Every college student tries to do a little exercise every now and again. With the Irish weather, this can make anything outdoors a challenge. This is where a gym can come in handy. Here we will take a closer look at some of the more affordable local gyms for the Griffith student and other University students.

Raw Gym - photo credit- (Jeanne Measom)

Raw Gym – photo credit- (Jeanne Measom)

 

1.Raw Condition Gym 7 South Richmond Street, Portobello. 01-478-9204.  See Google Maps

Raw Gym - photo credit - (Jeanne Measom)

Raw Gym – photo credit – (Jeanne Measom)

They do a rate for students of €289 per year. You can join for one month, six months, and one year. This includes all 30 gym classes per week. The classes currently available are:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7am to 7:45am Bootcamp Rip 60 & KB Spin Pump & KB Spin
11am to 12pm Power Hour
1:15pm to 1:45pm Spin & Bootcamp Rip:60 Kettlebell Bootcamp Spin & Bootcamp
6:30pm to 7:15pm Body Blitz Spin Boxercise Tone Spin Bodyburn
7:15pm to 7:45pm Spin

Opening hours are Monday – Friday, 6am-10pm; and weekends, 9am-6pm.

Rob , a personal trainer at Raw, says, “Raw is great for students, and we have a free trial available and have had many professional athletes using the gym.” “This is known as the hardcore gym with great atmosphere for all,” Tim Horstmann, a student at Griffith College and a member of Raw says. “The feeling is good there: good music, good image, and young people. The price is affordable, good equipment, and it’s close to Griffith College.”

2. Herberton Leisure – James’s Walk, Dublin 8. 01-454-7963.  See Google Maps.

 

Herberton Leisure - photo Credit - Facebook Herberton Leisure

Herberton Leisure – photo Credit – Facebook Herberton Leisure

This leisure centre has a 12-metre swimming pool, complete with swim jets, and a spa area with jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and plunge pool. A fully-equipped free weights area, resistance, and cardiovascular exercise equipment. For students, they do a price of three months for €100 and twelve months for €300, all classes included.

Herberton Leisure - photo credit - (Facebook Herberton Leisure)

Herberton Leisure – photo credit – (Facebook Herberton Leisure)

Personal trainer, Richard, says, “What makes Herberton Gym different is it’s a leisure centre with a great atmosphere, classes, and price.” Francine , also a student and a member of the gym, says, “I love the gym as I live in Dublin 8, and as a student, it’s clean and cheap. What more could someone ask for?”

The classes available are:

Herberton Leisure Class Schedule - photo credit - (Herberton Leisure)

Herberton Leisure Class Schedule – photo credit – (Herberton Leisure)

3 Swan Leisure –  Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines. 01-496-7908.  See Google Maps.

Gavin Finn, manager at Swan, says, “We are happy to offer you the option of a full membership or pay as you go. We are a not-for-profit organization, and this is what makes us really different. Our mission statement is just to get the community active.”

Swan Leisure Gym - photo credit - (Swan Leisure

Swan Leisure Gym – photo credit – (Swan Leisure

Membership includes full access to swimming and gym facilities, as well as aqua aerobics classes every day. For September only, they have a 9-month student special for €269. In addition, they also have the pay-as-you-go membership, which the other gyms do not have. This makes it easier to try before you commit, as well as being perfect for that non-committal student (shorten or cross out). The price for this is €6.50 per gym visit, €6.00 for just swim, or €7.50 for both pool and gym.

Swan Leisure basketball court - photo credit - (Swan Leisure)

Swan Leisure basketball court – photo credit – (Swan Leisure)

Example of their Monday class list

This is a sample of Monday’s classes

Monday Class  Duration of class  Location Included with Membership
07:15 HiiT Spin 30mins S2 yes
07:15 Triathlon Coaching 60mins Pool yes
07:50 Abs Blast 15mins S1 yes
10:00 Pilates 45mins S1 yes
10:30 Aqua 40mins Pool yes
11:00 TBC 30mins hall yes
11:40 HiiT Spin 30mins S2 yes
13:15 HiiT Spin 30mins S2 yes
16:00 Teen Gym 120mins gym yes
18:15 Kettlebell Challenge 45mins hall yes
18:15 Full Body Pump 45mins hall yes
18:15 Pilates 45mins S1 yes
18:15 HiiT Spin 30mins S2 yes
19:00 EnduraSpin 60mins S2 yes
19:00 Abs Blast 15mins hall yes
19:15 TRX 45mins Hall yes
19:15 Hiit Strength 45mins Hall yes
19:15 Zumba 45mins S1 yes
20:05 Aqua Aerobics 35mins Pool yes
20:15 HiiT Spin 45mins S2 yes
20:15 Pilates 45mins

So there is now no excuse not to exercise when the weather is bad.

 

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