It’s On – #RunWithFight at the UA Run Crew!

The running community is abuzz with a lot of activities and programs that are meant to help runner sustain and progress into their sport. There are even some which have programs meant to entice non-active people to get up and start running!

As somebody who is trying to get back my running groove, the fact that excites me most is not just the number of options I can look into and choose from but also the quality of options available! It is just amazing.


One of the latest to join the fray is Under Armour who just last Saturday, October 1 officially launched it’s running program – the UA Run Crew. Created in partnership with celebrity fitness couple Coach Toni and Jim Saret’s APEX High Performance Training Camp, the UA Run Crew is a running program that is tailor-made for active lifestyle enthusiasts and aspiring runners. It banks on the well-accepted and widely known scientific program by the APEX team of Coach Toni and Jim and it provides a step-by-step guide towards a person’s objective in running.


The UA-Apex Run Crew

The UA-APEX Run Crew kick-off last Sunday at the BHS Amphitheater attracted more than 200 runners – from beginners to elite, for a few hours of intensive training to enhance their strength and endurance in running. Leading the activity which was open for free to the public was program directors, Coaches Jim and Toni Saret. They were also joined by Under Armour Affiliate Trainer Kat Garcia and as a special guest, Brand Ambassador Piolo Pascual.


UA Celebrity athlete Piolo Pascual warming up with the Run Crew coaches and athletes

Piolo, a known fitness enthusiast who consistently trains and joins the Ironman 70.3 race in Cebu (in a relay team where he does the bike leg), shared how gearing up with a high performance apparel and shoes like Under Armour will help one perform better and perform more. He also stayed to join everyone for the initial session which was Coach Toni’s intense 4-minute workout.

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The UA-Apex Run Crew program will be made up of 24 sessions and will run until December 3, 2016 and will have as its culminating activity, the Under Armour Marathon race.

Sign-up now to be part of the UA-Apex Run Crew! Registration is available in-store at Under Armour Brand Houses in Trinoma and UP Town Center and online at

Here is the program schedule:

Mondays and Wednesdays – BHS Amphitheater, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays
– QC Memorial Circle, Planas Garden, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
– SM MOA by the Bay , 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
FREE Weekly Runs:
Saturdays – BHS Amphitheater, 6:00am – 8:00am
For more info, visit


The True North Fitness Bootcamp – JOIN NOW!

Two Saturdays ago, I got to witness (and experience a bit) the first ever session of the TRUE NORTH FITNESS BOOT CAMP. In a nutshell, the training camp is a military-inspired fitness workout/training that is designed to increase your speed, strength, stamina, and agility.

Overseen by enlisted men of the Philippine Army, it may give the impression of a daunting workout experience but happily it is not. In fact, it delivers an intimate group fitness experience that straight away sends that message that is actually all about getting fit together.

TNFB offers a highly sociable way to health and fitness, so you’ll get plenty of opportunities to get to know your fellow participants after each session.

What I like most about the camp is that it is being offered at very affordable, friendly rates. I should know, I used to undergo gym and running training and never have I encountered such low rates.

With the amount of workout you are sure to get and the surefire benefits that comes with it, signing up for this training camp is surely a steal.

Here are the details:

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Philippine Army Grandstand
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

QUALIFICATIONS: Open to everyone, not just participants of the Guerilla Race

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 6:00 to 8:00 AM



Guerilla Shirts with tag lines printed at the back are available also for sale at Php350 each. 😉


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What is the True North Fitness Bootcamp?

The True North Fitness Bootcamp is a military-style fitness training that delivers an intimate group fitness experience. It’s all about getting fit together. While joining a group may seem daunting to some, taking TNFB will make you feel part of a pack and in a matter of minutes you’ll be drawing strength and having fun with your fellow bootcampers as you jump over, crawl under, and run around obstacles with them. TNFB offers a highly sociable way to health and fitness, so you’ll get plenty of opportunities to get to know your fellow participants after each session.

