A Manchester accountant was inspired to take on a 12-week body transformation after seeing how weight lifting at Ultimate Performance had changed the life of TV actress Gemma Atkinson.

Kylie embarked on her own transformation journey at UP with her partner Danny after seeing the incredible effects of strength training on Emmerdale star Gemma.

The 32-year-old former Hollyoaks actress is now an advocate of lifting weights after transforming her health, fitness and physique at UP – it’s something she blogs passionately about to her 238,000 social media followers.

This was a message that resonated strongly with Kylie.

She says: “One of our mains things was, especially starting with UP, was following certain girls on Instagram. So, one in particular was Gemma Atkinson, who trains at UP, I think she’s in phenomenal shape.

“She’s got a great mindset and a great attitude, really positive and talking about weights and I was like ‘how is this even possible?’

“I think females have the wrong perspective, and they think it’s manly and makes you bigger, but it’s definitely nothing like that. So I would definitely recommend UP, I would definitely recommend it to anyone – and especially females.”

If you’re inspired by Kylie’s story and want incredible results of your own, speak to us about our UP Personal Training Plans

Kylie actually first heard about UP after her boss at work achieved an incredible transformation at the gym.

“I’m an accountant, and I heard about UP from my boss. He had been training with Matt for a few months, and myself and my boyfriend Danny, who also works with me, saw Dave’s result, and it was phenomenal, so we thought we would be interested in doing it together ourselves.”

Kylie took on her transformation journey alongside her boyfriend Danny – and she says it was a great motivator which kept her on track over the 12 weeks.

“Danny and myself, we trained together. So we had different personal trainers, but it’s brought us closer as well. It’s having someone else alongside you, throughout the 12 weeks, just helping each other out with any issues.

“I think it was good to have someone who understood and who related to what you were doing and was involved in the same process.

“Having him alongside me and doing the same thing, really helped out for both of us and both our results.”

Kylie says her UP training and nutrition plan has made a huge difference to her fitness in the gym. Not only that and her health and lifestyle outside of it.

“I feel like I’ve gained so much from it now. My sleeping pattern was all over the place before this and I didn’t realise like sleep could have a massive impact.

“I would always be up late and on social media then going to bed late. Then the next morning I would be absolutely exhausted going to work. I’ve really tried so hard to really switch off and James suggested different sleeping apps and I’ve really focussed on that now.”

She adds: “It’s helped me in my work life overall too. So I’m not having that sluggish feeling at 2 pm and thinking ‘oh I need chocolate’ or whatever. I know what foods I should have and I know what food is going to help that.”

If you’re inspired by Kylie’s story, speak to us about our UP Personal Training Plans and start your transformation today.

You can read the full story about Danny and Kylie’s journey together here. Here are more exceptional results from our female clients at UP. 

What makes a healthy relationship?

If you ask Danny and Kylie it all comes down to training hard together, eating well, and supporting each other’s goals.

Danny and Kylie said it’s not just their bodies that are stronger, but also their relationship, after taking on a 12-week transformation together at Ultimate Performance.

The Manchester couple both got in the shape of their lives working out alongside each other on personal training plans with UP…and they say it has brought them closer together.

Danny, who is a finance director, and his partner Kylie, who works as an accountant, both saw incredible results by spurring each other on during their transformation journey.

Danny honed impressive six-pack abs and packed on lean muscle, while Kylie shed a considerable amount of body fat, and her nutrition plan gave her life-changing improvements in her health, which was affected by digestive issues.

But the one thing they weren’t expecting was that doing their transformation together would transform their relationship.

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Training hard together to get results…

Danny explained: “What we’ve got now is a balance. It’s definitely brought us closer together. We’re a team at home, and we’re a team at the gym, in terms of both trying to push each other and help each other get to where we want to be.

“It’s great to be able to do that with someone who has the same lifestyle as you, the same culture as you and the same kind of goals as you and I think it’s only made our relationship stronger.”

For Kylie, it has made a huge difference too, and she says they both helped and spurred each other on to achieve their stunning results.

