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
When we first came up with a focused training programme designed specifically for football (or soccer players if you read this in American) many people couldn’t understand why. After all, we are strength and conditioning specialists, and soccer isn’t about either of those qualities is it. Erm, yes, we think you will find that it is. And just as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger weaned the English game off it’s post match pint of beer or ten, so too are we making inroads in advising leading football clubs on how to get their most valuable commodities into their best shape possible. After all, if you take two equally skilled players and make one of them healthier, faster and stronger, which one will perform better (and for longer)?!
There are many myths surrounding football training, many of which are discussed in our article “Improving upon Perfection: Could Zizou have been an even better player?!” (but it should be very obvious to budding Premiership stars that the right coaching for football success should address the following issues:
Speed is King in so many sports. What do they say of has-been footballers? “His legs have gone”. Focused and intelligent resistance training is partly responsible for the fastest men and women in the world, and yet we have found that footballers simply throw in a few sets and reps here in there, preferring to run endless drills instead. A smart footballer will want to develop non linear, explosive power so that he can change direction, angle, and velocity in a fraction of a second. The absolute cast iron guaranteed best way to acquire this ability is via a programme of resistance and plyometric training. And when all is said and done have you ever heard of a coach dropping a player because he is too fast?!
A well conditioned athlete should never run out of gas during a game. Smart pre game nutritional protocols and training that develops BOTH explosive power and long range fitness are the keys to top performance.
Many footballers exhibit limiting postural imbalances. Do you play with guys with rounded shoulders and heads tilted forward? If so, they are an accident waiting to happen. A good strength and conditioning program always includes corrective exercises to maximize your body’s ability to perform at a safe and optimal level.
The human body is a single system, not just a series of muscles. It doesn’t matter how powerful your strongest muscles are as it’s the weakest link that determines your performance as an athlete whatever your sport. In football particular emphasis MUST be placed on strengthening the vastus medialis muscle of the lower thigh (the muscle that sits over your knee on the inside of your leg). Although this is quite a simple muscle to train via a variety of exercises such at the Petersen step up, it has historically been a huge area of neglect for football players. Why the muscle that has the key responsibility for maintaining knee integrity has been so long ignored by traditional soccer coaches is entirely beyond our comprehension. Think of Michael Owen’s knee buckling under him at the 2006 World Cup and you can think of several million reasons (£!) why strengthening the vastus medialis should be a top priority for all footballers who ever make lateral movements (such as evading tackle, sidestepping, or even just quickly changing direction!).
Effective body composition comes down to just one thing – if you’re not using it you should be losing it! A spare tyre will only slow you down and no one but Gazza ever loved hearing “who ate all the pies”! Indeed the best footballers in the world are no longer just lean and lithe, they are also strong and powerful. STICK IN PHOTO OF CRISTIANO RONALDO FROM OLD SITE
A more muscular player is a stronger player, and a stronger player is a hell of a lot more difficult to deal with! Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney – all powerful men who terrorise their opponents in part due to their upper body strength.
When all else is equal, the stronger player always wins out. The key is to develop the “real world” strength that can be translated onto the football field. This is easily done with the right training, but please kiss goodbye to any of those multigyms that far too many footballers have wasted hours of their time on.
The bottom line here is that stronger, healthier and fitter footballers play more games and have more opportunities to succeed. If you can recover faster, you can train harder, play more consistently and be a winner more often. The body does not respond merely to training – it responds to recovery from training.
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