Fitness First Philippines – make sure you read this before you join
One of the most popular Fitness chains in the Philippines is Fitness First so it’s understandable that a lot of people work out or want to work out there. The usual reasons for wanting to join a gym are to gain muscle or to lose weight and Fitness First is a great gym and has a lot of classes that’ll help you achieve both.
If you’re thinking of joining Fitness First because you want to lose weight, you might want to read my other post if you’re new to it all: 5 Common Weight Loss Mistakes that People Make That post should help you get started.
I also wrote posts about Gold’s Gym and Slimmers World so you might want to check those two out as well:
And if you don’t have any workout clothes yet and are interested in shopping for some. You can get yours at Zalora Philippines. They accept cash on delivery as a mode of payment so they’re currently my favorite local online shopping site. I wrote a post about my first purchase if you’re interested in learning more.
Finally, be sure to check out our local group buying sites. You never know if there’s a deal for the gym that you want to enroll in:
Going back to FF, before you decide to join you need to understand a couple of things about the gym chain. They do lock-in contracts after all so it’s better to be informed before you sign them and commit your credit card to monthly deductions 😉
What is Fitness First Philippines?
Fitness First an international chain of health clubs that offers for it’s members free use of their gym equipment, diverse fitness classes, and some relaxation programs as well. Here in the Philippines we have a number of Clubs all over the islands with a high concentration of them being in the Metro Manila Area. I’ve been a member of Fitness First for about a 2 years now and I have to admit that I’m pretty satisfied with the equipment and facilities.
If I had one complaint though it’s the membership price which in my opinion is a bit too expensive. Mine was P3,000.00 per month because I didn’t get the longer lock in period. If you’re looking to work out at a gym like Fitness First, I suggest you check out what the closest branch is from your house or office.
One of the most important considerations for regular workouts is location, so don’t pick one that’s too far or too tedious to visit otherwise you’ll never get yourself motivated enough to go later on. You need to pick a gym that’s as easy to get to as possible so that you won’t have any excuse not to visit. I’ll include links to the locations at the bottom of this post along with other useful links if you’re interested in signing up with Fitness First Philippines.
What to expect
I won’t be talking with too much detail about their facilities and their classes because you can read about those at their site. You’ll find the links at the bottom. What I will be telling you are the things I like about the gyms I went to for two years as well as the stuff I didn’t like.
UPDATE: be sure to not leave cash or valuables in your locker unless you have a way of securing it. There have been instances where their locking system doesn’t work and people still find money being lost. This advice is something you need to consider regardless of the gym you workout at because this can happen anywhere. Here’s a link to one of the readers that experienced this http://thefitpinoy.com/fitness-first-philippines-make-sure-you-read-this-before-you-join/#comment-2534
Here are some things to expect if you’re going to join:
- Like I said earlier, it’s going to be pricy. If you compare it to something like Gold’s Gym or my school gym Moro Lorenzo, the Fitness First Monthly fee is almost twice that of the other two.
- There are a lot of members especially during the after work hours. I used to have to wait for the benches to free up sometimes.
- You need to pay a bit more so that you can go to most of the gyms. They call it a Passport account. But even with this one you still can’t go to the Fitness First Platinum gyms.
- Fitness First Rates fluctuate from a little less than 1.5K to around 3K for the passport types and 3.5K for the Platinum accounts. This makes them the most expensive out of the popular mainstream gyms in manila (the other two being Gold’s Gym and Slimmers World). The rate they charge you will depend on the lock in period you choose (4 months, 6 months, and 1 year yung mga naalala ko), your company affiliations (I hear there are some corporate discounts for some companies), and whatever promo they have going on at the time. Make sure to try to bargain for the cheapest you can get when talking to their sales people. They’ll try to milk you for all you’ve got but at the end of the day they’ll settle with getting you to sign up for a lower price if they have to. I suck at bargaining so I paid the full 3K per month deal lol. My brother was paying around 2.4K or 2.5K for his membership. We were both passport holders but we never bothered upgrading to platinum.
- They have really good equipment though so that’s a plus. Most of their stuff is either new or well maintained. They’ve also got a lot of diversity with their machines.
- Their trainers are nice and they’ve got a lot so if you get one to assist you he/she’ll usually be able to focus on your workout without any distractions from other members.
- The CRs are really good. They’re clean and the lockers are convenient. They’ve also got liquid soap and shampoo in the shower stalls already (I suspect they’re the same thing and just labeled differently).
- They have a free sauna though I never really use it since I’m not into that.
- Classes are free so if you get bored with weight lifting and traditional cardio on the machines you can try some of the dance and aerobic classes.
- The Gym I normally go to (Robinsons Manila) has a punching bag and TRX gear (suspension cables). I’m not really sure about the other branches.
- There’s a lounge place with free coffee inside. They’ve also got a smoothie and healthy food stall so you can eat there before or after your workout.
- They’ve got multiple TVs in front of the cardio machines so that you don’t get too bored with your workout.
- You get a free bag, earphones, towel and “I think” water bottle when you join. I’m not sure about the last one, can’t remember.
- They have a pretty awesome cycling class.
- The staff were pretty easy to talk to whenever I had issues.
That’s pretty much it for the things that stood out with me. The big turn off really for my case was the price. 3K is just a little too much for me so I’ll be cutting my membership after next month. September will be the last month of Fitness First for me.
UPDATE: I’ve already stopped going to Fitness First and will be focusing more on CrossFit Training.
I will still box though. I’m thinking of just buying 10 sessions a month of boxing at Elorde Gym for 1.5K. It’s a better option I think and they’ve got free weights over there if I ever feel the need to pump some iron. My boxing trainings are also a lot more intense than my regular weight lifting sessions so I’ll just stick to that for now.
I’ll be writing about my Elorde Boxing Gym Experience in my next post so be sure to come back. Thanks all for reading this rather lengthy post. Stay tuned, keep training, and stay fit.
For more information about their classes, branches and FAQs, just head on over to their site:
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