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Mike&Leica Gelsei

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Bikini, Fitness, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique, Bodybuilding, Posing, Classic, Beach-body, Transformation, Muscle Model, Figure/BodyFitness, Fit Mums, Juniors, Strength/Endurance

Delivered In-Person and Online

Coached since January 1995

Empower Performance
South Wales

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01443 492196

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Strength & conditioning along with functional training and nutrition/weight management for competitive and non-competitive physique athletes – including, uniquely, stage presentation coaching for all competitive classes. We also offer sports specific training for the sport of your choice as we are experts in exercise prescription and technique.


■ BSc 1st Class Honours Health and Exercise Science
■ IFBB Certified Personal Trainers & Training Prescription Specialists
■ IFBB Masters Bodybuilding & Fitness Methods
■ Officiate at National, International & Pro Contests
■ 3rd and 4th Dan Black Belts in Shotokan Karate
■ 5 Welsh Bodybuilding Titles, 2 British, 1 European and Competitive Experience at IFBB World Level


Our goal is to help every one of our clients reach their greatest possible potential in an environment of integrity and respect whilst inspiring through leadership, motivation and example.


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Kyleigh M.

Thu 14 Jan 2016 @ 12:40

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In October 2015 I brought a Chinese Track cycling team for a 42 Degrees Coaching training Camp.
Mike and Leica brought their energy and creative training plans to the gym work and delivered knowledgeable and specific training methods that were both original and highly effective.
I look forward to working together again and recommend all my riders go and see them.
Their knowledge, passion and enthusiasm is infectious.
100% see them if you want the best out of yourself

jayne M.

Fri 8 Jan 2016 @ 18:19

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being involved in competitive sport (mainly endurance) for over 25 years ,with numerous top coaches from various sporting backgrounds i fancied a new challenge BODYBUILDING..,i did some research and visited a few prep coaches, after 10 mins of meeting Leica and mike i knew i was on the right path to success, and the've fulfilled everything that i set out to achieve taking two 1st place's and an invite to a british this year. They nurture, believe,love and drive you through times when you yourself don't, never giving up or giving in. Now that to me is something PRETTY SPECIAL.., A VERY UNIQUE TEAM love you Jayne Mullens xxxx

Rhian E.

Tue 22 Dec 2015 @ 9:35

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I started my journey with Leica almost 2 years ago. Giving her only 7 weeks to get me into tip top shape for my first bikini comp. I went to her insecure and unhappy about myself and she changed everything. After competing for the summer I began my offseason.. Which started great and then I hurt my back. I lost all confidence again but she kept me going. I am not the most confident I have ever been, I do not let my back affect me any more and lifting the heaviest ever! And I can't thank Leica enough! Lots of love xxxxxxx

Amy M.

Thu 22 Oct 2015 @ 7:33

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If you ve got goals or dreams these pair will get you there!! Just completed my first session competing as a bikini athlete and placed at each competition and reached British finals which were my dreams at the start of 2015. Leica and Mike have vast knowledge of training and nutrition and can honestly say come away from each session motivated and can t wait to go back for the next one!! Full support and education to why you doing certain exercises or why you need certain fuel/ nutrition so learning all the time! These guys are really friendly and provide full support pre during and post competition so if you ve got dreams get in touch with these guys xxx

sonia R.

Mon 19 Oct 2015 @ 23:09

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I've had 2 coaches before and never had such support as this before. Due to previous injuries I had a lot to work around but this was never made an issue. When overcoming the rebouts of this longterm injury I was given total self belief in the fact I could win the battle. I can't recommend Leica and Mike enough. It's the best visit from Newcastle to Wales I've made and a great investment. Sonia Redpath xx

Sarah L.

Tue 13 Oct 2015 @ 6:19

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From the moment I visited Leica at Empower Performance, she completely overhauled my thinking on training and nutrition for the better. She provides amazing support on both an emotional level but also with my physical needs. She is a no nonsense gal and although I train my ass off with her, we have a good laugh and I know that she cares deeply about all her clients and invests completely into my needs. Basically she is awesome and her experience in this game cannot be underestimated, she will work her butt off to help you become the best version of yourself whilst still having fun.

