LIMERICK’s Leanne Moore is combining her personal and professional lives in a new venture to help people get fit and healthy.
The Corbally lass, together with boyfriend David Behan, has set up the A Department, a Facebook page with over 2,000 likes offering nutritional and fitness advice to followers. And the couple are to host a bootcamp in Limerick, starting this Saturday, which will run for six weeks.
Leanne, showbiz correspondent for TV3’s Ireland AM, is studying to become a personal trainer and is using the Facebook page as a blogging site to pass on health and nutrition tips.
“I didn’t think people would take to it in the way that they did, but they have and it is really exciting,” she said. “It is documenting what we do every day and people seem to like it.
“We put up recipes and every Saturday I go into the kitchen and I am baking now with ‘clean ingredients’ - and people are using them as their weekend treat instead of reaching for the takeaway, so it is good.
“It is the promotion of eating ‘clean’ - eating well. It is mainly for a health point of view, but if you are eating clean, your body shape comes into it and it has helped me get in shape as well.”
Leanne admitted to being “influenced” by Dave, a fitness instructor and personal trainer for over ten years.
“It is a great thing. We are completely opposites in terms of our personalities - but opposites attract,” she laughed. “We are together since last summer and just moved in together in Dublin, so we have our own A Department kitchen.”
The You’re A Star winner said she has been going to the gym for ten years and is “addicted to it” but had started “becoming a lot more health conscious” in recent years. She did her own six-week bootcamp with instruction from Dave early this year.
“You don’t feel as good as you do when you are healthy and fit and eating well and looking after yourself. I sat down with Dave and outlined what I wanted to do. I am not a fan of being super skinny, I am a fan of being healthy and strong. I am a fan of food! So it all fits in.”
Dave, who set up his own gym last year, said he was always “really curious at how the body works”.
“I am really into the nutrition side of things, healthy living and also really fascinated in diseases and how so many can be cured by just getting food right,” he explained.
Around 30 people will take part in the bootcamp in Grove Island Leisure Centre.
“The first phase is six weeks,” said Leanne. “You need six weeks to notice a difference. Hopefully we will move onto phase two and start it again, so it will be an ongoing thing.”