I found Bodypump!!

Foreign Service LifeHealth/Beauty
July 10, 2009


I never thought it would be possible, but I managed to find a gym that has Bodypump classes in Manila (and it’s within walking distance of our place!)  A little background on Bodypump… it’s a fabulous weight routine where you do 10 tracks in one hour, each of which is coreographed to music.  Each track focuses on a different muscle – abs, chest, gluts, bicep, tricep, shoulder, etc.

In order to go to Bodypump, I first had to join a gym.  As usual, this was a bit of a process.  I went over at 7 AM on wednesday to check out the gym.  I got the usual tour and an overview of the rates, etc.  What I wasn’t expecting was that Filipino salespeople are a bit more aggressive than I’m used to.  I was planning to wait until next week to join, but my salesperson called me at 6:30 AM on both Thursday and Friday to inquire if I was coming in that day.  I decided that I did not want to be woken up at 6:30 again on Saturday and finally turned in my application on Friday.

SIDE NOTE: Apparently this pestering thing is a very common Filipino characteristic.  Saying that you’ll do something doesn’t actually mean you will.  For example, if a Filipino says they’re coming to your dinner party, you’re supposed to follow-up the day of to remind them/confirm that they really meant it.  This is all in an effort to “save face” and avoid saying no.  It’s better to say yes and then just not show apparently… I am not a fan of this cultural aspect yet.

And so now I’m a proud holder of a gym membership!  I did my first BodyPump class this morning with 30 Filipinos.  Where are all the other foreigners??  I swear I read that there was a large Expat community here.  How come I don’t seem to be coming across any of them??  Alas, I’m getting used to being the one that stands out.  Good thing I enjoy attention!  I suppose if I was really trying to blend in then I wouldn’t have walked in late, taken a place at the front of the room and promptly started belting out the lyrics…. I still have quite a bit of work to do around the blending thing!  All I can say is that it felt SOOO good to pick up this old favorite of mine.  Be sure and look for my toned muscles in upcoming swimsuit photos!

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  1. Liz says:

    What amazing good fortune, Sarah! You must be thrilled! And I absolutely love the visual of you coming in late, standing in front, and singing along- I can 100% picture the enthusiastic singing, and I’m sure you’ll make friends quickly in the class. Woohoo- pump it up, girl!

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