Lewis Mitchell

Physiotherapist | Strength Coach

With a background in sports science, and strength & conditioning, Lewis began working as a physiotherapist in 2003 at NHS Forth Valley in Stirling. A specialist interest in football led him to work with elite youth football players at Motherwell FC and Rangers FC. Following this he spent six years at Celtic FC where he designed and implemented the junior youth academy sports science program. In 2008 Lewis reluctantly declined the invitation to become Celtic F.C’s 1st team strength & conditioning coach, due to a desire to experience working in professional rugby.

In 2009 he began working with the Scottish Rugby Union and  provided physiotherapy cover for the Caledonia regional development programs until 2012. One of the highlights of his time at the SRU was being selected as the SRU’s physiotherapist for Scotland’s’ Youth Commonwealth Games 7′s team in 2011.

After a hip labral tear ended his MMA training with the Dinky Ninjas, Lewis turned to strength training, and started competing in Strongman in 2011. After doing well in several novice, and intermediate competitions Lewis finished fifth in Scotland’s Strongest Man 2013, and represented Scotland at the UK’s Strongest Man the same year. After a two year hiatus from competing again due to injury, he returned in 2016 to win the Scottish Natural Strongman title, and finish 5th at Britains Natural Strongest Man.

Turning his hand to powerlifting in 2015, Lewis broke the Scottish BDFPA bench press record at his first attempt in the 145kg weight class, and won the Scottish Open in the 145kg class the same year. Despite qualifying for the British Championships in 2016, Lewis sadly tore his left quadricep on his second squat of the meet, attempting a new meet PR of 272kg. Lewis has since recovered from this injury and has been back competing in Strongman qualifying for the SSM 2017 Final.

Business partner Mark McKenzie, and Lewis formed Elite Sporting Performance LTD in 2012 with the intention of providing elite level physiotherapy services to athletes, and the general public.

Qualifications:

Experience:

  • Motherwell Football Club – Sports Therapist 2002/03
  • Scottish Football Association – Physiotherapist 2003/10
  • Rangers Football Club – Youth Physiotherapist 2004/5
  • Celtic Football Club – Youth Physiotherapist 2005/08
  • Scottish Rugby Union – Physiotherapist 2009/12
  • NHS – Advanced Physiotherapist 2003/2016
  • ESP – Lead Physio & Strength Coach 2012/present

Strongman/Powerlifting Standings:

  1. Dumfries Strongest Man 2011 – 1st
  2. Scotland’s Strongest Man Qualifier 2012 – 19th
  3. BodyPower Expo Novice 2012 – 6th
  4. UKs Strongest Man Scottish Qualifier 2012 – 7th
  5. Scotland’s Strongest Man Qualifier 2013 – 12th
  6. BodyPower Expo Opens 2013 – 5th
  7. Scotland’s Strongest Man Finals 2013 – 5th
  8. UK’s Strongest Man Finals 2013 – 16th
  9. BodyPower Expo Heavies 2014 – 19th
  10. Arnold Classic Amateur Scottish Qualifier 2014 – 5th
  11. Highlands Strongest Man 2014 – 5th
  12. BDFPA Scottish Bench Press Championships 2015 | 145kg class | Winner | 180kg Bench Press
  13. BDFPA Scottish Open 2015 | 145kg Class | Winner | 240 SQ | 180 BP | 240 DL
  14. BDFPA British Championships 2016 | Injured on Squat
  15. Scotlands Strongest Man BNSF Naturals 2016 – 1st
  16. Britains Natural Strongest Man 2016 – 5th
  17. Scotlands Strongest Man Qualifier 2017 – 17th
  18. Scotlands Strongest Man Finals 2017 – 17th

 

 

 

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