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Binary Habits

More common than not is what we call an ‘all or nothing approach’ to nutrition and exercise. Binary habits refer to being 100% on or off, with any slight deviation pulling us away from our goals or focus.  

A much better approach with regard to forming long lasting habits, is having more of an 80:20 strategy,  starting with something as easy to  stick to,  like a check in with your PT.  

Personal training should entail some form of accountability,  that keeps us focused, but equally understands that we are human, have lives, children, commitments outside of our goals, all the while still keeping us on our path.  

 Daily checklists can be as simple as: 

  • Protein intake
  • Daily step counts
  • Multivitamin and fish oil
  • Sleep 

When we’re focused on one clear goal, we find it easy to ‘short term’ tick all the boxes on our checklist, but for the majority of us, keeping this level of commitment just simply isn’t feasible. So, rather than falling off the horse and quitting,  why not adapt the approach of staying and simply adopting  the 80:20 rule. You can and will still achieve some amazing things, without feeling guilty when all the stars are not aligned.  


Personal Training Internship at The Edge: Clontarf

Are you recently qualified and looking to build on your newly learned skills?

Are you looking to work with industry experts and learn first-hand how to deal with clients, draft and monitor programs, assess client needs, draft goals, nutrition plans, objectives and more?

We are kick-starting a new 8-week Personal Training Internship to help develop newly qualified trainers to be the best they can be!

The unique opportunity is the ideal CV builder and allows you to develop the necessary skills to sky-rocket your career as a Personal Trainer.

To apply, simply send in your CV to info@theedgegym.ie marked in the subject line as: PERSONAL TRAINING INTERNSHIP.

Tell us a little about yourself, why you wanted to be a Personal trainer (note you must have a qualification!) and what drives your passion for the industry and indeed this kind of opportunity.

We will be offering a full-time position as a Personal Trainer to those who commit, succeed and show the drive, aptitude and passion for the role who we feel has a very strong career ahead of them as part of our little team.

Let the games begin! 🙂


Short-term body transformations

Do you have a wedding coming up? Or have just booked your summer holiday? Well it’s never too late to give yourself a challenge so you feel and look better as the end game!

Here at the Edge Clontarf we pride ourselves on results, even when put under the pressure of a short term goal for our clients. If you have maybe left it too late to get that summer body you may have wanted, or in better shape for an upcoming event, why not give us a call and we can talk through your goals and objectives.

How can we help you?

Training- We have many different options regarding training in The Edge from personal training, buddy training, group classes and also our 10 week group Personal training X-Fit.

Nutrition- We give all of our clients tailored nutritional plans to meet your individual goals, we do this in a healthy and safe manor so you find you are not going hungry during your transformation.

Bodyfat Analysis- We don’t just monitor results on the scales we also take full 10 point bodyfat readings and girth measurements to track progress along your journey.

And finally we are always here to help…If you have any questions regarding any of the above please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01-8534091 or info@theedgegym.ie

We are hiring- Personal Trainer Needed!

The Edge: Clontarf Personal Training studio is looking to employ a full time Personal Trainer who wants to become one of the best in the industry.

We are a small state of the art Personal Training studio. We are seeking an additional Personal Trainer to join our professional and dynamic team to begin in-house training immediately for a September 2015 start date.

All of the personal trainers here work as a team and are encouraged to learn through constant continuous education. We have made fitness and health our career and try to exemplify what true Personal Training really is all about.

Our studio has been featured on TV, radio, magazines and newspapers. This is an excellent opportunity to grow within an exciting and driven company.

Duties Include:

• Managing a portfolio of clients

• Booking client appointments

• Planning and conducting client sessions

• Weekly monitoring of clients’ progress in relation to their goals

• Weekly reporting of clients’ progress to management retention of clients


To Apply:

  1. Cover Letter – State why you feel you are the right person for this position.
  2. CV – Non-generic, fitness specific resume highlighting your experience and expertise in the industry

Send the two above to  david@theedgeclontarf.com


Personal Specification:

The successful candidate should have:

• a confident and outgoing personality

• strong communication skills

• An ability to develop rapport with current and prospective clients is essential.

