Why RAW?

Standard gyms offer more fad chasing classes, fancy equipment, latest machines and many other amenities. We have heard this many times. In fact, when we look at the ads that gyms put out there, everything that they brag about we’re very happy NOT to include at RAW. We are not focused on your outward appearance or our surroundings unless it’s at one of our outdoor classes in the woods where we all should be most of the time anyway.

Here’s some background info we feel is needed on how and why RAW started.

We met working out at a local gym trying to find some wall space and floor space that wasn’t blocked by massive amounts of machines. Both of us were always looking to get outside to exercise, whether it was trail running, mountain biking or just playing around (we both were blessed with ADD and get bored very quickly). We soon found ourselves competing against each other in outdoor adventure races. Dean got tired of losing to Jodi and decided to join forces.  It wasn’t long before similar philosophies on life and living were noticed. One very important observation was that getting healthy should be a family affair and cost effective.
When we started RAW 7 8 9 10 11 years ago it began as a little store front in Northvale. We soon needed more space so we moved up the road to our current facility. Our main focus was creating a family friendly, cost effective, no excuse environment that got people healthy and in great shape.

We both care very deeply about holistic health and overall well being. We don’t care about what you are wearing or how you look or how we look or what we are wearing (just look at Dean’s feet). We don’t accept excuses for not being active and not caring about your long term health. Some, trying to explain our workouts, have compared us to Crossfit or other bootcamp classes and that’s all good because one of the hardest things for us is to describe what we actually do. Our focus is on you staying active and healthy for the rest of your life and have fun doing it!

We won’t have you sign contracts or lock you into a membership that you wish you could get out of.
We want you to want to come.

So, why RAW?….Because we care….and we don’t accept excuses. If you want to stay healthy you’ll figure out a way to do it. If you don’t, you’ll figure out an exuse not to.

Traveling Training Sessions!!

Are you looking to increase your endurance?
Getting ready for a race? Suffering from an injury?
Intimidated by groups?

Dean Orfas, Jodi Sardanis or Alex Chavel, NSCA-CPT Certified NSCA Trainers will meet you in the woods, at your house, at the park or at RAW for personal training sessions.For more information send us an email info@rawforhealth.net or call us at 201.233.1626


The R.A.W. Wall

Daily workouts and other information for our Members.  Membership Required

See the Wall:

Be younger next year!

Come and find out that you’re not alone. Come and get a jump-start… the right way this time.

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Nature can be your gym

Videos and photos of RAW members working out in nature!

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In the cold…

Read this story and watch the video… You will never complain about the RAW WALL again!

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Here is what you think of us

Our clients chime in on R.A.W. Fitness, parental guidance suggested.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Kids

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes taking an opponent to the ground and utilizing ground fighting techniques…

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The other 23 hours

An ongoing blog dedicated to answering  questions from RAW clients…

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Kid’s Performance  Records!

Congratulations to our R.A.W. Kids!

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