“It’s brought us closer together. It’s having someone else alongside you, throughout the 12 weeks, just helping each other out with any issues.

“We helped each other out in that way. So I think it was good to have someone who understood and who related to what you were doing and was involved in the same process.

“So having him alongside me and doing the same thing, really helped out for both of us and both our results.”

If you’re inspired by Danny and Kylie’s story and want incredible results of your own, speak to us about our UP Personal Training Plans

Instant results…

For Danny, the results of his training and nutrition plan with his UP personal trainer were almost instantaneous.

“When you go in the gym, and you can only lift what you can lift, no-one cares. They’re just trying to make you better. That’s a huge difference in mindset and a huge difference in approach than anything we’ve ever come across before.

“And the results were almost instant. Within a couple of weeks, I almost dropped 2% body fat, and I felt stronger and happier, and I’d never had that before with a normal PT.”

 12 week transformation     It was incredibly motivating to see the body fat melt off and growing muscle, but it was just as important for Danny to become more goal-orientated in the gym which just keeps bringing results.

“I wanted to be able to improve my physique, but set myself targets and goals and actually achieve them,” he continues.

“It’s difficult when you go and lift weights just for the sake of lifting weights, without having something to accomplish – whether that’s a body fat percentage or whether that’s how much you want to bench, UP has given me and Kylie that focus and motivation to do something tangible, rather than just be on the hamster wheel.”

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Optimal health, fitness and lifestyle…

Kylie has noticed the difference in her health and lifestyle outside of the gym that UP has given her.

“I feel like I’ve gained so much from it now. My sleeping pattern was all over the place before this and I didn’t realise sleep could have a massive impact.

“It’s helped me in my work life overall too. So I’m not having that sluggish feeling at 2 pm and thinking ‘oh I need chocolate’ or whatever. I know what foods I should have and I know what food is going to help that.”

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If training has given them anything, Danny believes it’s lifelong knowledge that will help them maintain their new physiques and be able to control their diets.

He says: “The knowledge we’ve gained from UP and how we continue to utilise it in our lives is, we know how to accomplish the goals we want to do. We know the impact that a meal will have, a session will have, incrementally on our lives and what we have now learned is how to find that balance.

“So we can still go out, we can still have fun, we can still have a drink occasionally, but still get stronger, still get leaner and still be happy and still be stress-free.

“That comes from being taught on nutrition patterns, being taught on sleeping patterns, being taught how to lift and being taught how to rest – and just generally how to maintain your life. I think now having that knowledge; there’s no way we’d ever go back to the way we were before because of what ‘good’ feels like now.”

If you’re inspired by Danny and Kylie’s incredible results, speak to us about our UP Personal Training Plans and start your transformation today.

Here are more exceptional results from our male and female clients at UP. 

Ultimate Performance Client of the Month – from injured to healthy with strength training.

It’s not unusual for clients to come to us with injuries of some form or another and ask us for help to get in shape while also working around and even improving their injuries.
Robus is a great example of a client who came to Ultimate Performance in pain and ended up in great shape and with far less chronic pain. Read his own words about his experience with personal trainer Matt at Ultimate Performance.

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Were you initially hesitant about signing up for Personal Training?

“I had a low back injury and spent almost 14 months not being able to do any sports or visit the gym. Every doctor told me that getting stronger was going to help me but every activity I tried seemed to make it worse (yoga, gym, Pilates, etc.). So when I heard about UP I was skeptical, but I decided to go to the initial interview. “

What did you find as a result of Personal Training with Ultimate Performance?

“In the interview, all my doubts were cleared and I could see that they are extremely professional and are excellent at what they do. I decided to give it a try. After a couple of months training with them I was playing football, running, attending yoga and starting to try squash again; all things that are extremely exigent on the lower back. To be honest, it was the best decision I made in the last two years! Training at UP has not only been beneficial for my injury but has changed my body and fitness level entirely. My endurance improved a lot and it’s helped me when I play sports. I achieved a 12 week body transformation and along the way was able to learn a lot including how to eat intelligently, the proper techniques for resistance training, what supplements are important, and habits that are essential for a healthy life. This was a big game changer!”


