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Due to lockdown, at home workouts are seeing a surge in popularity that they haven’t seen since the 80s. We’ve been crunching, curling – and sweating – at home more than ever this year. A whole new way to keep active has emerged and it’s never been easier than it is now to keep in shape.

Fitness bloggers and vloggers have gotten creative in their fields with the unexpected challenge of Covid restrictions and have been busy making innovative at-home workout videos. But how do you know which is the right one for you?

We are here to help with our round up of the best Irish fitness bloggers and our favourite videos, motivational posts, and fitness-nutrition plans they’ve created to help you sweat your way out of the post-lockdown slump!

Maebh Madden @maeve_madden

Maeve’s bubbly and motivating persona fills the entire screen as she takes us along on her workouts with her. The founder of the Queens Community, she has been focusing on educating women, helping them improve their health, body confidence and find a new-found love for fitness for over a decade.

Former professional dancer, best-selling author and personal trainer, she tells us ‘my workouts are for everyone, whether you are a beginner, or ready to take on a new challenge, I am here to help you become fitter, stronger, happier and more body confident all from your own home.’

This page, while motivating, is also a hub of body positivity, with Maeve keeping it very real and posting ‘unposed’ pictures too, explaining how the Instagram fitness culture can be deceiving;

‘You are not designed to be perfect. Your body is not a problem to be solved. Don’t let your mind bully your body!’

Our favourite thing about Maeve’s channel is her IGTV workouts! Focusing on cardio, toning and strength-building, Maeve’s workouts are full of upbeat tunes, easy-to-follow routines and extremely accessible fitness. Definitely one of our favourites!

Trisha’s transformation @trishas.transformation

Cork native, Trisha Lewis, began her transformation journey in February 2018 at 26 stone. Since then we’ve all been following along with her amazing and inspiring journey to fitness through its ups and downs, good days and bad days.

Trisha’s honest and upfront account documents not only the good moments but highlights the struggles of the mental journey to fitness, as well as the physical;

‘The truth is for this to work you have to be selfish in the best way possible. You have to prioritise water, food, sleep and exercise. You have to learn to say the hardest two letter word in the English language. No.’

Apart from inspiring stories, the 32 year old author, corporate wellness speaker and chef has an IGTV section full of delicious and healthy recipes for us all to try out. From broccoli soup to the perfect ‘fakeaway’ chicken curry, she’s got every taste covered.

Siobhan O’Hagan @siobh.ohagan

This Irish fitness lover living in Bali seems your typical influencer upon first glance. Bikini photos on boats, pool pics, and fabulously toned arms. But looking a little closer, her captions are full of nuance, mental health advice and promotion of body positivity.

The online coach is bright and real on her IGTV videos, warning of the dangers of diet culture and how cameras can distort our ideas of ourselves and our bodies.

When speaking about mental health awareness month last October she spoke about mental health being just as important as physical health;

‘Id like to encourage anyone out there who’s struggling to speak up. I started this page as a way of sharing mt fitness journey, and helping others do the same. But what I’ve realised is that no matter how much they can lift, how lean they are, no matter how perfect their body looks, you have no idea of what’s going on underneath…While I set out to help people with their training and nutrition, I realise that none of that is important if you don’t have peace of mind.’

With her quick rep routines, body confidence advice and FAB Bali pictures, this woman’s page is definitely one to keep and eye on.

Sarah Moloney @sarstri

Sarah’s utterly enviable body – and how she got it – is evident all over her feed. She says she ‘teaches women how to transform their bodies forever with ZERO restrictions’ and that powerful, assertive attitude is a trademark in her work.

Starting her fitness journey in 2016 after a rocky relationship with food and her body in her teens, the Carlow native has progressed as far as to receive a WBFF card and to participate in the world’s bodybuilding shows in Vegas in 2018.

Now a PT, her page features reels detailing her favourite exercises to tone different areas of the body, tips and tricks about getting started on your fitness journey and how to cultivate a healthy relationship with food while focusing on your body’s shape.

Vogue Williams @voguewilliams

Aside from her page being #lifestylegoals, Vogue Williams’ Instagram also functions as one of the more accessible fitness channels out there.

Her recent IGTV series of online workouts has seen her invite guest PTs such as Rosie Stockley and Dalton Wong to shoot workout videos together and focus on different aspects of wellbeing.

When she’s not serving amazing looks and giving hilarious and real updates about motherhood, the quick routines and workouts she walks us through have us sweating just watching her!

Ursula Walsh @ ursulawalsh_

Ursula Walsh is a qualified health & nutrition coach and mother to three kids. Her colourful lifestyle Instagram page is jam-packed with recipes for gorgeous food and well worth checking out on that basis alone!

Her page emphasises the importance of proper dietary regulation in your fitness journey and how diet culture is harmful;

‘I want to spread a message of positivity and show restrictions don’t work, I want to cancel diet culture and show how you can eat EVERYTHING using your intuition and be healthy without being hungry or depriving yourself! I want to show how we can be at any size and love ourselves the same. I was the same person before and after. And loved myself in both stages. Also want to point you can be healthy at any size. Size is not a reflection of a healthy body!’

