April 16, 2024

A younger Stranorlar lady is ready to compete within the largest Strongwoman competitors in Eire this weekend.

Megan Jennings will probably be one among 22 girls pushing their limits lifting, throwing and carrying immense weights in Galway on Saturday.

The 29-year-old’s journey to strongwoman is especially exceptional due to the challenges she’s overcome in different areas of her life.

“It’s an enormous deal for me as a result of I’ve three continual sicknesses,” Megan mentioned.

“So I’m in fixed ache, however must push by way of day by day to even work, by no means thoughts power practice.”

Megan lives with Endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, pelvic congestion syndrome and inflammatory bowel illness. She was repeatedly bedridden with ache and sickness and needed to take a 12 months out of school.

Six years in the past, Megan was struggling along with her weight after having her child boy, Antaine.

“I used to be getting separation nervousness and determined I wanted to do one thing for myself,” she mentioned. “I went to a Zumba class and fell in love with it, and with that got here my love once more for health and motion.”

The train endorphins grew to become Megan’s pure ache reliever, and she or he was hooked. She skilled as a Zumba teacher and might now be discovered bouncing about as a Kangoo teacher.

Megan attends Uforea gymnasium in Letterkenny and it was this neighborhood that impressed her to strive her hand at competing.

“I used to observe the lads in awe flinging about weights and thought to myself how bloody superior wouldn’t it be as a lady to have the ability to do one thing like that,” she mentioned.

Megan Jennings. Picture: Tony Farrell

Megan’s power coach is Cameron Friel, who has been coaching her for the previous 10 months to get competition-ready. She not too long ago positioned third within the 73kg class on the Pure Eire’s Strongest Man and Girl contest.

This Strongwoman competitors marks Megan’s debut. Whereas she is proud to be representing Donegal, she says she’s extra targeted on the expertise than the rostrum.

The occasion guarantees an unimaginable show of power, with challenges like deadlifts, log presses, yoke carries, sandbag throws, body carries, and Atlas stone lifts.

Megan Jennings. Picture: Tony Farrell

Whereas she continues to take care of fixed ache, Megan is grateful to have discovered reduction in health – each bodily and mentally.

“I may very well be buckled over in ache whereas coaching however the lads will examine in on me with phrases of encouragement. I realised I needed to push by way of the ache to really feel unbelievable afterwards.

“Whenever you’re in a gymnasium, you don’t have an possibility to only sit and quit.

“I push by way of the wall and when you recover from that wall that’s when the reduction comes and the endorphins kick in. Then you definately get all the advantages from it.

“The gymnasium may be like an antidepressant, particularly whenever you practice with nice individuals round you. Transferring the weights and hitting PBs, dancing to the music between units and having amusing with the fellows is what has gotten me by way of some very robust and darkish occasions mentally too. They don’t realise what the laughs and help do for my coronary heart.”

Megan Jennings. Picture: Tony Farrell

Stranorlar strongwoman powers by way of ache to nationwide competitors was final modified: March twenty eighth, 2024 by Rachel McLaughlin