Fit Girl Life: Reviews Pt. 1: Guava Pass, Flyweight & LiFE Yoga

If we're friends, officemates or even acquaintances in real life, you'd know by now that I'd been on a fitness obsession these days. By that, I mean all that I'm watching on YouTube are digestion and metabolism videos, I have worked out for 6 days straight and I've been on a strict no sugar, minimal carb and juicing diet. Actually, no it's not that strict cos I did have rice today when I had lunch with my team so yeah. But I've done a complete 180 degrees shift of my lifestyle.

No thanks to endless fitness Instagram accounts on my feed, I've become quite obsessed about how to get abs and be the thinnest I can get my body to be. As you might know from my Clean Eating post, I am trying better in this fitness life. I've been dilly dallying on what gym to get and I've soft started on the Kayla Itsines workout but I haven't really fully committed to it until last week.

  • Guava Pass MNL. I started on Guava Pass because a friend inspired me to get one, and also because when I started, there was a one month free when you sign up for 3 months. I've always known about Guava Pass but they used to have unknown studios. Now that they have studios near me like Flyweight, Saddle Row, Life Yoga and Yoga+, I can wind up a week with a variation of those. Since I also live in Ortigas, there's a bunch of classes I can rotate working out after work and before heading home.
    PROS: Reasonable price of PHP 3,000/month, great studios in roster if you're always in main CBDs like BGC, Makati, Ortigas. There are studios in QC and Las Pinas and Pasig so that's alright. Some studios allow you to book up to an hour before the class and I'm glad to have tried it cos I am discovering new studios I may not have bothered trying out. I love it that it answers my problem of not having to stick to a gym because the idea of just gym is boring me out. I also need an external motivator and I am not self motivated at the gym so yes, super perfect!
    CONS: Each billing cycle allows a user to book per studio up to three times. This ensures that a GP user rotates through studios.

  • Flyweight. Flyweight is located at 2F Forbestown in Burgos Circle. It's the area where I work so it's walking distance and the classes are timed well, meaning there are classes at 9, after lunch and the one I go to at 7PM. I've always wanted to go there except that I couldn't live off the first timer pass of PHP 1,500/5 classes and I am not willing to pay the PHP 1,000/walk in pass. I'd describe it as "girly boxing," like you know when want to punch stuff like crazy but you also don't want to end up {dirty like me and on the floor at Elorde}, Flyweight is your go-to. They have clean wraps and clean boxing gloves. I cannot reiterate this enough that clean workout gear is a must. You also get to box to club / HIIT music and during my session, the trainer {Vince} played RHCP so super, super cool.
    PROS: Located at Burgos Circle, easy to find, cool and approachable staff, they put on your wraps on you so yay for that! I also like that the crowd it attracts are crop top wearing ladies so instant fitspo, too!
    CONS: If you get addicted to this, workouts are PHP 1K a pop, not super affordable but nobody said fun and glam fitness was never affordable.
    SWIMMING IN SWEAT FACTOR: 5 out of 5. Sometimes I wonder how I am able to get out alive.
    SHOWER/FACILITIES: Not bad but there's only two and the space is pretty tight.

  • LiFE Yoga, Burgos Circle, BGC. I've heard about LiFE Yoga from a colleague who's super fit, so yeah, I was like, "Why not?" I treat yoga as one of my more passive exercises that I do when I am not in the mood for HIIT. I skipped the yoga stuff and gunned for HIIT Pilates and boy was I gasping for air, HAHA. So basically, their HIIT Pilates class, led by Asha, was a series of planks, squat jumps and core exercises. They were also done in 1-minute intervals and the pace is rather fast, hence the HIIT bit. I couldn't go on full jumping jacks since I injured my left food about two weeks ago and was on a modified scheme. Nonetheless, my session at LiFE Yoga was one of the most profound ones I've done. In front of me was a woman, maybe in her 50s who was very muscular and didn't have as much trouble getting into the exercises. Meanwhile, behind me was a group of girls in their early 20s and kept fumbling all over themselves. I realized that in this fitness journey, age is just a number that one can optimize.

  • PROS: LiFE Yoga is also in the same area as Flyweight, so yay for us BGC-working girls! They mostly offer yoga class with enhancements like Feel Good Flow, Rock and Flow etc but I especially love HIIT Pilates. It was exactly what I needed and my core hurt the next day so I am feeling like I'm losing tummy weight HAHA. I also love the whole authentic vibe of the place, they have a cafe, and they have these LiFE Jams, and a music community. I love its natural vibe amidst all this city shindig.
    CONS: I am not sure how much their LiFE yoga class cards are but my friend said it was around 750 or something. I can't remember.
    SWIMMING IN SWEAT FACTOR: 3 out of 5. It really depends on your performance.
    SHOWER/FACILITIES: A bit dark inside but clean enough though I'm not a huge fan of the industrial look, it's alright :)
    UPDATE: Life Yoga has since closed last November 2017

Overall: I'm very happy with my Guava Pass because it gets me access to the studios I want to go to and it offers a wide variety of workouts! I wish I could book up to 5 per studio though next time but 3 ain't so bad. Stay tuned for my next reviews!

Links: Guava Pass | Flyweight | LiFE Yoga