Under Armour Architech 3D Performance Trainer and Slingshot Running Footwear

Under Armour (UA), the global leader in innovative performance footwear, apparel, and equipment took footwear innovation to the next level.  In March, the brand introduced its first-ever 3D printed performance trainer, the UA Architech.

The UA Architech, a 360-degree performance training shoe, featured a functional 3D printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper design resulted to a “super-hybrid” trainer. This performance trainer provided athletes with the ultimate stability and cushioning to take on the most intense workouts, and it travelled all the way to Rio on the feet of elite swimmer, Michael Phelps.

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In addition to the state-of-the-art technology and custom color design, Michael’s footwear featured a personal touch to provide an additional source of motivation into the Olympics competition. His three-month old son’s footprint was printed on the insole of the shoe as a personal reminder that Boomer was with him every step and stroke of the way.

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The innovative 3D printed midsole of the UA Architech combined with a flow-molded 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper provided athletes not only with a locked-in supportive feel but also a zero distractions experience when it flexed and moved with the foot.

Also, the brand’s unparalleled Charged Cushioning underfoot for responsiveness and comfort, and a thin rubber outsole for traction, and you have UA’s most elite performance trainer.

A new color of the UA Architech will be available as a limited edition offering to consumers this August on UA.com. The shoe, which retails for $299.99, was the first 3D printed performance trainer available to consumers. The first color was available in March and sold out in under 20 minutes.

Under Armour also geared Michael up with a custom pair of the UA Speedform Slingshot Running shoes in a limited edition red, white, and blue colorway that also featured Boomer’s footprint. This innovative running shoe delivers zero distractions with a seamless, zonal compression, 3D knit upper and Under Armour Charged Cushioning. The limited edition color way is available on UA.com.

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About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland.

For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.uabiz.com.

About Triple Pte Ltd
Established in 2013, Triple Pte Ltd is a sports and lifestyle retailer which holds the exclusive distribution rights for the Under Armour brand across Southeast Asia. Triple launched the Under Armour operations in Singapore and Philippines in May 2014. It has to date expanded the Under Armour distribution network to cover seven Southeast Asian markets through a combination of 25 brand houses as well as shop in shop and multi-brand wholesale executions.

Be Humble and Stay Hungry.

Organique Acai Unveiled

What started as a concept back in 2008 has grown to be an internationally expanding wellness brand that captivated the hearts and tummies of families.

The freshly minted makover of Organique Acai packaging was unveiled on July 28 at the Makati Shangri-la including its newest celebrity endorser supermodel Tweetie De Leon Gonzalez.

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Organique Acai began five years ago through the teamwork of husband and wife Elton and Cathy Salimbangon who worked in the United States at the time. Their hectic schedule left them feeling sluggish and stressed until Elton found a job with an organic juice manufacturing company in California and discovered the need to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into their busy schedules.

The couple saw an opportunity to create a beverage that would supplement people’s daily health needs without having to sacrifice time or budget. After putting in the research work, they decided to go for it.

“According to the food scientists at our Research and Development, acai berries are by far the king of berries and widely considered a superfood. It has been part of the diets of the Amazon natives,” says Cathy.

In 2010, Elton and Cathy left California to setup Organique in the Philippines. They first sold the bottles door-to-door until these were made available in drug stores and supermarkets.  A quick online research would show the many health benefits of acai berry, eg, weight control, cleansing, stress and asthma relief, digestion, detoxification among others.

As the company grew and evolved, the Salimbangons felt the need to do something about Organique’s packaging.  “In order to thrive in a global market, we enlisted the help of a top designer we met during the Organic and Natural Health Show in London last year,” says Cathy. “This new label incorporates nature in a simple yet elegant manner. With this, we aim to reach consumers worldwide and showcase our premium-quality organic products.”

