Two years ago Dave Hare wasn’t a name familiar with anyone in Longford; except the county footballers. But the strength and conditioning coach has now made a name for himself and it’s no coincidence that Longford’s fortunes changed since he joined the set-up.
As well as his work with Longford, Hare is the owner of Functional Training Ireland and has just opened a Gym in Longford to add to the one in Dublin. He told the Leader he was delighted to open the business in Longford at Gem Park, situated in the same complex as the Fuschia Design Shop on the outskirts of the town on the Athlone Road. “I’ve always wanted to open another place. It made business sense to open in Longford. I suppose you can say I’m in partnership with the county board. So I reduced their cost and they have me on board in a more expansive manner. I’m delighted to have opened it down here.”
One of the coaches working in the Longford Gym is county footballer Peter Foy. Hare is pleased to have someone like him involved: “Peter has a passion for strength and conditioning and he wants to do it right. He gets on well with people and everyone likes him. He’s completely up to date and knows the system. We have another guy in there from Cavan; James Murray. He is also passionate about the project. We have a great team there.”
Dubliner Dave believes that his business has so much to offer and members will definitely benefit from joining: “I think when people walk in and the level of coaching they get it’s probably 10 years ahead. People come in and are exposed to really top class coaching. We have nutritional systems in place too. The aim of the business is to give people no excuse not to go to us; in terms of level of coaching, equipment, friendliness, customer service.”
He added, “With our gym you pay the same rate you would pay for a membership gym in the area and with that you are coached, told what to do and pushed. You are getting tested and all that for 55 euro a month. We want to get people doing stuff they need for health and performance. We don’t judge anyone and we want people to enjoy the process.”