Athlete Name: Luke Doherty
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Tell us a little about yourself
I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis since 6 weeks old. I was lucky that I had a huge interest in sport and played soccer since I was 10 years old which helped me stay healthy for years. Cystic Fibrosis didn’t hold me back till I was in my early 20’s and my lung function started to decline. I continued to finish my education as a personal trainer and sports therapist and finished that in 2013 where I took a year out to bulk up. (this weight later saved me when I collapsed my lung) I continued to get my BSc in Strength and Conditioning, along with advance mat Pilates and a few other qualifications. I am now nearly a year post transplant and looking forward to getting back into playing soccer and Personal training.
“I love to exercise so its not a chore to me”
What motivates you the most?
My motivation started where I set goals of what shape I wanted to be in before I went back into personal training but now that motivation has turned into a habit and a lifestyle. There is only one thing that motivates me to keep reaching for my goals and that is music. I use music a fair amount to alter my moods during the day. From the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep I am generally listening to music. if I want to have a nap or fall asleep I generally use meditation music. if I want to get pumped up for my gym workout I will play music with a good beat to it generally hip hop/rap music. Music for reading is gentle concentration music. Music is my motivator (and my coach when I’m in the gym with him haha)
What workout tips would you give to someone else with CF?
Take it one day at a time and stay consistent with your exercise. If you miss one day don’t just give up on the week. Its ok to miss a day or two here or there but don’t make it a habit. If you keep your exercise consistent especially when you don’t feel up to it, it will stand to you. For me personally. the best thing that I got into is Pilates. We all know that feeling where were brought into hospital and just feel like sleeping constantly. If you add in some Pilates and compound movements when you’re brought into hospital, I guarantee you will feel stronger throughout and leaving. Pilates also help build a good posture which will help with that CF breathing. The great thing about Pilates is that you can do them in your bed and it can help with your breathing technique, along with building a stronger body and a better posture. Best thing I have ever done was start Pilates.
What is your go to pump up song when working out?
At the moment anything by Devvon Terell, Futuristic or Tinie Tempah will get me proper pumped up. But in general anything with a beat, the sunshine and driving on the way to the gym gets me pumped. Especially the song “They don’t know” by Tinie Tempah will get me ready to smash those workouts. Unless its a Friday and I will have a throwback to the 90’s with a 5ive Friday.
My guilty pleasure song for the gym would be both drag me down by One Direction and Strip that down by Liam Payne. ( not really guilty pleasure I love all music, don’t care who sings it. mainly cause I have a voice like an angel!)
Why do you exercise?
To be honest, I’m addicted to exercise! its something that I cant live one day without and that’s when you know its true love, I got into the gym when I started to get substituted and was not starting as many games as I used to for my soccer team. I wanted to bulk up and get fitter. since then I haven’t looked back. I love to exercise so its not a chore to me and its a good release.