Damian Hall – Owner – Head of Injury Management and Education
It was during my time in St. Andrew’s College that my passion for rugby and fitness first started. I am proud to say that since 1997, when I left school, I played at the top end of amateur rugby for the guts of 20 years, We won an All Ireland league and Leinster Cup with St Mary’s, captained and coached Wanderers to a Leinster league and promotion to the All Ireland League, captained Bective for three consecutive years, visited over 30 countries, worked in
two schools, married my best friend and we have a beautiful daughter Sienna and Son Harrison.
My experience on and off the field has taught me the importance of fitness and health. My passion and hobby led me to start running my own businesses supporting people through their journey to become healthier and fitter
What not many people know about me
– I am a qualified Sports Therapist Sailing Instructor and Trigger point master trainer (only 6 of us in the UK and Ireland).
-I have been in a movie featured in the Cannes film festival and auditioned for Superman (Cringe)
-I have qualification in sport psychology
-I have 3 Caps for the Irish Amateur International Rugby Team
What I do: At Complete Personal Training and CPT Bootcamps, primarily a semi-private and private personal training and fitness facility; we motivate people just like you, who may be stuck in a rut, advise and support you to make sure you get results fast. We give our clients clear direction and support. We keep people accountable and support them in a close knit family environment of positive encouraging like minded people who are now motivated and continuously getting and most importantly sustaining long term results!
We run early morning and evening training classes in our private custom built training facility and have 18 bootcamp classes per week at various locations in South Dublin (Dalkey, Bray, and Glasthule).
We are certainly not the cheapest facility around, but that’s because we pride ourselves on delivering top quality customer service and super charged workouts that get insane results.
We have helped hundreds of people change their lives through successful habit change, nutrition education, increased training
ethic and of course welcoming them into our support network of amazing members who are hand picked to join the Complete Personal Training family!
We cater for all fitness levels and age groups but specialise in middle age men and women who need direction and a clear path to achieve great sustainable results.
There is a great community of members who attend our workouts which is great to see. I love having a great bunch of positive like minded people supporting each other as part of the CPT family. So check out my website www.completepersonaltraining.i.e, or follow us on twitter @Complete_P_T and if you are at the beginning of your journey or finding you are not getting results in your current gym please get in touch, and we will make it our mission to help you!
We also run an online program for those that are time restricted and need to work out from the comfort of their own home while the baby is asleep!
We have recently added Complete Transformation Retreats to our services. We take 8-10 guest away for 7 nights of luxury, eating clean, working out and learning long term strategies to help them move forward with modules on Goal Setting, Stress management, Nutrition, Mind set and More. We have now even included a cooking demo so you go home armed with all the tools you could ever need to succeed in all aspects of your life.
I love helping people just like you, to get your mojo back and get back to being the happiest healthiest version of yourself
Yours in Fitness
Dominic Dowling – Head of Programming and Senior Coach
Hi guys, here is a short insight into how my fitness career started. It goes back now over 13 years to when I first stepped into the gym, A nervous very skinny beginner eager to look like the guys on the magazine covers. The gym quickly filled the gap of the so many sports Iplayed as a kid but began neglect throughout adolescence. However soon it was time to
make the big decision any 18 year old fears. what am i going to do with my life….
After picking a college course that was most definitely not suited to me at all 6 months later I found myself back to square one. After having a long look at where I was, I realised that the one thing I was constantly studying and learning about since I was 15 was health and fitness.
So that was what I went onto study. After achieving my qualifications i went straight to work in hotel gym. After a short amount of time working here i knew i needed a new, bigger challenge. I then went out on my own setting up and running my own boot-camp, eager to take a more hands on approach to fitness. before I knew it I had a small space close to home
where i was training and helping people achiever their goals.
About 2 years on I was met with a job offer I couldn’t refuse at the time. So I decided to leave fitness behind, not personally of course, professionally and start a new chapter. Some ways into this chapter I received another job offer, A chance to come and work For
Complete personal training, in both the botcamps and inside the PT studio.
Initially i was not sure if the time was right. But that was quickly brushed aside after meeting Damian and the other members of the CPT team.
At the moment I am more motivated than ever to help people achieve the results they are after. Whether it is simply get off the couch and get active, or get out there and train likenever before. I love it all!
I still study fitness every day, and I dont think I will ever stop. no matter where I am in life. Right now, I am in an extremely lucky position that im not sure many people get to be. I managed to turn a huge passion of mine into a career.
Whats the old saying, if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life…… (until you have a 6am client!!!)
Darragh Butler – Head Bootcamp Coach and Personal Trainer
From a young age, sport and fitness has always been a huge part of my life. At the age of seven I started playing football and continued to play all the way into my mid-twenties. When I got to the age of fourteen I no longer wanted to be a skinny kid and bought my first set of dumbbells. Overtime I started to notice a baby bicep and even one or two abs (I
thought I was ready for Mr. Olympia). After months/years of training with very poor technique and little to no structure I realised that fitness was something I was passionate about pursuing as a career.
