CURVES: Circuit Workout for Women, by Women


So finally today, I was able to check out CURVES in Serendra and boy was I pleasantly surprised! When Reebok teammate Kassy Pajarillo first told me about Curves, I thought it was an interesting workout and the timing really could not have been more impeccable because I am already at that stage where the usual workout routine no longer holds any form of appeal to me. Thanks to INSANITY, my body has gotten so used to high-impact, high-intensity circuit training type of workout that pain and maximum heart rate have now become my benchmark for a good workout. No pain, no gain.

And I also happen to have such short attention span (I suppose I need to have myself checked one of these days as I seriously suspect I may have ADHD. No, really.) that I cannot stay committed to just one type of workout. And especially not for long stretches of time. I need intense movements. I need variations. I need constant and fast transitions. And if possible, I want to cry and scream bloody murder at the end of each workout; swear never to do it again, only to do another round of it the day after…and the day after that…and so goes the cycle of pain. And why would I mind the pain, really, when it gave me this as a result?

This kind of 'INSANITY' comes highly recommended. Believe you me.

Now as much as I enjoy annihilating my own body within the four corners of my tiny home doing Insanity, I still am a social creature who sometimes wishes I have workout bodies. But since the usual gym setting no longer appeals to me and I have somehow gotten quite tired of  being scrutinized like a fly under a microscope maybe because my workout outfit tend to look a bit risque on me sometimes, I have decided to look for an alternative. I must because I will die – seriously die – if I don’t get to workout at least five times a week, and that already includes running of course.

Vicky and Kassy lead the pack of fit and active modern-day multitasking women professionals (yes, best in caption award!)

Enter CURVES. The minute I saw the purple logo and the purple and pink-themed interior, I fell in love. The place itself gives you that warm fuzzy feeling but there is nothing in there that will put you to sleep! Curves’ General Manager Ms. Fe Abrihan was there last night and Joi, the amiable marketing assistant, took me around the center for a quick tour and it was all I needed to write my name down as a member. This is exactly what I was looking for – a circuit training fitness program that will look after the unique needs of my body (a woman’s body, generally, is unique and beautiful) and tone it in a way that I will look neither emaciated or too macho for a girl.

Being interviewed by Annie regarding my fitness & medical history

Ann took my fitness and medical history along with my measurements and I found out that ohmydotingdaddy, I still have 5lbs in excess of my target weight! Although she said that my weight may be such (in the neighborhood of 100lbs) because of the muscles that have already been formed due to my intense workout and so we decided to just focus on my ‘problem’ areas – arms and thighs. Although my arms and thighs are so much better now than when I was lugging around more fat, I still see some jiggle when I run, for example. The sagging and jiggle have to go.

Getting my body fat measured.

Now looking at my fitness goals and objectives, Curves is just perfect because it works every major muscle group with a complete 30-minute workout that combines strength training and sustained cardiovascular activity through safe and effective hydraulic resistance. If you ask me, I’m already happy with this but no, Curves also has these benefits to offer women —  weight loss, gain muscle strength and aerobic capacity, and raise metabolism with its groundbreaking, scientifically proven method that ends the need for perpetual dieting.

But don’t just take my word for it. Why don’t you come and drop by one of these days and find out what Curves can do for your body?

Get the curves you want at CURVES!

Oh and by the way, Zumba® Fitness classes have recently been added to Curves® Circuit in Bonifacio Global City – much to the delight of women, young and old alike. During the 30-minute class, participants work out on each Curves strength machine for one minute, alternating upper, lower and core muscles. After one minute, the music cues the participant to change stations on the circuit, and she moves to an area between machines to do Zumba® moves, which tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. Licensed Zumba® instructors from the Zumba® Instructor Network (ZIN), Via Bonoan and Rowena Jose, teach simple, modified Zumba® moves from the center of the circuit.

Kassy tries Zumba with Ms. Via

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Fitness: Be On Top Of Your Game, Gear Up!


All across the sporting world, training sessions are at a fever pitch: NBA superstars are gearing up for the 2010 season, elite runners are preparing for the New York City marathon, UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar is hitting the bags for a championship match, and our very own Manny Pacquiao is hard at work for his next big fight.

