Justin Maguire

This post is intended as a warning to anyone thinking of giving their money to Justin Maguire, a personal trainer and online coach, who once operated from London and now is hiding away in his native South Africa (Johannesburg) from the numerous people he has relieved of their money. We are writing this post because Justin Maguire (we’ll keep writing his name in full to assist anyone who searches for “Justin Maguire, personal trainer” in google) has left a string …

Nick Mitchell’s 10 Rules to Achieving Your New Year Fitness Goals

It’s no surprise that less than 10% of us are still committed to our New Year’s resolutions come the following June.   Every January, countless people come bounding through our doors enthusiastically seeking to ‘drop some fat’, ‘put on some muscle’ and ‘get healthier’. The problem that we typically encounter with such resolutions is that they are vague and not thought through properly. What you need is a careful plan of attack designed to get you exactly where you want …

August Global Client of the Month: Sheridan

Congratulations to Sheridan of UP Dubai, who is our Global Client of the Month! Sheridan wanted to get in the best shape of his life for his wedding – and he had only nine weeks to prepare. He had trained for years but a bout of dengue fever after a trip to India followed by training for the London Marathon had meant he lost a lot of weight and was left with a ‘runner’s body’ lacking any real muscle definition. …

The 10 Golden Rules To Weight Training for Over 40s

The benefits of resistance training as you get older are truly astounding. If you’re looking to slow down ageing and stay younger and vibrant through your 40s, 50s, 60s and well beyond, then science shows again and again that resistance training with weights is vital. Improved brain function, health, metabolism, blood sugar control and overall decreased risk of all-cause mortality are just some of the headline benefits of lifting weights we discussed in-depth in Part 1. But here we take …

Lifting Weights Really Helped When Times Got Tough: Sandra’s Journey Week 4

Why is life never simple? After an awesome few weeks training and dieting, I was thinking ‘This is great, I’ve got my life back!’ Then my uncle died, and I found out my dog has cancer. It always seems like life has a way of kicking you in the teeth when you’re doing well and getting somewhere. It’s really not easy when you’ve got family things going on and you are shattered – but you have to carry on. My kids decided …

Chocolate and Emotional Eating: Sandra’s Journey Week 3

I’ve really enjoyed every training session so far, I look forward to them, even if it means getting out of bed at 5 am.   But temptation is around every corner, or in my case, egg tray.  I’ve had omelette, poached or scrambled eggs every day for breakfast for the last 18 days, and each day I’ve seen the chunky KitKat and mint Aero chocolate bars stored in the fridge door by my husband, and not given them a second …

I Can See The Flab Coming Off: Sandra’s Journey Week 2

I thought it was impossible. I had built up a picture in my head that weight training at UP was going to be relentless, how else could they achieve so many amazing results? But it wasn’t like that at all. Not only did I get through my first week unscathed, but I enjoyed it. FIND OUT ABOUT OUR PERSONAL TRAINING PLANS HERE After successfully avoiding a delicious-looking chocolate cake at a kids’ birthday party over the weekend, I’m ready to …

I Lifted Weights and I Didn’t Die!: Sandra’s Journey Week 1

What was I scared about? I’d built it up in my head as this massive thing starting a transformation journey at Ultimate Performance I’d never really been into lifting weights before so I thought I was going to get beasted into oblivion from Day 1. It turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. The training itself, and I didn’t want to say this, was actually quite easy – certainly compared to Group Training where you’re busting a gut to out-compete other …

Why I’m Training To Be A Real Supermum: Sandra’s Journey

Sandra feels ‘middle-aged and tired’ but is doing a transformation to push herself to get fit again after two children

Sam explains how she is still in incredible shape months after her 12-week transformation

Ultimate Performance always delivers exceptional results for our clients.  But what happens next? What happens after those famous UP ‘before’ and ‘after’ images are taken? Can these incredible results be sustained when ‘normal’ life resumes? Is there even such thing as ‘normal life’ again after going through a UP transformation? It seems not. Clients who come to UP develop life-long knowledge and skills that enabled them to master their own health, fitness and physique along with a passion and drive …

How I Keep Myself in Excellent Shape Over Christmas and New Year

With just days to Christmas, things are starting to slow down and allow you to get into the festive spirit. Hopefully you can de-stress and reflect on the year that has passed, as well as spend some valuable time with friends and family. As always this time of the year, I will return to the motherland, Sweden, for some much-needed rest and spend some serious quality time with the people I love the most. Christmas is probably the trickiest season to …

How to Fight Christmas Cravings and Win: Nick Mitchell

How To Fight Cravings! Christmas is coming, and the goose isn’t necessarily the only thing that’s getting fat. We are beset with temptations and indulgences on all sides, be it the office party, festive drinks with friends, or family blow outs. For anybody seeking to maintain or get in shape, this can be an incredibly challenging time of the year and one where any craving can be far too readily indulged. Whenever I encounter the need to fight cravings I always take …

Christmas: Celebrating a year of exceptional results at UP

I am writing today with the annual UP UK Christmas Party fresh in my memory. In my imagination, if not reality, it was “Wolf of Wall Street” meets “Pumping Iron” so let’s say no more than that about the actual event. However, what really resonates with me is that it’s also one of the key times in the year when we get to celebrate the industry leading achievements of our team. As UP expands and we grow both organically and …

Nick Mitchell’s muscle-thrashing arms and chest workout

Why does training for muscle growth have to be complex? Whenever I am asked a question about training, especially chest and arms training, it seems that people want an incredibly complicated answer involving periodisation, Eastern Bloc adaptation principles, and esoteric exercises that even Charles Poliquin has never heard of. Let me tell it to you straight – the main secret to gym success, the secret to bigger and a more muscular chest and arms is being able to consistently smash …

Kelly’s Fight to Fitness: Week 3 – The Pursuit of Happiness (Hibernation)

Another great week in the gym and another personal best on a torture machine, only this time it was the Lat Pull-down. Steve, my trainer may have mentioned if I want to feel good in a backless dress (without betty-back-fat having her very own cleavage), I need to make this machine my very best friend (OK, OK they may be my own words but that’s what I heard) and it worked, we are now BFFs. So I have the gym …

Nick Mitchell: ‘Are you a lifter or a librarian?’

There are two types of people in this world – but only one will build real muscle…

10 Signs Your Gym is Holding You Back

It’s official, I’m a gym snob. I’m not going to be sorry about it, but I will explain why. I have recently joined a commercial gym (I won’t name names) so I can be a ‘gym buddy’ for my housemate and good friend. After all, I’m lucky enough to work for Ultimate Performance and have my training done and dusted before she’s even made it home – so I feel for her when I’m done for the evening and she still …

How to get rid of muscle soreness after a heavy session at the gym

It’s about this time of year that people start heading back to the gym to get back in shape before the mass New Year health kick begins.  Many of these enthusiasts have not worked out in a while, and so experience a level of soreness in the days after training that has them moving around in desperate need of a wheelchair. When new clients start at Ultimate Performance, we almost never fail to get an email the following day with …

Science shows eating the wrong type of soy could dent your physique

It’s critical that you’re not eating the wrong type of soy. This is what the science says…

‘I’m becoming addicted to that great positive feeling’ – Kelly’s Fight to Fitness

I’m back! I’ve had a week off work this week, which was just in time to get me over the two-week mark. From here, I’m good and on the straight and narrow. So I used this opportunity to train every morning… and I’m back, back to feeling strong, energetic, awake, fricking alive! Back to being full of beans and straight up out of bed at 5 am to head to the gym (We’ve got it down to one snooze, get …