I have been living in Cork since 2009, and have really enjoyed getting to know the many local restaurants, and eateries around the town. There are plenty of places out there that you can go to eat out that tie in nicely with being healthy, active, and staying on track with training. I have wanted to write some blogs about these places for a long time, because when I first arrived to Cork, it was a case of trial and error, and I always thought it would be great to have some information on where I could go to eat the type of food that I really enjoy, while not setting my training back. So here we are!

When it comes to getting results with our personal training programs, and strength and conditioning at ACLAÍ, we really emphasise the importance of building great nutrition and lifestyle habits. At ACLAÍ, we love our training, and all you have to do is check out our blog and see the dozens of great recipes to know that we also love our food. Another thing that we love is the social side of being active, moving, and hanging out with friends who enjoy the same.

Alas, staying on the gain-train, and eating out with friends do not always go hand in hand. Menu choices can be seriously inhibited if you want to keep on track with your training, and still be in shape for the beach, the wedding, or the Championship. I know that when I was working with the Cork Senior Football team last season, we spent a lot of time not on the nitty-gritty of how many carbs and protein does this food or that food have, but making really great and wholesome food readily available, and easy to make. We build a culture of preparing food in advance for the week, and making the right choices, while buying in to the idea that eating to support your training goals and sports performance didn’t have to be a monotonous trail of drudgery, and boredom. This really took off, and the results were reflected in the regular body fat testing that we did throughout the season. One of the key elements of this strategy was identifying places that served good food that was not going to negatively impact all the training efforts.

One of the places that fits the bill of being hip, dam tasty, affordable, and provide good vibes and friendly service is CoqBull on French Church Street (Cork City). I have been there a few times now, and went back with a few different friends. Every time we got really delicious food, and had a great time. CoqBull serve mostly chicken and beef in different guises as the name suggests, and if you are a burger person, this place is really great. Sweet potato chips and lettuce buns can be ordered with any of the burgers, and the ingredients are fresh and well presented on the plate. The last time I was there, I ordered their specialty CoqBull burger wrapped in lettuce, and sweet potato fries. They do a mean super salad, and rich chocolate pot for dessert too!

Every time I have been there is has been busy, and the vibes have been positive resulting in a fun night out, with delicious food, a not-too-hefty bill, and I didn’t feel like I was going to spend the rest of the week trying to train the meal off! Of course, its not always about eating strictly, and this is not a ‘health restaurant’. There are plenty of options there if you fancy cutting loose for the night as well!  Check out their website right here for more.

By the way, if you want to find out more about Cork, things to do and see, Markets, trendy spots to visit, and get the locals touch, check out this really great blog Locals Guide to Cork. I was like a kid in a candy store when I stumbled upon it!

Where do you eat out in Cork? Let us know below!

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This Article is by ACLAÍ Managing Director, and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Ainle Ó Cairealláin MSc CSCS.

Ainle’s previous roles include Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Cork Senior Football Team, and Trainer at the Adelaide Crows Football Club. He has lectured at the University of Limerick PE and Sports Science Department, contributed to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and also works as a tutor with Strength and Conditioning Institute, Setanta College.