Once again thank you for visiting my website.  My name is Damian Kierans and I am
a full time Personal Trainer and Martial Arts/Personal Protection Instructor in Co.
Monaghan and the surrounding area.  I have had an interest in health and fitness from
a young age, being first introduced to weight lifting at the age of 12 by a cousin of
mine who was a professional bodybuilder at the time.  At the age of 16 I took up
martial arts and I've been seriously involved in that ever since.  I currently hold black
belts in 7 different martial arts and have the rank of Master in three of them.  I am a
But I think that is more than enough about me, the question is what can I do for you?

As your personal trainer you get to train with me on a 1-2-1 basis in my own private fitness studio
or if you prefer you could bring you partner or friend (take a look at the training section for more
details). Being a private studio you are able to train without having other people watching you or
using the piece of equipment you had intended to use next. (The pictures below will give you an
idea of what my studio is like). You will have a personalised programme that is designed by me for
your specific goals, whether it is to lose weight, gain weight, increase muscle mass, improve your
strength & conditioning for your next MMA fight or to improve your time in your next 10k run. I
will design your programme to enable you to achieve your goals.  I will teach you correct exercise
technique to enable you to get the most out of each session. I will also give you nutritional advice
to enable you to live a healthier lifestyle or to help improve your sports performance.
If your experience with fitness involves being part of a
leisure centre gym, or going to an aerobics, circuit training
class or maybe you've never done any formal exercise
before, then training with me will be an experience.  All
sessions are based around functional movements.  So you
won't be doing any leg curls or extension or any machine
based exercises for that matter.  Machine based exercises
have no functional roll in real life. When have you ever lifted
your heel up to your backside with a weight hanging off it?  
So that is not a functional way to train the hamstrings.  
Dead Lifts, RDL's, Squats (to name a few) are all functional
exercises that not only train the hamstrings but also work
almost all the muscles in the body.  That same example can
apply to all machine based exercises.  The main reason
weight machines were made was so that large volumes of
beginners could train in a gym without the need for any real
instruction. All exercises in my studio are done using
Dumbbells, Barbells, Kettlebells, Bands, cables and
calisthenic movements.  I even use rope climbs, tyre lifts,
sledgehammers, beer kegs and wheelbarrows etc. with
people who are interested in that kind of training.  I cater
for all levels of fitness, so if you are someone who has
never done any formal exercise or you have been stuck in a
rut and have lost the motivation to get off the sofa and lose
those few extra pounds or you have hit a plateau in your
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To put it simply my job is to:

TRAIN YOU with the correct programme for your goals, and to teach you correct technique
MOTIVATE YOU to achieve your goals, and to surpass your physical expectations
EDUCATE YOU on how to make exercise and healthy eating part of your life
training and are no longer making any improvements, then get in contact with me and see how I can help you achieve your goals.
qualified Health & Fitness instructor and Personal Trainer with the NCEF, a Level 1 Strength & Conditioning coach with
the UKSCA, a MMA Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Institute of Human Performance and a Level 1 CrossFit
Trainer, CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer & CrossFit Football Trainer.  I am also a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition certified by
the International Sports Science Association and a Chen Style Tai Chi Instructor.
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