Some people do not feel comfortable going to the gym because they are either self-conscious or are not too confident about their workout routine. It’s a good thing then that here in Cagayan de Oro, there are condominium buildings that have a gym. One of these is Primavera Residences, an Italpinas Development Corporation project located in Uptown CDO.

There are a lot of advantages to working out in a condo or residential building gym. Foremost among these is the fact that the community is smaller, so you don’t have to worry about it being crowded with people. There’s no need to be conscious because you’ll probably be alone when you workout. There may be instances when you’ll be with three to five people, but that’s usually the maximum.

Also, working out in an exclusive residents’ gym means you’ll have a little bit of privacy, something you cannot enjoy when you workout in a commercial gym or fitness center.

And, of course, since the gym is located in your building, you don’t have to go far or spend on gasoline or taxi fare when you want to work on your fitness goals.

If you keep this in mind, I’m sure you’ll enjoy working out in your condo’s gym.

3 Simple Workouts You Can Do in the Gym 

If you’re still not confident because you have no idea what to do once you step inside the gym, here are three simple workouts that you can try. You don’t need to be a fitness professional to do this. All you need is the determination to do something good for your overall fitness.

1. Before stepping up your game, you need to loosen your muscles first. You can do this two ways. Your first option is to do simple stretching exercises. You’ll find a lot of them here. Or you can choose to do a short yoga routine. Check out Tara Stiles on YouTube. She has a lot of good instructional videos for beginners. If you’ve done yoga several times, you can do more complex stretching like the ones that Sadie Nardini does.

Your second option is to go on the treadmill for 5-10 minutes. Just enough to get your muscles moving. If you want to, you can extend your treadmill routine and do 20 to 30 minutes of walking and running. It’s all up to you. Listen to your body and try to figure out what it needs to “wake up”.

2. Now that you’ve warmed up, it’s time to move on to another workout level.

If you want a cardio workout that targets your arms, core, and legs, go for shadow boxing. All you need to do is pretend that you are boxing with your shadow.

For a more detailed description and to find a good video guide, check this cardio boxing workout for beginners.

Gym Dumbbells
Dumbbell exercises are ideal condo gym workout. (Photo from Primavera Residences website. Used with permission.)

3. Next on your list are dumbbell exercises. They are perfect for when you want to work with a little weight and work on your arms, core, and chest. There are a lot of options to choose from, with each one targeting a specific part of your body (particularly the arms).

Some of the exercises you can do are the dumbbell shoulder press, the lateral raise, bicep curls, and the dumbbell squat. Check out this page to find more choices.

When you’re done with all three exercises, take some time to cool down to bring your heart rate back to normal. You can do a simple breathing exercise or you can choose to lie on the floor (or your exercise mat, if you have one) and do the savasana/corpse pose.

Doing this workout routine regularly will help bring you closer to your fitness goal. The secret, of course, is to be consistent. You have to discipline and push yourself to workout as regularly as possible. This shouldn’t be a problem though, as all you need to do is go several floors up or down to get to the gym. How convenient is that?

Primavera Residences

As previously mentioned, Primavera Residences is one of the condos here in CDO that has a gym its residents can use for free. This eco-friendly and functional building has other amenities as well, such as a swimming pool. So if you’re not in the mood to workout in the gym, you can choose to take a dip in the pool and relax.

Primavera City Sky Garden
The Primavera City Sky Garden is where the swimming pool and the gym will be.

Italpinas’ newest project, Primavera City, is similar to Primavera Residences in a lot of aspects. It’s also a green building, it’s highly functional as it adopts a mixed-use concept, and it has a gym and swimming pool for its residents. It has practically everything you need in one building.

So if you’re looking for a new home – one that allows you to work on your fitness goals (and to relax) – then you should check out what Primavera City offers. Visit their website to get a virtual tour of the place.

See you at the gym!

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