How to get the body
“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.