No Shame Cast #063: Eoin Lacey

Eoin Lacey, joins us in the studio for episode #063 of Paddy Holohan's No Shame Podcast. Eoin is co-founder & Director of ISI (Irish Strength Institute). He and John Connor opened the first ISI in 2004. Lacey & Connor have developed an incredible reputation over the years for their work with some of Ireland's most talented fighters including Conor McGregor & Carl Frampton. Eoin was an instrumental figure in preparing the Irish Invasion SBG fighters that took the UFC by storm during the golden era of MMA in this country. The ISI has since established itself as a leading Strength coaching clinic & continues to prepare Ireland's best athlete's for competition.

Watch episode #063 of Paddy Holohan's No Shame Podcast


Eoin is a specialist when it comes to nutrition & discusses the recent 'Snake Oil' comments from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in relation to food supplements. Lacey also highlights some interesting studies involving cornflakes, sugar & rats, (in no particular order) that outline the harmful side effects processed foods have on our health.

The fundamental part of any successful training regime is good nutrition & eating at the right time. Eoin talks about some of the reasons why people lack energy on certain diets & how poor nutrition puts you on the back foot before you've even stepped onto the gym floor. Lacey also highlights the importance of balance & is a firm believer in functional training.

Ultimately it's not about looking stronger but rather being as strong as you can be for the task in hand. His theory is that fitness should never be a factor when competing as it's the one area of an athlete's game that can be controlled. Paddy & Eoin cover various other topics in episode #063 including steroid use, UFC 234, the Irish Invasion era, today's youth, social media & that infamous sandal story involving Cathal Pendred.

Listen to episode #063 of Paddy Holohan's No Shame Podcast


Eoin's name has popped up fondly in so many conversations on previous episodes & after checking out this week's podcast it's clear to see why he's highly regarded. A ridiculously funny episode from start to finish & so much information on nutrition that applies to everyone, an instant No Shame classic. If you're interested in learning more about Eoin or the ISI, check out their website

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