Kilkenny hurling star TJ Reid is helping to keep the nation's children fit and their GAA skills up while Ireland is under lockdown.

Reid runs his own gym in Kilkenny and has turned to video classes to keep business going while his members can't attend in person.

In addition, the four-time All-Star forward is running two free Facebook Live classes a week for children that  mix GAA skills and fitness. 

"It's been fantastic," he told 2fm's Game On of the response to his initiative. "It's going from Ireland to places like New York and Texas, I’m getting tweets and messages on social media from all over the world."

"Hurling season is closed for the time being. I’m outside pucking the ball off the gable end again, the way I started when I was four or five years of age.

"So I said to myself 'Wouldn’t it be great if we could do a few skills and incorporate some exercise moves to keep kids in shape'. Just taking the kids away from the family or the books for 35 minutes.

"It incorporates hurling skills, football skills, some cardio and strength movements as well."

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"I won't be talking about what’s going on out there because there are enough people that are doing a great job on that."

"For me when you go training it’s about coming with a smile on your face and enjoying the work out, and forgetting about what’s going on out there.

"I always tell people, try to prioritise 30-45 minutes a day just to get something in, and take in the fresh air. At the moment, it's long enough staying inside watching TV or sitting down."

Reid revealed that Kilkenny have not followed the lead of some other teams by group training using the video conferencing app Zoom, joking of manager Brian Cody: "I don't think he knows what it is!"

He is happy to motivate himself while avoiding others and suggests that athletes used to taking direction from coaches will be quicker to adapt to the restrictions of social distancing. 

"I'm doing two or three live classes a day at the moment - nearly 1,000 burpees – so I’m keeping fit that way," he said. "The long evenings are coming in now so you’re at home striking the ball off the wall. Just going back to basics.

"You’ve no coach motivating you, no strength and conditioning coach giving you your programmes. You’re starting from scratch and doing what you can.

"I'm not quite sure what other teams are doing but we’ve totally cancelled everything. We’re just taking on the responsibility ourselves.

"If it comes around in June or July and it's knockout, I'll be ready"

"That’s the beauty about GAA players. When we were growing up, we had a coach telling us what to do, in terms of training, recovery, gym session.

"Any sports players out there will take that on board and be responsible for their actions.

"This whole thing around coronavirus and washing your hands, I think people who are involved in sport, kind of take it on a little quicker because all their lives they’ve been told to do X, Y and Z and they do it.

"They do it because you’re sacrificing for a bigger achievement. At the moment we’re sacrificing heading out and meeting friends and hopefully in June or July we’ll all be celebrating and this dreadful thing will be gone."

When Gaelic Games can resume remains up in the air but whatever format a rescheduled hurling championship might take, seven-time winner Reid would relish the return.

"If it comes around in June or July and it's knockout, I’ll be ready," he said. 

"There’s not much you can do at  the moment, only hope that something will happen in June or July, because it would give the whole of Ireland a big lift if the football and hurling Championships go ahead."