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National Fitness Day

We have teamed up with Ireland Active once again for National Fitness Day. Join our team on Thursday 27th of September in Grand Canal Docks as they host a Zumba Attack class at the Docklands FitFest.

The event is FREE and is part of National Fitness Day and Dublin Sportsfest 2018. National Fitness Day aims to get more people more active more often. 5 Fitbits to be won on the day and enter the competition to be in with a chance of winning a €250 gym membership by posting a picture on social media and tagging us at @DartryClub #FitnessDayIRL

The day will be packed full of fun exercise classes and activities with lots of giveaways and prizes to be won! Classes will be under a covered tent so you should be kept dry!

Click here to book your FREE ticket to the event.


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Mental Health Awareness Month

Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.

Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing.

Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.

So, join us next week as we host a special class to mark Mental Health Awareness month. We have teamed up with our partners Suicide or Survive to promote the feel good benefits of exercise and discuss #stressmanagement techniques for your #mentalhealth and #emotionalwellbeing.SOS Dartry2

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Iconic Bites – No Bake Almond & Turmeric Energy Balls

Iconic Health Clubs have teamed up with the fantastic Eva Burg. Eva is a qualified Nutrition & Health Coach and an award-winning Health & Fitness Blogger. She is the voice, cook and photographer behind The Healthy Tart blog where she shares recipes & nutrition advice for a healthier, happier you.eva-square (2)

Prep Time
10 mins
Resting time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Filled with nuts, seeds and dates, these energy balls really pack a punch! They are full of goodness and natural sugars – guaranteed to pep you up when you reach that mid-afternoon slump.

Servings: 25 Servings
Calories: 111 kcal


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 Medjool dates chopped and pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil

To Coat

  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric


  1. Add the almonds, pumpkin seeds, desiccated coconut, ground turmeric, cinnamon, sea salt and Medjool dates to a food processor or blender and pulse until they turn into a breadcrumb-like texture.
  2. Now, add the vanilla extract and coconut oil and pulse until well combined.
  3. Remove walnut-sized portions of the dough and form them into about 25 little balls.

To Coat

  1. In a shallow dish, mix the desiccated coconut with the turmeric and roll the balls in the mixture to coat them. Refrigerate for at least 60 minutes to give them time to firm up.

Recipe Notes

These No Bake Almond & Turmeric Energy Balls can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


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We are delighted to announce that Iconic Health Clubs has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prolific Irish CX Impact Awards. The awards recognise achievements in measuring and managing Customer Experience excellence that delivers better outcomes for customers. Iconic Health Clubs are the first gym/health club chain to make the final of these awards and we are truly honoured to represent the industry and our teams.

The finalists will be judged by leading CX professionals from the most admired companies operating in Ireland.

The objectives of the awards programme are to raise the bar and promote Customer Service as the key management tool essential for delivering success.

The winners will be revealed at the gala awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 21st, at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.

This CX Impact Awards programme has been developed by Business River, who own and operate the most comprehensive collection of business recognition programmes in the Irish market and which works with over 30 markets segments, engaging with 12,000 senior business leaders annually.

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Back Stage at The Dartry Health Club – September 2018

Investment and maintenance

Throughout August we continued to improve the quality of our facilities. We have invested in a new recumbent bike and have also ordered aquatic treadmills which will be used for a classes later in the year.

Maintenance was also carried out in the male showers, the studios and pool during the month. Some of the equipment has been reupholstered also.

Kid swim programme

Our kids swim programme starts this week with most all of the spots are take. We hope to add an additional on Friday afternoons later in September. Dave has taken over as our Swim Coordinator with many years experience behind him.  He can contacted at

We will also have a new swimming pool timetable made and this can located by poolside and in each of the changing rooms.

Farewell and Thank you.

Unfortunately, we are saying goodbye to Eduard who has been part of our swimming team since 2016. Eduard has helped grow our swimming programme from the start and has set the standard we expect from our other trainers. He has finished here to become a PE teacher in Rush, Co. Dublin. He will be missed by staff and members alike and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.

