Quarantine Discoveries: Raissa and Abby #GearUpwithAkma

We just finished the penultimate leg to our #GearUpwithAkma workout series, so we wanted to share the stories of our featured coaches–Raissa Teaño and Abby Jose. Just like the previous coaches, Raissa and Abby have been active ever since they were young. Read on to see the fitness discoveries they made during the quarantine!


Raissa was introduced to the world of sports through grassroots programs in swimming and football. She stuck with swimming and represented DLSU for six years in the UAAP. After her collegiate career, she pursued marathon running and open water swimming. 

During the quarantine, Raissa had the chance to share her passion for sports and holistic health, and fitness with others through coaching and teaching. For her, exercise isn’t just a way to strengthen your body. It is also a way to strengthen your mind. Her coaching philosophy is not just to help people lose or gain weight; she wants to help inspire people to optimize their bodies and take charge of their holistic health.


Treat your body like a car, it needs fuel or GAS to function properly.

  • G- oals 
Set proper goals for yourself (both short and long term) so that you have a direction to go to. It's okay to dream big and set high goals for yourself just make sure that they are SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timebound) enough, too!
Also, make sure to take it one day at a time and to enjoy the journey. It’s a long process but it is worth it! 
  • A - ction plan
Have a day-to-day action plan that will lead you toward your goal!
It usually revolves around:
  1. Active minutes/your workouts
  2. Hydration
  3. Nutrition
  4. Sleep
  5. Mindfulness & meditation
Tip: Lay out your training plan before you start your week to prime yourself!
  • S -upport! 

You really can’t do it alone! Try asking for support from your fellow fitness buddies or coaches for tips in your routines and also to keep you accountable in achieving these goals. 


To get to know more about Coach Raissa’s health and life coaching programs follow her socials!

FB: Coach Raissa 

IG handle: @rarararaissa

Email: teanoraissa@gmail.com


Abby Jose is a spinning instructor and head coach at The Upper Deck Cycling Studio. As a coach, her fitness advocacy is to help individuals find the genuine motivation to stay active - to not only start their fitness journey but to keep going & stay consistent.  

Abby has also been active ever since she was young and loves exploring new activities to keep her workouts interesting. Because of the limitations of the lockdown, she has been trying out body weight training. 

Body weight exercises are great for those who don’t have a lot of equipment at home. Yes, it is still possible to increase overall strength and see results from bodyweight training! Aside from how effective it can be, bodyweight circuits are also very customizable depending on fitness level, target body part, and time.


  • Remember that fitness is meant to be fun. 

Don’t think of it as a punishment because once you see it as such, it will never be sustainable for you. The secret to an active lifestyle is ensuring you find a routine you enjoy and can sustain. 

  • Try out different workouts & classes.

This will help you find what would keep you motivated to stay active everyday. 

  • Don't be afraid to try something new and constantly challenge yourself.

You'd be surprised what your body can do and how strong you actually are. 

  • Take it easy at first

If you want to keep doing circuit exercises, begin with the beginner friendly variations. Later on, progress to more difficult options and maybe even adding some weights once you get stronger! 

  • Never think you know everything

Constantly learn & get stronger each day. 


If you want to follow more of her workouts you can follow Coach Abby on 

Instagram: @abbyjose