Nick Mitchell was recommended to me by Men's Health magazine as the best personal trainer in the UK to get me cover model ready, and after only 5 minutes with him I understood why. He is a fantastic person to help get anyone into the best shape of their lives and his knowledge of the human body blows me away!
I rely on UP ahead of big photo shoots to always help me be in the kind of physical shape that the clients demand. In my industry we must always be as close to perfection as possible and no one understands the way to fine tune a woman’s body like them!
Zoe Duchesne, Victoria’s Secrets model
Nick Mitchell is the best personal trainer that Europe has to offer. His depth of experience keeps him at the forefront of the industry and I have no hesitation in referring anyone visiting the UK to be trained under his watchful experienced eye.
Charles Poliquin, Strength Coach of Olympic medalists and athletes from the NHL and NFL
The fact that my forty-year old frame graced the cover of Men’s Health is down to Nick Mitchell's encyclopaedic knowledge and no-nonsense training techniques. He’s the go-to guy if you want results.
Wesley Doyle, Fitness Editor - Men's Health UK
Training with Nick was great fun and very rewarding. His enthusiasm and passion inspire me and I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Misha Farska, Leading Fashion Model
On my trips to London I have found Sav and the Ultimate Performance team to be the only guys in Europe who can give me what I need – a great place to train, fantastic cutting edge advice, and an insight into competitive sports that only comes from years of coaching experience at the highest level.
Ronnie Coleman, 8 Time Mr Olympia
World Class personal training guaranteed to get unparalleled results
Ben Price, Leading Man (Coronation Street, Footballers Wives)
In my assault to reach the British Heavyweight boxing title and beyond there is only man I could turn to give me the extra strength, speed and conditioning necessary to step up to the big league. Nick’s coaching is scientific, extremely challenging, and the results speak for themselves!
Larry “The War Machine” Olubamiwo, Top British Heavyweight Boxer
"I was recommended I look up Nick Mitchell before arriving in the UK from Australia. His knowledge is second to none and is proving extremely useful in getting through another demanding Super League season."
Craig Fitzgibbon, Australian National Rugby League Team
It is thanks to Nick Mitchell’s expertise, understanding and patience, that I am healthier, fitter and leaner than I was 10 years ago. He taught me that it’s not enough to love the body we’re in but to respect it too.
Sassy Wilde, Producer & TV Presenter
I have worked with Kosta for many years and the best compliment I can pay to him is that at the end of our professional partnership we became friends. He is constantly challenging me with through new ideas, care and excellent interpersonal skills.
Christian Lattanzio, England National Football Team / Manchester City Football Club Technical Coordinator
Nick Mitchell is a pleasure to work with. Not only is he full of knowledge but he puts it over in a way that is understandable and practical for everyday people. He obviously has a real passion for everything muscle and fitness and his training methods and the gym atmosphere portrays this.
Men’s Fitness UK
Thanks to Ultimate Performance my filming of the BBC TV show "Hustle" went incredibly well and the producers were overjoyed with the outcome
Chook Sibtain, Actor
Anyone who trains at Ultimate Performance can be assured of some proper training, which requires effort to reach their goals and not fobbed off with a watered down session and a gossip as with every other personal training gym I have seen!!!
Dave “Bulldog” Beattie, World Powerlifting Champion, Trainer of Strongest Man in the World.
I am extremely lucky to of had such a wonderful and respected teacher as Kostas Stavrev to help with all my physical requirements. He is a fantastic source of encouragement; is intelligent, detailed and motivating and I continually seek his advice and expertise on all athletic issues.
Perry Suckling, Tottenham Hotspur Goalkeeping Coach
How to get here:
UP City is located on 44 – 48 Paul
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Heralded on a visit by Men’s Health magazine as “the number one personal training gym in London for functional fitness and real results” the newly opened Ultimate Performance Personal Training Gym is something that is unique in London and has in our opinion been missing for far too long from the European Fitness and Performance Training landscape.
There has never been a high quality gym that catered to the serious trainer, to the man or woman who wanted to get something a little extra from their gym sessions and who didn’t take a “little extra” to mean a bank of plasma screens in which to watch MTV whilst they spin their wheels not losing body fat on the exercise bikes.
We have created a gym environment and venue where any Olympic athlete could (and some do!) train, but we have designed it for so-called regular people as well as our clients who earn their living based on the way that they look or physically perform.
Why do we think our personal training gym is so special? Lets look at the list of reasons:
1 We are a by appointment only, private gym so you are guaranteed privacy and never have to queue for equipment. Your workouts will never be compromised by hanging around waiting for others.
