Rory is the Head Coach at HENCH. Alongside an education in both Biomedical Sciences and also Sport and Exercise Sciences, he has worked for almost a decade in the fields Strength and Conditioning and Exercise Physiology, and is a certified Nutrition Coach.

In 2013 he won a silver medal at the WDFPF World Powerlifting Championships and between 2015-16, he became the only person in history to win the Best Overall Lifter Trophy at the All-Ireland, Northern Ireland and Irish Powerlifting Championships. In 2017, he made the switch to competing in MMA having retired from Powerlifting as Ireland’s #1 at the time.

With a diverse athletic background ranging from marathon running to strength sports and over 18 years of coaching and training experience, he is both a world-class Physical Preparation Coach and Athlete.



The longest-serving team member, Ciaran has been the linchpin of the team since joining in 2013 as the first graduate of the HENCH Coaching Internship Programme.

A competitive athlete since a youth, Ciaran played football before transitioning to strength and conditioning training in his early twenties and went on to compete in Weightlifting competitions. Since joining HENCH, Ciaran has amassed thousands of hours of coaching experience. He has a keen interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation and is a certified Nutrition Coach.


Gavin’s attitude towards training alongside an aptitude for coaching was recognised when he was successfully accepted into the HENCH Internship Programme. He has now progressed to a full-time coaching role. His development continues to progress at an astounding rate, and he is an integral part of the team.

An avid athlete, he hopes to compete in the near future in the sport of Weightlifting. He has a special interest in eastern approaches to strength programming and periodisation.