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At 56, Wonder Woman Ruby Gan proves that age doesn’t have to slow you down

Since her college days at the University of the Philippines, Ruby Gan has been a fitness enthusiast, being a casual jazz dancer and an aerobics addict. After getting married and giving birth to two sons, she began lifting at a time when female gyms were phased out by the unisex ones that began sprouting around the metro. These allowed her to do masculine exercises that no longer limited her to waist shapers. From there, she never stopped, and the weight she could carry just got heavier and heavier. “I’m just fascinated that I can still lift despite being 56 now,” she shares. “But I’m more concerned about the strength. It’s more than looking good. I want to be strong.”ruby-4In 2006, trainers at her gym asked her to join their powerlifting team. This was an opportunity she wholeheartedly accepted, and she was eager to have a goal in mind. Many friends and family were initially worried about Ruby bulking up from all the bench presses and there were times they grew frustrated about her injuries. But reactions aside, her broken knees and shoulders are what she proudly considers as her medals.

She competed and won in local competitions before joining the International Asian Bench Press. From then on, she continued competing every year for six years, winning a slew of medals at the Asian Bench Press including gold and double gold in the open and masters category. When she took an indefinite pause in 2012, she explored other forms of exercises to complement her lifting, from long distance marathons to boxing to indoor cycling. “I’m willing to try anything just to challenge my body,” she says.ruby-6Last October, she stumbled upon natural bodybuilding, a movement that had her trimming down and defining her muscles. “At this age,” she thought then, “can I still do it?” She immediately looked for the right trainer and the right program her body would respond to, which included a strict diet plan that needed unwavering discipline. She started her training officially January of this year in preparation for a competition last May. This allowed her to qualify for an international competition this coming October, which is what she’s currently preparing for with her trainer Irene Rafil.

“It’s difficult to look for the right trainer. You need one who knows how to pose, who knows how to develop the right muscles, and basically do everything the right way. This is the first time I’m ever training with a woman,” Ruby shares. “It’s exciting because we’re two women who are very serious about lifting. We’re both motivated and focused on reaching the goal. It’s important you’re on the same wavelength as your trainer.”ruby-2Being strong is a way for Ruby to be practical. In doing things on her own and, most especially, lifting things on her own, she says that there’s not always somebody there ready to help. But she emphasizes she is no damsel in distress. “I’m independent and I would rather do something by myself than bother someone else to do it for me,” she says.

Photography by Renzo Navarro
Sittings by Mags Ocampo

TO READ UP ON BODY BUILDING, GO TO BODYBUILDING.COM, OR APPROACH A TRAINER AT KERRY SPORTS MANILA IN SHANGRI-LA FORT WHERE RUBY GAN TRAINS. YOU CAN FIND HER ON INSTAGRAM AS @_RUBYWOO.
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Alyssa Castillo
Alyssa Castillo is a freelance writer and is concurrently Rogue Media's Editorial Assistant for The NBHD. She reads for fun, writes for a living, and wastes too much time entertaining the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Find her on Instagram as @lysscstll.
wellness by Alyssa Castillo

Find Your Own Space in Kerry Sports Manila

Your next favorite workout spot is an 8,000 square meter multi-level, 24-hour fitness complex.

We’re all guilty of scratching out our “get fit” new year’s resolution by the first few months of the year and, fine, let’s admit it: Beginning a fitness routine and actually sticking to it is a difficult feat. Sometimes, all we need is motivation in the form of a fun workout spot that’s a lot less intimidating than the usual gym or a lot less provoking like your tempting couch and a Netflix account.AGB_4241Kerry Sports Gym is just a part of the Kerry Sports Manila complex that houses top-notch facilities and services all types of wellness enthusiasts, as well as beginners and fitness newbies. Built to house multiple training zones and recreational spaces to improve your overall health and fitness, it’s almost as if the Kerry Sports Gym was made perfectly for those days when you just don’t know what exercise you’d want to do. With all the possibilities in here, you’ll want to move more, do more, and get fit in your time and pace–however you want to do it.AGB_4265kerry 1Sitting at the heart of BGC, it’s accessible enough as it’s situated in none other than Shangri-La at the Fort. Becoming a member here–or simply just a weekend guest of the hotel–allows you to take advantage of the activities they offer in their respective studios and training zones. Among these training zones are the Functional Zone that features Pavi flooring and Synrgy 360; the Boxing/MMA Zone; the Cardio Zone which features the latest  high-tech machines; the Free Weight Zone with a full selection of weights; and the Core Zone that’s equipped with Bosu Leg Raise, Ab Coaster, Ab Solo and Back Extension machines. AGB_4242There’s also the Adventure Racing Zone that beastly decks out a Concept 2 Rower, Keiser Spin Bikes, Jacob’s Ladder, and a Marpo Rope trainer. There are also the studios for classes in yoga, Pilates, dance, and spinning which are regularly offered and taught by certified teachers. Seriously, they have everything you could ever possibly want–even for needs specific to your physical health and wellness.kerry 2The list goes on and on, because besides the spaces made for training, there are also spaces built for competitions and other types of active sports, like the covered outdoor Tennis courts, glass backed squash courts, as well as a 25-meter outdoor lap pool with a hydrotherapy vitality pool. Here, members and hotel guests can also make use of The Arena, an NBA grade basketball court that basketball fans will build a frenzy over. AGB_4310AGB_4294But besides the vigorous workout sessions, you can also unwind in the Kerry Sports Spa and be engulfed in a selection of massage treatments to cap off the night. Grab a healthy meal from Kerry Sprouts for that post-workout munch, or swing by Upper Deck for a poolside drink while indulging in a well-deserved hearty meal.AGB_4325It’s not everyday you come across a fitness complex like Kerry Sports Manila, so go ahead and satisfy your urge to break a sweat or just relax during your personal downtime. Catch up on that new year’s resolution; besides, it’s only January. It’s not too late just yet.

Produced by Alyssa Castillo
Photography by Andrea Beldua
Special thanks to Benjamin Arnold

KERRY SPORTS MANILA IS LOCATED AT SHANGRI-LA AT THE FORT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT KERRY-SPORTS.COM/MANILA.
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Alyssa Castillo
Alyssa Castillo is a freelance writer and is concurrently Rogue Media's Editorial Assistant for The NBHD. She reads for fun, writes for a living, and wastes too much time entertaining the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Find her on Instagram as @lysscstll.