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Cliona Brady

clionabradyI started training with Sean and the guys in the edge 13 months ago. I have lost 9kg and gone from 34% body fat to 22%. I have also dropped from a size 14/16 to a size 10.

At the consultation I was nervous, I didn’t really know what to expect as I had never been to a gym like the edge before. Sean was great, we spent about 30 mins chatting about my food and lifestyle.

I returned the next day for my first pt session and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since! It’s great to have my own trainer, he makes sure I’m doing every exercise correctly and is always pushing me. He also gets me to keep a food diary and has talked me through the changes I needed to make as well as recommending supplements. He keeps a good eye on me each week to make sure I stay on track!

I have never been fitter, stronger or had more energy. All the trainers in the edge are so professional and take a genuine interest in my progress. The atmosphere in the gym in great, both trainers and other clients are so friendly and supportive.

Sinead

I first went to The Edge with the aim of losing a few pounds and improving fitness – having failed miserably going it alone! I didn’t know the first thing about nutrition or fitness ahead of my first session but this was not a problem.

Eoghan is a credit to his profession. His vast knowledge of all things health, strength and nutrition related coupled with his expert guidance and motivation makes success the only option. I’ve lost weight and lost all the bad habits too and I definitely couldn’t have done it without him. He’s always on hand to answer any questions and checks in to ensure things are going as they should be. For me, it’s about more than weightloss, it’s a much welcomed lifestyle change. Thanks Eoghan!

For anyone who wants to lose weight, improve fitness, drop bad habits and actually enjoy the process, I would recommend a visit to the pro’s at The Edge – you won’t find it daunting and more importantly it works.
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Niav Halpin

I have been training at The Edge for 6 months now. I was reasonably aerobically fit as I swim a couple of times a week but I wanted to lose bodyfat and gain some strength. After 6 months my body fat has reduced by just over 10%, I have lost c. 4kg and can almost squat my bodyweight.

I am now in the shape of my life – fitter, stronger, healthier, have dropped a dress size and am going a lot faster in the pool. The results have far exceeded my expectations – I had PT sessions twice a week with Eoghan initially for about 4 months and now once a week. Eoghan has challenged me, pushed me and encouraged me all the way and I can honestly say while it has been hard at times I have enjoyed (almost!) every minute.

Based on his advice I have also changed my eating habits which has been instrumental in reducing my body fat. This isn’t like your usual low fat diet, it is a lifestyle and it works. I have learned so much about food from Eoghan and found it all surprisingly easy to do. I love my food and I have really enjoyed this aspect of the training. I always look forward to my weekly PT sessions and now balance them with a Bodyfit class during the week and a gym session at the weekend.

It would be fair to say that I am now well and truly hooked and while at the start I felt that paying for a PT was a bit extravagant I believe it is worth every cent and can’t recommend it enough.
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Dee, X-FIT

I absolutely loved the weeks doing X-fit. I can’t believe how good I feel and I learned so much about food.
It was an eye opener. I can’t wait to come back from Vienna and get back into it.
Thanks to you and Andy for being so good at your job!
My goal for the next set of X-fit is 1 chin-up!!

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Geoffrey Peat

photo-1(1)Following a long term illness of my Mam and her subsequent passing I was feeling pretty low and lost interest in looking after myself and ended up putting on a fair bit of weight.

However in April 2014 following some encouragement from my wife Avril I decided to phone the Edge for some advice. Andrew answered and after a few minutes conversation a visit to the gym was organised for an assessment. Calling to the gym I was a bit surprised how small it seemed but in talking to Andrew I quickly learned that what they were offering was a very focused, goal oriented fitness regime.

photo-2(1)I also quickly learned you can train as much as you want but if you weren’t matching it with what you eat then you’re not going to get the full benefit and this was well covered in the initial chat we had. I decided then that this was the right place to come to to get me on the road to feeling and looking better so a programme was agreed and off we went. When I started I was 102kg in weight and my initial target was to get to 93kg. It took till July to achieve this and I just decided to keep going so after 10 months I’ve lost 21kgs and 9% in body fat and am still going strong and enjoying every minute of it.

A big thanks has to go to Andrew who I’ve been working with since joining The Edge. His advice, motivation and great programme planning has made the journey all the more enjoyable and more successful with him helping keep me on track whenever I’ve struggled. I suppose what made me realise how important it was to feeling better and fitter was when after a few weeks the kids turned round to me and said it was great to see you smiling again!

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Simon Walsh

My name is Simon. I started training in The Edge May of last year. I have been training in a group of two others. I have tried training in regular gyms by my self as well other personal training gyms both of which only lasted short periods of time. I feel that because i Was training in a group it Was much harder to give up as i didn’t want to let the others down! Also i have found that you diet stays stable as you have friends to keep you motivated! So i guess that old saying Is true “there’s strength in Numbers”.

