Having been used to training with a team, I must admit, it was quite hard to run by myself when I started running. I found myself stuck in reaching my goals. I also wanted to have a breath of fresh air with different people since I was new in Manila. To my surprise, there are several groups I did not know I could be a part of.
Luckily, they were just a train or a bus away from me. Joining a group brings about many benefits and staying motivated is just one of them. Having joined NRC with their homeruns last year, I’ve become less shy in running with other people. They have, for sure, given me a way to connect with people who are passionate about the same thing as I am and that surely helped me in reaching my goals. In addition to this, fitness groups are most often than not led by credible coaches or instructors who can help you in setting realistic goals and will guide you on how to properly achieve those efficiently and injury free!
Here is my top 5 list of fitness groups in Metro Manila that you can join for FREE!!!
1. Nike Run Club
Besides the app, the Nike Run Club might just be the perfect running partner for you. In order to join this group, you need to download the NRC app and put your location so it will show you the nearest events that the Nike Run Club hosts. Once downloaded, you already get a way in to their workouts and all you need to do is register! Nike Run Club is led by different expert coaches and different pacers who will make sure that you get the best coaching you need.
Location: Usually in BGC, Makati, or other areas in Metro Manila
Members: NRC app users
Schedule: Posted through the NRC app or at nike.com/manila
Workouts: Running (There are various paces and distances)
Contact information: Follow @ianbanzon or other coaches & pacers on Instagram
2. Ayala Malls Vertis North Runners
Founded last 2017, Ayala Malls Vertis North Runners is group that is composed of different runners who are from different walks of life who meet every wednesdays at Ayala Malls Vertis North. Their group aims to bring about challenging but enjoyable workouts for everyone.
Location: Quezon City
Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00PM, @Ayala Malls Vertis North
Workouts: Regular running drills, HIIT, circuits, strengthening, speed, and core
Contact information: MC- 09174574273
3. Fit+ Philippines
Guided by several coaches/instructors with different expertise, Fit+ is the perfect group for those who do a variety of activities. The registration for this may be free, but you can opt to get a membership card which may be used in several merchants that they have partnered with.
Location: BGC & Ayala Triangle
Schedule: Tuesdays @ BGC, Thursdays @ Ayala Triangle
Workouts: Running drills, OCR simulation, HIIT, Yoga, Hiking, and Mountain Run
Contact information: Instagram- @fitplusph, RR Bolando- 09176509311
4. Adidas Runners Manila
Are you a three stripes fan or someone who simple wants to have fun while being serious in working out? AR Manila might just be the group for you. This group also started in 2017 with only 25-50 attendees, but now boasts a 120-130 attendees who meet mostly on Wednesdays for their full runs. They also have yoga sessions on Mondays that would complement your runs. For them, it is not just about running but being a better version of yourself.
Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays , 7PM, @C1 Park BGC
Workouts: First Mondays- Yoga + Short runs
Second Mondays- Strength & Conditioning + Run
First Wednesdays- Speed workout
Second Wednesdays- Tempo Run
Contact information: Facebook- adidas Runners Manila, Jett San Juan- 09213790177
5. Jump Manila
Jump Manila aims to promote affordable and sustainable fitness through jumping rope. This might be new to your ears, but I’m sure a lot of us have tried the jump rope already. Thing is, there is actually a lot more than what you think you can do with it and it is one of the best equipment to complement any training you are doing. Curious? Then go get yourself ready to learn new tricks or different footworks every Thursdays and Fridays at BGC.
Schedule: Thursdays & Fridays, 6:00PM onwards, @BGC Terra 28
Workouts: Class starts with a jump rope tutorial, proper technique, footworks or tricks, and ends with 10-20 mins workout incorporating jump ropes & bodyweight exercises
Contact information: Instagram- @jumpmanila
Leave yourself no room for any excuse. Join a group or two that is in line with your fitness goals to keep yourself on track. You can never go wrong with the right people who will support you along the way. You know what they say: DM is the key! Message these groups now if you want to join them. Now this is just a few groups that I have encountered. If you know any groups around your area, feel free to share them by commenting below.