The Spin List: Where to work out in Ortigas

Dec 14, 2019
PHOTO: CycleHouse MNL | Fitness First

LOCATED within the boundaries of the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong and Quezon, Ortigas Center is undoubtedly one of the busiest districts in Metro Manila. But between the crazy traffic and overwhelming number of people crossing the streets of this business district, you’ll easily find nearby fitness centers to help you sweat away the stress and stay fit.

To help turn your crazy day into a productive one, we’ve put together some of the health and fitness centers around Ortigas that you can choose from.

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Anytime Fitness El Pueblo

A perfect choice for gym-goers with erratic or non-regular working schedule, Anytime Fitness conveniently provides its members with 24/7 access to free weights, functional areas and cardio machines. It also offers personal training packages, as well as group exercise programs ranging from yoga sessions to dance classes.

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Membership at Anytime Fitness automatically allows you access to all their branches nationwide.

Rates: P1,000 one-time joining fee, P2,500 one-time key fob fee, P2,700 monthly dues for 6-month membership contract, P2,500 monthly dues for 12-month membership contract, P2,300 monthly dues for 18-month membership contract

2nd Floor El Pueblo Real de Manila, Julia Vargas St. Corner ADB Avenue, Brgy. San Antonio, Ortigas Manila, 721-88-83,

Operating hours: Mon to Sun, 24 hours

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UFC Gym Galleria

Crazy about mixed martial arts? UFC Gym has you covered. They offer top-notch classes on boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, Brazilian jiu jitsu and taekwando, led by high-caliber coaches. On days when you feel like working out solo, they also have traditional gym equipment available for members.

Rates: P30,500 for 1 year with unlimited access to all classes and other UFC Gym branches (Promo for Dec. 2019: ?14,500)

G/F Robinsons Galleria, EDSA Corner, Ortigas Ave, Ortigas Center, Quezon City, +63917 124 0474,

Operating hours: Mon to Sat 6:00am-10:00pm, Sun 6:00am-9:00pm

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Cyclehouse MNL

Take spinning to the next level by trying out the choreographed and heart-pumping exercises at the Cyclehouse Indoor Cycling MNL. Tone legs, get a good sweat going, have fun.

They offer classes with different difficulty levels: Kickstart Ride, an introduction to the basics of indoor cycling for beginners; Fun Ride, a choreographed, rhythm-based pumps, sprints, climbs and lightweight body exercises for intermediate level practitioners; and, for experienced cyclists, Spin + HIIT workout, an endurance ride with a High Intensity Interval Training finisher.

Sign up at their website to get a one-time free trial ride, but make sure to check the schedule of classes online first before heading to the studio.

Rates: P600 for single ride, P5,000 for unlimited ride valid for 30 days

8/F Padilla Building F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila, +63916 614 3888,

Operating Hours: Mon to Fri 6:45am-10:00pm, Sat to Sun 9:00am-5:00pm (operating hours may change depending on scheduled classes per day)

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Fitness First - SM Megamall

One of the largest health and fitness clubs in the country, Fitness First has a ton of zones and equipment for all your workout needs – from a free weights area and freestyle areas, to a group exercise studio, a spinning studio, a mind and body studio, and a lounge area.

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Here, members get unlimited access to around 20 group exercise classes scheduled everyday: Spartan workout, Body Combat, Body Attack, indoor cycling, aerial flow yoga, Body Jam, Zumba, freestyle group HIIT training, and more. Yes, FF invests on group workout programs that are accessible to members at almost any time of the day.

“The energy of the crowd attending group exercise classes at Fitness First - Megamall, particularly in my Body Attack class, is unbelievable! From the youngest to the more mature members, all are so engrossed in sweating it out,” said Rico Comia, LesMills BodyAttack Program Head Philippines.

Rates: Monthly membership fee starts at ?2,500 (they offer different membership packages)

4th Level, Bldg A, SM Megamall, Edsa, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila,

Operating hours: Mon to Fri 6:00am-10:00pm, Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am- 9:00pm

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Polecats Manila

Want to focus on developing a mix of strength, coordination, balance and grace while working out? Polecats Manila is the place for you. Open for men and women, this aerial arts and pole fitness studio offers Pole Fitness, Aerial Hoop, and Aerial Silks classes regularly.

Myla Tan Santiago, Polecats Business Development Manager, said they highly encourage non-professional dancers with zero experience in pole dancing to attend their classes because “our programs are really designed for those who are starting from scratch, including those in their late 30s, just like most of us here in Polecats!”