Ms. Cathy Salimbangon (right) explaining to media how Organíque Açaí Berry came about
Owner Cathy Salimbangon (right) explaining to media how Organíque Açaí Berry came about

In line with this, the couple invited Tweetie to be the newest face of Organique.  “Ms. Tweetie exemplifies our brand’s values. She has maintained a healthy lifestyle and at 52, is reaping the benefits,” says Cathy. “She is a working mother of four who not only built herself a career as a supermodel but also as a businesswoman. She is the epitome of the saying—health is wealth.”

Along with these changes, Cathy and Elton would take Organique on a roadshow in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Maryland, and California to promote the product. Their TV show, Organique TV, would continue to showcase informative episodes that would promote health and wellness.

Organíque Açaí Berry Premium Blend is a concentrated acai drink supplement.  Organique Acai Freeze-Dried Capsules 650mg is composed of pure acai freeze-dried powder. It contains no fillers and other chemicals. All products are USDA (certified organic in the USA), non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free.

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Organique Acai is available at Mercury Drug, Watsons, Robinsons Supermarket, Pure Pharmacy, and South Star Drug. Visit www.organique.com.ph for more information.

Heroes for Children Run, 4 Sep. 2016

UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis invites runners to join the second year of the Heroes for Children Run on  September 4, Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

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(L-R) UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis, UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander and Coach Rio dela Cruz invite the public to join the Heroes for Children Run on September 4, 2016, Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Proceeds from the run will go to UNICEF’s First 1,000 Days campaign for children’s health and nutrition.

“I was deeply inspired by the support we received during last year’s run. From children with disabilities to serious runners, the public came together for a great cause. This year, I’m inviting everyone once again to be a hero for children. All proceeds will benefit UNICEF’s First 1,000 Days campaign for children’s health and nutrition needs,” says Curtis.

“For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable, and excluded children around the world. Despite the many gains, the lives and futures of millions of children are still in jeopardy. In the Philippines, one out of three children under the age of five suffers from chronic malnutrition—the effects of which can be permanent, irreversible and even fatal after two years of age. UNICEF believes every child should have a fair chance at life,” UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says.

The First 1,000 Days programme focuses on prenatal and early childhood interventions to prevent undernutrition including quality care for mothers, proper nutrition and complementary feeding, and life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition. The effect of good health and nutrition lasts well into adulthood and is key ingredient in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Last year’s run saw more than 3,200 runners raise P 3M for the benefit of the First 1,000 Days programme. This year, the event aims to attract more runners to raise funds for the campaign.

“We are grateful for Anne’s dedication and significant contributions in raising awareness and funds for children in need. Anne’s power lies in her sincerity and genuine passion in everything she does. Through her support, we will continue to make a huge difference for children in need,” Sylwander adds.

Fans who want to support Anne but cannot physically run or be present on race day may donate on her personal SimplyGiving Fundraising Page.  Ms. Curtis was appointed as UNICEF Celebrity Advocate in November 2014.

Heroes PosterIn-store registration is ongoing until August 28 only at the following Chris Sports outlets: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, SM City BF Homes, Glorietta, Market! Market!, Robinsons Place Manila, and from August 15 to 28 at UP TownCenter.  The benefit run is one of the many activities slated as UNICEF celebrates its 70th anniversary helping to build a better world for every child.

The Heroes for Children Run 2016 is organized by Anne Curtis and co-presented by RunRio through the support of SM Mall of Asia, Cherry Mobile, Gatorade, Viva Artists Agency Incorporated, Toy Kingdom, Swatch, Eureka Home Appliances, Maynilad, Philippine Star, Good Housekeeping, Female Network, SM Cinemas, Nyxsys Philippines, Chris Sports, F1 Hotel & Resorts, Transprint Corporation, Microtel by Wyndham, Hisense/Devant, and Pacific Cross Insurance.

To know more about the run and UNICEF’s programs, visit www.unicef.ph or call 758.1000, Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children to the benefit of all children everywhere.

Visit UNICEF Philippines website, Facebook page and Twitter.

