New to a gym? Here is what you can expect

Get to grips with what areas are available in a gym before you even arrive. From free weights and cardio to stretching and personal training, here’s what to expect.

Many of us have less-than-happy memories of P.E in school. Sadly, we can carry these with us into adulthood, resulting in nervousness navigating a fitness space.

Our sophisticated and welcoming facilities are designed to make sure this doesn’t happen at Raw Gym. With a wide range of superb gym equipment, training spaces and personal training, you’ll never get bored. What areas are available in a gym differ from club to club, but here are the basics…

1. Cardiovascular area

This is the easiest place to start. You’re probably most familiar with fitness equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals. That’s great. They are both brilliantly reliable gym staples that you simply turn on, pick your setting and go. If you’re just getting started with exercise, our top-of-the-range machines are a fun and simple way to ease yourself into cardio.

2. Functional fitness area

Battle ropes, medicine balls, kettlebells… this area is one that exercisers can get themselves in a sweat about. But it’s nothing new. Functional fitness is the body’s natural way of moving – pushing, pulling, lifting, squatting and climbing. The sole purpose is the make your body stronger, more flexible, more stable and agile. Ask a team member to show you how to use functional equipment – you’ll love it once you know how to use it.

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3. Free weights area

The basic workout tools in this area include dumbbells, barbells, benches, power racks and press stations. When you join a Raw Gyms club, we’ll include the amount of sets and reps you need to perform in your personalised plan (if this area is necessary to achieve your goals). Using a ‘spotter’ (someone to support you lift weights safely) can help prevent injuries in this area and motivate you to lift to your maximum potential.

4. Stretching and mobility area

If you’re wondering what areas are available in a gym that don’t rely on cardio or strength, the stretching area is the answer. It’s a lovely space for those who want to work on their core and flexibility, with mats for stretching and yoga. You’ll find most gym members head to this area at the start and end of their workout – use it to warm up and cool down to prevent injuries.

Familiarise yourself with what areas are available in a gym and you’ll lose any weird feelings of “not knowing where to go or what to do”. When you join a Raw Gyms club you’ll get a personalised plan by one of our expert personal trainers, who’ll be happy to go through everything with you and make sure you have fun reaching your goals.

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