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Founded in 2012, HENCH is a pioneering coaching gym in Belfast City centre that’s dedicated to you becoming stronger for life. 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. We work with people of all ages and backgrounds and focus on getting to know you as a person, understanding your goals and supporting you every step of the way. We have an inclusive community of like-minded people from diverse backgrounds who come together to create a fun, welcoming environment to get results and build a long-term sustainable relationship with your health and fitness. Our expert coaching team are highly qualified, experienced experts led by Head Coach Conor Johnson working alongside Founder 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 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 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. We utilise loaded natural movements designed to improve maximum strength, flexibility and mobility combined with conditioning methods to improve your cardiovascular health and fitness.

Truly Personal Coaching.

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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  • 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% :)

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.

City Centre Location

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.

COVID Secure

We utilise industrial-grade, safe disinfectants and the best equipment, facilities and experience available whilst maintaining a clean environment.

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.

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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