Elorde Boxing Gym is a great place to learn and to train in boxing. It’s got a real authentic feel to it and the trainers that they employ are real pro fighters so you know you’re in experienced hands. They also have a lot of branches so they’re very accessible to most people who live in the major work and residential areas of Manila.
Personally I love how “real” their gyms feel. I’m used to going to gyms that are air-conditioned, really neat, and full of people who care more about how they look than the more practical benefits of working out. So it’s very refreshing for me to be training with pro fighters in boxing gyms (I’ve trained in Katipunan, Taft, and Gilmore) that are open air and very manly (yes, machismo in the air I know lol can’t help it).
If you’re already sure you want to train there and you just want to know what the Elorde boxing gym rates are, you can skip to the middle of this post to find out. If you’re new to boxing though then please read on :).
Oh and pahabol, if you’re thinking of trying boxing because you want to lose weight, you might want to read my other post if you’re new to weight loss:
That post should help you get started.
Why I think Boxing wins out over regular gym workouts
This is just my opinion but I find boxing to be a lot more fun when compared to just normal weight lifting. It’s a lot more intense and challenges my lungs more. It’s also a full body workout and regular training sessions not only build muscle but they also improve your stamina a lot.
With weight lifting on the other hand, the movements are a bit more isolated and repetitive. So you’re more focused on targeted muscle movement. Like when you you’re doing bench presses for example, you’re mainly just using your triceps and your chest muscles.
Now this can be interesting in the beginning, especially since the noticeable increase in strength and definition as you continue to train in weights can be very motivating. But after doing the same things over and over again for years, I’ve gotten a bit bored of it all and I don’t have the same enthusiasm as I once did.
Thus my current shift to and infatuation with boxing.
I’ve now made it my base workout and will be withdrawing my membership at Fitness First next month. I plan to train two or three times a week and mix in some other exercise, like running or Jiu Jitsu somewhere in there as well.
Why Elorde Boxing Gym and not the other ones?
I like Elorde Boxing Gym because they’re currently the most well known and accessible of all the boxing gyms in Manila. They’re not the only one I’ve tried and to be honest there wasn’t any substantial difference with the other gyms in terms of training, but Elorde is just easier to find and go to (from my apartment at least).
*UPDATE: Just reviewed Empire Boxing in Makati, you might be interested in reading that post as well. Here’s a link: Empire Boxing – Get free sessions when you register.
Their trainers are good and like I said earlier, they’re either Pro boxers or X-pro boxers so you know they’ve got some power and experience in them.
The trainers are pretty fun to hang out and talk to as well. Most of them are bisaya and coming from the Visayas myself, it’s easy for me to get along with them.
Another plus is their equipment. Most of their gyms have all the boxing and Muay thai training equipment you’ll need to do your drills, but they’ve also got some free weights on the side. So I can still lift weights whenever I feel like it.
The Katipunan and Gilmore branches are pretty big and well equiped. The only one that I didn’t really like was the branch in front of Lassalle, Taft. That one didn’t have any kickboxing gear and lacked a wall bag. But otherwise it was still pretty decent.
Elorde Boxing Gym Rates
The gym isn’t actually that expensive. Here are the boxing rates that they have for most of the gyms in Manila:
- Membership Fee: 500 (1 year’s worth)
- Boxing Training Fee: 150
- Non-member boxing training Fee: 200
- Muay Thai training Fee: 250
- Non-member Muay Thai Training Fee: 300
- 5 session prepaid boxing fee: 750 (expires after a month but you can normally get away with being a little late in using it up)
- 10 session Prepaid boxing fee: 1,500 (same condition as above)
- Ulimited boxing for a month: 3,000
- Sparring with trainer: 300 (if you’re a regular though and tip well, you can get your trainer to spar with you for free if they’re not busy)
Personally I always tip my trainer a hundred bucks because I tend to overwork him lol. I normally train for 3 to sometimes 4 hours when I don’t notice the time so I tip my trainer a bit more to compensate.
Oh and sometimes your trainer will be busy so when it’s time for stretching and the massage part, he’s gonna call in some other guy to help you out. Please don’t forget to tip that person too. You can take it out of the trainer’s tip if you’re trying to stay within a budget. I normally give either 10 or 20 pesos to the person.
What do you need to start boxing?
Initially you can get away with just buying wraps because Elorde boxing gyms have a lot of extra gloves. So you can borrow those.
But if you’re going to be serious about training though, owning your own gloves is essential. Not to mention the ones that are at the gyms are sweaty and smell bad. The stink can stick to your hands/wraps since you’ll be sweating when you use them as well. Not to sound maarte and cono, but it’s kadiri so go make bili nalang your own ok ;).
Get yourself some gloves and wraps. These shouldn’t cost you more than 2K for both if you get the cheap gloves, 3K if you shoot for something with a little more quality.
Boxing shoes aren’t that essential because you can use your normal workout shoes. You can even train barefoot like I do. So no immediate concern there.
