Hello everyone! I was delighted when Gareth asked me write-up a piece for the blog as it provided me with an opportunity to reflect on my experience in the gym to date. After nearly two months of work, I would like to sincerely thank both the staff and clients at Gravity Fitness for making starting out as a coach in the gym such an enjoyable, insightful, and fun process for me personally. From training up to coaching sessions individually, I have already learned an invaluable set of coaching skills which is a credit to the professionalism, educational and client-focused approach which is at the heart of Gravity Fitness. As some of you may know, after graduating from DCU and qualifying as a personal trainer, I began my postgraduate study in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. In the future, it is my ambition to work as a sport psychologist in an elite performance setting. So, how does this all tie back to me working as a coach at Gravity? From my study of psychology and behavioural change techniques over the last number of years, and through my active participation in sport, I am well placed to assist the clients of Gravity in achieving their health and fitness goals whilst becoming a stronger individual, both mentally and physically.
Striving to maintain a positive mindset through all aspects of my life is what drives me. One might ask, how can this be done? By practicing gratitude daily for every resource and commodity which is at my disposal. This results in feeling and experiencing an immense sense of joy for the richness and diversity of life. As well as helping you to obtain your desired physical fitness goals, I want to assist you in maintaining a sense of mental preparedness for whatever the day may throw at you.
I have a passion for health and I believe that each and every one of us possesses a responsibility to invest a great deal of time, effort, and focus to all aspects of our well-being. Mind, body, and soul, it is all connected. The innate human ability to move in different patterns, nourishment, thought, relationships, and many other facets of human life are tremendous gifts which we should nurture and cherish to the best of our ability. Over the last year, I have experienced a stark realisation in my own life that at any second, life can throw the kitchen sink at you, and you must be prepared for it. Training in the gym is not as superficial as it may seem. We are training for life, and this should be the guiding principle and I can confidently say that it is very much present at Gravity Fitness. I believe that we owe it to ourselves to consistently push the boundaries and become comfortable with being uncomfortable in order to get the most out our physical and mental capabilities. It’s in every one of us, it just needs to be unlocked. From my time in the gym so far, all of you guys are smashing it!
At Gravity Fitness, we are in a unique position to cultivate and foster positive outcomes both individually and collectively. The bonds we share and the craic we have while training are just as important elements as the training itself. It has been a pleasure to begin to develop relationships with everyone at Gravity and I have no doubt that they will be long-standing. Thanks again to everyone! I am thoroughly looking forward to continuing working with you all.