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 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 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

Snapchat: citygymlk

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

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Highlights from Coach Dons recent win at NBFI

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:

To see more of Stephen and his glass coated skeleton follow him on Instagram: @ben_ching_