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Our Story

Our Story 2017-09-25T15:57:32+00:00

The WAVE is an Irish-US collaboration. We are David Sisk and Kristi Konieczny – internationally recognised wellness entrepreneurs who seek to elevate their clients health through lifestyle choices. Our unique talents and extensive research will give you exactly the support and motivation needed on your Wild Atlantic Vitality Experience. With our combined professional expertise in fitness and wellness of sixty years we are pioneering a new approach to fitness and wellness holidays and retreats located in Ireland. Galvanised by the majesty of the Irish coast, the history of the people and the awe-inspiring beauty of the locations, we made a commitment which led to the creation of WAVE. Our commitment is to live this short, intense crazy life to the max. And to help others to do the same.

The WAVE (Wild Atlantic Vitality Experience) is a carefully crafted luxury fitness and wellness adventure inspired by the rugged beauty and culture of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) which traverses its way from Donegal in the north-west, to Cork in the south. This is not your ordinary fitness retreat.

Kristi (yoga, bootcamp, circuit training)

Kristi Koniecyzny (pictured far left)  has been in the spa and wellness sector for over 20 years. Her other business, the Spa Buzz, puts together retreats for the top spa and wellness industry professionals in the USA. She also organizes these retreats for those who have a global presence (Four Seasons, Fairmont, Marriott, etc). Kristi’s motivation for the luxury health retreat that is the WAVE comes from wanting people to have time to recharge, recenter and walk away with exceptional memories.  An investment in the WAVE is an investment in one’s health and well-being.

David (Personal Training, Bootcamp, Circuits, ViPR, Hikes)

David Sisk has been in the fitness and wellbeing industry for more than 25 years. He completed his Master of Science in Sport degree at Miami University, Ohio where he met Kristi and they’ve been friends ever since. His core business, David Sisk Fitness, has completed close to 70,000 personal training and nutrition coaching sessions and is the longest running in Cork, Ireland. For David the WAVE is about getting out of “the box”. The box could be the same life routines, the same eating routines,  the same work routines that you’ve been doing for years while the years pass by.

David’s thoughts on the WAVE: “This is an adventure back to nature, back to strength.  This adventure will rejuvenate your cells and re-awaken your spirit for living. This is not your typical fitness and wellness bootcamp. This is more for people who want more from their fitness and wellness retreat”

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Vilma (Nutrition Coach, ViPR, Bootcamp, Personal Training)

Vilma Zyvatkauskaite’s story began in Lithuania where she was completing her degree in Physical Education while representing her country in handball. She moved to Ireland in the early 2000s where she had an opportunity to work at David Sisk Fitness. She grasped the opportunity with both hands and soon became group and personal training leader. She leads the nutrition coaching on our retreats. Vilma feels that this offering we have created is so much more than a traditional fit-camp; this is like an active holiday for the body and soul.


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