Brawlers’ Lab fitness gym at Valenzuela City is booming. It has recently occupied a bigger space on the third floor of the building along MacArthur Highway, while retaining its original location on the second floor. And, of all its fitness programs, the burgeoning attendance in its group sessions of Cage Fitness is its biggest proof. On evenings and right after the martial arts sessions on the mat, clients who have been eagerly awaiting their turn finish putting on their hand wraps. And, in a few minutes, they fill up the mat and start warming up with dummies/punching bags, one for each, and engage in a fun and intense 30-minute workout.
Exclusively offered here in the Philippines at Brawlers’ Lab, Cage Fitness is a complete workout program from the USA based on movements from mixed martial arts (MMA). Participants get to experience training like a fighter, and the good thing is they could adjust their workout according to each one’s fitness level, respectively.
One session is set to five rounds of five minutes each, with each round spent circuit-training in various movements, mostly with the unique Cage Fitness dummy which endures all the strikes, lifts, throws, etc. for the client’s fitness ends.
The workout is patterned after a popular MMA rule set for a championship match. Clients, women and men alike, who finished their session said they felt like champions who have just emerged triumphant from a grueling title fight. When they first learned that two-time UFC champion and Hall of Fame inductee Matt Hughes is the main endorser of Cage Fitness, their decision to get fit via this workout program was further reinforced. Another popular former UFC fighter and title challenger, Chael Sonnen, has come aboard in promoting Cage Fitness.
According to the Cage Fitness official website, the sport “is a complete workout program that is designed to cater to people at all levels of fitness. There are four key elements that are focused on: endurance, strength, power and core. This is accomplished through our 5 round fitness system which is broken up into the following categories: Warm Up, Upper Body, Lower Body, Combo Round and Cool Down/Core.” Individuals can customize their workout by adjusting their intensity level to best suit their personal fitness goals.”
Coach Gabay Forlales — Brawlers’ Lab co-proprietor and pioneering Cage Fitness instructor in the Philippines (along with wife Miriam) — showed this writer successful before-and-after fitness photos of their regular clients. Forlales also shared that they would be holding events like the Cage Fitness marathon and Cage Fitness for grapplers this summer of 2016. One of Forlales’ kickboxing students, actress Glaiza de Castro, also trains in Cage Fitness at Brawlers’ Lab during her spare time.
To know more about Cage Fitness, check out Brawler’s Lab official Facebook page.