Most sports shop carry boxing gear and even Elorde sells them mas mahal lang nang konti sa kanila tho. If you’re a bit lazy like me you can order your gloves online from Zalora Philippines. They have Everlast and Lonsdale gloves for sale on their site.
If you’ve never bought from Zalora, you can read my review of the site here:
You don’t need a credit card to buy from them since they accept cash on delivery as a mode of payment. They also have other workout gear/clothes so be sure to check them out.
Things to bring when you train
Always bring a spare set of clothes. Just a shirt wont do, you need a complete change of clothes, extra underwear included, and at least one towel.
You’re gonna be bathing in your own sweat for the one to two hours that you’ll be training so expect your workout clothes to be drenched. Make sure that you’ve got some plastic bags to put them in.
Bring soap if you plan to take a bath at the gym after training. Most people do.
You should also bring about a litter or two of drinking water. They don’t have water fountains there so you need to either have your own water or you’ll end up buying the ones they sell.
During the first couple of times you train, you might feel the need to drink a Gatorade or some other sports drink. Up to you if you’re good with just water or not.
And of course you should have your gloves and your wraps with you.
Normal Training Routine
Boxing training is done in rounds. So you’ve got three minutes per round and a thirty minute break after each round. You start when the bell rings and stop when it rings again.
Your eyes are gonna be glued to the timer once you start training, trust me.
So for beginners you’ll usually start of with some stretching, a running warm up, and some basic punching lessons.
Then you’ll be doing all of these drills:
- Shadow boxing
- Mitt hitting
- speed bag
- mitt hitting again
- double end bag
- punching bag
- and then maybe some jump rope drills
That or some variation of it is what a normal session will look like. You do two to three rounds of each drill before you move on to the next.
You can go through this fairly quickly if you’ve got good stamina but if you’re new, chances are you’ll be taking longer breaks in between.
Once you’re done with your normal set, you can either tell the trainer that you want to do some more mitt hitting or go train by yourself at one of the bags. It’s completely up to you.
You’ll be doing your ab workouts last. You’re trainer will tell you what to do here so just follow his instructions. The best part comes after the ab workout. You get stretched and massaged a bit by your trainer.
Getting a trainer with good massage skills is a hit and miss but they’re generally not too bad.
That’s it, you’re done. YAY!
Miscellaneous but important Elorde Gym Info
- If you don’t want to go to the mall to buy your boxing gear, Elorde sells both gloves and wraps at their gyms. The prices are a bit more expensive though so it’s up to you if you wanna buy your stuff there.
- They also sell elorde shirts so if you want one just talk to one of the trainers or the person behind their main desk.
- All their gyms also sell water and sports drinks. They usually carry both Activade and Gatorade along with some other drinks.
- If you’re not aware of it, or if you’re too shy to ask, you’re actually free to use all the equipment that they have for as long as your there. And just because you paid for boxing training, you’re not limited to just the boxing bags. You can go practice your kicks if you want to.
- There’s also no time limit per session. So even if you’re done with your normal routine already you can stay at the gym for as long as you like. They’re not gonna kick you out just coz you finished your drills early ;).
- They’ve got weights and benches in there (at least most branches do) and you can use them for free.
- You can ask your trainer for more drills if you want to do some more. You’re not limited to whatever they normally teach you. So if you think your training is a bit too easy then tell them you’re not getting enough and that you need something a bit more intense.
- You can take a bath at the gym after your work out and I suggest you do. They’ve got liquid soap for your hands but you’ll have to brig your own soap and shampoo for your bath.
- Your first trainer will usually be your usual trainer. People don’t cycle through the gym trainers. You normally have one main guy and a sub in case he’s not there.
Elorde Gym Branches
I’m not going to be able to make maps and addresses of all the branches but you should find most of the details of the more popular Elorde branches below. Use the map to find the exact locations of each Elorde gym.
Elorde Katipunan is located near Kopiroti, in Katipunan extension. It’s across Bite Club the burger joint in Katips extension. If you’re coming from the Ateneo area, you’ll have to make a U-turn near the gas station here so you can get to the other side of the road.
There are actually four Elorde Makati branches according to my research. You’ll find the map and details of each branch below.
- H – A. Arnaiz Ave, Makati City 1229, Philippines, Tel. # 02 710 2151
- B – Makati Sports Club, L.P. Leviste corner Gallardo Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
- A – 3rd Floor A&W Bldg, 1 Juno Street, Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines, Cell # 0906 276 0447
- I – No. 23 Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City, Metro Manila
The Elorde Gilmore branch is 2 blocks away from Aurora. It’s easy to get to if you’re commuting (LRT 2) which is what I do. Just keep walking along Gilmore till you see their sign. They’ll be on your right side if you’re coming from Aurora.
This one is right across La Salle, Taft. It’s above the Tokyo Tokyo resto. There’s a stairs on the left side that you can take to get to the gym.
Those are the more popular branches. You can use the maps above to check if there’s a gym near you. For more branch locations, head on over to their site at http://www.elordeboxinggym.com/.
Also be sure to check out my other boxing posts.
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