Tuesday I managed to check out Elorde Makati (Boxing gym) and had a couple rounds of pads, followed by boxing bag, speed bag (which I sucked balls at) then the floor to ceiling speed bag/ball (which I also sucked balls at but slightly less than the speed bag) a couple more rounds on pads, then skipping to finish off. I died After 1 round I could feel my energy was sapped.
Classes at Elorde cost P350 (Philippine peso) for around 1 hour, that’s just under AU$10. You get a trainer one-on-one and in between rounds they even give you a light shoulder massage and stretch your arms. Which, in that heat, felt awesome.
It was great to hit pads again, but I don’t feel like I clicked with the pad holder. It takes a while to get used to holding pads and hitting pads with someone new and I also felt a little flat footed and off balance at times. Maybe if we had done more sessions we would of worked better, but he did an ok job holding pads.
The only thing I would complain about is that during all the other rounds on the boxing bag, speed bag etc. my trainer didn’t say anything to me and just let me do whatever for the rounds. Maybe they figured since I’ve done some training before it was ok, but hey if I’m paying for something I’d want a few tips here and there or at least give me certain combinations or techniques to work on.
Elorde Boxing Gym
Elorde (on the 3rd floor) building next to Jollibee on Makati Avenue
Elorde at night from across the road
Either way, I died in the ass and was tired as hell after. I’d like to blame it on the humidity or the 30-40min walk sapping my energy (would of been shorter if I didn’t get lost) BUT inevitably you get unfit on holidays. I can’t way to get back into training and get my fitness and strength back up.
But in the meantime I’m making the most of this holiday and all the Filipino food on offer I’ll make sure not to go too overboard.
After training at Elorde’s I had to leg it back to the hotel room before checkout at 12pm. I had about 30mins to get back and made it just a bit after. I didn’t want to get charged anything extra for being a couple mins late checking out. Filo’s can be dogy like that. But luckily these guys were cool.
Then we had to catch a bus back to San Pablo city which took over 2 good hours and a change from taxi to bus. Once on the aircon bus the ride wasn’t so bad. San Pablo itself is a small town more than a city. Not too much to do there and only spent a couple nights before boarding the bus back to Manila and catching a plane to Boracay island. Actually the plane lands at Caticlan airport which is on another island just across from Boracay by a 10 minute ferry ride and a “holy shit.. wtf” kind of landing on the airplane.
We’ve just settled into the room, had lunch and now taking a siesta. Still have yet to check out all the sites. But it will be a nice couple days here.