Leigh Withers



Since making a career change from financial accounting 11 years ago, Leigh has lived his passion for the fitness industry in the UK, Middle East, Asia and Europe. He’s worked with some of UK’s leading fitness educators, such as Discovery Learning, Fitness Wales, Train Fitness, along with Cardiff Met University. In 2012, Leigh founded his own education training company,  FFTAcademy. 

During his time in the Middle East,  Leigh was part of a ground-breaking project to deliver industry-accredited training qualifications to leading gyms in the UAE.  He played a key role with the Bahrain Military Defence Hospital to provide training and education to their physiotherapists who were leading the country's first Centre of Excellence Obesity Project. He also worked with Bapco and the country’s leading dietician to front Bahrain’s ‘Biggest Loser’ campaign, and presented to hundreds of employees.

These projects energised Leigh to continue in the industry as an educator. After he returned to the UK, Leigh continued his work as a tutor. He also developed a passion for kettlebell training, which led to teaching engagements at the Military Rehabilitation Centre Hedley Court, and fitness institutions in Singapore and Dubai.

Leigh has spent time training with some of the leading figures in the industry, and has recently completed his Certified Physical Preparation Specialist Certification (CPPS) with Joe De Franco and Jim Smith at the Onnit Academy in Austin, Texas.


  • Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS)

  • Mobility WOD Practitioner

  • Precision Nutrition Certified Coach

  • Olympic Lifting Certified

  • GP and Exercise Referral

  • Sports Massage Therapist

  • Training For Warriors - Level 1

  • Functional TRX Trainer

  • Advanced Kettlebell Instructor

  • Indoor Cycling Instructor