So what would the realistic outcomes of our 30 Day Trial be?
Ok we need to look at this with a rational and sensible thought process as many people purchase fitness services and products for different reasons.
If you were to ask 10 of our members what results they have got from ABC Gym you would get 10 different answers, while if you were to ask 10 different people around Lucan what their perception of ABC Gym was you would get 10 different answers from never hearing about us, to it’s a male gym, it’s an elite athlete gym to, it’s a crap gym, it’s too dear, to it’s a gym for ‘average joes’, to your man Noel Flynn is a d1ck, to Andy Grehan is up his own ar$e etc, to I saw them trainers in Courtneys Pub having pints, sure that is no carry on for guys who are meant to be telling us how to get fit, right up to we changed their life in so many unimaginable ways.
That is human nature and we are fine we that, everyone has an opinion.
So we will try and answer this with a mix of measureable, tangible benefits to the more non measureable, feelings people will experience, some of this will appear like facts and fiction but this is different depending on the individual and their experience.
Crossing a line – The main benefit you may achieve is that you made the step to change from maybe being a non-gym goer to a gym goer. Maybe you overcame a massive fear in getting back into things. Perhaps you went from doing things on your own to now doing it in a supervised performance based environment.
Body Composition Testing – this is done using an InBody 270 device which is a quick non-evasive (this is not pinching you with calliper’s or putting a measuring tape around your waist) way of finding out your weight in terms of muscle, water and fat and breaks down the body to see where the muscle and fat is stored in order to help us programme a solution for you. This takes out the guess work and shows us where you are, holding you accountable and keeping you motivated.
Accountability – based on the above test and our Strength and Fitness tests that we programme ever 6 to 8 weeks that has become known as ‘Test Week’. Like the above test, this is where people see evidence of their progress. Have you improved in a chin up or press up. Can you cover more distance on the bike or the rower. Have you got stronger on a squat or bench press. Again this week is all about measurable facts, in order to show progress or to set a baseline to improve on or to programme around.
Culture & Atmosphere – our gym culture is based around high standards of how we do things but having fun and being light hearted while doing so. So while we emphasise doing things really well we are not so anal we will annoy you, we are more likely to crack a joke with you. However we do expect people to work as hard as they are able on a given day. Hard work in its nature is recognised and acknowledged by others. We have a serious sense of respect among our members. We have asked people to leave who did not fit our ethos on this, which leads me to the next topic.
People – You will train with other people. While you are treated as an individual in terms of the outcomes and programming, the people in the gym are what make the place tick. Training with others helps with motivation, with competitiveness, with drive and energy, with fun and atmosphere. You will be made welcome, you will chat to others and you must be prepared to do that. We have had people who just do not like other people and this gym was not for them and that was fair enough too.
Results – we are a results based gym in that we will try to get you the result you are looking for. But what is that? We have people looking to train around injuries. Personally I have overcome back pain and a cruciate knee injury so working around injuries will always be important to us once we are in a situation to work with the person. Some cases we will have no experience of and will refer out to Tommy Brennan at the Pain and Performance Clinic or to the best solution for the problem. Others will want to lose weight, others will want to build muscle, while others just want to feel better, have more energy and help themselves live longer. While we have some people who are already in outrageous shape and want he accountability and guidance to make sure they are doing things right and at the level they would not do on their own. If body fat or muscle gain is your goal we have the tools to measure those and keep things tangible for you, while you will see strength and fitness increases in both the way we programme, measure it and test it.
Psychological & Social – We genuinely have members who could not care less about how they look or the results they achieve, they are simply here to give themselves the release from life’s problems and stresses, meet others, socialise, chat and feel part of a team environment.
Expertise – between us we have trained county teams from Dublin GAA, Kildare GAA, Tipperary GAA, Laois GAA, Mayo GAA, Leinster Hockey, Lucan Harriers Athletics, Lucan Sarsfields, Confey, Maynooth, Ballyboden. Noel works as a lecturer for Setanta College, the institute of Strength & Conditioning. However we all of these things are meaningless unless you can work with different individuals with different needs. We take great pride in being able to progress and regress our Athletic Body System to suit a lot of different populations of people.
Science & Programming – we use many different tools from our InBody to MyZone Heart Rate monitors to body weight training, dumbbells, kettlebells, trx, barbells, med balls, rowers, bikes and ski ergs but the important part is the planning and rationale behind what we do. Everything we do has a plan to it but yet can be modified to coach the person in front of us on a given day depending how you are feeling or the work you have done in previous days.
So to finish and summarise – do not expect a magic wand. We have so many members that based on their results you would think we used a magic wand but in reality it comes down to following a proven plan, taking guidance, being coachable, being consistent in terms of training regularly and listening to us if you require some nutrition advice.
Have we changed people’s lives? Yes many but we did not do it on 7 days, 21 days or even 30 Days.
Come and try the 30 Day Trial, expect to gradually pick up your training levels, work harder, improve over time. You may lose lots of weight, you may get stronger, you may get fitter but then you may not, people are different and different habits and consistency takes time but remember this is a trial to see is this the lifestyle choice for you not a chance to just expect a quick result and stop again in 30 days – that is the difference between those who are successful here and those that are not.
You do not have to be great to start but you need to start to be great.