10 Warning Signs For Health You Cant Ignore

If you are currently in training for something, or are a frequent exerciser, you need to read this. We are into late February now, and many of us are about 7 weeks into our new years resolutions….that is, if you have kept it up. Maybe you did not set a new years resolution, but you have started back training with your team or club since early January. Six weeks in is a crucial point in the program. The first few weeks are fueled by new years drive and the hope of a fresh start and greener pastures.

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Sexism and The Health and Fitness Industry: Dead or Alive?

So its international women's day today, the 8th of March 2017. I have already posted my obligatory 'na mná abú' post and photo on my social media accounts this morning, but things have just not been right in my head today. I have been pondering the difference between men and women, and the opportunities that arise for both sexes. Does sexism exist in this day and age? Do men and women have equal rights in today's society in Ireland? Do men get paid more than women? Is it tough to be a woman today?

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10 Healthy Foods You Can Buy Locally

There is so much these days about diets and food supplementation, that I honestly think that we have lost sight of what food really is about. Today food is mostly seen as good or bad, fuel for the machine, or a scientific mixture of nutrients added together precisely to elicit a particular effect (bulk up or get lean). Everything we see is targeted at us on the basis of being a 'superfood', fat free, sugar free, enriched, fortified, low in calories, high protein, or a new scientific formula.

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6 TIPS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

Whether you are training for competition, to lose weight, or just to get fit, some of the basic principles remain the same for achieving success. Any worthwhile achievement is going to be challenging, and by preparing the journey in advance, you are giving yourself every opportunity to reach your goal and realize your dream. Here are 6 must-do tips if you have a desire to achieve success.

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SEXISM AND THE HEALTH AND FITNESS INDUSTRY: DEAD OR ALIVE?

So its international women’s day today, the 8th of March 2017. I have already posted my obligatory ‘na mná abú’ post and photo on my social media accounts this morning, but things have just not been right in my head today. I have been pondering the difference between men and women, and the opportunities that arise for both sexes. Does sexism exist in this day and age? Do men and women have equal rights in today’s society in Ireland? Do men get paid more than women? Is it tough to be a woman today?

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10 Healthy Foods You Can Buy Locally

There is so much these days about diets and food supplementation, that I honestly think that we have lost sight of what food really is about. Today food is mostly seen as good or bad, fuel for the machine, or a scientific mixture of nutrients added together precisely to elicit a particular effect (bulk up or get lean). Everything we see is targeted at us on the basis of being a 'superfood', fat free, sugar free, enriched, fortified, low in calories, high protein, or a new scientific formula.

For all of the food products that are out there for us, before we get stuck into

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Ep 6: Dr. Darragh Graham on Being An International Athlete, Strength Coach, and Professional Musician

On this episode, I was chatting to Dr. Darragh Graham from one of Ireland’s hottest bands right now, Hermitage Green. Darragh is one of my closest friends, and I say from a slightly biased point of view that he is one of the most versatile, talented, and insightful people that I know. From holding a PhD in sports science, competing internationally in track and field, coaching in professional rugby, and for All ireland winning football and hurling teams, to being a founding member of one of the freshest sounding bands in Ireland. 

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Ep 5: Starting a Business, and Overcoming Adversity with Dreadlock Queen Caroline Dausmann

On this episode of Rebel Matters, I sat down with the undisputed dreadlock queen of Cork City, Caroline Dausmann, who runs the Pink Octopus Dread Shop on Georges Key! My chat with Caroline went down the road of starting up a business, inspirational quotes, vintage Cork city, overcoming adversity, and the positive impact that an image change can have on your mentality. It was great to chat with a fellow startup gladiator, and we had plenty to chat about during the episode.

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An Alternative Way To Approach Food Than A Diet

Owing to my sport and exercise scientist credentials, this article should probably consist of a scientific breakdown of the optimal breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that you should consume on a daily basis, along with a precise calorie prescription based on your body type, gender, and activity level, an inch perfect meal plan, a little recipe book, and a 10-minute-per-day exercise routine that will help you get rid of your excess baggage. Fortunately for you, I wont be inflicting any such pain on you in the following paragraphs should you choose to continue reading.

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Ep 4: Talking About Art, Travel, Inspiration, Creativity, and Sustainability, with Kari Cahill

This week I am sitting with West Cork based artist Kari Cahill. Kari has a hand in quite a few landmark projects in different parts of the country, as well as running a studio in Schull. In this episode, we talk about the importance of the arts in Ireland today, Kari’s visits to India, sustainability, creativity, and reconnecting ourselves to the landscapes of Ireland.

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Is The Gym Enough To Build A Healthy Body and Mind?

Funny story. Circa 2009 I was bringing a class of undergraduate sport and exercise science students through some basic strength training techniques at the University of Limerick. '...and this is the back squat', I said as I demonstrated a back squat with an empty bar in the elite training room in the University Arena. I was no sooner at the bottom position of the squat than i heard the almighty tear from my pants splitting in two at the crotch. The students will not forget that session in a hurry!

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Ep 1: Triathlon, Lucid Dreaming and Performance Enhancing Drugs with Chris Mintern.

Chris Mintern is an international triathlete, ACLAÍ sponsored athlete, mathematics aficionado, and aspiring hustler. It was great to be able to catch up with Chris to discuss his training routines, where he came from to become one of the top triathletes in Ireland, obstacles that he has overcome along the way, and some more obscure topics such as lucid dreaming, his short lived GAA career, and his view on performance enhancing substances.

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