My fiancé, Amanda, and I live in Douglas. She’s a Kerry lady. We got engaged in Bruges in October. We’ve been going out nearly four years. So with our dog that makes three altogether.
My fitness background started with a love for soccer. I was taken over on trials with English clubs since I was 14. Captained my country at different levels. Played over in Australia for nearly five years and played with Cork City FC. I got to see and experience a lot of different countries and cultures because of this, so I was very lucky.
Football gave me my passion for fitness and the way the body works and moves. I started working in a gym when I was about 17 so have always enjoyed it. I studied in Image Fitness; Colaiste Stiofan Naofa (CSN) and CIT. I worked and lived in Australia playing football and also personal training, and when I finished there I moved to England. There I got to train Premier League footballers and TV personalities so it was a little different.
From training elite athletes to people who suffer physical disabilities and working with people from all over the world with completely different demands has been so interesting but it teaches you how individual everyone really is.
I enjoy doing the fitness segments on RTÉ’s The Today Show with Daithí & Maura. It is a lot of fun and everyone is very friendly. I also do Wellness Talks; consultations on gym designs to creating home workouts/ gyms for families. There is no one size fits all fitness plans or workouts. Everyone has different capabilities, wants and needs. I try making working out as much of an “escape” as possible. If people enjoy working out it won’t be seen as a chore and more of a reward. Personally its a great reward for myself making people happy.
Most days I’m up at around 5am. Once you’re up about 15/20 minutes its like any other morning to be honest.
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