Choosing the Right Gym for Your Needs
February 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

New Year’s Day is fading farther and farther into the past, and along with it many people’s resolutions. It’s easier to try eating healthier, or ditching the cigarettes, or becoming fitter early on in the year, when the experience is new and encouraging. As we transition from January to February however, those resolutions start getting more difficult – especially if you’re not getting the results you want.

This is never more accurate than when people attempt to improve their fitness by going to a new gym. So, how do you get yourself to not only achieve your goals but also enjoy the process? It helps to find a gym that suits your needs, and more.

Ben Dunne

Ben Dunne gyms are available for usage in locations in all across Dublin and Meath – in Blackwater Retail Park (Navan), Terenure, Cherrywood Business Park, Jervis Street, Ballyowen Lane (Lucan), Santry, Beacon Shopping Centre (Sandyford Industrial Estate) and Blanchardstown. If you live in Dublin, I think it’s fair to say there’s little excuse not to get up and about. The gyms are known for their affordable rates, which go as low as €18.95 per month, and €195 per year.

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The gyms boast a strength and conditioning zone, treadmills, bikes, rowers and steppers, free weights and resistance machines, and impeccable changing rooms and showers. You can sign up for zumba classes, circuits, pilates, yoga and many more activities to keep you on a schedule, and you won’t pay a penny more for the privilege. If you’re the type that needs a kick in the rear end to help you along, or even just to give you some assistance in your exercise, personal trainers will be around for €25 per session.

Check out the Ben Dunne gyms right here.

Crunch Fitness

This gym has locations at Aston Quay, Dun Laoghaire and Westmanstown. Each individual gym offers a range of services that vary slightly from one another, but are no less enticing for someone who just needs to get moving. All the gyms are five-star establishments, so do try not to head in only to lift a 2.5lb dumbbell while scrolling through your Facebook feed. All three clubs boast world-class gymnasiums, pools and spas, the very height of luxury, and offer numerous classes to get you going.

crunch-fitness-gyms

There’s aerobics, yoga, body sculpting (which sounds painful but effective), spin, core training and many more. It even has a beauty salon, presumably for after you’re done exercising and feel and look like you’ve just been to war. Personal trainers cover the gym’s Wellness Programme, which helps you along your way to your ideal level of fitness on a more personal scale.

Check out the Crunch Fitness gyms right here.

FLYEfit

FLYEfit gyms are available all across Dublin as well, in Swords, Baggot Street, Portobello, Ranelagh, Macken Street and George’s Street. Memberships are relatively cheap for the discerning fitness freak, since on a monthly basis it’s a decent €29, while to attend annually the price is €259. FLYEfit also offer a FLYE Roaming Pass which gives you access to all of their gyms for just €32 per month or €299 for the year. If you’re planning on paying by the month, €3 extra for access to all their locations is an absolute bargain. If you want to test out the facilities before you sign up or if you’re just passing through, a day pass will cost you €9.

The gym offers a range of classes for your particular needs, such as pump and sculpt, bars and bells, body bootcamp and an actual fight club. Though the latter comes with more padding and less Brad Pitt, be advised.

flyefit-gyms

The gym’s starring feature is that it’s open 24 hours, 7 days a week, which is clearly something that people seem to demand from their gyms if the popularity of FLYEfit is anything to go by. There’s no excuse not to go when you can show up after work, before work, and even during work. If your greatest desire is to pump iron at two in the morning and not be judged, well, here’s your chance.

Check out the FLYEfit gyms right here.

Simply Fitness

Simply Fitness would best serve as an example of a different kind of gym – one smaller, more localised, with a concentrated level of staff and regular attendees. It’s located just outside of Terenure, and while it certainly doesn’t have the reputation of Ben Dunne or the undoubtedly gilded toilet seats of Crunch Fitness, it manages to hold its own. If you’re looking for a quieter environment and less of the hustle and bustle that comes with industrial-level gyms, this could be the ideal place for you.

simply-fitness-terenure

Monthly payments are €35, while annual membership can get a little pricey: off-peak membership is €249. To get a personal trainer, sessions cost €30, although discounts are offered for groups. The gym also advertises itself as being “poser-free”, so one can assume you can show up at any level of fitness and proceed to your exercise without being judged. That’s handy after all those Christmas sweets have been cleaned out.

Check out the Simply Fitness gym right here.

AM Fitness

The folks in Terenure should be sculpted like Spartan warriors by now. AM Fitness is located in the middle of the town, owned by three friends who specialise in strength and mobility training. The gym offers a number of facilities, but the focus is on improving muscle tone and movement; the gym features Move and Flow classes, which operates on a foundation of dance moves to help customers become more mobile.

Personal training and classes on strengthening your core and upper body are also up for your consideration, with flexible times to match your soon-to-be flexible limbs, I’m guessing.

You can avail of gold, silver or bronze membership, all with varying prices, class sizes and particular workshop access. Personal trainers come at €75 per session, presumably with many tips on how to eat yoghurt or what shoes work best on rubber floors, considering the price. If you had particular ideas about how you want to exercise, or what body part you’re intent on reshaping, this would be the setting for you to make good on that.

Check out the AM Fitness gym right here.

Annabel Hynes
Lifestyle and entertainment writer with an interest in politics, despite the groans it incites at the dinner table. Sci-fi obsessive.