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What did you like most about your time at Ultimate Performance?

“The training is fantastic! My trainer is excellent and very professional. He is very detailed and does an excellent job following up; not only in the sessions, but on a daily basis. Every session makes a huge difference, and is conducted efficiently.”

Would you recommend UP? If so, why?

“I have already recommended UP to several friends and I would recommend the program to anyone else who is seriously looking for an effective and rewarding way to transform their body.”

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So many ‘body transformations’ you see out there don’t last.

After the hard dieting is over and the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos are done, people can rebound hard and pile weight back on

But with Ultimate Performance it’s different. It’s never about making a quick buck or getting people lean at all costs like many PTs, it’s about providing clients with the most incredible results while giving them knowledge about training and nutrition that lasts a lifetime.

Never is that more apparent than with incredible UP client Victoria Ferris.

The tax advisor and mother wanted to get rid of her ‘mummy tummy’ after having a baby, so she came to UP in London.

Her 12-week transformation with trainer Sean Murphy was truly awe-inspiring – the results speak for themselves.

But her story didn’t end there. Despite having never lifted weights before, her new-found fitness, strength and physique have motivated her to progress and develop even further in the gym.

Months after her transformation and she is in her best shape ever – leaner, stronger, fitter and more confident.

Victoria explains how her UP experience has changed her life and what she is doing with her training now to stay in amazing condition…

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Why did you come to UP for a 12-week transformation in the first place?

I had a baby and didn’t recognise my body afterwards. I guess all I knew at the time was that I wanted to lose my baby tummy. Little did I know where I would end up!

How did it compare to any training you’d done before?

I hadn’t really done any training previously. Certainly nothing structured. I joined gyms from time to time (mostly cardio machines and classes) but spent most of my twenties working and studying without any focus on fitness, so I usually just cancelled my memberships after months of not using them.


What was the whole 12-week experience like?

Very well structured and therefore surprisingly easy. I feel as if I was just led through it by the hand, with very little effort on my part. I was given a specific diet plan to follow which was routinely reviewed and adjusted where appropriate.

All I had to do was follow it. Even the training itself was progressive and tailored to my ability and therefore, even though it was hard, it was completely doable even for someone with zero training history.

My trainer was (and still is!) extremely professional. He understands that clients are paying for a service and he really tries (very successfully in my opinion) to deliver that service to the best of his ability.

And it was also incredibly fun! UP is a very welcoming environment. I love it and all of the trainers. I felt really at home as soon as I walked in (which is probably why I’ve never left!).


What were the results you got during the 12-week programme?

I got amazing results over 12 weeks. I lost 10 kg, 10% body fat, and 15 cm from my waist. I definitely got rid of my mummy tummy (and a lot more besides) and also became much stronger and fitter. When I started I don’t think I had any idea how good my results would be. I was (and still am) genuinely thrilled.

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Now Victoria struggles to fit into dresses for the RIGHT reasons

How did it change your lifestyle, your training and your diet?

It changed it fundamentally. I haven’t actually stopped. I’ve been following Sean’s programmes consistently for a year and a half. Training and eating properly are just part of my life now. I love cooking anyway, so I’m happy to prep meals and plan around eating out.

I track my weight and macros on a weekly basis and record all of my workouts. I don’t drink often and when I do it’s in moderation, so I realised (with smugness) that I haven’t had a hangover since 2013!

Saying that, I do realise that balance is important (I’m naturally an ‘all or nothing’ type personality, so I really do have to work on balance), so I do socialise and I don’t actually restrict anything from my diet these days. I just don’t eat treats all of the time. Beliefs aside, you only get one life and I want to enjoy the full spectrum of all that mine has to offer.

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What are the key things you learned from the 12 weeks at UP and the most useful knowledge you developed?

