Workout for Your Mind 


Stress Resilience

A Talk with Linda Allen and Derek Plunkett

See How We Got On!

How do I know if I have good emotional health? Ask yourself:

  • Do I express gratitude regularly?

  • Do I practice random acts of kindness and compassion?

  • Do I nurture my relationships with friends & families?

  • Do you get to spend time regularly doing things you love to do?

  • Do you describe yourself as a happy, content and fulfilled person?

  • Do you take regular exercise?

If you answered no to any of the above then there is room to expand your emotional happiness! HOW YOU SAY!? LEARN FROM THE BEST:

Join Linda and Derek to discover tools and techniques to support and improve your mental & emotional well-being.

Understand stress and how to successfully manage it in today’s challenging world.


  • Practical tools and techniques to assist you in finding your resolve &  resourcefulness.

  • Regain a sense of empowerment in the face of everyday stresses.

  • Recognise your stress patterns, triggers and emotional responses.

  • Understand the physiology of stress and how to manage it and make it work for you.

  • Strategies applicable in both work and home life situations.

Linda Allen and Derek Plunkett are both therapists working with individuals and groups in the area of stress resilience and personal empowerment.

They run workshops, courses and give presentations. They currently deliver training's for staff in Tusla.


We had the pleasure of having Linda Allen & Derek Plunkett in with us for a really interesting and beneficial workshop on Saturday the 25th of May.

Derek who is a Therapist and a Coach offered us some really excellent real life examples on how to deal with Stress and how to become Resilient to it. Derek has a great understanding of strength and conditioning training and could relate to the members in so many ways. Our mental and emotional health will not only help us in our training aspects but in all other aspect of daily life. Derek spoke about positive reinforcement and how it’s important how we speak about ourselves. A good example is when we are doing a workout and we tell ourselves we can’t do it and we give up. By telling ourselves we are great and we are strong, that we can do it will do wonders for our training. As we all know, the mind will out do what the body thinks it can or can’t do.

Derek also spoke about taking yourself our of your comfort zone to help you grow emotionally and mentally. Doing something you wouldn’t normally do will build your confidence and related this well to the training we do in CrossFit Leixlip, like to a movement we thought we couldn’t do or by lifting a weight we thought we couldn’t.

Derek also explained some distraction techniques we could use when we feel overwhelmed or feel like everything is on top of you. Sometimes we need someone to tell us to snap out of it and realise, the world is actually not going to end! Sometimes we can go into a spiral and out of control (like panic attacks) It’s about bringing yourself back to reality and doing something that pulls you out of that spiral, like going to the gym or doing some other physical activity, talking to your friends, etc. By being consistent in looking after your health will help you to stay away from reaching those points of despair. Eating well, resting the mind and body well are all too important in life nowadays.

Check out Derek’s Facebook page HERE

Linda who is also a Therapist and a Counsellor who helps people relieve stress and negative thinking  talked to us a lot about balance in our life and showed us the Wheel of Life and made us think – do we have balance in the different parts of our life including Work, Family & Home, Primary Relationship, Health, Money, Fun & Recreation. IT allowed us to reflect and refresh to make what is important in our life, to be important. Physical Activity like walking or going to the gym was included.

Linda also talked about many techniques on how to deal with certain things that may be going on in your life, like taking a moment to breath and sit in quiet, walk in nature, listen to your surroundings, use all the senses you have – see, touch, listen, taste, smell, etc.

She also made us aware of our bodies and how they may tense up when you are feeling worried or anxious – being aware of these simple things in life will help you to become less stressed.

Check out Linda’s Facebook Page HERE

We finished the session with an upbeat breathing technique to get us prepared for our long workout called Murph:

1 Mile Run

100 Pull-ups

200 Push-ups

300 Air Squats

1 Mile Run

This is a workout we do once a year around Memorial Day in honour of fallen heroes and in particular, Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. This workout was one of Mike's favorites and he'd named it "Body Armor". From there on it was referred to as "Murph" in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.


You could say we all felt a lot more pumped and encouraged to be doing Murph after listening to Derek and Linda talk to us in the Workshop.

Thank you Linda and Derek for an amazing workshop – it definitely opened our eyes up a lot. We are looking forward to having you back again in the near future.

For those of you who couldn’t make the talk you can catch up on it on our Private Members Facebook Group for CrossFit Leixlip Members where it was recorded live.

Check out how we did in Murph in the video below!!