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Gillian Quinn reveals she had to put career as fitness coach on hold after injury

Published 10/08/2012 | 05:00

09/08/2012 Repro free first use. Gillian Quinn who judged the best dressed competition at the Connemara Pony Show in Clifden County Galway . Photo:Andrew Downes.
Gillian Quinn judging the Best Dressed Lady competition at the Connemara Pony Show in Clifden, Co Galway

Model and wife of Niall Quinn suffered serious back injury.

The model told how her plans of opening her own Pilates studio suffered a setback after a recurring back injury re-emerged last week.

She had been due to open her studio next week after securing a premises in Kildare.

Pilates is a body conditioning exercise routine that helps build flexibility, strength and stamina and was developed in the early 1900s by German-born gymnast and body builder Joseph Pilates.

The regime has gained popularity in recent years and is lauded as having both physical and mental benefits for its practitioners.

"I had been upping my work in anticipation of teaching and last weekend my back just went and I thought 'no, forget it'," she explained.

The wife of former Irish international Niall Quinn had also been planning on opening a studio behind her Kildare home but she revealed she has now put all her plans on hold because of the injury.

"If I get my permission it will stand for five years anyway so I'm just going to leave it and not put myself under pressure. I've informed all my clients and I've recommended other people for them to go to for the next while.

"Really my health is more important that anything. Much as I love teaching, I'm no use to anyone if my back goes, I can't teach them anyway," she added.

Mrs Quinn was on hand at the Connemara Pony Festival yesterday where she judged the Best Dressed Lady competitor.

Irish Independent

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