Under Armour Expands Reach in the Philippines as it opens its New Brand House at TriNoma

Regarded as the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line in the world today, Under Armour (UA) is launching its fifth UA branch at Level 3 of the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City on August 12, Friday.

Its grand opening is happening on August 13, Saturday with Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) superstars Asi Taulava and Jervy Cruz serving as special guests.  Filipino-Tongan cager Taulava or “TheRock” strutted his basketball prowess on the PBA court for 16 years in five different teams, copped the league’s Most Valuable Player trophy in 2003, and led the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters to the All-Filipino Conference title in the same year.

He represented the flag and country in international competitions as he suited up for the Philippine national team on several occasions.  He is currently the starting center of the NLEX Road Warriors.

Meanwhile, Cruz rose to prominence in the collegiate ranks when he steered the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Promised Land in 2006.  Proving that skill could topple height, Cruz managed to elevate his on-court stature as a legitimate inside threat in his first few years in the PBA, now part of the most prominent PBA team in the country, Ginebra.

Taulava and Cruz will offer a special treat to UA aficionados as both men are slated to conduct a basketball clinic on August 13 at 4 PM at the TriNoma activity center.  Aside from Taulava’s and Cruz’s free basketball workshop, UA fans will also be given a chance to unleash their inner Stephen Curry with the UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, where qualified contestants will go head-to-head by showcasing their three-point shooting skills.

In order to join the basketball clinic and UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, a single receipt purchase of at least P 2,000 from August 12 to August 13 at the UA TriNoma brand house will earn an exclusive pass to the festivities and a chance to take home awesome prizes.

UA’s TriNoma brand house, the sporting apparel’s fifth branch in the Philippines and fourth in Metro Manila, is expected to have the top–of–the–line Curry 2.5 and the highly acclaimed UA Charged Bandit 2 on its shelves.  Designed for NBA’s most prolific point guard, Curry 2.5 is molded in synthetic upper that is wrapped closely around the foot for a lightweight and precise fit.

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In addition, Curry 2.5 has an external PU shell that provides durable support and structure as well as an external shank and heel counter that delivers locked-in stability through heel, arch and forefoot to maintain balance.

Follow UA Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook.

Creativity is What Defines Athletes in adidas New Global Campaign

adidas has premiered the new I’m Here to Create (IHC) film series, which kicks off the Sport16 initiative emphasizing the brand’s leadership and passion for sports. It features 15 and 30-second spots for each athlete that debuted online and will air globally in more than 50 countries during key moments including UEFA Champions League, the Grammys, Brit Awards, Oscars among others.

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The IHC film series, created in partnership with 72andSunny, brings to life real stories of female athletes who show the world the ways in which they embrace creativity to tackle challenges, defy conventions, express themselves, fuel experimentation, and celebrate the lives of those who have inspired them.

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“We are obsessed with the versatile female athlete–women who love sports, make decisions every day to live an active life and are helping to change sports around the world,” said Nicole Vollebregt, head of adidas women’s. “This year, we will consistently roll out women-focused activations, partnerships, products, and events that will allow us to further connect with this athlete on a personal level.”

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“We remain relentless and loud in our pursuit of being the world’s best sports brand,” said adidas global communications senior director Lia Vakoutis.  [Year] 2015 was about challenging athletes to create their own game while 2016 focuses on owning creativity in sports.

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IHC film series builds on adidas’ momentum across sport and style. adidas launched the world’s first high performance laceless soccer cleat, the ACE16+ Purecontrol. It has unveiled the Pure BOOST X, a running shoe built specifically for women featuring a-first-of-its-kind-floating arch.  Fans will see the best of adidas on the world’s biggest stages, including Super Bowl 50, UEFA Champions League, New York Fashion Week, NBA All-Star Weekend, The GRAMMYs, and the NFL Combine.

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Athletes can join the IHC conversation via #heretocreate on @adidas Twitter, Instagram and Facebook channels and view all films in the series via YouTube adidas and adidas Here to Create.

