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Joe Kelly

Joe has 2 years experience in the health and fitness industry with a strong interest in Strength and conditioning and Body Physiology. He began at the age of 16 training to help aid his performance on the field. Joe has a background in a multiple of sports but Rugby has been the main focus in the last couple of years.

After numerous injuries he began to look into the causes. He found it fascinating the importance of programming for an athlete as to what the effects of a high impact sport has on the body. This was the start to his career and why he went on to become a personal trainer as his passion is to help people perform not just on the field but in life and live pain free.

Joe continues to up-skill in Body Physiology to ensure his clients receive the best results possible.

ITEC Diploma in Personal Training & Nutrition Level 3

NCSC Phase 1 – Karl Gilligan

IRFU Coaching Conditioning Course

Jody Bastow

Jody comes from a background in team sports, GAA, Soccer and Rugby. He has played both hurling and Gaelic football at the highest club level in Dublin for many years and represented Dublin at inter county hurling at all under age levels.

He has over 2 years experience in the fitness industry and has a real passion for helping others achieve their goals.

 

EQF level 3 fitness instruction.

EQF level 3 group instruction.

EQF level 4 personal training with nutrition.

Colman O’Brien

Colman has always been involved in sport from a young age. Soccer, in particular, has always been his passion and he’s currently playing at high amateur level with Home Farm FC.

Colman is a final year student in Sport Science and Health in DCU. As part of his third year he undertook a 6 month full-time internship with Swim Ireland and worked closely with the elite athletes in the field of S&C, where he gained invaluable skills and knowledge and assisted in their journey to Tokyo 2020.

During his second year of college he gained his personal training and gym instruction qualifications. Colman’s been working in the fitness industry for over a year as a gym instructor in the Bonnington leisure Centre, instructing fitness classes and working one-on-one with members.

 

ITEC EQF Level 4 Personal Training

ITEC EQF Level 3 Fitness Instruction (Spin, Kettlebells and TRX)

ITEC EQF Level 4 Nutrition

ITEC EQF Level 3 Group Instruction (Exercise to Music and Step Aerobics)Undergrad B.Sc in Sports Science and Health at Dublin City University

Aideen Hennessey

Aideen began her fitness journey as a client at The Edge Clontarf a number of years ago. Prior to that her background was in dance, instructing in a number of performing arts schools around Dublin. Aideen has a number of years’ experience training at various health and fitness facilities in both Ireland and Australia, where she predominantly focused on Crossfit training at one of the most highly accredited Crossfit gyms in Sydney. In 2018 she relocated back to Dublin and qualified as a personal trainer. Aideen is extremely passionate when it comes to exercise, and is dedicated to instilling a sense of self-belief and drive in her clients to work hard and achieve their goals.

ITEC Level 3 & EQF Level 4 Diploma in Personal Training & Nutrition

Certificate in body composition analysis

Úna Raymond-Hoey

Úna is a fourth year Sports Science and Health student at DCU who completed her personal training and gym instructor qualifications part-time during her second year at university. She comes from a strong sporting background having competed in GAA, basketball and tennis and is a current Irish cricket international. Una has recently returned from a 2 month internship in Perth, Australia, where she worked as a strength and conditioning and sports science intern with a professional state team. Una also has experience working with chronic disease rehabilitation clients as part of DCU’s MedEx program, which uses exercise and nutritional interventions to treat, manage and prevent chronic illnesses. She currently works with local athletes to deliver specific strength and running programs and provides GPS data and analysis. Una is passionate about providing evidence-based knowledge to help her clients achieve their goals and make exercise and nutrition an enjoyable and rewarding part of their lifestyle.

ITEC EQF Level 4 Personal Training

ITEC EQF Level 3 Fitness Instruction (Spin, Kettlebells and TRX)

ITEC EQF Level 4 Nutrition

ITEC EQF Level 3 Group Instruction (Exercise to Music and Step Aerobics)

Currently studying B.Sc in Sports Science and Health at Dublin City University

Eoin Cashen

Eoin has 3 years of experience in the fitness industry and his background began with football but has a natural curiosity for all sporting pursuits and athletic performance. He has developed and built up education and application of nutrition and wellbeing as part of reaching peak physical capability. His experience ranges from those willing to build strength and conditioning, endurance, fat loss or weight management. He also has extensive experience in group classes ranging from Bodycon, HIIT & Pilates.

