One month to go until “The Mercenary” AJ Matthews’ return to the Bellator 181 cage!

It’s a little over one month before Fil-American AJ ‘The Mercenary’ Matthews is set for action as part of Bellator 181 fight line-up this July. 

One of the up-and-coming international fighters, Matthews has been preparing hard for his next fight which is set to happen on the 14th of July at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. He has been seen devoting most of his waking hours into training and building relationships with his fellow Filipino Fighters both local and international.

The role of Matthews as professional striking coach of ONE Championship heavyweight champion Brandon Vera and several other UFC champions have also helped him in his preparation for his fight.

Matthews fight records include impressive victories such as a first-round technical knockout over Kyle Bolt at Bellator 131 in 2014, and a knockout win over Charlie Rader at Bellator 70 in 2012.

The 29-year-old has also been a pride of his fellow Filipino fighters as he has recently based himself now in Philippines with his team MMA Alliance. Matthews, whose mother traces her roots in Tacloban, has been embraced by his Filipino fans with open arms with his humility and charm.

Matthews recently appeared in the Test of Will Challenge and the National Test of Will Finals in the Philippines. During the event that was participated in by several athletes and celebrities, Matthews and ONE Championship fighter Mark Striegl competed against each other to test their abilities.

Aj Matthews fight will be against Andre Fialho under the welterweight division. 

University of Cebu is Under Armour 3×3 Champion!

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The very first Under Armour 3×3 competition in the Philippines is now dusted and settled with the University of Cebu emerging as the Champion of the tournament.

The Cebuano team, showing skills and determination, beat the Manila-based team Bounty A, 21-20, in the championship game of the Under Armour Under-18 3×3 Southeast Asia Philippines finals at the Titan Love Court, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.

UC’s Jone Bryl Cuyos, Allen Pelegrino, John Bautista, and Virlou Orquez overcame the Bounty A team of Rhayyan Amsali, Harvey Pagsanjan, Winderlich Coyoca, and Russel Bagauisan in the finals to gain a chance at securing a slot in the Philippine team for the FIBA Asia U18 3×3 Championship in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

The second runner-up honors went to Bounty B, a team composed of Ernest John Felicida, Michael Malonzo, Andrew Velasco, and Alex Visser, while the third runner-up went to Escuela de Sophia of Neil Joshua Moralejo, Earl Zymon Yu, Adrian James de Jesus, and Marvin Reforsado.

During the same weekend, Under Armour also held the Manila leg of the 3×3 event in which Bounty B team of Felicida, Malonzo, Velasco, and Visser winning the title over Bounty A of Amsali, Pagsanjan, Coyoca, and Bagauisan.

The Bounty B team is composed of players from National University and Ateneo de Cebu as they took home the Manila leg of the competition.

The Manila leg second runner-up honors went to Escuela de Sophia where the team of Moralejo, Yu, De Jesus, and Reforsado also putting on a respectable showing.

Cheers to the Under Armour Test of Will 2017 Philippines Winners!

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Over 200 athletes and enthusiasts showed up at the Glorietta Activity Center on the last weekend of March for the Philippine leg of Under Armour’s Test of Will 2017. From these amazing turn-out, three pairs of men and women came out on top with the Top 1 Male and Female winners – Raje Fama and Joyce Reboton, respectively, earning the coveted slot of representing the Philippines in the Under Armour Test of Will 2017 regional finals which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 6, 2017.

The competition offered athletes the chance to compete in a simple 4-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw where everyone was scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. 

A total score of 150 for Raje and Joyce’s 126 during the national heats was enough for them to land on the top spot despite fierce competition from the other participants. The pair will see action in Kuala Lumpur for a chance to become the UA Test of Will overall regional champions, a feat also being targetted by representatives from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei.

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00, winners will also get free head-to- toe gear and special discounts.

Here’s wishing Raje and Joyce the best of luck! Make the Philippines proud!

Philippine National Heats top winners’ results:

Series of Under Armour Circuit Challenges Held!

Under Armour, in preparation and as a fitting preview to the upcoming UA Test of Will National Heats, held two consecutive Circuit Challenge events recently. The first one was held at the Robinson’s Magnolia and the second one at the Greenbelt in Ayala Center.

Special hosts and guests for these events were UA Ambassadors and coaches Kat Garcia and AJ Matthews who is most popularly known as a Bellator MMA athlete and coach. UA Ambassador Elle Adda also graced the Greenbelt event and even did the challenge with AJ Mattews.

Check out the video and photos below plus the official presser for more details.

Meanwhile, see you all at the UA Test of Will National Heats on March 25-16 at the Glorietta Activity Center. Registration is still on-going for those who want to join!

