By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Reporter
Fitness education given by experts takes front and center with FitCon MNL 2017 happening later this month.
Geared towards both fitness professionals and active individuals, FitCon, which will be held from May 19 to 21 at the Ascott Hotel at Bonifacio Global City, will bring together 15 international and local fitness leaders to lead an extensive set of trainings and education.
The event, which is making its Philippine debut this year, is organized by Dynamic Duo, founded by Rica Rodriguez and Divine Masinsin, who are both graduates of the College of Human Kinetics in the University of the Philippines.
The two are based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), where they established themselves as top fitness experts working in group classes, personal training, fitness events, gym and trainer/staff management, fitness class setup, and fitness education as well as developing instructors.
Their company, Dynamic Duo, has successfully mounted large-scale events in the United Arab Emirates, including group class launches held at parks; interactive booths and exhibits; as well as corporate team-building activities for various companies.
They have brought the company here to share what they have learned throughout the years and help elevate the fitness profession in the country.
“Fitcon MNL is all about education. We are bringing in 15 international and local speakers representing different brands who will be giving different workshops during the three days of the conference. All in all there will be 51 workshops in the three days and other activities for the general public,” Ms. Rodriguez told BusinessWorld during the preview of what they will be doing at the fitness conference at Kerry Sports Gym at BGC last week.
“We are very excited for the event. We have not stayed in the Philippines for long in like 12 years as we are based in UAE in Dubai. And we wanted to bring back the education that we learned throughout the years,” Ms. Masinsin said.
WHAT’S IN STORE
Highlights of FitCon MNL include the one-day pre-event course on Physique Transformation led by renowned body composition specialist and founder of Australian Strength Performance, Ben Siong. The course covers the science of fat loss and muscle gain as well as other physiological factors to consider for optimal physique transformation.
Seniors Day, which kicks off the whole event, will see experts share their workout wisdom for the older population.
Mind Your Body Evening, meanwhile, features activities that will better bring together mind, body, and spirit to achieve true health and wellness. These include bodyART and Hatha Flow Yoga.
Then there is Zumba Dance Party Night where participants get to dance and sweat the night away with top zumba instructors.
In addition to these events, FitCon MNL will have numerous training sessions, workshops, and activities to be led by specialists such as ultra-endurance athlete Dan Duran (director of Education & Global Business Development of PTA Global), Tony Howett (COO of Mefitpro), and Mark Laws (director of Education, Clarity).
Ms. Masinsin (a master trainer for TriggerPoint Therapy, BOSU, Hedstrom and PTA Global), Audrey Fourcade (Nike Trainer for the NTC program), CHEFitness Liza Fielder (chef and Miss Bikini 2016), Lora Madrigal Gregorio (ZIN), as well as Ms. Rodriguez (a master trainer for PTA Global, TriggerPoint Therapy, Bosu, and Hedstrom) are among the convention speakers.
“On the professional side, participants can expect continued education at FitCon as we will touch on personal training, nutrition, strength training, and yoga of different types. It’s like a Pandora’s box for fitness,” said Ms. Masinsin.
The proponents of the FitCon said that they hope that with the event they get to help in lifting the standards of local fitness and of the practitioners.
“Our experience in Dubai is that when trainers from here go there they lack the certification despite doing what they do for a long time. So we set up our company here because we want to help lift the standards and professionalize things,” Ms. Rodriguez said.
“Also through our various activities we want more people to train the right way and with confidence,” added Ms. Rodriguez, who also mentioned that they intend to make the FitCon an annual event in the country.
Registration for FitCon MNL 2017 is pegged at P17,500 for the three days inclusive of food, and P8,500 for one day. For more information visit www.dynamicduoinc.com/fitcon-mnl-2017.