10 Ways to Fight Depression with Fitness

Depression is no joke, it’s not something you can simply ‘get over’ or ‘snap out of’ and it can happen to the best of us. It can happen to those who seem to have the world at their feet, to those who are successful, outgoing and the ones who, because you’ve seen their Instagram, you always think are ‘having the time of their life’. For some, they have found a way to fight their depression, whether this is through their own …

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 …

Diabetic Jen explains her stunning 12-month transformation with UP

Ultimate Performance is famous around the world for stunning 12-week transformations which see everyday men and women make almost-superhuman changes to their health, fitness and physiques. Each transformation, however, is not just your everyday ‘before and after’. There is always a story and there is always a journey – a journey that photos will never truly do justice and show the challenges each individual goes through. This time we wanted to share one of our most inspirational journeys from Jen, a very inspirational client. …

Fitness Tips – 5 Things to Love About Weight Training

Those dreaded weights, the embarrassment of picking up a weight that’s far too heavy and the beefed up body builders waiting for you to get off the machine are all reasons to put you off from weight training – and rightly so too. I get it and I’ve been there myself, I had no clue what to do when it came to weight training so what did I do? I avoided it like the plague. It doesn’t however, HAVE to be that way. Your …

My 13 Week UP Body Transformation – Dave Gee

Ultimate Performance is not about patting ourselves on the back and telling you how great we all are but we sure as hell are proud of what our clients overcome and achieve. Today, we are celebrating the 13 weeks of hard work, determination and discipline from UP Manchester client, Dave Gee which has led to his incredible transformation. Dave took on the UP challenge and signed up to 13 weeks of personal training with the hope of achieving his dream body but of …

ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE?

ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE? – Compliance & Transformations Readiness to change, compliance and transformations. These all go hand in hand and in order to attain the result you want you need to tick all the boxes! Readiness to change comes at varying degrees, some will want and need to lose significant bodyweight/fat mass and increase lean body mass whereas others may need to make small changes to attain the physique they are after. Regardless, there MUST be willingness and …

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 Right Resolutions

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to the future and the road ahead is filled with nothing but good intentions. Understandably this is also a very busy period for someone in the personal training industry as we see countless people eagerly 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. …

The Top Ten Reasons Why Diets Fail

I have an admission to make – the above title is very misleading title as in truth diets don’t ever fail, it’s the people who implement them who come up short. You already know that the key to success isn’t to “diet” at all, rather its to change your bad habits into good ones, so lets take a quick look at why it’s so hard to stick to the plan. I actually think that this subject could provide enough thoughts …

Can you find me a great Personal Trainer?

It’s a terrible thing to admit but sometimes I am embarrassed to say that I am in the personal training industry. This is a particularly strange and complex feeling for me as I very rarely, if ever, meet anyone who communicates quite the same passion and zeal that I possess for all things related to health, fitness, and helping people get into the best possible shape. In fact I usually fudge the issue when asked and mumble something about being …

Want success? Avoid Toxic People

The following article is a reprint of an interesting motivational piece for personal trainer and personal training client alike. Success on any fitness regime, be it a 4 week blast or a 4 year long haul, all centres around the power of focus and keeping a positive mindset. Trying to buck the norm, eat differently, go to the gym religiously all seem to aggravate certain people. These are the people who want to hold you back, keep you stuck in …

Top Ten Ways To Motivate Your Workouts

Set Goals This is rather an obvious point but nonetheless one that far too many people choose to ignore. If you set off in your car without having an end destination in mind exactly where would you end up? Most likely it would be nowhere. Set a series of specific milestones and use them to inspire you to dream and to motivate you as each small step leads you to surpass short term, and eventually longer and once seemingly daunting, …

Secrets of People who are in Fantastic Shape

It’s been a decade now since I began my life as a Personal Trainer. And about 2 or 3 years longer than that since I started hanging out in gyms and around ‘fitness people’. I’ve worked with clients of just about every fitness level you can imagine – from those who could barely walk from one end of the gym to the other when they started out, right through to elite athletes at the national level. I’ve listened to people’s …

Personal Training Observations: Rants from the Gym Floor

Nick regularly contributes to a section of Men’s Health that deals with personal trainer rants about bad habits. Unsurprisingly he has a lot to say! The following article featured in the in the personal training / fitness section September 2008 Men’s Health magazine. It’s neither big nor clever When Men’s Health asked me to contribute my own thoughts on those infuriating gym habits that get on my nerves even more than reality TV “stars”, there is so much material I …

UP Book Recommendations

EXERCISE AND FITNESS TITLE:The Poliquin Principles AUTHOR: Charles Poliquin If there is just one author whom I could endorse for intelligent prose and interesting ideas on exercise protocols, then it has to be Coach Poliquin. A man doesn’t become the most successful strength and conditioning coach in the world by accident, and the Poliquin Principles imparts information and concepts that have been repeatedly and successfully tried, tested and refined on literally hundreds, if not thousands, of world class professional athletes. …