As Ireland starts to reopen again following the COVID-19 lockdown, gyms are finally,  tentatively getting back up and running again!

As the gym we are based in is within a GAA club, and GAA guidelines are still currently for gyms to remain closed, we currently do not have a premises to operate out of. Like everyone, in practically every industry, personal trainers have learnt the importance of adaptability. By adapting, we have continued to provide services to clients in whatever way we can: online Zoom classes, yoga and one to one training sessions, as well as more recently, outdoor training and fitness classes. We are committed to continuing to offer all of these services for as long as there is a need for them.

We have had a long and productive relationship with Fingallians GAA. Noel was involved with strength and conditioning for the Fingallians Senior team long before the current gym even opened, and from the start of the new gym project just over three years ago, we oversaw the design of the gym, sourcing of equipment and management of the facility. It is a project we have taken great pride in.

We have loved  breathing life into an empty shell of a building; watching our teams grow and develop and thrive; being a part of the all-inclusive community spirit of the GAA; forging great friendships and holding our wedding reception there in November.

We have literally laughed, cried, celebrated and commiserated through every team win or loss, every client’s achievement, small and large. We have loved every minute.

We don’t know how long the gym will have to remain closed before the GAA feel it is safe to reopen the doors. What has been made clear to us, is that when the gym is able to reopen, there will be a set of constraints placed on us that are so prohibitive that we will no longer be able to operate there: the time has come for us to move on.

We would like to thank outgoing Chairman and Vice Chairman, Tony Gordan and Brendan McGrath for trusting us to help them realise their vision for the gym at Fingallians. We would also like to thank Joe Evans of Fingallians Athletics Club, and Fingal County Council for their ongoing support of our business, both at Fins and beyond.

Thank you so much to Club Manager Feidhlim for all your support and help! And huge thanks to Dan Campion for helping us with our vision for Intelligent Fitness.

COVID-19 has taught us ALL the importance of adaptability. We are continuously adapting and seeking the best for our valued clients and with that in mind, in the coming weeks we will be opening our NEW personal training centre in Swords! We’re delighted that Alan Dunne of Alan Dunne Fitness will be joining us in the new venture.

We have been so amazed and touched by the support and kindness of all of our clients, fitness class members, friends, and coaches and mentors from Fins, that we can’t wait to repay your loyalty and support by providing you with a fabulous new state of the art personal training centre. Look forward to seeing you at the opening…

So long Fingallians – watch this space!

Noel and Meredith

PAR Q Form


  • Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire – PAR-Q

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    Regular physical activity is fun and healthy, and increasingly more people are starting to become more active every day. Being more active is very safe for most people. However, some people should check with their doctor before they start becoming much more physically active. If you are planning to become much more physically active than you are now, start by answering the six questions below. If you are between the ages of 15 and 69, the PAR-Q will tell you if you should check with your doctor before you start. Please read the questions carefully and answer each one honestly by checking YES or NO
  • Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition or that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
  • Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
  • Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
  • Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by physical activity?
  • Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs for your blood pressure or a heart condition?
  • Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?
  • If you answered YES to one or more questions

    Talk with your doctor BEFORE you start becoming much more physically active or BEFORE you have a fitness appraisal. Tell your doctor about the PAR-Q and which questions you answered YES to. You may be able to do any activity you want – as long as you start slowly and build up gradually. Or, you may need to restrict your activities to those which are safe for you. Talk with your doctor about the kinds of activities you wish to participate in and follow their advice.
  • If you answered NO

    If you answered NO honestly to all PAR-Q questions, you can be reasonably sure that you can Start becoming much more physically active – begin slowly and build up gradually. This is the safest and easiest way to go. Take part in a fitness appraisal. This is an excellent way to determine your basic fitness so that you can plan the best way for you to live actively. It is also highly recommended that you have your blood pressure evaluated. If your reading is over 144/94, talk with your doctor before you start becoming much more physically active.
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    If you are not feeling well because of a temporary illness such as cold or a fever, wait until you feel better; or if you are or may be pregnant, talk to your doctor before you start becoming more active. Please note: If your health changes so that you then answer YES to any of the above questions, tell your fitness or health professional. Ask whether you should change your physical activity plan.
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    Intelligent Fitness and their agents assume no liability for persons who undertake physical activity, and if in doubt after completing this questionnaire consult your doctor prior to physical activity. I have read, understood and completed this questionnaire. Any questions I had were answered to my full satisfaction
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Unbelievably, it’s now been 16 weeks since the gym closed its doors and our lives changed completely. Over the last 16 weeks, we have continued to train clients in whatever capacity we can, adapting to the ever changing guidelines as to the safest way to do this.

We have managed to keep classes going right from the start, and to date Meredith has done exactly 105 online Zoom classes! Six weeks ago, we were also able to start offering small classes of three people and have been able to increase that number subsequently to classes of 14. From this week, we can have an unlimited number (well technically 200, but realistically that’s unlikely!) in our outdoor classes providing we continue to adhere to social distancing and hygiene guidelines, which we are committed to doing.

We are really excited to be able to work with clients and classes again in person, but understandably many people are still not entirely comfortable with meeting one to one, or coming along to a real-life class. It’s also “technically” now the school summer holidays, so there are plenty of parents who just can’t commit to getting to a class. With this in mind, we have decided to continue our very successful Zoom classes for July and August.

Initially, classes were run Mon-Fri for 20-25 minutes per day, and that format worked really well in lockdown but from next week (Mon 6th July), Zoom classes will be run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am for 40 minutes. Each class will include a full body workout, with a focus on either cardio, core or yoga stretches (you can sign up via our shop).

Outdoor classes are going to continue in Malahide for the foreseeable future, as we work to provide a way of safely offering indoor classes. They will take place on a Tues and Thurs at 10am and 5pm. So between our virtual and outdoor offerings, you will be able to find a class or combination of classes that work for you (and if you are feeling really brave you can sign up for a class every weekday!).

One to one personal training is available both virtually and in person (outdoors), and will continue to be available outdoors for the next two weeks. In line with the GAA directive, the gym in Fingallians will finally be in a position to open its doors on Monday 20th July! We’re really excited to be able to get back to personal training in the gym from that point and we’re working hard behind the scenes to make sure that we can offer a training session and an environment that is safe for everyone, and also that we can offer a comprehensive online service via our website and new app.

So thanks to all our lovely clients and friends for bearing with us through all the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, and for so graciously and enthusiastically throwing themselves into our modified classes and programmes! As ever, we welcome your input and feedback so do keep in touch!!

Noel & Meredith