'My new weight-lifting regime won't stop me powering down the red carpet' - TV3's Lisa Cannon
Published 06/02/2014 | 07:57
Glamorous presenter-turned- weightlifter Lisa Cannon has a big task on her hands when she takes part in the Powerlifting Championships on April 5.
But the style queen won't be shirking her social duties and will swap the weights for a ball gown to attend the glitzy IFTAs on the very same evening.
While most of this year's attendees will spend the day pampering and preening ahead of the big night, it could be a case of changing in the back of a taxi for the Xpose presenter.
"It's on the same day as the IFTAs so I don't know how I am going to do it, but I will make it work," Lisa told the Diary.
"I will put down the chalk and the weights and pick up the stilettos and the lipstick," added the 35-year-old.
The IFTAs will take place in Dublin on April 5 this year.
A regular at the star-studded bash, Lisa loves nothing more than donning a fancy frock and picking up gossip on the red carpet.
The Dublin host is making sure that her new powerlifting commitment does not affect her day job with Xpose and will spend most evenings and weekends in training over the next few months.
The curvy brunette confirmed last year that she is making an hour-long documentary for TV3 that will chart her journey to become a super-strength power lifter.
A key element of the gruelling process is swapping pints for protein shakes and eating to a strict schedule as well as preparing her meals the night before.
"You have to stop and eat at specific times during the day, which can be tricky with my job because I usually eat on the go."
Lisa is on a very severe diet and fitness regime and will bin alcohol, chocolate and dairy products until April.
While the warts-and-all documentary will see her tone up and overhaul her fitness and diet regime, Lisa, who is a size 12, says she has no intentions of losing her womanly figure.
"People think that women who push weights are going to be like huge German sausages, but we're not. It's down to technique, training and nutrition.
"I have a Commonwealth champion flying over from the UK to help me with nutrition and I have a trainer and a conditioning coach so this is going to really tough," she said.
Lisa said her fiancé, Welsh rugby player Richard Keatley, is stepping up to mark to help her by signing up for the men's competition.
"He has been an athlete for the best part of 15 years so never in my wildest dreams would I ever be like him or would I want to be," revealed Lisa.
The couple announced their engagement before Christmas.