Date: 01 Feb 2012 · Author: admin · Category: Uncategorized
We’re officially open for business. Come in and have a look around or book a consultation. In the meantime, read more to see what to expect when you join Roark.
Roark Gyms is a garage style gym that offers a combination training approach to fitness. Started by James White, a rugby player-turned-lawyer-turned-gym-owner, Roark Gyms came about as a result of his belief in combining base strength training with functional conditioning, as well as his frustration with the limitations of commercial gyms.
“Most gyms cater to a very broad audience. They have put as much equipment out there as possible, each with it’s own empty promise of getting members in better shape quicker. Training with machines and dumbbells is boring, and the results are slow. I found that having to run down to the parking lot in order to do sprints or waiting in a line to use the single pull-up bar was just frustrating, and I know many other people feel the same way. The problem was that there wasn’t an affordable or viable alternative,” says White. “I’ve opened Roark to cater to other people like me, who seek more focus in the gym that they train at.”
Where is ROARK GYMS?
Roark Gyms is situated on the first floor of the Building Services building on the corner of Roeland and De Villier’s Street, opposite Viglietti Motors. Click here for a Google Map.
What kind of equipment will I find at ROARK GYMS?
“We wanted the gym to have integrity so it’s quite down to earth with lots of space,” says White. “We designed it so that members would have room to move.” Apart from a few rowing machines, there are no treadmills or cross-trainers in sight. Much of Roark Gyms’ equipment consists of rows and rows of pull-up bars, squat racks, gymnastic rings, barbells, kettle bells, boxes for jumping and medicine balls. Four sprint lanes are marked out down the one side of the 550 square metre space. There is even a pair of tractor tyres in the middle of the gym.
“We use the tyres for developing a base strength in our athletes, and they’re great for just letting lose. I hate the term ‘functional training’, but it seems fair to say that our equipment is functional. I try and keep things as useful to real life and interesting as I can. We try to get our clients to move their bodies the way they’re meant to be moved, instead of making them go through the motions on machines that isolate or oversimplify movements. The point is to keep surprising your body, to retain that sense of adventure that physical exercise should have,” says White.
What kind of training can I expect at ROARK GYMS?
Roark Gyms aims to use a combination of metabolic conditioning and strength techniques to develop it’s members into becoming as fit as they can. Fitness at Roark doesn’t have a prescribed definition. We appreciate that fitness may mean different things to different people, and that’s why we tailor programs to suit the fitness goals of every one of our members. The Roark Gyms line is ‘Building Athletes’, but it’s not just about training professionals, although James has worked with a number of professional athletes in his time. “It’s about developing all-round strength and fitness,” says White. “No matter at what level you exercise, whether you’re a Sunday walker or a tri-athlete, you can improve. At Roark we value a member’s ability to acknowledge how much they can improve over their current athletic ability.”
“We use the word ‘athlete’ a lot, but in my mind if you have a body, you’re an athlete,” says James, who believes training is not just about packing on more muscle or losing weight. “I’ve trained sportsmen and I’ve trained deskbound corporates, and the results are always the same in that when you are fit and getting fitter, you are happy. When you feel powerful in your body, you feel powerful in your life. You feel healthy and empowered, you can handle challenges better, you become proactive and motivated. I want our clients to come here to push themselves and walk away feeling like they can take on anything. That’s the true benefit of fitness. The muscles and body that come with it are really just bonuses, although we of course appreciate that aesthetics are a huge part of training motivation. At Roark we set aside all ego and judgment, allowing our members to come to place that is focused on the important aspects of training and fitness, which seem to have been lost in the corporate gym culture.”
Does ROARK GYMS offer classes?
There are two classes every morning (06h30-07h30, 07h30-08h30) one lunch time class (13h00-14h00) and two every evening (17h30-18:30, 18:30-19:30 Monday – Friday, with a 9h00-10h00 class on Saturdays. In these you will be taught new techniques with which to train and strengthen your body, and you will be pushed to challenge yourself with varied exercises which will be completed within varying time domains. Exercises are always new, and the idea is to keep surprising your body and engaging your mind. The ideal way to train at Roark Gyms is to attend as many classes as you can, and once you’re happy with the movements, supplement the classes with your own training. At Roark you are free to join a class or to train on your own. The Roark Daily will be posted everyday on roarkgyms.com which will detail the workout recommended for that day.
There will also be a Roark Mobility workout posted on the website that will cover both techniques and mobility, what White calls ‘body maintenance’.
“We want to show you how your body works, how you can help it work better. Mobility videos cover posture, stretching, paying attention to the small details that will improve performance and prevent injuries,” says White.
What does becoming a member of ROARK GYMS entail?
Membership is a monthly subscription that you choose according to how often you want to train.
3 days a week general gym access (no classes) = R350 per month
3 classes per week or 3 days gym access per week = R500 per month
3 classes per week and unlimited gym access per week = R550 per month
Unlimited gym access and classes = R650 per month
Does ROARK GYMS offer Personal Training services?
Yes. Sessions are an hour long and cost R200 each.
Mobility assessments are an hour long and cost R200 each.
How do I join ROARK GYMS?
Email email@example.com to book a free consultation or visit http://roarkgyms.com/join-the-gym/ and fill in the form to sign up. Roark Gyms is open from 1 February 2012. Call James White on 073 701 2304 for further information.