hi, i'm MATThew

I'm the founder of Republic of Fitness and I would like very much to help you get happy and healthy.

Hello there!


I'm Matthew Boccaccio

I live in Co. Mayo, Ireland and I am the owner and creator of Republic of Fitness. I joined the fitness industry 6 years ago - off the back of doing a personal transformation programme, after years of bad and unhealthy habits.

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a little About me

Despite being involved in every sport available to me as a child and teenager, and stacking up county, province and All-Ireland medaIs, I found myself at 30 years of age suffering with mental health issues and poor physical health. This all came to a point, where I couldn’t continue anymore, so I decided to turn my life around.

My first step was to change the way I thought and spoke to myself and to others, and to surround myself with people who were living the life that I wished to take on.


After turning this around and mastering my own mind and body, I realised that I could put myself in a position, to pass what I had learnt on to others, who might find themself in that situation and subsequently went to become qualified as a fitness instructor. Along the way, I have acquired many certifications in kettlebells, spinning, exercise to music, etc.

As much as I love training people physically, my passion is to be able to help people change from the inside, so that what they do with their bodies can become sustainable and long-term, which is only achieved through a shift in mindset. I have since gone on to study and take part in 100s of workshops, senimars, courses, throughout the years to continue educating myself in how to become the best coach possible.

For five and half years i have dedicated myself to serving the local community and now with the huge success of running an on-line service, during one of the worst periods in modern history (covid pandemic), I’m now invested in the ability to be able to reach a wider audience, so that we can service, not just people locally, but also across the world.

The Feature Highlights

The Start of the Story

Republic of Fitness is led by fitness expert Matthew Boccaccio, who is considered the authority on getting everyday people in the BEST shape of their lives.

He is the expert people go to when they need help with their own health, fitness, nutrition, mindset and wellbeing. 


No matter what your current level of fitness is, Matthew Boccaccio and the Republic of Fitness team can show you how to reclaim your body fast and achieve your health and fitness dreams.

Figuring it out

At the start of the journey we figure out the best course of action for each client.  Health and fitness is not a one size fits all process.  However, with the winning formula of communication, accountability and hard work, anything can be achieved.  As long as the client comes with the number one trait that determines success i.e willingness.  ‘You bring the will - and together we’ll figure out the way’ 

Learning & Doing More

When you decide to embark on a health and fitness journey with Republic of Fitness,  we will teach you the fundamentals and set a strong foundation on which a long-term sustainable plan can be built to lead you to a happy and healthy lifestyle. 

Uping my game

Over the years, listening to thousands of clients struggles, a common thread is that most clients already know what they should be doing - they are just not doing it.  Our amazing team of elite coaches led by Matthew Boccaccio, are there to hold you accountable and keep you on track as you up your game, so that you can live your best life. 

Getting there

At Republic of Fitness, once our clients have set a strong foundation its about implementing the 1% rule - 1% better after each class, 1% better each day and 1% better each week!  No matter what your current level of fitness is, Matthew Boccaccio and the Republic of Fitness team can show you how to reclaim your body and achieve your health and fitness dreams.

Have you ever asked yourself?

  • How can I lose weight?
  • How can I improve my fitness and feel healthier?
  • Why am I feeling low on energy?  

If so, you’re in the right place. Getting fit and healthy can be tough but with the right people consistently moving you towards your health goals – it becomes much easier. 

If you’re frustrated and unclear with what to do next with your weight and fitness level and know you have the potential to get in the BEST shape of your life, then we can help you, so you’ll never struggle again to lose weight, get fit and feel healthy. 

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Our system works because myself and each member of the team know what it is like to be on the other side of the fence, not feeling comfortable or being able to stick to any healthy lifestyle regime. I was and am passionate about wanting to grow a community of people, wanting change and willing to take the steps to do it, in a safe, supportive and non judgemental environment.


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I lost a stone on the six week plan!
I’ve struggled with my weight for over 15 years and the last time I can remember being happy with the number on the scales was when I was 22 or 23. 

But after doing a six week plan with Republic of Fitness that is starting to change. Almost one stone lighter after six weeks and I’m finally in control and on the right path to my fairytale weight.

Toni Bourke (Online Client)
6 Week Challenge

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"Brilliant place, brilliant coaches, just finished my 6 week challenge and I'm over the moon I'm down 17 pounds, which I thought would take me a year to lose with the way I used to try to get in shape, got a brilliant nutrition plan, great classes which I actually really enjoy doing (never thought I'd say that) everyone is so welcoming and so helpful.
My accountability coach is absolutely fantastic for encouragement and keeping you on your toes when ya have days of feeling like giving up. anyone struggling with trying to get that motivation I highly recommend giving these guys a shout you wont regret it , I've tried everything for years and I'm so happy now.

Nicole Whelan (Online Client) 
6 Week Challenge

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When I walked in the door of Republic of Fitness I was at my wits end trying to lose weight. I had been struggling with my weight for quite some time and it was having negative effects on my self worth and ability to lead a full life. I was constantly anxious about my appearance and became reclusive and withdrawn. I avoided socialising and was stuck in a mindset that told me I couldn’t change it. 

I started a 6 week challenge at ROF and began to immediately see results.... 

I fell in love with the process and actually began a course to become a coach.... 
Joining Republic Of Fitness completely changed my life. It helped me get back to the things I love and lead a healthy happier life. It has been a huge part of my success in the daily struggle that can be weight loss and remains a huge support.

Frank O Malley (Personal Training)

I joined Republic of Fitness back in 2018. At this point in my life I was 19. I had lost all confidence in myself and I wasn’t doing myself any favours by drinking and eating takeaways. I was working in bars, going from one day to the next with late nights and unhealthy habits. I first decided to joint Republic of Fitness after going on a sun holiday and being unhappy with the way I look. Since joining Republic of Fitness, my life has changed for the better. I am a confident happy man. I have changed my job and I am doing what I love, which is fitness. I have managed to drop 15kg, two clothes sizes and most of all be part of such a great community. Republic of Fitness has truly changed my life for the better. I am now a fitness coach doing what I love and in turn helping people to reach their fitness goals too.

Alex Kielty (Weight Loss)

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I .. was 96 kgs and not happy. ...we made a plan to focus on certain areas and make changes all of which worked and I lost 6 kgs... With the onset of COVID 19 ...I really started to focus and decided to push on to lose the next 10kg and get my heart health in good shape and most importantly my blood sugar on track. I can confirm my blood sugar is 100% normal for my age and my heart heart is perfect after getting a few tests last week.
 I am now back in the shape I was 20 years ago when I was 25 and will kick on to progress further. 

...Once again I would like to thank everyone at republic of fitness and my 6 week buddy Yvonne for doing the blog and keeping me going.

Enda Mc Donagh (Online Client)
6 week challenge

You can read Enda's full story here


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  • Group Workout Sessions
  • Nutrition Coaching
  • Fitness Coaching
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