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When 2012 year started I said to myself it would be good to write an article about physical fitness since a lot of people’s new year’s resolution is about weight loss or getting fit. I’ve always heard about 360 fitness club on the radio so I thought I might give it a try. It does a have a ring to it “360 fitness club on “360philippines.com”. So last week I decided to give 360 fitness club a visit.
According to wikipedia – “Circuit training is a form of conditioning combining resistance training and high-intensity aerobics. It is designed to be easy to follow and target strength building as well as muscular endurance. An exercise “circuit” is one completion of all prescribed exercises in the program. When one circuit is complete, one begins the first exercise again for another circuit. Traditionally, the time between exercises in circuit training is short, often with rapid movement to the next exercise.”
How it Works
The gym doesn’t have machines or thread mills but stations labeled with numbers. There are 20 stations in the gym. Each is classified as either an active station or an active recovery station. The active recovery stations are the odd numbered ones. on these stations you do cardio, its either you do jump rope, jumping jacks, ali shuffle, jog in place. On the active stations (even numbered) you do muscle building exercise like push-ups, pull ups, arnold press. Each exercise is done for 30 seconds, a beeping sound indicates if 30 seconds is up and a recorded voice says “please move to the next station”. 3 rounds on the circuit is 30 minutes.
I’m not the fittest person but I do exercise regularly, I lift weights and do cardio at least twice a week. On the first round I thought it was easy I was able to do pull ups, push-ups with ease but then when I got to the 20th station on the ab roller my body was already shaking. I’ve always seen the ab roller on infomercials and It looked so easy on TV but trying it out for the first time just gave my body a shock. When I asked Dexter( the gym instructor who assisted me) to show me how it’s done, It was a breeze for him.
I had to catch my breath before going on the 2nd round. This time I could barely do pull ups and I was taking pauses between push-ups. By the end of this round I was already sweating like crazy and breathing heavily. Dexter was already asking me if I still wanted to continue. Of course I had to, I didn’t want to look like a sissy. The 3rd round was more of just like an excuse to finish the routine. My muscles were already giving up I could no longer do a full pull up so Dexter said to jump on the way up and control it on the way down. Fortunately I got to finish without passing out. It took me around 45 minutes to finish 3 rounds in the circuit.
I can say that the workout is effective because the next day my body just hurt. The only downside was I just stayed in bed the whole day.haha. According to Dexter doing circuit exercise with proper diet will give you that Bruce Lee / Derek Ramsey look, the lean and sexy look. And I do believe him, to the point where it made me rethink my whole workout regimen.
So would I consider getting a membership? Yes, but I have a fitness first and slimmer’s world membership. I just terminated my fitness first membership because I moved to a different office but I have until end of march before it finally takes effect. I got a membership at Slimmer’s world just this month because it’s closer to where I work. So technically at the moment I have 2 gym memberships and I rarely use any of them. (I have so many excuses nowadays haha). Another consideration is the location right now 360 fitness club in Makati is far from where I work and I can’t see a way how I can regularly visit the gym. If it were a building beside then that wouldn’t be a problem.
They don’t have a joining fee. They have annual, semi-annual, quarterly and a 10-visit pass. I really encourage you to get a trial workout to see if this is the gym for you, they won’t bully you anyway into signing a membership unlike other gym’s out there.
360 fitness club rates.
They have adjustable dumbells and kettle bells instead of free weights.
Each station has a picture of the exercise that you can do depending on your fitness level
Each station has a number and says what you need to do. Here you’ll do jumping jacks
Look who works out here, Slick Rick! Yeah Men!!!!!!
Directions to the Makati Branch:
- From Paseo de Roxas heading to Greenbelt 1 turn right on Dela Rosa Street (This is the street at the back of Enterprise Tower).
- Go straight and then turn left at Don Carlos Palanca Street.
- I think it’s the 4th or 5th building from the corner. You’ll see it on the right side.
I actually tried coming from greenbelt 1 but Don Palanca is one way so you’d have to come from Dela Rosa Street. On weekends you can park on the street there’s a 3 hour limit. There’s also Dela Rosa Carpark if you can’t find a vacant parking space along the road.
Website – www.completethecircuit.com
Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/360FitnessClub
Phone – Makati Branch: 0917-860 0360; Ortigas Branch: 0917-560 0360
Ortigas: 13/F Strata 100, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
Makati: 7/F Dolmar Gold Tower, C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.