3 Ways To Get Strong

When was the last time you actually made some progression in the gym? Honestly? When was the last time you increased your weights? Tried a new exercise or mixed up your reps and sets scheme? If you haven’t done any of the above, if you’re finding you’re not getting the results you want…I think it’s time you made some changes. To help you make these changes and see some serious muscle gain, take a look at these three proven, none BS methods for …

Top 5 Fitness & Nutrition Myths: EXPLAINED

Fitness and nutrition myths are an absolute nightmare and tend to be a common reason for people simply ‘giving up’ on living a healthy lifestyle. The confusion that all the so called fitness ‘experts’ have caused has given plenty of headaches, debates and issues to resolve and although that will never stop, there is hope in that there are real professionals out there who can set the record straight…starting with Ultimate Performance. 1. Running Will Help You Lose Weight Myth: When trying to lose …

5 WAYS TO BUST THROUGH A PLATEAU!

So… You have been training for a few months now and have seen some good progress in your muscle mass and your body fat % is coming down, however you now feel like you have hit a bit of a plateau. Hitting a plateau can be quite frustrating and can make you not want to continue towards your goal. I am going to give you a few tips on how you can bust through a plateau and continue to make …

The Insider’s Secrets to a Flat Stomach

Every day without fail my inbox has at least half a dozen personal training queries in it all asking the same thing. Whether it’s from a man or a woman, young or old, one thing that everybody wants is a flat stomach. They want to know what to eat, how to exercise, and more often than not why all the work they are currently doing (for some reason I tend to frighten off most of the couch potatoes from even …

Get Fit at 40!

This article on getting fit and fat loss at forty first appeared in Men’s Health in 2009. It details the personal training and coaching that Nick Mitchell did with Men’s Health Fitness Editor Wesley Doyle to help him get into the shape of his life and be the first middle aged man ever to grace the cover of the magazine. Fit and Fat Loss in Middle Age Forty and fit Strength and conditioning coach Nick Mitchell tells us how he …

Five Bodybuilding Tips to Boost Your Training and Fat Loss

5 Bodybuilding Secrets to get you in beach shape in double quick time By Nick Mitchell Bodybuilders often have a hard time of it. Set up as pariahs because of rampant drug usage, and ridiculed for their ridiculous fashion “sense” (genie pants and do rag anyone?!), any man who struts around with the old obligatory rolled up carpets under his armpits definitely has questionable social judgement. However, as ever with these things it’s the few misfits that give the rest …

The FASTEST way to get Lean!

What is the question that I get asked most often? Teenage boys aside, whose obsession with big pecs and biceps are unparalleled, fat loss and lean stomach questions win hands down. If I am perfectly truthful it amazes me that so many people are so confused by a subject upon which countless millions, make that billions probably, of words have been written in the last 20 years. It sometimes seems to be that every other person I meet wants to …

Metabolism & Fat Loss Myths

I’ll start this metabolism myths article off with a rather personal admission. Many of you who are now familiar with my work may consider me something of an expert in the world of body composition and conditioning. Certainly an objective outsider would only have to look at the Ultimate Performance client list and the results they get to gain the impression that I am one of the very best in my industry. And while that may be the case (empirical …

Ultimate Abdominal Training Programme

By Nick Mitchell Why don’t you step into my office for a second and give me the truth.  As interested as you are in health and fitness, as enjoyable and satisfying as it may be for you to run quickly or lift an impressively heavy weight, the real reason why most of you read my regular personal training column here at AskMen is because you want to look good naked.   Sharp clothes and a good patter may bring confidence, but …

The Metabolic Rejuvenation Plan

By Nick Mitchell “If I had a penny for every time..” It’s amazing, every week I have at least two women approach me with a sometimes desperate mix of frustration, resignation and incredulity in their eyes. They don’t eat junk food, they don’t eat after 7pm, they religiously attend 4 cardio classes and at least 1 pilates sessions week in week out, and yet their weight never budges. The lumps and bumps they are not especially fond of refuse to …

Personal Trainer Advice for Six Pack and Abdominals

Abdominal and midsection personal training advice with top London personal trainer Nick Mitchell: Q: I have a question about the best way to develop my abs and obliques – it’s kind of a new goal that by my 30th birthday in August I could get to the point where I can see them (even slightly – I’d settle for just sort of a flat midsection). How do I do this? Of course I would like a rippling six pack but …

Fat Loss Answers – Sticking Points and Yohimbine

A selection of advanced fat loss questions with one of Nick Mitchell’s personal training clients. 1. I’m bound to hit a sticking point and stop dropping body fat at some point, what do you recommend i could do to break through? Just grind through it? Have a few days of higher calories and rest from the gym. However, with you I have doubts that you will properly realise you have hit a sticking point. Losing only 0.5lb of fat is …

Personal Training Questions on Advanced Training for Fat Loss

A selection of advanced fat loss related answers from Nick Mitchell’s competitive bodybuilding personal training clients. 1. Whats the ‘secret’ behind twice per day training, is it the release of hormones and an increase in metabolic rate? Nick: The more often you train the greater your body’s ability to synthesise protein and turn it into new muscle tissue. Obviously the more often you workout the greater the metabolic uptake of energy substrates and the more improved the metabolism. Great care …

The Beer Belly – Causes and Solutions to a common London Personal Training problem

The male beer belly can truly be a sight to behold. Ponderously swinging before its owner (who has lost sight of his belt buckle and other things) many years ago, it isn’t just a superficial cosmetic disaster, it is also a health and longevity nightmare. Beer bellies aren’t bred by drinking large quantities of beer, although that hardly helps. Rather they are caused by an excess accumulation of visceral fat – that is fat that sits under the abdominal muscles …

Best Cardio for Fat Loss

Nick, I am confused about what is better for maximum fat loss, cardio such as walking and jogging or harder, interval type training. I have a lot of body fat to drop and want to get lean as quickly and efficiently as possible. I know your reputation for getting personal training clients in shape and need your help! What is the best cardio for fat loss? Fat Loss Rollercoaster Dear Fat Loss Rollercoaster, It’s time for you to change that …

A Six Pack in Six Weeks

There have been countless articles, books, DVDs and probably even hymns dedicated to the pursuit of the sculpted six pack. Perhaps because they really are at the centre of the body and are the focal point where our eyes are automatically drawn to, but nothing holds as much cache in the fitness world as really defined washboard abdominals. Despite the fact that the assembled bodies of ab training work could probably stretch from London to Las Vegas and back again, …

Cardio

The following are a sample of some of the more frequently asked questions we receive concerning the benefits and pitfalls of cardio. For more detailed, in depth responses pleases contact us directly. If I want to lose fat quickly, should I do as much cardio as possible? Definitely not! Excess cardio work will cause your body to become “overstressed”, increasing the production of the stress hormone cortisol and can actually cause you to gain fat. We very rarely prescribe any …

Feeling Sick & Nauseous Whilst Exercising

Exercise Induced Nausea And Vomiting. If you are wanting to get into fantastic shape really fast then you need to work hard in the gym. Yes there are things like diet and lifestyle to address but ultimately to get that athletic body you dream of, there needs to be some hard time spent training. An issue that we sometimes see at UP is with new personal training clients feeling sick and nauseous whilst exercising Working extremely hard in the gym …