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By Michelle Anne P. Soliman

Fitness event
FitCon MNL|5
May 18 to 20
Green Sun Hotel,
Chino Roces Ave. Ext.,
Makati City

HEALTH AND FITNESS programs, sessions on the new physical exercises, and workshops on fitness entrepreneurship come together in the rebranded FitCon MNL|5 this weekend at Green Sun, Makati City.

The fitness event organized by Dynamic Duo — founded by Rica Rodriguez and Divine Masinsin — returns for its second year with new activities for athletes, coaches, instructors, and fitness enthusiasts.

Over 60 workshops and 28 master classes facilitated by 15 experts from around the globe will be held during the three-day event. The activities include sessions on nutrition, sport science, the business of personal training, physique transformation, cooking healthy, more efficient workouts and sports practices, and workout programs for special populations. Three keynote speakers — Philippine fitness icon Vivian Zapanta, author and diet coach to the stars Nadine Tengco, and Glenn Ang, founder/director of RAW Active Singapore — will conduct workshops.

An expo hall will also be open to the public for the first time. It will highlight the latest trends in the industry. The hall’s activity center will showcase hourly master classes on bodyART, bosu, kamagon, piloxing, stott pilates, surge, TriggerPoint foam rolling, yoga, and Zumba. Participants may opt to attend on all days, specific days, or specific classes or workshops.

With over a decade of experience in the fitness industry of the United Arab Emirates, Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Masinsin aim to share their knowledge with their countrymen. “We’ve been to fitness conventions around the world and they’ve always taught us so much for us to use in our careers,” Ms. Rodriguez was quoted as saying in a press release. “We wanted to bring the same to the Philippines and see the local fitness industry become globally competitive,” she said.

“Every year, there’s a new exercise or a breakthrough in sports science. Constantly learning and upskilling is necessary for anyone in the industry if you don’t want to get left behind,” Ms. Masinsin said in the press release.

There are many misconceptions about health and fitness. “People think they need to look good before they can be fit. That’s a big misconception. When we say fit, we want you to be fit for you,” Ms. Rodriguez said during a press conference at Kerry Sports Manila in Shangri-La The Fort, Taguig. Ms. Masinsin added that it is wrong to think that one has to “die in the gym” to keep fit. “The reason why you’re working out is because you want to live outside,” she said.

Ms. Rodriguez noted that not only diet and weight loss but also cardiovascular fitness and methods for living better that should be considered when it comes to fitness. She said that the main idea behind FitCon MNL|5 is to help participants learn how to take care of themselves, how to live properly, learn about nutrition and discover which routines and workouts are effective for each individual.

This year, FitCon MNL|5 will be held in partnership with TV5 in spreading awareness of the local fitness industry as well as educating the public about health and wellness. “Even if the event is only once a year, we are trying to get as much information as possible so that we can disperse it to the members of the communities in the Philippines that are affiliated or want to get into sports and fitness,” ESPN 5 anchor Amanda Fernandez said at the press conference.

For more information on schedules, workshops or for other inquiries, visit www.fitconmnl.com, e-mail info@dynamicduoinc.com or leave a message on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/FitConMNL/.