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Why HENCH?

5000+ lives changed since opening our doors. Voted best gym, and best strength classes in Northern Ireland.

Proven Approach

HENCH is the first and only gym that teaches strength training one-on-one in a group environment, with individual programming and reserved equipment. As pioneers in Small-Group Strength Training (SGST), we have continually innovated to become renowned experts at putting the evolving needs of each member first to achieve their personal goals whilst nurturing a thriving community that champions personal progress and collective support.

Focus on Function, Not Just Appearance.

While physical appearance is often a driving factor for people to work out, we prioritise functional strength and fitness at HENCH. We believe that by improving overall strength, mobility, and endurance, our members will look better and feel better in their day-to-day lives.

Train for Life.

We understand that people have various reasons for working out, however we believe in training that translates to real-life performance. Our programmes and workouts are designed to improve functional strength and movement, ensuring our members can easily tackle everyday challenges. We’re talking about carrying a child, running for a bus, moving furniture, carrying groceries, climbing a mountain - the demands of being human.

Autonomy, Consistency and Progressive Overload.

Consistency is key when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. We encourage our members to commit to their training and apply the principle of progressive overload. When this is dovetailed with developing autonomy and connecting your deeper purpose for training with what you do in the gym, you’ll remain driven to keep increasing the intensity, volume, or complexity of training sessions over extended periods to stimulate continuous progress.

Quality over Quantity.

We believe in mastering fundamental movements and exercises while keeping even variety in there to keep things fun and fresh. Rather than constantly changing routines or overloading workouts with too many sets, we focus on mastering core exercises and ensuring proper technique, which leads to more effective and efficient progress. Mastery is a continuum which must be accounted for and managed to continue your rate of progress as you become more experienced and your needs change.

Performance Lifestyle

We understand the importance of pushing yourself during workouts but also recognise the value of adequate rest and recovery. Our training programs are designed to balance high-intensity sessions and recovery periods and tools to maximise results while minimising the risk of injury.

Enjoy The Journey.

We believe a strong sense of community can play a vital role in achieving fitness goals. At HENCH, we foster a supportive and motivating environment where members can connect, share their experiences, and encourage each other. Training is fun; training partners can become lifelong friends, so enjoy the journey!

Nutritional Habits

We recognise that nutrition plays a critical role in overall health and fitness. Rather than promoting restrictive diets or fads, we encourage our members to adopt a sustainable and balanced approach to nutrition that supports their training and well-being

HENCH Principles

HENCH was founded on a simple principle: Strength is for everyone. Our philosophy is not just about lifting weights; it's about fostering a lifestyle of strength that transcends the gym and affects every aspect of life.

Embrace the Challenges of Life

Life is filled with obstacles and challenges. We believe in building physical and mental strength to overcome these inevitable difficulties with confidence and resilience.

Physical Training is Mental Training

At HENCH, we understand that training the body also trains the mind. Committing to a consistent strength training program not only transforms your physique but also cultivates mental toughness, discipline, and determination.

Sustainable Habits for Long-term Success.

Success in fitness and life is built on a foundation of sustainable habits. We focus on cultivating healthy habits that become integral to your daily routine, ensuring long-term progress.

Growth Mindset

We believe that everyone has untapped potential, and through hard work and dedication, you can achieve more than you ever thought possible by stacking the evidence high enough that your self-limiting beliefs begin to crumble. We'll help you unlock your inner strength and redefine your limits way beyond the gym.

Progress, Not Perfection.

Perfection is an unattainable goal, but continuous progress is achievable. Make improvements every day rather than striving for an unreachable ideal.

Evidence Based

We are committed to providing accurate and trustworthy information to our clients and the wider fitness community in an era of worsening body image and misinformation about how to train correctly to look and feel your best.

Train For A Purpose

Purpose is one of the driving forces behind a fulfilling life, and being motivated to change. Connect your purpose with why you train and then pursue it with passion, determination, and unwavering commitment.

Stronger For Life

We'll help you take the guesswork out of strength training so you can achieve your unique goals whilst waving goodbye to crowded gyms.

Coaching Staff

Business Manager Ciara Bailey

Head Coach Conor Johnson

Founder Rory Girvan

Senior Coach Jay Malcolm

Coach Bronagh Donnelly