When the Philippines has Reyes Barbecue and Reyes Hair Cutters, there’s also Reyes Gym. It wouldn’t surprise me if I saw a Reyes Vulcanizing Shop, or Reyes Bulalo in some alley in the metro.
HOW TO GET THERE – the place is located at Domingo M. Guevara St, Mandaluyong. The gym is just a couple of blocks across California Garden Square condominium, right in front of Metrobank. You can take a tricycle if you’re coming from Boni MRT station. From Shaw MRT station, you have to walk towards Mercury Drug, along Domingo M. Guevara to find a tricycle or simply walk more or less 200 meters to get you warmed up! If all else fails, you can count on Waze.
Reyes gym is actually a fitness center where you have a basketball court, a weight lifting area and a boxing (and Muay Thai) gym, powered by Elorde Boxing, all in one facility. Don’t be surprised if you see too many teenage boys looking like Derrick Rose with headbands, they’re there to play ball not to spar with you.
If you’re bringing a car, you may not expect to find a parking space nearby as there are only about 3 cars that can fit in the space in front of the gym. You may try your luck driving to the back entrance and find parking there, although it’s usually for those playing basketball. But this wouldn’t discourage you from getting skinny fit now, would it?
All right let’s get down to business. What’s the first thing I look at when I arrive at any gym? There you go my man – SIZE. Now I find Reyes Gym (Elorde Boxing) to be a tight rectangular box which unfortunately doesn’t give you a lot of room to move around. Although basic warm-up routines can be done, it makes it quite difficult for students to do some of the more complex routines especially those involving cones and ropes.
BUT, they managed to have a medium-sized boxing ring which is pretty impressive considering the area of the floor. Half of the place is the weight lifting room (the entire gym is owned by the same owners of Elorde Boxing) which is why it looks and feels narrow.
Whether you feel like pumping iron or breaking someone’s nose (for self-defense), this is the place to be. (Separate fee applies.)
Before you sign up with them, please make sure you already have your own gear. Aside from obvious reasons (duh, hygiene!), they don’t have boxing gloves or hand wraps for rent. Regarding hydration, there are water and energy drinks that you can buy at the counter.
The equipment is kept in tidy condition all the time, you’ll see sanitation and alcohol sprays everywhere.
Need a fresh shower after a day of gruesome training? No problem. They have clean and fully functional shower rooms you can use.
If there’s a long queue (which rarely happens), feel free to sneak into the shower area designated for basketball folks (you didn’t hear it from me, okay?)
PRICE AND PROMOS
They have special 25% discount for students. This price is within the prevailing market price for most gyms that offer full-contact sports training. It’s actually hovering at the lower end of the range.
Sweet spot. Market price is around 150 – 300 per session.
Cheapest during weekends. Get 25% off with the advance 10 sessions.
Muay Thai: 250
Even sweeter. Grab 20% discount with the advance 10 sessions. It doesn’t follow our boxing fee + 100 rule. This one is a rare Pokemon.
Gym Use: 100 (150 for non-members)
This includes the use of the main weight lifting gym with full equipment.
*Tip: it’s a lot cheaper on weekends!
*Advance 10 sessions are good for 1 month
*Monthly Unlimited is worth every penny (or centavo)
When you arrive at the gym, the attendant will assign a coach to you. Around 8 instructors were there at the time. To my surprise, the trainer that she had for me wasn’t a total stranger. He’s from the same gym where I used to train; it was a sudden trip down memory lane. Needless to say, we had a long chit-chat before we got started.
This coach saw me break sweat and tears during the time I was preparing for a fight. Regardless, he still made me “work”. And work he made me do. I was welcomed with circuit training as a warm-up. He instructed me to do 3-6 exercises of 3 sets with little to no rest (oh my golly).
I also did a kettlebell exercise for 3 sets (work that butt off). Warm up is finished and he comes up to me with, “A student will come for you to spar lightly okay?”
Would you say no?
Tired as I was from the session, my trainer forced me to break another leg during the pad work. This was not just a regular boxing session where they make you throw senseless punches just so you can “get fit”. He made me throw crisp punches from various angles while moving from different directions.
He showed me how to strike the hook properly, told me to always face the opponent when throwing punches and to be in the proper stance at all times. It was textbook boxing.
Now, this student walks in and guess what? He’s also from the same gym where the coach and I used to train. It’s like (name of the gym) all over again!
You can pretty much guess what happened next. We did some catching up and certainly had fun while sparring. This isn’t the type of sparring where you try to take each other’s heads off by the way.
We sparred to see to it that our techniques were properly executed, so we can apply what we practice during training in the real world of fighting AKA “study spar”.
We then resumed the mitt work with my coach and it ended with me feeling like a total beginner to the sport (not to mention tired as hell). I have learned in this gym so much in that short period of time. It was there that I was reminded – this sport is a never ending learning process. It is noteworthy that the skills the coaches pass on to you come from years of hard work and professional fighting they experienced their whole life.
The day ended with me having -5% “battery charge” left. I lost track of time. I’d say the whole session took around to 2.5 hours. Badly battered but unbeaten, they offered me a quick massage (giggles).
Having been to this gym only once yet feeling like ‘home’ was a touching and memorable experience for me. The people there were not my friends, I wouldn’t consider them as acquaintances either.
I have never met most of the trainers there but as soon as you enter the gym they treat you as their own, their family. This could easily be one of the keystone foundations of an Elorde gym. Whether a newbie, amateur, professional, or a veteran, you are given an unconditional treatment as a student learning the sport.
During my training, I asked myself, “How in the world does this not-so-big of a gym pack so many students?” There were around 12-15 students (including myself) sharing that cute little space they had. I could almost smell that girl’s cologne while hitting the bags (it’s a flowery kind of scent). Well, the answer to that was given away 10 paragraphs ago.
You probably know by now how I’m very choosy with the gym size, right? Besides, the separation of the weight room and the boxing gym, is absolutely unnecessary in my opinion. But I’m not a business-savvy person now, am I?
It’s obvious in this experience that the quality of training that I received from Reyes Gym was simply phenomenal. And everyone has been all smiles until I left the place!
Bottom line, I am delighted to come back to this gym (already have) to learn some more “real” boxing. For more information, you can visit their facebook page here.
So there you go. I hope you enjoyed reading another one of my lengthy reviews. See you in my next one!
(This is a sponsored post.)