“Shoulders back and down” ha ha. Seriously though, the single most important thing in terms of training anyway. I’m very lucky to have been taught how to train with correct form in order to keep myself pain- and injury-free and to efficiently work the muscles I want to target.

“There are hidden calories in EVERYTHING” has also been pretty useful. Tracking my food really does make me focus on what (and how much) I’m eating.

It would be all too easy to lie to myself, advertently or inadvertently, as I love food and eating is most definitely one of my favourite things to do!

Other very useful stuff has been how to go about structuring a training programme for myself, how to work out how many calories I need and how to break that down to an appropriate macro split.

Whilst I still follow Sean’s programmes, he has also taught me all of this (and where to read up for more information) in order that I could do it myself if I had to (and if not to his standards, then at least to a reasonable one!).

A bit less day-to-day, but another quite crucial lesson was the importance of a properly structured ‘reverse diet’.

Being upfront about it, I dieted hard during my 12-week programme (and then again for a photoshoot at the end of last year). Sean built my calories up slowly after that so that there was no rebound and I’ve managed to stay reasonably lean over the past year (I’m probably as lean at present as I’ve ever been), even though I’ve been eating slightly over maintenance calories for most of the year in order to try to build muscle.

There’s actually so much that I’ve learnt, that I could go on like this for a long time!

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How has this influenced the way you train now?

I make time to train. I have a consistent training schedule and a proper plan to follow. I don’t move my training sessions unless I absolutely have to and then I only move them, I don’t skip them because I’m too busy.

I’ve also learnt (okay, I am still technically learning this and cannot claim to be perfect) how to focus on contracting my muscles properly, rather than just lifting heavier weights, or trying to make reps. This is definitely an ego thing and I’m learning that failure is actually a good thing when it comes to the gym!

I check facilities in advance when I travel too to ensure that I don’t miss a workout, unless I deliberately want a rest.

I’m also much more confident in the gym – like asking people to share equipment, for example, as I have an objective when I go in that I’m determined to complete. I find that being a woman in the free weights area is still just about enough of a novelty to afford me some chivalry (and the equipment that I need) ha ha!


What is your training like now and what are your goals?

I weight train four times per week. Twice with Sean at UP and twice by myself. I train lower body and upper body twice each. I don’t incorporate structured cardio but do run the odd 10K or half-marathon as a social thing and take a few yoga and other classes for enjoyment. I’m particularly loving Buti yoga at the moment, it’s a nice counterbalance to the resistance training.

In terms of goals, I have a particular body shape in mind that I am aiming for (Anna Virmajoki, Finnish IFBB Pro, is ‘body-goals’ for me).

However, I realise that it will take years rather than months to attain a shape like that (and it won’t be the same as her but rather the best version of me). Therefore, I am trying to maintain a relatively lean body that I am happy with all of the time whilst I just keep working and enjoy the process.

I have given some consideration as to whether I might enter a bikini competition in 2017 if I were good enough. However, what I’m realising is that it is the process: the discipline and structure, that appeals to me, rather than the competition element and so I will concentrate on that for now as an end in itself and see what happens.

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What would you say to anyone thinking of doing a 12-week plan with UP?

I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. However, if you’re going to do it and you want to get the best results, you must commit to it 100%. If you do that, prioritise your training and nutrition, don’t think you know better than your trainer and don’t make excuses to, or for, yourself, the results are basically textbook.

It is the best investment I have ever made and has given me the perfect pastime going forward. I love the training and nutrition and all of the associated learning. I only wish I had found weight training 10 years ago as it, and the associated lifestyle, is a perfect fit for my personality and makes me genuinely happy.

If you want real and lasting results like Victoria’s, get in touch with us to find out about our UP Personal Training plans.

If Victoria’s story has inspired you to transform your physique, your health and your lifestyle for 2017, get in touch about one of our UP Personal Training plans.

If you don’t live near a UP gym you can still get in the best shape of your life with one of our UP Online Personal Training plans from anywhere in the world.

If you enjoyed reading this story, why not read about the incredible fitness journey of Jen who had struggled to lose weight because of Type 1 diabetes. 