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About adidas
adidas is a global designer and developer of athletic and lifestyle footwear, apparel, and accessories with the mission to be the best sports brand in the world. As an innovation and design leader, adidas engineers the best in high-performance products to make athletes better, faster and stronger, and creates a range of classic and fresh lifestyle and high-fashion lines.

Fiber Up to Combat Hypertension

World Hypertension Day is celebrated annually to increase global awareness on the condition and issues surrounding hypertension. Besides commemorating medications Losartan, Lipitor, and Atenolol, one natural way to control hypertension is through the Big F or Fiber.

Fiber keeps the heart and colon healthy hence better blood circulation and detoxification. Good blood circulation prevents hypertension.  Sapping bad cholesterol and toxins out of the body by consuming fibrous food such as oatmeal promotes digestive health and prevents colon cancer.

Variants of oatmeal include instant, quick-cooking, whole-grain rolled oats, and oat bran.  One brand, Australia Harvest Oatmeal, boasts of quality as it prides itself coming from the world’s best oat producing region, West Australia.

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Perhaps the quality product is what made the Philippine Volcanoes, the country’s official rugby team, choose the Australia Harvest Oatmeal brand as their Official Fiber Partner for good reason—the team won the Bronze medal in the recently concluded Asian Rugby Competition.

Medical online publication WebMD.com reveals “adding fiber to diet [shows] a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.”   Said site also mentions that other lifestyle and dietary improvements like weight loss, reduced sodium intake, moderation in alcohol use, increased potassium intake, increased physical activity, and following dietary approaches to stop hypertension or DASH diet can keep blood pressure levels under control.

Anyone who wishes to gain the benefits of fiber simply has to eat more fruits and vegetables.

So celebrate life by staying healthy.  Fiber up for Life!

Guest Post: The Curious Case of Mary Joy Tabal : What it truly means for her to represent the Philippines in the Rio Olympics

Disclaimer: The views and issues expressed in this article are of the author of the guest post and NOT necessarily the views of RUNNING DIVA.

The curious case of Mary Joy Tabal:  what it truly means for her to represent the Philippines in the Rio Olympics / [by] Edward Kho

The running community recently celebrated the success of Mary Joy Tabal hitting the Olympic standard for marathon. Joy ran a 2:43:30-hour marathon time at the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, beating the 2:45-hour standard for her to join the Olympics. While the running community celebrates, there are mixed feelings inside the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA).

PATAFA is the national governing body for athletics sports such as track and field, road running, cross country running, and race walking in the Philippines. It provides guidance and support to select athletes to perform their best and represent the country.  PATAFA has a rich history of coaching, even enroling the help of athletes like the legendary Dick Beardsley to help with training its athletes. PATAFA is responsible for selecting the official track and field delegation of the Philippines to the Olympics. But it has a sad history with Mary Joy Tabal.

In October 2014, Mary Joy Tabal, along with other standout athletes, was recommended by the coaching staff to be included in the national team. Four months later in February 2015, PATAFA communicated Tabal’s official inclusion to national team. This means that she is now part of the privileged few who would receive coaching so that she can represent the country in milestone events like the SEA Games and the Olympics.

Part of PATAFA’s responsibilities would be to keep national athletes at their best.  It means helping them make choices on training, including the races to run. This is very important for long distance events like the marathon. In elite athletics, marathoners should not take part in more than two marathon races within a span of 12 months. Based on scientific studies, participation in a marathon taxes the body tremendously down to the cellular level.

From a layman’s standpoint, Elites may just appear as running effortlessly at a constant pace for 42KM. But inside the body of the elite marathoner running an average pace of 3:45min/KM is a totally different story. Running a marathon at this pace imposes a huge demand on the different physiological systems of the body.  It strains the bones and joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, to the extent that challenges the maximal limit of the athlete’s body.

