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My story of 150 medals

I wanted to write this blog to talk a little bit about myself, my athletics (13 years now) and how I got into The Gym.

As a child I was always very energetic and always running and jumping around the place. When I was in 3rd class, every week two coaches from the local athletics club came to train us. They saw I had potential and asked me to join the club and have been there ever since!

The first national medal that I won was in 2012 for the pentathlon and I can still remember that day so vividly. Over the next 6 years I have collected 26 national medals but I think the biggest achievement for me was when I was chosen to represent Ireland for an international competition in 2015. I travelled to Italy with 10 other athletes for a week to compete in the CSIT World Sports Games. I came home home with two silver medals in the long jump and the high jump and some great memories.

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I started going to the gym when I was 16 years old. My goal was to improve my strength to help with my athletics so I could improve my times and lengthen my distances. Slowly but surely I fell in love with the gym and started going twice a week on top of my track sessions.

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After finishing school I started a science course in college but dropped out after just two weeks. For the next two years I didn’t know what I wanted to do for my career, I just knew that I wanted to train. In this time, I was training 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day (thank you Mum and Dad for letting me do this and not forcing me to find a job!) From all this training I had one of my best summers in 2016, at the Leinster competition I jumped my personal best of 5.96m in the long jump. That same summer I happened to come across a course for Fitness Instructing in Ballyfermot, which I absolutely loved and knew that I wanted to work in a gym!

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I have over 150 medals up to date, but the thing I cherish the most are all the experiences that I have gained over all these years training. I have defiantly had my fair share of injures and had my ups and downs but it has taught me to become stronger. I have always been a very shy person and have never had a lot of confidence in myself, but when it came to athletics and now the gym I am a different person. I am looking forward to sharing what I have learnt over these years with all of you!

Vivian x

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