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
In the 21st century we should no longer need to convince anyone of the need for proper Sports Specific Training. At the highest levels a good Sports Specific Training programme has become recognised as an essential part of on the field success and forms the off season cornerstone of all elite Athletic Training routines. So it is a sad indictment against many coaches (particularly here in Europe) that we still encounter shabby and ill conceived Sports Training protocols.
A key aspect of all our work at Ultimate Performance is our dedication and commitment to helping improve the Athletic performance of our personal fitness training clients. It has become an increasingly significant part of our franchise and is an area where for a London based organisation we have unrivalled access to some of the most sought after Sports Training coaches in the world, including the likes of Charles Poliquin, possibly the most successful Sports Specific Training coach and personal fitness trainer of world championship and Olympic medal winning athletes in the western hemisphere.
“In five weeks of training with Nick Mitchell I have increased my lean bodyweight by 20lbs! With only 11 training sessions my body has transformed in a way that I would not believe and my body has shot up from 182lbs to 202lbs without a single ounce of fat gained. To say that I am more powerful and dominant on the basketball court would be one heck of an understatement. To be honest I am still in shock at how much I have improved.”
“It has now been 13 weeks since I hired Nick as my personal trainer and strength coach. In that time I have increased my bodyweight from 182lbs to 219lbs (at 6ft 2) without a single change in my skin fold thicknesses. The results have been nothing short of unbelievable and its actually getting annoying now when people wrongly accuse me of taking some magical steroid to improve so much, so quickly!!”
Having been trained by the best ourselves, both as personal trainers and as athletes (we have GB representatives from no less than 4 Olympic Games on our personal training team) we are in the enviable position of knowing that we bring the highest standards and most modern training principles to bear upon our strength and conditioning work. Alongside traditional training principles aimed to improve power, strength, speed, and in some cases functional muscular bulk, we also utilise a wide variety of functional Sports Specific movements such as core stabilisation, multi planar movements, neuromuscular overload, deceleration, change of direction and plyometric training.
Our aim is to produce the most efficient athlete possible, so we also place great emphasis on prehabilitation procedures in order to stop problems before they happen. An integrated and progressive Sports Specific Training programme that properly addresses structural and muscular imbalances should make the body as bulletproof as possible from the inevitable knocks, collisions and sprains that occur on the field of play.
Proper nutritional intake is also an absolutely essential topic that is too often ignored by sports training coaches and personal fitness trainers. This is an area that is of fundamental importance as without it recovery, and subsequent adaptive improvements, will always be severely limited. Our expertise in this is unrivalled and we are widely acknowledged as being at the top of our field for getting our athletes into match winning shape in the shortest possible timeframe.
Every athlete presents a unique set of goals and requirements so the following is just a brief outline of the general way that we work when improving strength and conditioning for sports performance:
This consists of a health and fitness questionnaire where we learn not just the hard facts of your previous Sports Training experience, sports specific goals and medical history, but also seek to understand exactly what motivates you in the pursuit of on the field success.
We also undertake an extensive body composition analysis whereby we calculate body fat percentages and take height and weight statistics so as to benchmark ongoing progress.
Where are your weaknesses / strengths and how can they be addressed for a healthy, functional and injury free Sports Specific Training.
Developed by the one of the world’s best known physical therapists, Gray Cook, this consists of a functional movement screen with the following tests:
Are you fast twitch or slow twitch, how many repetitions are ideal for your body type? This is of particular importance when it comes to Sports training for maximum athletic performance as different muscle fibres (and their relevant training protocols) can be better suited for endurance work (slow twitch fibres) or speed and power work (fast twitch fibres).
We test you on several key major resistance exercises such as Bench Press, Chin up, Step up, and Scott Curl calculating your 1 repetition maximum load and then applying specific formulae to assist in calculating muscle fibre type and the structural balance of key supporting musculature such as the rotator cuff and vastus medialis. This is to ensure the long term integrity of your body’s muscles and soft tissue, keeping you healthy and on the playing field, and not on the physio’s table!
We ask every one of our athlete’s food diary of exactly what is consumed during the preceding week before starting on our Sports Training programme. 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. At the end of the day it is this attention to detail and specificity that translates into results.
Depending upon your Sports Specific goals, we also map out a full scale supplementation programme that includes every possible permutation of what food supplements you could take to enhance your progress during the Sports Training.
A detailed, leave no stone unturned Sports Training programme both based on the data gathered by the assessment and consultation process, by the way you will be eating during the programme (nutrition and exercise should always be taken into account as a whole, not two separate parts), and of course the results that you are looking to be translated onto your chosen field of Sports.
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.
Depending upon your Sports Specific goals we generally prescribe a mix of resistance, energy systems, and flexibility focused training. The one consistent thing that all our athletes leave us with is the knowledge that they are to a man and woman always significantly stronger and fitter, often bigger, and invariably faster.
Each Sports / Athletic Training session will be conducted with the Ultimate Performance Coach / Personal Trainer of your choice, and entails 1- 2 hours of one to one work. We stay with you every step of the way, from dynamic stretching in the warm up, through to the challenge of pushing yourself with the weights or on the running track, up to the cool down and partner assisted PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching to end your workout.
We pay extremely close attention to everything that you do when Training 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!
The human body is a remarkably adaptive organism, and by paying close attention to the way you progress in your Sports Specific Training we know when is the right time to start changing your programme (usually within 2-4 weeks depending upon training experience) to ensure that you never reach the plateaus that limit the progress of all athletes.
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