Beyond Fitness Training Studio, Club Vitae Gym at the Maldron Hotel, Cardiff Lane, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2
+353 (0)87 282 9490
Gordon is one of the most dedicated fitness trainers in Dublin and a really great motivator. I initially had the objective of improving my general aerobic fitness and we quickly accomplished this and built on it with stamina and strength exercises. Very soon my levels of fitness dramatically increased and I decided that I needed to find a fitness challenge that would showcase my new stamina.
I signed up for a twenty eight day trek to the Himalaya know as the Lunana Snowman. This is probably one of the hardest high-altitude treks and far more people have climbed to the summit of Everest than have completed this unique traverse of Bhutan. It crosses the north of Bhutan along the border with Tibet covering 356km and crossing eight Himalayan mountain passes at altitudes up to 18,000 ft. I would never have been brave enough to embark on this challenge without Gordon’s encouragement and coaching. His targeted training prepared me for the challenges, especially the altitude and endurance and I successfully completed it. His training is a great investment in your health and I continue to enjoy his sessions even though they are extremely tough but always rewarding.
The class is both challenging and fun and Gordon is excellent at keeping you motivated and pushing you beyond your limits to increase your fitness levels. It’s like having a personal trainer every Monday and Wednesday. I can’t recommend the class highly enough for people of all fitness levels. Gordon will start you on a low weight and help you to work up to high levels of intensity with larger weights. I never thought I would be doing the class with 4.5kgs!! It has become part of my life and I very rarely miss a class. It is a great overall workout for the entire body, all taught by an excellent instructor.
The 'Hour of Power' is a high intensity cardiovascular and musclar conditioning class that works every inch of your body. There are three stages, the squats, the upper body dumbell section and finally the abdominals. Gordon not only takes the class but participates also, giving us the encouragment we need when the going gets tough..(which it always does!). I now attend two 'Hour of Power' classes a week and am completely hooked!! I cannot recommend Gordon Ryan highly enough, he helped me reach the summit of Africa's highest peak (19,000FT/6000M) and has truly changed my life.
Gordon comes up with programmes that are both varied and challenging to stop me from losing interest. He always encourages me to push myself to the limits and get a great workout through overloading. Gordon also paid a lot of detail to my diet, helping me to realise where I was going wrong and always suggesting healthy, tasty, new foods to try.
In less than a year I lost 7 1/2 stone and 12 inches from my waist with Gordon's help, but once I hit my target weight, it didn't stop there. Gordon continuously works with me to increase my fitness, meeting my own goals with a structured program both in and out of the gym - he even went the extra mile and encouraged me to take on a 10km run he was also doing - something I never thought I'd be able to do, but came in with a time of 52 minutes. Not only am I much fitter and healthier than I ever was, but I'm a lot happier and confident since I started training. My whole outlook on life has changed and I have just returned from a 10 day activities/fitness holiday in France where I did altitude running, whitewater swimming, mountain biking and climbing. Bofore I started training with Gordon I would never had thought of participating in one of these holidays.
Gordon put me on a program which was simultaneously challenging and achievable. Within two weeks I noticed a dramatic difference in my flexibility and physical appearance and my back pain was completely gone after years of ongoing discomfort. People who hadn't seen me in a month were fascinated by the change. I went from a snug 38 waist to a comfortable 34. I lost over an inch around my neck. In all, I lost nearly 14 pounds and this has stayed off. More importantly however, my core strength is incredible. I can throw my children around like a wrestler now (and they love it!), and my newfound ability to complete a full golf swing would make Rory McIlroy jealous!
I cannot speak highly enough of Gordon's expertise and professionalism. His creativity in terms of new exercises never ceased to amaze me and this is only matched by Gordon's passion for his job and his drive to see his clients achieve their goals. Even for somebody who went to the gym regularly, Gordon's ability to make visible improvements in a short space of time makes the effort worth it.
I had the pleasure of meeting and training with Gordon over the last year. In a nutshell, he has changed my life and improved my quality of life using a smart and comprehensive training program including Fitness 4X4, Hour of Power and personal training combined with advanced nutrition guidelines. I can not say enough on the professionalism and efficiency he has shared his knowledge to help me with my multiple sclerosis condition. Since I have started training with Gordon, my MS symptoms have decreased tremendously and I anticipate further improvements in the coming months. I have now recovered my balance and strength in my arms that I had lost over the last few years. With the nutrition advices given,at age 47, I have now an energy level that I had not experienced since twenty years ago and was able to perform more than 40 consecutive vertical lifts with 20kg dumb-bells during the strenght-endurance Dragan Challenge, Birmingham-UK, after only one week of specific preparation. I will be forever grateful to Gordon for his kindness and willingness to help me have a better life.
for all my life
I have been doing the class now for a few years and have found it the most challenging class I have ever done. No matter what level of fitness you are at you will be able to jump in. It is a great energetic class and I love working out to the music, it kind of makes you take your mind off the hard work you will be doing. In all honesty you will do more in this one hour class than an hour by yourself in the gym. It is a great all over work out combining cardio and resistance and the Hour of Power instructors are super supportive. I would totally recommend this class to guys and girls of all fitness levels, you can really push yourself and you will see and feel the difference. The first few classes are tough - bit of a shock to the body but it does get easier and your technique will improve and you will feel better for it. If you are looking for a challenge you have to come along and try this class!
Since taking up Hour of Power I have made the panel for the Irish Softball team and represented Ireland in two European Championships. I will definitely be using the Hour of Power in my training for the 2010 European Championships in Holland.
From a professional sporting perspective i have never come across a fitness class like the hour of power. It has the perfect structure to challenge beginner to elite fitness in a group ethic of training which promotes all particiants to really achieve there goals. The intensity of the class is designed to work lower and upper body to the max.
If you are looking to improve there fitness and strenght i could not speak highly enough about this method of training.