There was huge excitement at Iconic Health Clubs on Wednesday January 30 when five lucky members across our 3 clubs, who had won a competition, got to work out with their favourite rugby stars including Michael Swift, Malcolm O’Kelly, Des Dillon, Mike Ross and many more.

The workout was led by our talented trainers Cliona and Joe. It kicked off with a gruelling boxfit session and then it was upstairs to do tough circuits in our dedicated training suite which we installed for the retired rugby players. This is a replica of the IRFU training suite, which is available any day of the week for all members to use.  

It was also a chance for the retired rugby stars to get a last workout in ahead of the Ireland V England Legends match on Friday night which they won. Well done guys. All proceeds go to Charity – it’s a fun night for everyone before the seriousness of the 6 Nations.

One of the lucky winners Eleanor Nulty who said it was great fun if a little tough.

“It was great fun, really enjoyable, even if my partner in boxfit was a bit taller and bigger than I was!”.

Mike Ross said it wasn’t an easy workout and the competition winners kept their end up.

“It’s not an easy circuit and they really kept up”, he said.

Malcolm O’Kelly said “it was a fantastic session. It was really good fun and we will do it again”, he said.

Simon Keogh, CEO of Rugby Players Ireland, said “the wellness partnership was going great and that the past players really appreciated working out at Iconic Health Clubs”.

“There is a bit of a disconnect when you come out of the game and it’s great that we have the resources at the clubs for our past players to stay fit and keep connected. The facilities are great and long may the partnership last”.

Rugby Players Ireland Richard McElwee said “The clubs are a great touchpoint, it’s a good social network and we benefit from the great facilities at Iconic Health Clubs”.

So next time you think someone on the treadmill next to you looks really familiar like a rugby player now you know why.

left: Michael Swift former Connacht Rugby Player
right: Fionn Carr, former Leinster & Connacht Rugby Player
Mike Ross, former Ireland & Leinster Rugby Player