2 We are not a personal training studio. Yes, some of the better personal trainers have personal training studios but minimal equipment and restricted weights and space means that workouts can never be properly progressed and injuries are an absolute nightmare to work around.
3 We are not a hardcore gym, but we mean business. Everyone is welcome in our gym, we do not care about your ability. We only care about your attitude. If you are not serious about wanting to improve yourself there are plenty of Fitness Firsts and Virgin Actives where you would feel more comfortable.
4 We are a family. As sentimental as this may sound it is also very true. Our founder Nick Mitchell has created a nurturing environment where everyone pulls for the other. Given that we impose a limit on the number of personal trainers who are allowed to use our gym you quickly get to know all the faces and names and be inspired by the hard work and results of others.
5 We are the best equipped personal training gym in the United Kingdom. No other private gym can offer the range and quality of equipment that our clients have at their disposal. For getting maximum results in minimum time we are probably the best equipped gym, both commercial and private, in London. This is a tough boast, especially when we also are an integral part of the London bodybuilding mecca that is Muscleworks, but where that is purely for beefing up, we are for cutting down, getting lean, quick, strong, and muscular. You can take your pick as to your goal and our equipment can be adapted to help you reach your goals, be they fat loss, building bigger muscles, or just getting super fit. Can we back up these extravagant claims? Take a quick look at the images below and maybe visit our Real Results and Testimonials pages to make up your own mind:
A 20 metre indoor Sprint Track ideal for every type of conditioning work.
An interesting and eclectic range of ways to perform cardio and interval training – naturally we have a treadmill, a spinning bike, and a rowing machine / ergometer, but what stands us apart is that we have added to the mix a versa climber (too tough and demanding for most gyms, are you up to the challenge?), we have our own private ten flight stairwell and a weight vest that goes up to 90lbs (conjure up the fat loss that you achieve with that!). Lets also not forget that we also have the sprint track and as well as all the regular body weight work that can be made extra “fun” (in this context this word should be used advisedly) by adding the weighted vest in to the mix!
Dumbells up to 70kg / 155lbs. Away from the world of hardcore bodybuilding this makes us the heaviest place in London. And if you get strong enough to need even more weight you have our cast iron assurance that we will go even heavier for you!
We also have dumbells as light as 1kg. Yes not to be outdone in the heavy stakes we also have not one but two sets of dumbells at the lighter end of the spectrum. Our system and philosophy is that we are open and welcoming of all, regardless of your strength and conditioning levels.
We also have an array of strongman equipment (ideal for fat loss) with a super yoke, farmer’s walk cylinders, weighted sleds, and a prowler.
Atlantis Strength Training Equipment. Those of you not “in the know” might not be aware of this Canadian company and the unique scope and quality of the products they create. Needless to say we went to the trouble of importing some of their best items all the way from Canada:
Atlantis Glute Ham Raise
Atlantis Adjustable Step Up Platform
Atlantis Rubber Gripped Step Device
Atlantis Roman Chair Squat
Two Atlantis Power Racks
Atlantis Dipping Platform
Atlantis Standing Preacher Curl
More USEFUL machines than you can shake a stick at! Too many gyms waste your time with useless contraptions for “inner thighs” or the much loved (yet always dangerous) smith machine. In keeping with what you would expect of a gym designed by one of Europe’s top personal trainers we have thrown much away and added the most effective devices on the market.
For leg training we have:
3 Power Racks
Cybex Leg Extension
Cybex Standing Leg Curl
Cybex Lying Leg Curl
Atlantis Glute Ham Raise
Cybex Leg Press
York Leg Press
York Hack Squat
Atlantis Roman Chair Squat
Cybex Standing Calf Raise
Cybex Seated Calf Raise
For upper body training we have:
Cybex Shoulder Press
2 Adjustable Pulley / Cable Crossover machines
4 Chin Up Bars, including one specifically designed as thick / fat grip.
Atlantis Dipping Bar
Flat Bench Press
Incline Bench Press
7 adjustable decline / flat / incline benches
Cybex Low Pulley Machine
Cybex Tricep Pushdown
Cybex Adjustable Row
Cybex Flye Machine
Atlantis Standing Preacher Curl
An assortment of unique pieces such as the one handed Rolling Thunder deadlift device, a trap bar, various fat bars of differing diameters, rings (to make dips and chins that little bit harder), and the always challenging blast straps!
We are open 24/7 for all clients who make an appointment.
Nearest City of London tube stations (Old Street, Moorgate, and Liverpool Street) are all less than 7 minutes walk from our personal training gym.
Relevant London postcodes for finding a UP personal trainer in this area include E1, E2, EC1 and EC2.