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Soleus Expanded its Fitness Channels

Soleus has expanded to launch into cycling and fitness channels.  At the same time, the brand added new products to its GPS and core running lines.

Soleus, the brand that brought “everything you need and nothing you don’t” to running watches, now brings you everything you need for your gym fitness exercise as well.

Soleus recently partnered with world renowned Zumba fitness presenter William Flores to kickoff  the first phase of its fitness program in Manila through a series of dance events and classes in cooperation with L Timestudio and Marriott Hotel Manila led by William himself and some of the members of the Team Soleus Running Group.

Dance Soleus brand ambassador William Flores

The brand will be launching a series of fitness device that will not only count steps and lifts but also monitor heart rate to allow optimum  use of overall training.   This will be launched over the course of 2017.

About Soleus

We don’t just make watches or timing devices. We don’t just track time for athletes. And we don’t just make colorful, affordable running watches. We also don’t change who we are as a brand from season to season. So who are we? What do we stand for?

At Soleus, a world is created where people activate passion and build community in their lives through their sport by making stylish,
easy-to-use timing and fitness devices so people can be more joyful in the moment while they while they work out.

About William Flores

William Flores is an international Zumba fitness presenter and a great performer for almost four years.  His name is growing and is popularly known in the dance world as an experienced dancer teaching modern dance, jazz, cumbia, salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, folk dance, meringue, and hip hop.  With a three-year ballet experience under his belt,  William has performed at several international dance events in key cities all over the world including Manila, Philippines for the very first time.

Under Armour Circuit Challenge “Test of Will” Leg 2 Held at Greenbelt

The Under Armour (UA) Circuit Challenge held on March 6 at Greenbelt 3 served as a preliminary event to help prepare participants of the regional fitness challenge UA Test of Will.

UA Elle Adda, a French-Filipino triathlete, fitness expert, model, and an international performing artist, along with Bellator fighter AJ Matthews and celebrity trainer Mama Kat hosted the event.

Fighter AJ Matthews and UA Elle Ada gamely hosted the fitness challenge event (photo by UA)

The on-the-spot challenge that the crowd requested between fighter Matthews and Ada highlighted the Test of Will event. Both competed over a round of ball slams, squats, ball rock and roll-ups, push-ups, and burpees. Matthews won with only a one-second margin over Ada. Also, fighter Matthews demonstrated to the delight of the audience some self-defense techniques for protection in the case of a physical attack.

The winners of the UA Circuit Challenge Greenbelt 3 leg were Edwin Lobelia (1:47 min), Ted Waikin (1:56 min), Jayson Ang (1:57 min), Jona Constantino (1:53 min), Marianne Roulade (1:54 min) and Ericka Mesia (2:00 min).

Edwin Lobelia (Men’s Division) won the Test of Will Challenge with an impressive time of 1:47 min (photo by UA)

The upcoming UA Circuit Challenge scheduled on March 25 and 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City will set the stage for the much awaited UA Test of Will.

On its second year, the UA Circuit Challenge will be held in six countries, namely: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines.

Participants of the Test of Will will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows, and Sandbag Throw. Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring competitor (men’s and women’s division) of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017. This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize or around P 88,000.  Kindly visit www.testofwill.com for more details on how to register for Test of Will.

 About Under Armour, Inc

Under Armour (NYSE: UA), th 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 UA 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 UA 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 UA brand across Southeast Asia. Triple launched the UA operations in Singapore and Philippines on May 2014. It has to date expanded the UA distribution network to cover seven Southeast Asian markets through a combination of 25 brand houses as well as shop in shop and multibrand wholesale executions.

About Test of Will

Started in 2016, the Test of Will is an annual Southeast Asia-wide fitness challenge in celebration of human performance, functional fitness, and the training lifestyle. The modern and uniquely urban fitness challenge is accessible to everyone with the will to train and a drive for competition.

 

The Men’s Health Training Combine Challenge! How Strong, Fast, and Fit Are You?

Just one of those days when you’re a bit disappointed because you’ve been meaning to wake up extra early for an important event.  But soon enough you realized the alarm didn’t go off.

So you lay in bed for a few minutes in silence thinking what you’ll be missing should you decide not to go, or taking the safe option and stay at home instead.   In this instance, I opted to go.

As the taxi driver dropped me off at the gate, I smiled when I saw the familiar face of SPIN.ph section editor Rhoel Fernandez across the street.  Like me, he just arrived. It made me feel like at least I wasn’t the only one coming in a few minutes late.   After exchanging pleasantries with him, we went together to the activity area where we were given a training kit and a score card upon registration. Depending on the workout, I would soon find out.