Lauren E.

Fri 9 Oct 2015 @ 17:58

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I had amazing support & help from day one, really pleased with every result& help during prep for competing . Even after my show I had 100% support. Cudnt of asked for any more . My diets is 100% better& I feel amazing for it. 😀

Lauren H.

Fri 9 Oct 2015 @ 12:55

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I met Leica in May 2014 at a workshop & we clicked right from the start. I left the course, fire lit, feeling more motivated & inspired than ever - this is the effect that Mike & Leica have on people! Within a week, I knew I wanted Leica to be my coach & within 4 weeks of Leica coaching me, I came 3rd qualifying me for the British. I’ve since gone on to place 1st & 3rd with Leica’s guidance. Results are great (who doesn’t want great results!?) however I would say I have gained far more important things: for nearly 2 years I have felt supported & nurtured. I understand what I’m doing & why I’m doing it. My self-confidence & stage presence has improved greatly w/ Leica’s awesome 1-2-1 posing. I always leave my visits w/ them, mind blown, from everything I learnt that day! Both Leica & Mike’s knowledge is most certainly amongst the best in the industry. In Leica I have a posing coach, a nutritionist, a PT, a family member, a friend for life & it’s my privilege to be coached by her!

Cassandra B.

Fri 9 Oct 2015 @ 10:18

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Leica has been my prep coach since January 2015. In that time I have trained the hardest I have ever trained, pushed myself further than ever and made more progress than I dreamed I would. Every time I visit for either training or posing I learn something new. Leica did my training, diet and posing for all my shows this year and as a result I felt strong and confident every time I stepped on stage. If I panic or need any help, Leica is always there for me. I wouldn't prep or train with anyone else. I am power lifting at the moment and again the advice on technique and strength has been second to none, and my lifts have gone up significantly in the sessions we have done. Whatever your coaching or prep needs I highly recommend training with Leica or Mike at Empower

Hannah F.

Thu 8 Oct 2015 @ 20:13

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I've been training with Leica since January and have achieved better results than I ever thought possible. I never thought I would be able to get in condition to step on stage but Leica got me to compete in my first competition in September and I was invited to the PCA finals. She is always quick to answer any questions and is so knowledgable about all aspects of training and competing. Her and Mike are always very friendly and supportive when I go to the Empower gym too. I can't wait to see the progress we make before my next show! Thankyou! xx

Katherine C.

Thu 8 Oct 2015 @ 14:10

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MIke and leica were exceptionally supportive and pro active throughout. I don't think I would have got on stage without them , thank you both xx

Kath A.

Wed 7 Oct 2015 @ 18:17

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I feel so fortunate that Leica is my coach. She has helped me to reach my fitness goals and my goal of competing in a bodybuilding competition in Bikini category. Leica's knowledge and experience is unrivalled and she and her husband Mike make a perfect team supporting me especially through the tough times. The added benefits of Leica is that she's also very caring and supportive. She has consistently provided me with great training and nutrician advice.....so after having worked with Leica for over 2 years and getting the results that I wanted I highly recommend her as a coach for any experienced or novice bodybuilder.

Sarah M.

Wed 7 Oct 2015 @ 13:19

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I starting working with Leica back in May this year after having had a 'mediocre experience' with another coach online. Leica is incredibly knowledgeable and you can tell she has tons of experience and is speaking from having done it, not just learnt it in a classroom! She has a professional, warm & friendly nature so can work with someone who's lacking confidence starting out or an experienced athlete. I have had an amazing time working with her over these last 5 months. She gave me the confidence to get up on stage at the recent Welsh Bodybuilding Championships in September, having never done anything like this before.... I qualified in both my categories for the PCA British finals! I'm over the moon and am continuing my journey with Leica as my coach! :-)

matthew M.

