Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

AF­TER four years as Head of Fit­ness for the Ir­ish women’s rugby team, Wick­low town wo­man Mar­ian Earls is about to ‘tackle’ a fresh chal­lenge.

Ear­lier this week, the pro­fes­sional strength and con­di­tion­ing coach opened her own train­ing cen­tre in her home­town which of­fers a full range of classes for ev­ery­one from sea­soned ath­letes to com­plete begin­ners.

Best known for her work with the Ir­ish Rugby Foot­ball Union (IRFU) in over­see­ing the fit­ness of the women’s na­tional team as well as both the men’s and women’s Na­tional Seven’s teams, Mar­ian has de­cided to change di­rec­tion and open ‘The Strength and Con­di­tion­ing Col­lec­tive’ on Mor­ton’s Lane.

‘It is go­ing to be a big change and while I will miss work­ing in the rugby world, I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting out on my own,’ she said.

‘I will be ap­ply­ing what I have done with sport for the past four years and I will be giv­ing all the classes my­self to start with.’

As part of her rugby coach­ing job, Mar­ian trav­elled the world through her roles with the IRFU and, be­fore that, the Scot­tish Rugby Union and Ed­in­burgh Rugby.

She was also an as­so­ciate lec­turer in Lim­er­ick IT in the Strength and Con­di­tion­ing Depart­ment and has guest lec­tured in UCD, IT Car­low and Water­ford IT.

With 10 years to her credit as a group and per­sonal trainer in the fit­ness in­dus­try, Mar­ian brings vast ex­pe­ri­ence to her new ven­ture.

‘My ex­pe­ri­ence and drive to see oth­ers suc­ceed has sown the seed for this new ven­ture that is The Strength and Con­di­tion­ing Col­lec­tive and my ex­pe­ri­ence as a coach­ing pro­fes­sional has sup­ported my un­der­stand­ing of mo­ti­vat­ing peo­ple, achiev­ing per­sonal goals and over­com­ing chal­lenges,’ she said.

Doors are now open and Mar­ian is of­fer­ing a full range of classes, in­clud­ing mixed group classes, classes ex­clu­sively for men/ladies and per­sonal train­ing for peo­ple of all abil­i­ties. For those pressed for time, there will be morn­ing classes af­ter school drop-off time and at lunch time for a quick fit­ness hit. A full range of pi­lates classes will also be of­fered (both on block book­ing and pay as you go ba­sis) in­clud­ing one for mums and ba­bies which Mar­ian hopes will of­fer new par­ents a chance to en­joy some ex­er­cise with their ba­bies by their side.

ABOVE: Mar­ian Earls, former Head of Fit­ness for the Ire­land women’s rugby team, out­side her new ven­ture ‘The Strength and Con­di­tion­ing Col­lec­tive’ in Wick­low town. LEFT: Mar­ian over­see­ing train­ing dur­ing the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

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