CrossFit Manila

 

CrossFit Manila is the first box in the Philippines (as far as I know at least). They were the first to spread the CrossFit gospel here.

I went over to their site and learned that the reason the owners started CrossFit Manila was because they were tired of the regular gym and/or workout training routines that they were already doing.

They were from different disciplines and have been sticking to specific workout regimens for years already so naturally they got bored of it.

I think this is very common with people who join Crossfit.

It’s certainly the main reason why I was attracted to it. I’ve been working out (regular gym rat) for about 7 or 8 years already and it’s just gotten too boring and repetitive.

CrossFit allows me to still strength train but with a lot more variety which is why I love it. I just finished my foundations classes last December and I’m hoping to become a regular either this month or next. It all depends on my schedule lol, it’s midterms season kasi.

For those that don’t know what CrossFit is all about, you might want to read this post. In that post I talk about CrossFit from the eyes of a total beginner.

It’s my trial post which I did at CrossFit Insurrecto. I didn’t enroll in Manila because the one in Timog was easier for me to get to. Plus I already had friends who worked out there.

 

A couple of things you need to know if you’re interested in joining CrossFit Manila

Crossfit Manila

  • It’s best to sign up for a trial at their site if you’re really interested in CrossFit. This way you’ll be able to better asses the regimen.
  • Like Insurrecto, CrossFit Manila requires that all new members undergo foundations classes. The goal of these classes is to teach beginners the basic motions and the proper forms that are used in the WODs (workout of the day). If you don’t know how to properly do the exercises, you’ll either slow down the whole class or worse, you’ll injure yourself. It is possible to become exempted from the foundations classes if you’ve already done CrossFit before and if you can prove that you’re already proficient with the exercises.
  • They have a minimum age for members so if you’re below 17, then you’re not going to be able to join the classes.
  • Always bring extra clothes, a towel, water, and your workout shoes. Even if you can workout without shoes and it might seem better even to do that sometimes, you never know when your coach will throw in a running exercise into the WOD so it’s better to be prepared.
  • They only have afternoon and evening classes so pick which ever is most convenient for you.
  • You need to come in 15 minutes before the class so you can warm up. They implement punishments for late people (burpees).

You can find more info about them here.

CrossFit Manila Rates

CrossFit Manila is a bit more expensive than CrossFit Insurrecto.

  • Per Session Rate:           750
  • Foundations Class:       1,500
  • 1 month:                           3,750 (6 session) & 5,000 (unlimited sessions)
  • 6 Months:                        4,500 per month (unlimited)
  • 12 Months:                      4,000 per month (unlimited)

They accept both cash and credit cards. If you’re paying for one of the long term packages, you have to pay 2 months in advance. So if you’re going for the 12 month package for example, you’ll need to pay 8K during your first month. Also you don’t pay the full amount. They bill the same way as gyms like Fitness First. They either deduct the amount from your card every month or you pay them the cash each month as it becomes due.

 

CrossFit Manila Branches

CrossFit MNL has three branches. You’ll find the address and maps to them below.

 

CrossFit Libis Map – Magnitude Realty Estate (near Eastwood), 186 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Quezon City 1110, Philippines

CrossFit Manila Libis Map

 

CrossFit Manila Fort Bonifacio Map – Fort Bonifacio Army Gymnasium Complex, Bayani Rd. cor Lawton St.

CrossFit Manila Fort Bonifacio Map

 

CrossFit Manila Alabang Map – Warehouse 6, La Fuerza Compound Alabang Zapote Road (enter gate beside Toyota Alabang)

CrossFit Manila Alabang Map

 

Be sure to visit their website at http://www.crossfitmnl.com/. You’ll be able to get a ton more info there. On the other hand if you’re interested in a crossfit box in Timog, Quezon City, here’s a post about my trial at Crossfit Insurrecto.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something similar that’s a little cheaper then you might want to try the Medicard Metafit Bootcamp. Was invited to a trial for that and they have solid workouts & great coaches and motivators (Hazel, Raffy, and Coach Jim from Pinoy Biggest Loser are there).

You can find my post about that here: The Medicard Metafit Experience – What to expect. Be sure to check that one out.

Good luck, stay strong, and keep fit wherever you end up working out :).

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Malds Menzon is the owner and main writer for The Fit Pinoy blog. He's a law student, blogger, internet marketer and fitness enthusiast who enjoys writing about all the gyms he's been to and fitness classes he's tried. He spends most of his time either at the gym or studying/writing at one of the Starbucks places in the Metro Manila Area. He usually looks a little too serious but he's a nice guy so don't be afraid to say hi if you run into him :). You can follow or add him on Twitter and Google+ by clicking the appropriate buttons on your left (below the picture).
 

21 Comments

  1. Migs 14 March, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Very informative and timely post, what with the sudden boom of the sport and all. Being a gym rat myself, I’ve been likewise looking for alternative ways to break a good sweat. Can’t help but notice the sport especially in light of the sport’s overwhelming presence in social network posts.

