Almost every new piece of research on fitness and health agrees on one thing: exercise is a necessity if you want a healthy lifestyle. Apart from functioning as a way for you to relieve stress, regular exercise provides you with benefits that affect both your mind and your body. An article by Time Magazine reports that exercise regulates blood flow to the brain and improves mental performance, as well as causes overall happiness and wellbeing from after-workout endorphins.
With the benefits of an exercise habit remaining unquestionable, we’ve compiled a list of gyms in Metro Manila— some with branches anywhere in the Philippines— where you can be motivated to break a sweat and push your body to be as fit as it can be.
Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour health and fitness club headquartered in Woodbury, Minnesota. The company operates over 4,000 franchised locations in 50 countries. The gym facilities are open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Chuck Runyon, Dave Mortensen, and Jeff Klinger founded Anytime Fitness in 2002. Runyon is the CEO of the company. According to Forbes, Anytime Fitness was the fastest growing health club franchise in 2014.In 2015, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Anytime Fitness first on its global franchise list
With locations in 25 countries around the world and over 3,000 gyms in operation globally, Anytime Fitness is the most accessible gym franchise you could apply for a membership at. Anytime Fitness is a no-nonsense gym, with your usual full set of gym equipment, shower, and locker area. What makes it the most bang-for-your-buck for most members is the fact that all Anytime Fitness gyms are open 24/7, allowing you to work out in the wee hours of the morning or late at night. Upon membership, you are given a keyfob which also provides you access to any Anytime Fitness gym, whether here or abroad. This lets you fit in a workout anytime, anywhere. Anytime fitness rates are also quite affordable compared to other gyms, so be sure to inquire about promos or offerings at the Anytime Fitness branch nearest to you.
- Price: From Php2,000 to 2,300 a month.
- Location: Anytime Fitness has branches all over the country. Check out their Locations tab on Facebook for the branch nearest you.
Standard amenities in Fitness First include a complete set of exercise equipment, free weights, a throwdown area, boxing areas, cardio rooms with movie screenings, towel service, toiletries, a steam and sauna room, a jacuzzi, and free-flowing refreshments like coffee and sports drinks. If you end up forgetting your workout clothes, they offer clothes that you can use, free of charge. Some Fitness First gyms even have a half-Olympic sized swimming pool! Not to mention, they also offer some exciting group classes that all members can try, like aerial yoga, indoor cycling, or a Spartan obstacle course. If its variety in services you’re after, look into giving a Fitness First membership a try. Fitness First has rates that give you a range depending on what you want out of your membership, so try and ask an agent first for the options available.
- Rates: From Php3,090 to 3,750 a month.
- Location: Fitness First has branches all over the country. Check out their Locations section on Facebook for the branch nearest you.
Gold’s Gym is perhaps one of the bigger brand names that come to mind when discussing gyms. It’s no question then that even local celebrities like to keep themselves in tip-top shape by investing in a Gold’s Gym membership. What draws people in is that every Gold’s Gym location has several of sets of equipment, meaning no matter how packed your gym might be, you won’t have to wait in line for a treadmill or a turn at the bench. They also have pretty interesting group classes, like circuit classes and HIIT, that will spice up and compliment your strength and fitness goals.
- Rates: 10 Gym Visits for Php2,750 a month or 3 months unlimited for Php3,455 or 6 months unlimited for Php6,840.
- Location: Gold’s Gym has tons of branches nationwide. Check out the Locations tab on their Facebook page for the branch nearest you.