The Medicard Metafit Experience – What to expect

 

Just came from the Medicard Metafit intro thing where they gave us a taste of what’s to come in their already full boot camp, that starts on Monday by the way. The coaches were there (Hazel and Raffy from the Biggest loser pinas are coaches, and Jim Saret from the same show), some of the people who were joining the first boot camp were there, and us bloggers of course didn’t miss the event.

I believe the bootcamps being conducted by this group are under the advocacy of Coach Jim Saret, FITFIL or Fit Filipinos. I think he’s already done two bootcamps before this one (Cebu and in Taguig I think). But this should be the first one where they’ve partnered up with Medicard.

MEDICARD METAFIT MOA SIGNING 1

Left to Right: Grace Siongco (APEX-Metafit) Hazel Chua (Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Finalist), Coach Jim Saret (METAfit founder) Raffy Tan (Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Finalist),Coach Toni Dimaguila-Saret (APEX-Metafit) Dr. Nicky Montoya (Medicard President) and Kate Cruz-Joaquin (Medicard Marketing Manager).

Going back to my trial, when I got there and as I was waiting for the rest of the people to arrive, I was wondering why only less than half the people there were in workout clothes. Because of my ignorance, I naively thought everyone was gonna join in the “trial session”. Turns out that most of the boot campers were only there to find out what they had gotten themselves into.

It was only us crazy bastards who were there to be the “sacrifices” necessary for the education and amusement of the onlookers ;).

So yeah, only a small number from their group joined the exercise, and of course us bloggers were invited so we pretty much had to experience it to be able to write about it.

Medicard Lifestyle Center lobby

Audience namin hehe. Took this on my phone so quality isn’t good.

Now I’ve got to admit that I am out of shape because of my sprain (palusot lol). I’ve just recently gotten back into working out and so far had only two boxing sessions this year (last week).

I knew I wasn’t at my best but I wasn’t expecting I’d suck as bad as I did.

I was thinking since the exercises were body weight ones I’d be able to handle them. What I didn’t know was that a lot of them would target my lower body.

With my boxing sessions and my home exercises, I’ve been improving my upper body. But I hadn’t started working on my lower body yet so the drills focusing on the legs killed me.

The Medicard Metafit Workouts

So here’s what they made us do:

  • 10 jumping jacks
  • 10 squats
  • 10 pushups
  • 10 lunges per leg (so 20 total)

This was AMRAP (as many rounds as possible), pretty much the same as what you’d expect from a crossfit trial. Their workouts and methods are actually very similar.

Anyway, we had 4 minutes to do as many rounds as possible. I was only able to do two, almost three. The time ended when I was around 7 lunges away from finishing my third.

Some of the people in our group did 4 rounds, I dunno if anyone else was able to do more. According to one of the coaches, fastest that they’ve seen for this was 7 rounds in 4 minutes. I wasn’t able to do even half that :|.

Like I said, the leg drills killed me here (lactic acid). The jumping jacks were nothing difficult, the pushups were easy. I’ve been doing these at home and in my boxing warmups so I was fine with them.

Now the squats were challenging, but I have also been slowly working on these so I felt I could’ve done well even if this was in the mix. When I do squats with proper form, it didn’t really hurt my sprain before so I could train like this at home.

What killed me were the lunges. I NEVER do lunges lol. Yes I know, it’s stupid that I don’t, forgive me for preferring some exercises over others (but don’t we all do that?).

Even when I was still doing my Crossfit Foundations Classes I distinctly remember the day that we did lunges with barbells, it’s not one of my best memories but I remember it nevertheless. That attests to how much I don’t like it.

But wait, there’s more. What we did was just the warm up, surprised?

We were.

Enter the 50/10 thing (I’m sorry I don’t remember what they called it exactly lol). We had to do several rounds more of focused workouts that lasted for 50 seconds, with a 10 second rest per drill.

So:

  • Burpees (you can do half or the one for Pros)
  • This crab like movement where you take lateral steps in lowered form. Kinda like you’re blocking someone in basketball (yup, I can’t remember what this one was called either).
  • High Knees
  • and Plank

So we had to do each one for 50 seconds, and we had a 10 second rest before we did the next one.

The first round was the baseline round. So you take this one slow to find out what your body is capable of (number of reps for the first three and lasting power for the plank). Then you try to top your number per drill each round after that.

I think we all did the first round, then nobody was game for the second lol. We were all too tired so our workout ended there.

The next part was dinner and picture taking :).

So what lesson do I take home from this experience?

I need to work on my stamina and legs (my quads suck). It’s not enough to be have what my friend calls UBS (upper body strength), I need to really work on my lower body as well.

I also learned that I’m pathetically weak right now and I need to really get back in shape if I want to live up to the name of my blog lol.

Another reason I need to get back in shape is a group climb that’s coming up in a month and I’m going up with pro climbers. Di tayo pwede mapahiya lol and I really don’t want to drag them down.

So yeah, I need to work on a training regimen for that. I’m thinking runs for stamina, squats, and a lot of LUNGES (ughhhh).

So that ends this post as well.

I’m pretty tired and I need to takeΒ  a bath so I’m ending it here lol.

If you’re interested in giving the Medicard Metafit Bootcamp a try, you can head on over to their site and contact them http://www.medicardphils.com.

Also our “trial” thingy was done at the MediCard Lifestyle Center in Makati, but I’m not really sure if the rest of the boot camp sessions will also take place there.

But just in case you wanna know where it is, here’s a map to it:

Medicard Lifestyle Center Map

51 Paseo de Roxas, Lungsod ng Makati
Contact Number: (02) 894 5720

So are you thinking of giving Medicard Metafit a try? Or did you already join the boot camp, whichever the case I’d love to hear your opinion on their workouts. Just leave a comment below if you’re needing a place to rant after a hard days workout :).


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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).

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10 Comments

  1. Tess Chancellor 21 February, 2013 at 10:48 am

    that is a lot of hardwork., exercise is still the best and safest thing to do for healthy and fit body.

     
    • Malds 21 February, 2013 at 11:07 am

      lol yes, my legs are still aching from yesterdays workout, hard work indeed. Thanks for dropping by Tess.

       
  2. bluedreamer 22 February, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I don’t think i can do those workouts agad haha
    i tend to laze around more often and I don’t think i can be very effective in doing such activity in my current condition..
    siguro it’s time for me to hit the gym again….

     
    • Malds 22 February, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Go :). Let’s all try to be as fit as we can.

      It’s always a good idea to start working out. You not only start looking great, your confidence also goes up and you become healthier.

       
  3. mike 7 May, 2013 at 2:06 am

    lunges πŸ™‚

     
    • Malds 7 May, 2013 at 10:49 am

      lol thanks, I always get the spelling of this one wrong. Just fixed it.

       
      • mike 7 May, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        np. nice blog.

         
        • Malds 7 May, 2013 at 4:09 pm

          thanks mike πŸ™‚

           
  4. savingmybacon 18 January, 2014 at 11:24 am

    You write poorly.

     
    • Malds 22 January, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      hahaha you’re probably right

       

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