A gym like no other

Posted on: 7th April, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Guerilla Fitness — located in the industrial estate in Lisavaird beside Lisavaird Co-op — is without doubt one of the best kitted out training centers in Ireland.

The fitness centre is run and owned by Brendan Walsh and Hilary Riordan. With almost 20 years in the fitness industry between them, both Brendan and Hilary are among the top accredited weightlifting coaches in Ireland. With a degree in sports management, exercise science and various weightlifting, kettlebell and nutritional certs, these two coaches bring incredible knowledge and passion, and having worked with Olympic athletes in New Zealand, as well as sub 10 hour Iron Men and high level sports teams, they bring vast amounts of experience to your door step.

“In all my years involved in sport, I have never met two coaches so driven and educated in getting people to realise their potential.” Patrick O’Regan.

Guerilla fitness is a gym like no other. It operates small group personal training classes with a maximum of 14 people in each class with two coaches on the floor at all times. The focus on quality over quantity means classes aren’t packed so you get plenty of one-to-one attention always. Guerilla Fitness runs 26 weekly classes from Monday to Saturday, from early morning to late at night.

“We believe in a constantly varied functional movement methodology, meaning that no two classes are the same, we do this to keep everything fresh and interesting but also to prepare you for the unknown and unknowable that life can throw at you. We incorporate functional movement, meaning that we use movements that mimic movements you do in everyday life such as pushing, pulling, jumping, throwing and carrying. People often ask where all the machines are in the gym and we simply tell them, we don’t use machines, we build them,” explains Brendan.

“Anyone can do what we, any shape, any age, any fitness level because its personal training and we coach and tailor movement to you needs and abilities.”

At Guerilla Fitness, results are guaranteed to 100 per cent of the members. No matter your goal, Guerilla Fitness can help you. The gym is currently training the senior county football champions. It has an unoffical national powerlifting championship and three of the top 10 ranked weightlifters at Guerilla fitness. It also has seven of the top 25 male and female CrossFit athlete’s in Ireland, as well as Ireland’s fittest woman and one important point to note is that none of these athletes had any prior weight training experience of any kind.

But outside of the elite athletes who make up only a small portion of the members, Guerilla Fitness has made some remarkable transformations with many clients losing as much as four stone in four months and changing their lifestyles from couch potatoes to fitness fanatics, ensuring sustainable long term progress in everyone

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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Check out this new upbeat indie-folk track Edges, released today from Inni-K with a video by Myles O'Reilly. Inni-K will be performing at Levis’, Ballydehob on Saturday 24th February, with support from Sam Clague.

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