Fresh out of school I still had hopes of playing professional football and was delighted when I got selected to be part of an FAI Development course. As time went on I realised this was more of a dream than a reality, one thing that I did notice was that my love for the gym started to outweigh my love for football. I started to set myself new goals based around improving my performance in the gym rather than in football.
When the FAI course finished, I found myself at a crossroad, did I want to take the safe road and go back to college and study something I had no interest in or take a chance and try and make a career out of my
passion for fitness? I am delighted to say I chose the latter.
After getting my qualifications I went straight to work in a hotel gym. I started out extremely motivated and hungry but soon realised that a hotel gym was not somewhere that I could fulfil my potential. I started my own bootcamps and transformation groups where I really started to get my motivation back, the buzz I get from working with people and seeing them
reach their goals is amazing. Working with people and helping them achieve their goals both physically and mentally is the most rewarding aspect of the job.
Having met with Damian and discussed the values and goals of Complete Personal Training I immediately knew that this role would be a perfect fit for me. I always want to continue to educate myself and learn more about the industry and I feel that this is a perfect place to do
so. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to make a living doing something I love and I am really looking forward to working with a new client base and helping them achieve their goals too.
Having trained with several high-profile coaches I have a good understanding of different levels of fitness and how best to motivate each client based on their individual level and goals. I consider myself a results-based coach and I always seek to push my clients to help
them realise their full potential. That being said, I consider myself very friendly and approachable, I always ensure my classes are hard, varied and enjoyable. I am really excited and motivated to start this new chapter of my life as a member of the Complete Personal Training.
Grainne O’Kane – Head Of Yoga
Hi I’m Gráinne and I’m teaching yoga with CPT on Saturday mornings. Here’s a bit about me and my yoga journey. I will turn 52 this July and I can hardly believe it. I feel better, younger and fitter than I did in my 40’s and 30’s and I want to share this with everyone. I especially want to share it with men and women who have stopped moving their bodies and who feel that getting older means the less we can do.
I’ve been teaching yoga 5 years now and that is also hard to believe, I came to yoga late in life and I get a real kick out of being a teacher because I love teaching it so much. Teaching yoga really benefits me too as it gets me out of my busy mind. I love seeing people come to class from a busy or stressful day and how it helps them to completely calm down. Not only are they calming down but they are also keeping their bodies moving which is so important as we age. My class is loving, nurturing and compassionate, and it’s also light hearted.
I’m a big fan of the great outdoors and the elements of nature, so if it’s sunny then the sun will be part of the class. If it’s raining, the rain will be part of the class, if it’s sun set the sunset will be weaved into the class.
On a final note: I came to yoga due to mental health wellness challenges and I believe that yoga can help anyone going through depression, anxiety or other mental health crisis. Yoga was created for men by men and I feel strongly that if young men were doing yoga from a young age that it’s possible that we would not have so many fatalities in our society today. My yoga is called Yoga with Grá, (Yoga with Love as the Beatles song goes, All we need is LOVE).
Lisa Vaughan – Head Of Pilates
PILATES helps to rebalance the body, restore ideal alignment, improve strength and flexibility and promotes fluid movement within the body. Our instructor Lisa Vaughan is STOTT Pilates trained.
Along with Mat Based Pilates, Lisa specialises in both Prenatal & Postnatal Pilates and is also highly experienced in working with clients with Scoliosis, Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. She also works on sport specific Pilates such as Golf , Tennis and Running.
She incorporates equipment such as stretch bands, fitness circles, stability balls and weighted toning balls to keep her workouts both interesting and challenging. Lisa works with clients within CPT and has her own clients on a one to one, group and corporate basis helping people achieve their unique fitness goals .
Hannah Nixon – Office Manager
For the last ten years I worked as a personal assistant to an audit partner and her team in the accountancy firm KPMG. Prior to KPMG, I travelled and worked in different administrative roles in the construction and charity sectors.
I love to travel and have been all over the world. On one of my trips, I went to Easter Island (one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world) and bumped into someone from Dalkey, the world is a small place!
I love good healthy food and I’m always looking for new recipes to try out. I recently tried the Paleo Bounty Bars and thought they were amazing, I’ll definitely be making these. I think there’s nothing better than being out in nature and I love to go walking or jumping into the sea for a swim. I’ve trekked to Machu Picchu in Peru and five years ago I did the Four Peaks Challenge for Focus Ireland which entailed climbing the four highest peaks across the four provinces of Ireland in one weekend, both of which were fab experiences.
I’m a busy Mum to two young children but I’m really looking forward to taking on this new role and working with the fantastic team of people at Complete Personal Training.