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PART TWO OF UA CIRCUIT CHALLENGE HELD LAST MARCH 4
PARTICIPANTS GET SET FOR UA TEST OF WILL SET TO TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 25 & 26

The UA Circuit Challenge was held last weekend at Greenbelt 3, and was part of a two-part event which served as a preliminary event to help prepare the participants of the regional fitness challenge UA ‘Test of Will’.

Under Armour athlete Elle Adda hosted the event, along with Bellator fighter AJ Matthews and Celebrity trainer Mama Kat. Elle is a French-Filipino tri-athlete, fitness expert , model and an international performing artist. Hosts all wore the latest Threadborne line of Under Armour.

One of the highlights of the event was the on-the-spot challenge that the crowd requested between fighter AJ Matthews and Elle Ada. In said challenge, Matthews and Ada also competed over a round of ball slams, squat, ball rock and roll-ups, press and burpees. Matthews won with a 1-second margin over Ada. Fighter AJ Matthews also showed some self-defense techniques.

Winners of the UA Circuit Challenge event for this leg were Edwin Lobelia (1:47),Ted Waikin (1:56), Jayson Ang (1:57), Jona Constantino (1:53), Marianne Roulade (1:54) and Ericka Mesia (2:00).

The UA Circuit Challenge sets the stage for the much awaited UA ‘Test of Will’ set to take place on March 25 & 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. It is on its second year and will be held in 6 countries, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines.

Participants in ‘Test of Will’, will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw. Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring man and woman of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals, happening in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017.

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00.

For more information on how to register for ‘Test of Will’, please visit: http://www.testofwill.com.

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Countdown starts now for Under Armour’s Test of Will 2017!

Let the countdown begin as the stage is set for the Philippine qualifier of the much-awaited second edition of Under Armour’s signature annual urban fitness challenge, Test of Will 2017!

Happening across Southeast Asia, the TOW 2017 Philippine heats is set to happen on March 25 and 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Center, Makati. The male and female winners of this challenge will earn the right to represent the Philippines in the Test of Will 2017 Regional Finals which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 6.

Registration is now on-going for those interested to take on the challenge. If you think you have what it takes, read the below official presser for the details!

See you in Glorietta!

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UNDER ARMOUR REGIONAL FITNESS CHALLENGE RETURNS

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Registration is now open for the Test of Will Philippines National Heats on March 25 & 26

The annual urban fitness challenge, Test of Will returns for its second edition on March 25 & 26 atGlorietta Activity Center in Makati City, Philippines. Organized by high performance sportswear label Under Armour, the event sets out to celebrate human performance through intense functional training challenges for the most determined athletes, goal-getters and fitness aspirants.

With the addition of Indonesia and Brunei this year, the regional fitness competition that also takes place in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines is expected to be more intense than the year before. Participants will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw.

Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring man and woman of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals, happening in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017.

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00.

“The Test of Will is for everyone and anyone with the determination and discipline to train and compete,” said Mr. Michael Binger, CEO of Triple Pte Ltd, exclusive distributor of Under Armour in Southeast Asia. “Last year, we witnessed champions crowned from the most unexpected individuals. The event epitomizes the might of the determined and the spirit of the underdogs, something which Under Armour stands for.”

Under Armour has also recently launched its latest apparel and footwear collections engineered with the Threadborne™ technology leading up to the national heats; to equip participants with the gear to train and compete at the highest level. The Threadborne™ Siro and Seamless collections are made from fabric that is light, breathable, anti-cling, quick-drying and provides a high-level of stretch and recovery.

“Under Armour took the ultra-durable yarns within paracords, and rebuilt them into apparel material that can withstand the rigors of intensive use,” said Binger. “The result is a next generation fabric that gives athletes an edge to perform better through enhanced comfort and durability.”

Overall male and female winners of the Test of Will 2016, Jet Ng and Zoe Pond-McPherson shared the following tips for this year’s challenges.

“When you feel good, you will perform better. So, train hard, eat well, get enough rest, and make sure you feel as comfortable as you can be on that day.” said Ng.

“You will be pitted against many other athletes who have trained hard for their goals. Your ability to focus on that day will be as important as your fitness level.” said Pond-McPherson.

The Test of Will 2017 Philippines National Heats is now open for registration. Simply log on to testfofwill.com to indicate your preferred date and time, no registration fee is required. Participants must be 21 years old and above, and must be a Philippine Citizen or Permanent Resident to qualify for the regional finals.

Participants are encouraged to study the training guide for specific movement standards and tips to maximise their performance. They can also sign up for Armour@TheFort, a series of free training events organized by Under Armour to prepare for the challenges ahead. For more information and details on the Armour@TheFort series, visit http://www.tripleready.com/events.