How extensive is the bootcamp?
We at True North Training Camps envision our military fitness training bootcamp to be as extensive as it can get. From the time you sign up for the course, you will be immersed on a fitness adventure like no other and it will be both physically stimulating and exciting at the same time. There will be regular calisthenics, daily roadruns (running in cadence) and scheduled physical challenges that participants will undergo to test their respective fitness levels. We will throw in as many surprises as needed to stir the interest of the participants and engage them in a variety of physical challenges that will catapult them into the next level. It may be tough for some who would take the course but we will assure them that they can be prepared to take any physical challenges that they would want to engage in at the end of their training.

What would the modules look like?
The True North Fitness Bootcamp modules are tailored from the military fitness training manuals. As such, we at True North Training Camps have developed a “civilian-friendly” version of the physical exercises being used by the Philippine Army, the Air Force and the Navy to maintain and improve their fitness levels. From the regular Army dozen exercises to the more rigorous scuba and airborne exercises and even to the extreme, rangers and navy SEALs physical fitness regimen, participants will not get bored with the variety of physical training and exercises that they will undergo. Every session is different from the last. With highly-trained instructors to lead every session, each has their own unique way of delivering a highly effective outdoor workout. TNFB is a whole body workout designed to improve speed, agility, strength and stamina through team and individual exercises, circuits and other competitive physical challenges. Every aspect of the class is a challenge, but being in a group, you won’t find your motivation dulled by repetition. You’ll be doing something new with someone new every time, building a sense of camaraderie within the group. We guarantee that you will experience an enjoyable, effective workout through team challenges, paired exercises, and group activities.

How long is the module? (days/weeks)
Each module typically lasts for 10-20 sessions usually performed 3-4 times a week.

Each session lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours. These modules were programmed in such a way that every participant will get the full benefit of their physical fitness activity. Modules are programmed for basic, advance and extreme physical fitness activities. It is up to the fitness level of each participant which module they will fall under. We highly encourage those who are just starting with their fitness regimen to take it gradually starting with the basic and advancing to the more difficult and physically challenging modules.

We also offer free trial classes to give you the opportunity to experience for the first time what True North Fitness Bootcamp is all about. Just go to any of our venues, fill out a form and try our classes and experience how effective TNFB really is. Think of the difference it will make to your health, fitness and wellbeing when you come along to classes every week. In addition, we guarantee that you’ll have plenty of fun and make some new friends while you’re getting fitter and stronger.

How many participants per module per class? How many trainers per class?
The TNFB is tailored for an average of about 15-20 participants per instructor. This small group of participants per instructor ratio is designed so that you’ll never run the risk of doing an exercise wrong, nor will you be able to skip any parts of the class. In addition, the instructor can tailor the class to suit the ability and fitness levels of that group on that day making sure that everyone is suitably challenged and no-one gets left behind.

We can also combine the groups to form one class of about 150 maximum participants where one instructor will be demonstrating a particular exercise for a session, and the other instructors will be supervising and guiding the participants.

What’s a typical TNFB session like?
There is no ‘typical’ TNFB session. Each instructor is different and each session will be varied to stop both your mind and body from getting bored. It’s a whole body workout designed to improve your strength, stamina, speed, and agility in a fun and interesting way. We guarantee that some of the exercises we will do will be completely new to you. Sessions start with a warm up followed by at least 50-120 minutes of individual, pairs and team exercises and end with a cool down and stretching exercises.

Are all modules done in the early morning? Are there fitness sessions in the evening?
TN Fitness Bootcamp sessions are normally done in the early mornings but we are also conducting evening sessions on select venues to cater to those who want to participate after office hours.

What’s the composition of our fitness instructors?
TNFB instructors all have two things in common – a military background and fitness qualifications. They are either currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and they all have relevant military or personal training fitness qualifications. This simply means that our instructors are responsible, experienced and knowledgeable in the implementation of the modules. They are also effective in motivating and getting the best out of people.

