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Founded in 2012, HENCH is the only gym that coaches strength training in a small group environment, with individual programming, reserved equipment, and one-to-one coaching from a world-class coaching team. We build bodies and minds primed to meet the demands of modern life - your physical and mental well-being is as important to us as your ability to squat, row or bench press. Our expert in-house coaching team are highly qualified, experienced experts led by Head Coach Conor Johnson, working alongside Coaching Director Rory Girvan (Former Ireland No. 1 ranked Powerlifter, ambassador for mental health charities and competitive martial artist).

Stronger For Life.

We develop your physical strength for the challenges of the real world, the stuff that matters to you and your life - playing with your kids, helping out around the house and being active. Strength is about moving well and moving often with progressive resistance. We utilise loaded natural movements designed to improve maximum strength, flexibility and mobility combined with conditioning methods to improve your cardiovascular health and fitness. We train in a welcoming, motivating atmosphere in small groups where you'll be following your own personal programme based on your own individual goals to improve your strength, physique and wellbeing whilst using your own dedicated equipment.

Truly Personal Coaching.

We work with a range of people; those who have never exercised before to regular gym-goers looking to break through plateaus; students, busy professionals, athletes and retirees living or working in Belfast who want to become stronger for life during an era of worsening body image and misinformation about how to train correctly to look and feel your best. We work with you to define your individual fitness goals, and our team of coaches are always on hand to guide you based on your unique needs. Every member has their own personal coach who provides one-to-one accountability and advice via face-to-face and remote consultation. At HENCH, we aren’t interested in quick fixes or fad diets. We work as hard as you do on your training, nutrition and habits to help create a sustainable lifestyle that supports achieving your goals.

Strong Body. Strong Mind.

Mental health is at the core of everything we do at HENCH. Not only do our coaches help you to develop a lifestyle that supports your physical and mental goals, but we’re also heavily involved with several local mental health charities and corporate partners with Inspire, Northern Ireland’s largest mental health charity. By focusing on the anchor habits of movement, nutrition and recovery in and outside of the gym, we can make long-lasting positive impacts on your mental and physical health for the rest of your life.

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  • Ali Jackson

    Great gym. Coaches are extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to each member. Good atmosphere with like minded people. More expensive than other gyms but you certainly get what you pay for at HENCH👌. Gym is suitable for all people no matter what stage they're at on their journey.

  • Joshua

    Started at Hench recently, on the 8 week strength programme for beginners. Cool, genuine bunch of people, that are incredibly supportive, know their stuff and are more than willing to help guide you in the right direction. The gym has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, making it non-intimidating for people that are just starting, whilst offering a range of small group PT sessions that are suited to a varying range of capabilities/goals. As a beginner, I'm always learning something new, and each session is good fun - 100% :)

  • Catherine Magennis

    My experience at HENCH so far has been very positive. Training here strikes the right balance between personalised goals to work towards, while also feeling like part of a team. The staff are highly professional, friendly and approachable. Overall training here has been motivational and enjoyable, which I definitely plan to continue.

World-class facilities. Safe, healthy environment.

Each member has sole use of their equipment for each session, which means no queues or sharing any kit. Our Pod System creates natural training separation within the gym whilst still feeling the buzz of the group environment. All equipment is cleaned with a sanitiser after each session, and we allow for 10 minutes of cleaning between sessions. We use industrial-grade cleaning equipment and safe medical-grade anti-viral disinfectants and we have installed sanitiser units at every Training Pod. Every training station is positioned at least metres apart. Every HENCH team member is fully briefed on correct practices.

Modern City Centre Facility

The best equipped private training facility in Northern Ireland, right beside Belfast's famous St. Georges Market with plenty of parking and artisan establishments nearby for a pre-session cup of joe. Private changing and private showing facilities are also provided for our members.

Reserved Equipment

Get the most out of each session. You'll have access to all your own equipment, which means no queues or none of the waiting times faced when sharing with someone. With socially distanced training zones, hand sanitisation stations and rigorous cleaning protocols, you can rest assured you're training in a clean, safe environment.

Progress Tracking

Technology, in the right amounts. We tailor individualised programmes objectively measure training progress to chart performance improvements to show you how fast you progress across different exercises.

Progress Analysis

We utilise medical-grade body composition analysis to evaluate and review our member's progress in muscle gain and body fat loss and a range of other useful metrics for assessing strength, resilience, and wellbeing.


Cryotherapy activates the body’s natural healing powers that can relieve the symptoms of many conditions and promote well-being. It has been reported to reduce muscle and joint pain, inflammation, and several ailments, including skin conditions, insomnia, rheumatism, and stress.

Infrared Sauna

A traditional sauna heats the air around you to extreme temperatures. An infrared sauna uses infrared light to penetrate your skin and warm you directly. Infrared light has the ability to provide healing benefits to the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Infrared sauna use has been reported to enhance recovery, relieve pain, and improve circulation.

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