TESTIMONIALS

I like how the coaches scale the exercise to your ability so anyone can get started and get a good workout regardless of your fitness level. What I like most about CFI is the one team attitude. Everyone in the gym wants everyone around them to do well and succeed and each goal reached by a member is always celebrated. I have made many new friends at CFI and I am often still sitting on the couch chatting away up to an hour after the workout is over.

~Dave

I could write for an eternity about the self-confidence, pride, positive body image etc etc etc that CrossFit Ireland has gifted me with but instead I’ll finish with this – “Behind every fearless player is a fearless Coach who refused to let them be anything but the best they could be” – if you want to be the best you can be I highly recommend a trip to CrossFit Ireland, if nothing else I can guarantee you coffee, a couch and endless possibilities.

~Michelle

I could write for an eternity about the self-confidence, pride, positive body image etc etc etc that CrossFit Ireland has gifted me with but instead I’ll finish with this – “Behind every fearless player is a fearless Coach who refused to let them be anything but the best they could be” – if you want to be the best you can be I highly recommend a trip to CrossFit Ireland, if nothing else I can guarantee you coffee, a couch and endless possibilities.

~Michelle

I joined CrossFit Ireland (CFI) on the 1st of July 2015 and from that first day, I knew that this was something for me. With the huge variety of challenging movements, I knew that I wouldn’t get bored or lose interest (still true!). With the high quality of coaching, I knew that I would learn how to do things in the right way and would be pushed to achieve amazing things (still very true!). With the amazing, supportive and encouraging community of people who train in CFI, I knew that I would want to train as often as possible (still very very true!).

~Laoise

A combination of Colm & Dereks training & diet tips has lead me to lose about 4 stone in the last few months, on top of building muscle which is just as important… They  genuinely ask how you are and are genuinely concerned, it’s just the kind of personal touch you wont really find anywhere else.

~Ray

A combination of Colm & Dereks training & diet tips has lead me to lose about 4 stone in the last few months, on top of building muscle which is just as important… They  genuinely ask how you are and are genuinely concerned, it’s just the kind of personal touch you wont really find anywhere else.

~Ray

I managed to do something that my head kept telling me “no, you can’t, you’re not good enough, you look stupid” Why? Cos you guys make us believe in ourselves. 

~Gabbie

I remember being new and approaching a squat, my internal narrative telling me that I was too weak, that my knees would buckle, that it was pointless, that I should quit. But I got some encouragement from the coaches and the weight moved. Later in metcons it told me that I’d had enough, that I couldn’t keep going, that there was no point pretending I was going to finish. And I bought that for a while. But when I felt the energy of the other members around me and tested its pronouncement I found it really didn’t know what it was talking about.

~Geoff

I remember being new and approaching a squat, my internal narrative telling me that I was too weak, that my knees would buckle, that it was pointless, that I should quit. But I got some encouragement from the coaches and the weight moved. Later in metcons it told me that I’d had enough, that I couldn’t keep going, that there was no point pretending I was going to finish. And I bought that for a while. But when I felt the energy of the other members around me and tested its pronouncement I found it really didn’t know what it was talking about.

~Geoff

I just wanted to share a few thoughts about my journey in CFI the past 5 months.

When I joined I felt broken, lonely and a failure with zero self confidence.. I needed a reason to push myself because I noticed myself slipping back to my old ways and could see my 104kg top weight creeping back again. I didn’t like myself and couldn’t see why anyone else would like me either.

Joining CFI was one of my better decisions

The first few days I felt a bit awkward. When people congratulated me or said well done at the end of a workout it made me cringe. I would say “thanks but I only did scaled “ or “thanks but I did fewer reps than others”. Truth is I am more comfortable with criticism than praise. People were being nice but I was unsure if they were being genuine. I was constantly comparing myself to others and feeling a failure because I couldn’t do what they could.

It didn’t take long to realize that CFI is a place where people are welcomed, where even the smallest achievements are celebrated and where members and coaches really do care about others. Everyone was really welcoming and I was soon chatting to people on the couch before and after workouts and was feeling less awkward.
The real turning point for me was the open. I was encouraged to take part and seeing everyone work so hard, seeing everyone pushing each other and having the opportunity to judge others seemed to boost my confidence. Watching others achieve PB’s and doing movements for the first time was inspirational and watching Sam and Marie do workouts was just awesome, I couldn’t understand why people as fit and as capable as them would even notice my efforts let alone encourage me and congratulate me on my performances.
So I could feel my confidence increasing and I was starting to feel I had a right to be part of this amazing group of people, next step was to begin to sort out my nutrition.

Starting the accountability with Derek was a bit daunting but he was so kind and encouraging. His weekly texts to see how I am doing are very much appreciated and help me to stay focused or to regain focus if I have strayed a bit. This is one are I still stress about too much but I am slowly making progress and am beginning to feel proud of myself.

Next big step was my goals review with Seán. He made me realize I was trying to do too much at once. He also pointed out that my goals were purely focused on skills I wanted to learn and my weight, I hadn’t given any thought to my emotional and social needs at all. That review certainly gave me a lot to think about and after that I started writing a journal each day. My thoughts are definitely getting more positive as time passes and I am much happier.

PT sessions with Seán (are torture mostly) but always a highlight. His training style suits me and amazingly he makes me believe in myself.

CFI is like therapy for me even if I arrive feeling down I always leave with a smile. My confidence is probably at 7 now and even though I still have bad days with the support of everyone at CFI they remain bad days and don’t turn into bad weeks.
I am thankful for the day I walked into CFI and would highly recommend it to others

So Colm, Derek,Seán, Sam and Madie keep doing what you do bringing fitness health and happiness to us all

My few thoughts turned into an epic but there you have it. Just wanted to share my positivity, here’s to the next 5 months
Regards

~Steph

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