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A few questions about Raw Condition in Dublin 2?

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  • 29-06-2012 11:56am
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,797 ✭✭✭


    I went down and received a tour of Raw Condition recently and it looked great, before I sign up I wanted to ask if this is the best gym in and around Dublin 2?

    I am male and interested in gaining strength and mass.

    Also, forking out for personal training is something I would rather avoid. They said in Raw they do offer that, but I will also receive a personalized plan as part of my annual fee every three months and I should be okay.

    Will being given a plan every three months be enough? Or maybe a one hour personal training plan every few months?

    Can you progress well without personal training, surely this board's full of people who help others with their routine.

    Lots of people seem to be worried about signing up for annual member ship with gyms in case they close down, is this something I should worry about?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,189 ✭✭✭drdeadlift


    dusf wrote: »
    I went down and received a tour of Raw Condition recently and it looked great, before I sign up I wanted to ask if this is the best gym in and around Dublin 2?

    I am male and interested in gaining strength and mass.

    Also, forking out for personal training is something I would rather avoid. They said in Raw they do offer that, but I will also receive a personalized plan as part of my annual fee every three months and I should be okay.

    Will being given a plan every three months be enough? Or maybe a one hour personal training plan every few months?

    Can you progress well without personal training, surely this board's full of people who help others with their routine.

    Lots of people seem to be worried about signing up for annual member ship with gyms in case they close down, is this something I should worry about?

    For what your after i would put raw on the top of the list of gym in the d2 area.Im going to have a guess that you aren't too well in the know about weight training so go pay for a few sessions to get the basics right,it isnt a rip off service as the guys know their stuff!.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,797 ✭✭✭runswithascript


    drdeadlift wrote: »
    For what your after i would put raw on the top of the list of gym in the d2 area.Im going to have a guess that you aren't too well in the know about weight training so go pay for a few sessions to get the basics right,it isnt a rip off service as the guys know their stuff!.

    Things are kind of tight at the moment :(

    Won't I get the basics shown to me when I sign up initially?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,707 ✭✭✭MikeC101


    If you're looking to build strength and mass you'll probably be doing a lot of heavy compound lifts, and you really want to have your form right on these from the start - they can show you them alright, but I'd think it'd be a worthwhile investment to spend some more time at the start really dialling them in. They can probably show you the basics alright, but it'd be a lot to take in in one session, and you'd probably need further instruction. (I wish I'd done this when I started on them, it's harder to correct a flaw later on than it is get it right at the start)

    On the subject of Raw - I'm thinking of joining - anyone know if it's very busy in the mornings? Around 6.45am to 8.15?

    I'll be living in Temple Bar, work off Harcourt St, looking for weights rather than cardio equipment, so I think Raw is probably my best option?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,821 ✭✭✭floggg


    It's generally ok in the mornings, not too much hassle getting benches etc or waiting around.

    Weekday evenings (save Friday) are generally fairly packed though so best avoided.

    It's a good gym though - definitely orientated towards weights over cardio. Has a good range of benches and free weights. No frills like pool or fancy changing rooms but does the important bits well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 564 ✭✭✭DaveD


    I'm thinking of joining here too

    What's it like at lunchtimes, 12.30 - 1.30?

    Cheers :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 162 ✭✭Mack_1111


    Small bit busy at lunch time but not too bad, you'll still get your workout done in time. Even in the evenings when it get's busy there's still enough equipment to go around. Mornings before work are okay to. Practically empty between 9 & 11 :) I'm there nearly 2 years and would recommend it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 910 ✭✭✭PauloConn


    I train in the mornings and its good, bit busier during the summer but this morning there was plenty of equipment so you would be ok then.
    I haven't been in at lunch but evenings can get a bit busy as well.
    Dusf, i know they used to do something for new members where you'd get 2 30 minute PT sessions for what you wanted. Could be good to go through these to get an idea of what you're looking to achieve.
    But overall, great gym


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,115 ✭✭✭✭Nervous Wreck


    Even when it's busy in the evenings, I've still never waited around too long for a rack or bench tbh.

    As for the OP's question; it's always gonna be a better idea to get some personal training. But most people don't have that kinda money. The awesome thing about Raw is the friendly vibe from a staff who know their shit. Get your 3 month plan or whatever and follow that. Coupled with your own research (which you should do online) and advice you'll get from (certain knowledgeable) posters on here, you'll be flyin'. I signed up for my second year at Raw last month and I won't be moving gyms when my year is up tbh.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,707 ✭✭✭MikeC101


    Went along to take a look yesterday evening and signed up on the spot. Very impressive setup, great selection of weights/benches.

    The staff really stand out as being friendly and knowledgeable, such a difference to other gyms I've been in.

    Was in there this morning for around 7.30 and although it was busy, I had no need to wait around for anything because there's just so much stuff there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 121 ✭✭singlesnights


    I've never been a member of RAW but I've spoken to lots of people who rate it very highly.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,535 ✭✭✭Raekwon


    I'm looking to change gyms and I got a quote from Raw for €55 per month for 12 months plus a €75 joining fee.

    Is it just me or is €735 per year abit steep?

    I know that they have an online offer of €399 but I'd rather not pay cash up front.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭ferike1


    It might be steep but it is a proper gym.

    Hardcore, no messing with people who know what they are one about.

    Plenty of weights, racks, benches, KBs etc.

    Class gym

    Love it!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,628 ✭✭✭themandan6611


    Raekwon wrote: »
    Is it just me or is €735 per year abit steep?

    I know that they have an online offer of €399 but I'd rather not pay cash up front.

    yes its steep

    why, is it you dont have the cash or worried they might go bust ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,535 ✭✭✭Raekwon


    yes its steep

    why, is it you dont have the cash or worried they might go bust ?

