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FEAR. It can put you on your knees and keep you there if you allow it. FEAR affects all of us in different ways and at different times but what happens when FEAR is impacting on your health and fitness.

But What happens when fear is keeping you awake at not. I’m categorising this fear along with anxiety as I feel both rolled very much into one for me but i am in no way making any medical statements or advice and advise you to seek professional/medical help if concerned or effected by any of the following 🙃

Not many people would have guessed it or noticed it but for a good bit of the initial start up in Mohill and for many months I struggled very badly with what I can only explain as mini panic attacks and anxieties that would hit me many times throughout the day.

Only a few close to me knew about. I’m sharing this story in the hope that it might hit home or is relevant to someone and possibly show that no matter the fear or anxiety there can be light at the end of the tunnel, pun not intended 🙃 I don’t think there’s a quick fix, some peoples anxieties/fear are worse than others, some can deal with them better than others, some suffer hourly, some weekly some just on certain events or situations but everyone is different and I’m a firm believer that a lot of quick fixes are given in the form of prescriptions and I think that just masked the problems. If tablets help you then use them in responsible Manner a concern for me is that a lot of these “prescribed” solutions should only be used short time but many end up a life time on them.

My fear came about not long after getting back to exercise after my sister died suddenly and quite unexpectedly. This is no different to anyone else dealing with grief process but my fear was my heart and letting myself break into a sweat and for a long time the minute that happened i went walking the room or took a break. I was terrified of pushing myself, I was terrified that I wasn’t able to do the things I had previously done without thinking about. But it wasn’t just workouts that struggled, it was sleepless nights, panics driving the car and imparticular when driving to work.

I had been to Dr Dohill a few times with pains and discomfort around my chest long before Suzy died. Ecgs and tests and it was put down as muscular pain and suggested that food could be causing digestive pains.

But after Suzy’s death I was more concerned and maybe aware about my pains and they felt like they were getting worse. I pushed myself through October & November of 2017 but suffered many mini anxiety attacks particularly when driving to class and just before sleep. So much so I was Many a night minutes away from calling an ambulance or heading for a&e but eventually I’d get to sleep or convince myself I’d gotten through previous nights.

Twice previously before any fitness stuff I had to call an ambulance for the pains and always got the all clear.

February 2018 with the fear getting at me nearly every day and night I went about going private in James for stress & echo tests which all came back clear. However I still was fearful. I still was afraid once I started working very hard. It was affecting my performance and In turn I felt would effect my classes. I pushed on but held back from 100% and if honest I went months cruising along at 70/80% effort not out of laziness but out of fear, I’d feel my heart race and stop, I’d make excuses to myself to swap from taking part in workout to coaching it all, I’d not exercise if I had these pains. I’ve gradually worked on setting my self goals to get through these anxieties and fears, I know a lot of the pains are down to diet choices and gradually I worked towards being stricter with diet and to push myself in workouts from April/May last year,

the Burpees Challenge scared the life out of me. It went great and I worked through many things but along cane the burpee challenge, 1000 Burpees in one go 😮

I was terrified the night before and that day weather or not I could do it, weather or not I’d quit at the first fear, and weather or not the ticker was strong enough. I got through it with the support of martina and few others who noticed something was up in the lead up.

Ive had ups and downs since but overall I’ve gotten myself through it and there’s not many sleepless nights or any panic attacks.

I’ve followed on with more hospitable test and each one has brought positive results. A combination of recognising there was a problem, working towards solutions, being consistent in implementing the changes, pushing myself to face the fears, and with support from martina and friends, and the reassurances from hospital tests I think I’ve finally gotten past the worse of it.

FEAR sometime consumes all about us. For many we are great at hiding these fears from others, pretending to by “grand”. But I can honestly say that with the support and reassurances from Martina and seeking professional help from dr and hospitals to investigate my concerns I would probably be still in total fear and suffering daily anxiety/pain attacks.