Age is just a number.

If you want to get in best the shape of your life at whatever age, you can really make it happen.

Ultimate Performance client Paul is proof of that.

The 49-year-old might be a grandfather who is busy running a successful business, but he was determined to take his fitness and physique to the next level.

Paul was already in good shape before he signed up with UP – with a healthy diet and a solid knowledge of training behind him.

But the expert guidance of UP’s Mark Bohannon helped him achieve results that he never thought were possible.

With his 50th birthday on the horizon, Paul packed on considerable lean muscle and shredded down to an incredible 4% body fat.

His unbelievable physique is a testament to his hard-work, commitment and consistency during his time training at UP.


It took him just four weeks from starting with UP to shred down to 4% body fat and start putting muscle on.

But since that incredibly quick ‘transformation’ Paul has become a regular client at UP Manchester which has kept his physique improving and the muscle tissue growing.

It has taken him just nine months to put on 6kg of lean muscle – and you can see his progression in the photoshoot images below.

Paul explains that it was a simple choice to sign up for a personal training plan after following UP founder Nick Mitchell’s writing for a number of years.

“I have wanted to use UP for a few years, but the nearest one was London,” he said.

“When I heard they were opening one in Manchester I signed up straight away.”


While he was quite experienced in the gym, there is always so much more you can learn about training, nutrition and your own body.

UP is world-renowned for being able to help clients unlock their potential and deliver the maximum results in the minimum time.

That’s exactly what happened with Paul from the moment he set foot in the UP Manchester gym.

“I always thought I really pushed myself in my own gym, but UP took me to the next level.

“I leave the gym quivering like a leaf inside. He (my trainer) leaves nothing on the gym floor.”

One thing that Paul really benefitted from was having the professional eye of a leading personal trainer coaching him through every move, perfecting his form and helping him maximise his performance on every single rep.

“The main thing I like about UP is learning correct form on all the exercises,” he said.

“I always thought my form was really good. But all the little tips you get help you to get the most out of each exercise you do.”



Small changes add up to big results which are evident in Paul’s impressive ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots and in his recent photoshoot images.

Having read much of Nick Mitchell’s work, Paul was doing all the right things with his diet – things like eating grass-fed meats, organic nuts and coconut oils for the first meal of the day.

But just a little tweak with his carbohydrate levels by PT Mark made a big difference.

“My nutrition has always been good, but I have learned so much about my body since starting with UP.

“I now know exactly how many calories and macros I need to lose body fat and to add lean muscle onto my body.

“The programmes they write are second to none, they are worth the money alone. I have also learned to train without hurting myself so that I am not always working around little injuries.”


Senior PT Mark was impressed by 49-year-old Paul’s consistency and commitment to his transformation.

Mark says it was putting a plan in place and sticking to it to the letter which helped yield such incredible results.

“He had followed Nick and people like Charles Poliquin – so he’s done a lot of his own reading. But he’d never been able to put it all together into a plan.

“He had done loads of reading and tried a little bit of everything every week.

“He had never really stuck to anything for any period of time – that has been the biggest difference.”

Training with UP has given Paul an incredible physique – but it has also given him knowledge that will last a lifetime.

With a move to Spain on the horizon, Paul is already planning on training at UP Marbella to ensure he keeps learning and progressing.

“I am moving to Spain next year and I am going to travel to their gym there at least once a month to make sure my form is always good so I can maximise muscle growth and keep myself injury free.

“I will be able to check on my body fat so I know exactly how I stand each month so that I can make adjustments with my nutrition.”

Has Paul’s incredible transformation inspired you to do a start a body transformation programme of your own? Get in touch to find out about starting your UP Personal Training plan.

If you don’t live near a UP gym you can still get in the best shape of your life with one of our UP Online Personal Training plans from anywhere in the world.

If you enjoyed reading Paul’s story, why not find out how PR Agency boss Dave Gee created the ultimate physique at UP. 

The word ‘life-changing’ is thrown around a lot these days.

But for LinkedIn manager Adam Bowden his 16-week transformation really did change his life in ways he never thought possible.

