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‘After cancer, a hysterectomy, and losing my hair at the age of 25, the gym became my happy place’

Yvonne McGarry (36) from Macroom, Co Cork is a posing coach and competitive bodybuilder, and says her preparation for competitions involves extreme discipline

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Bodybuilder Yvonne McGarry. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Bodybuilder Yvonne McGarry. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Yvonne McGarry during a competition

Yvonne McGarry during a competition

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Bodybuilder Yvonne McGarry. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

“I suppose I’ve always been a competitive person… I was a competitive Irish dancer from the age of four up until the age of 19, and I used to practise two or three hours a day. I went on to win All Irelands and World Championships and then, at the age of 16, I became a professional dancer in Riverdance.

After having my son at 18, I stopped travelling and dancing and went back to college to study psychology, obtaining bachelor and masters’ degrees. Then, at the age of 20, I started training in the gym, and I probably turned into a bit of a cardio bunny! A few years later, I decided to do my qualifications in nutrition and personal training so that I could help other people.


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