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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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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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