Meet Cian Lanigan
By the time he was 15, Cian qualified to represent his country of Ireland at the 2002 youth Olympics for road cycling. The event was being held in Paris, France and Cian decided, before leaving home, that he was determined to see the Eiffel Tower. So once arrived, with a map of the city and Instructions for the Metro from his dad, he prepared to set off for his journey. Word having gotten out to the rest of the Irish team, suddenly a contingency including everyone from his cycling mates to the entire cycling confederacy of Ireland wanted to come along. True to who Cian is today he confidently led them all through the streets and Metro stations of Paris and eventually led his entire team to the Eiffel Tower. On account of this exceptional leadership, the day ended with the Irish Olympic Committee awarding Cian to bear the Irish flag at the opening ceremonies. This story sums up Cian Lanigan beautifully: a man who is humble, curious, and fearlessly in pursuit of his goals!
A a child, I grew up in Ireland. Early on, I played Gaelic football, Ireland’s national sport and later was involved in rugby, soccer, kayaking and tree climbing. As a teenager, I switched to road cycling. Over the course of the next six years, I consistently earned podium finishes at the national level and became national champion in 2002. My proudest moment came when I represented Ireland in the 2003 Youth Olympics in Paris.
Over the past ten years, I’ve put my racing on hold as I pursue my career in personal training, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick, as well as earning the distinction of becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). I’ve also completed two separate advanced mentorships on assessments and correctives, as well as spending over 30 hours working closely with veteran KB specialist Jim Talo. Combining these with current movement-based forms of athletic development hugely informs and influences how I write training programs for EP.
I am also passionate about giving back to the profession and after having been an advisory board member for the NSCA in BC for 3 years I now shift my focus to mentoring trainers, teaching our methods and systems based approach to anyone from veteran to up-and-coming coaches. I’ve also been involved in research and had the honor of presenting findings from my undergraduate studies on fascia at the Third International Fascial Research Congress in 2012.
I’ve also made a return to the world of competitive sport and completed my first triathlon and finished a grueling mountain biking series called “Hell of a Series” in beautiful Squamish BC.
I don’t know if I will ever make a full return to high performance sport but one thing’s for certain, I’ve fallen in love with this region and it’s world class mountain biking.
I’m extremely passionate about sport and athletics, and my passion has culminated in the ultimate challenge of building this optimal training platform. I want to help people discover the best version of themselves, whether that means being able to keep up with the kids when running around the park, strolling along Kits beach or climbing to the top of the podium.