Ciaran Ruddock: Become the strongest version yourself

A few months ago I got a chance to sit down with a great friend of mine Ciaran Ruddock also known as Rudds.

He is a very inspiring person both as a close friend and as an entrepreneur.  I have known Ciaran for a decade and whenever we get a chance to sit down and catch up, I leave the conversation either learning something or wanting to follow up on a topic he showed a great amount of passion for.  

He is one of the people who has a willingness to learn, to adapt and is open to receiving coaching and direction from those who have more expertise in something, so that he gives himself the best opportunity to achieve his goals.

Ciaran is the Performance Director and a founder of Fitter Faster Stronger Gyms FFS here in Dublin, a brand that has grown in stature in health and fitness for the last 7 years.

However, prior to this career, Ciaran was a professional rugby player with Leinster. Hailing from a family of rugby personalities the apple didn’t fall to far from the tree for Ciaran.

In this episode, we got a chance to talk about his transition from professional player to entrepreneur and the challenges he had to overcome during that time.

We talk about how he approaches life and how he lives his mission of helping himself and others become the strongest versions of themselves both personally and professionally.

We discuss work ethic and the topic of how to create opportunities for yourself, there’s simply no short cut for long term success.

Not only that Ciaran talks about creating habits to promote positive physical & mental health.

Speaking with Ciaran on this podcast was great fun. I know there’s a lot of people who are looking forward to hearing what makes Rudd’s tick and without further delay, enjoy the show.


“My mission is to help myself & others become the strongest versions of themselves” 

As a coach, I am passionate about helping people to improve the way they look, feel and perform. 

I believe to do this there are no secrets of quick fixes. There is just a constant pursuit of better. 

The 4 big pillars that will help anyone be at their best are: 
1. Physical activity 
2. Nutrition 
3. Rest & recovery 
4. Mindset

Everyone can always be better and I enjoy helping people enjoy the process of getting better.  

Here is Ciaran’s reading list 

Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink & Leif Babin 
Win or Learn, John Kavanagh
Chasing Excellence, Ben Bergeron 
Conscious Coaching, Brett Bartholomew
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
Start With Why, Simon Sinek 
Mindset, Carol S Dweck

Where to find Ciaran

Instagram – @CiaranRuddock

Episode timeline
00:10Introduction 00:25Exploring the topic 00:57A word from our guest host 01:14Closing remarks
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