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Health & Wellness GYMS reviewed. We need a REAL Health Club here!

Discussion in 'Businesses - Services - Products' started by Wildlands1, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. Wildlands1

    Wildlands1 DI Member Showcase Reviewer

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    There's really only two gyms / fitness clubs in town worth the name, and both are substandard at best. Four C's (formally World Fitness) at Silliman Gate on Hibbings, and P&E, around back & upstairs, just across from Freedom Park / The Capitol, on the north hiway. The others in the city are airconless and/or unconsiderable, though there is a tiny nice but expensive gym at a Dauin resort, for those who can brave the commute. My categories are rated, 1 (awful) to 5 (great) stars *, as follows;

    Four C's P & E

    Location------------------------------- ***** **
    Size------------------------------------ * *
    Cleanliness--------------------------- * *
    Price----------------------------------- *** (1200/m) *** (1100/m)
    Staff Attitude/ Friendliness -------- ** *****
    Quality of Weights------------------- * *
    Equipment Spacing /Layout-------- * **
    Space for other activities------------ * * (abs, yoga, stretch)
    Air Con-------------------------------- *** ***
    Cardio Machines Quality/Maintained * *
    Dressing Rooms / Showers--------- ** **

    It's too bad that as of yet no wealthy local or foreigner has tried to open a REAL gym here with enough space and quality, well maintained stuff. We sorely need a proper one with real squat racks, a stairmaster, racquetball/squash, and all the other fun toys most fitness centers take for granted.
     
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  2. RPlongtymer

    RPlongtymer DI Junior Member

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    No kidding. In fact I know of only one health club in the entire Philippines that I would classify as a 'real health club'. And it's not in a major city.

    The criteria you are citing does not make a 'real health club'. A real health club has steam, sauna, jacuzzi, free and nautilus type weights and aerobics, massage, and so on.

    Once I proposed to a friend that we start such a club. He remarked that the foreigners here are too cheap to pay 40-$50 a month to join such a club. Maybe if they offered a cheap in house bar with go-go girls? I think he's probably correct. But I would pay that much for a real health club. I doubt you will see one anytime soon.

    It's too bad because labor here is cheap as are repairs to equipment, so why not? One reason is that it's a royal pain in the butt to start a business here and doubly more so as a foreigner with Filipino controls.
     
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    Dr. Shiva DI Senior Member Highly Rated Poster

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    I guess that it is quite difficult to import the necessary equipment like training machines, cardio machines, saunas and other training and wellness equipment. And then you need properly trained fitness trainers and teachers. For a health center it is also necessary to have someone trained in areas like food lore and nourishments. A good locality is necessary also. And I'm not sure in the Dumaguete area is big enough to bring enough customers to keep the center running.
     
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    So, what's the fitness center in " Dauin resort " like, and how much monthly?
     
  5. liquido

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    Remembering when I was a 1 month resident there in Duma..There was a gym located upstairs on the main road going to the airport from downtown..I believe it was located across the street from a government building with a sign saying "In god we trust".,college close by I believe also.I know this is vague but I remember the owner was a native body builder with pictures of him on the walls..Only a few treadmills but the equipment was decent..Place was barely ok,just wondering if it is still there?
     
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    The gym in Dauin is called Vida Fit. It is at the entrance to Pura Vida Resort. Spotless clean, state of art equip. Personal trainers if required. Lockers, hot showers etc.. Clean, Clean, Clean.. Air con that works......Open at 6am.. Great staff.. Several packages available price wise to fit all budgets.
     
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  7. Brendan

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    A real health club and a gym are two different animals and should not be compared.

    One is for individuals who think a 10 minutes walk on a treadmill and a leisurely swim in the pool followed by a steam or sauna is enough to warrant a large gin and tonic.

    The other is for those of us who take our health and fitness seriously.

    As for the so called two substandard gyms, really ? I have been to both and frequent one daily, these would both be considered good in the UK.
     
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    The gym you are talking about is called the P&E. That gym suits me fine. My membership as a senior (no senior card needed), is 800 pesos!
     
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  9. liquido

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    Yes thats it....A little run down like most things here in the RP...The price is right and the equipment is decent..
     
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    Soooo.....where do I sign up for this? Is the gin and tonic inclusive of the membership fee?
     
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