- Bachelor of Science in Sport & Exercise Sciences
- National Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness
- Twist Strength & Conditioning Coach - Level 1
- Can-Fit-Pro Personal Training Specialist
- Can-Fit-Pro Fitness Instructor Specialist
- Certified TRX Trainer
I am fascinated by human movement. Simply trying to understand how to enhance it has become my life. This is a passion that has grown throughout my life, building to a point where it is now central to who I am.
As a child I took part in as many sports as my parents could afford to put me in. Early on the sport that took center stage was gaelic football, Ireland's national sport. It's non-professional, played by everyone in Ireland, kind of a cross between soccer and basketball, and well worth checking out. However, as with every teenager doing what was mainstream wasn't interesting me so I switched to cycling. Over the course of the next 8 years I represented Ireland in numerous events across Europe, the highlight of which was the Youth Olympics in Paris (2003).
When the time came to choose an undergraduate program it took all of 2 seconds; Sports Science was the only degree that existed as far as I was concerned. Although I had been a successful athlete for over 10 years and understood basic training principles I was ready for more science, and I got it. The University of Limerick boasts one of the best Sports Science programs in Europe. Furthermore, Limerick is the home of Irish rugby, a sport I played on the side my whole life. I was in my element.
I soon discovered that the human body is with out doubt the most fascinating thing I could have ever studied. Its simple complexity astounds me. How an old ankle injury can result in shoulder pain or how your diet can affect your sleep are the kind of questions that inspired my curiosity. The truth is that we currently have crude answers to these complex questions. But one thing is for sure, the evolutionary process has resulted in a system that adapts and compensates astonishingly well.
At it's simplest level that's what it's all about, adaptation and compensation. Understanding old injuries or even medical conditions is all about knowing how the body compensates. Decreasing body fat or making someones power, explosiveness and endurance go through the roof is all about understanding adaptation. Truly understanding both of these concepts is something that I will continue to pursue for the rest of my life.
Although my current education has spanned a diverse range of topics, the following list details areas that I have conducted an in depth research review and feel particularly confident in training.
- Muscle Hypertrophy (growth)
- Power Development
- Fat Reduction
- Core Stabilization
- Bike Sports (everything from road to cross-country to downhill)
- The Fascial Network (extremely important for energy transfer)
- Periodized Training
- Balance Work