'I transformed my body in just six months', says Ireland's fittest mum
A woman described as Ireland's Fittest Mum has revealed the hard work it has taken to sculpt her impressive physique.
Louise Quinn (35), from Coolock, has pursued a dedicated fitness regime that has propelled her onto the international stage as a professional fitness model.
Louise, the star of a new TV3 documentary, said she achieved her astonishing figure in just six months after deciding to throw herself into working out.
She said that her body fat was in high 20s [25pc body fat is considered 'normal' in women] before she started on her journey back in 2011.
It took her six months to shed the weight and now she works hard to maintain her figure at just 9pc body fat.
She said she has done all that without depriving herself - and she makes sure that she never skips a meal.
"My calories are actually really high. Who doesn't want to eat food? I have to eat up to six meals a day," she said.
She said how her one vice was pizza and "a nice glass of Malbec", but that she rarely indulges herself.
Instead, she makes sure to stick to her strict diet while she's training for international competitions - and even weighs everything she eats.
The physiques of the models in the fitness shows are based on those of Victoria's Secret models, with clearly-defined abs and strong muscle tone.
The one downside of toning up so much is that she lost a lot of weight from her chest area.
She said that it was one aspect of her figure that she wasn't happy with, so she decided to do something about it.
"In 2014, I went and had some breast surgery," she said.
"I wasn't happy with how they looked so I decided to do something about it.
"There are plenty of pros [professionals] out here who don't have their boobs done, but I got them done for me.
"It's not for a show, it's not to compete. I had an uplift as well as the implants."
When she's training for a major competition, she'll often train twice a day, every day.
The training, which she finds therapeutic, involves weight-lifting and cardio exercises.
This Monday will see her flying out to Hollywood to compete in the World Beauty Fitness Fashion contest.
She'll be competing against some of the top professional fitness models from around the world as she throws some serious shapes on the international stage.
Divided into three different categories according to body type, she'll be judged on a bikini round as well as theme-wear and said she's excited about the challenges ahead.
She'll be followed by a camera crew from TV3 as she immerses herself in the highly-competitive world of fitness modelling.
She told the Anton Savage Show on Today FM how filming was a "pretty surreal" experience, but one that she enjoyed immensely.
Louise, who is a mum to teenager Jordan (16), insisted that you don't need to spend hours in a gym to get a body like hers and it was achievable for the average woman.
"Absolutely not. I'm a mum, a businesswoman and a fitness model so I don't have hours to spend in the gym," she said.
"About 45 minutes is enough time to get a good workout at the gym. If you can't get to a gym, you can do it at home.
"There are loads of workouts that you can look up online or you can simply get outside the house and go for a walk.
"I think that 45 minutes out of a 24-hour day is nothing to get yourself in shape."
Ireland's Fittest Mum airs this Monday on TV3 at 8.30pm.