A number of fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and celebrities including media representatives (such as runningdiva.ph) tried the training workouts after being assessed on their fitness levels facilitated by experienced coaches. The physically challenging tests included the Vertical Jump, Jump Throw, Broad Jump, 40-Yard Dash, 5-10-5 Agility, and 3-Cone Agility. The series workout was a unique blend of high-intensity strength training and a test for speed, agility, power, and endurance.

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Battle rope whips

In the MH Training Combine, it challenged and encouraged you to give your best shot as there was a great chance for an improved performance during the second trial.  The scorecard served as your proof.

I was eyeing the obstacles outside the activity area earlier on. Heard the facilitators were from the Ninja Academy.  But felt nervous after watching the level of difficulty involved in doing the exercises plus I had to consider my injury from a bike fall. After watching two young lady participants finished the obstacles, I knew I had to do it.  I mustered the courage  to give the parkour-like obstacles a try… 

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After given some tips on how to do it, completed this activity in 1 minute and 33 seconds. Not bad for a first timer.

Glad to have experienced Men’s Health (MH) Training Combine held at SPARTA Philippines in Mandaluyong last May 30. It made me realize that upper body strength especially in the arms should still have a place in my workouts.  

Super duper thanks MH Philippines for having me at the event. Likewise, many thanks to Grace Enriquez of MH Philippines for the invite.  Thank you also Rhoel Fernandez for being with me through the challenging tests and for featuring me on SPIN.ph.  I had a blast doing the fast 40-yard run! Lastly, cheers to Ninja Academy coaches for the tips and ensuring the safety of participants throughout the quick parkour-like obstacle run. 

Sponsors of this event were Century Tuna, Enervon Activ and Chris Sports in partnership with Ninja Academy, Functional Fitness, and HIIT Philippines.

To know more how the MH Training Combine is done, you may visit MH Training Combine in action on YouTube.  The digital edition of Men’s Health magazine can now be downloaded on your mobile device through Apple Newsstand, Buqo, and Zinio.

For more details, visit www.summitnewsstand.com.ph/mens-health, follow Men’s Health on Facebook:  facebook.com/menshealthphilippines, on Twitter and Instagram @MenhealthPH.

Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Triathlon (1st : 2015 : Subic Bay)

Inaugural Century Tuna half-ironman triathlon or Ironman 70.3 adds excitement and will soon be part of a triathlete’s calendar

Three years since Century Tuna 5150 Triathlon,  Century Tuna once again raises the bar by staging for the first time the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon event  on 8 March 2015 in Subic Bay.   Over 20 professionals of various nationalities are expected to join the half-ironman distance triathlon aka Ironman 70.3 including three-time Ironman World Champion and two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion Craig Alexander, superstars Luke McKenzie and Caroline Steffen.  Subic Bay is chosen as an ideal avenue for this triathlon event due to its  accessibility plus the terrain is perfect for the swim, bike and run stages.

The course includes a 1.9-km swim, which starts and ends at Sands of Triboa via the Subic Bay Airport to Transition 1.  A 90-km bike ride,  which starts on the runway to Argonaut Highway to Rizal Highway toSubic-Tipo Expressway, and all the way to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expessway or SCTEX.  Participants then take a U-turn upon reaching Florida Blanca Interchange and head back to Transition 2 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.  The race culminates with a 21-km run  to the finish line.

To top it off, the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay, Philippines will serve as a qualifying race for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.  Thirty age-group qualifying slots are at stake including the $ 15,000 prize purse for the event.  The event will be staged in four days from 5 March 2015 to 8 May 2015.

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Models strutted on the runway the triathlon gears and apparels

On February 18, Wednesday, the upcoming triathlon was launched with a bang at the New World Hotel in Makati attended no less by triathletes, sponsors, and media people.   It presented the best runway looks for triathlon clothing and gear, and culminated with a short Q&A session on the Ironman 70.3  event.

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From left, Domingo Enerio III, chief operating officer of the Tourism Promotions Board; triathlete and CEO of Sunrise Events Fred Uytengsu; triathlete and general manager of Century Pacific Food Greg Banzon; and, VP for marketing of the Manila North Tollways Corp. Renie Ticzon

The Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon is produced and organized by Sunrise Events, and made possible through the support of sponsors and partners: Vita Coco, Gatorade, 2Go Express, Saucony, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Manila North Tollways Corp., North Luzon Expressway, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Philippines Star, Endurance Magazine, Century Bangus, Sante Barley, Prudential Guarantee, Department of Tourism, Tourism and Promotions Board of the Phlippines, Timex, Communications, PLDT Subictel, Intercare, FinisherPix, Shotz, Devant and Belo Sikin Care.

