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Fitness Fads And How Much They Cost

Nowadays, especially for the younger generation, fitness is more of a necessity than a routine to feed one’s vanity. While not everyone is doing it, a majority of the young professionals are considering it.

Fitness is what many Filipino millennials are crazy about, next to selfies.  According to a study conducted by Herbalife in 2016, 7 out of 10 Filipino young professionals want an active lifestyle.

More Filipinos, especially the younger population are becoming more and more conscious about their health.

While most fitness fads today weren’t exactly born in the Philippines, their growing popularity also impacts consumer spending habits and businesses are rushing in to cater to this expanding market segment.

So whether your idea of fitness is posting a gym selfie or challenging yourself with a hardcore parkour workout, the following exercise trends have proven to be more than just fads.

Most common fitness fads today

Many fitness fads have come and go, but there are some fads that stood the test of time and are probably here to stay because they actually work. Pretty much like how aerobics was a thing in the 80’s, the following fitness exercises have gained a lot of traction in recent years and become a regular offering by many fitness establishments. Some establishments are even dedicated solely to some of these fitness exercise fads.

HIIT Workouts

HIIT short for high-intensity interval training. It’s a fitness routine or training that will require you to exert an all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise,  which is often followed by short but (sometimes) active recovery periods.

Recommended for

People who want to burn fats in a short period of time without resorting to drastic weight loss regimens.


Perhaps this is among the most popular and an overrated fitness programs in the country today.  It’s enjoyed by people from all demographics, but it’s greatly associated with the older women population.

Zumba is basically a workout routine that combines dance moves with (primarily) Latin and dance music from a different genre.  A routine in Zumba incorporates interval training, where the dance routines alternate from fast and slow rhythms.

“Ditch the Workout, Join the Party,” is the popular tagline of Zumba. This is because you don’t need to be a great dancer to enjoy its exercise routines. Also, it emphasizes having a good time to the beat of some catchy dance music.

Recommended for

While this workout may seem like it’s targeted towards a more mature audience, it is actually suitable for everyone who wants to burn calories and do strength training without. In fact, there are even Zumba classes for kids.

Boot Camps

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Generally, it includes a fairly intense mix of strength training and aerobic elements. One boot camp workout might stress calisthenics while another stresses military-style drills.

In most cases, you can expect to do calisthenics, such as pull-ups, pushups, lunges, and crunches, as well as drills and sprints. In essence, a boot camp workout is a type of interval training — bursts of intense activity alternated with intervals of lighter activity.

Recommended for

Fitness boot camps often appeal to individuals looking for a more intense workout. Boot camp exercises usually involve ballistic, rapid movements that can be too challenging to those who aren’t already in shape. But if you have a strong foundation of strength and aerobic training, you’re probably ready for boot camp.

Barre Workouts

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A ballet-inspired workout. This activity incorporates ballet barre and some plies and pirouettes into the workout routine. Essentially, barre classes mix elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training, and the moves are choreographed to motivating music.

Recommended for

Barre classes attract people who want to develop the lean muscle tone of a ballerina. This figure will basically improve strength, posture, balance, endurance, flexibility, and muscle definition. Weight loss is just a bonus! Regardless of gender, this workout is a fun and effective way to tone up those muscles and stay in shape in a unique way.


Yoga includes physical exercise, but it’s also about life balance. Training your mind, body, and breath — as well as connecting with your spirituality — are the main goals of the yoga lifestyle.

Yoga has tons of benefits. It can improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. In addition, many people who practice yoga say that it reduces anxiety and stress, improves mental clarity, and even helps them sleep better.

Recommended for

A workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight.


A type of training that will make you stronger, fitter, tougher, more toned and build muscle across a wide range of different exercises. It uses varying degrees of intensity and timing in order to test your body in different ways. It uses functional full body exercises from weightlifting and gymnastics, alongside running, swimming and many other disciplines.

Recommended for

Crossfit is perfect for individuals who love a challenge, get bored with traditional routines, and enjoy learning new skills and want to look good. It’s basically for people who want to feel great and take pride in achieving hardcore exercises.


This is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate mixed with boxing. It is a form of martial arts derived from Karate which is practiced for self-defense, general fitness, or as a contact sport.

Although the name implies kicking as a priority, this type of martial art uses both hands and feet as points of contact. Kicks and punches are both used during kickboxing. Unlike Muay Thai, elbows and knees are generally not used, and the points of contact are limited to the hands and feet.

Recommended for

This is for people looking to increase their strength, confidence, coordination, or those who just want to take on their aggression out on a pillow or couch cushion.

Pole Dancing

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Pole dance combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole. This performance art form takes place not only in gentleman’s clubs as erotic dance, but has also recently gained popularity as a mainstream form of fitness, practiced by many enthusiasts in gyms and in dedicated dance studios.