    May I ask you personally, 1) do you think its worth splurging your money over? Parang sobrang mahal kasi ng going rates; 2) would you willingly trade this over your gym routine? I just can’t imagine being able to sustain the cross-fit routines (that are relatively harder) for a long period of time. And maybe that would expose one more to the risk of injury? (I don’t really know)

    Thanks in advance for your insight. Btw, I was also a law student once. Good job finding the time to make such posts.

     
    • Malds 14 March, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Hey Migs, yeah it is expensive. I’m actually done with my foundations classes sa CrossFit Insurrecto but I haven’t enrolled as a full time member yet kasi midterms,finals, kulang pera, etc… lol. Medyo hectic yung latter part ng second sem kasi.

      Re your questions:

      1.) is it worth the money? – Depende lang I suppose. For me I think it is. I can’t really drag myself to the gym anymore (gym rat din ako for 7 or 8 years), I don’t really like working out by myself anymore. I go for class types na, like boxing and crossfit, and jiu jitsu (I start next month sana once class ends). 3K (crossfit inssurecto rate) a month might be a lot but from my foundations class session, but I liked having a “coach” there and working out with people na medyo addik din sa fitness so I think it’s worth it. Classes weren’t that big din, 10-15 people lang so you’ll eventually get to know everyone you workout out with, so there’s that social aspect of it.

      2.) would I trade normal gym routine for crossfit exercises? – Yes. There’s not that much difference. You still do a lot of the same exercises, you just do it one after another. And people are actually really big on safety there to be honest. I think the whole idea about it having greater risk is because of the speed aspect. But you control how fast you want to do it and you’re allowed to reduce the weight you carry if you can’t do it in proper form yet. So whether you do the exercises in bad form or if you pick too much weight is on you. Di ka naman kasi pipilitin ng coaches, momotivate ka, pero they’re not gonna let you do something that you can’t do. Medyo mahirap sya iexplain.

      I suggest you just give them a try. You can always go back to normal gym workouts naman if you don’t like it. And since you’ve got a fair bit of experience already, you’ll be able to better judge if ok sayo yung crossfit sayo or not. Try enrolling to the foundations class lang. You don’t have to commit to becoming a regular member naman after foundations class.

      But if you’re not after the social aspect or the class setting, you can always do crossfit workouts naman at your normal gym. I do them at home (bodyweght nga lang) and sometimes at elorde with their free weights. Medyo limited yung weight that I workout with by myeself tho because I want to make sure tama yung form. Mas kampante kasi ako pag may coach or may nag babantay sa form ko while I go through the WOD.

      So try mo lang. I know people who think it’s too expensive, I also know others who say it’s all worth it. Kaw lang naman talaga makakapag sabi kung ok sya sayo or not.

       
  2. mel 9 May, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Hey! Thanks for blogging about different gyms in Manila — very informative 🙂 I’ll be visiting family in Manila for 3 weeks next month. Do you know of gyms that allow drop-ins? Seems like most of the Fitness first/ Golds Gym types need a monthly fee. I jog/do spin classes here in SoCal, with the occasional P90x/Insanity videos for variety, and plan to try CrossFit this month. I’ll be based in the Katipunan/San Juan area, if that helps, so I can probably visit any gym near malls/MRT stations. Also, would you know if Moro Lorenzo would allow drop ins? It feels weird (as a girl) jogging (by myself) on the streets in my cousin’s village. UP and ADMU seem ok during Sundays, but feel congested on other days.
    Any help would be appreciated!

     
    • Malds 9 May, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Hey Mel thanks for dropping by my blog.

      I used to train in Moro Lorenzo and it’s a pretty good gym. It’s small if you compare it to other gyms but it’s got everything you need. I can’t remember if they allow drop ins tho but I’m guessing they probably do. Moro is your best bet if you’re only planning to do one month training here. I remember they had no issues with just paying every month. Both golds and fitness require you to commit to a number of months if you wanna train at their gyms. There’s a golds gym right in front of ADMU tho so you might wanna check how much they charge for drop ins if you’re looking for a bigger gym.

      If you’ll be jogging in ADMU and you’re not feeling the weekday congestion, why don’t you try training at the track on the 2nd floor of moro lorenzo. Back when I was still studying in ADMU it was 20 pesos per run. I don’t know how much it’ll be now. You could also try running at night, around 9pm if you like running outdoors. That’s what I used to do back in college.

      Crossfit gyms near you would be insurrecto and the one in Eastwood. You’ll need to take your own car or a cab to get to both of em. They allow trials and they also allow drop ins but it’s a bit pricy. I think drop in rate is 700 pesos. Since you’ll be staying for 3 weeks, taking foundations classes will be perfect for you. it’s around 8 sessions and it’ll cost around 2.5k to 3k pesos. You should be able to finish all the sessions with in 3 weeks, normally takes a month but you can squeeze the last two sessions in your third week.

