The Gym

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RTÉ Two, Monday 11 March 2013, 9.30pm

The Gym follows the daily goings-on of four different gyms across Ireland, and the people who choose to work out in them. Over the course of one day, we get sweaty in Ireland's toning temples, meeting gym devotees of every shape and size. We find out exactly why people want to tame their tummies on the treadmill or find peace of mind pumping weights. In a sort of homage to gym culture here, we find out that there's a lot more to working out than simply winding up your wobbly bits...

Meet the gym junkies:

James Fennelly, co-owner of Fennelly Fitness, Co. Kilkenny and four-time winner of Ireland's Strongest Man Competition

When James was 16, he weighed 16 stone. He put on an awful lot of weight in his teenage years due to poor diet and drinking and he just didn't feel good about himself. All his friends were getting female attention and kissing girls at school discos, but James wasn't getting any of it! When he was 17 he decided to cut out all the crap in his diet and joined a gym. He soon became a gym addict. He felt great and this is where it all began.James took up Strongman in 2007. He has won Ireland's Strongest Man 4 years in a row, from 2009 to 2012.

Darragh Hayes, Personal trainer and cover model of A.B.S Gym Temple Bar

Darragh's cover model body has graced billboards across five countries in Asia. He has modelled for Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Old Navy. As a trainer, he has helped hundreds of people transform their bodies into "cover model" type physiques. Competitively, he has earned the prestigious titles of Mr. Ireland, Mr. International Model, and, most recently, Mr. Universe Model. His Personal Training clientele is a very eclectic mix and includes individuals who want to "get ripped" and obtain a cover model physique similar to Hayes. The most common request he gets from clients is, "I want to look like you." Darragh spends at least 14 - 16 hours a day in the gym, 4 - 5 days a week. The gym is his life. In his own words "The gym is me and I am the gym, we're one".

Richie and Joanna Clifford, fitness instructors extraordinaire of University Arena, Limerick

And in Limerick's Arena super-gym, it's a family affair for the Cliffords as Richie and Joanna put steppers of all shapes and sizes through their paces!Richie Clifford is a personal trainer with University Arena Limerick. He teaches total body work-out classes with his daughter Joanna every night of the week. Richie is a self confessed train-a-holic. He loves to encourage and motivate people into exercising. He is definitely Ireland's Mr. Motivator.

Paul Baldwin and his family run gym, Carrick Fitness, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

Paul Baldwin was always passionate about health and fitness and so in 1991 he made that passion a career and his dream a reality, by opening Carrick Fitness Centre Gym in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Baldwin admits that the gym is more than just a toning temple and that the reasons why people go to gyms go quite deep, and it can be a positive influence in addressing real psychological and personal issues. He also believes that the gym is a place of social inclusion and is very reflective of society in general. There are no prisoners spared in Carrick Fitness Gym. From the parish priest to the swotty student, calorie killer Baldwin has the whole community working up a sweat. He believes that the gym is the perfect place to find love and romance - his story is a true testament to that!



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