You will be given every tool to continue to develop as a personal trainer and a commitment to weekly in-house training and development is required.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


The EDGE: Team

Summer Bodies are made in Winter

OK, ok we know it’s tough to stay motivated in January- the weather is crap, it’s cold, it’s windy, work is mental and the kids probably have all caught some nasty bug or flu…

The last thing you want to do is arrive home and go right outside the door and start training…but think of this…

Fast forward to your summer holiday, think of walking along the beach in your bikini or swim shorts and feeling the best you’ve ever felt in your own skin.

Think of that feeling when someone goes to take a holiday snap and this time, for the first time in a long time, you turn and give them your best smile, because you’ve worked damn hard for this body, you’ve earned this holiday and you are proud of what you see.


No more covering up, regardless of your size in clothing terms, body confidence is something you cannot buy. You need to feel it.

Trust us, we see it time and time again- people sign up for bootcamps then leave after a few weeks and then come to us a month before the holidays in a panic. Of course, that’s ok too…But this year, why not keep up the pace, stick to your current regime and stay on the healthier path.


Teach your friends and family new eating habits, share recipes, get out and stay active.

We can help too- keep in touch each week and sign up for classes or schedule those Personal Training sessions, and don’t give up.

Stay with us.

Because THAT feeling on the beach is so bloody worth the effort and hard work you’re putting in now.

Client Testimonial- Personal Training at The Edge Clontarf

“I first joined the edge because I wanted to feel better about my body. I was always doing tons of cardio trying to lose weight but once I joined the edge and started lifting weights, THAT’S when I began to see my body change.
 I started the evening X-FIT classes which were great and I learned loads from the guys.

After a few weeks in I contacted Sean we chatted about my goals and ideas.  We set out weekly goals and targets to achieve as Sean pushed me to the limit and showed me how strong I was. 
I am not going to say was easy at all, I’m learning all the time but I am closer than ever to my goal and I never would have been this close if I hadn’t joined the edge.

I am looking forward to more personal training sessions with Sean as he has kept me on track with my nutrition and my body fat is consistently decreasing and I am so happy with my progress for far.”

Meghan Buggy- August 2014

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Client Testimonial- Personal Training at The Edge Clontarf- Emer Tansey

“I Initially started training with Andrew in December of last year, with a history of long distance running and swimming, I was never into weight or resistance training, I started with the goal of becoming healthier due to the fact I had an appalling Diet and was out of training about 6-8 months.
before and after photos
Since I started in the Edge I have completely cut out most bad carbs and sugary foods and I have 3 meals per day with 2 Snacks, which is something I hadn’t done previously. In fact, I’m eating more than ever!
I drink 3 litres of water and constantly drink Green tea- my energy levels are through the Roof now as a result too!
I now train 4 times per week
-2 Strength/Weight training sessions
-1 Fitcamp/Trx Class
-And 1 Interval Sprint session on my own.
I am currently 11.5 % bodyfat down from 18% and couldn’t be happier.”
Emer Tansey- August  2014
chris before and after

Before and After- Chris Cadwell- Our Trainer’s Transformation

Q & A with our Trainer Chris

1 – So you weighed 165kg with a 30% + bodyfat % and now you are 100kg approx and 8% … what is the secret to your drastic transformation?
Theres no real secret per say, it’s just Will Power to be honest. You have to want to make a change… then once you’ve decided on making that change you need to write it down and then write/plan out exactly what you have to do to achieve your goal. Then, once you’ve achieved that goal you need to reassess everything and repeat the process over again… “keep moving the goal posts”.

2 – What was the final turning point that made you want to lose weight?
Well I’ve always been big… but thought that I carried it well enough considering how heavy I was. I went to America after my 21st and was doing the usual site-seeing and clothes shopping when I tried on a shirt and realised I had to get an American XXXL …. this is when I knew something had to change. So when I got home from holidays I  knew a few guys training with James in The Edge so got in touch with him and went for a consultation, the rest is history,  as they say.

3 – Once you started in The Edge, how did you find the first few weeks with all the different nutritional changes?
James started me on the Pillars to Success food plan and I stuck to this pretty well for the whole 4 weeks … It was a complete shock to the system as my nutrition previously had been absolutely shocking ( Sweets, Crisps, Bread Rolls, Take-Aways, Ice Cream etc…). At the end of the 4 weeks though I think I had lost nearly 20kg already… so I was delighted, but still had a long way to go.

