At a Waterford Triathlon Club open day I first met Martin and I can honestly say it’s the day my life started changing for the better.  As part of the open day Martin gave a talk about training for triathlons, duathlons, running, cycling and strength and conditioning.  His knowledge and enthusiasm for training were clearly apparent and I knew he was the person to contact if I was going to start this triathlon journey.

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Thanks to Focus on Fitness I have received great enjoyment from the sport and the training and to top it all I have had lots of success and a number of podium finishes in duathlons and won lots of age group prizes both in Triathlon and local road races. I won my age group in both the National Duathlon Championships & National Half-Ironman.

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I know without a doubt that I would not have achieved a fraction of what I have without Martin's support and guidance. If you are willing to put in the work I guarantee he will help you to reach your goals. Taking that first step is always the hardest part but trust me if you do it could be life changing.

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Having done a few sprint distance races I felt I needed some direction in my training so I got in contact with Martin Kirwan of Focus on Fitness. And it has been a great journey! With Martin's help and Guidance I completed my first half Ironman in 6hrs 25m.

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If you want it……Work for it! This is the philosophy at Focus on Fitness and is one of many profound pieces of advice Martin Kirwan has passed onto me. I still remember the journey home from Blarney after winning our first Invacare Paracycling Time Trial in June 2013. This was my first race with Martin...

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By following Martins training plan and with regular meetings with him I could see I was getting stronger and fitter, even though at times I didn’t see the bigger picture he did and he kept me focused on the end goal.

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Through Martins personal involvement in my training, observing and tweaking elements as the year went on, my 2015 season consisted of me consistently knocking 7-8 minutes and sometimes more off the times I had posted the previous season and up to 14 minutes off the road race times.

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Martin's training programme has been excellent and I have seen major improvements in all three areas of swimming, cycling and running, but in particular running which has seen me take 20 minutes off that first 10 km race I did.

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Siobhán K

Huge thank you Martin for all the support and your super plan to get me so well prepared for the Half Ironman event.....absolutely thrilled to have completed it. Never thought a year ago that I'd be able to do anything like this!

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Initially I was going to Martin for gym and weights sessions as I wanted to lose some weight. After a while we then started running training and that’s where my journey began with “Focus on Fitness”.

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Martin completed an initial fitness assessment and from there he tailored made a training plan to meet my individual needs. Since working with Martin I have gone from running 9:00min miles to 6:30min miles and I have taken an hour off my half ironman time.

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Martin's background and knowledge in sport and fitness has helped hugely with the technical side of my training and I can already see the improvements. Martin and I have to be attached by a string while running, this can be hard at times, but our partnership has clicked and we are very smooth together.

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If you are looking to increase your fitness levels and reach your goals, Martin is the man for you.

David Connolly

The best thing about working with Martin is that he clearly remembers what it was like to start from scratch and because of this he understands what you are going through and is there to support you through it all.

Brian Jacob

I know without a doubt that I would not have achieved a fraction of what I have without Martin’s support and guidance.

Katie Ryan

I have been told at the track that we run so well together it appears like we are one person running.

Amanda Crotty

I heard of Martin through a friend and cannot speak highly enough of the motivation, encouragement and self-belief he has instilled in me.

Tony Hughes

Through Martins personal involvement in my training, observing and tweaking elements as the year went on, my 2015 season consisted of me consistently knocking 7-8 minutes and sometimes more.

Seamus Wall

Whats special about training with Martin is that regardless of how many people he is training he has a massively individual approach and takes into account each persons level of fitness/performance, goals, challenges and balancing training with everyday life.

Kate Nolan

What Focus on Fitness offers is a ‘unique’ package, tailored to individual needs, combining Experience, Knowledge, Commitment, Time and above all Patience!

Siobhán Kennedy

For anyone looking to improve their Running, Cycling or just to get direction and focus in training I have no doubt that with Martin’s help you can achieve your goal.

Ger Nolan

I would recommend anybody to try focus on fitness it’s changed me for the better in so many ways.

Nigel O'Sullivan

I am absolutely delighted to have completed my first Half Ironman, the biggest event I have ever done!

Siobhán Keating

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This is the first week that we can now cycle any where within our county. Is everyone else as excited as I am?? Over the last 3 months, many of us brought our Spring cycling training back indoors due to Covid-19 restrictions. We worked hard on the turbo trainer to keep our fitness levels up,...

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It was great to speak with Ciara Losty, Sports Psychologist, last week to get some advice on getting through this strange time. With the lockdown being extended to May 5th, here are a few simple, but effective tips to help you through this time. Focus on what you can control With so much going on...

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