Blogs - Raynham Athletic Club

March 27, 2023

Muscle Toning

Muscle tone is the capacity for your muscles to resist stretching while in a passive resting state. It ensures that even when you are at rest, the muscles are at least partially contracted. Muscle toning increases stamina and helps with posture. If you are looking for a muscle tone workout that activates your whole body then look no further! Mix and match these exercises, do 10 reps of each, 3 times, making a total of 30 for each exercise. 

  • Lunges: increases strength in legs and your glutes. It challenges your balance and helps with functionality.                           
  • Push-Ups: push-ups are great because it exercises every muscle in your body. Can be modified by going on your knees.       
  • Squats: strengthens legs and core. Also increases flexibility in legs and hips.                                                                       
  • 180 Jump: jump as high as you can while turning around, jump again to face the other way, that’s one rep.                         
  • Sit-ups: builds up your abdominal muscles. If you have lower back issues consider crunches, they still help your abdomen.
  • Abdomen Stretch: reach up as high as you can whilst keeping your feet flat to the floor and pushing your hips forwards slightly to lengthen the front of your body and stretch your abs. Interlace your fingers and rotate your palms up towards the ceiling. 


  • Dumbbell Rows: Let the weights hang just in front of your shins, then lift them up towards the sides of your ribs without changing the angle of your back, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Control the weight back down, keeping your shoulder blades engaged.   


October 7, 2022

THANK YOU! Our fundraising campaign for Covid relief was a huge success! As a small business, we were able to raise funds through selling memberships and other services that will be matched by a grant through the Commonwealth. We appreciate your support of our small business! Our campaign is now ended. 

This is the perfect time to join the RAC! We are beginning a campaign as part of a grant program through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts! This program helps small businesses like us by matching the money we make from selling memberships, birthday parties, and more. You get the opportunity to purchase these services at discounted prices! The money we raise during this time will be used to make upgrades and improvements to help in our Covid recovery efforts. When you click on the link, if you do not see the option you are looking for, give us a call and we can make it work for you!


Click on this link to give you all the information!

June 9, 2022







October 18, 2021

Is a Personal Trainer *ACTUALLY* Worth It?!

So let’s be honest first; I used to think that a personal trainer was a huge gimmick that they tried to hustle you into when you first joined a gym. I had this wild belief that unless this trainer could make me look like a supermodel or an athlete, then there is absolutely no way that it would be worth it. Well as I have gotten a little older and wiser, let me tell you that my opinion has most definitely transformed. Hear me out because I was once just as skeptical as you!

MOTIVATION – Most people will agree that as we get older and life gets busier, the motivation to workout becomes a little less.  Motivating yourself to get to the gym is almost the hardest part; being productive once you get there might have it beat. If you are anything like me, you might need the reminder that staring at workouts on your phone for 45 minutes does not actually count as working out. A trainer motivates you to get to the gym and literally tells you what to do once you get there. They want to make sure that you are productive during your time at the gym. Creating goals and reaching milestones with your trainer will ignite that little spark for exercising that you may not have even known was there.

ACCOUNTABILITY& CONSISTENCY- The exercise spark has come back a little, but we all know how easily that spark blows out after a couple weeks. A trainer is there to hold you accountable and to remind you that you wanted this. They will not let you forget because it’s literally their job. You now have someone to answer to if you didn’t work out at all since your last meeting and it will be obvious. Feeling their disappointment and the pain of your now difficult work out should serve as a lesson to put in the work. The expectations of your trainer outside of your training session hold you accountable and create consistency.  Their mission is to keep the spark alive, create strong habits, and build strength so that you may create a healthy routine and accomplish your goals.

CONFIDENCE- So you joined a new gym, but how much of the equipment do you actually know how to use? How much of it will you probably not take advantage of because of your comfort level? I have definitely been in this boat before. It is intimidating to sometimes try something new, but what if you could ask for help? A trainer will not only serve as a guide to navigate your new gym, but they will work with you to build a routine. In a short time, you will feel more comfortable with the equipment and a routine to ensure that you are getting the most out of your new gym!

