How to get the body

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“You can’t go crazy on beers be­cause it def­i­nitely shows.”

While Bri­tish model Gandy is reg­u­larly snapped on the red car­pet, Gort na­tive Greg jokes he’s more likely to be found in a foot­ball club than a night club.

“Def­i­nitely with the life I live you can’t be go­ing into shoots or shows — or even play­ing sports — with a han­gover,” he agreed. “I only drank once this year so far.

“I’d be a gym-goer — I go to the gym every morn­ing be­fore work.

“It’s not like in­ter­na­tion­ally, where you have to be re­ally, re­ally skinny. As long as you wouldn’t be re­ally bulky and you can fit into the suits on the day, that’s the main thing.”

Whether you’re work­ing the cat­walk or just the side­walk, por­tion size is the se­cret to swap­ping a pot belly for a six-pack this sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to Jen O’Cal­laghan of Pure Re­sults Boot­camp.

“For men, the big­gest pit­fall Cut back on booze — a sin­gle pint of lager con­tains around 100 calo­ries, and that’s not to men­tion the greasy burger that typ­i­cally fol­lows on a Fri­day night. Find a gym buddy — hav­ing some­one who re­lies on you for a lift to the gym on Satur­day morn­ing dras­ti­cally de­creases the chances of flak­ing in favour of a lie-in in­stead. would be por­tion size,” says the nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist. “If they’re driv­ing a lot, they’re go­ing into the petrol sta­tions and it’s grab and go.

“They’re get­ting a lot more re­fined food and sug­ary food in their diet which is a big is­sue.” Think ahead — Leave a lunch bag stuffed with healthy snacks such as ap­ples and nuts in your car at the start of the week to help avoid the dreaded dash­board din­ing. Lower your ex­pec­ta­tions — Hugh Jack­man worked out for up to three hours a day to play Wolver­ine, so don’t ex­pect to get the same re­sults from work­ing out twice a week.

Food prep­ping for the week ahead is her top tip for get­ting into tip-top shape, she adds: “Hav­ing a food bag in the car, es­pe­cially if they’re trav­el­ling.

“So on Sun­day evening, you’re putting maybe a bag of ap­ples in there, you’re putting nut butter, oat­cakes, hum­mus — good healthy snacks to pre­vent you from go­ing for the choco­late or the bis­cuits when you’re a bit vul­ner­a­ble.”

De­spite boast­ing just 9% body fat year-round, dis­ci­plined Dar­ragh in­sisted he still in­dulges in a cheat meal such a Chi­nese take­away at the week­end with his girl­friend, Sue.

Greg and Paul, who are both also dat­ing part-time mod­els, recog­nise that it helps to have a part­ner who has been in the fash­ion busi­ness and un­der­stands the de­mands.

“We’ll be walk­ing through Dun­drum shop­ping cen­tre and I’m get­ting stared at purely be­cause of the way I look,” laughs Dar­ragh. “Sue is like, ‘It’s ridicu­lous — you’ve got guys star­ing at you and you’ve got girls star­ing at you’.

“I don’t do it for that — I do it for my­self. If I’m feel­ing down or if there’s any­thing bug­ging me, I get into the gym. I train. It just takes all that crap away.”

Now that we’re in Speedo sea­son, per­sonal trainer Dave Kenny says it is pos­si­ble to get a body to ri­val Ron­aldo — sadly just not this sum­mer.

“It’s not a kind of thing where you just click your fin­gers and you have it within six months,” cau­tioned the ex­pert, who runs www.dav­eken­nypt.com.

“It takes a while to build up mus­cle,” he says. “Peo­ple who look like that have worked eight or ten years on their physique.

“Most peo­ple who come to me would be from 25-40 years of age just look­ing to lose two or three stone. I try to get them in three times a week with a mix­ture of re­sis­tance train­ing and car­dio as well.

“It is achiev­able,” he says. “You can get in good shape within a year, but you’d have to be train­ing four or five times a week and be on a very strict diet.”

Just like Deshun Wang, an ac­tor-turned-model who fa­mously walked in a show at China Fash­ion Week at 79, the good news for guys is that there’s no age limit on look­ing good — or get­ting paid for it.

“Dif­fer­ent coun­tries have dif­fer­ent needs,”says Paul, who also has a de­gree in leisure man­age­ment. “[In] Ger­many, for ex­am­ple, they like the man with a beard and they tend to go for older guys in their thir­ties and be­yond.”

As sales of men’s fash­ion be­gin to out­strip wom­enswear on the high street, Greg reck­oned a lot more Ir­ish men could be set to em­brace their in­ner Derek Zoolan­der. “I can cer­tainly see a change,” he con­tin­ues. “Def­i­nitely the likes of Paul Galvin has brought it to a new level with the clothes they have brought out — peo­ple aren’t afraid to wear them.

“It’s not about what the women are wear­ing any more — the fash­ion is more with the lads than the women.

“You might get a few more whis­tles and roars [on the cat­walk] than the girls too.”

Three top Ir­ish male mod­els (L-R): Paul Kerr was spot­ted by a tal­ent scout in Dun­drum Town Cen­tre. Gal­way hurler Greg Lally was snapped up when he went to a fash­ion show to sup­port his model girl­friend. Dar­ragh Hayes is a com­par­a­tive vet­eran, hav­ing started mod­el­ling in New York at the age of 18.

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