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The Better Athlete Podcast

The Better Athlete Podcast

By James
Are you looking to take your sporting performance to the next level? The Better Athlete Podcast could be the key ingredient you need. Hosted by sports injury specialist Fergal Wynne and personal trainer James Mc Dowell, we delve into the subjects that affect whether or not you reach your performance potential. Between ourselves we'll be guiding you through strength, mobility, nutrition, mental training and more with experts in the field. Athletes and coaches from every corner of the sporting spectrum will be giving insight, knowledge and understanding of what it takes. Like, share & review!
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#15 Clare Owens: The Secret To Her Long Inter-County Career, Being a Role Model For Younger Players & The Future of Ladies Football
This week we're joined by Leitrim ladies footballer Clare Owens. Clare has had an outstanding inter-county career; she made her debut in 2006 at the young age of 16 and got to an All-Ireland final that same year. Since then she's gone on to captain her county, as well as winning numerous championships with her club; St. Josephs. In this episode we chat to her about the secret to her long inter-county career, being a role model for younger players & the future of ladies football. Please like, share and review! You can follow us at @siseire and @james_fit_mcdowell
April 12, 2021
#14 Dearbhla Rooney: How a Youth Olympic Medalist Approaches The Big Occasions, Lessons From Individual & Team Sports and The Importance of Stamina for Fighting
In this week's episode we're joined by Dearbhla Rooney. Dearbhla is a youth Olympic Bronze medalist and European Youth silver medalist in boxing, as well as a fantastic Gaelic Footballer. We chat to her about how she approaches the big occasions, what she has learnt from individual & team sports and the importance of stamina for fighting. Please like, share and review. You can tag us at @james_fit_mcdowell and @siseire
March 29, 2021
Episode #13 Recovery: What works, What Doesn't, Manipulating Training Load for Recovery & How Lifestyle Impacts Recovery
In this week's solo episode we're talking all about recovery. Often this is an area where athletes let themselves down. It's all well and good going 100 miles an hour with training, but you need to let your body recover so that it can adapt. We talk about what works, what doesn't, manipulating training load for recovery & how lifestyle impacts recovery, and much more. Please like, share and review. You can follow us at @james_fit_mcdowell and @siseire
March 24, 2021
#12 Rupert Wiltshire: Training Britain's Top Ballet Dancers, The Relationship Between Strength & Flexibility & Taking a General or Specific Approach
This week we talk to Rupert Wiltshire. Rupert works with some of the best Ballet dancers in the world, as well as with gymnasts and the Warrington women's rugby league team. He has a wealth of knowledge in strength and conditioning. We talk about what it's like training Britain's top ballet dancers, the relationship between strength & flexibility & taking a general or specific approach to exercise. Rupert has some really interesting thoughts in particular on load management. Please give Rupert a follow at @theballetstrengthpro and like and share this episode. You can find us at @james_fit_mcdowell and @siseire
March 22, 2021
#11 Mike Carroll: His Big 3 of Golf Fitness, How Bryson Dechambeau's Training Transfers To His Drive and How Skills Training and S&C Merge In Golf
In this week's episode we're joined by golf strength and conditioning coach Mike Carroll. We spoke about his big 3 of golf fitness, how Bryson Dechambeau's training transfers to his drive and how skills training and S&C merge in golf. Whether you play golf, or any other sport, there is lots to take from this episode. Mike takes a really effective, practical approach to training. You can find him on Instagram at @fit_for_golf and find his wonderful Fit For Gold App at Please like, share and review. You can find us at @james_fit_mcdowell and @siseire
March 15, 2021
#10 Robbie Atkinson: How He Doesn't Get Blinded By Any One System, Breathwork And The Importance of Training Intelligently
In this week's episode we're joined by Robbie Atkinson, of Total Training Dublin. In this episode Robbie speaks to us about how he doesn't get blinded by any one system, breathwork and the importance of training intelligently and a lot more. Robbie is a very smart guy and has some really interesting theories. As usual please like, share and review. You can follow Robbie at @totaltrainingdublin and us at @james_fit_mcdowell and @siseire.
