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