For more details, please visit www.century pacific.com.ph or www.ironman703subicbay.com.

NUTRILITE Celebrates 80th Anniversary with a Bang!

Wellness has always been Nutrilite’s advocacy since it was first introduced eight decades ago.  To encourage more people to value personal wellness, a series of runs will be staged in three key cities: Manila (February 22), Davao (March 1), and Cagayan de Oro (March 15).  The run already covered Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, and Singapore.

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Nutrilite’s Race Shirt

Registration fee is only P 300 for all categories 3k, 5k, and 8k. Interested participants can register at all Amway Distribution Centers and via the Colourlife Facebook Fan Page.   To learn more about the event, here are the NHR Race Details.

Related: Ecstatic with Unexpected Podium Finish

Successful Opening of Under Armour’s SM Megamall Branch

22 Oct 2014 — It’s fantastic to have witnessed the recent grand opening of the second botique of Under Armour (UA) located at SM Megamall in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.  Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Brandon “The Truth” Vera, together with local celebrity athletes, VIPs, and guests kick off the grand opening event by cutting the ribbon (using a chain) in style .

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MMA fighter Brandon “The Truth” Vera welcomes the crowd (first photo)
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Photo 1: RD with Grupo Athletica Marketing Manager Jérémy Callegher, and fellow blogger Tonette aka healthjunkie.ph | Photo 2: Under Armour | Photo 3: Connie of Frontrunner magazine, Judith Staples of Soleus, RD, and fellow blogger Rikki aka cheapanggangdiva.wordpress.com | Photo 4: Under Armour dog tag as ID for media people

The UA brand personifies a gritty and real stance endorsed by no other than renowned athletes such as former Ateneo volleyball player Gretchen Ho and football star of the women national team Natasha Alquiros. The store offers a variety and colorful Fall/Winter collections.

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The special launch event highlights a high-intensity six-minute interval workout dubbed as Under Armour Assault gamely participated by celebrity athletes under the guidance and coaching staff from Crossfit Mad Minute. CrossFit aka “the sport of fitness” is basically a timed and scored strength and conditioning program for athletes that focuses on pretty shorter but intense workouts to effectively burn calories, develops endurance, and strengthens core muscles.  It amazes me to see these women athletes doing the same exercises as competitively as the men! With them during the UA celebrity challenge are the equally energetic hosts Anthony Suntay and Patricia Hizon.

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Crossfit Mad Minute staff supervise celebrity athletes during the Under Armour Assault Celebrity Challenge activity

The UA is distributed in the Philippines through an exclusive partnership with Triple Pte. Ltd and its Megamall location was made possible by local retailer, Grupo Athletica. Definitely kudos to the “Dream Team” for doing such a good job! Super thanks to Judith Staples and Jérémy Callegher for having me at the UA Megamall launch event.

Women’s Health Magazine July Issue on Staying Fit and Best Packaged Food for Women

I had the chance to attend once again the Women’s Health Are You Game event at the Music Hall of Mall of Asia last June 1.  It was a day of beauty, wellness, fitness, and other cool activities.  Thanks to Karina of Summit Media for reserving me a slot to try one of the six workout classes called Flexibility Not Required (FNR), a fun way of doing beginner’s yoga without having to worry of not being strong or flexible enough.  Though there were some moves I found very challenging, but my experience in Bikram yoga helped a lot.  

Anyway, I’m sharing with you here the press release of Women’s Health with sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga on the cover of the July issue magazine.  It also features their top 100 pick of best packaged food for women which you can get from the supermarket without ruining your diet