PATAFA takes care of its long distance athletes that is why these physiological facts are explained to the athletes in detail. It is also why PATAFA requires agreement to rules and regulations that come with being part of the National team. This includes consistently informing PATAFA of athletic activities that may potentially hinder performance in offical events where the country is represented.

Joy Tabal was a special case. Because of her talent, she was granted certain exceptions. For example, while other athletes were required to relocate to the Philsports training camp and be supervised by duly designated national coaches, Joy was allowed to be based in Cebu. She received special treatment upon her request.  It was an assumption that her personal coach would be able to provide guidance, but with inputs from PATAFA.   Slowly, these exceptions, became a source of alarm to PATAFA.

Tabal began racing without discretion; meaning, she runs and wins events but with a long term negative impact on her legs. Prior to her inclusion into the national team, Tabal won the December 2014 Milo Marathon Finals. Apart from the cash prize she, she and the male marathon champion Rafael Poliquit were awarded an all expense paid entry to the 2015 Los Angeles (LA) Marathon. They were, of course, advised by the PATAFA leadership to forego the LA Marathon trip as it would impact their training for the forthcoming 2015 SEA Games.

Participating too soon in a race would also adversely affect their long term athletic performance. Aside from this, PATAFA had already developed a two-year program for both of them to reach their optimum potential as marathoners with the 2016 Olympics as the ultimate goal. This meant being selective with their races, to give the Philippines the best opportunity during the Olympic games. Unfortunately, both advice and explanation went unheeded.

Both Tabal and Poliquit raced the LA Marathon without sanction from PATAFA. Upon their return from the US, they were asked to submit a letter of explanation why they have disregarded the express advise of PATAFA.

Immediately, Poliquit drew up a letter of apology, citing error in judgment for his non-compliance and promised to abide with the NSA directives and regulations from then on. Poliquit’s case was then resolved and closed. Tabal’s case had a different twist.   Instead of writing a letter of apology, or explanation at the very least, Tabal wrote a lengthy letter of justification for her decision. She cited that Milo pressured her to join the LA Marathon as part of her “contractual” obligation in winning the Milo Marathon.

PATAFA sought the side of Milo; the latter denied that it ever pressured Tabal to run the LA Marathon. They maintained that the LA Marathon participation was actually a privilege for the Milo Marathon winners, and not an obligation. In short, it was up to the winners to take that privilege. They were disappointed that Tabal lied.   But the racing continued.  Even after the LA Marathon, Tabal went on joining local races, with 21K as minimum distances. She continued to disregard her obligation as a National Team member, disheartening teammates who abided by the PATAFA guidelines, and lowered her chances of peak performance at the 2015 SEA Games where she was to represent the country.  While disappointed, PATAFA retained their belief in Tabal.

Some officers saw Tabal’s potential and the missed opportunity if she won’t be able to compete in the SEA Games. With insistent prodding, Tabal submitted an apology message so that she can compete. Instead of writing a formal apology letter, she sent a short casual text message to PATAFA President Philip Juico.   Juico, in his genuineness, never took slight and believed in Tabal’s apology over SMS. He took it as an indication of Tabal’s sincerity. Tabal then competed in the SEA Games and as predicted, ran very poorly with a time of 3:15 hours. Her time was estimated to be at least 20 minutes better had she listened to the PATAFA and kept her commitment as a National Team athlete.   Right after the SEA Games, PATAFA learned that Tabal was again joining a string of local long distance races. This included a triathlon event that would severely impact the long term plans for the Olympics.

PATAFA leadership was very unhappy with Tabal’s decisions, and what they discovered to be her unmanageable and prideful attitude. They directed her to submit a letter of explanation for the unsanctioned activities and for continuing to disregard her responsibilities as a National Athlete.   Tabal responded on August 13, 2015: a 3-page, impeccably written, legalese sounding resignation letter. Saddened by the loss of potential, PATAFA President Philip Juico accepted her resignation.

