The five kinds of workouts you can have in Cebu

With the New Year comes resolutions, and we know a handful of those have something to do with getting fit.

The tricky part about resolutions, though, is actually keeping them. So while there are lots of ways to go about it, one way of making sure you stick to new fitness regime is to find one you actually like. Here’s a guide for the uninitiated, and for those looking for something new.


Crossfit (Photography by John Ong/Zee Lifestyle)
Crossfiters doing overhead squats (Photography by John Ong/Zee Lifestyle)

What it is: The sport of fitness: Constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across board time and modal domains. Hour-long classes at affiliated gyms (“boxes”) include a dynamic warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity WOD (“workout of the day”) and cool-down.

Perfect for: Those who are easily bored and need variety.

It is never boring. Each time you go to the box, you get a different workout that challenges all your muscle groups and all aspects of your athleticism. It is also a short, sharp workout that you benefit a lot from. I have joined all sorts of group workouts in the past, and I’ve never seen as much results as I do now. – Brenda Magno

Where to go:

  • Unit 2, Jamestown, Mantawe Ave., Mandaue
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  • F. Cabahug St., Mabolo
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High-Intensity Interval Training

HIIT (Photography by Oliver Echevarria/Zee Lifestyle)
Zach Elisha Go doing HIIT (Photography by Oliver Echevarria/Zee Lifestyle)

What it is: A cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. It promotes strength, balance and performance.

Perfect for: Those who want a total body workout.

Right from the door, it’s different—devoid of equipment, treadmills and machines. Training has become like praying, an activity that you can do anytime, anywhere, even alone. – Zach Elisha Go

Where to go:

  • Block 88, Oakridge Business Park, Banilad
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Yoga (Photography by Adrian Yu/Zee Lifestyle)
Rose Hennessy strikes a Yoga pose (Photography by Adrian Yu/Zee Lifestyle)

What it is: A low-impact physical exercise that involves holding stretches. It requires meditation and breath work, and develops flexibility and balance.

Perfect for: Those who want to keep calm and carry on.

The reason I love yoga is because I can practice anytime, anywhere whenever I feel like, as all I need is a quiet and small space. My previous workouts were purely physical, whereas yoga is a more calming, relaxed exercise with the same benefits. – Rose Hennessy

Where to go:

  • Banilad Town Centre and Raintree Mall
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Spinning classes at Zink (Photography by Men On Point/Zink)
Spinning classes at Zink (Photography by Men On Point/Zink)

What it is: Indoor cycling is a cardiovascular workout that involves aerobic exercise on a stationary bike. It’s a low-impact workout designed to increase one’s endurance.

Perfect for: Those who want to have fun.

Let’s be honest—spinning isn’t actually easy. The bursts of high speed and additional movements, along with the constant cycling, are enough to make you feel more than a little sore the next day. What makes it so enjoyable (and more doable!) is the energy of the people pedaling next to you—with the loud music and changing lights, it’s a workout party that anyone would want to get into! – Shari Quimbo

Where to go:


Pilates (Photography by Ezekiel Sullano/Zee Lifestyle)
Susanne Cobonpue doing Pilates (Photography by Ezekiel Sullano/Zee Lifestyle)

What it is: Pilates is a fitness system said to have developed from yoga. It puts more emphasis on the core, as well as lengthening the body and centering the spine, using exercise machines.

Perfect for: Those who like to stay focused.

The very controlled, slow and precise movement throughout each exercise is what makes it different from other physical activities. I like the large variation of exercises because it never gets boring. We do a different routine with several variations every time. Everything is tailored to my needs. I leave the studio always tired, and sometimes exhausted, but also extremely relaxed and elated—which I didn’t feel with other workouts. – Susanne Cobonpue

Where to go:

  • LGF, City Sports Club
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Shari Quimbo
Shari Quimbo

Shari Quimbo is the managing editor of Zee Lifestyle. In her spare time, she likes cooking for family and friends, and escaping to the beach on weekends. Follow Shari's adventures on Instagram at @sharinuh.

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