Save the date

Our members Christmas party has been booked. It will take place on Friday 30th November in the new Iveagh Garden Hotel. We will have further details for you closer to the event. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Iconic Inspiration – David Doyle

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At Iconic Health Clubs our vision has always been to inspire better quality of life, improved well-being, and the value of health and fitness in the communities we serve. With this in mind we have launched our Iconic Inspiration series to share our members stories to motivate you on your health and fitness journey.

We are start our first series with a note from our Iconic member David Doyle.

My story is, a year and a half ago I had a sudden change in my life that had an effect on my mental health and my confidence and motivation. It took a lot out of me rebuilding a new life in one sense. I joined Iconic Health Clubs to bring a start to changes and within the first month, I lost over a stone in weight. I ran a marathon to raise funds for mental health charity very close to my heart and I suddenly realized this new lease of life I started to see life a bit different. I focused on my training in the past year I have not only rebuilt myself but I have lost over 4 and a half stone in weight ran, so far 7 marathons and currently training for the SSE Airtricity half marathon and The Dublin Marathon in October 2018. I have gone onto be a motivator for others and sharing useful motivation points and stories on Instagram to help motivate others who have been finding it hard to reach goals, I have worked on my own fitness/motivation weekly target goal chart with the aim to have structure and balance that helps reach your targets and goals.

I have a motto that in life we create our own special moments to cherish that we choose our future and destiny.
I believe in focusing in the I CAN and NOT I CAN’T.
Thank for letting me share this with you.

We hope these stories, from real members will motivate you to keep going on your fitness journey. You too can benefit, from getting active and believing in yourself. From all of us at Iconic Health Clubs, we would like to congratulate David on firstly sharing his story with us but also for achieving such fantastic results. It truly reinforces to our team why we love this industry and how it can make such an impact on our members wellbeing.

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Back Stage at The Dartry Health Club

Investment and maintenance

Throughout July we continued to improve the quality of our facilities. We invested over €6k in a new air conditioning unit for the Strength Training Suite. The feedback so far has been terrific.

We also got all our equipment PAT Tested by our maintenance contractor Volt Electric. This allows us to take proactive steps to prevent costly and sometimes dangerous electrical outages which can affect our members.

We made a number of repairs to the equipment and facilities. This includes repairs to the Spin bikes, sauna, the pool and the lockers. We have also sent pieces of equipment to be reupholstered and hope to have these back early next week.

Kids swimming course

The new course for kids swimming is due to begin on September 4th. We will confirming places throughout the month of August with members getting first choice on class times until August 15th. If you are interested in getting your child started you can book in with one of our trainers for a free consultation. Please ask at reception for further details or email

Club Hygiene

In support of our club care cleaning, I would like to ask all members to adhere to our gym etiquette and please think of other members by using a towel at all times in the gym. Please also wipe down after use with the anti-bacterial spray which is located around the club.

September Class Timetable

Alex and I will be working on the September timetable over the next three weeks. We have already received quite a few suggestions over the summer and if you have any please forward them to Alex via his email:

I hope you are all enjoying your Summer and I look forward to seeing you in the club soon.

Yours in health and fitness,

Sean Gavin

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Member Points

At Iconic Health Clubs, we are aiming to reduce our single-use plastic consumption and challenge our members to join us.  We have therefore introduced some new additions to our clubs to help us to do something about it. We hope you’ll join us in reducing our plastic waste.

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August Bank Holiday Weekend

Bank Holiday Opening Hours

As always we’re open all Bank Holiday weekend with some of your favourite classes AND double rewards points.  Bring a friend with you over the weekend and for absolutely FREE.

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August Gym Class Hero Challenge

August Gym Class Hero Challenge

At Iconic Health Clubs we are always looking at ways to keep you motivated.  Our challenges are a great way to mix up your training, keep you focused and you also get points just for joining up!  What’s more each month a lucky winner is chosen at random and will get some great prizes.  Simply sign up via our mobile app.

August Gym Class Hero Challenge

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