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Nick Mitchell is the founder and CEO of Ultimate Performance, the world’s only global personal training business. With private personal training gyms across four continents, an unrivalled track record for results, and a number of best-selling books, Nick is regarded as one of the world’s leading body composition experts. Nick and his team help thousands of clients worldwide achieve remarkable transformation results across U.P.’s network of gyms, online training programs, books and app technology.

The Wake-Up Call That Will Save Your Life

Tell me about “health at every size”, the slogan that has been co-opted by some “fat acceptance campaigners”. Idiots who would tell you the moon is made of cheese, if it suited their agenda, to exhort us that obesity is “not bad for you at all, actually”. I also have to add, as some people […]

Why getting ‘buy-in’ with clients is paramount for trainers

Getting the buy-in from your clients is the most important, and most challenging, aspect of our job. It can’t be faked or gamed for long, it has to come from the heart. For some, it comes from a burning desire to help people. Whilst for others, it comes from a love of achievement for driving […]

What The Gym Means To Me – Nick Mitchell

It has been over a year now since all U.P. gyms in the nine countries in which we operate have been open all at the same time.  We’re still not out of the woods because the Netherlands currently has no real visibility on when their hard lockdown will be curtailed, but Monday April 12th marked […]

If The Word ‘Obesity’ Hurts Your Feelings, You Have Two Choices

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ultimate Performance (@upfitnesslive) Just no. Words do not hurt your body. Your bad habits and decisions hurt your body. Being classified as “obese” might hurt your feelings, but you should see this alleged negative as a positive. You need a kick up the backside to change […]

How parents and children can deal with lockdown weight gain naturally

The past 12 months of the coronavirus and intermittent lockdowns have been a challenging time for both parents and children, especially with normal routines and patterns of work, learning and play disrupted.  This ‘new normal’ has been hard to adjust to for many families.   The latest lockdown, coming off the back of a typically over-indulgent Christmas period, is likely to have created the […]

How to Respond to Fitness Haters

Bitter, hateful losers have existed since time immemorial. Up to a point we’ve simply got to suck it up and just consider dealing with them as a part of life. But without question, the dual rise of both social media and victimhood culture, where a small subset of absolute clowns worship the victim and actively […]

How to Tell If Your Trainer Is a Keeper

Being a great trainer is impossible to fake. You don’t have to like your client. In fact, in the unfortunate circumstance when you think your client is a schmuck, it really isn’t the end of the world. “Liking” someone is irrelevant, albeit mildly helpful. What counts is professional pride. You don’t have to like your […]

How to Get Natural Results That Last

Something I wrote a few years ago that always stays true. This picture of Eddie is how his condition has been pretty much every day for the almost nine years that I’ve known him. Too many people neither train nor eat properly and then use the steroid excuse. Natural results are possible, and they last. There’s a […]

New Year’s Resolution? A New Year’s Plan is Better

A word on resolutions – they rarely work as we all know, but optimistic wishful thinking usually outweighs experience at this time of year. Rather than give yourself a resolution, instead formulate a plan, and as we all know plans are best broken down step by step. So if you want to lose 20lbs my […]

Today vs. Tomorrow: When Should I Start Training?

Are you a “start tomorrow” or “start today” kind of person? At this time of year, we’re almost all “start tomorrow”. “I’ll start my diet tomorrow” (or after Christmas) has to be one of the most popular refrains in the world right now! That’s not how we should be living – if something is worth doing, […]

Q&A: How Much Water Do You Drink When You Workout?

How much do you drink when you workout?

Fitness Instagrams: Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything You See

Comparing yourself to others on social media? Nick Mitchell talks about how life isn’t really what it seems

Nick Mitchell: Find People Who Lift You Up!

Negativity breeds negativity. Here Nick Mitchell explains why it’s important to find people who lift you up.

Nick Mitchell: Why Most of the Online Fitness Community Disgusts Me

Why Most of the Online Fitness Community Disgusts Me

Nick Mitchell: The Truth About Celebrities’ Body Transformations

Nick Mitchell explains what it really takes to achieve a transformation that Insta-celebs don’t tell you

Nick Mitchell: Are Bodybuilding Personal Trainers Really the Best?

Nick Mitchell has changed his mind that ‘bodybuilding personal trainers are best’ after building his UP empire

The Secret of What Makes a Great Personal Trainer

Nick Mitchell reveals what makes a great personal trainer and the culture at UP that has forged the company’s reputation

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