Alex and Toni Gonzaga talk to Women’s Health
on staying fit and on their love lives
Alex and Toni Gonzaga arrived at the Women’s Health shoot in coordinated outfits and with ease between them that shows they make up a good team—in their family, in their industry, and in their pursuit for a healthy lifestyle. From their amusing banter to their mutual admiration, Alex and Toni exhibit a certain closeness that brings joy to their sisterhood.  Women’s Health quizzed the Gonzaga sisters on their relationship as sisters and on how they maintain their physique.
It’s a mix of Bikram yoga, Vinyasa yoga and Pilates for Alex; while it’s ballroom dancing for Toni. Alex goes easy on the rice; while Toni eats everything in moderation. Each has her own style, each has her unique qualities.
Toni believes in keeping things balanced. “I don’t want to sacrifice my health just because I’m busy with work. It’s very important that you don’t lose that balance. I work hard, but I also want to look good and feel good.” Alex gets motivated when she sees the outcome of her workouts. “Kapag nakikita ko kahit konting results, lalo na when I see my arms getting toned, mas nakaka-motivate. Parang ‘Ay! Malapit ko nang ma-achieve ‘yung gusto ko!”
But when it comes to matters of the heart, the sisters take two different roads. Alex enjoys being single and decides not to rush things. “Yung lalaki na para sa iyo, whatever happens, he will pursue you. Kahit anong gawin mong alis or layo sa kanya, babagsak at babagsak kayo talaga.”
On the other hand, Toni is in a relationship with director Paul Soriano. So, what’s her advice for women in relationship? “Respect is very important,” says Toni. “Put God in the center of the relationship, that makes it stronger because your foundation is solid.”

Know more about these sisters as they talk about their take on the road to success and reaching the top in the July issue of Women’s Health.  You can download the current issue and past issues of Women’s Health online here.  You may also like WomensHealthPhilippines on Facebook and follow @WomensHealthPH on Twitter and Instagram.

Press Release: Feel Great and Look Great

This November, Women’s Health shows you that there’s a lot to love and much you can do when it comes to being a woman and living your best life. In this month’s Feel Great, Look Great issue, learn how you can get a head start in staying fit and living healthily by taking cue from some of the country’s best and brightest fitness professionals. Plus, take inspiration from cover girl Bianca King on how you, too, can reap the fruits of your labor.
Leading a lifetime of health and wellness only takes 11 steps. For fitness professionals like Reema Chanco, Mitch Felipe Mendoza,Mona Lisa Neuboeck, Nadine Tengo, Ani de Leon-Brown, Bam Mogato, Debbie Yabut, Joie Castillo-Viado and Tessa Celdran, staying fit and living healthy is no joke. It takes a lot of discipline, patience and determination to become a better version of yourself. In fact, according to master trainer of Barre3 Joie Castillo Viado, It’s a simple strategy of working smarter rather than harder. “It’s working out right and eating right. We [should] want to be truly healthy inside, which involves both mind and body.”
While Bam Mogato, Women’s Health columnist and personal trainer emphasizes that losing weight is indeed a process. Although women are now bombarded with quick-fix diet plans, women should keep in mind that hard work is key. “There is no shortcut to losing weight. It involves having a good diet and regular exercise” adds Tessa Celdran, Women’s Health columnist and certified yoga instructor.
Speaking of hard work, cover girl Bianca King also shares with Women’s Health how she is able to reap rewards from years of hard work in the industry she loves. Describing her journey in the business as “taking the long road”, Bianca feels grateful for how this has built her character. “It’s not all about fame, money, lead roles, or endorsements. It’s also about being proud of the person you’ve become.”
The actress even admits to Women’s Health that it’s her dream to portray physically demanding roles (read: Nikita or Alias) that’s why she sees fitness as a worthwhile investment. “I’ve been preparing myself for roles like that. That’s why I exercise and stay active, so you know, when the time comes that there’s an opening for those kinds of role, they’ll see that I’m prepared for it.”
Aside from yoga, Bianca’s exercise regimen includes dancing, swimming and muay Thai.A recent addition to her list of staple workouts is running, which she does twice to thrice a week. When asked what fitness tip can she give to those aspiring to feel and look great, she simply says: “Stay committed. There are people who start something, then procrastinate. It’s mind over matter. You have to psych yourself that once you get into something, it’s your goal to finish it. Try out an exercise for a month, if you really don’t like it, that’s when you move on to something else.”
Catch more fitness tips from both cover girl Bianca King and the experts by grabbing the November issue of Women’s Health. The November issue of Women’s Health is available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide. For more of Women’s Health online, become a fan on Facebook (Facebook.com/womenshealthphilippines) and follow them on Twitter (Twitter.com/womenshealthph).

Are You Game? I’m Game!

20 May 2012 – It’s not what you are thinking.  Nope.  I didn’t grace the cover of the Women’s Health (WH) magazine.  This was a freebie taken at a photo booth during the first-ever Are You Game? event last Saturday, May 19 at Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City.  The sun shone brightly that afternoon, but thankfully the weather later was extremely cooperative.

The leading lifestyle publication for women’s wellness and fitness, WH Philippines reached out to quite a number of Pinays searching for ways to get fit and healthy with its Are You Game? event.  

