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We recently caught up with Rugby League’s Keegan Hirst, the prop forward who plays for Wakefield Trinity.

How did you achieve your current job in rugby and what’s your background?

I’ve played Rugby League since I was 11, I only did it because my best friend played but I fell in love with it. I was signed for Dewsbury Rams when I was 18 and played semi professionally for years but back in 2016 I was signed by Wakefield to go and play in Super League which is what I’ve been doing since. As for my background, I grew up on a council estate in Batley and when I was playing semi professionally I had a few different jobs. Including a builder, a postman and a manager at a factory. So I guess you could say I’m a Jack of all trades!

Anyone reading this and wanting to follow in your career footsteps what advice would you give them?

I think that if you’re wanting to be a professional sportsman you just have to do your very best at the things you can control. Get your attitude right, train hard, look after yourself. Be disciplined. Unfortunately there’s no secret recipe I can give, it just takes hard work and perseverance. I suppose my biggest tips would be “stay positive and be patient.”

What’s your proudest moment?

There have been lots of proud moments. Scoring my first try for Wakefield, captaining my hometown, Batley Bulldogs. I suppose it would have to be playing the day the story about me coming out broke in the Sunday Mirror. I was really apprehensive about that game but it was a fantastic moment and, I suppose, the start of the rest of my life.

How often do you train to keep to your fitness level?

Obviously we train quite a bit. It is our job after all but we also have to recover from our games. I train on my own a bit, especially after setting my own online Personal Training company up. I’d say I’m in the gym about 5 days a week, plus the field work and games we play.

Can you give us a few fitness tips?

Get your nutrition right. That’s the biggest stumbling block that people struggle with and I understand why. There are so many conflicting things on the internet. But it’s not as complicated as the health industry would like people to think.

Do you have a specific diet?

I don’t. I try to eat minimally processed foods and I check my calorie intake. I put weight on really easily so educating myself and being aware of what I’m eating is really important for me. Once you crack that it’s easy.

Where do you like to go out in Leeds?

The usual spots. Call lane, Fibre and over to Viaduct for some camp fun. I’m a big fan of the Ivy, so it’s great that we have one in Leeds now.

What do you do to relax?

I love reading. I get lots of joy from sitting and reading a good book. And, even though it’s not particularly relaxing all the time I love spending time with my kids. They’re growing up so fast and we love going off on adventures and seeing new places.

How can readers get hold of you if they are interested in personal training?

They can head over to my Instagram page @keeganhirst or they can email me at keegan@ptiq.co.uk.

I’m trying to build a company that educates, empowers and helps motivate people so that they can take charge and achieve their own fitness goals without always needing a personal trainer.

Thanks Keegan you’re an inspiration

Leeds City Magazine.

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