

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Hubby used the equipments (all of them are working).  If you go to other fitness centers, most of their equipments are not working anymore.  Anyway, I went back to our suite to get a swimwear and they assisted me profesionally.

 

 

 

The club is very clean and organized.  I was given my locker wherein I can place my important belongings while I’m relaxing.  I must say that it’s al worth every penny. When you are actually there, you don’t want to leave anymore.  Too bad, I only got to stay there for less than an hour.  I gave Joyce and Hannah instructions that I will use the jacuzzi for only 20 minutes and Hannah came back at the exact time 🙂

 

 

The jacuzzi was my favorite.  I wanted it hot because it was really cold that morning.  When Hannah finally came to remind me that I had to go to the steam room, I was really thankful because I don’t have to remind them anymore.  After 10 minutes in the steam room, Hannah came back and led me to the Sauna room.

If only distance won’t be a problem, I will definitely choose this club but then I had to choose one which is near to our place.

I highly recommend this fitness club to Pasig or Mandaluyong residents.  Believe me, it’s worth every penny 🙂

Weight Loss Challenge

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I’m lookin’ forward for summer 2018 and YES, I am too desperate to have a drop-dead gorgeous beach-ready body.

I am actually considering to be a member of one of the fitness clubs and as much as I would like to be a member of Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club @ Discovery Suites Manila, the location won’t work for me.  Obviously, I won’t be able to go there on a daily basis since I have mommy duties in the morning and I have to be in school before 1pm.  So it narrows down to only two choices– I have signed up for free trial for Slimmers’ World and Fitness First.  I will do my very best to try at least one and see if it will work with me.

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taken @ the Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club in Discovery Suites Manila

First of all, it has to fit my budget if ever and it has to be near our place and I can get the privacy I want.  I do not want to engage in group exercises and other activities.  In my next post, I will be sharing with you about my experience in visiting the club (At this moment, I am still thinking which fitness club to visit).  Do you have any suggestions?

UPDATE:  I called Slimmers’ World for a free trial workout on Saturday (November 11, 2017) in SM Marikina.  Yesterday afternoon, I received a call from Fitness First and I will have the trial workout on Sunday (November 12, 2017) in Robinsons Metro East at 10am.  I will be posting a separate review about their clubs.