    A bit of both really.

    It's more then double the price of my current gym but I'm having fierce trouble with them so need to get out asap.

    I think the best thing to do is go for a 6 month membership with Raw, which is €249 online, and go from there.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 80,338 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sephiroth_dude


    Raekwon wrote: »
    I'm looking to change gyms and I got a quote from Raw for €55 per month for 12 months plus a €75 joining fee.

    Is it just me or is €735 per year abit steep?

    I know that they have an online offer of €399 but I'd rather not pay cash up front.

    why are they charging a 75 euro joining fee ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,535 ✭✭✭Raekwon


    why are they charging a 75 euro joining fee ?

    No idea, maybe it's only for direct debit payments?


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,981 ✭✭✭✭Hanley


    Raekwon wrote: »
    A bit of both really.

    It's more then double the price of my current gym but I'm having fierce trouble with them so need to get out asap.

    I think the best thing to do is go for a 6 month membership with Raw, which is €249 online, and go from there.


    Just because one thing is cheap, doesnt mean another is expensive. Once again I say Ben Dunne has f*cked the industries perception of value

    Raw is a great gym with good equipment, sound staff and members and has an awesome location. The VALUE you get there should be significantly greater than your current gym.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,919 ✭✭✭✭Gummy Panda


    Hanley wrote: »
    Raekwon wrote: »
    A bit of both really.

    It's more then double the price of my current gym but I'm having fierce trouble with them so need to get out asap.

    I think the best thing to do is go for a 6 month membership with Raw, which is €249 online, and go from there.


    Just because one thing is cheap, doesnt mean another is expensive. Once again I say Ben Dunne has f*cked the industries perception of value

    Raw is a great gym with good equipment, sound staff and members and has an awesome location. The VALUE you get there should be significantly greater than your current gym.

    Raw is awesome gym. The clientele is another thing to consider. Cheap gyms have a lower barrier to entry so more chance of bellends


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,167 ✭✭✭✭Sangre


    Raw is far from an expensive gym IMO.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,535 ✭✭✭Raekwon


    Well I've just signed a 6 month contract with Raw so I'm literately dying to get going :D
    Raw is awesome gym. The clientele is another thing to consider. Cheap gyms have a lower barrier to entry so more chance of bellends

    Cheap gyms usually attract students or a much younger clientèle. In my experience the more expensive gyms attract the most bellends, Crunch Fitness being the perfect example.
    Sangre wrote: »
    Raw is far from an expensive gym IMO.

    If you pay cash up front, it's not expensive at all. If you pay direct debt, prepare to get fleeced.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,167 ✭✭✭✭Sangre


    Best of luck, you won't regret it.

    Gym gets busy because of the limited floor space but you'll rarely have to wait for equipment. Monday evening is probably the worst in my experience.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,797 ✭✭✭runswithascript


    As part of my fee the staff from RAW put me on a programme when I started, but it really took away my motivation to hear one of the other instructors there, and then a plethora of people on boards insist that the programme was all wrong.

    I feel cheated.


  • Registered Users Posts: 33 Lassard


    Can you tell me if it's packed Tues-Thurs from about 7.30pm onwards ?, my work hours are variable & that would be the most practical time to for me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,797 ✭✭✭runswithascript


    Lassard wrote: »
    Can you tell me if it's packed Tues-Thurs from about 7.30pm onwards ?, my work hours are variable & that would be the most practical time to for me.

    I think you will find all gyms are.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,628 ✭✭✭themandan6611


    Raekwon wrote: »
    A bit of both really.

    It's more then double the price of my current gym but I'm having fierce trouble with them so need to get out asap.

    I think the best thing to do is go for a 6 month membership with Raw, which is €249 online, and go from there.

    sounds reasonable, Raw seems to be doing well, they offer a quality product and good service and imo are worth the "punt" ro save a few 000


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,115 ✭✭✭✭Nervous Wreck


    Lassard wrote: »
    Can you tell me if it's packed Tues-Thurs from about 7.30pm onwards ?, my work hours are variable & that would be the most practical time to for me.

    It calms down a lot after 7:30 every evening. But, tbh, as busy as it gets, you're not gonna be left waiting long for most stuff.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,797 ✭✭✭runswithascript


    Was the programme the staff put all of you on good then? Did you get a second opinion from someone outside of the gym?

    The routine they put me on:

    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056721178


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,115 ✭✭✭✭Nervous Wreck


    dusf wrote: »
    Was the programme the staff put all of you on good then? Did you get a second opinion from someone outside of the gym?

    The routine they put me on:

    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056721178

    I didn't ask for one cos I already had one from a PT. But surely if you're not happy with what you were given, you should ask one of the other PTs there. Or just pay attention to this post.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,797 ✭✭✭runswithascript


    I didn't ask for one cos I already had one from a PT. But surely if you're not happy with what you were given, you should ask one of the other PTs there. Or just pay attention to this post.

    I shouldn't have to pay for another programme in the first place, and I'm not sure how I'd explain to a second PT how I reason to believe the last one was full of sh1t.

    It's hard to know what to pay attention to in the other thread because everyone's disagreeing with each other.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,981 ✭✭✭✭Hanley


    dusf wrote: »
    I shouldn't have to pay for another programme in the first place, and I'm not sure how I'd explain to a second PT how I reason to believe the last one was full of sh1t.

    It's hard to know what to pay attention to in the other thread because everyone's disagreeing with each other.

    You paid for gym membership. Not personal training.

    You don't go to maccyds and expect table service!


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