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CrossFit MNL Introduces Run MNL

Running is considered a solitary sport; it’s you and where your feet may take you.  But running with a group feels better and easier. Run MNL aims to make running a daily habit,  push the runner in every individual, develop serious runners/specialists, and to make everymile you covered stronger.

CrossFit MNL (CFMNL), the pioneer in bringing CrossFit in the Philippines, has proven to be the school of elite fitness. CFMNL has encouraged men and women of different fitness levels to try CrossFit in the country since 2011. From CrossFit, CFMNL has offered different programs such as Bootcamp, FitKids MNL, Strongman and Striking MNL.

CFMNL brings again an innovation in fitness by inviting you to join Run MNL, a CFMNL program that will make every mile to be stronger and faster.

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Run MNL is open to all individuals and enthusiasts. Even for those who would just aim to rid some excess pounds to enjoy their lives longer and healthier.  Run MNL is offered primarily in selected CFMNL boxes namely Eastwood, Kapitolyo, and San Juan.

Run MNL is a program specifically designed for running.  As this is aimed to develop specialists, there will be series of agility drills, speed trials, intense cardio training/HIIT complemented by strengthening, and conditioning skills.  Run MNL conducts Community Run during weekends in selected areas where anyone can join regardless of their fitness level.

Runners and enthusiasts can register at this link.

CrossFitMNL Box

Eastwood (Quezon City)  – Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 AM
G/F One Orchard Road Condominium, Eastwood City
Cyberpark, Quezon City
T: (02) 720.9135

Kapitolyo (Pasig City) – Mondays and Wednesdays 7 AM
91-C East Capitol Drive corner Sta. Clara Street,
Kapitolyo, Pasig City
M: 0917.579.9292

San Juan – Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 AM
Unit C, Harmonia Center 8005 Ortigas Avenue,
Greenhills West, San Juan City
M: 0917.537.2435

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About CrossFit
CrossFit is a fitness program for everyone. It uses exercises from gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, track and field, kettlebell training and other sports. Most workouts resemble circuit training and are finished in less than 30 minutes.

About CrossfitMNL
A group of passionate athletes from different backgrounds were bored with gym or their usual training routine. These folks wanted to get the best results from a demanding, varied and fun workout. The journey began in 2011, when one member came across CrossFit in the USA and immediately fell in love and got addicted to the sport. Spreading the gospel about CrossFit to athletes coming from various disciplines, they formed CrossFit MNL knowing the benefits of the program and the need for a new sport in the Philippines.

For more information, queries or possible collaboration, you may contact:

Allan Ray Enriquez
RunMNL Representative
E: arcenriquez@gmail.com
M: (0917) 6312255

Defying Summer Storm at Fortune Island

“Every storm that comes, also comes to an end.” – Author Unknown

Been wanting to visit Fortune Island  after seeing the beautiful pictures a friend has posted. So when the invitation came from a runner friend Reggie via a simple post online, it was perfect.   I knew I had to see the place myself.

I love to travel. As what a former mentor said to me a long time ago, “travel will teach you something beyond what you have learned in class.” What better way to explore this beautiful country of ours than by taking a trip either solo or with friends. But there are times when you are traveling solo, it’s not always a breeze to strike up a conversation with a stranger.

Soleus Team at the Parthenon-like ruins for some photo shoots (Photo by Running Jack Morales)
Soleus Team at the Parthenon-like ruins for some photo shoots (Photo by Running Jack Morales)

Good thing the invite came from a runner friend of team Soleus. Since I’ve met most (if not all) Soleus team members, I can honestly say I’ve never felt so lucky to be in the best company around.

Meet up time was early to catch the early morning ferry from a resort in Nasugbu to Fortune Island. The trip was (to most of us) a bit of a last hurrah to summer.

We took the single-day trip with a boat ride of about an hour. The waves got rougher though as we near the beach landing.  From afar, the Parthenon-like structure could be seen resting on top of a hill.  The boat would return to pick us up around four in the afternoon.  

By the time we got there, the sun shone brightly in a cloudless sky. We found a good spot to pitch the tent that Mirjam brought with her and got settled for an early lunch.  Cloudless skies could mean extremely hot weather but that didn’t stop us from taking pictures of ourselves, the nice scenery, and enjoying the beach in the next three hours or so.

Is this Greece? Nope.  Taken at Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas (Photo by Running Jack Morales)
Is this Greece? Nope. Taken at Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas (Photo by Running Jack Morales)

After almost half a day of frolicking under the sun, the weather suddenly changed–from sunny to a bit cloudy.  Then it rained so heavily in the next 10 to 15 minutes that we could only hang on to each other big time! The big umbrella and the dilapidated nipa shed  were our only protection from the rains and the cold swirling winds. We’ve never prayed so hard until that fateful afternoon. When the rains somehow slowed down, one by one, off we ran quickly to the nearest structure–a vacant restroom–our only refuge. Then there was a sudden change in the wind direction. What started off as heavy rains escalated into a full-blown hail storm.  After a few minutes, the weather shifted again as if nothing happened.  

Enjoying the sun, the beach, and friendship.  (Photo by Pido Reggie)
Enjoying the sun, the beach, and friendship. (Photo by Pido Reggie)
The umbrella that saved us. Photographer Reggie held on to this for us to be shielded from the rains and winds. (Photo by Pido Reggie)
The umbrella that saved us. Photographer Reggie held on to this for us to be shielded from the rains and winds. (Photo by Pido Reggie)

The hail storm highlighted our first visit to the island.  Second-timer Inja said, “There wouldn’t be a next time for me after this.” To most of us, we were wondering and thinking, “Did it really happen?”  In the end, we were extremely grateful that neither from our group nor the visitors of the island were hurt during the storm.  We survived!

The beach after the hail storm. (Photo by Running Jack Morales)
The beach after the hail storm. (Photo by Running Jack Morales)
The ruins after.
The ruins after the hail storm.   As if nothing happened at all. (Photo by Running Jack Morales)

“Every storm that comes, also comes to an end.” If we are to compare the hardships of life (whether big or small) to a storm, all it takes is to have faith, to be strong and courageous. Defying it is one for the books!

Thank you Reggie, Janno, Inja, Running Jack, Bilson, Flordeliza, Mirjam, and Val for having me in this trip.  Till next time!

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Enjoying the photo shoot led by Soleus/Running Photographers Pido Reggie and Running Jack.