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
Let’s get the facts straight. It is harder for women to lose fat and get in shape than for their male counterparts, and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is quite simply naive as to the facts of women and weight loss, or trying to sell you some neat looking fat loss gimmick that will lighten your wallet and not the scales.
Women lack the muscle mass and key hormonal output of men, two crucial factors that are essential to dropping body fat, and keeping it off for good. Here at Ultimate Performance we have worked with numerous women in preparation for everything from Sports Illustrated photo shoots to beach holidays and weddings, and we know what works, the “secrets” to maximising female fat loss, and the right ways to help you help yourself (dedication, discipline, and correctly channelled impatience!). To this end, following on from the success of our original 6 week fat loss Meltdown programme, a plan that is still going strong, we have developed a unique nine week nutritional, supplementation and workout programme exclusively for women that we promise will produce startling results for you! Promises are easy to make it is true, but for those of you who are prepared to work hard and follow our advice to the letter then life changing fat loss results can potentially be yours. Grand words we know, but you can check out our female specific fat loss and body shaping results on this page and throughout the website to see that we can back them up in abundance.
Our female fat loss protocols are based both on scientifically proven research into the stimulus of fat burning hormones and years of real world experience working to help women look and feel their absolute best. The Meltdown For Female Fat Loss programme can be so effective that it can be tailored to the goals of every woman, be it to budge that last few pounds to look good in a little black dress, dropping post pregnancy weight that just refuses to shift, or grander goals such as dropping over 70lbs (5 stone) like Saher did below:
All the lessons that we have learned in helping men lose body fat for magazine covers and physique contests are useful starting points for devising a female specific fat loss programme. But the important point to consider is that working with men, no matter how spectacular the transformation (such as Glenn’s photos below this paragraph!), is not the same as working with women and we need to consider a wide range of factors that are of particular importance when optimising the female form.
Glenn made this amazing transformation in just 15 weeks. For a woman such an overwhelmingly dramatic change is nigh on impossible, but many lessons can be learned and great things can still be achieved with educated effort!
Far too many women have spent endless hours jogging, pounding away on cross trainers, and slaving on spinning bikes whilst simultaneously starving themselves on portions of food that wouldn’t satisfy a sparrow! The end result is a shut down in key fat burning hormones such as leptin and ghrelin, potential damage to the thyroid gland and thyroid output, and metabolic catastrophe. We have seen countless women come to us after achieving short term weight loss success with fad liquid diets and excessive cardio only to have the worst possible weight gain rebound when normal life inevitably resumes. Our goal in these cases is to ensure metabolic rejuvenation so that you can function as a lean, healthy and vibrant human being, have decent energy levels, and not be frightened of eating the odd bit of “bad food”! Life is for living after all, and the key in this case is learn to eat, exercise, and live in the right way so that your body becomes a fat burning machine. Putting yourself in the position that in order to lose weight, or even worse maintain your exisiting weight, you need to subsist on the barest minimum of calories runs counter to everything that we stand for and everything that we do when dealing with female fat loss.
Here is an example of bad habits and myths we have to contend with on a regular basis – jump on the treadmill, eat low fat foods, 5 servings of fruit per day, yogurt and granola for breakfast and a banana and skinny latte at 11am, take fat burning supplements that are not quite as dangerous as scaremongers would have you believe but are certainly not the optimal choice for fast, safe and effective fat loss – especially for women. All too common but wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!
Unfortunately a whole mythology has sprung up around women’s fat loss that if they do anything at all like men then they will somehow become manly. One magazine has actually written that protein is only important for men and has no real relevance to the diet of a female. Here is a reality check, although there are certainly different angles that need taking for male and female fat loss, men are not really from Mars and women are not really from Venus. We are the same species and certain rules cross over. We will teach you those rules, along with the tricks and twists that give extra relevance to female fat loss requirements.
This can be a very complicated subject, but it is one of the reasons why we have found that fat loss for women can be harder than for their male counterparts. Very simplistically, it is the liver that detoxifies the scores of foreign estrogens that flood our bodies in today’s polluted world. Too much estrogen, from any source, tends to impair the function of the liver and bring fat loss to a grinding halt (if it ever started in the first place). In certain cases, gentle and gradual liver detoxification utilising a range of modalities, most typically the emphasis is on Japanese Kampo medicine, is called for. The end result being that once the liver is properly detoxified estrogenic fat issues are minimised and the right sort of weight loss can happen much more quickly and easily.
Whether its water retention, irritability, sugar cravings or heaven help you all three at once, premenstrual problems can easily derail your fat loss goals. We address these issues head on and have numerous nutritional and supplementation protocols to help alleviate PMS and keep you on track to achieve the body of your dreams.
Ask yourself this one question – how many women do you know who consistently go to the gym, spend all their time on recumbent bikes and elliptical machines, and don’t ever seem to drop an ounce of weight? The chances are that nearly all your female friends who attend the gym fall into this category. Now we are not going to tell you that all cardio is evil, the human body is far too complicated to ever take crazily dogmatic points of view, but we do show our female clients the correct way to use their time in the gym for real and tangible results.
If you have read much on this website you will appreciate that resistance training is the way forward for most. Sports performance and conditioning science has developed an unprecedented rate since the early 1990s and the latest fat loss research, which Meltdown For Female Fat Loss is based on, means that you lose more fat more rapidly than ever before whilst improving the overall “tone” and shape of your body.
