Check out some of our member success stories and testimonials below:
Clodagh Hoey’s Story
I didn’t take a starting photo as I didn’t believe I was able to get as far as I did. I had no motivation to push myself (well so I thought) to lose the weight.
When I first started out, I had a poor fitness level and I wasn’t able to do much exercise. I was unhappy with my body which led to me having pretty low self-esteem. Therefore, going to the gym was horrible!! I had bad eating habits and just didn’t eat breakfast. When I did eat I was eating unhealthy food with high fat, salt and sugar levels so I wasn’t getting enough good food for my body.
I knew that I had to change my ways if I wanted to change the way I looked and be healthier. This was so clear, I just didn’t feel conformable in my own body!! I was always known to be fat and I wanted to change that. I didn’t want to be like that all my life.
This was the main reason I started the gym.
When I started in DKIT Sport, I was messing around on the cardio machines as I didn’t like doing anything else. I was doing this a few weeks before I decided to get booked in with one of their trainers. After talking to Bríanán, one of the staff members, she booked me in for an appointment with Kate. I was so so nervous to meet with a trainer quite simply because I didn’t like people knowing what weight I was and I was afraid that they would judge me for the way I was.
When I met Kate for my first appointment, she asked me questions about myself so she could figure out where I may be going wrong. Kate went through what I eat on a normal day and what exercise I would do, if any. Kate was so down to earth and positive. She made it easy to relax. Kate also asked me if there was anything I didn’t like/want to do. It was a pretty long list but I remember one more than the others. Running. My biggest “no no” was running on a treadmill – I was so afraid of making a fool of myself!!
Kate then put together a personalised program for me and I got stuck in with her help and guidance along the way. Looking back, it was pretty light exercise at the start but the program continued to change alongside my body and fitness level. Along with my gym program, Kate was able to give me ideas to improve my diet. It was little changes which was helped by tracking what I ate with “my fitness pal” and seeing where my calories came from.
I soon felt like the gym was a friendly place to work out and not a scary place like I originally thought. I was getting more confident in the gym and was trying to push myself more and more, the weights were going up and mine was coming down!! I also took up 5k training every Saturday morning with the Dundalk Park Run. This was a thing I never thought I would do as I loved my Saturday lie on!!
Losing the weight was slow but I was learning why and how it all works along the way. It was a total love hate relationship with Kate – I hated how hard she made me push myself but I loved it all at the same time. I soon found out I could push myself much more than I ever could have imagined. It is such a great feeling!!
When Kate knew I was on the right track with the exercise she continued to make small changes to my food and some slightly bigger ones. I wasn’t allowed to eat as much of the things I loved such as chocolate, sweets, bread, and milk in my tea. My biggest problem was eating enough food and trying to get enough good food in to my body. As Kate says ‘if it comes from the soil or runs on it’ you can eat it besides that it’s just a no. Saying all this I was still allowed my treats as I went along and I was still able to go out for a few drinks but this wasn’t to be used as an excuse to binge eat. This definitely helped me stay focused along the way!!
Over the time I was able to see my body change as well as my life style. I was going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week and doing the 5k. I now love doing HIIT training and lifting weights, AND I have also started to run on the treadmill – something that I always hated the thought of doing!!
I have never been happier or more confident in my own body and I most certainly don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!! I never thought I would say that but there you go. This was all thanks to the amazing staff at DKIT gym and especially Kate who helped me on my journey.
Sean Hession Fitness for Golf November 2016
I joined DKIT in September 2015 having previously been a member in another Gym. As a retired person who wished to remain active I was impressed by what I heard on the street in relation to what DKIT had to offer in comparison to other Gyms. I was not disappointed.
I was perhaps fortunate to be introduced to fitness instructor, Paul Hoey, who despite my age and my obvious limitations took an immediate interest in what I wished to achieve.
As a serious competitive golfer, we agreed at a formal meeting that the key areas I needed to focus on were flexibility, core strength and general fitness. We agreed on a programme which concentrated on these areas and involved approx 3 visits per week to the gym.
Paul supervised and put me through the programme and kept an eye on my progress and continuously tweaked the programme in line with research he did on fitness for golf. Paul changed the programme every quarter approx and we are now heading into another new programme.
As a result of my fitness, my golf handicap has reduced from 9 to 5 in the past year. This is not a usual phenomenon as people of my age tend to have their handicaps increased as they get older. I have had much success on the golf course and have been selected on most of the club teams that I am eligible for.
What I notice is that my strength levels have increased, my flexibility is much improved, my levels of concentration are higher and tiredness does not set in as the round progresses.
My decision to join DKIT has turned out for me to be an inspired decision for me. You are made feel welcome every day you enter the facility and I am looking forward to continuing my association with Paul and the rest of the team into the future.
Shane Loughran has been a DKIT Sport member since August 2015. He lives 20 minutes away from the gym and is married with two kids. Shane with the help of our Fitness Instructor Michael Griffin set himself some personal goals within realistic time frames. He’s enjoying his current fitness journey with us here at DKIT Sport and has lost 9kg within 3 months. Well done Shane! Check out both Shane and Michael’s stories below:
Shane’s Loughran’s Story:
“I always had an interest in fitness and training through my life, I played football up until I got injured at the age of 32 and then moved on to running marathons. I ran 3 Dublin marathons from 2012 to 2014. I never really enjoyed the long running but once I reached my goal of 3 marathons I needed a change.