Tue 6 Oct 2015 @ 15:54

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Me and my Mrs Sian worked with Mike and Leica for 16weeks welcomed from the word go we both have leaned a lot about there very effective training styles and techniques everything was no sweat from the first day to the last the amount of knowledge Mike and Leica has about nutrition and posing and training is amazing I've learned so much about what and how my body works with diets training ect would definitely use again I placed 1st place mr Wales no doubt Mike brought me in at my all time best biggest and most conditioned

Eleanor B.

Mon 5 Oct 2015 @ 21:26

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I worked with Leica for my comp prep leading up to the Welsh Bodybuilding Championships this September (2015) where I placed 3rd in the Bikini +35 category.

Leica was incredibly supportive, motivating and highly professional throughout the entire prep period and beyond. Her wealth of experience and depth of knowledge is evident and I felt in very safe hands!

I'd definitely recommend her to anyone considering competing.


Mon 5 Oct 2015 @ 12:35

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Leica has been my coach for nearly six months now & in this time she has given me unwavering support & encouragement, taught me so much which has enabled me to not only reach my goals but also keep on progressing past them so that I can always be the best version of myself.
Getting to train with her has opened my eyes even more to what it takes to compete & each session left me more driven than ever.
She is not only an exceptional coach but also an amazing, caring woman who is so passionate about what she does & her love for the industry & helping people reach their full potential is infectious

Thecla I.

Sat 3 Oct 2015 @ 15:28

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I've know Leica for just under a year and has helped me meet my fitness goal to compete which I did three times l. She is my coach my counsellor and a real friend . She cares about your goal as much as you do and wants you to produce the best version of you. She is a perfect coach she is tough when you need it but soft when u need consoling for the best result and someone who will keep you sane through prep trust in Leica

Jac W.

Sat 3 Oct 2015 @ 14:24

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Before meeting Mike and Leica I didn't really know what I was doing in the gym training wise, but their knowledge is second to none and with their help i have improved drastically. With their help I have stepped on stage twice doing something that I never thought I would do but with their great support throughout they made it so enjoyable. Also without them I probably wouldn't of decided to go into personal training myself and they have helped me a long the way with their incredible experience. I still see Leica once a week for a beasting and no one pushes me harder. I couldn't think of anyone else I would turn to with help and advice, so if you want to take your body to the next level don't bother looking anyway else xx

Kelly R.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 22:48

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I met Leica and Mike over a year ago now , I'm so grateful that I choose them to coach me as it was my first ever time to compete . They made me feel so welcome and put me at ease , I really achieve a lot and came 3 rd in my second time on stage , the motivation and support is outstanding , and their poising sessions were full of fun . Best decision I ever made was to work with these two amazing people .

Caitlin T.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 21:27

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I have worked with Lieca for about a year now visiting her for PT sessions. No one pushes me harder and I always leave the gym having learnt something new! I have recently joined the team with regards to the nutrition side too and I am loving every minute. Mike and Leica are so supportive and motivating and experts in what they do! Would highly recommend to anyone no matter what your goal they will have the answer for you!


Lauren W.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 17:37

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I met mike and Leica 2 years ago with extreme lack of confidence, along with a lack of knowledge of nutrition and the gym. They slowly introduced me in to the gym to help me gain my confidence step by step and over a period of time I was able to eat 3 meals a day and recently I attended my first bikini competition. Without meeting mike and Leica I would have never been able to step on stage, but with they're continuous support and friendly attidute I was able to achieve this goal.
Mike and Leica are both extremely friendly and if you need support weather it's personal or for fitness they are there to support you and get back to you within no time what so ever, it's exactly what you need whether your a beginner, intermediate or advanced when it comes to bodybuilding. I would 100% recommended them as they have benefited my life so much.

Deborah P.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 17:08

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Leica was recommended to me by a friend when I mentioned I was considering competing as a bikini athlete. Visiting them was the best decision I ever made. Solid advice, amazing support and even better results! If you want to be the best version of yourself, you have to go to the best and I wouldn't consider anyone else for future competitions. What an amazing family with a work ethic that is second to none.

N. H.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 16:27

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Leica was recommended to me and I am so pleased I worked with her. She coached me to my first competition, providing training and nutrition plans. She is knowledgeable, experienced, gives honest feedback and just a lovely person. If you are looking for a supportive coach who will bring the best out of you then Leica ones highly recommended.

