Plana Forma offers barre classes, a combination of yoga, pilates, and ballet barre exercises, as well as zumba and piloxing. Compared to Barre3, which is the other barre studio in Manila, classes are typically faster-paced, and a variety are offered at Plana Forma based on your level and what you want to focus on. Forma Core is the basic class, while intermediate or faster-paced classes are Strength, Endurance, and Mi.x.ed. Forma Pointe is a barre class infused with more ballet movements and postures, while Forma Move incorporates hip hop. The Forma Asana class, meanwhile, is a slower-paced class which mixes your yoga practice with simple barre exercises. Plana Forma also offers shorter (30 min.) classes to target specific areas: the Arm and Ab and Thigh and Seat express. Props used include light weights, playground ball, and band.
Plana Forma has only two branches. One branch is in Frabelle Building in Legazpi Village, Makati (there’s a Wildflour right next to the building’s entrance). The other branch is in Il Terrazzo along Tomas Morato, Quezon City. We go to the Makati branch, which is walkable if you live and/or work in the Legazpi and Salcedo villages. If commuting via bus, you can get off at the Paseo bus stop and walk from there.
There is a shower area and face towels are provided. Bring your own non-slip socks for the Core, Strength, Endurance, Mi.x.ed and Pointe classes, yoga mat for Asana, and rubber shoes for Move, Zumba, and Piloxing. You can also opt to rent a mat for the Asana classes for P100, and buy non-slip socks for Forma classes for P300.
The first timer’s package costs P650 for two classes or P3,500 for one month of unlimited classes. Regular rates are P650 for one class, P5,500 for 10 classes, and P10,500 for 20 classes. Monthly unlimited classes cost P5,500 for one month and P15,000 for three months.
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There’s a bit more variety with Forma classes, which is great when you need to calibrate your workout for days you’re not feeling 100%, or for those other days when you want a little extra. Their dumbbells available range from light to moderately heavy, so it’s easy to track your progress over the weeks as you upgrade your weights. Core+ and Pointe are my favorite classes!
ll the teachers in Plana are so upbeat and positive, it’s contagious. I would go here early in the morning on a weekend to have ease in parking. While it’s tough, it could be addicting. It targets all key sections of the body (arms, thighs, seat, and core) thus making for a 1-hour total body workout. I always go to their Strength and Core classes.
Plana is upbeat and a faster Barre3 but fear not! The instructors will provide variations for you to choose from. All your muscles will work and you will feel it right after. You can also choose from a variety of workouts. I enjoy their Strength and Core classes.
I think Plana Forma is one of those studios that men would hesitate to try out because it's different from the usual weights/ resistance training we men do. Although after trying it out, I realized that it’s just a different application of what we do in the gym and they made it more fun. I’ve tried Forma Strength- a full body workout that focuses on strengthening. I highly recommend this for men who would like to have a variation in their workouts and learn other exercises that they can incorporate in their workouts! I honestly learned a lot and actually plan to insert some of the movements we've done in class into my circuits! Another thing that I love about my experience in Plana Forma is how beginner friendly the instructor is!
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