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Ailish | It’s Not Like Any Other Gym

  • by David O' Connor
  • February 22, 2018

Ailish joined Doc Fitness not knowing what to expect, until a few Months later she became our female ‘Ninja of the Year’ for 2018 as voted by the members themselves. (Yes, we call our members Ninja’s, because, well, they are and it creates a bit of craic too while we aim to move, feel, look & perform better daily 😉 As Ninja’s do. )

Ailish then recently left a review on our Facebook Page, which we’ve taken word for word and turned it into an article below, so I’ll stop typing so you can hear what Ailish’s experience has been like with us here at Doc Fitness to date.

?Meet our ‘Ninjas of the Year’ as Voted by our Members for 2017 ? • These two play huge roles in Doc Fitness without really realising it. Pushing Team Members on when the tough days come. • Putting a smile across everyone’s face when you might have had a stressful few days. • That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day, making huge progress in terms of health, fitness and mindset while having some Craic along the way ? • Austin Mc Inerney is second in from the right and Ailish Sarah Flaherty is on the left – Our Ninjas of the Year for 2017 ? • I know we’ve said it a lot already Guys, but well done again if you’re reading this ? #docfitness #health #fitness #fitfam #irishfitfam #fit #fitspo #workout #cardio #gym #train #training #photooftheday #healthy #instahealth #healthychoices #active #strong #motivation #instagood #determination #lifestyle #diet #getfit #cleaneating #eatclean #excercise #ninjas #ninjaoftheyear

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The gyms I’ve been to in the past have all been the same.

You show up (probably in January) motivated for change but scared and not sure how to do it. You are shown around the gym by an “employee” who gives you a rough guide on where everything is and how a few machines work. They tell you to do a bit of cardio first to warm up and they give you a basic list of exercises to complete.

So you do what they say and you keep to yourself, trying to not get in the way of the big scary looking bodybuilders, and making sure you don’t pick a treadmill next to the glamour model because the mirrors in front of you will make you compare yourself to her until you hate yourself even more than you did before you joined.

After your first visit, you feel good that you did something but the whole process was so out of your comfort zone that you’re delighted to be leaving. After your shower, you say goodbye to the “employee’ who showed you around, but they have already forgotten your name and they never speak to you again.

After that, each time you go to the gym the less you feel you belong there. No one speaks to anyone and the people who work there don’t offer you any guidance or even know who you are. So the time you spend there gets shorter and shorter until you eventually stop going because gyms aren’t for you.

Last July (2017) when I signed up for DOC FITNESS I didn’t really know what to expect.

From looking at photos and videos online it didn’t seem to be what I had experienced from other gyms so I went in with an open mind. Although I was still scared and the feelings of not belonging in a gym were firmly ingrained in my mind.

My first morning I walked in the door and straight away I was greeted with a big smile and a friendly handshake. I told the coach that I was completely out of my comfort zone and that I wasn’t sure of what I’d be capable of doing. He told me not to worry and that I could go at my own pace. He then talked me through each exercise we’d be doing that day. He made sure I understood the technique of them all.

Soon other members started arriving for the session and the coach greeted them all by name. The room was full of chat as the members warmed up. Still in “not belonging in a gym” mode I stayed quiet. But that changed quickly as we had to partner up for our first exercise.

During that first session, I surprised myself with how much I was able to do. The coach was there the whole time pushing us all, by name, and keeping an eye on me making sure I was okay. Afterwards, I felt amazing, my heart was going mad, I was sweating and out of breath but I felt amazing! The coach said “well done Ailish, see it wasn’t that bad” and gave me a fist bump.

The next day I got a text from the coach asking me how I was. I told him I was little sore but that I was looking forward to my next session. And I wasn’t lying.

Very soon after that, I started to learn the names of the other members and they learned mine. That feeling of not belonging had vanished and somehow I wasn’t just another member of a gym I was part of a team.

Joining DOC FITNESS has completely changed my outlook on gyms and exercise.

I train at the gym now 4 times a week, because I enjoy it, not to punish myself for something I’ve eaten. I go because it’s a great way to dedicate a bit of time for myself during the week and because I’m guaranteed to start the day with a bit of a laugh with the other members. I go because there are fantastic coaches there who guide me and help me and push me to my limits!

So if you’re reading this and like the old me, you think that gyms aren’t for you? Well, you just haven’t found the right gym yet…


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David's passion lies in coaching you through the easiest path to losing weight, toning up & getting back the confidence that's been hiding for a while. Head Coach & Head of Nutrition at Doc Fitness, if you don't find him there, he's probably training, sipping coffee writing Nutrition articles or playing Hurling for Ballinderreen.