Natalie H.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 15:31

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Before meeting Lecia I had no clue of lifting weights zero confidence and no shape ... She makes you feel so at home and pushes you to your full limits .. Any support needed she and Mike are there no matter what time of the day or night .. Their knowledge of training is phenomenal..They have become friends for life .. Highly recommended

Jess L.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 15:20

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Leica is my coach. Leica is friendly and professional. Leica has the support for you whether you just want to get in shape or are planning to compete. Training with Leica I am now in the best shape I have ever been in. When you work with Leica she genuinely wants you to do well and does everything possible to help you reach your goals. I would recommend Leica to anyone she's awesome!!

Sian H.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 13:51

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Leica trained me for the wbf for my first time on top of not having trained since before my 2 babies. The journey wasn't as daunting as I though as she's such a proffesional but one of the friendliest people I have met and made me feel more at east and made training as fun as it can be. My body changed within weeks and she gave me a lot of confidence that I didn't have before. I can truly call her my friend as well as my future coach. Her knowledge and explanations are second to none

Melissa R.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 12:43

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After working with Leica for just a few short weeks I seen my shape change dramatically, she really knows how push you for the very best results possible! Constantly motivating you! I always look forward to training sessions, every thing is always thoroughly explained so you know exactly what muscle group you are working, Always keep in touch outside of the gym for any extra support I need with anything such as my diet plan or training. The atmosphere in the gym is always amazing and you're always surrounded by people who share similar goals.

Amy P.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 12:15

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Having given birth to my second son weeks before, I weighed 16.5. Stone and was a whopping size 18.
I felt that my dreams of being a bikini competitor were so far away, even impossible.
Then I met Mike & Leica...!
These two have changed my life and outlook on training all together!
I have been training with Leica for several weeks now and I feel like a new woman!
After a complicated pregnancy (PGP) I was extremely nervous to perform certain movements in the gym. Leica's knowledge of training and post pregnancy is inspiring!
After I recovered, I embarked on my first leg day after given birth. My training was catered so that I was safe, motivated and pushed to my limits. I can honestly say I have never felt so empowered in myself. The Gelsei's 'can do' attitude is so motivational!
I look forward to every session, even when I am not having a 1 on 1 with Leica, I always leave their gym feeling inspired, motivated and hungry for that stage!
I cannot wait for the future!

David F.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 11:47

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During my journey to the WBF Mike and Leica provided me with my nutrition plan and trained me several times a week. I have never trained with such committed dedicated people in all my years of training. Both Mike & Leica listened to my goals and catered my diet and training so I could bring my best package to the stage!
During our training sessions I was shocked at how much knowledge that these two hold. Every training session I was pushed to the absolute extreme and I loved every moment of it! Each session was completely different and I have learnt so much just from 3 months worth of training.
The value for money is outstanding. They are not just my prep coaches but almost a family to myself that I am proud to be a part of. They go over and beyond on their part and even take the time out of their busy schedule to check to see how I am doing and how I am feeling. I honestly could not ask for better coaches I look forward to my future with these guys prepping me for future shows!

Jay D.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 10:57

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If you want to be the best, you have to be trained by the best! I'm pretty new to bodybuilding and fitness, but having reached a plateau with my own style of training it was clear I needed someone to push me above and beyond my limits. They're knowledge and approach to training is something I've never witness before, and they know EXACTLY what is needed to make improvements on your physique! Mike & Leica are not only amazing coaches but the support that comes with it is second to none. I've only been with them for roughly 2 months training twice a week and I already feel like I've known them years! My own progress within this time has been unbelievable and I'm extremely excited to see what the future holds training with the Gelsei's!

Samantha C.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 10:39

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These coaches are professional down to earth very approachable and exceptionally helpful people. Extremely knowledgeable and the cheapest form of therapy around. They have been Very supportive with me and I know they are always there to turn if and when I need them.
Highly recommended

Nicole A.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 10:00

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These pair go over and above what is expected of them. Nothing is ever too much always finding time for you whether it be responding to your unnecessary panic texts before comp or fitting you in for a session when they are at their busiest. From previous experience with other PTs no one can compare. From training weekly with them I am now more knowledgeable and can actually tell you why we are doing exercises and how to do them correctly. Many PTS don’t go into this detail.


