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X FIT- New Group Classes to kick-start your 2014

New Year, New you at The Edge: Clontarf

Results-focused Fitness, Strength & Conditioning Classes

Starting at 8pm on Jan 14th 2014








About The Edge: X FIT

This is a monitored course whereby individuals will track their progress and focus on constantly improving their strength levels and their cardiovascular fitness.

This, combined with the Pillars Nutrition Plan will result in an improved body composition ie: lower body fat and increased lean muscle tissues. The class will be specifically designed to ensure each and every participant is able to improve from week to week. The course is broken down into phases to ensure that individuals are capable yet challenged at each level and have a sound foundation of each exercise and a clear progression from week to week. Just 3 hours per week is all you need to see results meaning this is one of the most efficient ways to spend your time in the gym.

The course will run on a Tuesday and Friday evening, with participants also receiving FREE access to The Edge to do an additional gym session at the weekends, which will be specific to their personal needs and objectives such as strength, fitness and mobility.

the edge clontarf x fit

X FIT will commence in January 2014 to kick-start the New Year on Tuesday the 14th at 8pm and on Friday the 17th at 7pm. The program runs for a total of 10 weeks with the first session on the Tuesday as an introduction session, with a brief chat about nutrition and the weeks training plan. Each participant will also be given a free Training Logbook to monitor their progress over the 10 weeks and is theirs to keep after the 10 weeks. This is an excellent tool to monitor and track progression and see what has really made the difference.

To register your place on this course, contact our team now on 01 853 4091 or email info@theedgegym.ie. Places are limited to 12 people and this price is only available for the introductory offer. Find out what X FIT means for you in 2014.


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Childhood Obesity- make the change

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Up to 327,000 children are either obese or overweight with experts warning that Ireland is heading for a US-style epidemic, with 33% of our children now suffering from weight issues.

This hasn’t happened over night, this has been coming for a long time and we have no one to blame, but ourselves.

While weight shouldn’t be used as the only measurement for our children’s health, it is still something that we, as parents, need to be aware of. The girth of your child’s stomach, the size of their trousers or dress you have to buy to fit them, where they store fat- all of these aspects and more must be taken into account.

As they say, the first step to recovery is, firstly admitting you have a problem. This itself seems an issue for Irish parents with an alarming statistic showing that 1/3 of parents of obese teenagers thinking their teenager’s weight is “fine”. 3/4 of parents of overweight teenagers think their teenager’s weight is fine. While this can be a tricky subject to discuss with parents, it is ultimately up them to change their families eating and lifestyle habits.

If your child is obese by the time they are 5 years old, they are at a 25% chance of being an obese adult and struggling with weight and the problems that come with that. Even worse, if they are obese when they are over six years old,  this increases to 50% and obese adolescents are 80% more likely to become obese adults.

All this is hardly surprising when you considered an estimated 25% of their calorie intake is supplied by biscuits, cakes, confectionary, sugars, fats and desserts everyday!

As a new parent, I understand the demands of daily life can interfere with your own eating habits, as well as your children’s. However, if you have certain rules or guidelines in place then it might help make life a little easier when deciding what your children should or shouldn’t be eating!

So what can we do for our children to introduce them to healthy eating and healthy habits for the rest of their lives?

Tips for introducing healthy eating habits for your children!

Portion Control – smaller plates at dinner time is part of a national program to address child obesity.

Add Green Veg to meal times. Make it fun by letting kids help cook it. Make it an activity. If they don’t like veg then make a juice or a smoothie together instead.

Remove sugar from breakfast time– Add Porridge, Eggs & Wholegrain toast, Homemade protein Pancakes and museli to their weekly breakfast plan routine. Try to limit or ideally eliminate all the popular cereals like coco pops, shredded wheat etc…

Eliminate fizzy drinks- replace them with no-added sugar drinks or water with a slice or lemon and lime,- showing kids how to make “their own lemonade” can be a great way of getting them to take it

Avoid sugary treats- replace chocolate or sugary treats with homemade oat cakes or  homemade protein cakes

You don’t need your child to have the “perfect” diet, but, as parents, we should address the fact that we are responsible for our childs’ nutrition and consequently, their health. By introducing some or all of the tips above, your child will feel better, have better digestion, better concentration and, ultimately,  a better quality of life.

Obviously, it goes without saying that these nutritional habits should be combined with daily activity, lots of running around, bedtime stories and lots of hugs to maximize the benefits!

Dave- Co-Owner of The Edge: Clontarf


Irish Health.com, What’s eating Ireland? 2004. Available at http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html

D O’Shea, The Obesity Challenge, 2006. Available at http://www.ncnm.ie/inca/publications/Obesity

Irish Universities Nutrition alliance (2006), National Children’s Food Survey, Available at http://www.iuna.net

Irish Universities Nutrition alliance (2008), National Teens Food Survey,