Our Coaches

Matt Lamin (BSc)
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Matt is the co-founder of Functional Foundations & a Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach. He grew up playing Rugby and came through the academy system at a topflight English club. Having been released as a young man, he realised one of the biggest challenges that he had was competing with the physical development of players in full-time professional environments. Matt is now fortunate enough to work with junior academy and full time professional and international athletes. Whilst working in a professional environment, Matt has assisted in developing some of the best emerging talent within the country. He has now made it his vision to make this support accessible to everyone, an opportunity that presented itself in a timely manner.  Further to this, Matt has worked with general population clients for several years now ranging from sedentary individuals to semi-professional athletes, taking great pride in helping people get to the next level. His passion for helping others comes from understanding the struggles of wading through the wealth of online content and evaluating its relevance. Matt firmly believes that having a relationship with a personal coach who knows you, your goals and your needs is the gold standard for physical development.  Our bespoke approach combined with tried and tested methods has enabled us to help hundreds of athletes achieve their goals. This is available to you, delivered through world class software, at a fraction of the price for 1-1 personal training sessions.

Rhys Gillings (MSc BSc)
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Rhys is the co-founder of Functional Foundations & a strength and conditioning Coach. He has an extensive sporting background that includes being a part of the Quins’ academy, representing South East England U20’s and captaining the University of Chichester Men’s Rugby Team. His passion for strength and conditioning resulted from the difficulties he had in trying to reach elite level Rugby Union without gold standard S&C support. This passion has led Rhys to pursue an MSc in Strength and Conditioning (Distinction) which he has recently completed at the University of Chichester. Rhys is currently working within a professional Rugby club whilst also, operating in partnership with Sussex Performance Centre to oversee the strength and conditioning programme for Worthing College. This provides an excellent basis for helping athletes however, Rhys feels his knowledge could be further utilised to help more athletes surpass their performance goals. Prior to working with athletes, Rhys coached in a commercial gym setting whereby he helped general population clients improve their health and fitness. During this time, he assisted a GB skier in her return from injury and provided guidance to novice marathon runners. These skills have been invaluable in his coaching development and only further heighten his passion for helping others. Rhys believes that the development of Functional Foundations will provide many athletes with the opportunity for optimal athletic development. Given the co-founders similarities in sporting development, the company has been built upon values which place the first.

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