Martin Kirwan Kona 2018 Qualifier

My name is Martin Kirwan, Ironman Coach, Kona 2018 Qualifier, 8 time Ironman, Personal Trainer and I am Focus on Fitness.

Many personal trainers will start by telling you how they have been into sport and fitness from a young age; successful and focused, athletes with podium credentials. My path to fitness, Ironman and Ironman Coach came later in life.

Throughout my twenties a poor diet and lack of exercise resulted in my weight creeping up to eighteen stone. In 2004 unhealthy and unhappy I made the life changing decision to train for the Dublin City Marathon.

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Starting From Scratch

In June 2004, with no basic fitness or experience I began training for the October Marathon. The progress was slow, but come October I was delighted to complete the marathon in 4 hr 30 mins. This really was a life changing moment for me, I realised there are no limits when it comes to what the mind and body can achieve.

Dedication & Improvement

I continued to train and steadily improved. In 2006, looking for a new challenge I decided to try triathlon, not easy when I couldn’t swim. Since then I have completed eight Ironman, took part in The Race 2016 and 2017.

September 2017 I was 4th in AG at Ironman Chattanooga qualifying for Ironman World Championships 2018.

The Race is a six stage ‘Ultimate Endurance’ event, competing over 250 km throughout the rugged but beautiful countryside of Donegal!

Focus On Fitness

I have completely transformed my life, and now health and fitness are a central part of my existence. I love training and enjoy pushing my body to achieve new goals. I believe that with dedication and focus everyone can achieve success. This is the philosophy that I use when working with all my clients. I never tell someone they cannot reach a certain goal as I have found that with focus and commitment there are no limits to what we can achieve. I get such satisfaction from seeing people start from scratch and slowly build themselves up and I firmly believe that with the correct support and the right attitude you can do anything you want to do.

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I would really love to guide and support you as you work to reach your fitness goals, so please take the first step and contact me.

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Martin Before Weight Loss


  • Kona 2018 Ironman World Championships Qualifier
  • Ironman 70.3 World Championships Chattanooga and Ironman Chattanooga 2017 (Report to Follow)
  • The Race 2017 (250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal) 15 hrs 32 min
  • The Race 2016 (250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal) 6th place in 16hrs 21min
  • Ironman (8 Races) 2009 – 2017 UK, Switzerland, Austria, Lanzarote, Nice, Copenhagen, Chattanooga
  • 2011 National Duathlon Champion Age Group 35-39
  • Marathon (9 races) Dublin, Paris, Berlin (p.b 2 hrs 48 min in Dublin 2016)
  • Dungarvan 10 mile Road Race (57:00)
  • Podium finishes in Duathlon races in Fenor, Du-the Hook, Carrick-On-Suir, Punchestown and Limerick
  • Coached beginners to Marathon/Half Ironman, Full Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships success
  • Individual Weight Loss programme development and management for health purposes with many successful outcomes
  • Coaching Para-Athletes to achieve qualifying times for Olympic Qualification in London 2012 and Rio 2016
  • Coach Para-Athletes who compete locally and nationally

Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness from University of Limerick

Kettle Bell Ireland Accredited Instructor

Motivate Yourself to Succeed

The journey to success can be long, challenges may arise, but with my help and your dedication you can overcome them successfully. There are many techniques I use as a Personal Trainer that I will share with you while planning and pursuing your goal.

Ironman, Triathlon, Weight loss, Fitness, Endurance Events, whatever your aim, with the right motivation and focus, followed through with action I will get you there.

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