Leighton Bellamore | Coach Educator

My coaching philosophy is to help people realize and reach their true potential through improvement of both lifestyle, mobility and training. My main training approach is based around functional training, where whole body functional movements are incorporated to get the body working at its full capacity.

Experience: 2 Years as a S&C Coach & Personal Trainer

Background & Philosophy

I have always been a part of sport since a young age, playing both team and individual sports, I swam for Wales at the age of 13 getting selected after having the fastest 50m Freestyle time in the U16's category which was 30.61 seconds. I played football at grass roots level managing to play for Newport County in football through the age grades as well as playing club rugby for Caerleon RFC. It wasn't until the age of 14 where it was time to make a decision of which route I went down. I chose Rugby and I have never looked back since. We were undefeated for 2 years at youth rugby, this is where I got selected to play for Newport Gwent Dragons and becoming a part of the Academy. At the age of 16 first year within the academy I tore my ACL in a school rugby match. I was told I would never be able to play rugby again. I met with my consultant and he said to me That he will get me back playing again, don't worry what anyone else tells you. 6 months later I found myself running on the field again. I worked really hard on my rehab but I knew I wasn't ready. I took another 3 months off. I was training with the Newport Gwent Dragon U18's throughout my rehab at 16, I missed the first year playing for the Regional team due to my ACL. The second year of the regional came around, I was back playing club rugby, and found a hypertrophy programme on the internet I followed in my room, I had one end goal, that was to get selected for the National team U18's squad. I played out of my skin in that regional tournament playing against the Scarlets, Ospreys and Blues and achieved my goal of playing for Wales U18's.

I then went onto university to study BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I played for the 1st XV in rugby  for 3 years. This is where I found my true passion for Strength and Conditioning, training 3 times a week, under Dai Watts. After improving my strength, speed and size year on year and seeing it transfer onto the field I found too rewarding, so wanted to learn more about it, this is where I met the KBT Team, which has opened my eyes to the science behind training and has taught me ways in which I can better myself even more. The second year of pre-season I hit another goal of mine to run sub 1.6 over 10m and sub 5.0 over 40m. I ran a 1.59 and a 4.98, it might be too close for comfort, but I achieved what I planned thanks to the help of Sam Dovey and Dai Watts, the feeling was pretty awesome. During my time at Cardiff Metropolitan I got selected to play for Wales Students against England Students. 

After my 3 years playing at Cardiff Metropolitan, I had served my time and it was time to find a new club, I developed a considerable amount as a player thanks to that club, but I was ready to move on. I now find myself playing for Ebbw Vale RFC they are in the Welsh Championship but will soon find themselves in the Welsh Premiership which is one league below professional level. My dream is to become a professional rugby player. 

Alongside the playing, I currently doing my MSc in Strength and Conditioning. I am a Strength and Conditioning coach at Newport Gwent Dragons Academy and Head of Strength and Conditioning at Newport High School RFC where I look after 50 boys aged 16-19 years week in week out. I am the Owner of Limina Fitness, a strength and conditioning company based in South Wales.  I am also a Coach Educator Level 1 for KBTEducation

My coaching philosophy is to help people realize and reach their true potential through improvement of both lifestyle, mobility and training. My main training approach is based around functional training, where whole body functional movements are incorporated to get the body working at its full capacity. I believe planning is the key to success, however each plan needs to be tailored to the individual, everyone is different, each having different areas they need to improve even if they have the same end goal. Once the plan is done and the individuals attitude towards their goals are right, everything else will take care of itself. There is no doubt in my mind you will achieve what you planned to achieve. 

 

 

Qualifications

  • MSc Strength and Conditioning 2013-2014 - Ongoing
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching 2010-2013 - 2.1 Achieved
  • KBTEducation Strength & Conditioning Level 1
  • KBTEducation Strength & Conditioning Level 2
  • KBTEducation Strength & Conditioning Level 3
  • REPS Recognised & Insured

Role within KBT