Why I like to … Do strength and conditioning training

Conor Sexton, owner of Nightmarket Restaurant, Ranelagh

Conor Sexton, left, with his trainer, Ciaran Ruddock

Conor Sexton, left, with his trainer, Ciaran Ruddock

 

The restaurant industry can be physically demanding at times so it’s important to keep in shape to deal with the long hours.

I loved team sports when I was younger, especially hurling, which I played at home in Kildimo, Co Limerick, and I’ve kept that tradition of fitness up as I’ve got older. I’ve been a member of gyms for the past 20 years but it’s only in the past few years that I’ve found something that really works for me.

I started strength and conditioning training and I love it. Initially it was to work through a shoulder injury, but I’ve been training three mornings a week, most weeks, ever since.

I work in a 10-week cycle, setting goals and then reviewing my progress after the 10 weeks is up. My sessions are a mixture of cardio and stretching, push-ups and pulls-up (which I enjoy) and sled work (which I despise).

Thankfully my trainer, Ciaran at FFS Gym, keeps me motivated. Not only does making my way to the gym get me out of bed after a late night in the restaurant, it gives me headspace for the day.

Conor Sexton, owner of Nightmarket Restaurant, Ranelagh.

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