The precise and highly focused nature of our fat loss training is proven to burn calories long after you have left the gym. Traditional workouts burn fat whilst you’re exercising, but as soon as you get off the treadmill your metabolism shifts back down to normal. With the application of tried and scientifically tested systems we can guarantee that your metabolism stays elevated, and you therefore continue to burn body fat, for up to 38 hours after you have finished exercising! One of the things that all our female clients comment upon after finishing their first Fat Burning workout is how for hours afterwards they feel as though they are “light on their feet”, “walking on clouds” and often “ravenously hungry”! All fantastic signs that the overall metabolism has been stimulated to a level that they have never experienced before.
Utilising the BioSignature Modulation system as standard with all our female fat loss clients, we are in a position to accurately gauge hormonal imbalances. BioSignature Modulation compares the ratios of where you store fat across your body, giving us a map of your hormones that we use as the basis for a number of highly specific nutritional and supplementation protocols. It is the fastest diagnostic tool for fat loss as it allows us to be very precise in prescribing solutions for each individual’s unique biochemistry. If it sounds a little like voodoo to you, then think as to why you store fat in different places from your other female friends, and then think on why only highly unfortunate men store fat in any way that is similar to any woman you know. This is not some random act of God, rather it is due to hormonal differences, and once these so-called differences have been identified then we can start to address them using modern science.
As the Meltdown philosophy has evolved it has been refined to the extent that it is now a complete exercise and nutritional methodology that we KNOW will strip body fat off even the slowest metabolism. Such is our reputation in this field that we often get the clients that nobody else wants, those who have been everywhere and tried everything in an increasingly desperate attempt to be in decent shape for the first time in their lives. Have these people who once considered themselves “no hopers” been pleased with their results on the Meltdown programme? Let’s put it this way, we have had many hundreds of very happy female clients and only ever had one unsatisfied customer who proved that as good as we think we are at shaping female bodies we cannot claim to be miracle workers who will make the lazy diligent and the work shy conscientious. Never forget that our programmes can be hard work and require life changing, if ultimately also life enhancing, habits. We want clients who want something special and not the ordinary, and in turn we can help you produce results like these:
BioSignature is the fastest way to burning fat and get lean because it is individualised for your own unique body fat and hormonal composition. We explain it in further depth in our BioSignature Services page. Suffice to say that every client who enrolls for our Female Fat Loss Programme has the opportunity to benefit from this groundbreaking protocol and modulate their exercise, nutrition and supplementation around their own unique hormonal profile.
In addition to the BioSignature readings, the initial assessment consists of a health and fitness questionnaire where we learn not just the hard facts of your previous exercise experience and medical history, but also seek to understand exactly how we can structure our Fat Loss system to best fit around your lifestyle. Remember this is a strict methodology that we tailor in a bespoke fashion to your own unique circumstances.
We also undertake an extensive body composition analysis whereby we calculate body fat percentages and take height / weight / relevant body part measurements.
You must keep a food diary of exactly what is consumed during a so called “regular” week. This way we can accurately conduct a full scale audit of dietary habits and make positive changes that are particular to how you eat, rather than making sweeping statements that apply generally, but not necessarily to you specifically.
Our fat loss plans have strict nutritional protocols that are made to fit around your own needs and lifestyle, not the other way around! Our clients all receive highly personalised dietary programmes that break down eating goals and give guidelines for all 63 days of the programme. Why do we go into such minute detail? The answer is simple – we like to be able to accurately tell you what you can expect from your nine week commitment to us. We simply do not believe in leaving anything to chance.
Depending upon your exact goals, we also map out a full scale supplementation programme that includes every possible permutation of what food supplements you can take to enhance your progress.
On the basis of the data gathered by our initial consultations we then construct a unique Fat Loss / Fat Burning programme just for you based on the Meltdown principles. This is a nine week plan that is designed to evolve as your own conditioning improves and will see you burning fat and stoking up your metabolism right from the very first workout.
We also take into account the information gathered during the physical assessments, and construct a plan that takes into account any pre existing or potential structural / muscular imbalances, addressing weaknesses head on and eliminating them with the application of modern sports science programme design.
You will work on-to-one in our gym with your personal trainer three times a week for nine weeks. In addition we may ask you to put in a further two to three half hour energy training systems workouts at home or in the gym every week.
We pay extremely close attention to everything that you do when exercising with us, always monitoring your form, your fitness and your progress, and view the “in the gym” part of our service as being a combination of motivator, educator, statistician and task master!
We are very proud of Meltdown’s reputation, and Nick Mitchell will do nothing to compromise his reputation as a fat loss guru. Unlike most personal trainers who will take on any client, no matter how wavering their commitment, we are very particular about who we take on as a client. To this extent there are certain conditions that we demand each client agrees to before embarking on the nine week Fat Burning programme.
Make the time to train with us three times a week. We are willing to work at any time of the day or night, and will even open the gym at 4am if you ask us very nicely! There are always legitimate reasons not to exercise, but we will not accept that you can’t find the time for a nine week period that is a tiny amount of time in the grand scheme of your life.
Give up alcohol, wheat and processed foods for at least the first 14 days of the Meltdown programme.
Accept that you must follow the 90/10 rule. 90% of what you do from exercise to food intake must be EXACTLY as we tell you. The other 10% we leave to your conscience.
Give 100% effort throughout the programme and maintain a positive approach at all times. Burning fat isn’t always a walk in the park, but if you embrace it wholeheartedly you will have an enjoyable, energising, and wholly rewarding experience.
These are the things that we expect of you. If they sound too challenging, then we are sorry but Meltdown isn’t for you.
If you are interested in discussing the Meltdown for female fat loss programme with us, please email Caroline@UPFitness.co.uk / use the contact form on the bottom right of this page, or call us on 0207 118 3088 and we can organise a free consultation at your convenience.