For great, healthy dinner ideas give her a follow! Your meal prep will never be the same again!

Rozanna Purcell @ rozannapurcell

The Tipperary blogger has been a fitness blogger for years, showing people how to get fit at home before it was cool – and Covid necessary. Sharing her go-to stretches and fast ways to work out tips, her lifestyle is centred around her body.

Amidst her fashion, beauty and travel blogging, the main theme is activity. Whether she’s hiking in Glendalough or the MacGillyCuddy reeks, or posting messages of body positivity, Rozanna is always on the go;

‘Sometimes I wish there was someone I looked up to in my early twenties that told me these things & maybe I wouldn’t have wasted years trying to be a smaller version, a number & an idea of flawless that was probably never really real? Which was very time consuming & a load of sh*t tbh!’

Her IGTV recipes and workouts make her a must-follow for non-toxic fitspiration!

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Huge congratulations are in order for blogger Rosie Connolly who has given birth to a beautiful baby girl.

The doting mum took to Instagram to announce the arrival of her little girl.

She shared a photo of her cuddling her tiny tot and they make the cutest duo.

Rosie confirmed that her darling girl arrived at 3:32 am on February 25.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rosie and her husband Paul Quinn decided to call their second child Remi Jo. How stunning.

The name Remi is a girl's name of French origin meaning oarsman.

The mum-of-two couldn’t help but gush about her bundle of joy on Instagram: “The littlest light of our lives. At 3.32am this beauty made a rushed and amazing entrance into our lives. Remi Jo Quinn, we adore you baby girl… you are pure perfection.”

Rosie confirmed that she was expecting her second child in August. She posted a photo of her and her son Harry to confirm the news.

“We’ve been keeping a very big secret…Even more happiness is on its way to us…2019 we’re ready for you. Harry’s going to make the best big brother,” she wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There’s no doubt Harry is going to be the best big brother.

We’re delighted for Rosie and Paul. Little Remi is a dote.

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Congrats are in order for fashion blogger Ashlee Coburn, who has welcomed a beautiful little girl.

Although we are absolutely delighted for the couple on the birth of their first child – we are devastated that Ashlee won't be rolling out those pregnancy look-books anymore.

Slaying pregnancy fashion, the blogger who goes by the name Oh So Femme documented her stunning style throughout the nine months.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While maternity wear is still leaving a lot to be desired in terms of fashion, Ashlee didn't let that stop her as she looked flawless.

From off-the-shoulder dresses to owning animal prints, her Instagram is a must-stop if you need clothing inspiration, pregnant or not.

Right up to the day before she gave birth, the blogger stunned in a leopard print jumpsuit.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ashlee also shared our sadness at seeing her pregnancy come to an end, as she said: "Today is the very last day I get to dress my bump."

However, we can't wait to see what she does as a new mum and of course, what clothes she chooses to style her baby girl in.

The blogger announced the arrival of her daughter with the CUTEST picture – Hello, broodiness. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the caption, the new mum said: "Welcoming my most prized possession into the world on Tuesday night 13th November 2018, 6lb 11, my gorgeous little girl."

"Now we had a tough day (her cord got stuck around her neck during delivery but I made sure we got her here safe and well) mummy is just a little tender so will be taking a couple days to enjoy our little bundle."

"But I just want to thank every single person for all your messages! Hundreds coming in and although I won’t be able to answer all of them I will be reading them and appreciate every one!! Absolutely in love with my little girl and so proud to be a mummy! Best feeling in the world," she finished.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Congrats to the couple on their new addition. 

And we will remain forever obsessed with her pregnancy looks.

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Pippa O’Connor has joined forces with Littlewoods Ireland to create the most amazing collection yet.

We love the blogger’s helpful beauty and fashion tips and are so excited to see her head a whole line of clothes Pippa style.

Called The Pippa Edit, the new series will feature the Instagram sensation’s favourite style and fashion trends from the V By Very collection.

And the clothes are absolutely gorgeous!

For Autumn/Winter season, the collection showcases vibrant yellows, wild animal prints, rock-chick leathers and bold florals.

The Pippa collection consists of three edits: each to be released for the months of September, October, and November.

The model is so excited about her new line and made sure to include pieces for everyday wear as well as sexy night-out ensembles.

“The September edit is packed full of my favourite trends for the season. Essential everyday pieces that take you from busy days in the office to nights out on the town.

“My personal favourite is the staple V By Very mustard blazer with matching trouser. This smart and sophisticated style can be dressed up or paired back to achieve a chic weekend look, perfect for any occasion” she raved.

The best part is how inexpensive her collection is! Ranging from €20 to €160, we can’t afford not to treat ourselves this season.

