RedCord for Runners

Thursday, 12 January 2012  |  Running + Triathlon

Last week, my good friend Mitch Felipe-Mendoza invited me to a free trial session for Redcord. I heard about Redcord early last year from my best running buddy, Annie, who raved about it being a hit in Singapore where she works as a Pilates instructor.

I dropped by the new b+b Studio in Infinity Tower conveniently located in Bonifacio Global City. Awesome studio with an amazing view of the city.

– Pilates equipment –

– Redcord area –

The only thing I knew about Redcord was that it’s a fusion of suspension training (think TRX) and Pilates. As a fan of TRX before and being a big believer in the benefits of Pilates especially for runners, I was very excited (and nervous) to give this a try.

During the session, I asked Mitch all about Redcord:

Redcord is a suspension training system that uses body weight as resistance and exercises multiple muscle groups and the nervous system to produce the most optimal neuromuscular challenge and experience.

– improves balance
– challenges coordination by syncing the nerves and muscles in multiplanes
– improves full body strength by optimizing muscle activation
– educates the athlete thru body awareness-proprioception
– increases flexibility
– improves stability thru core control

– This is me after my Redcord Session. Thanks to Mitch for the intro session –

For my first session, I was just familiarizing myself with the use of the cords. It wasn’t entirely new to me since I’ve used suspension training in the past, but there were certainly some exercises that I’ve never done before. We worked on both my arms and legs being extra careful with my foot which is still recovering from my marathons. It’s wonderful that there’s a wide variety of options for each exercise to make it easier or harder for each person.

While most of the exercises use body weight and tension to build strength, the reps still made it very tiring. I liked the fact that with each exercise, you could also feel a stretch in some muscles, something that all of us runners need. We also used the Bozu for balance and some hand weights for the upper body after the Redcord sessions.

Mitch took it easy on me for my trial session. She said the first session is always an assessment of a Client’s strengths and weaknesses. By the second session, the instructor can customize your program according to your needs. I’m definitely be back for more (and harder workouts…gulp!) in the coming weeks!

b+b studio
– 11th Fl., Infinity Tower, 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, +639178653878/+6324786691
– Gr. Fl., Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st St. corner 2nd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, +639178992639/+6328151009

1) Redcord Personal Training Session
2) Redcord Duo & Small Group Training
– Redcord Fitcore
– Redcord Full-body Conditioning
– Redcord Burn
– Redcord Athletic

Let’s Try CrossFit! Sign Up for a Free Trial Session with Us

Monday, 9 January 2012  |  Running + Triathlon

It’s the start of a new year and I’m in need of a change. I’ve been doing strength training exercises at the gym for 4 years now and my muscles (and mind) are aching for a new challenge. So, in the next few weeks, I’ll be searching for a new workout that I can sustain to complement my running.

Last week, I tried Red Cord with Mitch Felipe (I’ll write about it soon).  This coming Friday, I’ve scheduled a trial session with my friend Miggy Dy-Buncio who co-owns CrossFit Manila and is a certified CrossFit trainer himself. Oh, and he runs too!

According to CrossFit Manila’s website, the CrossFit program is “a combination of high intensity and constantly varied exercises, which means you’ll never repeat a workout. Exercises range from gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, track and field, kettlebell training and other sports. Most workouts resemble circuit training and are finished in less than 30 minutes.”

30 minutes?! How cool is that?

I asked Miggy to accommodate 10 more TBR readers to our CrossFit trial this week. Come and join us! It will be fun!

EVENT: Free CrossFit trial
DATE: Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
TIME: 12:30 to 1:00 PM
PLACE: CrossFit, Army Gymnasium, Bayani Road cor. Lawton Ave.

If you are interested, please comment below with these words: I WANT TO TRY CROSSFIT. First 10 readers will join me and my friends for a free trial session. Let’s do this!

For more info on CrossFit, click HERE to visit their website.

UPDATE: To the first 10 commenters below, see you on Friday!  To those who didn’t make it, so sorry! Hope you can try CrossFit anyway in the future.

1 Sherrie Torres
2 Toel
3 odie
4 Yas
5 Dex
6 Wilbert
7 Joseph
8 Rosalia Castro
9 Jo
10 Nina

Bull Circle 3: Full House with Coach Jim Saret & Sen. Pia Cayetano

Thursday, 15 December 2011  |  Running + Triathlon

Our TBR Dream Marathoners were treated to an evening of new learnings and fresh inspiration from our special guests last night at ROX, Bonifacio High Street.  No less than RP-Smart Gilas team and The Biggest Loser Coach, Jim Saret, and super athlete, mother, and Senator, Sen. Pia Cayetano, graced our 3rd Bull Session for TBR Dream Marathon 2012.

– Full house at ROX! –

Our talk started with TBR Dream Alumni Miriam Valero sharing her personal experience and practical tips on running TBR Dream Marathon.

– Miriam Valero shares her TBR Dream Marathon experience –

Coach Jim Saret’s informative and engaging talk focus on strength conditioning, core, and balance for our runners preparing for their 42k.

– Coach Jim addresses our runners –

He emphasized the importance of strengthening specifically the hamstrings, the source of power for a runner in each and every single step he takes.  (Nope, it’s not the quads like we all thought.)

Coach Jim asked our runners to perform simple tests to evaluate the imbalances in their bodies (oh boy!) and taught them specific exercises they could do at home to correct these imbalances and strengthen the muscles in both legs.

– There was a lot of wobbling, shaking, and nervous laughter in the house! –

– By partners! –

– Night of learning…and fun –


– The Biggest Loser’s Allan Choachuy was there too! Here he is partnering with my Big Brother! Yes, the guy on the left is my cigarette-smoking, beer-drinking Kuya who signed up for TBR Dream 2012 –

Sen. Pia Cayetano then shared a side of her that we don’t often see in the news nor read in the newspapers.  She candidly spoke about her own journey as an athlete dating back to the days as a varsity volleyball player leading up to her numerous marathons and triathlons in the present.

