PAURIC GRIMES: Time for former stars to reignite

THE countdown is on. Saturday the 6th of August marks the day the doors swing open on the Reignite Clubhouse.

It’s the place where retired footballers go to get the fire back in their belly. It will arm them with knowledge of exactly what to do to get the most from every single day that will in turn get them in the shape of their lives.

Let’s face it, no one likes being overweight. No one likes being unfit. And no one likes feeling like they don’t have a reason to deal with those issues.

From all the retired players I’ve spoken with over the last number of years, it’s that feeling of “why should I bother looking after myself now that I’ve stopped playing football” which is preventing them from getting up and at it. They’ve told themselves they’re done. They’ve run their race.

I was speaking to a friend about this last weekend and he stopped me in my tracks, held his hand up and said “Just let me grow old and fat gracefully.”

This clown is only 33 years old.

If you actively choose to sidestep the responsibility you have to yourself to look after your health I can confidently tell you this, there’ll be nothing graceful about how things play out.

You’ll be sore, stiff and out of puff at things that you wouldn’t have ever had to consider before.

So instead of punching in your ticket on the one way trip to a life of struggling up the stairs and complaining about sore joints, consider this – back yourself to take control and flip the script.

Saturday, August 6 will mark the beginning of our first ever Reignite 90-Day Training Programme. On the day itself we’ll be running a fitness challenge for all participants to establish a baseline of where they’re at, and giving us some metrics to use moving forwards. Everyone loves a little bit of friendly competition, so we thought it would be a great way to sprint out of the blocks as we kick off the first 90-day programme.

We want to take on 10 retired players each quarter and help them create long lasting habits that will not only improve their physique and enhance their fitness but give them clear purpose behind the actions they’re taking day in and day out.

When you played football it was easy. The goals were to make that jersey your own and contribute to your team’s success. Sometimes when you’re left to think for yourself it can be a lot harder to nail down what you truly want to achieve, and how to go about doing it.

Clarity in your actions and the confidence to see them through will all be a by-product of going all-in with us on the Reignite Programme.

If you’d like to get your name on the teamsheet then very simply send us an email to with the heading ‘Reignite’ and we’ll be in touch with how to get the wheels in motion and take it from there.

The only actions you truly regret are the ones you don’t take – don’t let this be one of them.

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