Life has been tough for everyone over the past 12 months during the coronavirus pandemic. Normal life was suspended, fitness goals put on hold and healthy diets went out of the window for many of us, and our health and wellbeing may have suffered as a result. But with a return to normal on the horizon and our Ultimate […]
Can you really out-train a bad diet? This topic came up in a live Instagram chat between Gemma Atkinson and Ultimate Performance personal trainer Elliott Upton. Here Elliott shares exactly why nourishing your body with the right food is so important to getting results if you want to look your best, feel your best, and […]
Consulting the habits of successful weight loss maintainers gives us an understanding of how we can go about maintaining our weight in even the most dire of circumstances.
As lockdown measures are in full force, our activity levels have plummeted. We need to adjust our diets accordingly, but how? How can we stay on on track with our fitness goals through the COVID-19 pandemic?
While balanced diets are typically enough to provide the nutrients we need day to day, in lockdown situations, we can’t shop as normal – so supplements can be invaluable in plugging that gap.
I’ve just finished my eighth week of training at U.P. Manchester and I’m ready for Christmas, I’ll tell you that for free. I’ll let you in on a little secret: meal-prepping is the devil. They don’t tell you quite how much tupperware you’ll go through and how many hours you’ll spend slaving away behind a […]
It’s been four months since I packed my bags and made the move from Hong Kong to Los Angeles with U.P. What a whirlwind it’s been! Moving to a new city, living in the US for the first time ever and managing our first gym in North America has been nothing short of exciting […]
#Instafit – The Most Instagrammed Workouts, Exercises & Muscles Fitness is insanely popular on Instagram, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great platform to feel inspired by other people’s fitness journeys, see what is possible, and share your own progress. The fitness community is a valuable part of a healthy lifestyle, as being […]
What a transformation it has been for our new Ultimate Performance Cheshire gym over the past 12 weeks! Just three months ago, U.P. Cheshire first opened its doors to clients around Alderley in rural Cheshire, becoming Ultimate Performance’s first ever personal training facility outside a major city centre. As such, U.P. Cheshire gym stands as […]
It’s DONE! The team photoshoot was finished in a flash. Six weeks of all that planning, measuring, tracking, and shrinking…and it was over in a split second! What I was surprised about was that I was nervous getting started! I convinced myself that I felt bloated (cue drama queen), but my morning weight […]
Keeping Hormones on the UP! Wombs… the almighty power of being a woman. But also an almighty pain in the ass (or vagina, if you will). Ever since I can remember, my periods and hormones have been slightly ‘Jekyll & Hyde’. They’ve definitely made up their own rules since I had my son Alfie. I’m […]
T-minus one week to go! I’m writing this on the Saturday night before the photoshoot. I’m a little nervous. Have I done everything right? Could I be leaner? Could I have trained harder? Did I take too long resting in between sets? Did I take one too many spoonfuls of nut butter when I […]
Staying in shape while travelling for work or away on holiday can feel like an impossible task. Normal routines go out of the window, healthy food is harder to find, and temptation is everywhere from the airport bar to the hotel buffet. But travelling doesn’t have to dent your progress and there are some […]
The past couple of weeks have been extra difficult, but not because of U.P. I had a stomach bug and I unexpectedly had to leave town for a little bit, which means I was going to have to hold myself accountable for my own training and diet. Yikes! Up until I had to leave […]
It’s happening. I’m losing strength, and that can feel tough to take as a strength athlete. My squat is down. My deadlift is slightly down. The silver lining is that I hit a new personal record of 86kg on the bench press (yay!). This past week, I maxed out at 4 reps with 155kg […]
I feel different. Being at this bodyweight is not new to me. I’ve cut weight for powerlifting competitions before, and even competed under 60kg a few years ago. Sure there was some dieting involved then, but it was primarily a ‘water cut’ so that I weighed in under 63kg. Getting shredded and lean has been […]
I can do it! My bodyweight is dropping, my motivation is running high, and my fridge is full of the right stuff (read: meat and veg). I’m now in my second week and I’ve lost nearly 5 lbs and I haven’t even gone to Cinnabon once! I’ve also discovered that I can be quite […]
Everyone has their own motivation for going to the gym, whether it’s purely for aesthetic reasons, for better health, or simply to set a good example for their children. My main motivation? I like being strong, and I’m competitive. That hasn’t always been the case. I’ve been ‘bigger’ in the past and it made […]