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