LOOK­ING GOOD AND STAY­ING FIT & HEALTHY

Ben Dunne Gyms of­fer a bril­liant en­vi­ron­ment in which to re­alise your fit­ness goals. Hav­ing opened new premises in Water­ford and Port­laoise, and con­ducted a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment in West­point, their pop­u­lar­ity is set to keep boom­ing.

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Ire­land is get­ting even tter! That’s the word from Ben Dunne Gyms – and if any­one is in a po­si­tion to know, it is the king of Ir­ish gyms. The long-time mar­ket leader has opened in Water­ford and Port­laoise, bring­ing to ten the num­ber of Ben Dunne Gyms in Ire­land – and the re­ac­tion has been phe­nom­e­nal, with lo­cals ock­ing to what are state of the art premises.

Ben Dunne Gyms are well-es­tab­lished all over the greater Dublin area too: from Jervis Street in the city cen­tre, out to Sandy­ford in the south; Blan­chard­stown in the west; and Santry to the north, each one as suc­cess­ful as the next. Some, like Carlisle in Terenure, North­wood in Santry, and West­point in Blan­chard­stown, have 25-me­tre swim­ming pools, as well as Jacuzzis and steam rooms. It is a thriv­ing, suc­cess­ful busi­ness – the best in Ire­land by some mea­sure and a bench­mark for ev­ery­one else. If you want great value in top qual­ity gym mem­ber­ship, Ben Dunne Gyms is the place to go.

Lo­ca­tions are cho­sen where there’s lots of park­ing. Port­laoise is the most re­cent new out­let in a cam­paign that is, step by step, tak­ing Ben Dunne Gyms across the coun­try. The old phi­los­o­phy has been ring­ing true for BDG: build 'em and they will come. And so they will con­tinue build­ing – and im­prov­ing the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

West­point in Blan­chard­stown has re­cently un­der­gone a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment. When

Best Of Ire­land vis­its, it is hum­ming with ac­tiv­ity. Peo­ple are work­ing out on tread­mills, hor­i­zon­tal seated presses, ca­ble bi­ceps bars, row­ing ma­chines and a host of other im­pres­sive look­ing con­trap­tions, de­signed to help enthusiast­s and new­bies alike to sculpt a stronger, tter, leaner and longer-last­ing body. That, af­ter all, is what the tness game is all about: look­ing good and stay­ing t and healthy.

There are hun­dreds here shed­ding pounds and adding mus­cle. Or if they’re on the lean side, just adding mus­cle. And there will be ev­ery day of the week, from early in the

morn­ing un­til late in the evening. Like all Ben Dunne Gyms, the place is spick and span. There’s an at­mos­phere of quiet de­ter­mi­na­tion that speaks of self-im­prove­ment through hard graft.

These are demo­cratic places. There is a very sim­ple re­quire­ment that you obey the rules; no form of dis­crim­i­na­tion is con­tem­plated or al­lowed. It is an ethos that makes sense in the new Ire­land – we all as­pire to be­ing bet­ter. Well, this is a very good place to start.

In ev­ery Ben Dunne Gym, there’s a timetable of free classes in pi­lates, yoga, spin­ning, zumba and lots more. You can also hook up with a per­sonal trainer, who – for an agreed ex­tra fee from €25 a ses­sion – will guide you through an in­di­vid­ual ex­er­cise pro­gramme. It's all about shap­ing up in ex­actly the way that you want to.

And then there’s the price. You’d have to take out a mort­gage to af­ford the mem­ber­ship in some gyms. Not here. De­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion, mem­ber­ship of a Ben Dunne Gym in Dublin is €19 a month, or €200 for 12 months. Where swim­ming fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able, the all-in fee is €29.95 a month, but even here the an­nual fee drops to €250. And you can get a 12 month mem­ber­ship for three peo­ple, with swim­ming, for €690.

“Ir­ish busi­nesses that are well run are thriv­ing,” says Ben Dunne. “Our mem­ber­ship keeps on climb­ing, so we know that we are do­ing things the right way. With Water­ford and Port­laoise open, we have lots of in­ter­est­ing plans to grow. But we will keep do­ing it in a way that al­lows us to of­fer the best pos­si­ble value to our cus­tomers. That’s some­thing we be­lieve in pas­sion­ately.”

BULL AND FID­DLE FIT­NESS 60-62 Tory Top Road, Bal­lyphe­hane, Cork Tel: (087) 647 0360

Be­ing both a gym and a tness stu­dio, Bull and Fid­dle Fit­ness of­fers spin­ning classes, boot camps and per­sonal train­ing, all un­der the watch­ful eyes of ACE quali ed trainer Tony Frog­gatt. The car­dio equip­ment in­cludes tread­mills, cross train­ers, row­ing ma­chines, ex­er­cise bikes and free weights, which will have your physique toned in no time. Prices are €48 a month or €350 for a year’s mem­ber­ship.

N.G.S FIT­NESS Mullingar, Co. West­meath. Tel: (085) 157 8347

Founded in 2011 by West­meath foot­ballers Paul Sharry and Shane Flynn, Next Gen­er­a­tion Speed of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of tness classes, per­son­alised pro­grammes and more. With a fo­cus on speed and con­di­tion­ing, N.G.S is a stop-off for any mid­lands na­tive look­ing to take their tness to the next level. 1ESCAPE

Tel: 01) 485 0700/01 oneescape.ie

A fully-equipped ur­ban dojo, 1Escape is not your usual gym ex­pe­ri­ence. Their hy­dror­ider class, for ex­am­ple, in­volves spin­ning in a pool – a real full body work­out. You can learn mar­tial arts, do Body Com­bat and prac­tice anti-grav­ity yoga.

SWAN LEISURE CEN­TRE Rath­mines Square, Lower Rath­mines Road, Rath­mines, Dublin 6

Tel: (01) 496 7908 swan­leisure.ie

For those of you who want to swim as well as work out, Swan Leisure Cen­tre has its own 25-me­tre pool where you can take lessons from some of Ire­land’s top swim coaches. There’s also spin classes, pi­lates and even triathlon coach­ing avail­able. Mem­ber­ship is €30 per month. A sin­gle swim visit is €6.50 and sin­gle gym visit costs €7.00.

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The Swan Leisure Cen­tre Pool

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