"Don't let the best you have done so far be the standard for the rest of your life "
Strangely my original career path didn’t have Crossfit in it, in fact I hadn’t even heard of it until 2011, but I guess I’ve always wanted to be involved in sport and coaching. As a child I tried and tested almost every sport on offer but later specialised in gymnastics and horse riding. From the age of 14 I was coaching at both the gymnastics club and the equestrian centre and have always loved seeing people progress, and excel in sport.
After school I went to the University of Limerick where I studied Sports and Exercise Science finishing with a first class honours. Following that I was accepted to Kings College in London to complete a masters in Physiotherapy leaving with a distinction.
Training to be a physiotherapist certainly put into perspective how important human movement is for overall health and independence. Whether you are a young athlete recovering from an elective surgery or an elderly person with a fractured hip from a fall, limited mobility can have the greatest negative impact on your independence, and the best way to prevent either; train and maintain quality movement, which requires sufficient mobility, stability, and strength. When I started CrossFit something really struck me, these movements, skills and ideas being implemented weren’t just a fad, they were designed to keep people healthy, fit, and mobile for the duration of their hopefully long lives.
I have been involved in CrossFit since 2011, starting out as a regular member I soon took the opportunity to get involved in the coaching side and completed an internship at In2CrossFit Clapham in London. From there I became a partner in the business and grew the gym over the next three years before moving back to Cork to open up Red Iron CrossFit with my partner in crime James!
While I thoroughly enjoy coaching, I also love competing in CrossFit. For me competition gives a focus to my training an invariable brings out the best athlete in me. I’ve competed at all levels from in house competitions, to international events like the London Throwdown and European Regionals. I was also one of the lead organisers for the London Throwdown 2012, 2013 and the Battle of London 2014 which saw the top crossfitters from Europe and worldwide compete at the highest level, something I am immensely proud to be a part of. Since returning to Ireland I’ve placed a lot of focus on Olympic Weightlifting and started competing at the end 2014. I qualified for and represented Ireland at the European Senior Championships in April 2015 in Georgia. This was an amazing experience and I’m training hard to qualify again next year!
My goal is to introduce CrossFit to as many people as possible, and to use my coaching to enhance their lives in all aspects. While improving health and fitness is the primary goal there are endless spin off benefits of being a CrossFit coach. Creating a supportive and inclusive community is something I have found to be unique to this type of training. Providing a facility where people are excited to come and train is my ultimate ambition.