Welcome to this week's issue of FIT magazine, and if I do say so myself, it's a belter – much like our cover star Cathal Pendred.
The MMA star has graced our front page before, and since then his profile and that of the sport has sky-rocketed in Ireland. He will be appearing on screens as of next week in TUF, a reality show to find the world's next UFC fighter – a long-held dream of Cathal's. He is keeping schtum about the outcome of the show, but one thing is for sure – this is an athlete to keep a firm eye on.
From MMA to the mini-marathon, we met up with broadcaster Daniella Moyles to chat about running the popular ladies' race for the charity CRY. Not a naturally gifted runner, for Daniella it is a challenge she is willing to accept.
We also go behind the scenes at the circus, meeting two aerial acrobatic performers for whom core fitness is the core of their business. When we go to view a performance, it is easy to forget how much work and training goes into even light entertainment, but these women are every bit as athletic as professional sportspeople.
All that plus the best advice from our team of pros as always, live events coverage and a diary of events, there's tons to read in this issue.
Don't miss Breifne Earley's column – he is finding pedalling the planet slightly tougher than anticipated, but his resolve is admirably unshakeable.