Train MMA and get the 5-star treatment at this Mandaluyong gym

This Mandaluyong gym is not your usual MMA training facility.

You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to enjoy fun and effective MMA training, but there’s nothing wrong with having all the tools you need (and more).

That’s what you get when you walk into the Sport Club and Health Center at the EDSA Shangri-La hotel, which has been revamped to help you “Move, Refuel, and Recover.”

For fitness, you’ve got warm-up and stretching areas, as well as tools for pilates and triathlon training. There’s also plenty of weight lifting machines, free weights, stationary bikes, and Internet-capable treadmills.

For the MMA fanatic, however, the functional fitness and martial arts area is the main attraction. First, you have battle ropes, med balls, kettlebells, and suspension trainers for your functional training needs. Additionally, there’s lots of quality striking equipment–from gloves, to pads, to bags–for you to use.

One of our favorite pieces of training equipment was the BoxMaster. To use it, all you need to do is adjust its height, strap on your gloves, and let your fists fly!

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The great thing about the BoxMaster is that it’s very versatile. It allows you to throw your punches at full strength as if you were hitting the heavy bag, but also work on your accuracy as if you were hitting mitts with a trainer, says Vince Juan, a fitness and MMA instructor at EDSA Shang. You also get to work on punch combos to both the head and body with straight punches, hooks, and uppercuts–something you won’t get with a traditional punching bag.

When you want to Refuel, you can take a shot of ginger tea to reinvigorate your senses during breaks. You can also take a drink from a variety of flavored water options, each offering a unique benefit. Visiting this refueling station between rounds isn’t half bad.

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For the Recover part of this facility, they actually offer light, healthy snacks inside the gym (we’re not kidding), like a shot of oatmeal with apples or some fruit (it’s tempting, though, to just sit there and eat instead of work out!).

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But the best part about recovering here is enjoying CHI The Spa, which is part of the health center. There, you can do some hydro therapy in the ice bath to boost recovery or in the hot tub for those times you’re well-rested but eager to relax stiff muscles.

At the end of the day, training at the Sport Club and Health Center showed us that there are many fun ways to move, refuel, and recover.

For more gym info and rates, visit the EDSA Shang website.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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