4 – Did you go cold turkey? Or ween yourself off your past nutritional habits?
I’ll be honest and after the initial 4 weeks I did slip back into some old habits… So what I had to do was eliminate one bad habit at a time… So with the help of James and the guys at the edge I eliminated sugar (sweets & fizzy drinks), my weight came down another bit then when it plateaued again, we’d eliminate something else… and then kept repeating this process to the point where I will only indulge every now and again with a “cheat meal”.

5 – Initially how did you find training in The Edge?
When I first met James i didn’t think I would be able to do the training but he reassured me that I’d be well able for it… I did a few sessions initially on own to get myself up to speed then I started buddying up with a few of the other guys I knew that trained with James also, even though they where more advanced than I was I really felt that training with a buddy or in a group class really helps motivate you as push each other along. Then, after a while I found I  had caught up with the lads and instead of only lasting 40mins of the session I was finishing out the full hour.

6 – Did you start to see results immediately or did it take time?
The weight started to fly off me initially then it would slow down so James would make me keep a food diary and the reassess my nutrition. There were points where I felt stuck… so  I started taking progress pictures at the end of each month as what I found is when you see yourself everyday you don’t notice a change but the pictures would show you the difference.

7 – How were your energy levels?
My energy levels where always low and I was tired all the time… James explained that this was down to my lack of nutrients from a horrible diet… So once I started on the pillars and added Infinity Fuel into my nutrition I had copius amounts of energy all of a sudden, which really assisted me in my gym sessions, with rugby and my concentration levels in college.


8 – Did you hit many sticking points?
It wasn’t all plain sailing- there where 3 or 4 occasions where I felt I was doing as much as  I could but just couldn’t shift anymore weight/bodyfat …. But I just realised that this meant I had to get stricter on my nutrition, make sure I was getting enough sleep and training smarter rather than harder… These little things made a huge difference especially the training. Training at a higher intensity less frequently was much more beneficial than trying to do something everyday while I was fatigued.

9 – Once you lost the intial weight how did you find your progress in the gym? Until now?
Well once i hit my initial target I was ready to relax but then James and the lads in The Edge convinced me to kick on and set a new target… My training went from strength to strength… we progressed from the fat burning circuits into more muscle building programs then again onto strength programs. I also added in the strongman class at the weekend as a bonus session which I found to be the ultimate fat burner. I then found myself setting weight goals (squat, bench etc..) and then upon achieving these finding that i always wanted to do more… Still to this day I’m always trying to push it on a little bit more.


10 – Finally – Have you any advice for anybody that may be hesitant in making the first move towards training?
The only advice I can give is that you won’t regret taking that first step… it’s the hardest part – admitting that you need help. I definitely wouldn’t have made it through the journey on my own… Without the help of everyone in The Edge as well as continuous support from friends and family. It was the best money I ever spent… you need to invest in yourself!

If you are interested in coming in for a FREE PERSONAL TRAINING CONSULTATION to chat about your personal goals and how we can help get you there, call us now on 8534091 or email info@theedgegym.ie

TRX Training

New TRX Suspension Training Class starts Mon June 9th

What is TRX or Suspension Training?

Suspension or TRX Training is a high interval exercise class which increases your heart rate and focuses on your abdominal muscles. Using suspension bands, you work your way through a series of guided exercise with your TRX certified trainer. This is a combination of lunges, squats, crunches, pulls, presses, jumps and other ab work! Expect lots of red faces and sweat! We recommend you bring a small towel and a bottle of water!


trx suspension training



Who is it suitable for?

It is suitable from beginners to advanced levels. All ages are welcome- both men and women can attend. The classes will be challenging for all levels as they can be adjusted to your specific needs and strengths or weaknesses.


trx suspension training man


When are the classes taking place?

Monday at 11 am and 8pm

Wednesday at 8pm

Friday at 11 am

Saturday at 12 pm- a combination of Fit Camp and TRX


How much do the classes cost?

