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By Rob Cussen from Activate Fitness

I was sitting down having a coffee last week when a group of people came running past the window. One person at the table next to me turned to their friend and said "aren't they so fit". This got me thinking about how we define "fitness" and more importantly health.

I'll start with a question, who is fitter? Ayshea Ullah - four time Ireland's strongest woman, or Cristiano Ronaldo - Manchester United's ageless superstar. The answer is actually both because in their own particular sports they are incredibly "fit".

Different sports or activities will require a different component of fitness; some may require more than one and all of them can be trained and improved with an appropriate programme.

There are five health related components of fitness. These are; Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Flexibility, Cardiovascular Endurance and Body Composition.

Over the next few weeks I'll be talking you all through these different components; what they mean, why do you need them, and how can you improve them.
This week we'll be starting with muscular strength.

What is muscular strength?

Muscular strength is the maximum amount of force you can produce one single time. To put it simply, how heavy an object can you lift once. Think of a strongman attempting a super heavy single deadlift.

Why do I need it?

Muscular strength is one of the two components that make up overall muscle health, the other being muscular endurance. Healthy muscles can aid in injury prevention and overall better quality of movement.

How can I maintain or improve it?

This is the question I face most often as a coach. The answer is probably not one that you always want hear - "it depends". It is completely person dependent. There is no one size fits all. However, an appropriate form of resistance training is a good starting point.

Next week I'll be talking about muscular endurance, but if you have any questions between now and then you can drop me an email me at rob@activate.ie.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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