Jay Mulligan, the Manager of ShearFitness Gym, moved to Galway from Dublin three years ago. With an extensive background in strength and conditioning and more performance-based sports, he has been coaching since he was a young teenager and has always enjoyed improving those around him – which coincidentally, is his plan for members in Ballinasloe. The team at ShearFitness Gym and Leisure Centre is comprised of many individuals, both from the local area and newer residents to the town. Jay said: “The aim when assembling this team was to provide the people of the area with both friendly and highly qualified instructors, both in the pool and on the gym floor. The fitness industry today has so many different types of training and coaching, and we wanted to make sure we covered most, and if not all of these.“
Jack Curley is the Leisure Centre Supervisor, as well as the centre’s Swim Lesson Coordinator and Health and Safety Officer. A native of the local area, Jack and his younger sister Jess both teach swimming lessons in the centre, with Jess focusing on weekend and private lessons, as she studies Early Childhood Learning, in Limerick. Rachel Greene is another of the centre’s swim instructors. Whilst juggling a nutrition degree in Cork during the week, Rachel oversees swimming classes at the weekend. Donogh Flannery, a Limerick native, used to work on the Munster Rugby coaching panel. He oversees most of the centre’s morning classes and has an extensive knowledge in the strength and conditioning field. Donogh has proven to hold a wealth of knowledge that any attendees of his classes can attest to.
Paddy McHugh, another team member, devotes his time between the leisure centre and his Physical Therapy studies. As a long serving member of the team, he specialises in high intensity workout classes. Niall Clerkin, who is the newest member of staff, has a high interest in strength training and Powerlifting, and he coaches both members and himself in the sport. Denise Gill is the centre’s highly qualified first aid responder, which works quite well in tandem with the intensity of some of classes. Another long serving member of the team, Denise is on hand to react and deal with any injuries that may arise as members are participating in classes, or just training on their own.
Inga Budreviclute joined the leisure centre’s team in January of this year, and with her brought an army of followers. The classes she teaches are always near capacity, and she leads these by example in an engaging and helpful manner. If Inga is not teaching a class, then she can often be found training in the gym herself. While these are the centre’s main group of superheroes, as affectionately referred to by their manager, there are more staff that work hard to ensure that ShearFitness provides as high quality a service to their members as they can.
The hotel’s ‘Kids Zone’ staff are constantly helping out around the gym and leisure centre, and are often found working at the reception. Jay said: “We are still currently training their super powers, but they are an invaluable piece of our crew and most of whom have progressed so well over the last few months.”
Jay‘s stock in trade response to How do I tone up and lose weight? is: “Everybody has their own individual calorie number in which they need to hit to maintain bodyweight. For example, 1000 calories would be that number for someone. If you go over this number, you put on weight, if you go under this number, you lose weight. It’s relatively simple - just be at a caloric deficit. Eat less, become more active and stop having weekend binges.“ states Jay. The team in ShearFitness is always growing and looking for new member. News, both regarding the centre and new hires, is always being updated on the centre’s social media channels, which can be found on Facebook at: ShearWater Leisure Centre.
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