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By Kayleigh Cronin from Activate

One of the many benefits of our Personal Training (PT) programme is the access our coaches have to our inbody scanner.

Although body composition is only one of many methods of tracking progress, it is often the one people can be most concerned about, in particular bodyweight. There are many different aspects to consider when we monitor the progress our clients make, many of which go unnoticed by the client and they can be as, if not more, important than bodyweight progress.

Progress in any fitness or wellness journey is multifaceted. At Activate, we as coaches ensure our clients take a holistic approach to their health and fitness journey. We meet our personal training clients weekly, and programme accordingly based on their goals. However, there are many hours left in the week outside of their scheduled PT hours.

Our goal at Activate is to set our clients up with a skillset that allows them to take control of their own journey.

In order to do this, we advise clients on other important facets of a healthy lifestyle, including, but not limited to:

* Exercise habits outside of personal training sessions
* Fluid consumption
* Mindfulness
* Maintaining a regular sleeping pattern
* Enjoying a balanced diet
* Maintaining a non-sedentary lifestyle (i,e. getting those steps in!)
The inbody
Unfortunately, many people focus too much of their attention on what the weighing scales say. There are many flaws with using the scales as your only measure of progress. The accuracy of results can be affected by many components including whether you have eaten or not, weighing yourself at the same time every day, water retention, menstruation and many more. The most obvious weakness is that the majority of people use a ‘regular’ weighing scale, which only tells you your bodyweight and not your body composition.

This means that it cannot display your skeletal muscle mass and fat mass values. It can be very disheartening for clients when they have put in a lot of work and don’t see the results they were hoping for on the ‘regular’ scales.

At Activate, we are lucky to have the use of the inbody, which gives us a broad range of results including weight, Skeletal Muscle Mass (SMM), Body Fat (PBF) and water ratio. Often clients may see their weight (kg) hasn’t changed but they may have lost body fat and gained muscle mass. Similarly, it is an equally important tool for clients who need to put on weight or muscle mass.
Client win
A client of mine recently completed their second inbody, six weeks after they started PT and six weeks after their first inbody. On top of giving their all in PT sessions, this client has really bought into the holistic approach to their health journey and has made lifestyle changes that are affecting them positively. On doing their second inbody, they noticed that their weight hadn’t changed much. After explaining the other values (SMM and PBF) they realised that they had dropped 1.6% body fat and gained .5kg in muscle mass. More importantly, they feel like they have more energy, they are sleeping better and the majority of their familiar aches and pains (back, knees, hips) are gone.

Results like these are achievable when the right approach is taken. This client now knows that for them, what the ‘normal’ scale says in relation to their bodyweight (kg) isn’t important as their goal is to increase muscle and lose fat, which they are achieving. On top of this, they are leading a healthier lifestyle and feel the impact the changes they have made are of more value than what any scales say.

Don’t rely on your bodyweight results being your only measure of progress, you may be under-appreciating all the other improvements you are making.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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