Inclusive, cooperative, and enjoyable training for every ability
ACLAÍ is an open, inclusive, and friendly training facility, and we have the expertise and experience to help you build strength and mobility, and enjoy a challenging and rewarding training program. From our physical location, our training facility, equipment, coaching staff, and training programs, we go the extra mile to make sure that our services are offered on a equal basis to every single one of our members.
Complimentary Goal Setting Consultation
The first step to getting started at ACLAÍ is to book a complimentary 1-1 consultation where you can discuss your goals, challenges, and any questions you may have about your training with Head Coach, Ainle Ó Cairealláin. During the consultation, we will help you establish a plan that fits your requirements and that will help you achieve your goals, and get you set up with the right type of training membership if you want to go ahead and join us at ACLAÍ.
There is no obligation to sign up for anything at the consultation, and it is a great opportunity to speak with an experienced coach and get a feel for what we do at ACLAÍ. Over the last 5 years we have conducted over 600 consultations, and we are here to listen to what you want to achieve with your training and help you get there.
We offer training in small groups and on a 1-1 basis, and you can choose which is most suitable to you at this time during your consultation should you choose to give our training a whirl.
Training Based on Expertise and Experience
We believe that our unique combination of experience working with people living with a wide range of medical conditions and varying levels of ability, and specially designed training programs made to meet the needs of each individual member at ACLAÍ is what makes our facility so enjoyable and accessible to all. Once you have completed your initial consultation, we will design a training program for you that will challenge you in the most enjoyable way, and help you build strength, mobility, and independence.
Every 4-6 weeks your training will be updated and developed as you progress through your training, and when you look back at where you started from, you will be pleasantly surprised at your progress! The two primary goals that we have with our training are 1) to teach you HOW to train in a safe and effective way so that you feel more confident and independent in the gym, and 2) to help you develop new skills, additional strength and mobility, and to teach you new moves that you were not able to do when you started training with us. Together, it will be a fun journey!
We have helped clients living with….
Aquired Brain Injury
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)
Charcot Marie Tooth Disease
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus
If you would like to find out if we can help you with your training but do not see the relevant condition above, just get in touch as the above conditions are just the most common that we have worked with in recent years.
Meet Your Coaches
ACLAÍ is a small local business based in Cork city that was started in 2013 by me, Ainle Ó Cairealláin. We opened in our current location in the Crawford Business Park in Cork city centre after I made a deal with my dad (in the photo over there with my granny) that I would open a fully accessible training facility and provide services to everyone on an equal basis, especially to wheelchair users. My dad survived a major life altering stroke in 2006, and since then our family became all to aware of the difficulties and discriminations faced by wheelchair users, so we have set out to make a positive difference to the lives of as many people as possible by making ACLAÍ a facility for all to enjoy. It was a great day when he was able to come to Cork from Belfast to officially open the facility! Since an early age, I have been fascinated and engrossed in learning about the human body, and hold an Honors degree from the University of Limerick in Sport and Exercise Sciences, a Masters Degree in Biomechanics (the mechanics and physics of the human body, which has been in valuable in helping people with a very wide range of physical challenges), Precision Nutrition Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), and Certified Specialist in Training Special Populations (NSCA), which is a specialist qualification in working with people with disabilities, medical conditions, and special populations who for one reason or another are offered less opportunities to take part in physical activities than able bodied people.
Over the last few years, we have developed a very strong Coaching team at ACLAÍ. Coach Alan Dineen, who plays Wheelchair Rugby for Ireland, and to our knowledge is the only professional strength and conditioning coach who is a wheelchair user coaching able bodied people in Ireland, is a great asset to the team. Alan is currently completing a degree from Setanta College in Strength and Conditioning, and is heavily involved in our in-house research developing new training programs and training methods for our members. A few words from Coach Alan…”“I have been a Coach at ACLAÍ since August 2017. It has been great that ACLAÍ has given me this opportunity to coach on such a world class team. We are constantly working hard on developing a training system for people with disabilities, and providing a service that just is not available elsewhere.”
Coach Baptiste Vergé, holds an undergraduate degree in Sport Science at the University of Grenoble and postgraduate degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Montpellier is passionate about applying the principles of sports sciences and human movement to help people of all levels of ability to train and enjoy the strength and mobility benefits our training method can offer to our members.
A Few Words from Our Members…
“I have been going to Aclaí for about a year. Aclaí suits my needs more than any other gym I have gone to, it is accessible and the training plans are tailored to me and are changed every couple of weeks. The atmosphere is relaxed (although I am definitely put through my paces!) and the personal trainers and facilities are excellent.” Elaine Corkery
“I speak as a father of a growing boy who sustained a fairly major brain injury at the age of 2, it affected the balance strength and co-ordination of every voluntary muscle in his body. He only managed to walk again independently after the injury at the age of 8. He is 15 now and attends Aclaí twice a week and has done for most of the past two years and his strength balance and co-ordination have unbelievably improved. Ainle and Co and some regular patrons welcome him in the door as they do professional athletes and its business for the hour and they not only strengthen his muscles and smoothen his co-ordination, they also do what a lot of well meaning good people don't do, and that is they see past the disability. Its never about what he cannot do. They have the craic and I believe he has learned fundamental life lessons on looking after ones body in order to maximise its potential.” Jason Kelly
“Excellent gym. Excellent staff. We went to aclai after hearing only positive experiences from other parents of children with special needs. I can honestly say that Ainle and the staff never focused on her cerebral palsy. They were genuinely interested in her and what she wanted to achieve. They talk to her and interact with her with the same enthusiasm, energy and positivity they show with all their clients. There is an emphasis on lifestyle and health both physically and mentally. The programs and exercises are flexible and the staff instinctively adapt to my daughters individual abilities. Thanks to aclai she is taller, straighter, stronger and more confident. She looks forward to her training. She smiles going in but beams coming out. I highly recommend ACLAÍ.” Jason Orchard
“Members of Irish Wheelchair Rugby were given a great opportunity in July to attend Aclai gym before the World Championships in Sydney.
Ainle opened the gym up especially for us and we had a great session with Alan and Baptiste. They also organized the very successful Gym Jam which helped immensely with our fundraising to get us there.They also are just beginning year three with Rebelwheelers strength and movement sessions. I would highly recommend Aclai Gym to both disabled and able bodied people of all ages.” Teresa Dineen
“Most welcoming and non intimidating gym environment I've ever come across. I was made feel so comfortable and at ease the minute I walked in the door. Everyone is very personable and relatable and I'm never afraid to ask questions or ask for help/advice. Would highly recommend being a part of the Aclaí family! They helped me get over my fear of being in a gym and now I'm hooked! They've great tunes to train to and a great warm, friendly, relaxed atmosphere and a great chill out & library area to hang out in before/after training which is a very nice extra touch to the place.” Ciara Brady