These super athletes have become today’s archetypes of total fitness, inspiring sports and fitness buffs to pursue training and exercise regimens to raise their own level of game. And the more demanding training goals are, the more important it is to have the right training equipment.

Sporting goods expert Chris Sports is well aware of these needs, as it delivers top-flight fitness tools for both beginners and seasoned athletes, from the most basic to the most cutting-edge sports and fitness gear. Whatever your sport, whatever your fitness thrills, Chris Sports has a wide array of top equipment at hand:

Hi-tech home fitness

Whether you’re a serious athlete or just looking to shed a few pounds, cardiovascular exercise is a must—it leads to better fitness and endurance, and is a great way to burn calories. Treadmills and ellipticals have long been the preferred cardio tool for many, as they allow users to exercise in the comfort of their homes. For those looking for the best home fitness equipment in the market today, Chris Sports offers the renowned NordicTrack treadmills and Pro-Form ellipticals.

Nordictrack X5i

The NordicTrack X5 Incline trainer features a heavy-duty (300 lbs. capacity) frame that houses modern training features such as 0-40% 1-Touch Incline and 0 to -3% 1-Touch Decline for varying workouts, a patented CardioGrip heart monitor, a Scrolling CrossTrainer Display, and even a special music port for your iPod. The X5’s excellent programmable workouts and its fully dynamic incline allow the user to burn five times more calories, even by walking. Previously priced at P129,000, the X5 now retails for only P105,995, with deferred payments for 12 months at 0% interest.

The Pro-Form ZE3 features a large LCD display, varying digital resistance training, four preset workouts and eight weight loss workouts, an EKG Grip Pulse, 250 lbs user capacity, and iPod compatible audio with built-in speakers. The ZE3 retails for P19,995, with 12 month payments at 0% interest.

“Through the NordicTrack X5 and the Pro-Form ZE3, Chris Sports provides the very best in modern home fitness for people ranging from serious enthusiasts to beginners,” remarked Gilbert Tang, Managing Director of Chris Sports. “Cardio training is an absolute must in any fitness regimen. And the user-friendly and customizable settings of these machines are perfect for people who want to lose weight, or have been advised by their doctors to have a healthier, more active lifestyle, as part of their fitness goals.”

Hard-hitting gear for boxing, taekwondo, MMA

If punches and kicks are your thing, Chris Sports offers high quality hand wraps, MMA and boxing gloves, mouthpieces and shin guards, and punching/kicking bags in various sizes and price points. Among the must-have gears are the Taekwondo brand Kix, and boxing and MMA brand BULLS, which is also the official equipment brand of the URCC (Universal Reality Combat Challenge).

Serving an ace with the best brands

Among Chris Sports’ most frequent patrons are tennis and badminton enthusiasts, as the store offers top rackets, balls, shuttlecocks and accessories from leading brands Babolat, Dunlop, Head, Prince, Slazenger, Wilson, and Yonex.  The store’s tennis and badminton offerings go beyond high quality products, as Chris Sports also offers Stringway and Babolat precision stringing services for players.

Exploring the outdoors with Deuter and Tribu

The very nature of outdoor sports such as hiking and biking requires only the best equipment to ensure maximum safety and performance. For adventure seekers, Chris Sports can enjoy superior outdoor gear from Deuter, including durable and lightweight backpacks for hiking, travelling and biking, heavy duty trekking accessories, and outdoor sleeping bags. For a comfy and enjoyable hike, Chris Sports recommends the high quality, non-slip outdoor sandals of Tribu, a popular brand among adventure lovers.

Going for a swim with Mares and Zoggs

Whether it’s for recreation or for competition, swimming and snorkeling enthusiasts will up their game with hi-level equipment from Zoggs and Mares. Zoggs offers innovative goggles, swimwear, swim caps, as well as various training aids such as fins, paddles and kickboards. Mares is the brand of choice for snorkeling buffs, with its exciting line of masks, snorkels, diving wear, and accessories.

Diverse range of sports

Chris Sports’ impressive line of sports gear spans a wide range of disciplines and recreational activities, ensuring that no athlete or sports buff would be left out in their equipment needs. Included in Chris Sports’ collection are quality products for darts, extreme sports, billiards, squash, fishing, table tennis, aerobics, weight training, sports nutrition, and the Team 8 performance apparel for running, cycling and triathlon.