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Dublin Man Builds Backyard Gym During Covid-19 Lockdown

Making fitness a priority during lockdown. Photo by: Britney Gooden

In the middle of level five Covid-19 lockdown making gains in the gym sounds — well — impossible.

So how do you keep your “New Years Resolution” (remember the one you made?) of getting in shape?

Meet one man who is getting — creative.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced hundreds of thousands of businesses to close abruptly, including gyms and fitness studios. 

But one Dublin based man hasn’t let that stand in the way of his health and fitness goals.

Stuck after his gym closed due to Ireland’s stay at home order in the fight against COVID-19, Eoghan Ó Coileáin got creative and constructed a workout facility in his back garden.

Ó Coileáin says he misses the vibe of a busy gym, however, he has everything he needs to help him stay active and healthy during this latest lockdown.

Eoghan: “staying busy has kept me sane”.

With the challenges of working from home and limited access to fitness facilities, many people may be finding it hard to stick to a workout routine. 

But harder doesn’t mean … impossible.

Eoghan: “Just a few min a day makes a big difference.”

You don’t have to get to the gym for workouts, or have the latest equipment.

Get creative with what’s in your home or — like Ó Coileáin — turn to for second hand items.

Eoghan: “You don’t need the most expensive equipment. Just work with what you have”

For many, spending more time at home means sitting more—watching TV, working at the computer, being on Zoom meetings. 

But you can still find ways to incorporate more movement into your day.

Eoghan: “Don’t let the fact that you don’t have the equipment hold you back. Baby steps. First thing if you don’t like running, get out for a walk, If you think you’re ready for a run, ten, 15 minute run see how you feel and just take it easy. But def get started and keep going”.

Need more inspiration?

There are loads of free videos uploaded by professional fitness trainers over on YouTube available at the click of a few buttons.

One of my personal favs is Coach Kozak. I think he’s easy to follow along with, breaks down the movements in an easy to understand manner, and he’s not too peppy.

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