Welcome to Nature's Gym!

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 20, 2017 10:52 AM
Welcome to Nature's Gym!
Guests preparing for the Nature’s Gym Test – a competitive series of bodyweight exercises done in pairs

Today, as a fit and healthy lifestyle has become mainstream, more and more are encouraged to take up their active gear and go. While being healthy is the end goal, people have found various ways to stay in shape beyond the usual.

The call to fitness whenever and wherever is in line with global performance brand Merrell’s mission to bring the best of what the outdoors has to offer.

Last October 7, 2017, the brand gathered friends from the media and fitness influencers at Capitol Commons Park to try out the newest Nature’s Gym collection in a series of fitness relays led by Seasoned hiker and Merrell ambassador Coby Sarreal and Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Personal Trainer Jose Villablanca.

Sarreal and Villablanca taking on the Nature’s Gym Test


Event goers had a fun and active morning, a refreshing take on fitness where they got to trade their traditional indoor gym workout – the four walls, stale air, or static views – for Nature’s Gym. There was room to spread out, lots of fresh air, and plenty of space to recharge.

The morning started with fitness tips from the two, followed by a circuit training contest done in pairs. Jose and Coby coached everyone through the burpees, back-to-back wall sits, high knees, planks and more! Motivated by the breakfast for finishers and prizes for the fastest time, participants hustled through each exercise in their Merrell footwear.

Notable fitness enthusiasts who joined the first leg of the Nature’s Gym were celebrity couple Will Devaughn and Roxanne Barcelo, PBB alumnus Yong Muhajil, models Sam Ajdani and Hideo Muraoka, National athletes Alfred Balbuena, Anjo Pertierra, JohnVic De Guzman,and Geuel Asia, bronze medallist Swimmer Nikki Pamintuan, athlete Van Allen Ong, as well as influencers Arra Castro, Charmaine Pioquinto, Kim Santiago, Lara Andres, Marco Suarez, and Shanika Silverio to name a few.

Philippine Team Athlete Geuel Asia doing an elbow plank for 30 seocnds

Celebrity Couple Roxanne Barcelo and Will Devaughn doing a set of back-to-back wall sit

Models Sam Ajdani and Hideo Muraoka taking on the last station of the Nature’s Gym Test


Guests were introduced to the brand’s latest collection from the Nature’s Gym consisting of Trail, Run, and Fit categories which they got to try out on the Trail Zone Rush, a platform of grassy and stony terrain.

Take it from Merrell fitness enthusiasts who make it a point to sweat it out through different, exciting activities.



Hiker Coby Sarreal considers the mountains as his outdoor gym. This trail pro owes his endurance, stamina, and mental fortitude to hiking and soaking under the beauty and energy of nature.  He adds that being outdoors and experiencing nature “relaxes the mind and uplifts the soul”.

Coby’s setting his sights towards conquering the seven summits of the world and he has started by running up and down the slopes of the Philippines’ mountains. Merrell has the perfect for trail runners. Check out the Agility collection.

Powered by FLEXconnect™ which actively flex and protect the feet, the Merrell Agility collection is your go-to for trail running. If you plan on doing light runs on moderate terrain, The Merrell Agility Charge Flex is ideal. It sports a Hyperlock™ TPU film heel counter for stability during quick descents and sharp turns.

For longer runs and more rugged courses, the Agility Peak Flex is your best bet. It features a FLEXconnect™ EVA dual-directional flex-groove to provide optimal traction for both uphill and downhill trails. Its EVA midsole provides agility and stability on uneven terrain, while the Merrell Omni-Fit™ lacing system has a precise, glove-like fit to keep  you running smoothly and comfortably.



Holistic wellness coach Jose Villablanca is no stranger to the potential of the body. Call him a “life coach” for fitness, Jose advocates self care and pushing the body to be physically active. Whether boxing, basketball, or running is your cup of tea, be sure to find an activity that you will surely enjoy.  There is a certain euphoria—runner’s high—as one breaks into a sprint and set his eyes on the finish line. Many considers this sport as a simple yet effective way to burn calories, needing little to no gear—except shoes—to start running.

Pavement, dirt and everywhere in between—running in Nature’s Gym means always switching it up. Get hybrid performance and run anywhere in our versatile running styles.

For those who prioritize flexibility, Merrell proudly presents its latest innovation, the Bare Access Flex. Powered by FLEXconnect™ for hybrid performance—experience ultimate versatility, comfort, and ground connection on the trail, road and beyond. Running is suddenly fresh and comfy, with superior breathability provided by its mesh lining as well as the M Select™ GRIP+ outsole with anatomical grooves for serious grip and traction on wet or dry roads and trails. Wearers claim zero break-in period and find its refreshing colorway is enough to get you pumped to hit your stride!



A Nature’s Gym workout is better when you’re in touch and in control. Get closer to every park bench box jump, picnic table dip, hill sprint and burpee in our minimalist shoes with maximum protection. Take cues from Krav Maga expert Dindo De Jesus as he shares how he gets through the techniques of this military self defense. On his take on outdoor fitness, Dindo shares that being a Krav Maga specialist makes him appreciate open spaces more as he can be more creative with the drills. With an art relying more on body strength and forms derived from street fighting, Dindo sure knows how to work his way around with brute force and muscles!

Merrell believes that nothing should get in the way of enjoying an active and healthy lifestyle. Get fit at home, walk to work, jog in your local park, or hit the outdoors. For all pretty strong women, the Merrell Trail Glove 4 has everything you need to support your fitness goals in a neat, versatile, just-right package. This minimalist barefoot shoe sports a simple design construction but is fitted with maximum performance, equipped with a sock-like construction for a locked-down fit, as well as a Vibram® sole for superior grip on and off the road. This shoe perfectly embodies the principle of “Less is More”.

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