4 classes of TRX in four weeks for €40

8 classes  of TRX in four weeks for €75

Unlimited Fit Camp in four weeks for €69

Unlimited TRX in four weeks for €69

Unlimited Combination of Fit Camp and TRX in four weeks for €89


How do I sign up?

You can register your place at our TRX classes by calling 853 4091 or emailing info@theedgegym.ie. You can also DM us on Facebook or tweet us to @theedgeclontarf



What should you be doing to optimise your results this summer?

We are asked this all of the time to be honest. What helps speed up my metabolism, what exactly is eating clean, what supplements are good to take to optimise my results- the questions are endless but we are keen to recommend what direction you should be taking for your personal goals!

eating clean

Eating Clean

This means cutting out the crap- the processed food, carbs, sugar and anything with an advert basically- alcohol, smoking and junk food are a no go! Check out our Pillars plan for some healthy ideas to keep you on track!



Upping your game at the gym will maximise your results this summer. Invest in some good quality gym gear to look and feel confident- it’s amazing how the little things make you train harder and feel happier going to the gym!

Tip: Feeling tired before the gym? Hop into the shower for a two minute blast, followed by a quick burst of cold water and you’ll be ready to go!



You can see our own range of supplements in stock to aid your fat loss and lean muscle gain. Our products are designed to ensure you are feeling and looking your best- boosting energy naturally and providing you with the essential nutrients your body needs on a daily basis. Speak to your trainer if you have any special dietary requirements or have very specific goals for your results.


 Personal Training, Motivation and Support

Every person at The Edge: Clontarf has different personal goals. We work with each individual to ensure they reach their objectives for both physical and mental goals.

If you like what you are reading or hearing about us, and are keen to start a new program or a new path to a healthier way of living, give us a call now on 853 4091 or email info@theedgegym.ie



How to get in shape for Summer

Well, well, well…look who’s come crawling back!?!

Year in year out, we see people flood in the doors when the spring sunshine starts to show its gorgeous face!

This year more than ever, we are seeing folks running along the promenade, joining bootcamps, power walking or even running around with their children in the evenings.

People seem to becoming more aware of their health in general but we still feel that we get a much larger influx of new clients looking to look their best when it’s time to start wearing…well…less!

That’s where we step in to help…

summer fit couple

What’s my first step to getting in shape for the summer?

Give us a call on 853 4091 or mail us to info@theedgegym.ie and we will schedule you in for a free consultation. We will discuss your goals realistically and give you an idea of what kind of work we both need to do to get you there!


Then what?

Then we start with your nutritional intake. We look at your eating and drinking habits, your general lifestyle and work with you to start to incorporate a more healthier approach to your daily choices. We also introduce you to the Pillars– our four week fat loss program.


Time to get moving!

We also start to train in tandem with your new healthier eating plan. We will push you, motivate you and ensure you are feeling better than you have ever felt before.

Our goal as personal trainers is to make sure you feel great, look great and continue to adopt your new healthy habits. We’re not saying it’s going to be easy- but we are saying it’s going to be worth it!

Give us a call today…

personal training dublin

Personal Training in Dublin- what’s new?

As you know, we offer both personal training and group classes or buddy training in Clontarf. Strength training is our main focus and we believe that a stronger body is a healthier body.

By adopting our nutrition plan and strength training as part of your weekly routine, we can guarantee that you will see results in a very short space of time.

By eating a cleaner diet, with natural, delicious food, combined with supplements to benefit your gut health and optimise your performance, we, as an industry, really have moved on (thankfully!) from the more old-school method of training such as Aerobic classes and endurance training.


Our personal training plans comprise of various forms of lunges, squats, deadlifts, burpees, sprints, prowler work, body weight exercises, circuits and conditioning work.

And contrary to the media hype nowadays, strength/weight training does not make you bulky. If you want to look like a body builder, you have to eat and lift like a body builder.

The results from weight training with us are lower body fat %, lean muscle mass and a tighter, sleeker body.

You will feel healthier and stronger than you have ever felt before…

So what are you waiting for?

Give us a call now on 853 4091 or email info@theedgegym.ie- We are looking forward to kicking your ass!

boxing classes

Boxing Classes at The Edge: Clontarf

Due to the great success of our last 6 week Lads Boxing Course, we are delighted to announce that we will be running another 6 week course starting next Wednesday the 12th of March!

