By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

SHARING the same philosophy of encouraging Filipinos to be more active and live a healthy lifestyle, Fitness First Philippines has partnered with Spartan Race Philippines to come up with a program that will test not only one’s physical fitness but the mental aspect of it as well.

Called the “Spartan SGX class,” the program is a 45-minute group class that people can try to get stronger, fitter, and faster.

The launch of the new training program, Fitness First said, is in conjunction with the first-ever Reebok Spartan Race in the country on Sept. 16.

As Spartan’s official fitness partner, Fitness First exclusively offers this group workout across all its branches for its members. Registered racers also get to experience the Spartan SGX class through a one-day free trial by simply showing their race confirmation e-mail at the club reception.

Partnering with Spartan Philippines is part of Fitness First’s effort to showcase its diversity and how its top-end facilities support different fitness journeys.

In the Spartan SGX class, to be handled by highly trained coaches, members will undergo training anchored on seven key areas, namely stamina, power, athleticism, regeneration, tenacity, attitude, and nutrition.

The routines that will be done in each class essentially mimic the types of movements that a Spartan racer does during races, which are exercises that make the body move the way it is meant to and keep the mind active, too.

Each workout will make participants crawl climb, hang, jump, lift, lunge, push, pull, run, sprint, and squat throughout the 45-minute class.

“We’re highly excited to be part of the Spartan Race as its fitness partner. Through the Spartan SGX classes, we get to help the racers and our members to be at their best and finish strong. It also showcases how much fitness training has evolved in our clubs, too. This is a part of our commitment to our members, to constantly innovate to help them go further in their fitness journey,” said Mark Ellis, Fitness First’s country manager, during the media launch for the Spartan SGX class last week at Fitness First Premium in Greenhills in San Juan City.

For Michael Reyes of Spartan Race Philippines, whose group will stage the Reebok Spartan Race in September, the launch of Fitness First’s latest program is a good complement to what they are doing as well as for fitness in general.

“Spartan is more than a race, it is a lifestyle. With the Spartan SGX program at Fitness First, you can be a Spartan every day. We are incredibly excited to be working with Fitness First in developing this program. Our quest is to rip people off the couch and promote optimized fitness and health. With Spartan SGX, no challenge is too big and their potential is limitless,” said Mr. Reyes at the launch.

Classes will be available on different days and various times each week and are free for all members. Coaching sessions on race preparation and nutrition will also be conducted.

Fitness First is also organizing outdoor community Spartan SGX Workouts which are open to the public on Sept. 2 at Westgate, Alabang, and Sept. 9 at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. More Spartan SGX Community Workouts will be announced soon.

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