All the while, as she continued winning races, Tabal remains a hero.  She is fast and strong, and there was never a mention of how she conducts herself outside of the races. She is portrayed as a hero. In fact, a Cinderella who trains on her own and blossoms into a winner in all the events she joins. This is the reason why PATAFA is having such a conflicted time with Joy’s qualification to the Olympic Standard.  Achieving the standard is an eligibility to be included in the competition; it is not an outright prerogative.

In order to join the Olympics, Tabal first needed to make herself be part of the national team and commit herself to the team and to the body that governs the team.  But she was unwilling to make that commitment and in fact, voluntarily resigned from the National Team in 2015. Everyone immediately presumes Tabal’s inclusion into the Philippine Olympic team. But that presumption is tantamount to penalizing all national team members who have toiled under the challenging conditions of being a national athlete and remained faithful to the sport and the association.

After all of what Tabal has demonstrated to PATAFA, it is now a difficult decision to endorse her as a representative of the Philippines, selected to mirror the ideals and attitudes of the country. This decision matters because Tabal will never win the Olympics.

Her participation is a matter of pride for the Philippines, and supposedly a personal honor for her.   Tabal’s qualifying time is 2:43 hours. She is far from the Women’s leading time of 2:19 hours, while the top 23rd women marathoner clocked in at 2:27 hours. “Team B” qualifiers for the US Team is 2:45 hours. By extrapolation, Tabal’s time will put her outside the top 100. If ever she makes it in the Olympics, right before she steps into the starting line, she’s already guaranteed to land on the tail end of the race. Also, by refusing to listen to PATAFA guidance, Tabal is sure to have destroyed her legs for the Olympics.  She has run two hard marathons in the span of one month in order to qualify. In all practical consideration, her participation will not even be felt by her competitors.

Tabal’s participation in the Olympics was never about her winning it. She was to be groomed as the representation of the Filipino athlete. Talented, driven, and passionate about the sport. PATAFA knows that she will never win, but does she truly deserve to represent the sport? The cost of her participation will be shouldered by taxpayers, and it is PATAFA’s choice to send her or not.  Sadly, it now seems like asking Filipinos to chip in to fund a millennial who wants to prove an egotistical point.  That an athlete can be undisciplined and disrespectful, so long as a qualifying time is met. People are celebrating, but what are they truly celebrating? It is PATAFA’s opinion that perhaps, with more maturity and humility, Mary Joy Tabal can represent the country for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Tap your Hidden Strengths to Unleash your Inner Alpha

To be an Alpha means to be the best. And best equates to being strong. When you’re strong, everything becomes easy. “Becoming stronger is not that easy though. It will test you. At times, it will disappoint. And like life, it is not a walk in the park,” says Alpha Strength and Alpha Strike head coach Aaron dela Cruz.

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Train Like an Alpha demo

Alpha Strength provides strength programs—Be Alpha, Alpha 365, and Alpha Mode—to fix incorrect movement patterns to achieve fitness and health-related goals. In the Be Alpha program, it starts with an assessment of current health and capacity of the person. The program incorporates the use of equipment, eg, mace bells, dumbbells, kettle bells, and medicine balls to get people move their bodies the way the human body is designed to move.

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Alpha Strength warm-up exercises

The simple science behind the Alpha 365 is to make the human body adapt to stress. In Alpha 365, the stressors work in two ways. First, progressive overloading helps the body achieve its goals within a specific timeframe of training. Second, it utilizes multi-joint compound movements and powerlifting exercises (squat, press, and deadlift). Combined with weightlifting (snatch and clean and jerk), the program optimizes strength, agility, coordination, speed, power, and endurance.

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Alpha Strength powerlifting

 

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A show of Alpha Strength

The Alpha Mode is about maximizing on strength. It is a by-appointment class or a consultation with Alpha Strength coaches.

Alpha Strength physical fitness facility is located at the G/F of Sparta Philippines, Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City. For inquiries or reservations, you may contact 0917.794.3776 (mobile/Viber/WhatsApp). Follow @alphastrength on Instagram and Like Alpha Strength PH on Facebook.