He couples these competencies with his qualifications around sports massage and remedial therapy and has a level 4 personal trainer qualification from UCD. Eoin has a degree in education and training in DCU, and his true passion is being able to apply the foundations of how people learn to leverage the best means of achieving physical and well-being goals.

B.Sc. Education & Training

Personal Training- level 4

Adam Goslin

Health and wellbeing has always been a part of Adam’s life from a very young age. Adam has been involved in a wide variety of different sports throughout his life. From playing and coaching all types of team and individual sports, Adam has now developed a great passion for endurance sports and is currently a very competitive triathlete on the Irish circuit.

Adam is very dedicated to getting the best out of every individual and as a qualified Sports Scientist; he uses evidence based approaches to help his clients achieve both their health and performance goals.

 

B.Sc. Sports Science & Health

Precision Nutrition Level 1

International Triathlon Union – Level 1 Coaching

Triathlon Ireland – Tri Leader & Tri Heroes

Athletics Ireland – Level 1

Open Water Swimming – Level 1

Brianne Mulvihill

I’ve been doing endurance sports, mostly triathlons, for years and started S&C training with James last November with the idea of building up some muscle strength. Little did I know that a year on I would be the healthiest and fittest I’ve ever been and have had one of my best race seasons to date!

Unlike other S&C classes that I had been to, James really focuses on the person and their goals. Each session is very targeted – there isn’t a one plan fits all, rather everything is carefully thought out and tailored to your needs. As important as the strength training, as I’ve come to learn, is the nutrition. I’ve completely changed what and eat and when I eat it and found it has made a huge difference. I’ve never felt stronger and I’ve found that I recover much quicker from hard sessions.

Couldn’t recommend James, or The Edge, more highly for any athlete.

Rebecca Woods

From running, to basketball, to triathlon, James is always up for a challenge! His broad knowledge base, innovative thinking and passion, puts me in the best possible position to progress in my sport. James always wants to be the best he can be, to make you the best you can be. His individualised training not only builds a strong, healthy and knowledgeable athlete, but more importantly, his approach helped me build confidence to believe in my own ability to reach new heights. No matter your sport, athletic ability or skill level, James has the knowledge, drive and experience to help you achieve your goals. His energy and enthusiasm is contagious! James has helped me to become faster, stronger and more effective in my sport – he has given me ‘the edge’ I need to succeed!

Adrienne Healy

I began training with Chris in April 2018, while I had lost some weight I was stuck in a rut and needed something to change. I was so nervous going to the gym the first time, but that was eased once I had a chat with Chris. He asked me what my goals were, this wasn’t just about going to the gym but a lifestyle overhaul and I was ready to embrace this change.

I started with one PT session a week and was in pain for days after it, but that was a good thing, I could feel the change happening. Chris’s support was immense and I don’t think he fully understood how much the texts he sent mean to me. Just that reassurance that I was doing well.

After some persuasion I did a class in The Edge ( I didn’t think I would be able to keep up). This was a new concept for me, it was pushing my comfort levels out. But all the time knew Chris wouldn’t have suggested it if he didn’t think I was capable.

Over the past 7 months the change has been amazing. I’m reaching my targets and setting new ones too. Chris is always only a text away for any of my queries. I am so grateful for this and I think he underestimates how much this constant support has helped me during this time.

Estimating calories burned during your workout

Are you overestimating the amount of calories you are burning during your workout?

According to a study conducted in Stanford University on calorie and exrcsie counting devices, Apple, Samsung and fitbit included, the step counters where accurate but the calorie counting ability has been completely overestimated. The researchers concluded that a 5% difference would be acceptable but a 27-96% had been observed between samples.

Calculating calories burned during exercise can be a tricky game, as many variables are needed to control for accuracy, including height/ weight/ current fitness levels/ diet/ intensity of exercise/ sex etc…

The obvious issues that many trainers/ trainees are seeing is alterations in daily calories in response to the “inaccurate” data received from the calorie counting device, which obviously leads to issues with motivation, results and measurements.

