Manila welcomes a premier group boxing studio in the heart of BGC.
I’m sure that by now, most of you have found yourselves in some form of group exercise class: Zumba, Indoor Cycling, Pilates, to name a few. But how about boxing? If you have that image of a boxing gym with drab interiors, dirty showers and sweaty gloves, throw that perception away right now. Flyweight is making boxing a lot more enjoyable in Manila–and we’re really excited about it!
Classes range from 45 to 60 minutes, with the exception of the 30-minute Boxing 101 class, which covers basics like footwork and technique. I took a 45-minute Contender class with Sabina, which is billed as the beginner friendly intro to Flyweight. A level up from that would be the Challenger class (which includes isometrics and plyometrics), and then even more demanding would be the Champion class, with an extra 15 minutes to accommodate for a total of 9 rounds at the bag, burpees, jump squats, and plank variations. (I’m going to have to work my way up to that.)
You’ll find Flyweight on the second floor of 8 Forbestown Road, which is making itself known as a fitness and wellness hub. The building is located right by Burgos Circle, in front of Tipsy Pig, 2nd’s, and Atelier Vivanda (so yes, girls, we totally understand the post-workout temptation!).
A polished, industrial feel leads the way to two separate rooms. After checking in at the front desk, refilling my water bottle, and storing my stuff (they have lockers provided upstairs, by the shower rooms), one of their Corner staff helped me out with my wraps and gloves, then I was ushered into a dimly-lit room with a number of super-tall boxing bags.
I don’t know what I was expecting heading into that room, but I was rather in awe, with the dark interiors well-complemented by the full-length mirrors wrapping their way around the room. You get the sense of being in a place much bigger than it is – not that it isn’t actually well-appointed. You have plenty of space to do your jumping jacks, lunges, and other workouts thrown your way.
I arrived just as Sabina was starting to give the class pointers for how the 45 minutes would go. We were reminded to keep ourselves constantly moving, but also that we didn’t necessarily have to go to the beat of the music – it was just there to get us in the right mood to work out.
We had six rounds at the bag, interspersed with exercises like jumping jacks, lunges, and side lunges. I thought it was a good class for a beginner, with just the right amount of challenge for someone new to boxing. It helps that you’re basically in control of your round – the instructor tells you which combinations you’ll be doing, and goes around to make sure you’re getting it right, but the pacing of your jab-straights, uppercuts, and hooks is essentially up to you. Having a class full of people also intent to torch their calories can really get you going! It was also lots of fun having to go around the bags rather than staying in place, having the mirror and trying to look a bit more like Rocky Balboa once in awhile.
I especially liked that there were no fixed water breaks – in other boxing studios, I’ve found myself taking far too much advantage of those, especially if my trainer for the day was feeling lax.
After our final round was done, we pulled off our gloves, rolled out our yoga mats, and did ab work. A lot of ab work. It was nice that there were many variations to the ab exercises – I’ve never been one to do just crunches in succession. Anyway, by the end of it, I was grateful for the stretch! The ab workouts were just the thing I needed to fully tire me out.
Sparring with a partner is fun, but I think there’s something to be said for boxing with a room full of people engaged in the same struggle, too. I would recommend Flyweight, especially if you work in the BGC area and have a friend you can work out with! It’s a fun, new way to engage in a great sport. Or at least work off the steak you ate at Atelier Vivanda.
Flyweight, 2/F Eight Forbestown Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, 02 805 9385, www.flyweight.ph