How do the instructors qualify the level of fitness of participants?
To be able to make our classes effective and fun to our participants and allow them to exercise at their optimum, we usually divide the participants according to three main ability groups: red for beginners, blue for intermediates and green for advanced participants. If our venues allow bigger number of participants, we further sub-divide the groups so that everyone gets the most appropriate workout for their fitness level. This is done to make the fitness training suitable for everyone.

  • Red – is for people who currently do little or no exercise or are returning to fitness training after a break (i.e. following injury, illness or post natal).
  • Blue – is for those who have worked their way up from a Red bib or those who have a reasonable standard of fitness already. Intermediate classes are either a great way to challenge your speed, strength, agility and stamina and take your fitness to the next level.
  • Green – is not for the faint hearted. This is where we challenge the fittest participants to their maximum levels. This is for those who are now fit enough to be pushed to their limit and beyond.

Whichever group you join you’ll be guaranteed with an effective workout with people with a similar level of fitness. Every week, you’ll work hard, you will be challenged and you’ll have fun and make progress that you’ll be able to see and feel.

How are the levels of fitness of participants determined?
At the end of every module we conduct physical assessment tests to determine the level of fitness of every participant and assess whether they have improved physically from taking the course. The TNFB Fitness Assessment is a series of exercises against the clock based on the Army Fitness Test, which we have adapted as a way of monitoring your progress whilst training with TNFB. In addition, we also administer other physical challenges to determine the level of fitness of every participant like taking the 5K, 10K, 15K fun runs and 21K half marathon; the 15K forced-march (with a 35–lb rucksack); the obstacle course and rope courses; and, The 5K Guerilla Race, a 5K cross-country marathon with 12 different obstacles that participants will negotiate from start to finish.

We recommend that you take your Physical Fitness Assessment every three months or after every module so that you can monitor your fitness level as there is no point in doing any fitness training if it is not quantified.

Do I need to be super-fit to join the bootcamp?
Not required – but you need to be committed to improving your level of fitness with a good workout. Don’t worry if you lack the motivation – we’re here to help you get fit. We cater to all levels of fitness by dividing the class into ability groups, red for beginner, blue for intermediate and green for advanced.

Do I need to check with a Doctor before I attending a class?
You should complete and sign our health questionnaire (it’s part of the free trial class registration process) and hand it to your instructor before you start your first class.

Women who are pregnant should check with their doctors before starting any class. In addition, we require our participants to fill out and sign our waiver form that they are fit to undergo strenuous activities as required by the bootcamp.

What should I wear? Do I need any special equipment?
A decent pair of outdoor running shoes is all you need. Fashion trainers are not advisable as they offer little support or grip and you may run the risk of injury if you wear them to a session. Other than that, an old t-shirt on top and shorts, tracksuit bottoms or running leggings are ideal. Some exercises involve getting down on the ground so be prepared to get a little bit dirty – it’s part of the fun! We may not be able to guarantee the weather but we can guarantee that you’ll be sweating by the end of each session so make sure you have something to put on after the session has finished.

If possible, please arrive in your attire as changing facilities in parks are limited – though we do try to position our session venues close to public conveniences.

Specialist equipment – apart from a good pair of running shoes, any equipment required for the exercises on sessions that will require a different set of physical challenges will be announced by the instructor so that each participant can prepare accordingly.

Where do I put my valuables?
For personal safety, please try to avoid bringing valuables to the classes but if you have to do so, you may put it inside your own vehicles or you may use the instructors’ or the TN Fitness vehicle to store your valuables/change of clothing etc.

Do I need to bring my own water?
You’re welcome to bring your own water and/or isotonic drinks for before or after the session. The instructors do carry plenty of water and there will be water breaks during the class. Please make sure you are hydrated before you arrive at the venues.