March 8, 2021
#9 Aileen Gilroy: Adapting To Life As a Pro Athlete, Being 100% Sure She Was Ready After Her ACL Injury & The Future of Women's GAA & AFLW
In this week's episode we chat to North Melbourne AFLW star Aileen Gilroy. Aileen is extremely inspiring, not only has she played AFLW but has represented Mayo for over 10 years and played for the Irish underage soccer team. This episode is so entertaining! She chats to us about adapting to life as a pro athlete, being 100% sure she was ready after her ACL injury & the future of women's GAA & AFLW. She gives a fantastic insight into the differences between Ireland and Australia, in terms of training, lifestyle and mindset. Please like, share and review. If you're interested in finding out more on the crosscoders, you can follow them at You can tag us at @gilroy7 @siseire and @james_fit_mcdowell
March 1, 2021
#8 Oisín O'Neill: His Frustration at GAA Not Being Considered an 'Elite Sport', How He Welcomes Expectation & The Importance of Taking Advice
In this week's episode we chat with Armagh Gaelic Football star Oisín O'Neill. Oisín shares with us the frustration of being told that GAA isn't an elite sport, how he dealt with a serious ankle injury, why it's important to put the hard work in during Covid-19 and why taking advice from people in your community is important. This one is jam packed full of useful tips! Please like, share and review. You can find James and Fergal at @james_fit_mcdowell and @siseire 
February 22, 2021
#7 David Mc Gettigan: Misconceptions On Pain, How Past Experiences Influence Pain & His Thoughts On Manual Therapy
On this weeks episode we're joined by pain and movement specialist David Mc Gettigan. The information on this episode is mind blowing. 99% of people have dealt with some sort of physical pain during their life and David has some amazing thoughts around this area. He talks about misconceptions on pain, how past experiences influence pain, his thoughts on manual therapy and much more. Like, share and review! You can find David at @painandmovementspecialist and You can find us at @siseire and @james_fit_mcdowell. Remember Our GAA Strength Foundations Program has to potential to make you faster, stronger and more mobile. Please visit the following link to purchase it
February 15, 2021
#6 Jason Mc Loughlin: Cavan's Ulster Championship Win, Prepping For Big Occasions & Managing High Training Loads
In today's episode we chat to Cavan Gaelic Football star Jason Mc Louglin. Jason chats to us about the amazing 2020 he had where he won The Ulster Championship. We also chat about how he prepares for big occasions and how he manages working full time and playing at such a high level. Jason also gives fantastic insight into the team culture needed to be successful. Our GAA Strength Foundations Program has to potential to make you faster, stronger and more mobile. Please visit the following link to purchase it @siseire @james_fit_mcdowell
February 8, 2021
#5 Breathing: Why Your Breathing Mechanics Are Vital For Your Performance
In today's episode we discuss breathing. We breathe over 20,000 times a day, so making sure we breathe correctly and efficiently is really important. We discuss nasal breathing, the myth of belly breathing, why chest breathing isn't a bad thing and strategies to improve your breathing. Please like, share and leave a review! Also on Monday we're releasing an amazing product for GAA players to improve their off season conditioning, mobility and strength, keep an eye out for that. @james_fit_mcdowell @siseire
February 5, 2021
#4 Olivia Murray: Mindset, The Future of Dance Strength Training & Her Riverdance Experience
It's not often you get to chat with someone that is the best in the world at their sport, but this week we got to chat to 2019 World Irish Dancing Champion, Olivia Murray. In this episode Olivia talks about how working on her mindset brought her to another level, what changes dancing is making with regards to strength training and what it was like performing with Riverdance. Regardless of whether you're a dancer, runner or GAA player there is lots to take from this one. Please share on your Insta stories! You can follow Olivia at _oliviamurray and us @james_fit_mcdowell @siseire 
February 1, 2021
#3 Ricki Wynne: Physical and Mental Strength Lessons From An Ultra Runner
Ultra running has to be one of the most brutal sports there is. Running 200km and beyond is grueling. That's why we wanted to get Ricki Wynne on to discuss his approach to training and mindset. Ricki is one of the top ultra runners in the country, if not the world. This episode is jam packed with value. Ricki discusses how he deals with set backs, his approach to taking care of injuries and the mindset it takes to reach your full potential. As always please share on Instagram and leave a review! Make sure to follow Ricki at @rickiwynne10 and us @james_fit_mcdowell and @siseire
January 25, 2021
#2 Off Season Training: The Do's & Don'ts
With an extended off season for most sports at the moment we delve into the aspects you should be considering when training. We discuss discovering your weak points and how to work on them, what you can do even you have no gym equipment, bulletproofing yourself from injuries, how to get your body fat % down and much more! Please share and review! @siseire @james_fit_mcdowell
January 18, 2021
#1 Intro: What We're All About
Welcome to the very first episode of The Better Athlete Podcast! In today's episode we discuss...... - Who we are. - Why we started the podcast. - The topics we'll cover. - The guests we'll have. - A quick fire round! Like, share and review.
January 14, 2021