To combat this its important to note that unless you are enduring long bouts 1 ½ – 3hour training sessions for example long distance running/triathlon or Crossfit then according to a recent publication by the Mayo clinic, your weight loss goals should be controlled by diet “reducing calories is a much better predictor of weight loss than exercise alone”.

Like always it’s best to talk to an exercise and nutritional professional and leave the frustration and guesswork aside.

Why not drop us a mail to info@theedgegym.ie and we can get you started on your road to a happier and healthier you!

Elaine Gallagher

I initially began training at The Edge to lose some weight for my wedding.  Starting off I joined the X-fit programme, attending semi-private sessions twice a week and occasionally trained at the weekend.  I found X-fit perfect for getting me started, with the team helping to set achievable goals for the 10 weeks and educating me on nutrition as well as offering healthy lifestyle tips.

As my wedding day loomed I decided to start personal training alongside of X-fit.  As soon as I added PT with Harry to my weekly training I noticed a difference.  I was getting stronger week on week as well as losing weight. Harry is a great trainer, always pushing me and making each session more challenging, but I loved it (just not all the burpees).

I suffer with lower back problems but this didn’t impact my training, Harry would tailor my sessions whenever I was having problems.  And now, thanks to my training I have noticed huge improvements in my core strength and in my ability to complete more sit ups / core exercises, as well as lifting progressively heavier weights & generally push myself harder throughout each session. I find I actually look forward to my workouts.

Harry has an obvious passion for fitness and health and thanks to him I shed 5kg and 4% body fat in the run up to my wedding and I couldn’t have felt better on the day.  I would 100% Harry and The Edge for anyone looking to start lose weight or improve their fitness.

Oleksii

After many attempts at losing weight, I was lucky to find a gym-next-door: The Edge. I started training with Aaron in the morning X-Fit program. When I joined, my ultimate goal was to hit 102 kg within 12 months. Thanks to his tailored guidance and tips on both exercise and nutrition I was able to go down from 116 to 107kg and lose 6% body fat in less than 4 months. Aaron was great at finding ways to motivate me with challenges both in-class and out of class. But most importantly, training became a lot of fun, and now it’s part of my routine.

Judy Cadwell

In May 2017 with great encouragement from Chris I started at The Edge Gym and opted to join the classes, participating in 3 classes a week at 6.15 am. I thought I would initially join for a month to give me a boost for my summer holiday and quickly found myself hooked. I was made feel very welcome and encouraged by Aaron,Harry and Sean Paul. After a couple of weeks I could really notice a difference, I was eating and sleeping much better, the inches and weight started dropping so I kept going and now here I am 5 months later and I have shed 13kgs and 5% body fat.  A huge thank you to all at The Edge team for the consistent encouragement and patience, they are a fantastic group and the range of classes are great, suitable for all ages and they change them up every couple of weeks so your always being challenged. Chris gives me great nutritional tips and I now eat 6 times a day rather than 3 never letting myself get hungry. Role on Christmas and that little black dress.

Stephen O’Brien

Just over 12 weeks ago, I did a 5km fun run with work which turned out to be a real eye-opener for me and where my level of fitness was at. As more and more people were passing me out it really hit me that I was in a bad way! So that weekend I built up the courage and contacted The Edge for help.

After my first consultation with Harry, he identified where I was going wrong; not sleeping enough, not eating at the right times and not training properly. Having assessed me, Harry then made up a plan and I haven’t looked back since!!

I’ve been training with Harry in The Edge for just over 10 weeks now and have gone from over 103kgs down to 90kgs ! This has been down to a detailed diet and training plan which has been set out for me. The sessions have been tough, Harry never let me get comfortable – changing my programme every few weeks so I didn’t get bored. Harry has been very supportive but also strict when he needed to be… one day I hope to smash up that airbike!!

I would 100% recommend Harry or any other trainer in The Edge. There is a great atmosphere down there and it’s a brilliant environment for people to achieve their fitness goals.

James Swan

James is the Co-Director of The Edge. He started his interest in the fitness world at the age of 4 with martial arts training. By the age of 15, James had his own Personal Trainer and shortly afterwards won the Tae Kwon-Do World Cup, amongst other international and Irish titles.