PHP 200 Race + 3 Sessions FREE Running Clinic = 1k @ Amway Fun Run 2014!


Apart from the chance to run a 1km, 5km or 8km race at the SM Mall of Asia on January 26 for only PHP 200, the 1k@ Amway Fun Run 2014, the details of which can be found HERE, also offer runners the very first FREE Running Clinic for the year 2014. 

Head on to the Bonifacio Global City, register for the free running clinic at the 1k@Amway Fun Run registration booth and participate at the clinic activities. The clinic schedules are:

  • January 11, 2014 at 6PM
  • January 18, 2014 at 6PM
  • January 24, 2014 at 6PM

Sessions will be under Coach John Lozada, bemedalled former Philippine National Team athlete and still the Philippine record-holder for the 800 meter dash.




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Experience a complete scientific running program and more! Beat the cut-off time in the race, run faster and injury-free.

Join the MILO R2 Apex Running Clinic Season 7. Session starts September 9 until November 30, 2013.

Sessions are held at :

  • Bonifacio Global City (Bonifacio High Street near 7th Avenue)
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm to 8:30pm; Saturdays 5:30am to 7:30am
  • Quezon City Memorial Circle
    • Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    • Sundays at 5:30am-7:30 am, UP Abelardo Hall
  • SM Mall of Asia by the Bay
    • Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Sundays at 5:30am-7:30am

Hurry! Limited slots only!

Registration Fee : 2,400 for 36 sessions

For more information go to Milo Apex Running School Facebook page or visit:
Or contact : Peachy Tamayo 0917-5836372 for onsite registration.


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RUNNR Store is launching a series of weekly group runs for beginners and advanced runners called the RUNNR CLUB! Read on for the details.

Group runs will start in starting running in these locations on:

  • Bonifacio High Street – 7pm Wednesdays (May 8 – June 26)
  • UP Diliman – 7am Sundays (May 12 – June 30)

To join:

  • Each venue is limited to 50 runners only to be divided into 2 groups: Basic group and Advanced group
  • The 2 groups will vary in pacing and rest intervals
  • Participant’s Commitment Fee: P300

Registered participants will get the following:

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  • Free running singlet
  • Free Hydration
  • Free running program for 8 weeks
  • One-time special discount 20% on any RUNNR branded items***
  • One-time special discount 15% on regular-priced Newton running shoes***

**By presenting event receipt

This event is presented by RUNNR and in cooperation with Bonifacio Global City, Gatorade and Newton Running. The RUNNR Club is powered by Toby’s Sports, Fuelbelt, Moving Comfort, Polar, Gu and CW-X.

For inquiries, contact RUNNR at 403-1787 or email them at

To catch the latest updates from RUNNR, add RUNNR on Facebook and Twitter thru http://www.facebook/RUNNRphils and or log on to

FREE TRAIL Running Clinic at Filinvest City – May 11

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Hello folks! We are so used to running clinics being held in various locations by different running groups and/or coaches. But these are all more often than not meant to teach everyone how to run on the road and seldom is it customized to teach everyone the basics of trail running.

Fret not, Filinvest City, as part of their Summer activities and as they boast about their newly expanded trails, is sponsoring a FREE Trail Running Clinic on Saturday, May 11.

For more details, check the above poster. 🙂

Start ‘Em Right The First Time: Running Training For Kids

Finally, somebody has thought of providing Running Training sessions meant for the kids. I always hear from my coaches (back then when I was a diligent running training student!) that it is always best to start with running training as young as one can be! And now at last, what was once a part of a tete-a-tete is now a reality!

If you are a parent who has a kid/kids who are interested to take up running as a sport or maybe is on a lookout for a summer activity that will have the kids busy, Coach Titus Salazar (Certified Level 4 IAAF Coach) will be holding running training for kids. I am predicting that this will be one fun and worthwhile summer course (and sooo affordable)!

Check the poster for details (first session starts on Monday, April 8).