Active duo are getting people off their couches and into fitness

Luke Collins with Mark Evans and Shane Finn of WK Fitness at their new gym
Luke Collins with Mark Evans and Shane Finn of WK Fitness at their new gym

ENTERPRISING local fitness experts Shane Finn and Mark Evans have come a long way since they began hosting a running group in Dingle a little under a year ago.

Shane, a marathon runner and Mark, a well-known footballer with Dingle GAA, have literally sparked a fitness revolution in West Kerry over the past year and the fruits of their labour were clearly evident last week as they unveiled the new WK Fitness Gym in John Street, Dingle – one of the largest in the county.

The running groups established by these active young West Kerry men in the spring of 2013 began to attract hundreds of people of all ages who were eager to get fit and change their lifestyle for the better.

Such was the response that they decided to establish West Kerry Fitness (now WK Fitness) and their first event - a 'Couch to 5km' - saw them guide runners, many of whom had never run before, to participating in their first 5km event. From there many WK Fitness enthusiasts, with guidance from Shane and Mark, have gone on to compete in 5kms, 10kms, mini-marathons, marathons, adventure races and even ultra-marathons around the county and beyond.

As demand increased for their services, the enterprising duo set up spinning classes at the Marina building in Dingle along with personal training services and boot-camps. As the numbers continued to grow the young fitness experts turned entrepreneurs and after a lot of hard work, they unveiled their WK Fitness Gym in John Street last week in the building once occupied by the bowling alley. The facility is packed with equipment, from treadmills to exercise bikes, tractor tyres! and a 38-metre indoor sprint track.

"We plan to continue to host the running groups, fat-loss programmes, the spinning, the kettleball classes, the personal training and the boot-camps and we will be adding suspension training and pilates to that also," said Shane Finn, who is also busy preparing to host the Run Dingle 5km and 10km event on Saturday April 26 in aid of Cuan Counselling.

Shane and Mark are not limiting themselves to West Kerry alone. "We have a following of over 8,000 on Facebook so we can deal with clients around the county and beyond through our online services," Shane said.

"It's all about working to your own pace – people have had great results with WK Fitness and we are delighted to finally open our new gym and we hope people like it!" Mark added.