Here's an insight into the people behind CityGym
Gar Benn- CityGym Owner
Gar found his love for the fitness industry after many major surgeries and many months in hospital. He had several surgeries on his lungs. It was only when he was recovering from his bouts in hospital that he started to take fitness seriously. For more on Gars lung surgeries and how CityGym came to be what it is check out the CityGym write up here.
Gar went on to develop his own style of training which CityGym has been built on. Incorporating nutrition, unique workout ideas with posture and core development to get results from each individual he has worked with. Gar has worked with a very diverse population from weight gain/weight loss clients to performance clients. Gar has also worked with physical therapy and medical teams with many of his clients who take personal training for pure health purposes, such conditions would include those who would suffer from diabetes, cystic fibrosis, eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, anxiety, depression and those in recovery from heart conditions.
Gar is also an online coach for the extremely popular website SigmaNutrition.com with Danny Lennon. Gar has represented CityGym Limerick on Limerick's Live 95FM on numerous occasions talking about many different topics in the areas of health and fitness from dietary requirements for the general public and childhood obesity to performance in field sports. Gar has also been a guest blogger on The42.ie and CityGym Limerick has been published in many different local newspapers in Limerick.
You'll find all of our staff on various media sources, to see more of Gar and what happens in CityGym on a day to day basis check
Instagram: @citygymlk and @garbenn_cg
Arthur Lynch- Freelance Personal Trainer
Arthur, has graduated from UL with a 1st class honours in Sports and Exercise Sciences. Arthur is now currently doing a PHD in UL. Arthur's scientific approach to training has given him the edge as a coach to help people excel and exceed all expectations in the gym.
Arthur is a competitive powerlifter, Arthur has been both an IDFPA and IPF champion in the u90s and u93 categories. His best numbers in competition are Squat-257.5kg Bench- 180kg and Deadlift 307.5kg.
Arthurs coaches our Lifting Club in CityGym, you can also hire Arthur for one to one personal training sessions where he can address any and all performance related issues from technique to programming.
For more on Arthur and his crazy gelato lifestyle follow him on Instagram: arthurlynch
Donnacha "Dons" Cregan - Freelance Personal Trainer
Dons is a champion natural bodybuilder and competitive powerlifter, who loves drastic body composition and mindset changes. Having struggled with being overweight well into his teens, this is where Dons developed his love for training, nutrition and the sport of bodybuilding.
Given his radical lifestyle change, Dons has devoted his career to helping others make spectacular transformations and has produced staggering results time after time with his clients
See more of Dons on Instagram: @natty_nolan
Or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Cusack - Freelance Personal Trainer
Stephen is a powerlifting coach and personal trainer who has been an assistant coach to the Irish powerlifting team at World Championships, as well as produced Junior and Open National record holders. However, despite his client’s successes at a competitive level, Stephen’s real passion lies in helping beginners find confidence in a weights room, and instilling a passion for self-improvement in those he has coached.
Having struggled with depression and identity issues as a teenager, Stephen found solace in strength training and is on a mission to teach others how to use lifting as an outlet for change in their own individual circumstances.
Below is one of Stephens client’s beautifully written testimonials;
‘Stephen has been my coach since my very first day in CityGym. I started a beginners class in 2016 with absolutely 0 powerlifting experience. In less than a year, with the help with Stephens coaching I had made it into an invite only National comp and made the Irish National team Standard.’ If you’re looking for a coach who will push you out of your comfort zone, expand your limits and yet
remain supportive and nurturing. I truly believe that Stephen is the coach you’re looking for. He has gone above and beyond coaching me. Not only has he helped me professionally as a powerlifter but he has also been there for me in times of personal crises. It is my personal belief that any coach worth his weight in salt should instil a strong sense of self-worth and discipline. From Stephens experienced guidance and high standing ethics I have grown into the kind of athlete I thought was unobtainable in less than a year. Stephen shall forever be both a respected mentor to me and a treasured friend.’
Stephen coaches our Lifting Club here in CityGym. He is also available for one on one sessions tailored to your own wants and needs- be it from high level performance work, all the way to teaching you how to hold a bar on your back. Not from Limerick? Stephen is also an online coach, so you can still have him in your corner, no matter where in the world that may be. Contact him here: email@example.com
To see more of Stephen and his glass coated skeleton follow him on Instagram: @ben_ching_
Leanne Quinn - Freelance Personal Trainer
Joining CityGym Limerick from Flyefit Ranelagh, one of Dublin's largest commercial gyms, Leanne has trained 100's of individuals through both group fitness classes and one to one personal training, helping many achieve their health and fitness goals in the process.
Leanne is particularly passionate about creating a fun and friendly environment to help those who are either new to the gym, unsure of where to start or are sometimes intimidated in an open-gym setting, kick-start their fitness journey.
With a background in Psychology, building self-confidence, improving bodily perception, learning how to perform exercises correctly as well as focusing on performance and behavioural goals are what Leanne believes to be key in ensuring long-lasting results.
Here's what some of her clients have had to say about working with Leanne:
'Leanne is a great personal trainer and an amazing person. In only a few weeks I achieved so much at the gym, I got stronger, had more flexibility and way more energy. She always motivated me before and during the exercises, which made me keep going even when I thought I couldn't.
Personally, Leanne helped me to be confident about my body and taught me how to believe in myself. I could not recommend her more.'
'Training with Leanne was really good fun and she knew how to push me at times when I definitely would not have pushed myself! It was honestly like training with a friend and I felt really comfortable because she is so bubbly and chatty and really cares about each of her clients. She was so helpful, offering to just give a text if I had any questions or issues, which I found really supportive and definitely separated her from the rest of a lot of personal trainers I've had in the past! I highly recommend anyone to train with Leanne, the support and care you receive is second to none!'
'Leanne is an incredibly kind and infectious person and for someone who hadn't a clue how to train before meeting her, she not only trained me but taught me so much about training and programming that I began to feel much more confident inside and outside of the gym. Her psychology background absolutely comes through in her work and the biggest things she helped me with was improving my body confidence and my relationship with food. It might sound cliche but she has completely changed my outlook on health and fitness and the importance of looking after yourself both physically and mentally and for that, I am truly grateful!'
Having recently taken up powerlifting, combined with a keen interest in sports specific training for individual and team sports, Leanne is also due to begin her MSc. in Sports Performance in U.L. in 2018.
For more information on personal training with Leanne, drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to see more of Leanne and her powerlifting fails, follow her on Instagram: leannecquinn