The course comprises of 2 sessions a week, and takes place on Wednesdays at 9pm and Saturdays at 3pm.

boxing classes

We will take you through the basics of boxing and interval training as well as advancing your level of boxing even further and increasing your general fitness level! This course is about having some serious fun and, of course, releasing some stress on the pads!

Any further questions, give Ray a shout on 087 293 3308 or email info@theedgegym.ie-  PS. This course is suitable for all levels!

Ladies, you can also contact Ray on the number above if you are interested in our weekly Female Boxing Classes.


Summer Bikini Body

Personal Trainers- our advice to get you bikini and shorts ready in time for summer!

Personal Training is the most efficient way to spend your time to reach your personal fitness and health goals.

Working with a personal trainer yields results in a motivational and friendly way and at The Edge, we like to say that we bring a bit of fun to the mix with a nice bunch of lads (and lady!) who adapt your method of training and incorporate their skill set to ensure you reach your objectives and that you enjoy the journey on the way up!

Summer Bikini BodyAt your first consultation, you will have a chat with one of our trainers and you will discuss your own personal needs and desires to reach the next level. We believe that everyone’s needs, performance, fitness level and objectives are all quite different and our approach to each client is sometimes very different. What works diet-wise for your friend, for example, may not work for you and it can be difficult to understand that some people may look like they can eat whatever they want, while others struggle after one indulgent meal a week.

beach body

With this in mind, we endeavour to provide a personalised program to suit your needs and tailor that program as you start and continue to progress. Your goals and objectives will change as your start to see change and we will be there with you each and every step of the way.

If you would like to speak to one of our personal trainers and are interested in hearing more about Personal training in Dublin, at our Clontarf studio, give us a shout on info@theedgegym.ie or call 01 8534091. We look forward to reaching your goals by Summer 2014!


personal training in dublin

The importance of Continuous Education for Personal Trainers

Research into the health and fitness industry produces report after report of new findings, new stastistics, new methodologies, new diet plans and new exercise and strength programs.

We strive to provide the best Personal Training facility, not just in Clontarf, but in Dublin and indeed the whole country. The Edge: Clontarf pride ourselves in the constant upskilling of our Personal Trainers. Each and every trainer attends a weekly in-house  training seminar about topics ranging about anything from nutrition plans to supplementation, the effects of stress on our bodies to how to deal with clients with special needs. The list is endless and therefore our training will continue. We are open to new teaching methods and regularly take our training outside the gym to meet other health professionals who can share their insight into a particular area, such as Pilates, Strength & Conditioning and even Olympic Weightlifting.

man woman exercising weights workout fitness ball

With excellent results from our clients, we offer second to none Personal Training, advice and motivation. Our Personal Trainers are all interested in continuous learning and take it on themselves to constantly up-skill, read, learn and research new areas of study in the field. you can rest assured you are in good hands with our team of Personal Trainers in Clontarf.

If you are interested in Personal Training and would like to speak to a member of our team, call 01 853 4091 or email info@theedgegym.ie

Personal Training for a more Personal approach

There’s a reason why most celebrities opt for personal trainers when they are making a change to improve their fitness, health and appearance.

 Personal Trainers in Dublin

Working with a personal trainer is the quickest, easiest and most successful to reach your health and fitness goals and has proved so effective that personal training has now spread beyond the rich and famous. Today, people from all walks of life are opting to finance their health in place of eating out, drinking or buying expensive clothes or things they simply don’t need.

Alan, 23, Howth, explains why he started training in The Edge: Clontarf:

“I’ve always been in pretty good shape, or so I thought, but after a few years in college I began to feel lazy, tired and unfit very quickly- I contacted the guys in The Edge and haven’t looked back since. I have changed my eating habits and they have become part of my daily routine. It’s just a different way of life and it’s worth every penny”

Benefits of working with a Personal Trainer:

You will improve your overall fitness levels and can have your programs fine-tuned as you go along to avoid boredom or the dreaded plateau effect!

You will reach or maintain a healthy body fat % and weight. Whether your goals are about body shaping, weight loss or toning, with a qualified personal trainer you will have all of the encouragement you need!


before and after the edge clontarf

You will feel more motivated and more likely to stick to your goals by developing a lifestyle that is focused on healthy living and eating habits.

