When we stepped inside the ridiculously expansive Solas gym over in Charlesland today, two little revelations popped GG’s incredible shrinking brain.
Firstly, this sunken-floor gym was once a 20m swimming pool – Jackie Skelly’s, no less – and the man behind its latest incarnation is that Reggie Corrigan.
Not, as GG first thought, a Greystones guy who just happened to have the same name as the Ireland rugby international who played for his country from 1997 to 2006, captaining the team twice (against Tonga and West Samoa), was part of the Rugby World Cup finals in 1999 and 2003, was a member of the Triple Crown winning side in 2004, and who won the last of his 47 caps against France in the 2006 Six Nations Championship.
And when the man retired from rugby in 2007, he left the Leinster squad with more appearances (138) for the team than any other player.
So, again, that Reggie Corrigan. So, it took GG a minute or five to readjust the set. Not that the man himself had any airs or notions, being far too excited to show off his great big Solas gym.
And, be the jiggers, it’s big, with enough space, it turns out, for 10 people to get their fitness on without ever meeting their neighbour.
“Two of the things we’re very proud of here is the fact that there’s plenty of space,” says Reggie, “and that’s crucial right now. Just as importantly, we’re a family-friendly gym, with classes for kids, for OAPs, and everyone in- between. It’s all about finding your own level of fitness as opposed to buffing yourself up for an Instagram selfie…”
About to celebrate his 50th birthday on November 19th, Reggie is of a generation – and an age – where the black arts of the selfie doesn’t register. “For me, it’s all about being healthy,” he smiles, “as opposed to just trying to look healthy…”
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