Ruairi Mc Laughlin

Better Gym Olympia
10 votes


My professional journey started in 2010, where I obtained both my level 2 & 3 coaching awards. Although these courses were enough to get a foot in the door and work in a gym, I believed it wasn't enough and wanted to acquire more knowledge before starting my coaching career. I completed a Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science which provided me with a sound understanding of the core elements of everything training and exercise related.

With a desire to learn more, I progressed on to University to study the subject in more depth. This was a huge step up but a challenge I embraced as I got to study and analyse the scientific principles of training and exercise in much greater detail - covering all aspects of human anatomy, movement, nutrition and sports psychology to name a few.

While studying at University, I started working at an exclusive health club in Holywood as a fitness coach, spending the time learning the trade, coaching 100's of people with different goals, abilities and backgrounds along the way.

A unique opportunity came as I got to spend a year interning at the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI) as an assistant Strength & Conditioning coach. I was privileged to work alongside and learn from the best coaches in the country, working across a wide range of sports and elite athletes including professional footballers, golfers, boxers, hockey, motorsport, swimming, rowing and athletics - in which many have been very successful, claiming National, European, World and Olympic medals.

With seven years practical experience along side continuous professional development, I can guarantee, if you put the required effort in, we will achieve your goals, whether that be weight loss, muscle gain or sports specific training. And of course, we will have a bit of craic along the way!


  • BSc Sport & Exercise Science
  • HND Sport & Leisure Studies 
  • Level 3 Advanced Personal Training
  • Level 2 Fitness instructor
  • Kettlebell Coach
  • Spin Instructor 


  • Sports specific training 
  • Weight management 
  • Body toning 
  • Strength training 
  • HIIT training 
  • Injury rehabilitation 



Been training with Ruairi now for 4 months. A fantastic trainer that goes above and beyond. Each session is fun and varied. 2 stone down to date and can't wait to see where I am at in the next few months. Highly recommend! x
Gary Gillespie
Absolutely love the sessions. Always makes you work even beyond your own capabilities to achieve that bit more every session. Promotes enthusiasm for the session, amazing trainer and has you wanting to push to do your best and is very understanding about everyone's capabilities. Has helped me see another side to fitness and makes your vision on what you want for yourself reality. A great guy and would highly recommend to anyone!
Conor Byrne
Decided to try and get myself fit in the run up to Christmas and after I finished the 8 week programme, I saw big improvements in my strength and stamina. Ruairi was a really enjoyable coach, good motivator and always able to make me laugh! Would recommend to anyone looking for that push now in the new year!
John Watson
In my opinion, Ruairi is the one of the best trainer I have come across. Thanks to a friend who recommended me to him after working with him. Before I started working with him, my fitness and strength level was not good so after working with him in 6 weeks up to Christmas I now feel more fitter and have more energy. I had always looked forward to personal training session as he provided different types of workouts so I was motivated to keep going.
Tara Gallagher
Have just completed 12 weeks training with Ruairi. I have lost 25lbs and learned a tonne of info with regards to training and nutrition in a matter of months. I am now confident in my own skin and cant wait to do another 12 weeks to push even further. A very approachable trainer and pushes you to get the best results possible.
Adele Hodgkinson
Ruairi is an amazing trainer, I’ve been working with him for over 4 months and every session he pushes me to be better and the results have been brilliant, lots of pounds and inches lost. He makes each session challenging and fun and he’s made me a great training programme so I can train better on my own. He's so supportive with my diet as well, giving me nutritional advice to help with my weight loss. Love all my sessions with him, awesome guy, highly recommend
Erica Gordan
Approached Ruairi in May with a goal to drop a few dress sizes and increase confidence. Safe to say we smashed those goals and love my sessions with Ruairi - especially the boxing! Highly recommend, a fantastic trainer and a overall great guy!
Meabh O' Loan
Just completed the 12 week gold package with Ruairi - had amazing results and every session is fun and varied. 5 stars is not enough, goes above and beyond for his clients!!
Ray Duffy
Came to Ruairi to get me n shape for my holidays, I trained with him three times a week for 12 weeks. I got in the best shape of my life, great trainer and always great fun. Highly recommend to anyone looking to achieve their goals. Ray
Amanda Burns
Completed 12 weeks with Ruairi over the summer to lose some weight and get familiar with gym. He is such a nice fella and would push me to my limits, I loved training with Ruairi and will be going back in new year! Highly recommend !! xx
Reviews left before star rating

"I approached Ruairi five months before my wedding to try and get in best shape possible. We sat down, drew up a plan and within twelve weeks I lost 2 stone, got stronger, leaner and loved the sessions we did. I was a little nervous at the start as I never used the gym before, but Ruairi put me at ease within the first session. No two sessions were the same, and with Ruairi’s friendly caring approach and contagious enthusiasm, I would highly recommend!"  Rachel Mc Quaid 

"Great coach that keeps you motivated to better yourself. Listens to your demands and helps you to improve in every way. Specially helped me to get ready for the golfing season."  Glen Mowat

"If motivation, flexibility and a personal approach is what you’re looking for in a PT, then Ruairi is right for you! He is very professional and I can highly recommend that you’ll reach your goals with him."  Ciaran Mc Bride

"I had to get ‘beach body ready’ for my upcoming summer holidays. I trained with Ruairi 3 times a week for 8 weeks and lost 4% body fat, and first time I had abs in my life! Great coach and great fun in his sessions."  Shannon Carey

Rate this trainer

Book Today!

Complete the form below and this personal trainer will contact you to discuss your requirements.

Please note you need to be over 18 years of age to book one of our personal trainers.

By submitting a booking we will send your details to the named personal trainer who may contact you. By submitting your details you also agree to our terms and conditions and privacy policy.

Communication Preferences

We'd like to occasionally send you future updates about our services by email. We never send on your details to other companies for marketing purposes and you can unsubscribe at any time.