Feel Better, Perform Better With Active Release Technique By Coach PJ Rivera

Feel Better, Perform Better with Active Release Technique by Coach PJ Rivera.

Feel Better, Perform Better with Active Release Technique by Coach PJ Rivera.

We aspire to create a better version of ourselves. That’s why we keep on training.

As endurance athletes, we train to withstand pain. And in the long run, we developed a high tolerance for it. Just when we thought that the physical pain we feel is nothing more than just having delayed onset of muscle soreness, we overlooked the fact that our body needs to rest and recover. This is because the mindset of most athletes is that daily training is paramount to better performance. Even if the pain becomes uncomfortable that could result to bad form or bad posture.

Pain is our body’s way of telling us to get that much needed rest; that there’s a need for a fix. Most often, we disregard this call and we end up injured squandering away months of training and preparations.

For quite sometime now, I felt that there’s been a decline in the quality of my training and even in my race performance due to recurring pains. I thought the pain has something to do with my tapered training due to my workload. Little did I know that I badly needed a treatment.

This prompted me to set an appointment with Coach PJ Rivera, who is no stranger to the world of sports and fitness, as he himself used to be a member of a track and field varsity team, and one of the founders of Trimac triathlon team. After his stint with the team, he went to the US to study and master the Active Release Technique (ART). Upon his return to the Philippines to practice ART, Coach PJ joined the Philippine Olympic team as the official healthcare provider, and is now into coaching runners and triathletes on top of his clinic hours.

Coach PJ Rivera is a triathlete, and now practices Active Release Technique, which is perfect for athletes.

Coach PJ Rivera is a triathlete, and now practices Active Release Technique, which is perfect for athletes.

Having a smorgasbord of pains, Coach PJ had to address my primary complaints. And guess what, for someone who’s physically active as I am, there were scarred tissues in my hamstrings, or commonly termed as tight muscles. Then there’s the uncomfortable pain in my ankles, shins, knees and lower back whenever I train or during races. Coach PJ went through each of the muscle groups and the connecting muscles with precision to loosen up them up. During the treatment, he suggested workout routines to help strengthen the muscles.



The treatment went on for about 45 minutes to an hour, as Coach PJ went an extra mile of doing a holistic assessment of my condition. That’s when I learned that the muscles surrounding my chest are a tad tighter which made breathing a bit difficult during any physical activity. And there’s more! I apparently had an onset of stiff neck, too! Had I not gone for the treatment that early, the pain could’ve been worse.

Thanks to Coach PJ Rivera, who did an excellent job in making sure that pain isn’t something too grand to think about. Now, I can train and race better!

With Active Release Technique, I can do more. Feel Better. Perform Better.


Under Armour Launches Armour @ The Fort and Run United Exceed 2017

Participants work it out during the Armour @ The Fort.

Participants work it out during the Armour @ The Fort.

As the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line available in the market today, Under Armour continues to provide runners and fitness enthusiasts a platform to help them become better athletes.

That said, Under Armour gathered sports and fitness enthusiasts through a fitness program Armour @ The Fort on January 28th at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater. As the name implies, the program kicked off with a morning run led by coaches Titus Salazar and Dan Brown. As part of ActiveHealth’s partnership with the sports brand, Unilab conducted a fitness and nutrition symposium to help runners exceed themselves as they take the challenge of Run United Exceed 2017 Half Marathon.

Catering to active lifestyle aficionados, the afternoon schedule had a full swing of activities that was attended by the who’s who of the sporting community like ultra marathoner Ferdie Capiling and the UP women’s football team.

An afternoon circuit training was led by Under Armour-affiliate trainer “Mama” Kat Geronimo, a renowned celebrity fitness coach who mentors notable film and television actresses such as Marian Rivera, Danica Sotto-Pingris, Melissa Ricks, Megan Young, Bettina Carlos, Anne Curtis and Jessy Mendiola.

To cap off the event, Under Armour unveiled some of its plans for 2017, including the launching of the “Armour @” series. The fitness apparel likewise formalized its partnership with Kerry Sports Manila as the state-of-the-art facility opens its door for the Test of Will 2017 participants.

Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter for more updates and announcements as well as Facebook at www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

Wellness Weekend With Herbalife Philippines’ 22nd Anniversary


Celebrating Health and Wellness with Herbalife Philippines @ 22

Marking another milestone as a leading distributor of nutritional products, Herbalife Philippines gathered health and wellness enthusiasts to its 22nd Anniversary Celebration Fun Run on 4 December 2016, at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The wellness activity was attended by at least 3,000 runners composed of Herbalife independent distributors, professional athletes, running enthusiasts, members of the media, bloggers and Herbalife Philippines employees.

