MANDALUYONG, Philippines – Sports and Recreational Training Arena, otherwise known as SPARTA, once again heralds another first in the field of sports-facility management in the country. Come 2016, it is set to open the first and only triathlon concept store named, Maximus Athlete’s Shop Café, which caters to Multi-sport athletes such as cyclists, runners, swimmers, as well as coffee connoisseurs.
Owned by well-known triathlon Coach Andy Leuterio, Maximus will be a 280-square meter area, within the hectare-wide SPARTA facility in Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong.
Maximus Cafe will showcase different bikes, garments, equipment and accessories for Multi-sport athletes. Among the brands and products it will carry will be Lynskey titanium bicycles, Specialized bikes & accessories, Newton running shoes, Brooks running shoes, Muc-Off bike detailing supplies, CW-X compression gear, GoPro action cameras, Oakley eyewear, Knight composite racing wheels, Stages power meters, Kuat bike racks, Transition One apparel, TYR swimming gear, Swiftwick compression socks, Body Geometry FIT, among others.
Andy Leuterio says that he got sold with the concept when he toured the SPARTA facility a couple of months ago and envisioned the concept store, which he named after his son, Maximus.
He wanted a venue for Multi-sport athletes where they can buy their equipment, gear, accessories and get their bikes washed at the bike spa. Leuterio says, “While doing this, they can also have a sip of their specialty coffee as well at Maximus. We will be using Coffee Roasters specialty blends and single origin beans. After all, coffee and cycling go hand-in-hand.”
This is all in line with SPARTA’s vision to “Influence everyone to get into wellness and active living. We call it #SpartanResolutions, and using this hashtag means committing one’s self to the Spartan lifestyle. I want to encourage everyone to go beyond a typical New Year’s resolution and aim to create bigger and sustainable changes within yourself”, says Amanda Fernandez, owner of SPARTA.
“We will also launch our SPARTA Football Workshop for Adults with the help of Dream Big Pilipinas founder, Miguel Bermundo. Dream Big Pilipinas is a football association in the Philippines that uses the sport of football as a catalyst for positive transformation among the youth in underserved communities”, adds Fernandez.
The program intends to encourage adults to get into the sport of Football. As Fernandez says, “It is never too late for adults to get into football. The football field will be open 24/7 come mid-January anyway, and one can just drop by at SPARTA after work or even after a nightcap for a good football workout.”
Fernandez adds, “We also encourage everyone to try calisthenics at the SPARTA Calisthenics Academy, to boost their strength through body weight movements.”
SPARTA also has its Filipino Martial Arts classes, wherein students can learn the art of Kali, which has been used in Hollywood movies like 300. In the classes, students are taught how to defend themselves against knives and other weapons in street encounters.
“The program also allows them to unleash their inner warrior. Everyone deserves to feel safe–whether at home or during a commute, and learning basic skills in our classes can do that”, says Fernandez.
SPARTA initially opened early this year the very first FIFA 1-star indoor football field in the country. It also recently opened the SPARTA Calisthenics Academy last month, which had the very successful Battle of the Bars event, wherein contestants from different parts of the country trekked to the Mandaluyong sports-facility for the said event.
Expect more from SPARTA this coming 2016 as it helps you unleash that inner warrior, with its #SpartanResolutions. For inquiries, please call 6553799.