Sports space: EDSA Shangri-La’s Health Club

Barry Viloria on Jun 23, 2015 08:46 AM
Sports space: EDSA Shangri-La’s Health Club
The newly renovated Health Club claims itself as a first of its kind, boasting of a “Move, Refuel, and Recover” concept guided by internationally certified wellness coaches. (Photo from EDSA Shangri-La)

MANILA, Philippines – Locally speaking, despite the boom of gyms and fitness clubs recently, there are only a few ones that capture a more “holistic” approach to fitness. For this, you can look through the city’s luxury hotels for their in-house health centers or the discreet LifeScience Center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, which centers on personalized health plans that already cover your workout and medicinal needs.

Of course, by holistic, we mean a rather comprehensive method in getting you in your best shape and health condition. Also meaning, more expensive yet, say, more about you—like what you’d expect from anything of luxury.

For those willing to spend more than the usual, there’s also the reopened Health Club at EDSA Shangri-La Manila in Mandaluyong City.

The newly renovated Health Club claims itself as a first of its kind, boasting of a “Move, Refuel, and Recover” concept guided by internationally certified wellness coaches. Here, the fitness experience starts but doesn’t end in working out at the Health Club—it continues to the hotel’s healthy food offerings and concludes with some quality relaxation at its signature wellness center called Chi, The Spa.

In a nutshell, “it’s a combination of fitness and spa experience,” Health Club and Chi, The Spa senior service manager Ranessa Santos said at the launch held last Thursday. If you’re the busy type who wants to get your fittest but also wants a “me” time in one go, here’s a kind of fitness experience that seeks a balance between a legit workout and a well-deserved retreat.

First-rate ‘fitness zones’
The Health Club covers five “fitness zones,” all of which are installed with state-of-the art facilities and equipment.

There’s the Up-to-the-Moment Cardio Section with Internet-connected and smartphone-friendly treadmills to kill the boredom off your usual walk or run. The High-Energy Functional Training Zone features Synergy 360s, complete with ropes and kettle bells for functional exercises. The Boxing and Mixed-Martial Arts Section is equipped with punching bags and three BoxMasters, a human-size tall pole holding together boxing pads you can train with in place of an actual trainer. The Exclusive Triathlon Training Space, meanwhile, highlights internationally applauded technology like a Vasa Swim Ergometer (a stationary, cabled bench that helps simulate swimming routines) and a Google Map-powered Tour de France Bike (yes, the “official training bike of the actual Tour de France”). Lastly, there’s the Flexibility and Stretching Zone that has the Flex Area by Pavigym and Stott-Pilates Spring Wall for those into, well, contortionist exercises.

The traditional and high-intensity zones are strategically separated so it doesn’t get “intimidating” for amateur gym-goers, stressed Santos.

If you wish, you can also use the two tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool—both located outside the Health Club—for other forms of workouts. You may also avail the complimentary signature workout programs if you are really feeling personal about fitness.

Luxurious post-workout
If you ask us, the more interesting part of the fitness experience at the Health Club is the cooling down—from the dining to the unwinding.

Although it’s always about luxury at this five-star hotel, yes, you are discouraged here to gorge on the ever-appetizing delights served at the famous Heat for your post-workout meal. Instead, you are invited to try their healthy food selections via the Special Diet Concierge, which prepares—then serves—your (healthy) meal of choice. If you want to head over to the restaurants yourself, there’s a special menu card that displays the hotel’s healthiest food recommendations.

These are all apart from the free snacks, energy bites, and infused water concoctions also served at the gym.

Health is really like law once you sign up at Health Club.

Your endgame, of course, is a session at Chi, The Spa. Its signature treatments cover hydrotherapy facilities featuring a Jacuzzi, cold plunge, sauna room, and a steam room. You may also opt for their poolside reflexology, yoga studio, and meditation rooms as part of your recovery.

For the curious, there’s actually a two-day open house event at the Health Club on June 26 and June 27. Renowned instructors and health experts like Chappy Callanta, Cris Pangan, and Dina Berrio are expected there for some one-on-one tips on any of your health and fitness concerns. Go check it out if you want to avail a membership.

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