Miss C.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 9:38

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The knowledge and experience Mike as Leica have is second to none. They are very motivating and positive which helps while prepping . Leica's posing and training advice is outstanding.
Mike and Leica make sure you feel at ease and comfortable and leave you feeling positive.
I would highly recommend this amazing couple if your considering getting fit, entering a competition or need advice and guidance .

Ashley C.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 9:26

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When it comes to coaching and personal training mike and leica are on a different level they are your coaches coach! They are the people the pro's turn to for help, and both have such a impact on people they will change how you look at life and help you achieve the most from it. I personaly cant thank them enough they have helpped me in so many ways i cant thank them enough "genuine" thier training is phenominal and brutal they get you results fact! And have been doing so for a very long time, so easy to talk to and get on with feels like im part of thier family everyone in thier gym feels the same and says the same,thier succsess rate for competitors is second to none i feel honoured to be able to call the gelsies my friends my mentors,the reason i have achieved all that i have is because of these two believed in me and pushed me to limits i never knew exsisted, 5 out of 5 thers nobody in wales or britain in the same league or covers absolute everything like empower "fact" big love

Claire H.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 9:24

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The thing that outshines anything else is the experience that Mike and Leica has. Thier knowledge is extensive giving you complete confidence in thier competency wether it be for comp prep or any other goal you may have. The individual approach to the client is genuine and sincere for you to be the best that you can with health and wellbeing as a priority. I can't recommend these guys more and really don't think I would have won my category without them.

Melissa G.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 9:15

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I decided on Working with Leica after hearing excellent stuff about her and mike Iv been Working with Leica a few months and we have been concentrating on a knee injures I had from back last year the results and how much my knee has come on in strength and mobility is amazing. Leica is always on hand for any questions and makes the work outa fun Aswel as being bad ass! Dieta are also very good and she does her very best to make you pleased and happy. She is an amazing kind coach and pushes you to ur limits! I have moved to oz and we are keeping in touch via internet and what's app and she always on hand to help! I have also gained an amazing friendship with both mike and Leica.. HUGE. Massive thumbs up from me.
Melissa G

Emma J.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 9:14

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Having worked with Leica for a number of weeks now in the run up to my first ever bikini competition, I can safely say it was absolutely the best, and most cost effective, decision I have made in the whole process.
Leica's training skills are second to none. She is motivational in training & pushes you to achieve to your very best. Her knowledge is extremely clear to see & what I have learnt about my form so far has been invaluable.
The bikini coaching has been incredible. My plans are clearly written and easy to follow and posing, well Leica is a master!
No question is too daft or too much trouble, which helps make the whole process easier.
Always the first to ask how you are & listen to your wobbles, Leica uses her wealth of experience to re-assure that the brain ache is normal & give you that little spark you need to pick up and push on.
Leica really is always on hand to answer a question or offer support & is definitely worth her weight in gold!

Ffion H.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 9:02

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I first started working with Leica in April 2015 with a goal to shed a few pounds and just feel comfortable in my clothes. After only a few weeks of following my specifically tailored eating plan I noticed huge results and became confident in attending the gym alone. Working with Leica I have never done the same work out twice! Both Leica & Mike's knowledge is endless and I know if I ever need advice or guidance they are just a txt or phone call away day or night, until I see them at the gym the next day that is. Its safe to say I've now got the bug and I'm working towards stepping on stage for the first time in 2016, I know Leica is the best person to support me in doing this from the prep & exercise down to the posing, She has truly inspired me to believe in myself and achieve the best possible goals!

amy C.

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 8:56

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they both helped me through my first competition prep which encouraged me to do another soon after. Without the constant motivation support and friendliness this would not have been possible. They are personal and listen as they adapted my training due to knee issues. Wouldn't go to anyone else!!!

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