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The ABS Gym In Dublin [Personal Training Studio]

You’ve either googled personal trainer Dublin or Gym in Dublin to get to this page. You were probably looking for The ABS Gym website.

The ABS Gym is a small yet well equipped personal training studio in Dublin.

Our personal training clients would be exactly 50/50 male/female with a range of goals from weight loss to muscle gain.

We have doctors, dentists, stay at home mothers and everything in between and our packages range from full time personal training to part time packages. Some packages require that you train 3 times per week and for some that you may only need to see a trainer once every week.

We also offer satellite programmes for the more experienced trainee. This involves working with a personal trainer for 1-2 sessions initially in which the trainer will perform body assessments, body fat assessments and measurements and devise a specific programme tailored to your needs once every 4-6 weeks.

If you require anymore information please contact me using the information below:


Phone: 0861238633 or 017071904


Bryan Kavanagh BSc CSCS

Owner ABS Gym Temple Bar

May 12, 2012 Posted by | personal, training, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Personal Training Programmes

Yesterday I had 3 people call into the ABS Gym In Dublin for personal training consultations.

I really like these consultations and I feel people get a lot from them and leave with some direction. Yesterday was one of those days. I asked two of them to write down what they were currently doing and if they had a personal trainer before.

They did.

I asked for a rough idea of what they were used to doing and where they were training and it turns out they had just gotten a programme from a fitness intructor in the gyms they’d joined.

Unsurprisingly they had the EXACT SAME programme. (bearing in mind these two gyms were at opposite ends of the city and the people had completely different goals)


One was a really dedicated girl in her thirties who wanted to LOSE weight and the other was a guy in his late 20’s who wanted to GAIN weight?

How on earth does that make any sense?

Here’s the programme in question in all its glory:

Warm up:

10 minutes on treadmill


30 mins on cross trainer / elliptical level 5-7

15 minutes on stepper or stationary bike

(Guy had 30 mins runningon treadmill and girl had 30 mins incline walking too)

Weight training/ Resistance Training

Machine chest press

Machine shoulder press

Bicep Curl

Tricep Extension

3 sets of 12-15 repetitions of each

Abdominal/Core Work


3 Sets of 25

Look Familiar? 🙂

I bet you’ve probably went to the gym and got one of these prgrammes before and the ‘trainer’ told you it was tailored to your needs etc…


You can’t really blame the fitness instructor either. They’re actually told NOT to spend too much time with people. So even if the fitness instructor genuinely wanted to help you they arent allowed.

Crazy right?

As for the programme, the reason they will give you something like the above is because it doesn’t require that much instruction.

It gets worse.

In one gym in South Dublin the trainers are encouraged to give the new members basic cookie cutter programmes that yield minimal results on their first day, this ‘free personal training programme’ is advertised as a perk of new membership. Then the trainers are told to patrol the gym and show them a ‘new revolutionary exercise’ so that they’ll be sore the next day and then think that they need more personal training. The trainers themselves even try and poach clients on eachother!


This is quite obviously not a good environment to be training in and the members results are not a priority.

Back to the programme.

10 minutes warm up on a treadmill?

Boooo, that does not make any sense. Yea you might be sweating after it but that doesn’t mean anything. A warm up should be a range of mobility exercises (bringing your joints through certain ranges of motion) preparing you and your joints for the exercise to follow. Arranging these exercises in such a way that you are alternating between upper body and lower body movements will recreate the ‘warming up’ feeling you get from running on a treadmill and get you sweating too. Win-win.

As for the rest of the training, it doesnt address either persons goals. Let me explain.

The woman looking to lose weight will be okay initially if she was completely untrained beforehand. Their fat loss wont be optimal but they will lose some. In the first few weeks she may drop a few pounds but in the long run, as she gets better at all of the cardio exercises she will have to increase the times on each machine which are already excessive. Week after week she will have to increase the time spent on each machine to burn the same amount of calories… where does it end?

The guy, on the other hand is in trouble!

He wants to put on weight and he’s doing a load of cardio?

Cardio is catabolic (breaks down fat and muscle) and burns calories.

In order to put on muscle. You need to eat more and move less so that those calories can be used to build new muscle tissue. If you are doing cardio and resistance training/ weights together in the same session in an effort to pack on muscle then you need to go back to the drawing board I’m afraid.

The above situation is like two people going into a doctors surgery/ GP with completely different problems. The girl could be compared to somebody who goes in needing stitches on a very bad cut and the doctor giving her a plaster/band aid instead, it will pobably help in the short term but long term she’ll still need stitches.

The guys programme could be compared to somebody going into the doctors with a broken arm and coming out with the same plaster/ band aid on the broken arm. It would do nothing. Athough because the programme is so counterproductive for him I would go as far as saying it as bad as a guy with a broken arm leaving on crutches 🙂

For more info or to book in for a consultation email me on

or call/text 0861238633

Bryankavanagh BSc CSCS

February 29, 2012 Posted by | training, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Lose Fat In Record Time With These Gadgets

Its always in the run up to Christmas you see it…

Nonsensical crap being pushed at people who are either buying it for a friend or loved one or those who will buy out of desperation.

Its wrong… but its happening…

The marketing alone should set alarm bells ringing… some clown of a celebrity recommending a product… it must work right?

Think about this for a second…

If you just happened to look great ALREADY and then a company approached you with a wad of cash and said:

‘these stupid looking runners that are glorified stilts actually help tone you butt and thighs… will you pose in them and we will give you lots of money’

What would you do?

I’d pose so hard it would put zoolander to shame!

Sadly, I know better so I couldn’t do it… and nobody really wants to see my posing face… it looks more like I’m suffocating.

I had a ball on facebook earlier… I was being accused of being in bad form but it was quite the opposite actually… I was having great fun!

I was just back from the Pavilions shopping centre and while I was there I noticed the same gimmicky products I do every Christmas…

Starting with…

All these are going to do is make you fall over … as I so eloquently put it on facebook…

Read the rest of the comments or >>Click here<< to see the full post on Facebook

Power plates

About the only thing they're good for...

I think my position on power plates is outlined clearly below…

But in case you still doubt me… I spent 6 months doing a research project on vibration plates… and their effects…

The only significant result? 30 seconds WBV (whole body vibration) will increase your flexibility for about 3 minutes… then it will return to normal…

Power increase negligible and metabolism increases about as much as if you were shivering from the cold…


What a load of complicated looking garbage… buy a hula hoop… it will do a lot more for your ABS… take a look at the video below…


Them models never used that thing… the people that lost weight were on a proper training and nutrition plan and the company paid them to use their success stories as testimonials… they DIDN’T use it… End of story…

Take a look at this video and tell me HONESTLY if you think this looks like a legitimate training tool… 🙂

I don’t think I need to explain why this doesn’t work and how its quite obviously a gimmick but I will anyway…

Following on from the vibration training… it WILL activate the muscle but it wont break it down to any extent and definitely wont burn any appreciable amount of calories or build muscle..  I actually though this advertisement and the product was a joke… I wouldn’t believe it was real until I seen it in Las Vegas last year…

To summarise…

There are no shortcuts…

No gadgets…

No gimmicks…

I hope I helped earlier on Facebook and saved some people some money…

Seriously it’s not easy getting into shape and anybody telling you it is (infomercials and fad diets) are lying to you…

I’m done venting 🙂

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!


Bryan Kavanagh BSC CSCS


December 10, 2010 Posted by | training, Uncategorized | | 2 Comments