October Global Client of the Month: Emmy

Congratulations to Emmy of UP Hong Kong Central, who is our Global Client of the Month! “I became a better mother, wife and person,” Emmy says after making an incredible 20-week transformation at Ultimate Performance. How Emmy feels now after getting in the best shape of her life is in stark contrast to the way she felt when she first started at UP Hong Kong Central. Becoming a new mother and dealing with a busy schedule meant her personal health …

Paul: Global Client of the Month for September

Congratulations to Paul of UP Sydney, who is our Global Client of the Month! Paul achieved a six-pack and his dream body in just 10 weeks of training with Ultimate Performance. Business owner Paul had been leading the life of a typical busy executive, over-worked and highly stressed. But it’s incredible how much can change in 10 weeks with UP. “I feel so much better about my body, health and state of mind,” he says. Paul’s work ethic and commitment …

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 …

FISH OIL AND THE FACTS

One of the most important supplements that I include in my clients’ supplementation protocol is a high quality FISH OIL. A good quality fish oil will have high levels of EPA and DHA, many of the cheaper brands contain very low concentrations of these fatty acids and end up costing more per gram of EPA and DHA than more reputable brands. Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial for a number of reasons, they: BALANCE the ratio of Omega 3 to …

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 …

TRAINING MUSCLE GROUPS – TRICEPS

Training Muscle Groups Series  – TRICEPS   ANATOMY  The Triceps muscle are made up of three different heads; Long Head, Medial Head and Lateral Head, all of which are responsible for extension of the elbow, and in the case of the Long Head, is also involved as a shoulder extensor due to its biarticular nature. The Lateral head is located on the outer portion of the arm and is quite often the easiest of the triceps heads to develop (most …

Carb Cycling for hypertrophy – Part 2

Carb cycling for hypertrophy is slightly different. With fat loss the main goal behind cycling carbs is to prevent the thyroid from slowing down by implementing carb re-feed’s at specific times. For hypertrophy our goal is to utilize the anabolic properties of insulin.   Insulin is one of the most important anabolic hormones in the body. It directly influences the amount of amino acid and glucose transported into the muscle cell. Increased amino acid and glucose uptake will lead to …

Follow Me I’m A Guru

In a growing industry saturated with self proclaimed fitness gurus and unique fitness devices that are the next revolutionary tool that will help you change your physique, what can be known to do the body justice and what should be thrown out in the trash as garbage? Lets start with the most popular first, Crossfit. Created by gymnast and long time coach Greg Glassman, Crossfit is renowned for its high intensity workouts which include aspects of gymnastics, power and olympic …

Will Salt Kill You? Let’s Look At The Bigger Picture

Can salt kill you? UP guide

A few weekends ago during a family Sunday Roast I asked my sister to “pass me the salt shaker”. I got a variety of disapproving looks from around the table. My mother muttered under her breath “you are going to get high blood pressure” and my brother chimed in “yeah and you will have a heart attack before you are 30”. It is hardly surprising that my family, like most of the general population, view salt with such disdain. We …

A Sneak Peek At UP Marbella

As many of you know already we are tremendously proud and excited to be opening our first “non personal training only” gym in Marbella, Spain.  This venture represents a huge departure for UP as we have the scope (scale and size of premises) to indulge our exercise fantasies in a way that is not possible in venues based in big busy cities with our personal training gyms in Hong Kong and London. Here are a few words that UP Founder …

November 2013: UP Marbella Gym

As many of you will know we are well under way with the construction of our new Marbella Gym so we thought we’d show you a little photo of what the exterior of the gym may look like! OK, admittedly it will NOT look like this mock picture but hopefully you get an idea of the scale of the project.  The UP Marbella Gym will be a radical departure for our company because the gym is three times the size …

October 2013: UP Community Live!

Finally, after way too much talk and delays (the like of which may well be a full chapter in the UP autobiography one day) we have the new UP Community Forum live and kicking! The intention of the UP Community is to spread the right level of knowledge to as wide an audience as possible without losing the message in the noise of social media, cutting out the trolls and the time wasters that proliferate in all areas of the …

October 2013: What Is The Optimal Choice?

First of all apologies to those of you who have been asking about our news section going so quiet of late.  We have been beset by technical difficulties with all our internet properties of the kind that make sane people want to quit doing business altogether.  But we are back in action now and raring and ready to keep on highlighting the best in results-focused personal training in London for our City and Mayfair gyms, Hong Kong and our soon …

February 2013: A New UP Hong Kong Personal Training Gym!

We are delighted to announce, after years in both the planning and execution, that we will be opening a new Hong Kong Personal Training Gym in April 2013! UP Hong Kong will be the premiere Hong Kong Personal Training Gym, full of all the expected UP equipment (from fat grip Watson dumbells and Atlantis equipment to a sprint track) as well as some of our best UP Personal Trainers! You can follow all the action more closely at our specific …

February 2013: Advanced Bodybuilding Workout Article

Nick Mitchell has written a new article on Advanced Bodybuilding Workouts for the chest and arms that has received a lot of praise and industry attention.  If you want to read more and pick up some tips on these unusual training sessions just follow this link to “advanced bodybuilding workout“.  

January 2013: The 12 Week Body Plan reaches number 2 in the Amazon overall best seller list!

UP Founder Nick Mitchell’s new body transformation book has proven to be the biggest selling fitness book of 2013 so far (of course we do know it is very early days) as his guide “The 12 Week Body Plan” goes as high as Number 2 in the overall Amazon.co.uk best seller charts!  Both Nick, and co-author and book subject Joe Warner, have been delighted with the unprecedented interest that the work has generated and are already planning some amazing follow …

January 2013: Top IFBB Professional Ben Pakulski Trains with Nick Mitchell

This month we have seen top IFBB professional bodybuilder Ben Pakulski visit our Mayfair personal training gym to spend a week training with UP Founder Nick Mitchell.  Ben travelled all the way from Florida as part of his preparations to compete in the world’s second biggest bodybuilding contest, the Arnold Classic (in which he came 4th in 2012), in March.  This is a very unusual occurrence for a top IFBB professional to travel to the UK for coaching but as …

December 2012: UP Christmas Gift Package

We have a very limited special 15 package personal training offer as a Christmas gift idea for you. All the details are up on Nick’s blog, but do hurry as with only 10 places on offer this will go within a maximum of a few days! Fitness Christmas Gift Package

November 2012 – What is “Serious Personal Training”?

We don’t often link to individual blog posts in this news section but Nick’s latest blog on “serious personal training” received a massively positive reaction when it was first shared on the Ultimate Performance Facebook page, so we thought we’d highlight it for you here. It tells you what serious personal training means as a concept to us here at UP, how it informs all that we do with our personal training clients, and how “serious personal training” never means …