Six of the best gyms in Ireland

The fitness industry in Ireland is experiencing a boom. New style gyms are popping up all over the country. Here are six of the best gyms in Ireland.

best gyms in Ireland

SBG Ireland

Where: Naas Road, Dublin 12.

What: SBG Ireland is run by John Kavanagh – Ireland’s first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and the trainer of one Conor McGregor. SBG Ireland is one of the top gyms in the country and also Ireland’s first full-time martial arts facility. Located on the Naas Road, SBG HQ is a jaw-dropping new facility spanning nearly 10,000 sq. ft. With classes for young or old, there’s something for everyone at this enormous complex. 

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N.G.S Fitness

Where: Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

What: Famed for natives like Bressie, Niall Horan and Joe Dolan, Mullingar is also undergoing a fitness revolution. Founded in 2011 by Westmeath footballers Paul Sharry and Shane Flynn, Next Generation Speed offers a wide variety of fitness classes, personalised programmes and more. With a focus on speed and conditioning, N.G.S is a must for any Midlands native looking to take their fitness to the next level.

Fight Factory

Where: Bray, Co. Wicklow.

What: A somewhat unusual inclusion, but hear us out. The Fight Factory in Bray, Co. Wicklow is a wrestling gym that is home to Ireland’s next generation of wrestling superstars. Fight Factory has produced some of the world’s most talented wrestlers, some of whom are starting to make strides in the U.S. If you’re looking for a different way to get fit, classes are available up to four days a week and are also reasonably priced.

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Body Dynamics

Where: Knocknacarra, Co. Galway.

What: This west coast gym has adopted a personal approach when it comes to training. Various tailored packages are available from the gym’s personal trainers ensuring members learn the correct technique, all while pushing the body to the limit. The Body Dynamic approach also means a workout takes place in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment.


Where: Penrose Quay, Cork, Co. Cork.

What: Did you know that a 20-minute fitness session a day, three days a week could be all that you need to whip yourself into shape? Well, that’s what one gym is claiming. Based on a study carried out in 2006 at the University of East London, the Educogym system shows an average fat loss of 7.5lbs and muscle gain of 3lbs in just 12 days, with clients training only 20 minutes per day. Educogym offers tailor-made personal training with outstanding results.

The Fitness Habit

Where: Ballybay Road, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan.

What: The Fitness habit is a purpose built, 1,000 square metre state of the art facility that offers a spacious gym area fitted with top of the range equipment. With classes and personal training on offer, The Fitness Habit team aims to provide each member with a positive experience. The Fitness Habit is also the first gym in Ireland with a treadmill to support Breast Cancer Awareness through its promotional “Money for Miles” initiative.

Do you want to open a gym, or a business in the fitness sector? Here’s the ThinkBusiness Guide to Starting a Business in Ireland. 

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