Radiographer & Personal Trainer
“Get active in your own rescue” – Marcus Aurelius.
- BSc Radiography (UCD)
- EQF Level 4 Personal Training Certificate
- MSc Sports & Exercise Nutrition (Student September 2020)
- Precision Nutrition L1
- National Kettlebell Certificate
I grew up in north Dublin, and studied Radiography at UCD, graduating in 2017. I have worked as a radiographer in two of Dublin’s busiest academic teaching hospitals, specialising in Nuclear Medicine and Cardiac Catheterisation screening. Radiography gave me the invaluable opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of patients and their specialised conditions, in particular with oncology, spinal rehabilitation and neurosurgical patients.
I have always been interested in training and exercise. I played Gaelic football and trained every waking moment up until I tore my ACL in 2015. During my time in college, I discovered resistance training and always dreamed of one day having the confidence to lift weights on my own. I loved the idea of resistance training as almost a “forbidden fruit”, and liked the idea of doing something that women shouldn’t, something reserved for massive muscle men and massive muscle men only. Thankfully, that stigma has been largely eliminated in most gyms. The more I trained, the more I wanted to learn about it and show everyone how enjoyable it could be. Thinking I knew everything about lifting and resistance training, I decided to get my PT certification in 2019 from the National Training Centre. Unsurprisingly, it turned out there was a lot I didn’t know, and over the course of my study I was able to identify where the gaps in my knowledge lay and research these areas to bridge the gap. This is something I am continuously working on. I don’t think I will ever feel like I know everything, but I feel like I know enough to help people.
Nutrition and food have always been a massive part of my life, a part I neglected for so long. I have always had a massive appetite, and being so active growing up, stayed in decent shape without much effort. I never really put much thought into what I ate, and delighted in being told I could eat whatever I wanted and seemingly never gain weight. As I grew up, in true female teenager fashion, I became fixated on body image, and trying to shrink myself. This would lead to me massively undereating during the week, and having colossal binge-eating episodes at the weekends. Food became my life’s purpose, and my weight the measuring stick of how well things were going for me. This continued well into my early twenties, and is something I think a lot of women struggle with. I started to read into nutrition, and nutrition for training. I never struggled to exercise, but I did struggle to fuel myself optimally. The more I learned about nutrition, the more I was able to question my behaviours and better my relationship with food.
Now, I view fitness and #health as something completely different that when I started out. Dr. Maya Angelou surmises my entire ethos in the following: “When you know better, you do better”. I firmly believe that educating yourself is the only way you can succeed and achieve your goals. I want to coach people to their goals by providing them with the necessary education to make better choices.
My prime interest lies in female fat loss and the stigmas of diet culture. I strongly feel that the “female fitness” market is flawed, and we have a responsibility as trainers to push it in the right direction.
When I’m not training, x-raying or tearing down the patriarchy, I can be found reading or watching Parks & Recreation re-runs.
“When you know better, you do better” – Dr Maya Angelou.
In all aspects of life, this rings true. It is particularly applicable to the realm of health and fitness. Education is the driver of progress and change in humans. I believe that by educating yourself, you can accomplish any goal you set for yourself. Education to me is a shared combination of human experience and academic learning. Marrying the two is the recipe for lasting change.
I believe that fitness extends beyond the physical and body composition. There’s more to life than burpees and broccoli, and I would love for fitness to become more inclusive and push beyond the physical.
I believe that personal trainers have the potential to do an incredible amount of good. I do think that a lot of courses fail to equip trainers with the necessary skills to reach their true potential. Therefore, as trainers we have an obligation to learn and grow. It doesn’t have to be reading scientific articles, it can be simply reflecting on your clients and what worked/didn’t. I would love to see a shift toward regulation of personal trainers, giving us accountability and autonomy – similar to that of a radiographer/other healthcare professions. I cannot expose someone to ionising radiation without being held accountable, yet I can prescribe detox teas and dangerous exercise programmes with relatively no accountability.
I think that there is a huge lack of female-driven evidence-based practitioners in fitness. I think that is where I see myself eventually, driving the profession forward and encouraging other women in fitness to do the same.
Furthermore, I also believe in continuous professional development, on an individual and larger-scale level. I believe I will never know it all, but I will constantly strive to improve on my strengths and weaknesses, while acknowledging my limitations.
My values are as follows:
- Empowering others to make the best decisions for themselves in their given circumstances.
- Encouraging people to look beyond body composition as the sole marker of health and fitness.
- Continuing to grow and cultivate a culture of lifelong learning amongst fitness professionals to advance the profession forward.
Want to work with me? Visit the “Coaching” section of the site for more information!