      You might also want to try boxing, there’s an Elorde Boxing Gym in Katipunan Extension. You’ll either need a car or you’ll have to take a cab to get there but it’s not that far so you won’t be paying too much even if you train there all the time.

      Oh yeah, my friend told me just a couple of weeks ago that there’s a new TRX class in katipunan, you might want to try that as well. It’s in Xanland condominiums, right in front of ADMU. I think the per session rate is something like 150 pesos (might be more, I can’t remember what he said hehe).

      That’s about all I can think of right now hehe, hope you have find something here to satisfy your fitness cravings :).

       
      • Mel 12 May, 2013 at 12:46 am

        Awesome! That’s a lot of info. I’ll definitely try some of them, TRX and boxing sound interesting. You’re right: it’s nice and quiet at night in ADMU, although Moro is probably the safer bet. I have memories of…er…meeting the uneven pavements face to face, so to speak, during one of my early morning/evening runs there several years ago. thanks for filling me in! If I find out more re TRX/spin stuff I’ll post it here for your other readers.

         
        • Malds 12 May, 2013 at 6:27 am

          Awesome thanks Mel 🙂

           
  3. Aina 8 August, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Hi just wanna ask? Ano mas effective i want to lose weight go for crossfit or elorde gym? Thanks!

     
  4. Raqs 24 October, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Hi, will they give certificates after joining the foundations class?

     
    • Malds 26 October, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      hmmmm I don’t remember getting one lol. Foundations class is like basic training, I don’t really see the point of giving out certificates lol. But it’s not a terribly difficult request to do if you ask them for one. I’m sure you can work something out if you need/want one :).

       
  5. Rome 16 December, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Hello,
    I am interested in starting my own CF gym/box in the Philippines. What are the challenges do you think will be for a Filipino American wanting to do this?

    Thanks,
    RB

     
    • Malds 16 December, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Pretty much the same as everywhere else. There’s not much difference from a box here or one say, in the US. Your market would be middle to upper economic brackets since crossfit here is a bit pricy for most. So there wont be too much cultural or language problems for you.

      Location, marketing and quality of service would be the main things you’d need to consider.

      There are already a couple of boxes here, I can think of 5 or 6 and they’re fairly distant from each other. So you’d have to find a place that has enough potential customers either working or living nearby.

      Then you’d have to differentiate yourself from the other boxes. Maybe if you can market your box differently from the existing ones you can capture a niche. Like maybe you could be an MMA focused box where your WODs involve MMA drills or something like that.

      Then for quality of service, you’d need good equipment and some pretty good trainers. Most of the crossfit coaches I’ve met really know what they’re teaching and talking about and they usually specialize in something (endurance training, power lifting, etc…). And that’s one of the things that appealed to me. During my trial I knew instantly that I’d like to train with the coaches because I could tell they were experienced and passionate about the training. A bigger area to train in would be great as well but that’d be more expensive.

      hmmmm that’s pretty much it I think. For the legal stuff you’ll need to talk to a lawyer but that shouldn’t be too hard to prepare.

       
  6. lexie 9 February, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    hey!

    just wanted to ask if you know of any pilates studios in the south (alabang, bf, etc.)?

    thanks!

     
    • Malds 11 February, 2014 at 10:08 am

      I don’t know first hand lexie sorry but did a bit of research and here’s what I found:

      * Pilates Manila Studio in Alabang, is on the 3rd Floor of BMW Autozentrum Bldg., Commerce Avenue, Madrigal Business Park, Alabang. Telephone 8503588.

      I’m not sure if it’s still open to because I couldn’t find any new updates on it online.

      *http://www.barre3.com.ph/

      Not purely Pilates, it’s mixed in with ballet and yoga but you might want to try it just the same. They have a branch in Alabang

       
      • lexie 14 February, 2014 at 8:14 am

        thank you! i’ll check them out!

         
  7. Josephine Esteban-Trexler 20 February, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Hi, I am looking for a gym that has olympic bar, bumper plate and possible platform for olympic style weightlifting. I emailed crossfit manila to inquired about it, but they never reply to my email. I am a competitive master olympic weightlifter here sa Maryland and I am planning to take a vacation dyan sa PI for three weeks next month. Hoping I can train while I am there para sa preparation ko sa Pan-Am masters. Thanks

     
  8. Gladys 11 October, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Tumatanggap ba yung moro gym kahit hindi studyante ng ateneo..
    At magkano naman dun?

     
  9. jeckofalltrades 9 November, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Hi, I’m planning to set up my own crossfit gym at home. Do you know anyone who can be a consultant?

     
    • Malds 10 November, 2015 at 12:00 am

      Hey Jeck, I’m afraid I don’t. My best advice would be to find someone who’s already coaching at one of the existing crossfit boxes and ask him/her. As I understand it, most of the new boxes that popped up in the recent years are offshoots (kind off) of the pioneering ones so you might even find a partner that way.

      If you took the certificate course then you can probably get in touch with people from your batch.

       

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