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Gary Brady

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Anyone interested in getting in shape quickly, safely and have loads of fun along the way should definitely sign up. Since I began Xfit, I have progressed from not being able to do 3 chin ups to weighted chins with 25kgs (something I’ve always wanted to do!!). My fitness, strength and general wellbeing has improved massively. The group training keeps you challenged and adds an element of competition which was key to keeping me personally motivated!

Erin has a wealth of knowledge and the small tweaks he has made to my technique have been invaluable to progression and prevention of injuries.

Can’t recommend this programme enough!

Cian Norton

When I first started in The Edge, I was weighing in at 58kg and 14% body fat with pretty much zero muscle mass. I was one of those guys who found it impossible to put on muscle no matter how much I trained. Now after 10 months of training with Chris, my weight is up to 60kg and I have reduced my body fat to 8%. My strength has sky rocketed aswell- I can now do weighted chins for reps. Chris has literally pushed me past my limits, taking on his advice about exercise and nutrition has made the biggest difference.

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Harry Keeley

Harry has over 3 years experience in the Fitness industry with a strong interest in Nutrition and Strength & Conditioning. He started training in The Edge at just 16 years of age and became passionate about results-based training and nutrition ever since. He has a background in a variety of sports, mainly rugby and hurling.

With Harry’s love of training and sport, his next natural step was to turn his passion into a career and become a Personal Trainer. He continues to up-skill in nutrition to ensure that his clients get the best long lasting results possible. To book your first consultation with Harry, click here.

ITEC Diploma in Personal Training Level 3

ITEC Diploma in Pilates Level 2

Advanced Nutrition Cert from the Fitness Institute

Currently studying Precision Nutrition Level 1

Portobello Cert in TRX

Barry Moore

I have found group training very beneficial. When I first started I was looking to gain weight and the people I trained with were looking to lose weight but even though we had different goals we all were looking to put the hard work in together. I don’t think I could achieve my goals without the benefit of training in a group especially when you need a little bit extra motivation.

Ross Cadwell

I wasn’t too sure about training in the group i was in at first as we all had different goals but results keep coming and coming the weights became heavier and the bodyfat fell right off, chris designed programmes we could all do and made necessary individual dietary requirements where necessary. I really have got that extra motivation training in a group that i never had on my own. We as a team have reached new levels of training. It becomes a healthy addiction of constantly wanting to better yourself.

Barry Kerrigan

I have been personal training with Chris in The Edge gym for just over a year and while I have tried other gyms and personal trainers before I have found Chris’s attention to detail and ability to actually listen to my needs , limitations ( injuries etc ) and goals to be over and above the norm.I think the fact that Chris has been at the other end of the spectrum ( 30% body fat ) he understands how hard it is to change but also how rewarding it is when you do start to notice change.He has great knowledge about training and nutrition and is very quick responding to any of my queries.There is also a great atmosphere in the gym which makes it a great place to train

David Wolfson – Student

I have been training at the Edge for nearly 8 months now. When I started training I wanted to add muscle and drop body fat. I also play rugby and GAA and so wanted to increase my strength and fitness to.

I have found the Edge a great help for my training, nutrition and for my sport. The nutrition plan has made a huge difference to my training and strength. I have put on 4kg of muscle dropped my body fat to 7.5%

Catherine Kirwan

I started training at the Edge: Clontarf, and following  advice on nutrition. Within a matter of months, I was down another stone, and back to the size eight I wore in my twenties. The compliments just kept coming. People told me that not only had I slimmed down, I looked toned, and had none of the haggard look that sometimes comes with weight loss. I couldn’t have done it without the Edge: Clontarf

Ben Gorman – Director

Although I have trained in Gyms for years. It is only since I have been  training with at the Edge that I have found I have got the results I wanted. The Edge is very positive encouraging environment.  It has a very straight forward and pragmatic approach to both exercise and diet. I look forward to my visits to the Edge Clontaf they are invaluable. Its a great set up great equipment and even a sea view!”

Glenn Cunningham – Architect

My initial measurement was a body fat at 27% and within in a year under guidance of The Edge I have dropped to 10.9% body fat whilst losing 20 kilos along the way.   With advice and training programmes from the Edge my performance has increased by a ridiculous amount. I’m fitter and stronger now at 34 than I was when I was 20.

Stephan Hyland – Police Officer

I first started training at the edge when I was starting training as a police officer and I felt I needed to bulk up. I got a nutritional plan to follow and a training regime for six months. 6 months later I had gone from 73 kg’s to just over 85kg. I was hooked!!! I had caught the fitness bug. Since them I have never looked back. Im a healthier stronger more confident person now. I would recommend The Edge to anyone.

Louise Garvey

I have been training at The Edge: Clontarf for the past 11 months. In that time I’ve made considerable strength gains and my body fat has dropped from 18% to 13.5%. I really enjoy myself in the gym now, as opposed to seeing it as a chore and my performance in sport has improved. In addition to great results I enjoy the sessions.

