I sat behind a desk for 9 hours a day and let's be straight I didn’t like it, I need to be moving, I need to be busy, I’m restless, I can't sit still for 9 hours with my standard 45 minute lunch break at the same time every day…. I needed out!
I love interaction, I love banter, I love change, I love helping people / friends, I love self improvement, I love positivity, I despise (feel contempt) monotony (lack of varied interest, tedious repetition or routine), I like clarity, I love a challenge!
From a personal standpoint I have tried almost every sport possible some with success and some with gruesome consequences (surfing = broken nose). My personal attitude in life reflects my work life, willing to try anything, whether that’s a new marketing campaign with edgy tactics, hello doggy manoeuvre (some FFS members will remember this one) or simply taking a new role here at FFS.
For me the balance is finally right. I may be on the gym floor working with clients from 5.30am until 9.30am then I'll get 2-3 hours “locked in” to answer emails, check our accounts, touch base with a few members we may not have seen in a while, chat with potential new clients, attend meetings or check our social media stats.
Done, back on the gym floor for three more hours working with our clients. Gone are the days of me counting down the hours until the weekend! Every class, every one to one session, they are all different. Our members, our personal training clients they make our gym, they are the lifeblood of FFS.
Without them we, team FFS, would not be able to jump out of bed every morning at 5 or 6am to do what we love. They bring passion, determination, commitment, desire, accountability and excitement to “The Home Of Hard Work” which in turn motivates and inspires us as coaches.
At FFS it’s all about “who we are” , I know this may sound bias but heck I'll say it anyway, we have an amazing team here and again it comes back to balance, our balance is just right!
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence” (Colin Powell)
Rory gets the most out of people and is known for that, it's not a fear factor from our members I think its excitement, they know they have one tough session coming their way where Rory may even sit on you while you perform a wall sit.
The big fella is a motivator both on the gym floor, in the office and in life in general!
Ciaran is one of the hardest working individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting not to mind work with. Not everyone can get up on their “day off” (he rarely takes one) at 6am, head to the office, work for a few hours and then alone sit on the rower and push himself through the pain barrier.
Rudd’s is our head of strength and conditioning and we are extremely lucky to have a man as gifted as him!
Brian, leaves nothing to chance, his attention to detail is extraordinary. Brian was studying in UCD when he applied for an internship with us and impressed so much that we couldn’t lose him. He finished college last month and is now a full time employee at FFS.
Cep’s took his chance and nailed it!
Craig, started at FFS part time and is now also a full time employee. FFS nutrition is Craig’s brainchild and what a success that has been to date. Not only has Craig brought so many new innovative ideas to the table but he has also helped us up our game too!
Big C followed his passion and we are the lucky team he chose to work with!
We all play a role in how Fitter Faster Stronger functions and I like to think I’m a cog in the wheel who plays a part in the operation.
I think you see where I’m going with this, I have been fortunate to surround myself with people who motivate, continuously drive standards, expect the most from you 24/7 and most of all are good mates through good and bad.
“The least expected things, happen at the least expected time in your life”
I took a chance, I wanted away from that desk, I have landed on my feet and I am excited to be part of a community that keeps going from strength to strength.
Special mention to past members of team FFS, William Cuddihy, Bryan Byrne and Jonathan McDonnell.
“This is who we are”