I then tried my hand at cycling; I started to train for a 190 kilometre cycle from Dunleer to Kilkenny which we completed last summer.
While training for marathons and long bike trips over the years I never seemed to lose weight or tone up in any way, I know this is mostly down to diet but I subconsciously thought ‘once you’re training you can eat what you want.’
Last July at the age of 36 I was at the heaviest I have ever been (92.5 kg) and in dire need of a new challenge. I joined DKIT Sport in August but had never really enjoyed other gyms I joined in the past and was pretty sceptical about motivating myself to go this time round.
When I joined, I was offered a fitness plan from a trainer. I was a bit sceptical at first and thought they would push me hard and make me eat chicken and broccoli for breakfast, but I said I would give it a go. Michael was my assigned trainer and he set my mind at ease immediately, his knowledge and love of what he does was infectious and I quickly turned from nervous and sceptical to excited.
Michael gave realistic goals and his constant monitoring and encouragement kept me focused. After about 4 weeks of training and changing my diet I could see the shape of my body change and that was the inspiration to keep going. Like everyone, I had obstacles. I work Full time in Drogheda, live in Dunleer and drive to Dundalk for the Gym. My wife was due our second child in November so I tried to get to the gym as often as possible before then but after some time it became part of my lifestyle and I never imagined sticking to it.
I had my highs and lows throughout this programme. It’s funny, some of my lows came when I couldn’t get to the gym due to work commitments and being a dad. Some days I walked into the gym only to walk straight back out again as I just was not in the mood, but that’s exercise! It’s a love/ hate relationship. When the weight started to come off, the staff started to notice and encouraged me even more. Michael went above and beyond to help and guide me. When I was not being honest he could tell, and in some way encouraged me to make the right decisions. I never knew certain foods could have such an effect of your waistline and certain exercises were more beneficial than others but it was all part of the process.
I can honestly say that DKIT Sport is the best gym I have ever been in and unlike other gyms I have been in the past it is very un-intimidating to first time goers. The staff are all very friendly and so helpful and have any amount of time to help you. I am coming to the end of my 6 month training plan and can honestly say I love going to the gym and can’t wait to set myself the next goal for the summer 2016. I would like to thank all the staff in DKIT Sport for all their help over the last 6 months and most importantly I can’t thank Michael enough for all his hard work and encouragement, not only did he get me 9 kg lighter he also educated me on food and nutrition. I can’t wait for the next challenge.”
DKIT Sport Instructor Michael Griffin’s Journey with Shane:
“When I first met Shane he had come to a crossroads in his life, continue on his unhealthy lifestyle or start investing in his long term health. He was what we call ‘skinny fat’, he looked ok in a t-shirt, but had no muscle mass and the fat was starting to creep on. He was not a complete stranger to exercise however, having done a lot of running in the past but, like a lot of people, had settled into bad eating habits, was missing sleep, and in general was starting to feel very bad about himself.
We talked about his goals and the best way to achieve them. We had obstacles however, not least of which was Shane telling me how much he hated any gym work having had negative experiences in the past, and he had no experience doing any sort of resistance training. That coupled with the fact he could only get in three times a week as he had a hectic work schedule along with a young family and another baby on the way, meant this was not going to be a quick fix twelve week transformation. I wanted to enable him to incorporate training into his already busy life rather than an unsustainable approach which would leave him back to square one in no time or possibly even worse. This was about developing a new lifestyle after all, not just a simple ‘before and after’ picture with no regard for life after the ‘after’ picture.
I gave Shane a basic full body routine along with cardio. It was a basic programme to begin with as Shane was untrained and I wanted to get his central nervous system, muscles and joints ready for tougher work to come. If I had thrown him in at the deep end it would have greatly increased his risk of injury along with leaving him sore for days and less likely to stick with it. The biggest determining factor of whether a programme is going to work after all is the ability to adhere to it. So I could have went to town on him got quick results, a nice after picture and let him to it but frankly I care more than that and wanted to look at the long term. You can’t out-train a bad diet, so we had to look at what he was eating, and, after getting Shane to complete an honest food diary, it became apparent he was not getting near enough protein with the majority of his diet consisting of carbohydrates and saturated fat. So we increased lean meat and cut down on the carbs but didn’t cut them out completely as I wanted him to have the energy to train and function normally, not get on the emotional roller-coaster that zero carb diets put you on leaving people tired and irritable, its also unnecessary to cut out an entire macro-nutrient as this will lead to cravings and binge eating which I wanted to avoid. Shane had to live a normal life after all and I didn’t want him living with a constant feeling of deprivation.
Shane for his part has done everything I have asked of him, and his basic full body routine has evolved to more compound lifts and tougher training. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and although the weight is dropping the biggest change is in his body composition. He is putting on lean muscle whilst losing body fat at a steady sustainable rate. He is even enjoying his training so much that he has managed to squeeze in a fourth day of training most weeks! This is only the start of Shane’s journey and he will continue to make solid progress and I am looking forward being there to keep pushing him to the next level.
Could we have gotten more drastic results? Of course, we could have dropped Shane’s calories to an unsustainable level and demanded he get in six times a week but that would never have been sustainable given his commitments and would have led him to burn out and further fuel his dislike of gyms. This was never about a quick fix, it was about helping him make positive healthy lifestyle changes for life after the after photo.”