I don’t usually write pieces about other people but certain people really do just need to be exposed and revealed! And sure don’t you keep asking me Mick when this ‘badass Deirdre’ will appear?!!
Are you worried? You should be! I’m worried for class this morning once you read this 😜🙈😂
I have been training at VikingFit under the guidance of coach Mick Coleman now for over one year. I have always loved sports, keeping fit and challenging myself physically. When a friend of mine last year suggested that I try out VikingFit I was apprehensive and unsure. Powerlifting? Really? I’m not so sure. I don’t want to be bulky and have big masculine muscles. These thoughts were going through my mind.
At this time in my life I was pretty much ‘stuck in a rut’. I was struggling with some health issues and I was loosing motivation and just simply lacking energy to move my body. I felt my body was attacking me. I still face challenges today with my health but since beginning my journey with VikingFit and being under the guidance of Mick, my life has truly been transformed for the better. You might think this sounds overly exaggerated but I kid you not I am honestly stating how much this man and his classes have added positively to my life.
So this man. Who is he? (Be afraid Mick, be very afraid!!) ha ha – that’s burpees for certain for me today! 🙈
Mick is World Class. When I say world class I again kid you not. He has won numerous World Titles in Powerlifting and only last month Mick won his fourth consecutive world title. The VikingFit team came back from the World Championships in Antwerp with six World Titles, two bronze and a fourth place. The five Vikings battled with 400 other lifters from 23 countries. For a small island like Ireland and an even smaller town like Stranorlar in Donegal, these achievements speak volumes.
World Class doesn’t happen without the support, guidance, motivation, encouragement, dedication, persistence, belief and passion from a coach like Mick Coleman. Yes all the girls who competed and every single person who enters the doors of VikingFit, whether it be for personal training or the group classes, work hard, put in effort and commit to getting in shape, however NOTHING would be achieved/accomplished only for a sound and knowledgeable mentor. A prick? Certainly not!! (Yes I do know we give you some abuse during classes Mick, but its all a reflection of the toughness of class and the continued challenges you present us with!) we love it really and we really do love you too!!
No matter what, every day I enter those doors I am greeted with a smile, a friendly hello and a warm presence. I don’t believe there’s too many people that can say they look ‘forward’ to going to an exercise class. Well I always do, well 90% of the time!! 10% being my own mood/lack of motivation. I have NEVER left a class without feeling better physically and mentally. VikingFit is a tonic for the soul. The people I have met through classes are wonderful, hilariously funny, motivating, caring and kind, genuine, friendly and I can call so many of them friends. It really is like a little family. We share our frustrations, sadness, happiness, anger, joy, celebrations, advice (you name it, its shared!) Mick really does put up with a lot from us women (as he says “suck it up princess“) as do the other males present but he takes it all in his stride. He offers a listening ear should you need it and always adds a laugh to put that smile on your face.
I want to Thank You Mick from the bottom of my heart for being a bright, shining star in my life this past year. You believe in every single one of us and it means so much especially when we don’t always believe in ourselves. I don’t think you will know/believe the extent of that light. Keep Shining! 🌟 I am so proud to be a Viking and part of the VikingFit Family. 🙋🏻💜
Some messages from other Vikings:
“I feel that Mick’s love for powerlifting is being passed on to all of us. That we can all call ourselves powerlifters and feel proud of being part of this amazing sport. He is an amazing coach sharing his knowledge and letting us all develop at our own pace” (Sarah)
I have never really stuck at any form of exercise in the past. I’ve tried several forms but nothing stuck. When I started Viking fit with Mick I found a class that I have kept going back to and better yet, enjoyed. I always leave Viking fit with a smile on my face even if it is bright red.😊 Since joining Viking fit over 2 years ago now I have met a great group of people most of whom have become my friends. There is always a laugh shared and craic to be had. Mick has created this environment that allows people to come and get stronger and fitter. He manages to make every class challenging whilst not forgetting about making it interesting and most importantly fun. (Roisin)
“I will never forget it, in the base and Mick was demonstrating busters and all we heard was a ripping sound, ass out off the trousers – wasn’t the 1st pair either hence always wearing shorts now 😂😂 funny guy but great trainer and friend” (anonymous!)
“It always make me laugh when he says “Just keep ticking along” he thinks it helps everyone but usually drives everyone crazy😂😂”
Im with Viking fit two years and still loving every minute. I started off personal training and then went into the main class. I was so nervous but Mick told me not to worry and he was right. I never looked back. Mick is fantastic at what he does, his classes are brilliant and the craic is good. I have met some fabulous people. Every class is different and that’s what makes it. The amount of work Mick puts into Vikingfit is unreal. He is a credit to the Vikings 😁and I’m proud to be a Viking 💪🏻😜 (Natasha)
“Mick..is more than a trainer..he is a mentor..a friend..sometimes a counsellor and creates Viking Fit workouts that are the bomb..” (anonymous)
“I have 3 words to describe Mick for me, as Tina Turner says “Simply The Best” (Nicola)
“I don’t know him as long as the rest of you but one thing I will say is that he makes the hard training and work worth it in some weird way. While he compliments us on our progress(es) in his own way he makes the hard work fun and I for one, can definitely credit him with giving me the new me. Thanks Mick 🙂 and when I get over this injury I will be back…!!!! ❤️” (Aoife)
“Many days I imagine how I would throw a kettlebell at him or throttle him with a TRX but truth be told I think the absolute world of him. After being with him all these years and seeing the results, I would be lost without him. To be competing in power lifting is a dream come true and it’s all thanks to him 😂 (Emma)
VikingFit truly is a family affair. His wife Paulina is a World Champion also and together they make the best team! Although he has all of us women to put up with and he may be a prick at times,
“He is OUR Prick!!” 😍💯💪🏻😂💙