KNOWLEDGE& SAFETY– A personal trainer is basically a teacher. They are there to teach you how to work out, but in a way that is best for you. As they get to know you, they learn your strengths and weaknesses and tailor each workout specifically for you. Working with you to meet your personal fitness goals in the most efficient and safest way possible is their priority. With their knowledge, they will guide you through your new routine with correct form and precautions when necessary. The mission of your trainer becomes keeping both you and your body heathy for years to come!

Trust me, Try a trainer and you will not be sorry that you did!

January 26, 2021

February 5th-7th

Come try our Group Ex Classes! We offer Pound, Cardio Bootcamp, FitStart, Muscle Mix, Totally Tabata,
HIIT Strong, Cycling, Aquaerobics, Cardio Step, Firm Foundations, Barre, Yoga, and Boxing!

If classes aren’t your thing, come for a Family Swim or shoot hoops!

Sign ups start 2/1, please call 508-823-5440 to reserve your spot.

Friday, February 5th

Time Class Location
5:30-6:20 pm Pound / Cardio Bootcamp Group Ex Room
6:00-6:50 pm Cycling Basketball Court

Saturday, February 6th

Time Class Location
7:30 – 8:20 am Cycling Basketball Court
8:15 – 10:15 am Aquaerobics Pool
8:30 – 9:20 am FitStart / Muscle Mix Group Ex Room
9:00 – 9:50 am Cycling Basketball Court
10:00 – 10:50 am Totally Tabata / HIIT Strong Group Ex Room

Sunday, February 7th

Time Class Location
8:00 – 8:50 am Cycling Basketball Court
8:30 – 9:20 am Cardio Step / Firm Foundations Group Ex Room
10:00 -10:55 am Barre / Yoga Group Ex Room
11:30 -12:00 am Boxing Group Ex Room


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November 25, 2020

When it comes to working out, having a friend along for the ride – or lift – can be beneficial. The gym can be an intimidating place. When you join the gym with a friend, you hold each other accountable and motivate each other. If you go with a companion you are more likely to try new classes, experiment, and different types of exercise. There is also always that opportunity for friendly competition when exercising with a buddy. This makes the experience more pleasurable and makes the time seem to pass faster because you are distracted. While you recover together you can reflect on and celebrate the goals you have attained. Joining the gym with a friend can be extremely beneficial!

      Arielle, Emily, Katelyn and Tanya joined the Raynham Athletic Club as Workout Buddies on August 14th. I met with them a couple of weeks after joining. Each came with their own reasons for returning to exercise but knew joining together would help them achieve their goals. 

Katelyn was rejoining the gym as “selfcare” and was pleased that Childcare came free with the membership. Her three children enjoyed their first childcare experience so much that they started asking their mom when she was attending the gym. 

Tanya has back issues and wanted to work at strengthening it. Tanya was pleased that after attending a class, Group Fitness Instructor, Dawn, informed her that she would help her with her back. Due to birthing two children, she also felt her midsection needed improvement and she wanted to feel better about herself. 

Arielle was looking forward to using the circuit and improving the appearance of her butt. 

     Now two months later, they continue to workout together regularly. They feel the RAC has a different atmosphere then other gyms. “Everyone is so friendly and supportive, a definite community,” states Katelyn.  I attended a class with them a couple of nights ago. Afterwards the Group Fitness Instructor, Carla, posted a photo on Facebook from class. It pleased me to see Katelyn and Tanya’s posts below the picture. Tanya commented, “We killed itttt!” Katelyn responded with, “Yea we did!!!! Our muscles are starting to show!” They have developed a weekly routine of different classes that they attend together.  One class they love is Dawn’s Muscle Mix. She states, “they have been consistent and because of this can feel themselves getting stronger”. On Facebook they created a group called Gym Gals. Here they remind each other to sign up for class and check in at the RAC when they come in and tag each other because this holds them accountable. According to Emily, “my friends keep me motivated”. Their children now also consider themselves “Childcare Buddies” and look forward to engaging with each other nightly. Another class that these Workout Buddies have enjoyed is Yoga with Ann Marie.


