The A-Staff for physical exercise is just one way to describe the crew at Fitz Physical fitness in Ballincollig. Operate by former HR govt John Fitzgerald, the ‘gym for folks who dislike gyms’ looks out for its customers and receives effects ‘or your cash back.’

“For us, it’s all about results, it’s not about getting the funds. If we do not get you outcomes in our 6 or 12-7 days programme we literally give back the cash. It’s a little something we honour.”

The Fitz Conditioning crew are all veteran exercise lovers as very well as moms and dads with chaotic life, so they understand the force and demand that exists for ‘free time’ and advocate for the added benefits of paying out time on you and your wellbeing.

John started off up a fitness center in Ballincollig 5 yrs in the past and prides himself on operating a “health club for men and women who detest fitness centers”. Pic: Larry Cummins: 

“Most of our clientele would be 30 -35+ so our coaches are able to resonate with them.

“Trish is my gym supervisor, she is in her 40s, she has 4 young children, then we have Patricia, who is in her late 30s, she has two young children, Gill in her 40s, she has two young children, Alan in his late 40s, and has two young children. We are all at the a person stage in lifetime, it lets us to know where persons are at.”

Two associates of John’s personnel started their careers as clients of the fitness center.

“Gillian Henehan utilized to be a PT shopper with me for about a 12 months and a 50 percent and she beloved it and acquired fantastic benefits. She was a secondary school teacher and hated her work, so I said to her why never you get competent and I’ll give you a career. I promised her and she went off and got competent, commenced operating in this article and is accomplishing fantastically very well.”

Patricia Browne was also a recruit from the ranks.

Patricia Browne. Fitz Fitness, Ballincollig.
Patricia Browne. Fitz Fitness, Ballincollig.

“Patricia was a customer, in a career she didn’t definitely like, and I stated to her, you would be great for this fitness center for the reason that I had labored with her, trained with her and I understood what she was like.

“She went and bought capable and came back to me and she’s functioning in this article.”

Maintaining his ear to the ground, John brought an skilled out of early retirement to head up his fitness center crew.

“Trisha Dorgan, I experienced read about her, she was a mum of 4 and experienced remaining physical fitness to increase her little ones. I bought in touch and requested if she experienced any desire in acquiring back coaching for 15 – 20 hrs a 7 days and she jumped at it.

“She arrived in and she’s been with me past 5 a long time. She’s amazing, she was born to be a coach, she has four young children and I do not know how she does it the power amounts are off the walls.”

John stated it was critical to him that all his employees actually thought in the ethos of the gymnasium and the value of exercising as component of a well balanced lifestyle.

Alan McCarthy was hired by an job interview procedure but once again managed to shine amongst the masses to get the nod from John to occur on board.

Alan McCarthy, Fitz Fitness, Ballincollig.
Alan McCarthy, Fitz Exercise, Ballincollig.

“I just definitely favored his back again story, no 1 else was eager to give him a opportunity simply because he was in his 40s. I resonated with that, and he turned out to be a good coach.

“He had been to a couple of interviews and was receiving disregarded and to me, his lifestyle encounter was a massive benefit and he turned out to be wonderful.”

Though the gym is inclusive and exceptionally welcoming, each new member is interviewed ahead of joining up, to assure their plans line up with the ethos of Fitz Fitness.

“We get all our customers at the start off to produce out why they want to be a part of the health and fitness center. We really do not just let anyone join the gym, the setting is very critical to us. It is not truly for another person who goes to the health club six times a 7 days.

John Fitzgerald, FITZ FITNESS, Ballincollig, Co Cork with staff (left) Dave Finn, Client Manager, and Trish Dorgan, Gym Manager and Jill Hennigan. (Absent from photo are Alan McCarthy and Patricia Browne). Pic: Larry Cummins: 
John Fitzgerald, FITZ Fitness, Ballincollig, Co Cork with staff members (still left) Dave Finn, Client Supervisor, and Trish Dorgan, Fitness center Manager and Jill Hennigan. (Absent from picture are Alan McCarthy and Patricia Browne). Pic: Larry Cummins: 

“We make all people utilize for the programme, and they get a mobile phone phone, type of like an interview, and we question them why is this the suitable time for you to target on your well being and health and fitness. We just take their response really critically, it ought to indicate a little something to you.”

While Fitz Physical fitness has turn into common in Ballincollig in modern months and several years, John stated it’s been a prolonged street with a large amount of challenging conclusions to make, which includes rebranding, relocating and rising rates to healthy with an greater company presenting.

“The health and fitness center applied to be female only and we would have shed a several people today who didn’t like the idea of a mixed gymnasium, but we held on to a core membership who caught with me. In advance of we started off the 6 and 12-week programmes we utilized to do particular instruction. Now we do group training, which is a large amount a lot more simple and economical.

John Fitzgerald, FITZ FITNESS, Ballincollig, Co Cork.Pic: Larry Cummins:
John Fitzgerald, FITZ Physical fitness, Ballincollig, Co Cork.Pic: Larry Cummins:

“We shed individuals for the reason that some people today really do not like modify and we increased the selling prices as perfectly, we have been presenting a good deal far more support. We had to do it to value ourselves.”

As the indicating goes, driving every single excellent gentleman is an even much better female, and John stated the aid and encouragement he received from his wife Laura Fitzgerald has been phenomenal.

“I do not assume any of it would have been probable with no her. When I was contemplating of executing it, I arrived up with hundreds of explanations why I should not do it and she was the 1 particular person who claimed you did not arrive up with reasons why you should really.

John Fitzgerald, FITZ FITNESS, Ballincollig, Co Cork.Pic: Larry Cummins
John Fitzgerald, FITZ Health and fitness, Ballincollig, Co Cork.Pic: Larry Cummins

“She’s been amazing, she’s experienced to go by way of some challenging times, I owe her a large amount.”

Even though Laura is good to push John in his qualified targets, he mentioned his makes an attempt to assist her conditioning goals have been not as warmly appreciated.

“I made use of to do PT sessions with her, but we stopped. I don’t feel I’d suggest ever schooling your wife. We did one or two sessions but we decided it was not a great thought.”

  • Fitz Fitness is positioned at Exchange Property on the Principal Road in Ballincollig.