HENCH is a pioneering coaching gym in Belfast City centre that’s dedicated to you become stronger for life. We build bodies and minds that are primed to meet the demands of modern life - your physical and mental wellbeing is as important to us as your ability to squat or bench press. We work with people of all ages and backgrounds and focus on getting to know you as a person, understand your goals and support you every step of the way. Our inclusive community of like-minded people is a fun environment to get results and build a long-term sustainable relationship with your health and fitness. Our expert coaching team works together to help build your strength, wellbeing and resilience and is lead by HENCH Founder Rory Girvan, former Irish No. 1 ranked Powerlifter (Overall Ireland, Northern Ireland and All-Ireland Champion).

Stronger From The Inside Out.

HENCH develops your physical strength and prepares you for the challenges of the real world. The stuff that really 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 improve your strength and wellbeing with detailed programmes of loaded movements, designed to improve maximum strength, flexibility, mobility and stability. We combine this with metabolic conditioning methods, which improve your cardiovascular health and fitness. We work with you to define your individual strength goals. Our team of coaches are always on hand to guide you based on your goals and needs.

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 a number of local mental health charities and corporate partners with Inspire, Northern Ireland’s largest mental health charity. 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 your mental and physical wellbeing. Health and fitness doesn’t begin and end at our doors. Focusing on movement, nutrition and recovery in and outside of the gym, we make longlasting positive impacts on your health for the rest of your life.

Fit for life.

Life is stressful. We mostly consider stress as being negative, but positive stress like exercise, sauna use and cold water therapy, help us deal with stress better. Positive stress is a short term effect on the body that helps us to deal with all forms of stress, from work deadlines to exam pressure and general daily life. This process is known as The Net Resilience Effect. By dealing with stress in a controlled environment we build resilience, the ability to adapt to stress and even slow the effects ageing. Our coaches help you to understand the role of stress, the different types of stress and how to manage your own stress levels by using our state of the art recovery therapies.

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Community Reviews on Google

  • 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.

  • 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% :)

Our COVID-19 Plan to maintain a safe, healthy environment

Every member has a minimum space allocation of 300 sq ft when training. Each member has sole use of their equipment for each session. Our Pod System creates natural training separation within the gym. All equipment is cleaned with sanitiser after each session. We allow for 10 minutes of cleaning after each session. We use industrial-grade cleaning equipment and safe medical-grade anti-viral disinfectants. We’ve installed sanitiser units at every Training Pod. Every training station is positioned at least 2 metres apart. Street shoes are to be removed at the door. Every HENCH team member is fully briefed on correct practices.

City Centre Location

The best equipped private training facility in Northern Ireland, just a two-minute walk from Belfast City Hall, with plenty of parking and artisan establishments nearby for a pre-session cup of joe.

COVID Secure

We utilise industrial-grade disinfectants and best equipment, facilities and experience available whilst maintaining an almost clinically clean environment.

Body Comp Analysis

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

Private Changing

Private changing and private showing facilities are provided for our members, who commonly train with us before, during or after their working day.


Cryotherapy activates the body’s natural healing powers that can relieve the symptoms of many conditions and promote wellbeing. It has been reported to reduce muscle and joint pain and inflammation, as well as a number of 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, provide pain relief, and improve circulation.

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