As Susan Trainor states, “Let the enthusiasm and energy of the group be your fuel.” Arielle, Emily, Katelyn, and Tanya continue to fuel each other and because of that, I have no doubt they will continue to be successful!


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November 25, 2020

    In October the Raynham Athletic Club (RAC) and the Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School Transition Partnership Program (TPP) formed a partnership. This collaboration has proven beneficial to both parties. 

     The RAC gained staff that work incredibly hard with a positive attitude. The students help maintain the facilities cleanliness by disinfecting machines, floors, weights, etc. They also fill the hand sanitizing bottles, fill the spray bottles, and make sure the rooms are properly supplied with paper towels. Next spring and summer when you see the beautiful flowers blooming near our entrance, you will have to thank the students. They spent time planting, trimming, and weeding the area. Students have also worked in the childcare, interacting with the children, cleaning the toys, and making craft projects. Other jobs the students have completed are bulletin boards, trash pickup, shredding, and signs. The students arrive with smiles, determined to learn skills that will help benefit them when they are searching for jobs in the future. Before they leave, they check in and communicate with the RAC staff letting them know what they have completed and advocate for themselves. Their hard work does not go unnoticed and we at the RAC are very appreciative of them!

     The TPP students were interviewed by Shanzai, a RAC staff member, about what they have gained while working at the RAC. Please see their responses below.


 Tori (Age 19)

-What would you change about working here?

Tori would not change anything about working here! She enjoys working here just as it is. The RAC makes her feel amazing because she is learning new life skills and she has a fun job.  She loves getting to know her wonderful coworkers and managers and she loves getting the work experience.

-What are some goals you hope to accomplish here at the RAC?

Tori hopes to get to know more people at the RAC, and work on her ability to communicate with people. She would love to learn more life skills and learn how to improve her cleaning and organizing skills.


Vicki (Age 18)

-What skills have you improved while working here?

Vicki has improved her organization and cleaning skills. She has also learned how to become more time sensitive and work with pool equipment. 

-What skills do you hope to improve as you continue to work here?

Vicki hopes to become quicker  and more efficient when mopping the floors, in order to keep the RAC nice and clean. Vicki hopes to work on speaking in a more professional manner when she is at a workplace. 

-How has the RAC affected you in a positive way?

Vicki is, “always excited to come here and see everyone.” She looks forward to coming to work on time and greeting the staff here at the RAC. 


Angelo (Age 20)

-What is your favorite job to do at the RAC?

Angelo’s favorite job is to “clean the floor”, because he likes to “kill germs and keep things super clean”. 

-What skills do you hope to improve as you continue to work here?

Angelo would love to learn how to use the weights, so that he can become super strong. He would also like to become fast and efficient when working. 

-What are some goals you hope to accomplish here at the RAC?

Angelo wants to “have a good attitude” and learn how to be more responsible while he continues to work hard at the RAC.


James (Age 19)

-What skills have you improved while working here? 

James has learned to achieve a better quality of work and that work is done more effectively when teamwork is involved. He also was able to improve his cleaning skills and has learned how to move the exercise bikes. 

-How has the RAC affected you in a positive way?

The RAC has given James an introduction to potential careers in the future and it allows him to put his Eagle skills to use.

-What are some goals you hope to accomplish here at the RAC?

James wishes to help out more because he simply enjoys working here at the RAC.


Ashley Distasio (Age 19)

-What have you learned working here?

Ashley said, “Teamwork makes the dreamwork.” She has learned the importance of working as a team.  She is also now able to clean weights and blow up the Aquatrac. 

-What would you change about working here?

Ashley stated, “Work here more”, because she loves to socialize with the staff and members at the RAC.

-What skills do you hope to improve as you continue to work here? 

Ashley hopes to gain new responsibilities and learn how to do new things. 

-How has the RAC affected you in a positive way?

The RAC. has given Ashley the opportunity to be her social bubbly self. 


