Location: Noemie’s Gym, M.L. Quezon National Highway, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Like the look of this gym? If you want to stay nearby then you can check out the links to hotels within walking distance at the end of this article.
The gym itself is split into three main sections, a small cardio area, a large studio space and the main gym area. It would seem that the emphasis in this gym is placed on group classes which draw in women from the local community. I saw one of these classes and it was loud, face paced and actually looked really fun. If you fancy getting your cardio on whilst in Cebu, then this might be the place to do it.
The weights section of the gym is made up of free weights and machines. The machines are certainly not new school, but everything was in working order and there were plenty of plates to go around. I would describe Noemie’s as a well stocked basic gym. They have everything you need for a decent workout. The atmosphere was a little cliquey, but everyone seemed friendly enough.
- Dumbbells up to 30kg
- DIY dumbbells
- Adjustable benches
- Flat barbell bench
- Decline barbell bench
- Squat rack
- Easy bars
- Hammer curl bar
- T bar row machine
- Pull up bars
- Lat pulldown
- Seated low row
- Leg press
- Leg extension machine
- Leg curl machine
- Calf raise machine
- Punch bags x 3
- Static bike
Overall, this gym has everything you need to get a lifters workout. It might not be state of the art, but in all honesty, I would rather just train with some simple weight than on some weird passive resistance cables contraption.
The gym has a water fountain and also sells bottled water at the front desk. You can also stock up on supplements here which they sell by the dose. See the tips section below for details. The gym does have fans, but it still gets pretty hot when your training, so don’t forget your sweat towel.
The back of the gym leads onto the local football and basketball courts, so you can even watch the locals between sets and pretend your playing Fifa or NBA. What do you mean that’s weird? I was joking. (#notjoking).
Tips Helpfully, the gym sells individual doses of protein and amino acids. A scoop of Mutant formula protein powder will cost you 25 pesos and amino 1500 amino acid tablets will set you back 11 pesos each. Stock up if you are heading to the islands because you are unlikely to find anything else once you hit the beaches.
$ – Mactan District Budgetel: From £13
$$ – Q8 Mactan Hotel: From £22
$$$ – Goldberry Suites and Hotel: From £30