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
We are big believers in different courses for different horses, so if aquaerobics and body pump classes are your kind of exercise heaven then it’s probably best that you skip this page, and in fact this entire website, and return to the safety of your Virgin Active or David Lloyd. You will in fact detest our “modified strongman” Group Fat Loss Training if the following applies to you:
Now that we have eliminated a few waifs and strays, if you are curious as to what our Viking & Valkyrie Group Fat Loss training is all about, why modified strongman training is so effective for fat loss and overall conditioning then a look at the following video of one of our classes might give you an inkling of what is in store at a modified strongman training class:
There is a real danger when discussing “strongman training” that we automatically lose 99% of the listeners as soon as the images of Geoff Capes and 300lb Viking strongmen spring to mind. Fear not, modified strongman training for fat loss is less about bending bars, tossing cabers, and lifting back breaking loads, rather it is all about delivering real functional training in a manner that elevates the metabolism, promotes fat burning hormonal output, and improves practical strength and endurance. Essentially what we do in our own modified strongman training classes are more intense versions of what our rural great grandfathers used to do in their everyday lives.
Carrying heavy objects – we use a farmer’s walk apparatus or old beer kegs half filled with water that slosh about awkwardly. Those of you who are tough enough can use the super yoke.
Pulling heavy objects “quickly”! – whether that means dragging a weighted sled, pulling loads using a rope, or even (if you are very lucky) an impromptu bout of tug of war!
Lifting heavy objects – logs, kegs, people (we jest!) above your head…for reps.
Running with heavy objects – modified strongman training for fat loss is actually a very safe and controlled endeavour so we don’t actually have you sprinting with giant bag of sand on your back (although that does sound like a nice idea…). Instead we have a nifty gadget called a prowler that enables you to push a variable load as fast as you can go.
Challenging feats of exertion that you could never normally do in a gym – fancy having a go at pushing a car whilst a few of your friends cheer you on and nervously wait their own turns? There are also tyre flips, sledgehammer bashing and various other delights but we don’t want to give the entire game away without you coming down to see for yourself.
Traditional cardiovascular training is extremely limited in its success, scope and suitability. If you doubt our words then visit your local GloboGym and take a photo of the misguided souls slaving away for hour after hour on the treadmill or the elliptical machine. Come back a month later and compare your photo to what now sweats before you – there will be no difference.
We have numerous articles on this site about the perils of overdoing cardio for fat loss, so instead lets focus on why modified strongman training for fat loss is so effective. The simple answer is that when performing regular cardio, think jogging as a prime example, your body quickly adapts to the stress, becomes conditioned and efficient at the task in hand, and is able to run (or jog in this case) along in a lower gear. Contrast this modified strongman training where you train a wide cross section of muscle groups, across multiple planes, using numerous energy systems. There is quite simply no opportunity for downshifting and as a result the fat burning, metabolism boosting impact is immense.
Although we incorporate some aspects of modified strongman training into virtually all of our fat loss training protocols, we have found the best environment for the most dynamic, rewarding and exciting strongman workouts is in a group context. We currently run weekend classes of London based modified strongman training for fat loss and would encourage you to call us (0207 0331942) or email us at VikingFatLoss@UPFitness.co.uk register your interest.
Class sizes for Viking & Valkyrie modified strongman training for fat loss are kept relatively small so registering early is always useful! And we give away our first session for free…
|PACKAGES||WHAT YOU GET||PRICE||YOUR FIRST SESSION
|4 weeks of Saturday / Sunday first
timers package plus ongoing
|4 weeks of Saturday / Sunday follow
on package plus ongoing BioSignature
|4 weeks of Saturday / Sunday package
for existing UP clients
Please also note that because modified strongman training for fat loss is not just hugely effective at getting you fit, lean and strong, but also enormous fun we encourage you to bring along friends and family and always allow clients to bring a friend for free at every session.
And for every friend you bring with you we will give you a complimentary session your very own!*
*Terms & Conditions Apply:
One person per paying client per Group Fat Loss Training session, individuals are limited to the benefit of one free session only and thereafter must pay for the class.
A £12.50 booking deposit must be paid in advance when booking a free class. This will be refunded to you should be crazy enough to not want to join us permanently! And if you do join the classes we will simply subtract £12.50 off your initial fee.
Free sessions are limited to individuals who live within 20 miles of the Group Training location.
I’m not a class lover and never do any spinning or aerobics but I”ll definitely be a regular for this type of training! It is a challenging body and mind workout unlike anything I ever tried before!”
“Just a quick note to let you know how enjoyable Saturdays Strong Man class was, I along with everyone else I spoke to found it to be challenging, interesting and rewarding. The guys made sure everyone worked to the best of their ability, kept everyone motivated and pushed us all to get the maximum out of the session.
To work alongside other clients pushing,lifting, carrying whilst being encouraged by the trainers meant that at no point did we consider or were we allowed to relax, it was 40 minutes of enjoyable pain. I will be back!”
Different from PT as training with others is more sociable and great for the reasons given above. Different from regular gym class as they tend to be pure cardio which Strongman isn’t; there’s probably more room to slack off if you’re so inclined in a class than when doing 30s intervals surrounded by your peers!”
Dr Ben Henry
“Strongman was more intense than a regular gym class. Variety was good. There was more incentive to push myself harder because of the other lads watching. The competitive atmosphere was very positive and the number of instructors watching every “station” made everything run like clockwork.
The class is fantastic for people who are bored with cardio in the gym and are also short on time.”
If you are interested in discussing Viking & Valkyrie Group Fat Loss Training with us, please fill in the form below and we can contact you at your convenience.