Our Story

When we opened our doors over a decade ago, the fitness industry was booming but in a bad place. Gyms seemed to have become all about bright lights and music, machines and merchandise, posing and power shakes. And the worst thing about it was that members were taking second place. People joined, got bored or intimidated, left, and never went back. It wasnt for us. So, there was only one thing to do: set about completely turning the fitness business model on its head.

Built on a foundation of personal training, we created an inclusive, customer-centric experience that focuses purely on results. It sounds simple, but to do that you need an unshakable vision, you need scientifically proven methods, you need world-class training and, above all, you need the right team.

Today, we have our original gym in Ballina, and a second location in Castlebar. Whichever one you choose for your Functional Fitness journey, we promise youll get the same expert coaching, personal attention and community vibe to help you reach your goals.

Our Philosophy

Our independence is our strength. It means we will always stay true to our original vision to create a customer-first, results-driven gym.
At the heart of this vision are three core principles:

building and training a knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic team comes first.

creating a bespoke space with the best kit and facilities available is a fundamental requirement for quality training.

we work hard to maintain a welcoming and fun member experience in every way possible.

Our Approach

At Functional Fitness, we get to know you and listen to your unique needs and goals. And we support you every step of the way. After all, youre the reason were here. We want you to train regularly, enjoy your sessions, get real results, and build a long-term relationship with your fitness. If you stay with it, youll get the body you came for.

Personal training power
Every members programme is built on regular personal training sessions, run by your dedicated coach. If you come to the gym, theyre held in small groups of no more than six. They give you both the individual support and group motivation to help you keep up the good work and get those results.


Consistent expert support
Youll work with our core team of world-class coaches. We never use freelancers so you can depend on the same level of expertise and support at every session. And youll get a single, dedicated coach who will monitor your progress for the duration of your fitness journey.

Making it enjoyable
We know that the most challenging part of anyones fitness journey is sticking with it. And if your gym experience is uninspiring or intimidating, theres a good chance youll quit. Weve made fitness a community activity thats fun and motivational. With the support of your Functional Fitness family, youll look forward to every session.