The Pippa Edit allows the style-focused female fashion lover the chance to enjoy a carefully curated capsule collection that works for every side of life, from weekday office essentials to premium glam looks for big occasions.

Check out her September edit now on Littlewoods Ireland so that you can start building that fierce autumn wardrobe you’ve been dreaming of.

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Rosie Connolly has just announced she is pregnant…again!

After hinting at hopes of a second child with her partner Paul Quinn, the Irish blogger has officially confirmed her pregnancy. 

Rosie and Paul decided they wanted to wait to have another baby until after their wedding earlier this year.

She previously said, "We would love to have another baby- if it happens, it happens. Obviously, with our wedding in May we knew that we had to hold off a little."

And now the wait is over!

This mum is over the moon at the news, saying: "Even more happiness is on its way to us…2019 we’re ready for you."

Her three-year-old son Harry is excited to be a big brother as well.

Becoming a mum changed the blogger's life in the best way possible as she gushed on her blog.

“The love that came over me was so overwhelming, I just cried for the first week non stop, all happy tears," she wrote.

We cannot wait to meet the newest addition to her family! 

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Popular Irish blogger Rosie Connolly is ready to expand her family with Paul Quinn. The couple are already parents to three-year-old son Harry, but admitted they’re hoping to welcome a new addition soon.

The mum admitted that she has been feeling broody all year.

Rosie opened up about her future family plans to RSVP Live: “I have been dying for another baby since the end of last year,” she admitted.

The fashion blogger has been eager to try for another baby, but one life event was standing in her way- her wedding.

Rosie and husband Paul Quinn tied the knot earlier this year in a stunning ceremony at Carton House, Kildare.

The lavish event took a hell of a lot of organising, so Rosie wanted to wait until after the grand event to think about growing their family.

"We would love to have another baby- if it happens, it happens. Obviously, with our wedding in May we knew that we had to hold off a little," the influence said.

Having another baby would be such a joy for the newlyweds: “We would be absolutely thrilled,” she shared.

Becoming a mum was a life-changing moment for Rosie. She gushed about the birth of her son Harry on her blog.

“The love that came over me was so overwhelming, I just cried for the first week non stop, all happy tears,” she wrote.

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Huge congratulations are in order as Grace Mongey aka blogger Faces By Grace has announced her engagement to long-term boyfriend Chris Gernon.

Her fiancé popped the question at her dad’s favourite spot along the pier.

Grace’s sister captured the monumental moment on camera, and the photos are just too cute.

The blogger looks completely shell-shocked in the moving snaps, “He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Actually can’t believe it, still shaking!”

She gushed: “I’m the happiest girl right now and I love you so so much Chris. Thanks for making my dreams come through and for being so thoughtful.”

Grace’s dad passed away from cancer nine years ago so the spot Chris chose is extremely meaningful.

Their daughter Sienna was even there to witness the magical moment.

“I am yours forever and I can’t wait to be your wife! I still can’t quite believe it, you’ve made me happier than I’ve ever been! In such a happy buzz and can’t stop looking at my hand! Is this real?” she shared.

 

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Grace showed off her dazzling engagement on Instagram and it is absolutely gorgeous. “There she is in all her glory! The most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen and exactly what I would have picked!”

“I’m so overwhelmed and love it so much!” she added.

We are delighted for Grace. What an incredible time for her!

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Irish blogger Chloé Boucher has been granted the coveted title of Best Beauty Influencer by Cosmopolitan magazine.

On Thursday, the Dublin-based makeup artist was presented with the award at the exclusive Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards ceremony at the Kensington Palace Orangery in London.

The talented YouTuber has since taken to Instagram to celebrate the win with her 200,000 followers.

Alongside a post which shows her with the award, Chloé wrote: “Still can’t believe this.  I won the Best Beauty Influencer.”

The vlogger beat stiff competition to claim her title.  Those shortlisted for Best Beauty Influencer included Sophie Meola, Sophie Hannah Richardson, SophieBelle, Brighton Girl Problems, Pretty Ugly, What She Didx, Creepers & Cupcakes, Brogan Tate Xo and Mouldy Fruit.

 

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She may have seen success as a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger, but Rosie Connolly has revealed that success comes at a price. 

As the creator of popular blog Hearts, Heels and Handbags and with over 85 thousand Instagram followers, the 24-year-old has revealed she is constantly subjected to abuse and body shaming from online trolls. 

"The bigger following you have the more people you have giving you abuse. I’ve been told I’m too skinny and my makeup is awful," the mom-of-one told VIP Magazine. 

"I can’t stand body shaming. I suppose the less you react, the quicker it goes away. I’m learning that the hard way.

"You’re still a person at the end of the day and you want to stick up for yourself."

 

@cariscloset_ie #BlogSquad #CarisCloset

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Rosie revealed that she is forced to bloke and delete people on a regular basis if they are being cruel. 

“You’re still a person at the end of the day and you want to stick up for yourself. It’s hard not to react. I just delete and block the person now if they’re not being nice.”

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