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The Latest Fitness Trends For That Summer Bod: Functional Fitness, Boxing, and Mixed Martials Arts

by Sports Team
31 Jul 2017 | 2:10 PM

For many people, bros and sisters alike, working out can be due to a variety of reasons such as: health concerns like losing weight, gaining mass, and keeping physically fit; improving muscle strength and building endurance for the sports they play; or shaping a beach-ready body and crafting a physique to start a career in modeling and selling canned tuna. There's no shame in admitting why you go to the gym-it's better than not exercising at all, right?

Be proud of grinding it out at the bakal gym and tell everyone you want to have washboard abs like Derek Ramsay (uyyy, aminado...). To hell with people who dismiss fitness and the active lifestyle! They probably spend all their time playing video games and eating whatever they want, whenever they want-the only reason they wear sweats is because it's the only thing that fits them. Btw, "athleisure" is still trending!

This summer, when it's too hot to even move, it'll really take effort and discipline to sweat it out-intentionally. In this article, we preview some of the trending fitness activities that you can try to keep in shape and have fun while you're at it: Functional Fitness, Boxing, and Mixed Martial Arts.

Functional Fitness

Not everyone trains to get bulky, bro. Functional Fitness represents a new line of thinking about fitness - getting fit to improve your quality of life. Functional fitness is training your body to cope with the physical demands of real life. It's about preparing your body to handle daily activities like carrying your girlfriend's shopping bags, helping your colleagues lift heavy boxes in office, or executing that crazy sprint to catch the leaving jeepney. Forget the weights and heavy machinery. Functional Fitness focuses on building a body that is able to cope with real-life activities in actual positions, and not just weight-lifting in a position the weight machine wants you to be in.

Functional Fitness exercises are simple to execute, be it in your home, gym or the nearest Functional Fitness centre. Our recommendation is to focus on doing 3 sets of 20 repetitions of the following everyday:

Kettlebell Swings
Jumping Jacks
Shoulder Presses

"Conventional weight training isolates muscle groups, but it doesn't teach the muscles groups you're isolating to work with others," says Greg Roskopf, a biomechanics consultant who has worked with professional athletes from the Broncos, Nuggets, and Jazz. Follow our simple guide at home and train your body to better cope with the daily rigors of life.

Where you can try Functional Fitness:

1.Functional Fitness Performance Centre (

The CAP Building (Makati), The Podium Mall (Ortigas), Beyond Yoga Building (Alabang)

2.Sky Fitness Makati

2F One Palanca Land (OPL) Building, 100 Don Carlos Palanca, Makati, 1229


Boxing has been picking up as a form of weight loss and muscle building for the last couple of years-thanks to the People's Champ popularizing the sport. Boxing gyms are mushrooming all over Manila, and given how hot it is right now, you will surely sweat buckets as you feel your muscles burn in hitting the mitts, working the bag, and punching combinations.

Not only do you learn jabs, straights, hooks, and uppercuts, but footwork, lateral movement, ducking, slipping, bobbing, and weaving, too-this is a full body workout sure to leave your muscles sore for the next couple of days. Boxing will define your muscles, increase your strength and speed, and greatly boost your stamina. The intense focus required in boxing can also serve as a session of meditation to calm your mind after a long day at work. If you stick around long enough to actually box competitively, it becomes a mental sport as well, as you will have to learn how to read movements, tendencies, and defensive techniques-coaching will turn you into a fighter.

Where you can try Boxing:

1. Elorde Boxing Gym (

4th Floor, E.A. Fernandez Bldg, 2150 Taft Ave, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila

2. Empire Boxing Gym (

2nd Floor PT&T Bldg, Don Carlos Palanca, Legazpi Village, Makati, 1229 Kalakhang Maynila

Mixed Martial Arts

Like boxing, Mixed Martial Arts has been gaining a lot of ground as a fitness activity due to its rising popularity. This is where men (and women, as of late-thanks, Ronda!) get to train their muscular speed and strength to elevate their status from having "a nice body" to actual function. Forget about building a huge bicep, that won't matter much in Mixed Martial Arts and might even slow your punches down. Be prepared for a lot of endurance training, strength training and burst training to really drive some power into that dad bod of yours.

Muay thai, yaw yan, BJJ, judo, grappling, kickboxing, and wrestling are only some of the techniques you can learn and train for as an MMA fighter. It improves coordination and reflex while building muscle groups. And in real-life situations, can actually help on the off chance you have to defend yourself-just make sure you're prepared to execute a toe kick right to the gut, and without any hesitation, finish off your opponent with a Stone Cold Stunner (we're talking about a High School fight, right?).

Mixed Martial Arts is no joke. It's a full-contact combat sport, and unlike boxing, you're going to train standing up and on the ground-so you better prepare yourself for painkillers, muscle spray, Salon Pas, and a bedridden day ahead.

Where you can try Mixed Martial Arts:

1. Safehouse MMA and Fitness Gym

3rd Flr. Lamco Building, Quezon Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila

2. KMA Fitness & Martial Arts (

104 Tordesilas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati, 1227 Metro Manila

In any form of athletics and training, the best way to successfully achieve your fitness goals is to incorporate it into your everyday life, or as some people advise having rest days, then structure your exercising habits around a weekly routine. The important thing to remember is: always make time for it. With keeping fit now made easier by all these gyms adding fun and spice into their routines, you no longer have any reason to lie on the couch all summer.