Rates: P800 per class, P2,000 unlimited access to all classes for 7 days, P7,000 unlimited access to all classes for 30 days

22nd Floor, Strata 100 F. Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Center Pasig, Metro Manila, 631-08-18 l +63917 700 7653,

Operating hours: Monday to Friday 12nn-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm

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Elorde Boxing Gym – Ortigas

Unleash your inner warrior and learn the proper jabs, uppercuts and hooks by trying out a boxing session at Elorde that promises to give you your money’s worth. Their well-known boxing programs are priced at an affordable rate. Elorde also offers Muay Thai training.

Rates: P250 for members & P600 for non-members per session for Boxing / ?350 for members & P700 for non-members per session for Muay Thai

The Upper Deck, 6th floor, Technopoint Bldg., Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Avenue, Quezon City, 900 0951,

Operating hours: Mon to Sun 7:00am-9:00pm

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Elite Boxing and Muay Thai Gym – Ortigas Emerald

Save yourself from the nightmare of entering an overcrowded gym by heading over at Elite, which offers an immense space for you to train Boxing or Muay Thai with certified coaches. They have a large-sized boxing ring and over 20 punching bags that allow you to practice freely.

To add variation to your workout routine, you can also use their circuit training tools.

Rates: Annual membership fee P2,500 / P250 per session, P2,400 for 12 sessions, P3,000 for unlimited sessions for Boxing / P350 per session, P3,360 for 12 sessions, P4,500 for unlimited sessions for Muay Thai

8th Floor Padilla Bldg, F. Ortigas Jr Rd, Pasig, +63905 477 1888,

Operating hours: Mon to Sun 6:30am-10:00pm

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JNA Dance & Fitness Center

If you’re into dancing and are interested in attending various dance classes – including ballet classes for adult first-timers – head over to JNA Dance & Fitness Center. They also offer other dance programs, including zumba, jazz, hip hop, belly dance, and kids dance pop.

As the SEA Games proved, dance is a showcase of physicality, and JNA Business Development Manager Sarah Vinoya said it’s never too late to become the dancer that you’ve envisioned yourself to be. “Our instructors here are trained to teach beginners as long as joiners are dedicated to take several classes a week for better progress,” she pointed out.

Rates: For Ballet: P750 for 1 session (1-hr per class), P5,200 for 8 sessions (1-hr per class), P900 for 1 session (1 .5hr per class), P6,400 8 sessions (1 .5 hour per class); For other dance classes: P650 per session, ?2,300 for 4 sessions, P3,800 for 8 sessions

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Level 5 Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Ortigas Center Mandaluyong, 633-7871,

Operating hours: Mon to Sun 11:00am-9:00pm

YogaPlus – Ortigas

Avail of a membership at YogaPlus Ortigas if you want stress-relieving exercises that improve both your mind and body. After all, this place is branded as “a safe space for your physical, emotional and mental transformation.”

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With 36 yoga classes every week to choose from, including ashtanga, yin, and hot yoga classes, book a slot to improve your body’s flexibility, focus, balance and overall well-being. Ready to get addicted? They offer 1-week free unlimited pass for newbies.

Rates: P2,249 one month unlimited access to all classes (promo for first-timers) / Regular rates: P1,600 unlimited access for 1 week, P4,499 unlimited access for 1 month

Level 4, The Podium, Ortigas Center, ADB Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, +63998 866 9259,

Operating hours: Mon to Fri 6:00am-10:00pm, Sat to Sun 9:00am-10:00pm

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Complete Fitness (CrossFit Ortigas)

If you hit a workout plateau and stopped seeing results, try out the “workout of the day” (WOD) at CrossFit Ortigas. There’s a new one every day, and these varied functional movements, performed at a high intensity level, will really put your fitness to test.

The movements they incorporate in their programs include, among others, gymnastics, rowing, bodybuilding, weightlifting, powerlifting, running, plyometrics, and calisthenics.

Rates: P3,400 for 6 sessions for 1 month, P4,700 unlimited sessions for 1 month / P1,500 2-hour Foundations class

Unit 105 Emerald Mansion, Garnet Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, +63998 530 2093,

Operating hours: Mon to Sat 6:30am-9:30pm

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Project Lifestyle Manila

Project Lifestyle Manila centers on Brazilian jiu jitsu, a martial art and combat sport based on grappling and ground fighting.

Gym manager and BJJ coach Carl Fontiveros said their classes are open for students of different skill levels, thanks to the gym’s supportive community. “We are like a family here and we try to be as cool and chill as possible para hindi intimidating for newcomers. When somebody enters the door, regardless if he is a first-timer or a black-belter, he is welcome. We treat everyone equally,” he shared.

Rates: P800 per session, P3,500 monthly for unlimited classes

Unit 1418 AIC-Burgundy Empire Tower, ADB Avenue corner Garnet St. Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila, 0917 576 4898,

Operating hours: Opening and closing hours change weekly depending on schedule of classes. Check out their Facebook page for updated schedules.

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