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Press Release: adidas holds FitFest, the first and biggest fitness festival for women in the Philippines  

adidas culminates its monthly workouts as it holds on November 13 the adidas Women FitSquad FitFest, a fitness, food, and music festival rolled into one. Over a hundred women come together at the Globe Live Amphitheatre in Bonifacio Global City, to move a step closer towards their fitness goals and give support to other women to become creators.

“adidas Women FitSquad FitFest serves as the fulfillment of FitSquad’s mission to inspire all women, regardless of age, physique, or level of athleticism, to discover their true strength and push their limit, ultimately, to become their fittest and healthiest selves. We know that doing this can pose a challenge, but FitSquad cultivates a strong culture of support,” says Jen Dacasin, Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager, adidas Philippines.


Having an entire day filled with activities ranging from rocket yoga to combat training, FitFest aims to engage all women with unified commitment to fitness. The day starts off with a morning run, followed by a series of fitness activities led by adidas Women influencers Nikki Torres, Ida Paras, and Rachel Que-Love including adidas girls Isabelle Daza, Solenn Huessaff, NT Sweat creator Nikki Torres, Ms. Gold’s Gym 2016 Cassie Umali, Polecats Manila Founder Kayleen Ortiz, and others were there to help empower FitSquad members to achieve their fitness goals.

“It’s surreal to have witnessed FitSquad grow through the months since the start of the year, to what it has become today. Aside from ensuring that we offer quality workout sessions every month, we have always placed collaboration and camaraderie at the core of adidas Women FitSquad. We keep that in mind as we invite everyone – FitSquad members and non-members alike – to join FitFest and be part of a community of women who inspire and empower each other,” shares Dacasin.

While adidas Women welcomes FitSquad non-members to their group with utmost enthusiasm, they celebrate the squad’s first year by awarding its loyal members during FitFest.

 More than giving an opportunity for women to achieve their fitness goals, FitSquad continues to provide a platform for women to form a community that thrives in mutual support and encouragement.


“This is just the beginning. Recognizing the success of this campaign, we are looking forward to having more and better FitSquad initiatives in 2017,” ends Dacasin.

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.

My First Bikram Yoga Experience

My good friend and I had a lot of catching up to do as we haven’t seen each other for a long time.  When I finally met her last Christmas, the first thing she told me she was already three months pregnant.  It was surely a great news and I am happy for her!
collage_20141107095857468And because of this, in her elation, she gave away “as a gift” her Bikram Yoga package to me … and the catch is … for me to finish the sessions.   “Yoga? Really?” These are the questions that played in my mind after hearing it.  Not because I did not like it nor did not want to, but because I was skeptical to do this kind of exercise considering I’m not as flexible as I used to.  All I knew about yoga is that you need to twist, stretch and distort your body.  Nevertheless, I felt so blessed by my friend’s generosity.
I find stretching exercises really challenging.  Coaches John and Jesse are aware of my somewhat resistance to it.  Well, they just don’t know that my imagination is already running wild, seeing some of my bones snapping.  Stretching workouts are essential after a rigorous physical training.  And, this is the very reason why I tried this yoga thing.  
For those of you who are not familiar with it, Bikram Yoga is basically the practice of a set of series of 26 postures done twice each over a 90-minute period in a hot room around 40°C.   The heated room is supposed to facilitate safe stretching and help detoxify the body systems through sweat.  
I went to my first ever Bikram Yoga session one night early in January this year.  When I walked into the studio, I found myself in a waiting area with quite a number of people inside.  Most of the participants are ladies though there were also a handful of gentlemen present.  Shoes, slippers, sandals, etc. are not allowed so you need to leave them on the rack provided by the studio.  It is encouraged to wear comfortable clothes or as little clothing as possible since Bikram Yoga makes you sweat a lot. That’s why it was no surprise at all to see most of the participants wearing something like they’re going for a swim—ladies mostly in bikinis and the men wore only shorts and were shirtless.  As for me, I wore sports attire that can either be used for any sport training or running.  
I proceeded to the reception area to register.  When I told the receptionist I was new, the instructor was made aware of this.  After sometime, I, together with other new comers, was given a quick briefing of what Bikram Yoga is and what to expect. One of the few important things I remembered is this: we are not required to do all the poses since we are still new and if  ever we feel nauseous or dizzy during the exercise, we only need to relax, focus on our breathing, or, rest for a while then resume whenever we feel ready.
The session started on time.  The instructor’s job is to ensure experienced participants are in the front row so that those who are new can follow each pose while she roamed and kept giving instructions the whole 90 minutes.  I attempted to do every pose, but of the 26 postures, four postures I found physically tough plus the extra weight I gained specifically in the abdomen area at times, impeded me to perform the right pose.  When I started to feel dizzy and nauseous, all I could think of was to quit and not finish the remaining poses, but that never happened.  I managed to finish the whole session feeling spent yet cleansed at the same time.   I anticipated my body to feel sore the next day, but surprisingly it did not. 
In general, I like Bikram Yoga because of its benefits—promotes weight loss, builds flexibility, strengthens muscles, detoxifies the body, relieves back pains, develops good posture, reduces stress, and la la la.
In as much as tried to enjoy or have fun, I didn’t.  May be because I find the exercise difficult.  It was more of a physical challenge than mental.  I find it boring being confined in a room doing the same repetitive exercise.  May be I am more of an outdoor person.  The good thing about it though, after attending three or four sessions, I noticed great improvement in terms of muscle strength and flexibility.  Tip: Make sure your body is well rested and hydrated before attempting to do each session.  Otherwise, you might end up feeling dizzy and exhausted while doing this intense exercise.
I still recommend you to try Bikram Yoga. 


Two months ago, while trying to reach something overhead from my bed, I lose my balance and fell off the bed about two feet high.  Pain shot through my right arm when it took the brunt of the impact as I fell on the floor.  Next day, I could not lift it well. It felt like I just had a recent vaccine shot in the arm.  Though I could feel no pain and even swing it, there was this little discomfort.   This incident happened just days before a marathon race. 
A month passed yet I still felt something lodged in the joint.  For my own peace of mind, I had an orthopedic check-up. The staff ordered me for an X-ray of my arm.  According to the doctor the result showed no marked abnormalities except that I had to do some stretches to heal my inflamed tendon.
I was so thankful to be part of the Rocktape event which paved way for me to know the other services under INTERCARE such as Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Myotherapy, Rehabilitative Medicine, Stress Management, Graston Technique and Yoga and Pilates.

My right arm with Rocktape

Personally, I was one of the beneficiaries of the nerve cracking experience i.e., Chiropractic therapy and Rocktape technique demonstrated and applied by Dr. Martin Camara, INTERCARE’s Clinic Director, and one of his staffs respectively.  With this experience, it encouraged me to even advise my older sister to try their services with the hope of finding the long overdue search for the right treatment of her illness.  Thank God … the DOCTOR IS IN! 

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