Swimmming Lessons at Streamline Sports Instruction

Whether you’re an athlete, a pregnant mom, or someone who just wants to start a regular exercise, swimming is a great workout to stay in shape and enhance cardiovascular fitness. It’s not too late to start if you don’t know how to yet.

Established in 2014, Streamline Sports Instruction (SSI) envisions providing students quality swim instruction to enhance their skills and eventually achieve desired fitness levels or athletic goals.  It caters to people of all ages and skill levels. SSI has expanded its swim instruction to include triathlon coaching and multisport events.

SSI is a synergy of experienced swimmers—Philippine record holders, triathletes, and national water polo players—who only want to share their passion for teaching and the joy of swimming. It adopts swim methodologies from world-renowned swimming institutions such as Austswim, Total Immersion, and World Aquatic Baby Convention integrated in the curriculum of the swimming program.

SWIM PROGRAM

First swim for infants and toddlers ages one to four years old

Using learning through play, a non-traumatic approach where singing songs, playing games, and using toys is adopted so that it can be fun and enjoyable experience for children. The 30-minute class aims to teach water safety and familiarization skills on buoyancy or treading, dipping their head in the water and holding their breath when submerged, going in and out of the pool safely, and diving and floating on their backs.

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Aquanauts: advanced swim program for children

Breath control, buoyancy, and propulsion are what the kids will learn first.  Safety and familiarization skills are covered including learning the different swim strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly. The Aquanauts program has the following levels:

Starfish: Water Safety Skills

•       relaxed breathing
•       proper posture in the water
•       dipping head in the water
•       floating on the back

Beaver: Propulsion in the Water

•       flutter kicks
•       floating on back while kicking
•       rotation, gliding, and propulsion

Guppy: Introduction to the Long Axis Strokes (Basic freestyle and backstroke)

•      catch-up straight-arm freestyle drills with flutter kicks for freestyle
•       rotation on the back with arm drills for backstroke

Shark: Long Axis Stroke Refinement

•   advanced freestyle drills, with high elbow, proper arm timing  and rotation
•     advanced back stroke drills, with proper arm timing and rotation

Dolphin: Introduction to the Short Axis Strokes (Breast stroke and butterfly)

•    undulation drills (body dolphins) for breaststroke and butterfly
•       froggy kicks and pull drills for breaststroke
•       arm drills with undulation for butterfly

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It’s all about speed and power through the water without compromising form and efficiency.  The children will gain the confidence to perform in a competitive aquatic environment.

TRIATHLON PROGRAM

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Basic information on what it takes to finish your first triathlon

•      Training principles for swimming, biking and running, and how to integrate this with your day-to-day responsibilities
•     The importance of having an efficient swim technique to cover longer distances
•       Key information on cycling gear and maintenance, safety, and ideal bike routes for training
•        Having an efficient running form to finish strong
•        Training and race nutrition

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Personalized training program and workout based on athlete’s skill and fitness level, and the race or races the athlete is training for. Periodic assessment is done to track progress. Since the swim is the most challenging and technical discipline among the three, at least two weekly sessions are recommended.  The program includes guidelines on training progression, training on tired days, rest days, and missed sessions, description of varying workout intensity levels, and race tips and tactics.

SWIM COACHES

Alvin Ang

After briefly working as a securities trader, Alvin went on to pursue his love for coaching and teaching children to swim, football, and ultimate Frisbee. For the past seventeen years, he has taught swimming to infants and adults ranging from eight months to 70 years old.  He attended various seminars for Total Immersion, Austswim, Red Cross (life-saving), and World Aquatics Babies Convention.  He also worked with Total Immersion Philippines teaching in Manila and Hong Kong.

Alvin, being a passionate sportsman, has competed across swimming, archery, and football up to collegiate level.  He has competed in Ultimate Frisbee at international level and became the first president of the Philippine Ultimate Association. He has taught the sport in various schools and cities and founded, managed, and coached the Discdevils, one of the first Ultimate Frisbee teams in the country.

