Galway strong man is lifting interest for the sport locally

Inverin native and owner of Galway Strength and Performance gym, Matty Costello, who is hoping to grow the number of Strongman and Strongwoman competitors in Galway and the West of Ireland.
Inverin native and owner of Galway Strength and Performance gym, Matty Costello, who is hoping to grow the number of Strongman and Strongwoman competitors in Galway and the West of Ireland.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

REMEMBER those days in your youth, and in particular those Sunday nights when you would be hit by that sinking feeling of the weekend being over and what awaited you next morning was an early start for school? We all dreaded it, right?

Indeed, there are plenty of workers out there today who more than likely experience a similar feeling on a Sunday night and one of those was Ireland Strongman competitor and former engineer Matty Costello before he chugged in his ‘9 to 5’ job.

“I was only in the job eight months or so but, at the same time, on a Sunday night you were kind of dreading Monday morning going to work. And then you couldn’t wait until Friday. I said, ‘I am not living my life like this’.”

So, the 25-year-old Inverin native packed it in and took the brave decision to open up his own gym, Galway Strength & Performance in Ballybane. “I like training people. And I like training. It came down to my passion in the end. I am happy getting out of the bed in the morning now and going to work.

Although the gym is not that long up and running, Costello himself has been coaching in powerlifting and in Strongman and Strongwoman for some time. “Five or six years ago, I lifted in my first competition,” he explains. “I had a very big interest in it so I did a lot of research and I learned a lot of training methods that I put into practice.”

As he made improvements, getting stronger and faster, others began to approach Costello, who was still in college at this stage, to seek advice on how best they could improve their own work outs.

“So, I started putting programmes together for them. It kind of just built from there. I was soon helping so many people out where it got to the point where I had to start charging. I kept doing it through college – coaching people – and then I got out of college and began working in the engineering area. I was still coaching people though and I was getting busier and busier with it.”

Added to this, he was also competing himself. As part of his preparation for the Strongman competitions, he would travel to Ballina every Sunday to train as the specific equipment he required was not available in Galway.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.