The knock on effect that my fear cause was not exercising, for the mental benefits alone I can not agree more highly of the proven scientific results that show regular exercise helps with mental health, mood, anxiety, stress, and when you quit regular exercise the knock on effects is not only physical but the mental knock on effect worsens those fears, anxiety, depression, stress etc. I feel the support, friendliness, openness and welcoming group at FitKicks can help you in a non invasive, non judgmental and supportive arena, you don’t need to sign and dance about it, you don’t need to mention it at all but simple by coming along to classes, raising your heart rate, gettin a sweat on with a fun, down to earth group of people can drastically improve not only your physical fitness but also you mental health. We are all great at puttin on a mask to others, we answer “grand” to everything. But In reality we all aren’t grand, we all have stuff going on. But whatever has been throwin at us before we are all still standing, stronger than we were back then.

You are stronger than you realise,

You are braver than you thought,

And you will get through what ever it is that faces you.

Believe in yourself,

believe that there will be sunshine at the end of the road and that life can be as good as you are willing to let it be.

The dark clouds may seem like they are down forever but reaching out for help will greatly improve your successful attempt at working towards. A simple chat can quickly help and clear the air. The process might take weeks, months, years but through positive assement, positive thoughts and positive actions a positive results cam come to overcome those fears and anxities.

This is just my story and not ment as reference or a how to. its my experience and yours could be totally diffenent and complex. If anyone at anytime needs to chat feel free to drop me a message 0838029692

Sunday 31 March 2019


It has been a busy couple of months at FitKicks.

I want to model FitKicks as a group open and accepting of all and a place you feel welcomed and a place where you are encouraged to take part in numerous types of activities.

We have an active social group and an active jogging group which i set up in the hope it would encourage members to meet up for aocial outings or jogs. 

The success of both of these groups is down to the members. We have done things we wouldnt alone, we have a jammed packed list of events for the year ahead.


Having a little look back through phone this morning and it was only then That I’ve realised indeed we have had quite a busy February & March. I hadnt realised and it was a nice surprise to see them.


If you’ve 4 minutes checkout the highlights of the past two months at FitKicks. You may even spot yourself in a few of the clips, From challenge workouts, to surprise parties, to jogging. Not to forget we also hiked 3 mountains in a day in driving snow, went trampolining and took part in some great workouts. Plus you will see during the 4minute video the clip you’ve all been looking for. The evidence, the conclusive proff when we find out who can claim rightfully claim the spoils & victory and or not weather it was Helen or Theresa who really won the battle of jumpzone 😂🙈 as both have been claiming they won and neither giving on the matter. FitKicks ladies are not to be messed with 💪.

A look back on February & March

Tuesday 26th March

Hiya guys, The First two weeks of kayaking summer camps are now available to book.

Carrigallen Kayaking starts July 8th and Mohill Kayaking July 22nd

. A deposit of €15 secures your spot. Please ensure you click into Mohill or Carrigallen date when booking. Thanks Paul.

