Tommie Costello’s dream of an outdoor training , team and stamina build facility came to reality in early 2013 Cuckoo Hill Bootcamp was established. Located on the R357 ,Eircode H53 VN22, within close proximity of Athlone, Roscommon and Ballinasloe, it is an amazing facility centrally located and today is the epicenter for team building and outdoor fitness classes. Having set up a course using the natural features of the beautiful & stunning landscape, it allows for the development of natural fitness.
Tommie born in Athlone Hospital to parents Danny & Bridie Costello both of whom hailed from Taughmaconnell. His dad Danny Costello a well know figure passed away a number of years ago and his mum is still alive and known far and wide for her famous clove cake!
He has three boys, Eoin who is entering second year in college in Limerick and twins Shane and Conor who are in fifth year in Garbally, where Tommie himself attended years before. From there, he worked in many establishments around the town such as Hayden's Hotel and Dubarry Shoe factory. He spent many years in the bar trade having successfully leased out Killeen's Pub and the Countryman.
Fitness and health conditioning was always something he had a passion for , so returned to college at Setanta where he qualified as a strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer.
“Cuckoo hill provides a fresh and original approach to overall fitness. It raises the heart beat and sees team mates and athletes competing with each other to get the top of our famous hill. Our aim is to promote natural fitness for all age groups and all abilities” enthuses Tommie.
Cuckoo Hill caters for beginners to professional athletes and all sports teams. Their programme is designed for physical, mental, emotional and team bonding. However, athletes do find the Seán Óg Ó hAilpín loop a tough test of stamina.
Some of the teams that have trained in Cuckoo Hill and found great success and subsequently went on to achieve major wins are the Galway senior ladies' football team, St Thomas’s hurlers & Sarsfield senior ladies Camogie team to name a few.
There also are very popular outdoor circuit classes with the option of moving indoor if the weather is not favourable – into recently renovated facilities. There are beginners' classes also which are proving very popular. New members are welcome and will get all the help they need to improve their fitness from Tommie and encouragement from the fantastic group already there.
Cuckoo Hill also hold outdoor camps for children at Halloween, Easter & Summer and cater for children’s birthday parties. Recent months has been exceptionally difficult with Covid preventing Team, event and tours business.
"I am however very fortunate to have a very loyal core group who come to my classes and as the focus is now on outdoor fitness, I am installing outdoor lighting to provide a facility for people to train for the winter months. Everyone is welcome and all levels of fitness are catered for” states Tommie.
To find out more, and up to date timetables check on Facebook and on Instagram @cuckoo_hill_bootcamp or contact Tommie directly on 087 6411530 with any questions you might have.
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