Life Fitness

Monday 20 May 2019

Get beach fit in a week: Six minutes to a strong core

Work out along with fitness experts Mick Barrett and Laura Connick as they guide you through their six minute routine designed to strengthen your core.

Patricia Murphy

Killer abs may seem like a fantasy for many of us, but dedicating time to strengthening your core is not just about the aesthetics.

Focusing attention on working your abdominal and back muscles all contribute to good posture and help to ward of injury.

Trainers Mick Barrett and Laura Connick, from Dromcondra-based Active You gym are experts when it comes to achieving that lean strong body that the majority of us desire and have devised a series of 6 minute, effective workouts designed to challenge those of all levels of fitness from beginner to the super buff.

“The final part of our Active 6 workout focuses on strengthening your core through a series of planks, side planks and press ups.

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“In combination with our previous 6 minute routines, which focused on your arms, back, legs and cardiovascular system, you can expect to achieve a complete body work out,” said Mick Barrett, trainer and owner at Active You gym.

“This core workout can be modified for those at the beginner level of fitness, as we demonstrate, but also challenges those looking for a more hard-core routine.”

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Laura Connick, trainer at Active You, stresses that although fitness and exercise are a huge component of a healthy lifestyle, diet also plays an important part. The trainers are advocates of healthy eating and good nutrition.

Laura reckons that many of us forget the importance water plays on the path to overall wellbeing.

“Hydration is key to healthy living. Aim to drink a pint of water before you even leave for work in the mornings and then small regular amounts of water throughout the day.

“Always carry a bottle of water with you or keep one on your work desk to remind you,” she said.


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The gym hosts a unique series of classes called Active 6 which features all of the workouts in this week’s series.

For more information visit, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Active You, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower, Dublin 9

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