All Set – Under Armour’s 2nd Annual TEST OF WILL Event

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Are you ready for the test? Test of Will 2017, this year’s edition of the annual Asia-wide fitness challenge from Under Armour is all set! The Philippine edition, in fact, is already scheduled to be held on March 25-26 at the Glorietta Mall in Makati City.

This challenge,  which is said to celebrate human performance, functional fitness and training lifestyle, is open for free to those who are interested to join, provided that he or she is a 21 years old or older resident of the country where the Test of Will competition is being held.

This year’s edition comes from the heels of the highly-successful inaugural Test of Will event last year which saw participants push the outer limits of strength, endurance and determination as they tested themselves against their peers and the best athletes in Asia. This year’s challenge will bring to the fore new features such as the holding of various boot camps and “Armour@” fitness series.

For the Philippine challenge/heat, participants will be competing in a 4-minute challenge composed of 4 exercises of 60 seconds each. Points will then be scored for the number of repetitions completed within the time allotment.

At the end of the challenge, the top 3 highest scoring men and top 3 highest scoring women will be awarded the chance to represent the Philippines in the Test of Will FINALS which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This final competition will see contenders from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore vie for the honor of being the 2017 champions of the Under Armour Test of Will challenge.

Do you feel you can be Philippines deserving representative? Read more about the Test of Will on the below official presser. 

Cheers!

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Under Armour searches for new batch of Pinoy representatives for second-annual ‘Test of Will’

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Under Armour , the leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, equipment, and connected fitness platforms, will hold its second installment of the Southeast Asia-wide fitness challenge dubbed “Test of Will” this summer.

The inaugural Test of Will had a successful and promising turnout last year, with two Filipino athletes Zoe Pond-McPherson and Noelle Wenceslao emerging victorious in the exciting and heart-pumping competition.

In search of a new batch to don the Philippine colors on the thrilling Test of Will stage, Under Armour will hold a national heat at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City on the 25th and 26th of March 2017.

Pushing the outer limits of strength and endurance, will-driven Pinoys ( 21yrs old and above ) will have to compete in a four-minute intense course that requires them to complete 60 seconds of four exercises such as burpees, one-arm thrusters, TRX row and sandbag throw.

Top male and female will get the opportunity to represent the Philippines in the Test of Will final round, which is set to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this coming 6th of May.

Aside from the Philippines, countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia will also be hosting their own qualifiers.

A total of 12 competitors from the six aforementioned nations will go head-to-head inside the highly-touted structure, which contains different fitness zones with calisthenic exercises.

A cash prize of $2,500 and Under Armour gears await the overall winner of the second-annual Test of Will.

Registration for Test of Will 2017 is now open. Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter for updates as well as Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

Watch out also for the Armour@ the fort starting Feb 11 , Armour @ Greenbelt on March 4 and Armour @ Magnolia on Feb 25 for the pre-activations events we have in preparation of the said Regional challenge, Test of Will.

Under Armour kicks-off a packed and exciting 2017!

At the rate things are going, it seems like Under Armour has a full calendar line-up of activities this 2017! Testament to this is the “Armour @ The Fort” activity that was just held towards the end of January 2017.

Read on below to get updated on what has happened and expect for more events that will surely excite the fitness enthusiast in all of us! Cheers!

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Under Armour kicks off promising 2017 with ‘Armour @ The Fort’

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Under Armour, the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line in the world today, successfully held “Armour @ The Fort” on Saturday, January 28 at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater in Taguig City.

Armour @ The Fort had a two-part program that was filled with exciting activities for Under Amour fans and fitness enthusiasts alike.

On the first agenda of Armour Day, the affair kicked off with a morning run, which was conducted by the country’s renowned running coaches Titus Salazar and Dan Brown. It was followed by Unilab’s fitness and nutrition symposium. The company then made an official announcement of its joint venture with Under Armour to launch Run Limited Exceed 2017 later this year.

Catering to active lifestyle aficionados, the afternoon schedule had a full swing of activities that was attended by the who’s who of the sporting community like ultra marathoner Ferdie Capiling and the UP women’s football team.

An afternoon circuit training was led by Under Armour-affiliate trainer “Mama” Kat Geronimo, a renowned celebrity fitness coach who mentors notable film and television actresses such as Marian Rivera, Danica Sotto-Pingris, Melissa Ricks, Megan Young, Bettina Carlos, Anne Curtis and Jessy Mendiola.

To cap off the event, Under Armour unveiled some of its plans for 2017, including the launching of the “Armour @” series. The fitness apparel likewise formalized its partnership with Kerry Sports Manila as the state-of-the-art facility opens its door for the Test of Will 2017 participants.

Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter for more updates and announcements as well as Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.