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Choosing the Right Gym for Your Needs
February 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

New Year’s Day is fading farther and farther into the past, and along with it many people’s resolutions. It’s easier to try eating healthier, or ditching the cigarettes, or becoming fitter early on in the year, when the experience is new and encouraging. As we transition from January to February however, those resolutions start getting more difficult – especially if you’re not getting the results you want.

This is never more accurate than when people attempt to improve their fitness by going to a new gym. So, how do you get yourself to not only achieve your goals but also enjoy the process? It helps to find a gym that suits your needs, and more.

Ben Dunne

Ben Dunne gyms are available for usage in locations in all across Dublin and Meath – in Blackwater Retail Park (Navan), Terenure, Cherrywood Business Park, Jervis Street, Ballyowen Lane (Lucan), Santry, Beacon Shopping Centre (Sandyford Industrial Estate) and Blanchardstown. If you live in Dublin, I think it’s fair to say there’s little excuse not to get up and about. The gyms are known for their affordable rates, which go as low as €18.95 per month, and €195 per year.

ben-dunne-gym

The gyms boast a strength and conditioning zone, treadmills, bikes, rowers and steppers, free weights and resistance machines, and impeccable changing rooms and showers. You can sign up for zumba classes, circuits, pilates, yoga and many more activities to keep you on a schedule, and you won’t pay a penny more for the privilege. If you’re the type that needs a kick in the rear end to help you along, or even just to give you some assistance in your exercise, personal trainers will be around for €25 per session.

Check out the Ben Dunne gyms right here.

Crunch Fitness

This gym has locations at Aston Quay, Dun Laoghaire and Westmanstown. Each individual gym offers a range of services that vary slightly from one another, but are no less enticing for someone who just needs to get moving. All the gyms are five-star establishments, so do try not to head in only to lift a 2.5lb dumbbell while scrolling through your Facebook feed. All three clubs boast world-class gymnasiums, pools and spas, the very height of luxury, and offer numerous classes to get you going.

crunch-fitness-gyms

There’s aerobics, yoga, body sculpting (which sounds painful but effective), spin, core training and many more. It even has a beauty salon, presumably for after you’re done exercising and feel and look like you’ve just been to war. Personal trainers cover the gym’s Wellness Programme, which helps you along your way to your ideal level of fitness on a more personal scale.

Check out the Crunch Fitness gyms right here.

FLYEfit

FLYEfit gyms are available all across Dublin as well, in Swords, Baggot Street, Portobello, Ranelagh, Macken Street and George’s Street. Memberships are relatively cheap for the discerning fitness freak, since on a monthly basis it’s a decent €29, while to attend annually the price is €259. FLYEfit also offer a FLYE Roaming Pass which gives you access to all of their gyms for just €32 per month or €299 for the year. If you’re planning on paying by the month, €3 extra for access to all their locations is an absolute bargain. If you want to test out the facilities before you sign up or if you’re just passing through, a day pass will cost you €9.

The gym offers a range of classes for your particular needs, such as pump and sculpt, bars and bells, body bootcamp and an actual fight club. Though the latter comes with more padding and less Brad Pitt, be advised.

flyefit-gyms

The gym’s starring feature is that it’s open 24 hours, 7 days a week, which is clearly something that people seem to demand from their gyms if the popularity of FLYEfit is anything to go by. There’s no excuse not to go when you can show up after work, before work, and even during work. If your greatest desire is to pump iron at two in the morning and not be judged, well, here’s your chance.

Check out the FLYEfit gyms right here.

Simply Fitness

Simply Fitness would best serve as an example of a different kind of gym – one smaller, more localised, with a concentrated level of staff and regular attendees. It’s located just outside of Terenure, and while it certainly doesn’t have the reputation of Ben Dunne or the undoubtedly gilded toilet seats of Crunch Fitness, it manages to hold its own. If you’re looking for a quieter environment and less of the hustle and bustle that comes with industrial-level gyms, this could be the ideal place for you.

simply-fitness-terenure

Monthly payments are €35, while annual membership can get a little pricey: off-peak membership is €249. To get a personal trainer, sessions cost €30, although discounts are offered for groups. The gym also advertises itself as being “poser-free”, so one can assume you can show up at any level of fitness and proceed to your exercise without being judged. That’s handy after all those Christmas sweets have been cleaned out.

Check out the Simply Fitness gym right here.

AM Fitness

The folks in Terenure should be sculpted like Spartan warriors by now. AM Fitness is located in the middle of the town, owned by three friends who specialise in strength and mobility training. The gym offers a number of facilities, but the focus is on improving muscle tone and movement; the gym features Move and Flow classes, which operates on a foundation of dance moves to help customers become more mobile.

Personal training and classes on strengthening your core and upper body are also up for your consideration, with flexible times to match your soon-to-be flexible limbs, I’m guessing.

You can avail of gold, silver or bronze membership, all with varying prices, class sizes and particular workshop access. Personal trainers come at €75 per session, presumably with many tips on how to eat yoghurt or what shoes work best on rubber floors, considering the price. If you had particular ideas about how you want to exercise, or what body part you’re intent on reshaping, this would be the setting for you to make good on that.

Check out the AM Fitness gym right here.

Annabel Hynes
Lifestyle and entertainment writer with an interest in politics, despite the groans it incites at the dinner table. Sci-fi obsessive.

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