Learning to overcome obstacles at a pretty active training facility

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PEOPLE WHO want to achieve their fitness goals beyond logging time in typical gym work may want to check out Pretty Huge Obstacles (PHO).

Touted as Asia’s largest indoor obstacle course training facility, PHO boasts of a huge number of physical obstacles designed to toughen up one not only physically but also mentally in a fun and collaborative way.

Located at the second floor of the Civic Center at SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, PHO’s obstacles, the people behind the facility said, are configurable into over 100 flexible combinations, ensuring a “pretty awesome workout.”

The facility has adult and kid obstacle zones, a 100-meter elevated indoor race track, five-star level changing rooms, and a health food lounge.

Among the obstacles inside are quintuple angle steps, monkey bars, a five-foot wall, a balance beam, small wheels, a nine-foot wall, island hops, gymnast rings, a weaver, a cliffhanger, a Tarzan swing, and a wave wall.

PHO also offer three types of functional group classes that are handled by certified and highly capable instructors who work to motivate members to go beyond their limits and reach their potential.




There are classes that are suited for someone who is looking for yoga classes, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and pilates, while functional training classes work best for mobility.

And for those who are training for their next obstacle course race, obstacle course training classes will unleash the champion in them.

PHO also has an adjunct facility called Physio-PHOrtress which provides outcome-based health programs for obstacle course racers through sports-specific individualized assessment and intervention.

As a testament to its top-class offering, PHO was recently designated by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) as the official cross-training venue for the country’s national athletes.

The Philippine obstacle course racing team, which is set to see action at the Southeast Asian Games here in November, is also to train at PHO.

“When we started conceptualizing this we wanted to bring together families and friends [for a fun and effective fitness journey] and we are confident that the concept will do well here in the Philippines,” said Ritsuo Arao, chief operating officer of PHO, during the media launch of the facility on Feb. 1, speaking of the concept behind PHO.

“As this comes together we’ve realized the seriousness of this and it has become more and more important for us as went about setting it up. So we are honored to be in this position and we are not going to let the people down and we believe we can deliver the right thing here,” Charz Kelso, PHO chief strategic officer, said.

PHO is currently on soft opening for early members and those who want to see for themselves what it is all about. It is targeting to officially open on March 1.

For membership, training programs, and race event inquiries, contact info@prettyhugeobstacles.com. For the latest updates on the facility, meanwhile, visit PHO’s Facebook and Instagram pages at @prettyhugeobstacles.

PHO is also set to launch a mobile app where members and non-members can check out what it offers and updates. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo

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