RISH rugby legend Peter Stringer this week trades his grueling spell in RTÉ’s Ultimate Hell for a slightly less grueling spell in ‘Heaven’ – in the form of Cork’s iconic Elysian building.
As the Ultimate Hell Week the Professionals TV show wrapped up last night, its main competitor, former rugby star, RTÉ expert and versatile fitness fanatic Peter Stringer is adding a few strings to his bow: next week , he starts BodyPlan with Peter Stringer, and also invests in an F45 high intensity gym business in the heart of Cork City, taking up a franchise with the co-owners, top Munster golfer and trainer Peter O’Keeffe, with Paul Buckley .
Their gym business, part of the Sydney-based Australian franchise F45, which is now in 63 counties, with 1,500 studios and 2,800 franchises, will employ up to a dozen people in a new 3,150-foot unit. squares in the Elysian, with a soft opening in December and starting with a range of membership options in January 2022.
It remains to be seen whether or not Peter Stringer decides to have a job interview with former members of the elite Army Ranger Wing for the F45, to recoup some of the hardships he and others had to endure in Ultimate Hell….
“Fitness has always played a huge role in my life, not only physically but also mentally, it has kept me in such a positive place,” said the much admired sports star and scrum half carved out of granite, who retired from professional rugby in 2018. He will be 44 when the F45 company collapses at the Elysian.