Deckline Leitao has been training for more than two decades and brings the best of Sport and Exercise Science combined with wisdom from his years in the fitness coaching industry. He completed his graduate degree in Sports Science from the University of KZN, South Africa in 2005 and then went on to further study for post-graduate studies in Sport Culture from Roehampton University, London.
He also obtained advanced fitness coaching credentials such as the CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) from NSCA - USA and the PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist) and CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) from National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA and is a Certified Personal Trainer. He regularly shares fitness related articles for newspapers, magazines, etc and has presented at various conferences on strength and conditioning.
He is the sought after person for high-performance sportspersons as well as the regular individual. His training combines wisdom and knowledge that he has gathered over years of learning, training, travelling and living and coaching in India, South Africa, United Kingdom and Japan. His special interest lies in training individual, physically-demanding sports where he believes that the contribution of an effective Strength & Conditioning programme is much more marked and measurable.
Deckline gives a lot of credit for his knowledge of the human body's healing healing process to his constant interaction with his elder brother Dr James Leitao FCRS(SA) a senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who has been practicing in the UK, South Africa and the Middle East for more than three decades.
Deckline believes that learning to be an effective fitness coach who continually takes care of all his students and helps them grow strong is a process, and can be compared to a being good gardener who takes care of his plants.
Deckline is a teetotaller and practices strength training and kickboxing to stay strong, and during his spare time will escape on a long distance drive to unwind.
The Train Right fitness coaching philosophy that Deckline Leitao formulated, emphasises that fitness training has to be the correct dosage for the particular person or sport.
As no two sports, human bodies or minds are the same; instruction based on a 'one size fits all' approach can become as ineffective and sometimes as dangerous as a single medical prescription for all ailments. This is the reason behind Deckline and his team conducting only one-on-one individualised and need-specific/sport-specific fitness coaching
Deckline feels that just like in business, any time and effort invested in exercise has to yield effective results. Therefore like most good coaches his sole aim is to provide desired results!
His attention to detail, safety, proper exercise technique and gradual progression in exercise load are the key reasons why athletes from a wide variety of sports such as Swimming, Badminton, Table-Tennis, Shot Putt, Tennis, Cricket, Golf, Motorsports, Boxing, Archery, Skating, Shooting, etc have achieved the desired results under him.
Thus, his Train Right philosophy is built on common sense and time-tested fitness coaching principles. Deckline says that Sport and Exercise Science should make the training simpler and straightforward, rather than complicated and confusing for the client/trainee.
Choosing Effective exercises over Impressive ones is the mantra behind the Train Right philosophy. Deckline believes that Exercise is like Medicine and though there are many available, it is the specific prescription that heals and strengthens. So it is very important while training to take into account the persons height, weight, sport played, training and injury history, etc. This becomes even more crucial when coaching younger athletes.
The Train Right philosophy holds that every exercise movement performed by an individual or sportsperson should be directed towards becoming better in their sport/daily activities and in preventing injuries.
According to Deckline if your current fitness training revolves mainly around pushing your body to its limits every day in the gym or outside - and if it is not helping you improve in your sport or daily quality of life, or if you have suffered injuries due to it, then you have to ask yourself why you are doing it in the first place!