Fitness Instructor – 19 Days To Go

With nineteen days remaining until my fitness instructor course, guess it’s time for an update… My online e-learning has all been completed – whether I have learnt it or not is another matter entirely.

As for the fitness side:

  • I’ve hit the gym 6 times
  • Played a solid hour of badminton twice 93289.jpg

Not so good!!

I have signed up to a trek in Poland up Mount Rysy in May so I think I really should be hitting that treadmill a bit more frequently! There’s the mountain on the right, so if I don’t improve my fitness, there is a very real chance I will die (perhaps that’s too dramatic… I could fling myself off of it).


RIP Cyrille Regis

On the 14th January, the footballing world lost one of its greats. Cyrille Regis gained 5 caps for England, and made 614 career appearances for various clubs in England, but perhaps Cyrille was most well known for being a trail blazer for black footballers. During his time at West Brom, he played alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendan Batson, who were nicknamed the three degrees.



These three black players were subjected to racist abuse during the 1970s. The abuse included the chant “pull that trigger, shoot that n*****”, and receiving bullets in the post. Despite this,  he continued to inspire young black players to pursue the game. The three broke down barriers and showed the heights that could be achieved for black players. They  are to be honoured with a statue this season at the Hawthorns.



An electrifying player on the pitch, and a role model off it. Rest in peace to one of the true gentlemen of the game, Cyrille Regis.


Fitness Instructor

I’m in the process of doing my fitness instructor course through Future Fit Training. The course includes e-learning in preparation for exams with modules including the circulatory & respiratory systems, the skeleton, the muscles, introduction to exercise, and the fitness professional. The course will last three days and covers the physical side too, so I will learn how to use gym equipment and how to induct others into a gym and it gives me the license to lead fitness classes. Four weeks after my initial three day course, I’ll have a practical exam.

When I was a sprightly university student, I went to the gym almost daily, trained in Gaelic football twice a week and played matches at weekends. Since returning, my fitness levels have plummeted, and although I do exercise, it’s far less frequently. So, new year, new me… I’m engaging in a five week fitness plan in the run up to the course as I feel it’s important for my own self-confidence and health to “look the part”, so to speak.

I’ll continue updating each week with progress. The final week of December was my pre-week.

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Virgil Van Dijk is a Red

The 26 year old Dutch player made history yesterday by becoming the most expensive defender with a world record fee of £75m. Van Dijk spent two and a half years with Southampton before signing for Liverpool Football Club.

At 26, Van Dijk is entering his peak years; he’s everything Liverpool could want in a defender – he’s tall, strong, great in aerial challenges, he can attack and defend, he’s quick, he’s physical, and an accurate passer. Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren’s position in the team might be under threat with the arrival of VVD, but it’s a needed change; whilst Liverpool’s attack has been stellar, their defence has been woeful.

Man City have been on too good of a form this year, for me I believe the title race is already over. However, qualifying for the top four is going to be tight and van Dijk’s arrival is much needed. Next season, with Keita in the squad too, Liverpool will be a force to be reckoned with.


The Mighty Pirlo Retires

22 years, 5 months, and sixteen days after his first professional game, Andrea Pirlo has announced his retirement from football. Pirlo leaves the game with:

  • 832 games played
  • 6 Serie A titles
  • 2 Coppa Italia
  • 3 Supercoppa Italiana
  • 2 UEFA Champions Leagues
  • 2 UEFA Super Cups
  • 1 FIFA Club World Cup
  • 1 World Cup

An incredible career and an absolutely phenomenal player. Enjoy seventeen minutes of his best bits. 

No Pirlo, No Party

“I lifted my eyes to the heavens and asked for help because if God exists, there’s no way he’s French.” – Pirlo before taking a penalty in the 2006 World Cup Final