Saturday 17 February 2018

Hugh (90) wins gold: His daily three-hour training regime includes 200 sit-ups and 200 push-ups daily

Hugh Gallagher
Hugh Gallagher
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Meet Ireland's fittest pensioner.

At the venerable age of 90, Hugh Gallagher is up every morning at 8am to begin a rigorous three-hour training regime, which includes 200 sit-ups and 200 push-ups daily.

"I also love lifting weights; I lift five kilos 200 times a day," the retired labourer told the Irish Independent.

"I've also an exercise bike in the house which I would use regularly,"

His medal haul includes gold in more than 150 All Ireland track and field competitions.

And the father-of-12 shows no sign of slowing down as he competed in the GloHealth National Master Track and Field Championships in Tullamore, Co Offaly, yesterday, where he won the over-90's Long Jump event.

He says competing keeps him "healthy and strong". He will fly to Lyon, in France, next week to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships.

So what's the key to his longevity? "I never drink or smoke, nobody should if they want to live a healthy, long life."

Irish Independent

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