As a sports and wellness enthusiast, I had the opportunity to be part of this celebration, as the event was extended to non-members by invitation only.

Excitement filled the race venue as runners were prepping up for their respective races. In my case, I joined my team Ayala Triads in the 10K category. Though I arrived at the race venue early, I was roughly 500 metres away from the start line during the 10-second count down. The 10K runners have already been flagged off by the time I reached the start line, and I had to make my through the 5K runners who had already occupied the area. I was the last 10K runner to cross the start line. Obviously.

All prepped up for the 10k run at Herbalife Philippines 22nd Anniversary Fun Run.

All prepped up for the 10k run at Herbalife Philippines 22nd Anniversary Fun Run.

Having completed a 10K race a couple of weeks back, and having a pretty good training, I was able to catch up with the mid-pack a little sooner. What I liked about the race is that I’m familiar with the route. As a recreational runner who has set up my running goals, my run strategy was, I started at about 5.5 mins/km at the first 2 kilometres just to find my rhythm, and gradually picking up on my speed towards the third kilometre – slowing down a bit at times when I felt that I was reaching my max heart rate, or when I have continuously ran at 4 mins/km pace for at least 10 minutes. Like I have always advised other runners, “Always listen to your body.”

Due to limited directional signs and kilometre markers and too many loops and turns, I thought I got lost somewhere around the 8th kilometre, prompting me to slow down, and even jogged while I was composing my senses. Nonetheless, I followed my runner’s instinct, asked other 10k runners/marshals if we’re on the right route, and just ran off. About two hundred metres off the finish line, I can feel the excitement within me that’s about to explode. I could sense that kind of nitro-infused energy pumping through my veins whilst sprinting the last 100 metres. It wasn’t a new PR, it was a brand new experience. Catching up with running friends whom I haven’t seen or spoken with for a while was an added value for joining the race.

I prefer Lightwater for my post-run hydration since it is infused with electrolytes that our body needs after a strenuous activity like running.

I prefer Lightwater for my post-run hydration since it is infused with electrolytes that our body needs after a strenuous activity like running.

I gathered my backpack from the baggage counter for my hydration. Whilst there was ample hydration supply at the activity area, I preferred Lightwater since it is infused with electrolytes that our body needs after a strenuous activity like running.

Herbalife, which advocates healthy living through its nutritional products, served all finishers with a healthy protein shake to speed up recovery and cell repair. It’s fuller for the body’s nourishment, but feels lighter. No need to worry about gaining excess weight.

Thank you, Herbalife Philippines for this easy-to-carry water bottle.

Thank you, Herbalife Philippines for this easy-to-carry water bottle.

With my Ayala Triads team mates at the Herbalife Philippines 22nd Anniversary fun run.

With my Ayala Triads team mates at the Herbalife Philippines 22nd Anniversary fun run.

Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people’s lives with great products since 1980, committed to fighting the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with a Herbalife member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.

For some people, it may be just another Sunday. Another fun run. But as a champion of healthy living through active lifestyle and good nutrition, I knew that it was a well-spent Sunday morning.

Treating Skin Problems With Skin Philosophie’s Laser Genesis And LimeLight Facial Treatments


I know my skin is in good hands with Skin Philosophie by Dr. Kyla Talens.

For many people, taking care of the skin is more of a girl-thing. Some think it takes the masculinity away from men. But don’t you know that men do need to take extra care of their skin, too?

I have never been particular about my skin since I got into running because I find those skin care regimens quite cumbersome. Constant exposure to the damaging UVA/UVB rays and pollution, plus the dust particles that come in contact with my skin have resulted to excessively oily, rough and dull skin. Melasma, commonly known as the hyper-pigmentation or discolouration of the skin even started to develop. Though this condition is a far cry from being alarming as compared to other skin conditions, I felt that just having a good and healthy skin is paramount to my overall wellness.

I had an obviously oily, rough and slightly discoloured skin. The discolouration was more visible around my eyes. As a starter, my first treatment at Skin Philosophie Medical Aesthetics and Lifestyle Solutions (Skin Philosophie by Dr. Kyla Talens, or simply Skin Philosophie) was the Skin Philosophie Signature Facial. The treatment included a thorough cleaning and a very relaxing lymphatic massage of the facial muscles. Then there’s the diamond microdermabrasion to scrub off the superficial dead skin cells, white heads and black heads. For the dark spots around my eyes, Dr. Kyla used a very light pressure to gently and evenly lighten the skin. And finally, a layer of vitamin C to nourish the skin.