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Coaches are having fun teaching toddlers to swim

Al Gonzales

Al received his Teacher’s Certificate from Total Immersion USA after being mentored by its founder Terry Laughlin. He subsequently took part in coaching workshops and triathlon camps in the United States as well as in the Asia Pacific.  He also trained under fellow Total Immersion coach Shinji Takeuchi in 2013. His coaching practice is both technical and psychological focusing on how a solid connection between mind and body in the water leads to a better stroke. Al began his journey as an athlete in 2000, when he joined the University of the Philippines Triathlon Club.  As an active member of the group, he took part in several events and was the youngest participant in the 2002 First Philippine Long-Distance Triathlon (first full Iron distance race in the Philippines—3.8-km swim, 180-km bike, 42-km run) held in Batangas. He then went on to compete in races under the Triathlon Association of the Philippines, the International Triathlon Union, and USA Triathlon garnering medals in his age group, which inspired him towards a coaching career as a swim instructor. He races with REVV Triathlon Team.

Mike Advincula

Mike started swimming competitively at the De La Salle University (DLSU) under the guidance of Olympian and DLSU Green Tankers coach Guy Concepcion. He made it to the varsity team and eventually became team captain.  He then led the swim team to two UAAP championships and won medals both locally and abroad.  He continued to participate in various swim events around the country. Recently, he completed the Caramoan (Bicol) Open Sea/Island Hopping Swim Challenge on July 2015 involving a seven-kilometer stretch where he finished second for his age group.  He is currently a Registered Financial Consultant, an art hobbyist,  and swim coach training students of all ages.

Nonoy Basa

Noy was a competitive swimmer at the age of 10 up to his sophomore year at the Ateneo de Manila University. He competed in various international age-group swim events. He pursued a career in sales and operations, but his passion to teach children and adults of all ages and skill levels prevailed. He has since coached hundreds of triathletes to overcome their fear of the water and become stronger swimmers to accomplish their performance goals.  Noy facilitated a number of Total Immersion adult swim workshops both in the country and in Hong Kong. He is currently a competitive endurance athlete racing with Revv Triathlon Team with numerous podium finishes in aquathlons, open water swims, and triathlons under his belt. Most recently, he was the fastest Filipino finisher in the 2015 Ironman in Melbourne, Australia.

“Swimming is for everyone. You can learn at any age and still be good at it with the right teaching approach,” shares Noy Basa, co-founder and head coach of SSI. “We believe in the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle through sports and learning how to swim is a step towards that direction,” ends Basa.

Noy Basa gives an overview on what SSI does during the media launch
Noy Basa gives an overview on what SSI does during the media launch

For more information, you can check out the Streamline Sports Instruction Facebook page. SSI provides quality swim instruction at the following venues: Makati, Pasig, Quezon City, and Taguig area.  Its address is located at 426 Chateau Verde Condominium, Valle Verde I, Pasig.

World Vision Run for Health & Nutrition, 26 June 2016

Malnutrition is still one of the leading health problems in the Philippines. Two out of 10 children under five are malnourished and ten million children die before their fifth birthday every year due to preventable diseases according to a National Nutrition Survey.

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In their almost 60 years presence in the country, World Vision (WV) has taken great strides to ensure children enjoy the fullness of life they deserve.  Hence charity event World Vision Run (WVR) is back for the fifth time not only to promote healthy lifestyle but also raise funds to help thousands of malnourished children.  

The running event dubbed as Run for Health & Nutrition with an expected 7,000 participants is happening on June 26 at Blue BayWalk in Pasay City. It is co-presented by Runrio. Distance categories include 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and a 500-meter dash for children.  When you register for WV, you’re not only running for your own health but also for children.

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Choose either the brown or green event shirt when you register. Shirt size is subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis.

For more info about WVR and registration details, visit World Vision or call 374.8413 and look for Nina or Michelle.