Jerek (Age 20)

-What have you learned working here?

Jerek loves to come here, work hard because he feels as if he is giving back to his community. 

-What skills have you improved while working here? 

Jerek believes his social skills have grown and he has learned to be efficient. 

-How has the RAC affected you in a positive way?

Whenever he is at the RAC, Jerek has a big smile that really lights the room.  It makes him happy that people come here and put effort into becoming healthier.

October 8, 2020

Raynham Athletic Club has started its own swim program! They are now offering Swim Lessons for Children and Adults, private swim lessons, and a Masters swim program. Angela Naeth, triathlete and trainer has spent her life around water teaching swimming for over 10 years, and will be the Director of the Aquatics program at the RAC. With her direction, the RAC will help children and adults achieve their swimming goals.

The RAC swim program is offered year-round in a heated 25-yard, 6-lane pool with a shallow end for swim lessons.

Due to Covid-19 all children and adults will be following state guidelines.

The Masters swim program is currently running Monday and Thursday Evenings 6:15 pm -7:15 pm. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling the Raynham Athletic Club at 508-823-5440.

Swim Lessons are offered, 4-6 pm Weekdays and Sat/Sun mornings.

Each class will be limited to 2-3 children to adhere to 6-ft distancing.

Advance classes for swimmers to improve their fitness and skills are done in private and semi-private lessons. These can be schedule with Angela and her team at the RAC.

To learn more about pricing, levels for children and adults, and registering click here.

September 28, 2020

Growing up in British Columbia, Canada, Angela Naeth, known in the triathlon world for her prowess on the bike, is a multiple 70.3 and Ironman Champion, 36+ 70.3     podium finisher, Ironman 2014 Chattanooga Champion (her third Ironman) and the 2015 North American Ironman Champion with her scorching under 9-hour   performance!
In 2018, Angela, while battling Lyme disease, placed 8th at the Ironman World Championships with a time of 8:57.
With a Masters degree in Physical Therapy and Bachelor’s in Health Sciences, Angela graduated in 2005 and worked as a pediatric and orthopedic physiotherapist for 5 years.  Angela has coached and trained  athletes for 10+ years in cycling, triathlon and running, and in the fitness arena. She is well versed in sports nutrition, functional strength and programming. She offers personal consultations, training, programming and analysis.
She is now currently ranked among the top triathletes in the world –  with 3 sub-9 hour IRONMAN performances, 30+ podiums at the 70.3 and Ironman distances. Angela continues to pursue her career in these distances and build awareness around Lyme, and Women in Sport
Angela will be working with the RAC for various program like RAC Masters Swimming, Nutrition Program, Triathlon and many more to come.
We are honor to welcome Angela to the RAC Team.

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September 25, 2020

Choosing a gym sounds like an easy task, but in reality it is much more difficult than that. This decision will not only affect your finances but also your physical and mental health. It is understandable that you would want to take time to consider which gym option would work best for you. You aren’t alone in feeling a bit of anxiety over this kind of monumental decision! Don’t worry though, consider me a helpful travel guide as you navigate this important decision. There are some things that must be thought about before even stepping foot into the gym. 

To get us started down this choosing a gym road, I have come up with a few things you will want to consider before deciding on a gym.


Gyms Cost (per month & depending on membership type) Joining Fee # of Classes & if they are included with membership Childcare* Extras*
RAC $20 – $84.95 $50 (Only for non-commit membership and workout buddy),  15 different types (Included)(about 40 classes/week) Included Basketball court, pickleball, heated pool, sauna, steam room*
Taunton YMCA $24.50 – $63 $50 (Only for Family or Adult membership) 13 different types (Included) Included Basketball court, pool, indoor track, racquetball court
Planet Fitness $10 – $22.99 Currently $1 down (Changes depending on when you join) No classes No Affordable
Gold’s Gym $29.95 – $129 $0 – $25 (Depending on membership type) ~12 (Both in person and virtual classes included) Included Smoothie bar, sauna/steam room*, women only workout area
Bridgewater Fitness $34.95 – $99 34.95 (Only for monthly memberships 10 different types (Spin classes are an additional cost) Additional Display featuring protein bars, supplements and energy drinks for members to purchase
WOW 14.99 – $39.99 $1 (Only for non-commit) 13 types (Included with platinum or titanium membership only) Included with certain memberships Tanning, guest privileges, titanium training (depends on membership type)
East Coast Fitness $29 – $58 $58 (Single membership) / $87 (Couple) 8 different types (Included) Small fee ($2 for first hour, $1 per additional 30 mins) Tanning, supplement & smoothie station
Fit Factory $10 – 29.99 $49.99 (Annual fee) ~7 different types (Included for certain memberships) Included in most memberships Food & juice bar, tanning, women’s only area, sauna & steam *