My active lifestyle has immensely exposed me to the sun. Hence, the diamond microdermabrasion wasn’t the right treatment for me. The water jet peel was more appropriate as this did not include the diamond microdermabrasion. Instead, a small amount of high intensity water jet streaming from a small tube is flushed on the skin, gently removing any superficial dead skin cells. The result is a more radiant clearer skin.

Facial cleaning, apparently, does not address other skin conditions like excessive oiliness, large skin pores and even premature ageing of the skin. Dr. Kyla recommended Skin Philosophie’s premium service Laser Genesis. Generally, the results are achieved after six sessions (that’s six months of treatment). For severe conditions, it can last up to ten sessions. In my case, I had eight sessions.

LimeLight® Facial treatment by Skin Philosophie addresses melasma, or the discolouration of the skin.

LimeLight® Facial treatment by Skin Philosophie addresses melasma, or the discolouration of the skin.

Now, you can tell how bad my skin condition was! After the first session, there was already an improvement on my skin. The oiliness and the greasy feel has lessened significantly. Six sessions later, the skin looks more rejuvenated, more refreshed. And the skin pores are visibly tightened and minimised. Now, I no longer have to frequently wipe off the oil build up in my skin. And there’s no more greasy feel. I don’t have to worry about skin breakouts anymore.

With Laser Genesis, there’s less to no downtime at all, except for a pinkish to very light reddening of the skin, specially in my nose area. And honestly, it doesn’t look bothersome at all. Only that, I can’t wash my face within the next eight hours after the treatment. So, I normally get my treatment on a day when I don’t have any early schedule the following day. In fact, I can already go back to my normal activities. I can resume my training and running the following day. As the skin is a bit more sensitive approximately within two weeks, I use a sunblock even if I train no later than 7 in the morning, or after 5 in the afternoon. I avoid direct exposure to the sun. And I have made it a daily habit to put on a sunblock. And I think with or without the treatment, it’s a must for everyone to use a sunblock nowadays.

People can really see the difference. Friends have noticed it. And I am reaping the benefits of having Laser Genesis treatments. During a radio interview (which was simultaneously broadcast through Facebook Live, and was later on uploaded on YouTube), I didn’t have to think about getting a fix before going live, and even during the commercial gap halfway through the radio show.

And as a bonus, Laser Genesis treatment did a very good job of minimising if not completely removing the thin facial hair on my upper and lower lips. And daily shaving is another item off my routine. That makes life a lot easier, don’t you think?

Extensive exposure to the sun for the past five years since I got into running has resulted to hyper-pigmentation or discolouration of my skin. During my recent visit to Skin Philosophie, Dr. Kyla recommended their newest premium service – the LimeLight® Facial treatment, which addresses melasma. And according to Dr. Kyla, it is best to treat such condition at an early stage so treatment doesn’t take that many sessions.

LimeLight® Facial treatment is done after a thorough cleaning of the face. It includes a series of laser shots being closely administered to the skin. There’s a bit of a tingling sensation with each shot, but it’s totally comfortable. Similar to Laser Genesis, no washing of face in the next 12 hours. A sunblock is highly recommended for possible exposure to the sun. And as I have aforementioned, using a sunblock should be part of our daily routine.

With Dr. Kyla Talens and RN Camille at Skin Philosophie, BGC.

With Dr. Kyla Talens and RN Camille at Skin Philosophie, BGC.

Experience Immaculate Correction. At Skin Philosophie, you are guaranteed of a premium service that’s right on your pocket delivered by Dr. Kyla Talens and the well-trained staff. That’s affordable luxury! Plus, high quality machines being used for Laser Genesis and LimeLight® Facial treatments are all imported from reputable manufacturers of medical machines from Europe.

Now, you can beat the holiday stress and look refreshed with Skin Philosophie’s premium facial treatments at half the price until 15 January 2017 only. Call (02) 856-7451, 215-8080; text/Viber 0917-8860646, 0925-8664433 for your appointment. Skin Philosophie is located at the 3rd Level, The Fort Strip, BGC.

Watch out for the opening of its newest branch at the 9th Avenue, BGC!

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