Davao City is on its way to being a full-fledged cosmopolitan city. One of its very telling indicators are the lifestyle hubs around the city featuring fitness centers, spas, hobby and specialty shops. More and more Davaoenos are taking the extra effort to be fit and healthy. The city has also been hit by the running bug as seen by the races held almost every other weekend. For exercise to be part of the lifestyle, there are several gyms and fitness facilities that may suit different fancies.
The Matina South Health Studio
In the South, there is the Matina South Health Studio located within Centerpoint Plaza at the Matina Crossing. MSHS offers various cardio and weights classes from Monday to Saturday. There is a spacious and ventilated weights room with decent enough equipment; not the high-end branded kind but serves the purpose well anyway. Cardio machines are in an airconditioned room equipped with TVs to keep you entertained while on the treadmill, stationary bike, rowing machine, or strider. A boxing ring and trainer are also available for the members. Monthly fee is Php800.
For more information, contact The Matina South Health Studio at 2972708.
Holiday Spa Fitness Center at The MetroLifestyle Complex
In the center of the city, along Torres St., are two of the more popular gyms – The Holiday Spa Fitness Center and the MetroLifestyle Fitness Center. Holiday boasts of a full-fledged fitness facility complete with a running track, swimming pool, boxing ring, badminton courts, sauna and spa on top of the regulation weights and cardio rooms. Numerous aero classes in the morning and in the afternoon round out their offering. Monthly fee is Php 2000. MetroLifestyle is just a few hundred meters away from Holiday. It is in a Complex that features the Fitness Center, Bahia Spa & Wellness, Dermalife Facial and Slimming, Krua Thai Restaurant, and Bo’s Coffee Shop. Thus, hanging out after working out is an added plus. MetroLifestyle has the basic amenities of a relatively upscale fitness facility with a running track and jacuzzi. Monthly fee is P1200 exclusive of use of jacuzzi and towels. If one enrolls in 3, 6, or 12-month package, then one is entitled to the extras without an added fee.
For more information, contact them at 2286180-82.
Smashville Fitness Center
In the heart of Davao’s Chinatown is Smashville. Located at AGL Building, R. Magsaysay Ave., this fitness facility showcases eight badminton courts, hence the name. It has the same spacious and airy weights room as that of MSHS, ( MSHS and Smashville belong to one company.) and similar aero classes as well.
For more information, contact Smash Ville at 30559999.
On the northern part of the city is the recently opened Planet Infinity. Located at EastWest Centrum, Jomat Bldg, Km 6, Lanang, Planet Infinity is invading the Davao fitness scene as this is an upscale fitness brand from Manila. Equipped with the state-of-the-art machines, Planet Infinity gives one a sense of privilege that heightens the drive for health and fitness.
For more information on their rates, contact Planet Infinity at 2330770.
Fitness At The Corners of Davao
However, we may also choose to exercise outdoors for a more natural feel. The People’s Park is actually conducive to running and walking with a well-laid out path made more interesting by the scenery. Then there is also the Riverfront Corporate Center along the Diversion Highway but is more popularly referred to as Crocodile Park. One may safely go biking, running, or walking in the yet unoccupied tracts of land. It is thus that fitness can indeed be a lifestyle in Davao City.
Davao Fitness Facilities is written by Vida Valverde.