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Rory McInerney Mar 13, 2018 5:00:00 PM 2 min read

Episode 010: Building a high performance team with Mike Ruddock

Episode 010- Building a high performance team with Mike Ruddock
Mike Ruddock knows a thing or two about building successful teams; To mention a few, Swansea beating the then World Champion Wallabies in 1992, The welsh Grand slam winning team of 2005, a dominant Lansdowne side in the top tier of AIL rugby and all the way to successful teams in his current business career.
Rory and Rudds spoke to Mike about the importance of task cohesion and social cohesion in building a winning environment, using plenty of Mike’s stories from “The Good Old Days” of Welsh Rugby for reference.
Mike opens up on how his career was ended early after a horrific accident where he was knocked off a ladder resulting in a fractured skull and a back that was no longer fit to play ball. We hear the inspiring story of how Mike said his goal out loud of one day wanting to coach Wales if he couldn’t play for them on his way to the hospital before his recovery had even begun. Very inspiring stuff!

The guys also have a lot of fun discussing Big Mikes current training regime and how you are never too old to make a change and get fit. Mike talks about how he fell out of shape from spending too much time in front of a computer and sitting in a car, something we can all relate to.
Fun Fact – Mike also held the bench press record in Leinster Rugby when he was coaching there back in the day, we hear the story of how he made Emmet Byrne the second strongest man in Leinster.

Rory McInerney

Rory is the Founder of Fitter Faster Stronger, one of Ireland’s most innovative fitness communities. He studied Health and Performance Science and built up his experience in the fitness industry both at home and abroad as a strength and conditioning coach in a variety of disciplines. FFS Gyms pride themselves not only on their association with the elite but in their dedication to working with people of all levels of conditioning and experience. All Rory asks is that you buy into his philosophy that “anything worthwhile in life never comes easy.” Rory’s background combined with his degree in health and performance science has given him an insight into sports psychology, nutrition, molecular exercise science, physiology and clinical anatomy. This understanding of the integrated systems necessary for optimal health makes him the perfect candidate to help you achieve your goals.