Sunday March 24th

“The motivation comes from within. No one can hand it to you, but no one can take it away, either.” FitKicks Personal Training now available. If you are interested please get in touch. For most still reading this post you are probably interested somewhat in a block of personal training sessions. But some will be just that, simply being interested isn’t enough, or for some they feel that simply paying a trainer will get you any result you want in 4 weeks”. Far too often due to false and misleading statements and advertisements from trainers and gyms have many people thinking that “if I pay The gym for their lose a stone in month personal training sessions then I’ll lose this weight and I just have to do two sessions a week” That is the reason why some trainers take on all clients who contact them and sign them up with false promises and churn out the same boring routines and hand out a one page list of meals for the week. Would you find value in paying €40 an hour to go for a walk or a jog ? Would you pay €40 for someone to stand over ya counting reps? Would you pay €40 for an A4 menu once a week? And after all this I’ll be magically transformed. A one hour session is 4% of your day, what about the other 96% of the day. The results you achieve are determined by the 96% not the 4% I’m not really selling this am I?? But bear with me till the end. At FitKicks I don’t con people with false promises. I don’t say it’s a 6 week turn around with amazing forever results at the end of 6 weeks. And I don’t take on everyone simply because not everyone needs 121, not everyone is ready. And more to point if either of these apply then I don’t want to be taking your hard earned money selling you a service that you don’t need Here’s the thing you won’t get anywhere else I don’t think, but when someone gets in touch regarding signing up for personal training I usually meet them for a 30 minute chat. During this we chat about what brought them here, what they are looking for and how best I can help them. Those who I have met with will confirm I’m not a pushy sales person, I’m actually the opposite, more of these meetings end with me getting somewhat to the root of their goals, reasons why and how best I can help them and vast majority of the time I advise and recommend that these potentially personal training clients either sign up for group sessions or small group training. A lot of the time their past experiences of group classes haven’t been very positive and vast majority of these who opted with classes or started with 121 moving then to classes still attend group Fitkicks classes and say they never come across a place like us for welcoming everyone the same and no one feels out of place or unnoticed The reason? Not because I don’t want the business but because I’ve been in that position. When I was desperate to lose weight I would try a whole host of things including a couple of blocks of personal training while living in Dublin. €1100 for 10 sessions and that €1100 was basically me hoping to buy the weight loss. That Pt coached me 2 hours a week for a month and at the end of it I was In the Same position, overweight, lying to myself and hoping something else will loss the weight for me and making all the excuses like going to gym but it’s not working. It wasn’t working because I wasn’t working towards my goal. I paid my gym membership €1200/1500 a year, bought all the gym clothes and accessories, paid for super personal trainer and would attend gym 3/4 times a week (for a couple of months) but I would go home and eat rubbish, I would go on fill weekend piss ups, I’d eat takeaways 3/4 times a week. BUT IF I PAY THIS PERSONAL TRAINER ILL LOSE THE WEIGHT. I’ll tell him I ate what he told me too. Sure he won’t know if I have the slice of cake in esquires. Hopefully he won’t see me collect the Chinese takeaway after leaving Spirit. AND hopefully after our 10 sessions his magic while have rubbed off and I’ll be squeezing into that bikini you bought 8 years ago. And all by reading his diet sheet, neglecting to add treats to meal plans, and by just barely breaking a sweat during the 10 sessions. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that, yes a personal trainer can help but only when you are ready and willing to make the changes. Otherwise you’ll continue to throw good money after bad, you’ll continue to blame others and look to others for results. When in reality it all comes down to one single person..., YOU Ps. That €1100 pt block never changed anything, I didn’t lose a lb but I did pay it again a few months later and again no results simply because I thought I could buy fitness or weight loss. I was naive and desperate. It’s not a nice place and you could be talked into paying for anything by a good enough sales person who knows what heart strings to pull on Does this sound familiar? If so, please stop lying to yourself, please stop throwing money away Jumping from one gym to the next or one diet pill to the next fad. Find yourself, find the reasons that have you feeling this way? What is it that is comforting you with night binges or chocolate addiction? Why do you think someone else can do it for you? Ask yourself these things. Then try make small changes that are achievable long term not just till your holidays or event coming up. It’s a 24/7 365 day a year change. Yes there’s days, weekends and weeks off but ya get back to it and during those off times you stick to the small changes implemented but enjoy the time away or break away. I feel that I can help you by guiding you to that little light, that little spark that’s needed within you, and once we find that spark, that motivation, that incentive, that reason as to why now is the time to change, that now is the time to take control of your life, that now is the time to find and reveal the real you hidden behind the mask we put on to others. If you are interested in personal training with myself at Fitkicks then please get in touch and we can schedule a chat. The chat isn’t sale focused and indeed is as good as a non sales chat with no pressure to sign up or commit. I always say go home and think about it and get back to me. It’s You versus You and only You can change You. “The motivation comes from within. No one can hand it to you, but no one can take it away, either.”.