Hailing from GAA traditions, I began my career in sport at the age of 15 when he became involved in athletics. I competed for Ulster and Ireland in cross country and athletics events and was later awarded a scholarship to study Sports Science in the USA for four years.
Once graduated and while lecturing in Workington, I became fitness coach for the local Rugby League club. Such was my success that the break into professional sport came naturally and at this point I was being regularly linked to the elite clubs within Rugby League. Known for my no-nonsense, hard working attitude, I helped guide St Helens to the elusive treble-Challenge Cup, Super League and World Club Champions in the 2000/2001 season.
In 2002 I moved back to Ireland after being head-hunted by Eddie O’Sullivan to join the national Rugby Union team as Head of Stength and Conditioning. During my tenure over this 6 year period, i revolutionised the training structures of the squad and layed the foundations for what has become the most successful Irish Team ever.
This last year has been a busy one for Mike McGurn! After I left the Irish team, I took up the position of Head of Strength and Conditioning for Ospreys Rugby Union club in south Wales.
I also began working with boxer Bernard Dunne, helping the Dubliner become Super Bantam-Weight Champion of the World. Last summer I was also a consultant to the Fermanagh GAA team which saw them reach their first Ulster Final in 25 years. Finally in November I enjoyed more success, this time with the Irish Compromise Rules team when they won the series beating Austrailia in both tests.
Now in 2010, I have taken up the post of Director of Performance for the Armagh Gaelic Athletic Association, co-ordinating all the conditioning and fitness aspects of the Senior County Team right down to under 16 level.
To be the complete sportsman you need to focus on many things, but when it comes to strength and conditioning, join me here at Ruckingball and learn simple tips and techniques that will develop you and your game.
More info on Michael on his website: http://www.mcgurnelitesport.com/