Island Fit: 4 Tropical Gyms in Popular Philippine Destinations to Keep Active While on Vacation - Travel

You can learn martial arts skills from Muay Thai to Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu by the beach.

As published by Conde Nast Traveler in their “Top Islands of 2021 list,” Palawan, Boracay, and Siargao are some of the best beaches in the world. While the New York publication’s survey respondents selected the islands for their stunning beauty, there are lesser-known ways to enjoy the prime destinations—their tropical gyms to stay fit while on vacation. 

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Instead of hitting the gym of your five-star accommodation, we’ve listed the more exciting fitness establishments to keep you fit after sipping Piña Coladas by the beach. 

Here are four gyms on the top island of our country where you can learn martial arts skills, functional training, and meet the local fitness communities whether you’re a beginner or an advanced gym-goer.

Legacy Gym, Boracay

Muay Thai European and World Champion turned MMA fighter Ole “Iron Fist” Laursen opened Legacy in line with his dream of opening a gym in the boxing-crazed Philippines. With “world-class” MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs, Laursen aims to let trainers hone international martial arts skills in a fully equipped gym surrounded by the world-class beaches of Boracay.

You can get more information about Legacy Gym here.

SOS Island Gym, Siargao

If you’re in the Southern Philippine island looking for adrenaline other than from water sports and cliff jumping, you can get exhilarated by practicing martial arts. At the Sons of Siargao Gym or SOS Gym, you can take sessions in boxing, Muay Thai, surf training, Filipino Martial Arts, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 

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You’ll be surrounded by a friendly community of professional instructors, locals, and travelers keen to help you perfect your form and accompany you as you get a good sweat session in. A bonus is you can hone your martial arts skills beachside, right by the ocean. 

You can get more information about SOS Gym here

SirFit Fitness Gym, Siargao 

For those who are more into lifting weights, calisthenics, and TRX exercises over martial arts, SurFit has the equipment suited for the exercises. Especially if you’re visiting the island to hone your surfing skills, these forms of training are great for conditioning your body to ride waves with more ease and confidence. 

You can get more information about SurFit Fitness Gym here.

Madness Mixed Martial Arts, El Nido 

The Palawan gym believes that “fitness is not only a hobby but a way of life.” In line with this, whether you’ve never trained at a gym or are a fitness buff looking for a workout on vacation, Madness’ doors are open to you. 

Other than different martial arts classes, the gym also offers Full Body Workout classes through high-intensity training. The instructors can provide exercise modifications to suit your fitness ability, from a cardio-focused workout in training arms to lower body strengthening to deep stretching. 

You can get more information about Madness Mixed Martial Arts here.

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