Karl Gilligan is the founder and CEO of Elite Performance Institute (EPI). He has devised EPI’s NCSC education program which has now become the industry leader in Strength & Conditioning CPD courses for fitness professionals. He and EPI now co-operate with high performance companies such as Under Armour, Kinetica Nutrition, Matmarco and Weron helping them with product development and consumer marketing.
Karl has extensive experience working in elite sport having worked with the Ireland U-19 Rugby Team, Leinster Rugby, Olympic athletes, Professional Golfers, county GAA Football teams and Airtricity Premier League Soccer teams. He qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science and an MSc in Strength & Conditioning from St. Mary’s University, London, UK. His research interests include Movement Screens as part of athlete pre-participation screens, post-activation potentiation (PAP) and speed biomechanics. He was the first formally accredited member of the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) in strength and conditioning, and is also a professional member with the NSCA (CSCS).
He is a much sought after industry writer and speaker on strength and conditioning related topics having presented at conferences both nationally and internationally.
Karl was a keen sportsman during his playing days having represented his province Connacht in Rugby at all under age levels as well as London Irish U-19 & Development, University of Queensland in Australia, as well as various AIL teams in Ireland. Karl also represented his County Sligo at all underage levels in Gaelic Football.
Bartek Bibrowicz is is an EPI international Strength & Conditioning course tutor as well as course co-ordinator for our Polish courses. He has worked as Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with Wroclaw Slask Basketball team who play in the Polish Premier Division as well as Pre-hab Specialist with the Polish Golf Association. Bart currently works with the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) in China as Performance Manager for their high performance facilties in various cities throughout China. He overseas all aspects of the Strength & Conditioning programs for the COC athletes in these facilities.
Bart graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy in Wroclaw, Poland. He has attained his National Certificate in Strength & Conditioning (NCSC) through EPI. In addition, he is FMS and SFMA Certified with Functional Movement Systems
Bart is very passionate about both Strength & Conditioning service delivery as well as education. He currently sits on the committee board for the Polish Strength & Conditioning Association, has written numerous articles for Poland’s top fitness magazines and has presented at various conferences and seminars in Poland.
Mike McGurn is an EPI domestic and international Strength & Conditioning course tutor. Mike is a world class strength & conditioning coach having worked across a variety of sports at the elite level for nearly 15 years.
He graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Sports Science from the US after receiving a scholarship for athletics. In 2001 he won the Super League and became World Club champions with St. Helens RL. In 2002, he began work with the IRFU as the Irish National Rugby team S&C coach and presided over 3 Triple Crowns during his 6 year involvement. In 2008, he moved to Ospreys Rugby and won the Celtic League in his first season. In 2009, he was appointed Director of High Performance with Armagh GAA which involved coordinating all strength & conditioning practice from under age teams to the Senior squad until 2012. From 2012-2014, he was Head of S&C with Louth GAA and in 2014 he took over the role as Head of S&C with Antrim GAA. In 2015, he consulted with Man Utd delivering S&C services to their Academy team.
Mike was a competitive athlete during his younger years having competed for Ireland in cross country and athletics at under age level.
Dr. Joe Conway is an EPI domestic tutor and delivers on our Rehabilitation module. Joe qualified in Medicine from Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) in 1991 and completed the Dublin Regional Training Scheme in General Practice in 1995, getting his MICGP the same year. Following two years in general practice, Joe did a full-time MSc at Trinity College Dublin in Sports Medicine (1997-98).
Post MSc, he travelled to New Zealand to do further training in Sport and Exercise Medicine spending 2 years in Christchurch before entering the Australasian College of Sports Physician Training Scheme to do a further 3 years training in Australia between Townsville (Queensland) and Sydney (NSW) as a registrar completing his exams with ACSP in 2007.
Joe has worked with a variety of sports and teams, some of these include; New Zealand International Soccer team. Canterbury Crusaders Super 14 team, Australia U-19 Rugby Team, numerous Professional Rugby League teams in the NRL, Since arriving back to Ireland, Joe has continued to work in elite sport having worked with Athletics Ireland, numerous Irish Olympic athletes and is currently Chief Medical Officer for the Paralympic Association of Ireland.
Ramey Adams is an EPI domestic and international Strength & Conditioning course tutor, He is a former GB and Northern Ireland 800m runner. During his Track & Field career, he was a NI Sport Institute athlete and 800m record holder. In addition to his sporting career, Ramey is also an experienced coach and educator. He graduated with a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science and progressed onto a PGCE in Physical Education.
He is currently a British Athletics Coach and lead tutor with Northern Ireland Athletics education courses. He has worked extensively with Northern Ireland track athletes, Irish Premiership champions Crusaders and is now gaining valuable experience in professional Rugby with Ulster Rugby.
Ramey brings a wealth of knowledge to EPI courses in speed, ESD, plyometrics, program design and periodisation.
Dr Lukasz Szuba is an EPI international Strength & Conditioning course tutor and delivers on our Movement Screening & Rehabilitation modules.
Lukasz qualified with a BSc in Physiotherapy before graduating with a MSc in Physiotherapy, both from the College of Physiotherapy in Wroclaw, Poland. In 2015, he graduated with his Phd from the Academy of Physical Education, Warsaw, Poland where he researched ankle and knee related injuries and rehabilitation.
Lukasz has extensive lecturing experience having lectured on the Physiotherapy course at the College of Physiotherapy since 2009. In addition, Lukasz is a clinical physiotherapist practicing at the Center of Physiotherapy, Wroclaw, Poland. He works with various patients and athletes in his practice and provides various services from post-operative management, EMG analysis, biomechanical analysis, arthroplasty along with with physiotherapy follow up care.
He has extensive experience working as a physiotherapist in sport having worked with WKS Slask Wroclaw and KGHM Zaglebie Lubin as well as AZS Wroclaw Female Soccer team.
Joe Gallanagh is an EPI domestic tutor. Joe was born in Wexford but raised in Australia. He has extensive experience in both professional Rugby Union and Rugby League. His Strength & Conditioning coaching career started in the NRL in NSW, Australia with the Newcastle Knights. From there, he moved to Super League in England initially with Salford Reds before moving on to Wigan Warriors.
Such was the quality of his work in Rugby League that Wigan Athletic, then in the Premier League, came calling and he signed as their Strength & Conditioning Coach. He stayed 5 years with Wigan Athletic before moving to Munster Rugby in 2008. He stayed with Munster Rugby for a further 3 years before moving to Donegal and working with Ulster Rugby, whilst consulting with Donegal GAA then under Jim McGuinness.
Joe brings an enormous amount of professional industry experience to EPI courses along with fantastic coaching skills from years of experience within professional sport.
Eoin Rheinsich is EPI course ambassador. Eoin is a three time Olympian having represented Ireland in Slalom Canoeing at the Athens 2004 , Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. His most notable performance was 4th Place finish in Beijing 2008 Olympics, where he came agonizingly close to winning a medal.
Eoin has completed EPI’s NCSC course and is now working with the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) as well as coaching the next generation of elite level canoeists with the Irish Canoe Union and Irish Institute of Sport (IIS).