It’s easy to dismiss the transformational power of eating better, training harder and being able to set clear fitness goals and then achieve them.

But 34-year-old Adam experienced it first hand after signing up for a personal training plan with Ultimate Performance.

When he walked through the doors of UP Singapore he was in a spiral of gaining weight and making excuses – and he says it was a source of unhappiness for him.

He was weak, inflamed and could barely lift himself an inch off the ground when doing a pull-up.

But it’s not where you start that matters – it’s where you end up, and his determination to change, along with the expert guidance of UP trainer Russell Lee, brought truly incredible results.



Just 16 weeks after that first session and Adam cut his body fat down by 20%, lost 24kg in weight and developed his strength.

His new physique is impressive but Adam is equally thrilled with his new-found productivity at work and positivity in life.

“When I saw the advert online for Ultimate Performance I saw yet another promise to help me change my body which again seemed completely unrealistic,” he said.

“I had spent the previous two years seeing my body getting bigger, becoming unhealthier and finding more and more ‘excuses’ as to why things didn’t work for me.

“I can’t say the reason why but there was something that made me go and check Ultimate Performance out and wow I am so glad I did.”


Adam’s story is quite typical of every busy and successful career professional.

Frequent flying, business meetings and a demanding job meant fitness and nutrition were relegated down the list of priorities.

His health and body composition had suffered because of it.

But this was something that changed immediately when he joined UP and he says it made a huge impact on his life.

“The gym is fantastic, all the staff are so helpful and informed about your account and they obviously invest a lot into developing their trainers.

“Saying all of that my transformation has truly come down to one guy…my trainer Russell Lee.

“I expected him to be able to transform my body, but through his coaching, support, encouragement and teaching I have completely changed the way I feel, my mindset, my outlook on life and removed the only unhappiness I suffered from at that point.

“I find myself now working more efficiently in a professional capacity and all-round a more positive person among friends and family.”


UP don’t do ‘one-size-fits-all’ fitness – every plan we create is individualised to fit a person’s lifestyle, goals and needs.

Adam was no different. Russell created a nutrition plan for him that fit his busy lifestyle and factored in his regular business trips, while helping him shed body fat fast.

What really helped was that he didn’t have to think about what he was eating – Russell created him a whole menu to follow exactly. So there was no need to count anything.

It was an approach that paid off incredibly well for Adam.

“Coming back to the physical transformation, even this has far surpassed what I thought possible.

“I didn’t truly realise how bad I was until I saw the picture from the first session and attempting that first pull up where I think I managed to lift myself up maybe 1 inch…very painful and upsetting moments.

“Using the right style of motivation and a skilled program UP were able to not only get me to stick religiously to the diet but also stay committed to the course in and out of the gym.

“Even when making those regular business trips he would help me come up with programme based on what equipment the gym at the hotel had.

“As we continued to pass milestone after milestone I found that being sensible with my food and fitness becoming a way of life instead of a task.”


As Adam started shedding body fat and getting stronger, his trainer developed his training programme and made adjustments to keep his physique and performance improving.

After just 16 weeks you can see the physical results of an effective and consistent nutrition and training plan.

What you can’t see in the pictures though is the profound effect it has had on Adam’s life outside of the gym.

“I still can’t say “I love going to the gym” but I do love the outcome. After 16 weeks I have now lost 24kg and 20% body fat, which I am extremely proud of.

“I am even prouder of the fact that I have had a much-improved work performance, positivity in life and emotional lift as a result from this, which I had never planned for.

“This has been one of very few truly life changing experiences for me. I am very grateful to both Ultimate Performance and Russell.”


If you’re still not convinced by Adam’s incredible results, we’d love to show you first hand what we can achieve together on one of our UP Personal Training plans.

If you don’t live near a UP gym you can still get in the best shape of your life with one of our UP Online Personal Training plans from anywhere in the world.

If you enjoyed reading this article, why not read about PR Agency boss Dave Gee’s astonishing 13-week transformation.