Rob O’ Toole – Company Director

I decided to contact The Edge Clontarf. In less than four months , through a weekly training session and expert and realistic nutritional advice , I lost over three stone.

My cholesterol is now 3.5 and my energy levels have rocketed which has been great for my work/life balance as I run a busy company.  I would highly recommend using The Edge to anyone in the same position. Most of all the training was never intimidating and I feel much more confident using the gym equipment now. Added to all this is the priceless benefit of being in good health.

Gavin Cowzer – Student

Three months ago, thanks to a string of nasty injuries playing semi professional rugby, I was weighing in at a heavy 96kg and 20% body fat. It wasn’t until I started training in “The Edge” that I was given the right information and nutritional plans to achieve my desired goals. This has dramatically altered my appearance and my outlook on life. Three months on, I’m now 85kg and a lean 8.8%.

body brushing can help with the appearance of cellulite

How to get rid of cellulite with a good diet and supplementation

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Orange peel, cottage cheese or dimples, call it what you like- Every woman reading this knows that cellulite can seriously interrupt our pursuit of smooth, supple skin!

What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a collection of fat underneath the skin that causes a puckering effect which is seen on the skin topography. It occurs when subcutaneous connective tissue stiffens and fat pockets push out against this tissue, causing a dimpled appearance. It is mainly found on the bum, legs, tummy and upper arms.
Cellulite is not just fat- it is also an indication of the accumulation of toxic cellular wastes beneath the skin. For that reason, it is important to flush this nasty waste out of the system; Not just for a smooth, healthy skin appearance, but also to become healthier on the inside!

What causes cellulite?
Causes of cellulite are mainly attributed to nutritional and lifestyle factors. The main culprits are lack of exercise, alcohol, smoking, high carbohydrate intake, trans fats and poor vegetable intake.
Lack of vegetables is one of the main reasons for cellulite as vegetables contain antioxidants which detoxify the body and destroy nasty free radicals throughout the body. Both of these processes assist in the clearance of fat and cellular waste beneath the skin, which in turn, clears cellulite.
If you are exercising and your nutrition is good, supplementation will accelerate your fight against cellulite.

How can I prevent or get rid of cellulite?
Vitamin C plays a central role in the formation of collagen, which is the ‘scaffolding’ of our skin. Supplementation with vitamin C strengthens the skin’s structural support, preventing the skin from quite literally “buckling” under the pressure of subcutaneous fat pockets.

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that acts as a potent antioxidant. Cosmetic companies have taken advantage of the powers of this vitamin, and most advance cellulite creams now include vitamin E as their main ingredient. However, supplementation with oral vitamin E has been seen to be even more effective at banishing cellulite!

Combining a good exercise program with a good healthy diet and the power of Vitamin C and Vitamin E will finally banish the dreaded orange peel appearance, leaving you with the smooth supple skin that you have always desired!

You’ve Completed the Marathon – What’s next???

marathon finisherSo you’ve just completed your long term goal of completing a marathon – now what?

• The most important first step is recovery, which starts immediately post marathon as you cross that elusive finish line!

1. If you’re experiencing substantial pain, if you feel light-headed or just don’t feel ‘right’, go straight to the medical post or first aid area.

2. Make sure you refuel immediately after the race by eating and drinking something right away.

3. Resist the urge to lie down on the ground, as this will cause your legs to stiffen up immediately if you do so. Walk around for at least 10 minutes to bring your heart rate down safely, and to avoid the risk of blood pooling in your legs.

4. Sleep is crucial for the recovery process. Listen to your body and don’t feel guilty about sleeping more than you regularly do- this is totally normal. Your body is telling you it needs to rest, so listen to it!

5. Do some light stretching in the days post-marathon but be careful not to overstretch. for information on our stretches read this blogpost.

6. After a week, your sore muscles and joints should be feeling better but it is normal to still feel sluggish and tired at this point, so listen to your body and make sure you take adequate rest. Be sure to keep eating a healthy diet with lots of protein (eggs, turkey lean chicken fillets, lean cuts of red meat etc…) which will help repair and rebuild your muscles.

Feeling blue post-marathon?

• The best way to cure the post marathon blues is to set yourself a new goal. This low feeling you may encounter post-run is entirely normal and is very common. Like any big life-event, you build yourself up in preparation. Sometimes when the big event is over, you can come crashing down and feel like you have nothing to look forward to or work towards. We recommend getting out and about for walks in the evening. Meet a friend for coffee and chats or start a new workout routine right away.

• If you decided you were a “one and done” marathon competitor, why not try something different to stay fit and healthy such as joining a gym with a friend; be it Personal Training , Buddy Training or even Group Classes.

If you are thinking about trying something new to keep fit and healthy, drop our team a line and come in for a chat. Joining a gym is a great way to meet new faces, have the chats and make some new friends. The bonus is you get great results in no time at all and you will feel fantastic after just a few sessions.