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Electric Studio Takes Its Signature Outdoor Ride to New Heights

Sky’s the limit for Manila’s premier indoor cycling studio, which seeks to elevate all its endeavors as it approaches its ninth year in business

We all have different ideas of what it means to elevate ourselves. The goal is, more often than not, to become better at what we do while remaining authentic to who we are. Electric Studio co-founder and CEO Kris Sy, together with her more than able team, took the concept of elevation to new heights this year—figuratively and literally. The studio is no stranger to the concept of outdoor classes, having staged hugely successful cycling, shadow boxing, HIIT, and flow events both down on the ground and on the tops of tall buildings. This year’s event at Seven/NEO is the highest Team Electric has ever climbed, taking its community of riders a whopping 39 floors up

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“Electric Rooftop Ride is a whole different beast in itself,” says Kris. “It is, undoubtably, our most awaited event because riding to the beat of the music amidst jaw-dropping views of the skyline gives the riders a one-of-a-kind endorphin high. This past Saturday was Electric’s tallest and biggest event yet: 39 storeys high with 300 riders all working out and enjoying each other’s company from sunset to evening. Rooftop is more than just a workout; it is a huge celebration of our community.”


This year’s event featured four rides led by four different tandems, each one leading their classes with their own brand of Electric feels. Riders donned their sunnies, ball caps, and friendship bracelets for Cathy Cantada Dizon and Patrish Prieto’s highly energized, feel-good afternoon class, and beat the heat by helping themselves to bites and refreshments.

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Patrish and Cathy

The enviable sunset time slot went to disco dynamos Butts Solinap and Bell Javier, the latter of which overcame his fear of heights—no backflipping, right, Bell?—to give their collective audience the best class possible. “Stepping out onto that rooftop reminded me just how real it was and how far we’ve come as a community,” shares Bell. “I’m a little biased, but my favorite part was catching the setting sun during our ride. It was surreal, and such a blessing. We told the riders to just soak in the moment.” 

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Bell and Butts
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DLSU Animo Squad drummers
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Ericka and Cheeno

Power packed duo Cheeno Roque and Ericka Mejia brought in the big guns, the thundering beats by DLSU Animo Squad Drummers punctuating every boom and press. And though the sun had long set and the world down below was preoccupied with either dinner, drinks, or dreams, veteran instructor Kyo Numata and newly minted rooftop headliner Gab Abeleda more than held their own for the final ride of the night. Seeing the spectacle unfold from the podium helped Gab become more appreciative of and grateful for all the work that goes into it all, having viewed the experience from the lens of a rider in 2020. “My craft as a spin instructor will always be a work in progress. No ride is the same, so I always look for new ways to make a positive difference in someone’s day, be it through my music, movement, or the words I deliver for motivation. But I always go back to the two north stars of my craft: authenticity and intention. Striking a balance between staying true to myself and being open to new ways of doing things allows me to elevate experiences for my riders.” 


Kyo, who conducted his first rooftop ride four years ago, has gotten better at keeping the nerves at bay, but remains thankful for the opportunity to represent Team Electric. “I’ve done a few outdoor rides with different partners, and I approached each one in such a way that it best suits the dynamic between myself and who I’m teaching with. What has to be kept the same is that I want my partner to be recognized for their hard work and skills. They start the ride, and we end with a shared final track.” 

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Kyo and Gab
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Kyo and Gab
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The author with Kyo and Gab

Electric Studio’s business model has transformed many times in the nine years it has been in business. I first met Kris as a newbie lifestyle writer, right around the time when Electric’s Podium branch had just opened, and when the local fitness scene was significantly less crowded. As one of the pioneers of boutique indoor cycling, there’s a heavy weight that rests on the company’s shoulders. “I like to think that we run Electric with ‘focused bigness’, meaning we decide on a specific goal per month, and then execute it as well as we can,” says Kris. “Whether it’s a marketing campaign to attract new members or a focus on retention to keep our existing clients, we make sure we execute it in a big and elevated way that is still very authentic to our brand.”


And as I peered precariously over the ledge—there was zero chances of actually falling, but I like to imagine living dangerously once in a blue moon—soaking in the feeling of being thirty-nine floors up, I realized the ultimate reward of being on the precipice: the possibility of more.  


Visit Electric Studio at any of its three locations (The Podium Mall, 8 Forbes Town Road, and Molito Lifestyle Center) or check their offers online.


Photography by Alvin Lat


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