The Pembroke Hotel launches Personal Programmes of Fitness with All-Star Hurler, Michael Fennelly

Survey indicates 41% of people say time is a barrier to fitness

The Pembroke Hotel has launched a range of new personal training programmes that will be facilitated by Michael Fennelly. The six-time All-Ireland Hurling Champion, will create flexible personal training programmes tailored to each clients’ needs in affordable one-on-one or small group sessions from the newly developed top floor gym in Kilkenny’s premiere boutique hotel.

According to a recent lifestyle survey, 41% of over 4,500 people surveyed said time was the big barrier to becoming physically active. High gym membership fees along with lack of facilities are also significant factors, when it comes to getting active. The newly developed fitness centre in the Pembroke Hotel will see Michael Fennelly, who has an MSc in Sports Performance from The University of Limerick and experience as a personal fitness instructor with The Sydney Swans in Australia, devise personal training programmes that will suit the schedule, pocket and fitness levels of clients.

Paul Broderick, General Manager of the Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny commented, “We are delighted to launch our new programmes of fitness with Michael Fennelly. Michael has been involved for nine years with the Kilkenny Hurling Team. At the Pembroke Hotel we pride ourselves on our unique and personal service to guests and the addition of Michael’s training programmes is the perfect match for our business.”

Recent studies also show an increase in regular physical exercise amongst Irish people from 34% in 2011, to 47% in 2013 with a shift towards individual sporting activity like personal training, gym based sports and running. “ While there is a much greater appetite for physical fitness, there are still common barriers that prevent people from fully committing to looking after their physical health”, Michael Fennelly explains, “Our new training programmes at the Pembroke Hotel will break these barriers as we create structured exercise plans that will service the individual needs of clients.”

Michael Fennelly’s Fitness Programmes at the Pembroke Hotel include nutritional advice, sports injury treatment, specialised exercise programmes and state of the art dexa scanning available to everyone from athletes to complete novices. June will also see the introduction of running groups which will begin from the Pembroke Hotel and take a scenic route through Kilkenny Castle.

Situated in the heart of Kilkenny City, the Pembroke Hotel is ideally located just minutes from the sights and sounds of the medieval city renowned for its dining and nightlife. Special overnight Fitness and Training Packages will be available until August and can be arranged through contacting the Pembroke Hotel. To arrange a free consultation with Michael Fennelly, call 056 778 3500 or log on to for more information.