James studied Nutrition and Exercise Science since the age of 16, when he learned how effective correctly-designed weights, nutritional and energy system training could improve performance and surpass current training limitations.

James’ training methodology is to get fast effective results that are sustainable and suitable to every population and is constantly up-skilling and researching to implement the latest in modern training recommendations. James has worked in the industry since 2003 and has undertaken numerous training courses and gained a plethora of qualifications.

To remain at the cutting edge of the health & fitness industry, James is constantly updating his knowledge by studying Nutrition, Anatomy, Exercise and Supplementation. To book your first consultation with James, click here.

*MSc. Exercise & Nutrition Science
NSCA – National Strength and Conditioning Association
PICP – Charles Poliquin International Certification Program Level 1 & 2NLC – Nutritional Lifestyle Coach
Phil Richards – Nutritional Internship
Phil Richards – Private Strength and Conditioning Internship 2008

Nutritional, Supplementation & Training Workshop with Eric Serrano (Infinity Fitness & Chief Formulator / Chief Medical Director for MP) 2014 & 2015

Nutritional Training w/ Martin McDonald (Team GB Olympics) 2013

David Mulqueen

David is a Co-Director of The Edge and has been involved in sport all his life. This is where his interest in fitness, health and nutrition began and now this interest is his passion.

David has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years. He has constantly educated himself throughout his career, learning from field experts all over the world in areas such as nutrition, supplementation, strength and conditioning. In 2008, David spent one week doing a private internship with top UK Strength and Conditioning coach Phil Richards, working with elite athletes such as premiership footballers and Amir Khan.

It is from his extensive education and experience David has achieved such great results with his clients. Getting his clients healthy and into the best shape of their lives is what gives David the most satisfaction. To help share his knowledge, David advanced his career further and became a Resistance Training tutor and Examiner for the National Training Centre (NTC), the leading education body the health and fitness industry in Ireland.

To remain at the cutting edge of the health & fitness industry, David is constantly updating his knowledge by studying and researching the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy, Exercise and Supplementation. To book your consultation with David, click here.

*MSc. Exercise & Nutrition Science
PICP – Charles Poliquin International Certification Program Level 1 & 2
Charles Poliquin – Bio Signature (Body Fat Analysis)
NASM – National Academy Of Sports Medicine
Phil Richards – Private Strength and Conditioning Internship 2008
Phil Richards – Nutritional Internship 2009
National Trainer Centre – External Examiner
Nutritional, Supplementation & Training Workshop with Eric Serrano (Infinity Fitness & Chief Formulator / Chief Medical Director for MP) 2014 & 2015
Nutritional Training w/ Martin McDonald (Team GB Olympics) 2013

Una Lowry

I decided to get some personal training sessions when I got sick of nothing fitting me any more. Initially it was just for a few weeks to give me a kick start, 6 months later I have no intention of stopping.

Since I stared with Harry I have lost roughly 15kgs without feeling like I’ve missed out on anything. I was terrified before my first session between being so out of shape and the fear of the unknown, within minutes Harry had me at ease even though it was tough.

He regularly changes my workout plans to stop me getting bored, and knows when to go easy on me and when to push me harder, especially when I’m losing motivation or close to reaching a goal.

He’s also great to bounce recipe ideas off so I don’t end up eating the same thing all the time. I’m not where I want to be yet but I know with Harry’s help I’ll get there. I’m very lucky to have him as a trainer and a friend. I would recommend him 100% .

Andy

I’ve been training with Chris for some time now and am really happy with the results. Via a diet and workout plan, I have made some real progress in my squat, deadlift and bench with a well-constructed plan focused on incremental increases- the result being I am stronger than I have ever been, with for example my squat moving from 100kg to 140kg over the past 2 months alone. Supporting this is a focus on diet and getting the right combination of foods and nutrients. I travel a lot with my work and Chris has gone that extra mile by frequently sending programs that I can do at my hotel so that I don’t fall behind my goal. My energy levels are great and I enjoy working with Chris- good laughs and thanks for all the progress so far!

