Health

Tuesday 23 September 2014

We've plenty to keep you on the wagon

In this week's FIT, we take a look inside rugby star Gordon D'Arcy's new business venture, the Pilates Studio Form School. Traditionally, a burly, butch and macho athlete such as Gordon might want to shy away from what's considered a more girly fitness pursuit. However, when the Ireland and Leinster player took up the exercise regime, he realised it was just as effective as lifting weights. Now in partnership with his gorgeous wife, former model Aoife Cogan D'Arcy, their new studio isn't any old community centre - the design and ambience are all part of the package. I don't know about you, but I'll be queuing up for the Ballet Barre classes!

We also meet author Alexandra Heminsley who talks about her book Running Like a Girl and her funny, practical advice on getting out on two feet. Our new columnist Liz Costigan steps up her running plan for beginners and improvers, and next week will delve further into prepping for race season.

As pay day and the end of the dreaded month of January come to a close, it can be tempting to jump off the wagon and right back into boozing and junk food. Stay strong! Between Siobhan Byrne's body blitz exercises, Gerry Duffy and Declan Coyle's encouraging words, Catherina McKiernan and Deirdre Hassett's training advice and Daniel Davey's nutritional wisdom, there's more than enough in these pages to keep you on the wagon.

Also, for you keen triathletes, check out our four-page listing of events in 2014, and get marking those calendars! Cycling will follow next week.

Until then ...

Irish Independent

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