Weininger later moved to the USA where his interest in athletics continued. He came 20th in New York’s Queens Cross Country Championships out of 350 runners. His stint on the US collegiate athletics circuit with the New York Institute of Technology though fantastic, was to be short lived due to the pressures of college and work life.
It was not long after this that ITV snapped him up for their first series of Gladiators, and his triumph over the forces of the celebrity gladiators (wolfman, shadow) is still a talking point to this day! The BBC however was most interested in Team Weiningers’ efforts and invited them to participate in the first ever series of ‘Are You Tough Enough (for the SAS)?’
Some years later and back on British soil, Weininger’s passion and naturally affinity for sports and athletics were still strong. He competed in the British Indoor Rowing Championships attaining a respectable personal best of 6.28.8 in the 2,000 metres after going at 6.00 pace for the first 1000m. He also organised and captained team Weiningers, a group of friends and associates and competed alongside them in The Daily Telegraph Rover Dream Team Challenge, a national competition which gave participants the opportunity to compete against British Olympians (Jonathan Edwards, Audley Harrison etc). Unfortunately the team barely missed out on a third place finish.
At the age of 56, Weininger maintains good levels of fitness thanks to his GFT Gladiator Fitness Training (Multi Functional Sport) . He is a successful sports coach, working with London Youth Rowing, an energetic dance/fitness instructor well known and loved for his Mr Motivator style approach, a sports club manager and a much in-demand event host and compere, as well as being the man with his own sport!
Despite all of this, Weininger Irwin remains a grounded, down to earth individual: a caring, family man with a genuine desire to do whatever he can to make a difference to what he knows best: movement and activity!
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