Why Strength Should Be The Foundation of your Programme 

When creating your own programme, whether you’re training for body composition, performance or muscle mass as your main goal, strength training should be the foundation of your programme. Before we go any further, take note that strength is not an action (lifting maximal weights); strength is used to realise these actions and any muscular action requiring tension requires strength. Force is the foundation of most physical qualities and strength stabilises the body and your actions; for example if you are …

Part 1 of 3: The Advantages of Skipping Breakfast

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Do we need to eat breakfast to get into the shape of our lives? These questions may come as a little bit of surprise if you’re at all familiar with what we do at Ultimate Performance. However, one of the qualities which keeps us ahead in the personal training industry is our relentless pursuit of excellence for our clients. In the cookie-cutter, one size fits all fitness world we live …

Why Dieting Doesn’t Have To Be So Hard 

Let’s face it, dieting sucks. We want what we can’t have and nobody likes to feel hungry. Especially when we live in a country of abundance. Dieting doesn’t have to be as hard as you think, in fact it can be quite an enjoyable experience. When dieting you have to learn how to be smart with the restrictions you are facing. You have to actively educate yourself about food, which isn’t a bad thing at all. You also learn a lot …

Top 10 Fitness Tips for the Busy Executive

Living a healthy lifestyle and getting into shape as a busy executive in any City is often thought to be an impossible task. At Ultimate Performance (UP), we deal with busy executives on a daily basis. In fact, the majority of our clients are just like you: over stressed, under rested and struggling to find any more time in the day than they already have. However, a quick look at the results we achieve with this client base would suggest we might …

10 Ways to Fight Depression with Fitness

Depression is no joke, it’s not something you can simply ‘get over’ or ‘snap out of’ and it can happen to the best of us. It can happen to those who seem to have the world at their feet, to those who are successful, outgoing and the ones who, because you’ve seen their Instagram, you always think are ‘having the time of their life’. For some, they have found a way to fight their depression, whether this is through their own …

5 Ways Being a Mentor Can Help Your PT Career

The personal training industry is a farce. Yes, that’s okay for UP to admit because it’s one of the stand-out motivations for Nick Mitchell setting up the organisation in the first place; there’s too much BS out there. It’s now way too easy for anyone who has had experience in ‘losing a bit of weight’ to then label themselves as a PT or a ‘fitness expert’. All of this nonsense has given the real experts a tarnished reputation and a …