– Sen. Pia addresses our runners –

– Runners listening intently –

She spoke about how running changed her and helped her face many challenges in her life.  She also gave our future marathoners detailed tips on how to run their race, dealing with injury, and training.


Before leaving, Sen. Pia talked about her new memoir: My Daily Race and signed books of our runners.

– Sen. Pia signing her books –

I got myself a copy and I’ve read a couple of the stories in her collection.  It’s a great read that’s entertaining, thought-provoking, and completely inspiring.  Highly recommend this book! I purchased a couple as Christmas gifts already.

We capped the night with a whole lot of pictures with Sen. Pia and Coach Jim Saret gamely hanging out with our runners.

– GM of NUVALI, our event partner for TBR DM, Jun Bisnar, me, Sen. Pia Cayetano, Coach Jim’s lovely wife, Toni, and Coach Jim –

– with The Biggest Loser’s Allan Choachuy, TBR DM runners, and friends –

– with Jun, Coach Jim, and Miriam –

Running with Champion Triathlete Arland Macasieb

Tuesday, 13 December 2011  |  Running + Triathlon

The day before I left for San Francisco, I snuck in a run with Arland Macasieb at Ayala Alabang.

– Arland is the cover of TBR Magazine – Nov/Dec 2011. Get your free copies! –

For those of you who don’t know, Arland is the Philippine elite champion of the Ironman 70.3 2011 and a 12-time Ironman finisher. He qualified for Boston Marathon in 2011 with a time of 2:52.

Before our run, I asked Arland to take it easy on me.  I was still recovering from New York Marathon and was set to run California Int’l Marathonin a week’s time.  He obliged and nonchalantly replied that he just finished Ironman Arizona last November 20. He set a new Philippine IM record with a time of 9:44:30.  His marathon time at Ironman Arizona?  Oh, just 3 hours and 19 minutes for his 42km.  That’s right after the swim and bike, guys!

I thought I was the only one crazy for setting myself up for multiple races, but I learned that Arland was set to do Timex 226 Iron distance triathlon on December 3, just a day before my CIM.  So, he agreed to run easy with me around Alabang Country Club.  Of course, “easy” is relative; it was definitely easy for me, but it was probably a walk in the park for him.

– Quick lesson on form and technique from Arland –

After our brief run, he shared with me some techniques he practices in his runs and as a Newton brand ambassador.  Here are a few things I learned that day:

  • For proper form, pull up the knee and land on your midfoot.
  • Do not overstride. Your foot should not go beyond your shoulders.
  • Instead of focusing on your pace, focus on cadence.  Cadence is the number of steps you take per minute. Aim for 90.  Arland shared that, in a race, he checks his cadence and not his pace.  He advised me to change my window display on my Garmin.
  • To increase speed, your stride increases.  Your leg stretches backward, knee goes higher.  Again, do not overstride.
  • Use your core for power. Arms remain relaxed.
It was nice to finally spend some time to chat with Arland.  I did apply my new learnings at CIM, specifically being conscious about the power coming from my core, and boy did it make a huge difference in my run.  As for Arland, he went on to win the Timex 226 that weekend with a time of 10:18:57.  Congratulations Arland!
Click HERE to read more about Arland’s win at Timex 226.

Running in Central Park: Last Run before NYCM 2011

Saturday, 5 November 2011  |  Running + Triathlon

This morning, Rico, Angela, Anthony and I ran our last run before the New York City Marathon 2011 this Sunday.  We met at the corner of 59th and 5th, right by the Apple store (oh, this run was for you, Steve!) and made our way across to Central Park.

– with Rico and Angela doing all the touristy stuff before the run –

– with Rico –

Central Park is a great place to run in. To run on wide, paved rolling hills surrounded by trees and squirrels shuffling about in the heart of New York City is always a surreal experience for me. It was a great way to cap the end of the training period.


Today, the park was busy with preparations for race day. A lot of runners participating in Sunday’s race were running probably their last runs too just like us. Banners and scaffolds were up for the last few kilometers towards the finish. And, lucky for us, no less than Mary Witternberg, President of New York Road Runners was at the finish line introducing celebrity runners who would be running the marathon. We spotted Mario Lopez but I wasn’t familiar with the others. (Did you know Christy Turlington is running? So are Edward Norton and the Chilean Miner again! Click HERE)

– Celebrity runners for New York City Marathon 2011 –

– Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of New York Road Runners –

– As close as I could possibly get to Mario Lopez and his dimples hah! –

– Is this Ryan Sutter who married Trista on The Bachelorette? Yes, yes, I’m showbiiiiz –

We ran through some of the last few kilometers of the marathon course, through the finish line, and until, what I like to call, one of the longest walks of my life, a slow walk from the finish line to the exit out of Central Park after the race.

– Anthony and I at Mile 25. I wonder if we’ll look this fresh when we cross the same portion on race day –

– Anthony, Rico, and Angela –

– This is the road taking runners from the finish out to Central Park. It looks short now. But after running a 42km and the only thing you wanna do is to rest, this slow walk is a tough one. –

– Yes, we just had to have our pic taken here! –

After running 4k in such cold and windy weather, we found ourselves at one of the best pizza places in New York City: Patsy’s Pizzeria.  I read about this in a magazine and was drooling even before I tasted the pizza.


Yum!  I wasn’t hungry, but I ate more than I should.  Good thing it’s carboloading time!


After a great run and a sumptuous lunch, we runners refused to run or walk home in the cold. It was off to the subway to make it to our own warm and cozy apartments and hotels as soon as possible!