* Normally available but coronavirus could have affected this gym aspect


While this may seem simple, it is definitely something that you will want to consider. Signing a contract and then realizing you can’t make the monthly payments, isn’t something anyone wants. Make sure to ask if there is any sort of joining fee, because you will want to consider that when figuring out your gym budget.  Especially because canceling your contract could come with a hefty price tag. 


Really sit down and think about what kind of gym goals you want to accomplish. Your goals will impact what kind of facility you are looking for. For example, if your goal involves working on your swimming, you will need a gym with a pool. 


Ask what is included in your future gym membership. Most gyms will always include access to standard cardio and weight lifting equipment. But!!! Do you need heavier weights because you dream to pick up all the heavy things? Do you dream of joining a high energy dance party every weeknight? If you answered yes (or even no), then you will need to find a gym that meets your specific needs, like one with extensive weight equipment or a gym where you don’t have to pay extra for classes. 


Some important features to consider about the facility include: hours they are open, childcare, facility size and location. Maybe you are an early bird who likes to workout before work to help energize your day or maybe you prefer in the evening to help relieve stress from the day. Not only are the hours important but so is the location! One study found that the closer you are to your gym, the more frequently you will go. Some people prefer the equipment selection of a large gym, while others prefer the close knit feel of a smaller gym. Busy parents would most likely want childcare included in their membership. Whichever features you need, make sure your gym has them!!!! 

Why the Raynham Athletic Club?

The Raynham Athletic Club (RAC) is a small, locally owned fitness facility. We strive to make you feel welcome as soon as you walk through the doors. The RAC isn’t just a gym, it is so much more. It is a sense of community. It is staff that will greet you with a smile, class instructors that become friends and other members that become like family. It is an individualized experience tailored to your specific goals and needs. With new management in place, the RAC is working to establish itself as a members oriented gym. A gym where staff works directly with you and helps you achieve your goals. We don’t want you to get lost in your journey to a healthy lifestyle but to work with you every step of the way, from nutritional goals, losing weight to gaining healthy muscle, or just staying healthy. Yes there are all kinds of Gyms with different business goals. Some of them as you can see above are less expensive and financially it might make sense. But without guidance, without motivation, you may just end up paying the fee and never show up. Joining the gym or club is the easy part, but motivating yourself to go to the gym or club is the crucial part. This is now an important focus at the RAC.  We want to walk side by side in your fitness journey. We want to build a relationship with you so that you feel excited to come work out. This is how we distinguish ourselves from other gyms.  The RAC also is the home to Bay State Physical Therapy, Kneadful Massage, Karate, SoMAFIT, swim lessons and even a dance studio, Susan winter school of Dance. All of the previously mentioned businesses are located right in the gym building, so everything is in an easily accessible location for members. Lisa Shaw is not only one of our fabulous cycling instructors but also has been a member for many years. She actually became a cycling instructor because she loves our cycling classes so much! When asked to describe the RAC she said: “The RAC is all about the members! The bonds and relationships you form with each other, make this gym so unique”.  Come and try us out! If you don’t want to make a commitment, we have a plan for that, if you want a short term commitment, we have a plan for that too. If you are coming with your workout buddies, we have amazing deals for that also.  Come try us free for a day, we are positive that you will have a great experience!