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Sean Paul Power

It is so important to keep training between events. If I do stop, it can easily lead to becoming rusty and losing the conditioning needed to compete in my preferred sport. The training itself does not have to be as intense as in competition training as this could lead to burn out, but instead focusing moreso on improving technique and staying ‘ready’. Training with the Edge lads gets me back to competition training so much quicker than before, and I am in the best shape of my life!

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Danielle Nolan

I’ve been training with Chris for seven months now and it’s by far the best investment I’ve made. He took the time to understand my goals and tailor each programme towards them. He consistently changed up the programme and monitored body measurements to keep me interested and motivated. Outside of our gym sessions Chris took the time to analyse my food and shared plans to help keep me on track. Chris’s impressive knowledge of weight training, diet and his friendly manner makes him a joy to train with I would highly recommend him as a trainer.

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Ashling Branagan

ash-bran-largeI had been working out in the Edge with my personal trainer Sean for nearly a year before I found out I was expecting. I typically did 2 personal training sessions a week as well as 2/3 group classes per week. The gym has always been an outlet, I find it so good for my mood and overall wellbeing. I was really scared telling Sean I was pregnant, I was so unsure about training when pregnant and thought I would have to give up the gym (I obviously had no clue!). I told Sean pretty early on, he was so supportive and really informative. He explained I could do exactly what I had been doing but that he would make adjustments as the weeks and months progressed. He stressed to me about listening to my body and taking things slowly.

Once I met with Sean I felt great, I was really relieved and happy with his support and knowing I could continue my training.
I am really competitive with myself when it comes to the gym and quickly realised that my ability to lift weights and train was just not the same. I battled for the first few weeks trying to keep up with the old pre-pregnancy me but I just couldn’t. I was so frustrated with myself and expressed my concerns to Sean. He kept telling me to take it easy, not to be hard on myself and to listen to my body. So I changed my mind frame, began listening to my body and doing what felt comfortable for me at that time. I quickly got into the swing of things (my new normal!).

Sean altered my program every couple of weeks depending how far along in my pregnancy I was as different trimesters needed different alterations to my training. Sean was so informative about exercises that were particularly good for pregnancy and always checked in with me about my eating and how I was feeling. I found that when I listened to my body I was more than capable of doing a lot of the same exercises that I did pre-pregnancy.
As well as my PT I kept up classes and found all the trainers were great at altering exercises for my needs. They would always check on me and ask how I was doing during classes. Over the 9 months nothing really changed for me regarding the gym, I still trained 3/4 times a week until the end of my pregnancy. I found training so helpful, I had a lot of strength in my lower back and core, as my belly grew which helped me avoid any back pain. I also found training helped with my sleeping as I slept so well throughout (don’t hate me for that!). I trained up to 38 weeks pregnant, and made a decision with Sean to go for walks and keep up pelvic floor exercises for the last two weeks until the baby was due.

I didn’t fully realise the impact that training had on my body whilst pregnant as my belly was growing by the weeks. But now a few months postpartum I feel my recovery has been amazing because of my training. I have started back at the gym and yes it has been tough getting back into it after a few months off but even after a couple of weeks I feel my strength and fitness is coming back really quickly. Sean and the team at the Edge are great and really informative about training when pregnant as well as post pregnancy training!

Gareth

At the age of 14 years old I was told I had to have an operation to correct a 60% scoliosis curve in my back, called spinal fusion. Post operation, it had only been corrected to slightly above 80% along with 2 metal rods permanently placed either side of my spine from my neck to the base.
Up until the age of 19 post operation I never did any physical training or resistance training. Prior to starting to train I would consistently have back aches and pain…

I’ve been training at The Edge with Andy for 6 months now and these problems have totally gone- I feel like my back is stronger then ever along with seeing a massive physical difference and being more confident in how I look.
I’m just so delighted with my results and feel like I’m getting stronger and stronger all the time- the guys have been fantastic and I really cannot recommend them enough. It’s not all about six-packs and getting big and so on…

These guys are genuinely fantastic and I cannot thank them enough.

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Claire McCoy

mccoy-largeI joined the Xfit course in January 2014 as I’d always wanted to learn more about strength training as well as tone up. With an engagement in February & my wedding in November, I never looked back! Andrew & Eoghan are great motivators for all the group and push you outside your comfort zone while being patient and giving lots of advice on nutrition. There is also a great buzz and fun element in training with others. I lost bodyfat while gaining muscle and feel fit and strong. Thanks to all the team at the Edge and I’ll see you back in 2016!

