Karl Gilligan is the founder and CEO of Elite Performance Institute (EPI). He is a Strength & Conditioning Coach, Physical Therapist, public speaker and educator.
In 2012, he devised the National Certificate in Strength & Certificate (NCSC) course which has now become the industry leader in Strength & Conditioning Certification for fitness professionals. Since 2014, he has grown the courses internationally where they
have been delivered in 10 countries worldwide with over 2, 500 coaches certified. He is still very much at the forefront of course delivery and travels extensively both domestically in Ireland and internationally to meet and educate EPI course participants.
Karl has extensive experience working in elite sport having worked with the Ireland U-19 Rugby team, Leinster Rugby, Olympic athletes, professional golfers, boxers and inter-county GAA football teams. He qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science and a MSc in Strength & Conditioning from St. Mary’s University, London, UK. He was the first 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 also a qualified Physical
Therapist and operated his clinic for 10 years before focussing exclusively on education. His research interests include movement screens for injury prevention, power development and speed biomechanics.
Karl was a keen sportsman 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 Division 1 AIL teams in Ireland. Karl also represented his County Sligo at all underage levels in Gaelic Football and his province Connacht in Tennis at national championships.