Pole dance is regarded as a form of exercise which can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. Recognized schools and qualifications are now commonplace.

Recommended for

While this may generally be seen as a women’s sport, pole provides amazing opportunities for strength training in a full body workout. Plus, it complements many other forms of dance, including breakdance and street dance, which many men participate in.


How much will it cost?

While many of these workouts can be done at home with minimal to no equipment at all, access to the right equipment and support group can make your fitness goals easier to achieve.  

There’s an abundance of fitness establishments nowadays, but not all of them offer the same fitness program. Pricing can also vary depending on how often you want to work out, the fitness program, and the establishment.

Memberships aren’t exactly cheap, but you can save money by enrolling in one that could be maximized with your schedule. It would be a waste to enroll in a monthly membership if you can’t attend classes on a regular basis.

To help you decide, here are some of the most popular fitness establishments in the country and a quick rundown of their membership/ per class cost.

Anytime Fitness

12 Months18 Months18 months
Joining Fee₱1,000₱1,000₱1,000
Key Fob Fee₱2,500₱2,500₱2,500
Monthly Due ₱2,700₱2,500₱2,300
Total Initial Payment upon joining ₱6,200₱6,000₱5,800
The fitness programs that they offer
  • Metafit
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Bootcamp
  • Kickboxing

For a more comprehensive breakdown of their fees and services, visit

Fitness First

Passport membership: access to the 8 Premium/Standard Clubs
5 Months12 Months18 Months
Joining Fee₱3,000₱2,000₱2,000
Admin Fee₱1,500₱1,500₱1,500
BodyFirst (optional)₱2,600₱2,600₱2,600
Monthly Due₱3,390₱3,080₱2,980
Total Initial Payment (with BodyFirst)₱10,490₱9,180₱9,080
Total Initial Payment (without BodyFirst) ₱7,890₱6,580₱6,480
The fitness programs that they offer
  • Yoga
  • Belly dancing
  • Body combat
  • Body pump
  • Zumba
  • Pole Dancing
  • Hip Hop
  • Spartan Workout

For a more comprehensive breakdown of their fees and services, visit

Gold’s Gym

MonthsVisitsFree PT sessions at home branchPrice
12 months96 visits to home branch + 12 visits each to other branches3₱16,500
12 months144 visits to home branch + 12 visits each to other branches3₱18,500
1 monthUnlimited to home branch0₱3,800
3 monthsUnlimited to home branch3₱8,400
6 monthsUnlimited to home branch3₱16,500
12 monthsUnlimited to home branch + 12 visits each to other branches3₱28,000

Heads up!
Can only be paid on installment with a credit card

The fitness programs that they offer
  • Street dance
  • Zumba
  • Retrofit
  • Gurlesque
  • Pop hits
  • Sexy Hip Hop
  • Boot Camp
  • Definitions
  • Belly Dance
  • Hi-lo Energy
  • Smooves
  • Step
  • Zumba Step
  • Cardio Martial Arts
  • Core
  • Piloxing Knockout
  • Piloxing
  • Les Milss Body Jam
  • Pilates
  • Spinning
  • Vinyasa Yoga

For a more comprehensive breakdown of their fees and services, visit

Citi Simplicity+ Card

Citi Simplicity+ Card

No annual fee for LIFE!

Get 10% back on interest charges if you pay at least the minimum due.

Crossfit Manila

Number of sessionsRate
3 sessions within 7 days₱1,200
10 sessions within 30 days₱3,750
1 month (unlimited)₱4,750
3 months (unlimited)₱12,750 (can be paid on installment)
1 year (unlimited)₱42,000 (can be paid on installment)
One time registraton fee of 500 is included.


  • Access to one branch only
  • Access to work out of the day
The fitness programs that they offer
  • Crossfit

For a more comprehensive breakdown of their fees and services, visit

Barre 3

Annual₱50,000 1-year membership
15,000 worth of The Spa Wellness Gift Checks
2 FREE BARRE3 1-CLASS coupon
1 FREE 1-UDF coupon of Skin Dermatology and Laser Center
Semi-Annual₱30,000 6 months membership
8,000 worth of The Spa Wellness Gift Checks
2 FREE BARRE3 1-CLASS coupon
1 FREE 1-UDF coupon of Skin Dermatology and Laser Center
Quarterly₱14,000 3 months membership
3,000 worth of The Spa Wellness Gift Cards

The fitness programs that they offer

This establishment exclusively offers Barre workouts for all levels. All of their classes are open-level and it is based on the traditional barre3 class format.  First-timers and regulars follow a vigorous pace moving through a sequence of posture designed to shape and lift the entire body.

For a more comprehensive breakdown of their fees and services, visit

While fitness fads may come and go, working out never goes out of style. So, having an idea of how much your next fitness adventure will set you back is a good starting point.

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