Laura Armstrong

Fitsmile marathon experiences.
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined running any kind of race distance, let alone a marathon.
In January 2018, I wanted to challenge myself physically. I decided this would be the Dublin City Marathon.
I knew if this was to happen I needed dedicated people to help me.
I approached Fitsmile Marta and Alicja, who listened very carefully and came up with a wonderful running training plan to help me achieve my goal.
I just knew I got myself the very best trainers.
Training was tough, Fitsmile Marta and Alicja were 100% committed to my training and was always available to answer any queries I had. but I loved every minute of training. Before I knew it I ran my first ever 5k 10k 21k and finally october 2018 with the help of Fitsmile Marta I completed my first marathon.
The experience was so amazing and overwhelming that I knew I had to do it again.
I wanted to do better, so in 2019. Fitsmile Marta and Alicja sorted tailored individual 8 week running training plans for me. They advised on all aspects of my training from staying hydrated, keeping injury free, to improving my running times.
Somehow Fitsmile Marta and Alicja have managed to turn me into an endurance runner.
My training with Fitsmile has become a way of life for me. I am already training for my next new adventure with Fitsmile through there new running app.
I absolutely love training with Fitsmile. The Fitsmile running club is just like a added gift. So many like minded individuals and we all surport each other 100%.
How lucky am I?
By having the proper professional trainers like Fitsmile Marta and Alicja anyone can achieve a dream.
I can only sincerely thank them from the bottom of my heart and I look forward to completing lots more challenges with Fitsmile.

 

Sarah Durcan

Marathon Training 2019
Marta and Alicja’s Fitsmile training plans certainly were a lifeline getting me to achieve running the Dublin Marathon 2019.  They are such caring, dedicated and professional trainers, seriously I couldn’t have achieved this goal without them.
I cherished the experience running in a number of destinations throughout the 10 months – from Maynooth, Donegal, London, Belfast and Portugal and of course the finale in Dublin.  Encountered many funny moments along the way including unconsciously joining in a park race I’d never officially entered, finding myself in the middle of a golf course I wasn’t meant to be running on, plus numerous al fresco accidents!
I cherish being part of the Fitsmile’s running family who are all so supportive of each other and amazing positive friends.

 

Julian Arnold

Marathon Training 2018
Before meeting Marta and Alicja of Fitsmile, I had very little belief in getting myself fit, never mind running a Marathon!  I was in and out of gym memberships, starting in January and finishing by February.
Marta and Alicja’s talent isn’t just showing you how to use the Fitsmile equipment, it’s inspiring you to believe you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it. 
Along with a training plan and their expertise guiding you along, you will find yourself toning up muscles you didn’t know you had
and accomplishing exciting things you only watched on TV.
Marta and Alicja helped me get to a brand new level of fitness, a totally different attitude to nutrition and setting goals you would think you might miss (but don’t).  Marta and Alicja’s guidance, expertise, knowledge and wisdom set me on a path first getting to 5k then 10k and before long a half marathon.  Marta and Alicja then continued with the inspiration, as they do and before long I was following a daily plan starting in February of 2018.  Still not knowing if I could run a marathon I placed 200% trust in Marta and Alicja.  Surely enough, the days passed steadily and I kept ticking off the distances, 2 hours here, 16k there and all the while listening carefully to what they had to say.  I was nervous of course but continued to listen and keep my head calm.  By the time I had run my longest; the Longwood three-quarter marathon (32k), I was in this calm, surreal state..  I got this…  I was ready.
Finally, the big day.  October 28th 2018.  It was fantastic.. so many people, so much excitement and I was fizzing with it all.  The time went by so fast.. 10k.. halfway… heartbreak hill (which was more of a ‘slightly-disappointed’ speed-bump) but by that time, everything is sore.  Turning across the bridge over the Stillorgan Road, I saw a group of friendly familiar faces which was very welcome and it keeps you going but out of the blue, jogging briefly alongside me was Marta like an angel in jeans offering the most valuable bottle of water I’ve ever had in my said I had just “5k to go, you can do this!” and I did, crossed the finish line very sore but very proud and happy.  Thank you Marta and Alicja, I would never have done it without you!

 

Renata

I am delighted to give a reference for 2 great personal trainers

and 2 wonderful people Marta and Alicja.
Fitsmile Fitness girls were my personal trainers for 3 months during 2017 when I decided to do my first ever Gaelforce West adventure race. I have had trainers before, so I was a little hesitant and nervous as some trainers make you feel awkward or like “just another customer that knows nothing about fitness”. From the very first meeting the girls made me feel comfortable and always made sure that I was doing the exercises correctly, and that I was being challenged. They always kept training sessions interesting and enjoyable and ensured that I was being pushed to my limits.