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Chris Cadwell

After several months of interning Chris was given the opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable trainers in the industry.

Chris has always been involved in sport from a very young age, from Rugby, to GAA, Swimming to Weight Training. Chris completed his Honors Degree in Business Studies before focusing on his true passion- health & fitness. Chris recently completed the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training (EQF Level4) in NTC.

Chris originally started out as a client in The Edge: Clontarf which had a huge impact on his health and his life- he is now committed to helping others reach their own health and fitness goals. Chris is extremely dedicated to his profession and intends to expand his knowledge by completing the Poliquin International Certification Programs.

Chris offers numerous options of training, ranging from one to one personnel training to buddy training and group training. To book a consultation with Chris, click here.

Education
NTC – National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training (EQF Level4)
Martin MacDonald – Nutritional Internship
John Connors – Nutrition and Program Design Workshop

Nutritional, Supplementation & Training Workshop with Eric Serrano (Infinity Fitness & Chief Formulator / Chief Medical Director for MP) 2014 & 2015

 Nutritional, Supplementation & Training Workshop with Andre Benoit (Canadian Centre for Strength and Conditioning) 2015

Nutritional Internship w/ Martin McDonald (Team GB Olympics) 2013

Nutritional, Supplementation & Training Workshop with Eoin Lacey (Irish Strength Institute) 2015

Michael Fitzpatrick

micky-fitzSince I’ve started training with Chris I have noticed a lot of changes in myself. I am much fitter, agile and so much stronger than before I started training with him in The:Edge.

He has helped me achieve all my targets and I have achieved numerous personal bests, he has taught me not to settle for these so we have reassessed my goals and set new targets for 2016.

I definitely recommend Chris to anyone who is looking to change their lifestyle, he’s been a fantastic help to me and he’s a great guy to.

Conor Kelly

IMG_7284-2Thanks Chris for all the work you’ve done for me. I have reached every goal we set out for me, even when I didn’t believe I could achieve it, at the start I never thought i could do chin ups now I’m doing multiple set for reps.

I am consistently improving every week with your help. Since I started training with you I have become much healthier and a lot more confident in myself and my abilities. I have dropped 6kg and 4.5% body fat since the start of the summer.

Thank you so much for all your support and everything you’ve done for me, you are an inspiration to people like me.

Mikey McGiff

edge-clontarf-mikeyI started training with Chris this past summer. The results I have seen are amazing, I am feeling healthier, stronger and fitter than ever before. His attention to detail is second to none, he has pushed me to achieve things I never thought I could do. Training with Chris has made me be one step ahead of everyone else I compete with. I’ve lost over 4% body fat while increasing my muscle mass. Thanks for everything.

 

Sean Paul Power

Sean Paul has been part of The Edge family for almost 3 years. Growing up, he competed in various sports but his main focus was martial arts. Sean Paul tried his hand at Tae Kwon Do and, from there,  progressed onto Mixed Martial Arts and is now one of the top amateur fighters in the country with a record of 9-2 and 3 championships belts to his name.

With Sean Paul’s love of sport he looked into becoming a Personal Trainer and continues to complete courses to further improve his knowledge in Nutrition and Exercise Science to give his clients the best chances of reaching their personal goals.

Education:
NTC – National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training (EQF Level4)
Cloiste ide- Sports and Leisure Management level 5 (Year 1)
NTC- Suspension Training
ISI Symposium 2015 – lectures include Eoin Lacey/Eric Serrano/ Andre benoit

Jackie Flatley

testimonialI started training with Chris a year ago after spending about 22 weeks in total out of sports due to 3 separate injuries.  My goal was to become stronger and stay injury free for the full rugby season, but what I got is much more.

Chris is motivating, fun, encouraging and patient all at once and no two PT sessions are the same.   As a complete beginner I was new to everything we did but through Chris’s dedication to keeping me on track with my goals I’m now hooked and look forward to my weekly sessions and what we will do next.

I’d highly recommend training with Chris – he has changed my whole attitude to working out, weights, personal training and food and made me a healthier, fitter, stronger person!