Are You Game? is the signature event of WH International held in New York, Chicago, Sydney, and now, for the very first time in Manila. “The many innovative, fun, alternative workouts, and fitness partners convinced us that the Philippines is ready for Are You Game?,”  says WH team publisher Christine Ongteco. 

Women’s Health Editor-in-chief Lara Parpan notes that, “Getting fit and healthy is a lifestyle not just a fad. “Are You Game?” introduces our readers to many ways of getting to their weight loss and wellness goals in a friendly, encouraging, and fun environment.” 

For one to join this event, you only need to present the May issue of WH magazine, register, and get your passport to all freebies, access to all workouts, and fun activities.

I, together with Bards aka Banana Running as my partner and with other ladies, tried various workouts like Partner Yoga, a yoga routine that combines Thai massage, yoga, and the dynamic power of acrobatics.  Knowing that I was not that flexible as Bards and since I haven’t done yoga before, I chickened out from doing the acrobatic part.  What I loved most was when I had the chance to use the Kangoo Jump shoes and did some dance workouts with Queenie.  We were bouncing the whole time.  It was really fun!  The ladies who led the workout told me that they’ve even used the shoes in one of the fun runs. So it’s no longer running but also bouncing your way to the finish line.  Hmm, an interesting idea, but I don’t know.
Others tried their way to weight loss with a tailor-fit Model’s Runway workout. The ladies were also taught how to make healthier meals through food preparation demos and select a customizable workout routine for their body through one-on-one sessions with WH fitness and nutrition experts. There were also fun activities such as the bungee trampoline, surf machine (I tried this one but I can only say one thing…balancing is no easy feat! I gave up! Haha!), and bull riding.  There was also total body training via TRX Body Blast and Rip Training, which works on strength, balance, flexibility and core stability which I didn’t get to try.  But I did try the Kettlebell exercises and workouts.  The next day it left my muscles sore and aching.  Oh, my…

Co-presenter Gatorade low carb also invited the ladies to dance their way through chart topping club tunes with Gatorade Low Carb Cardio Mash-up along with some celebrities present in the event.  

After Kangoo jumps, we’re waiting for Techno Rave to start, which was supposed to be the last cardio fix dance workout, unfortunately, it rained all of a sudden.  

I hope that WH will bring this event next year.  I wish them to include Zumba next time. 

Overall, the event was successful.  I had Karina of WH and Que of Takbo.ph to thank for.  Their persistence to invite me really paid off.   Many thanks, too, to Bards and Noelle for the photos.

Thank you, ladies!  And super-duper thanks to Women’s Health! Cheers!

Women’s Health Are You Game? Happening on May 19

Are You Game?, an international signature event of Women’s Health (WH) done in New York, Chicago, and Sydney is now in the Philippines. And true to its international counterparts, WH Are You Game? Philippines invites women to take charge of their health and wellness in an all-day-feel-good festival through fitness workouts, healthy snacks, proper hydration, a bit of pampering, music, and more.  


Simply present your May 2012 issue of WH to join.  

For preregistration procedures and more details on  WH Are You Game?, grab a copy of the May issue of  WH with Solenn Heussaff on the cover or like WH on facebook

WH Philippines proves time and time again to be the leader in fitness, wellness and fun! Discover the latest workouts in the metro with  WH and Gatorade Low Carb’s first ever Are You Game? event on May 19, Saturday at Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater at 2PM. 
Through this event,  WH encourages all women to let out their adventurous side as they try various workouts like Partner Yoga, a yoga exercise that combines Thai massage, yoga, and the dynamic power of acrobatics. TRX Body Blast and Rip Training, a total body workout, which works on strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. Techno Rave, a cardio workout through dance steps set to 90s techno beats.

Then, ladies can bounce their way to weight loss with the use of Kangoo Jump shoes through FTX Urban Rebound or look and feel like a model with Model’s Runway workout. And the highlight of the event, featuring hot dance moves of chart topping club tunes – Gatorade Low Carb Cardio Mash-up is a must try!

If all is not enough for today’s active women,  WH Philippines also brings together sets of activities that only WH can give. Know the perfect workout and nutrition plan for your body type through a one on one consultation with  WH fitness experts and nutrition consultants. On top of that, ladies can also try virtual surfing, bungee jumping, and even bull riding!

WH Are You Game? is brought to you by Gatorade Low Carb.  Special thanks to official venue partner Bonifacio Global City and official radio partners Magic 89.9 and Mellow 94.7.

See you there!