I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve spent a long time wondering how to continue my commitment to Luxe Wellbeing after deciding to make some changes in my life. I have the travel bug and I always have. After some rather swift decision making I bought a one way ticket to Manila in the Philippines with very little research or plans about what I was going to be doing or where I was even going. It was extremely exciting to say the least.
At some point I ended up on the island of Boracay a crazy place bursting with tourists and travellers from all over the world. It was hectic, full on but beautiful and easy to find moments of peace if you searched for them. I fell a little bit in love with the chaos of it all. I seemed to constantly meet people with similar interests in health and fitness and aspiring to stay looking and feeling good while exploring the world.
I decided to make Boracay my base because I wanted to be able to continue to train in one place which is hard to do if you are continually island hopping. I joined a gym in a local hotel after being inspired by the lovely Laalie from Greenland who became a wonderful friend from the day I met her. She also happened to be a PT too.
However, I also met another group of people who were training and staying at an MMA gym over in Diniwid called Legacy and they had invited me along to try out training session. Initially, I wasn’t sure. I knew of MMA as being quite violent and mainly for men, I wondered if any women would even be there. “I’m a lover not a fighter” was another thought running through my mind. As a complete pacifist who has never thrown a punch in her life and has never even witnessed a fight, I had absolutely no idea what to expect.
However I rolled up, I got involved in a boxing class and although admittedly I felt self conscious at first (it’s certainly not Pilates) by the end of it my heart was pumping, the blood was racing around my body and I felt euphoric! It challenged me and took me out of my comfort zone and I loved every second of it.
I continued to train on and off at Legacy for the rest of my time on the island, in between using my regular gym near White Beach. The experience has inspired me to base the rest of my travels around finding similar gyms to this where they provide accomodation and training daily on site. It seems to be the perfect solution for keeping up with my fitness while exploring Asia and a way to keep this blog updated.
I’ll fill you in on more detail about Legacy Gym next time….