‘Fitness Force’ sets 10km target for county Limerick pair

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A LOCAL take on Operation Transformation is helping two county Limerick people overhaul their diet and fitness regimes in a bid to conquer a 10km run in just four weeks’ time.

A LOCAL take on Operation Transformation is helping two county Limerick people overhaul their diet and fitness regimes in a bid to conquer a 10km run in just four weeks’ time.

The Killeline leisure centre in Newcastle West has teamed up with a number of nearby businesses to give locals Sinead Carroll and Eugene Mackessey the chance to kick-start a new healthier lifestyle as part of their ‘Fitness Force’ initiative.

Between now and the end of February the pair, who were chosen from dozens of competition entrants, will be put through their paces by personal trainers and nutritionists as they bid to complete West Limerick Athletic Club’s 10km race in Adare on February 24.

Triona O’Connor-Dore of Killeline leisure centre said that they hope that Sinead and Eugene’s efforts will inspire people to turn over a healthy new leaf.

“It’s not about dropping a dress size, or trying to lose a stone. It’s about having a healthier lifestyle. We didn’t want this to be just about two people. We want people to follow their journey, take a bit of their plan and maybe follow it themselves at home”.

Sinead and Eugene were chosen to take part in the initiative following a competition on Limerick’s Live 95FM.

As well as the leisure centre’s trainers, a number of local businesses have got on board by providing equipment and expertise as well as vouchers and incentives to help the pair complete a series of weekly challenges between now and February 24.

Ms O’Connor-Dore said that they intend to add a number of fun and creative twists to the fitness training.

“One of our instructors went away and found out how many steps it takes to climb the Eiffel Tower. We’ve a step machine in here, so one of the challenges will be to climb the Eiffel Tower. A lot of businesses have got on board, just so we can have a bit of a ‘carrot and stick’ approach”.

Throughout the coming weeks the leisure centre will be keeping people up-to-date with Sinead and Eugene’s progress via blogs, video diaries and other information on their website and Facebook page.

Ms O’Connor-Dore said that they want to show how easy it is for people to break habits and discover a fitter, healthier self.

“Some people might want to get out and get healthy, but they might be stuck in a bit of a rut. We want to try and help”.