Citizens and businesses have been finding ways of reaching out to the outside world. This is how these fitness gurus have been giving back to the Philippine community during this quarantine.

While at home, reaching out to your friends and the bigger community by sharing your skills is a great way to pass time, fill your days, and to battle loneliness. Why not stay fit while we are all stuck at home? These fitness experts and instructors, individuals and studios have been live streaming and uploading full classes or podcasts for all of us to enjoy while at home. 

Here is a list of some phenomenal individuals and organisations who have decided to use their fitness expertise to bring health, wellness and a worth-it workout to our homes. For that, we thank them!

Take a look at what they have been up to, as of late:

Kerry Sports Manila

Kerry Sports Manila in Shangri-La At The Fort has a great selection of classes to try, from tabata, HITT, dance, to yoga, so take your pick! 

Plana Forma

Connecting with people and checking in with each other via virtual classes is one way to help ease the anxiety
Tina Lagdameo

Get toned and lean with Plana Forma while at home! They have a variety of specifically designed classes to target your muscle groups. You will definitely feel the burn! 

"All the more, now is the time we need to boost our immune system. Exercising can help you achieve that! I also believe that we need some happy hormones at a time like this!" shares co-founder of Plana Forma Tina Lagdameo.

She feels that people right now are feeling alone, scared and isolated since we have been in quarantine for so long. "Connecting with people and checking in with each other via virtual classes is one way to help ease the anxiety" Tina adds. 

Ride Revolution

When we were building our online classes, our main priority was to make sure that the sense of community is always present; for people to still see and support each other while working out and breaking a sweat.
JP Hipolito

Ride Revolution held the country's first-ever live virtual spin class on Zoom on 13, April. Group fitness classes as we knew it have changed and studios are pivoting to adapt the new-world.

Rent or buy a bike or simply sign up for a package from Ride Revolution if you already have your own equipment and join the quarantine fitness trend

JP Hipolito, head of instructor training and development at Ride Revolution, says that their mission has always been to build a fitness community that helps each other. "We recognize that most people come to us to sweat but stay with us for the breakthrough moments." He believes that the emotions of people are more unstable during this time, and that by staying active, people can better clear their heads and take care not just of their mental health, but also their physical health. 

On their Instagram you can also find quick home-workout videos that targets legs, arms and abs. 

"Nothing beats human connection" JP says. "When we were building our online classes, our main priority was to make sure that the sense of community is always present; for people to still see and support each other while working out and breaking a sweat" he added.

 

Barre3

Barre3 is hosting 60 minute classes on zoom, launching May 1. You can join by purchasing a class package. 

Bliss Yoga

Bliss Yoga is streaming free classes and podcasts on their website! Longer full length yoga classes are available for current Bliss members or for those who subscribe on the website. Isabel Dulay Naval, Managing Director of the studio, believes that it is important to support the livelihood of their instructors and thus, the one time joining fee will be donated to instructors who volunteer to teach these classes.

Saddle Row

Monica Dizon, Saddle Row’s marketing manager shares that they want to provide live classes as a way of giving back to the community during this stressful time and provide everyone with quality classes they can do at home, even with no equipment. 

Check out their Instagram for updates when they go live, and join in! On top of Instagram Live, Saddle Row also rents out bikes and row machines so that you can follow along at home. Join in and find them on zoom! 

“We felt it was a part of our mission and vision to keep our community healthy and active at all times. It was important to us to keep in touch with our Saddle family during this uncertain time. The live classes help us keep our community intact, and in high spirits,” says Monica.

Yoga Plus

For Yoga Plus you can join their yoga class via Zoom or Facebook Live, daily!

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Sara Black

This professional photographer is also a yoga and mediation instructor. She has been hosting IG live meditation sessions with Beyond Yoga and is also giving her online meditation course with Live Awake PH for free to frontliners. 

“This Strength & Stability is Free for all frontliners. I currently have 160 and counting, from different hospitals St Luke's, Makati Medical Center, Medical City, also government hospitals like NKTI and Heart Center," she says.

To Sara, meditation is very relevant right now because people are in a heightened state of fear, panic, anxiety, doubt. This roller coaster of emotions actually weakens the immune system. 

Listen to her podcast for some peace and holistic wellness on Spotify or Anchor.

Marilen Elizalde

This lifetime yogi hosted a live Facebook yoga class and is planning to do a fundraiser too. Be sure to hop on your mats and follow along! “I wanted to share positive energy with our yoga community," shares Marilen. 

She is considering  hosting 2 more yoga classes, starting next week so keep a look out for her Facebook live stream! 

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At this time of uncertainty, when we really have no idea what will happen in the near future, we need to try and share positive energy and white light to give our community hope and let them know we are all here for each other come hell or high water.
Marilen Gonzalez-Elizalde

Electric Studio

Electric Studio, known for spin class, recently created buzz about the launch of a new extension of the brand: boxing! 

Founder of Electric Studio, Kristina Sy, said that since they are unable to physically launch the new studio for Electric Studio Rhythm Boxing, they debuted online by giving viewers an introduction to their shadowboxing and floorwork exercises.

“Our free IG live workouts is our small way of giving back to the community during this unprecedented time. We believe that keeping active is of great importance to mental and physical health. Now more than ever, we all need to keep our immune system up and care for our well-being,” shares Kris.

Electric Studio also rents out or sells bikes, and also has a variety of live classes on Zoom too! 

Our online workouts are a way to feel each other’s presence. The ongoing camaraderie and support is what we need right now.
Kristina Sy

Kris feels that self-isolation for an extended period of time is tough on anyone. She believes that with the absence of physical studios – online channels such as social media is the best way to keep the fitness community strong and together. 

When asked if there will be more live workouts she said: “Absolutely – it’s a great way to keep the Electric community together. Shout out to our incredible instructors for selflessly giving their time and sharing their passion to our community. None of this would be possible without them.”

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Marion Branellec De Guzman

Marion, is not only a marketing wiz for Jewelmer but is also a certified Zumba instructor! She has been hosting live Zumba sessions on her IG. Keep an eye out and, join in!

I wanted to shift mindset and share some positivity
Marion Branellec De Guzman

“During this challenging period I was thinking about our [Jewelmer] pearl farmers in Palawan and how the company was working hard to make sure they get all the food and necessities they need despite our shops and office having to close. I remembered a Zumba class I gave to the farms and how beautiful the energy was," shares Marion. 

She believes that a live class was more appropriate than a pre-recorded one in order to have more of a shared experience.

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Beyond Yoga

Join the Beyond Yoga family as they are hosting free live classes for both yoga and mediation. 

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