You will avoid any potential health concerns but getting to the bottom of your weaknesses. Should you suffer from diabetes, be in remission from cancer or suffer from chronic back pain, the Personal Trainers at The Edge are trained to deal with special needs and how to overcome any obstacles related to any physical ailment. Your trainer will provide you with a safe, efficient plan that will speed your recovery and promote well-being in your every day life.

You will learn how to use the equipment in the gym correctly and appropriately for your body type.
You will stop wasting time. Your program will be designed specifically for you, improving your weaknesses and working with your strengths.

You will become a better you. By teaching you basic skills to improve your strength and conditioning, you can develop skills which may help with the physical demand of your job, school or even at home. By becoming more physically healthy, you are ready for each day, have better immunity and sleep like a baby!

You will be in a better mood- Your personal trainer may help you uncover new insights about yourself or find potential you didn’t realise you had- they are there to motivate you each and every step of the way.

Develop a new group of friends- What better way to start your path to a new you than to surround yourself with a group of like-minded people who want to live a healthy, positive and fun life?

Take Charge of Your Life! You can get fit and healthy YOUR way and take ultimate responsibility for your own health and future- but with the guidance and encouragement of a trained professional.

“My whole way of looking at things has changed…I am like a new woman- I had a baby two years ago and felt frumpy, overweight and just lacked my old ‘buzz’. The lads encouraged me each and every step of the way and I am DELIGHTED with my results- well, my progress…I am still on the path but I am enjoying the journey haha!”

Lisa, 38, Killester

If you are interested in meeting with one of our Personal Trainers in Dublin, give us a call now on 01 853 4091 or email info@theedgegym.ie

mens fitness group

Personal Trainers and Personal Training in Dublin

So why Personal Training? Why spend more money when you can go to a big commercial gym by yourself whenever you want?

leg raises

In this city alone here are hundreds of choices of regular gyms and personal training facilities in Dublin and the choice is endless- and sometimes confusing for those who are looking to lose weight, tone up or meet new people with similar interests in health, fitness and strength training.

mens fitness group

The difference at our gym is the trainers, the personal touch and the interest we have in helping you reach your goals and objectives- be it to lose weight, gain muscle, get bigger, get leaner or get back into shape after having a baby, we offer tailor-made personal training programs along with personalised nutritional plans to keep you focused, keep the cravings at bay and ensure you see results very quickly.

lottie ryan with personal trainer james swan

Our attitude is to adopt a new attitude- A new lifestyle and a healthier choice for all of your activities.

wall sits at the edge clontarf

We are now offering free consultations for those looking to make the change- Give us a call now on 01 853 4091 or email info@theedgegym.ie and you will see the difference.

Probably the best personal trainers in Dublin 😉

Orla Mc Donagh

Personal Training Success Story- Client Testimonial

Orla Mc Donagh

I have been training with The Edge since March of this year and am feeling fitter, healthier and stronger than I could ever have imagined. I had tried Ballet, Kettlebell, Circuit training, Aerobics, Bodypump- you name it, I’ve tried it…but since I started with the personal training with The Edge, my whole body shape has transformed.

I feel lighter, more toned and my lifestyle and habits have all improved. I don’t crave sugar and have a healthier relationship with what I eat and how and when I chose to eat. I carry a bag full of healthy snacks and have become really interested in cooking fresh new recipes and planning my healthy shopping for the week ahead.

I can see a huge improvement in my overall energy and well being. I have more get-up-and-go and have no difficulty bouncing out of bed at 6am every morning now!

I really enjoy each session with Ray- I have also trained with James and Steve in the past– and he knows when to push me, when to encourage me and when to have the chats- He is serious about seeing progress and chats with my regularly about my own goals and what I want to achieve from my sessions with him. He keeps tabs on my eating and explains why certain foods are better than other, and what to use as a healthier substitute-

In a nutshell, I am delighted with my choice to train with the guys from The Edge. Call them today- you won’t be disappointed- Grab a buddy and get moving-

Don’t wait for your New Year’s Resolution- Do it NOW.

Orla  🙂