Sean O’Connell


I’m Seán O’Connell, I’m 17 years old, and I’m from the great fields of Athenry. I’m currently in transition year in Coláiste an Eachréidh in Athenry. How long have you been attending French Vanoli? It’s been about 6 years now… Read more »

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The Marchant Family


CrossFit – It’s a Family Affair… Can you tell us how you got started at French Vanoli and with CrossFit? Audrey: I started in French Vanoli in December 2013 after hearing of Tom’s Strength & Core classes through Tracey Valentine…. Read more »

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David Murray


This month’s Guest Spot is French Vanoli member David Murray. David is involved in many programs here at French Vanoli including Strength and Core, Reformer Pilates and Power Yoga. Why did you choose French Vanoli? I have been a member of French… Read more »

Louise Geoghegan


Louise Geoghegan has been an active member of Strength and Core here at French Vanoli for the last 8 months. Louise is a triathlete and we caught up with her last week to see how her training is going. Tell… Read more »

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Coach Donna Larkin


Donna came up with the great idea to do this month’s guest spot on a member of staff. We put all the names into the hat – and who’s came out only our own Coach Donna (that backfired nicely!) We… Read more »

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Peggy Higgins


Peggy Higgins has been a member of French Vanoli since 2014, joining our powerlifting club, and taking on some PT sessions. A retired nurse, Peggy has lead an interesting life to say the least! She has been taking part in a… Read more »

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The shoulders are an amazing joint and are capable of doing some great things but also can get pretty messed up if we don’t take care of them. Here are 2 excellent movements to strengthen the shoulder and upper back… Read more »

Beltsander Brownie


Macros: Calories 161 kcal, Protein 19g, Carbs 3g, Fat 8g Ingredients (Serves: 1) •                     20g chocolate protein powder (2/3rds of a normal scoop) •                     10g cocoa powder (1/3rd of a normal scoop) •                     1 square 90% dark choc, broken into… Read more »

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Healthy Snack Ideas


OVERNIGHT OATS: Mix 30g Porridge Oats with 200g Greek yoghurt and a dash of coconut milk, stir in mix berries, cover and leave in the fridge overnight. Top with mixed seeds or chopped nuts in the morning  WHOLEGRAIN TOAST: with… Read more »

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