Marta and Alicja were extremely professional, always punctual, very diligent and understanding. They designed the programme to suit my busy lifestyle and kept a thorough record of my training sessions and progress. I also received a lot of nutrition advice and a meal plan to help me with my energy levels during the training sessions.

All in all, Marta and Alicja know their stuff and are passionate about helping you to achieve your own health and fitness goals. They encourage you and push you to achieve your potential in a firm but friendly way. You always feel that they are 100% focussed on you and your progress.

Even when I train today, I hear their voices and positive affirmations in my head, which allows me to push myself further and harder than I originally thought possible.

 

Laura

I have struggled with a hip problem for a couple of years. It was really affecting my quality of life in many ways- I couldn’t go for long walks without a lot of pain, I needed to moderate most exercise classes to allow for the injury and I was in pain every day. I had a very limited range of motion in the joint also. Physio sessions had helped but I was still left with pain and weakness every day.
I went to Marta and Alicja for a full Biomechanical Assessment, and they immediately identified the problem. They gave me a comprehensive set of targeted exercises to do daily at home. Within a few days, the pain was greatly reduced and the range of mobility had hugely increased. Within a short space of time, I could feel the strength returning, and I was no longer in daily pain. Marta and Alicja monitored my progress regularly, updating and adding to my exercise programme as needed. The issue is under control now, and I rarely need to modify exercises. I joined the Fitsmile Running Club, which I couldn’t have done before their intervention. It has made the most unbelievable difference to me on a daily basis! I am currently training with Fitsmile for my first Half Marathon, something I never would have thought possible a year ago.
Marta and Alicja are highly professional experts in their field. They are experienced, extremely knowledgeable and skillful. I have benefited greatly from their thorough assessment process and accurate analysis. The programme they supplied and their professional follow up has treated and repaired my injury and I am so grateful for all their help!

 

Kerry

I have suffered with back pain since 2011, which has gotten progressively worse over the years. At certain points I was seeing a physiotherapist every week, sometimes twice a week when the pain was too bad. After taking classes with Marta and Alicja over the last year they were aware of both my abilities, and my limitations. They suggested the possibility that by strengthening certain muscles, there was the potential to reduce the amount of pain I was in. After checking my muscles and posture; Marta and Alicja identified certain muscle groups which were weak. From this, they gave me a set of daily exercises to do for several weeks in order to improve muscle tone. They kept in frequent contact; both giving encouragement, and advice when needed. After several weeks I noticed both, a decrease in the amount of pain I experienced, and an improvement in the length of time it took for my body to recover. This has been a major positive result for me. It has encouraged me to take the next step in improving my fitness; in the hopes of reducing my pain levels further. I have also been able to engage in activities which I would normally have avoided in the past, for fear of the pain it would cause. I would not hesitate to recommend Marta and Alicja to anyone looking for a potential avenue to manage or reduce pain. They are knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Their classes are enjoyable and so full of energy.

 

Geraldine

I had been suffering for a few years with a recurring shoulder injury and then developed a compressed disc in my neck which affected the nerves down into my hand.  I received treatment for it, which improved it greatly.  However, I was still left with residual shoulder pain and less strength and mobility in my right shoulder and arm than in my left.  Marta and Alicja are Physio Trainers and did a Biomechanical Assessment for me.  They discovered that my right side from my shoulder to my hip was generally weaker than the other side and gave me a set of stretches and core strengthening exercises to do every day. Over the course of a few weeks the difference it made was unbelievable!  My shoulder strengthened up and the pain disappeared.  My mobility improved greatly too, which I was delighted with.  I went from having daily pain and discomfort in my shoulder to being pain-free and it is amazing… I would highly recommend Physio Training with Fitsmile for anyone who has an injury or weakness that needs work. They are extremely knowledgeable and so helpful and professional.

 

Hugh

I asked Marta and Alicja for some help as I was doing the marathon in October 2019. I wanted to improve my marathon time but I was having trouble getting to the level I wanted to because I had some niggles and pains due to me sitting at my desk for 7/8 hours every day at work. I had hip and lower back pains so my training suffered as a result. 


However, thanks to Marta and Alicja's help they gave me specific advice and exercises to alleviate the tensions and discomfort I had in my hip and back. They kept a close eye on my progress and checked in with me regularly to ensure my progress was going as it should.


Along with this they created a training schedule for the months leading up to the marathon that was suitable for the time I wanted to achieve. I am delighted to say that I reached all my goals pain free and injury free. Marta and Alicja also gave me a recovery plan, which is something that they didn't need to give me but it made all the difference with my recovery.


They were always available for any concerns or questions I had. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

 

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