Athletic Performance & Injury Rehabilitation

We provide elite level Strength & Conditioning coaching and injury rehabilitation in Brighton, Hove & Sussex. With a combined 23 years experience working in professional sports; including with World and Olympic Champions we have everything you need to take your performance to the next level.


Strength and Conditioning

What we do

We improve athletic performance through professional strength & conditioning and injury rehabilitation coaching. Matt and Rob have a combined experience of over 23 years working with elite level athletes. We work with individuals and teams in Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas of Sussex.  Using our coaching knowledge, skills & experience from working with athletes in a wide variety of sports, we’re confident we can take your performance to the next level.  Click the button below to contact us and make a plan today:

“Working with Matt was crucial running up to my Olympic debut. Not only is he technically advanced, but he is also a skilled motivator!”
Chris Mears
Olympic Gold – Rio 2016
“Working with Rob has been really beneficial to my performance in the ring. I’m able to land more powerful punches, and I can keep that power going later into the fight. He’s also helped me understand how to structure my training week so that I can perform better in each session, and has taught about better recovery and nutrition to go alongside my training.”
Sonny P.
Boxer & Coach
“MotoGP is a complex equation: be strong, be agile, be out on track (even after injury). Matt is able to turn text book into reality and keep it fun along the way. The job’s not for everyone, but those who can do it, make a huge difference.”
Bradley Smith
Moto GP – Aprilia Racing
“Matt’s coaching has allowed me to perform at my peak, week in week out. I would strongly encourage anyone looking to get ahead of the competition to enlist Matt’s help.”
Matt Miles
England Counties Captain
“Rob has been super accommodating with my programming, and I feel comfortable chatting to him about anything that may have an impact on my training, from injuries to simply having a stressful week. He is always quick with his replies and happy to adapt my programme if I need changes. I always liked lifting weights but with Rob’s help I am way more excited about training, especially as he tailors my programme to my jiu jitsu as well as weight lifting goals. He manages to make my workouts challenging but achievable, keeping my other commitments in mind.
Rob is very knowledgeable and makes me feel confident about what I can achieve in the gym”
Anna Z.
BJJ Purple Belt
“Since following Rob’s strength and conditioning programme I have noticed gains in my speed and strength on the mats, and had numerous comments from training partners. My bodyweight has decreased and levelled out to a comfortable weight whilst my numbers have gone up in the gym. Rob creates workouts that are testing, interesting to do whilst also challenging, and he has helped me work around a few injuries whilst strengthening my weak points to help avoid future injury. I would recommend him to anyone trying to improve their sports performance.”
Roman S.
BJJ Purple Belt & Judo Brown Belt

Athlete Performance

Athlete Performance

With extensive experience in professional rugby, football, combat sports, motorsport, snow sports and various other extreme sports, we’ve got the skills to take your athletic performance to the next level.

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Injury Rehabilitation

Injury Rehabilitation

Our multidisciplinary team of experts use their knowledge & experience from working in professional sport to get you back fitter, faster & stronger than ever before.  Click below to find out more.

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Who we are

Matt Dickens S&C Coach, Performance & Rehab Director

Matt Dickens MSc ASCC

Matt Dickens MSc ASCC

Performance & Rehab Director

Matt has worked in professional sports for over 10 years; with Olympic champions & international rugby players to world-class motorsport racers & alpine skiers. He is an accredited coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, has an MSc in Strength & Conditioning from St Mary’s University and a wealth of science-based knowledge in all areas of human performance.

Matt’s skills lie in getting the best out of people.  He loves coaching speed & agility, making gains that actually transfer to performance in your sport and rehabilitating injuries back to a fitter, faster & stronger position than you were before.

“I’m grateful to have supported some incredible people push the limits of human performance over the last decade.  In some cases, not long after suffering “near career ending” injuries.  Now I’m thrilled to combine my knowledge and skills with Rob and our team; to work with more individuals aspiring to be their best, whilst working closer to home and delivering an elite level of service that I’m truly proud of.”

Rob Nitman S&C Coach, Ascend Programme Director

Rob Nitman BSc ASCC

Rob Nitman BSc ASCC

Programme & Coaching Director

Rob is an accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (UKSCA) who’s been working in the S&C industry since 2014, with roles varying from professional Rugby Union to Higher Education institutions such as leading the athletic development at Eastbourne College and The University of Brighton.

Rob’s motto is “Don’t just train, perform!” He believes that the improvements we make in the gym have got to make a difference to your performance in the sporting arena.  Rob’s mission is to create an environment for athletes to maximise their potential and believes we have everything you need to do just that at Ascend.

How one to one Strength and Conditioning Coaching can help you

We start by getting to know each other over coffee or the phone and understanding exactly what you want to achieve. Then we’ll use your first training session to assess how well you move and take some baseline fitness tests. From there we can make a plan that’s specific to you and your goals. We’ll focus on what you like doing, improve upon your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Above all you’ll make loads of gains and have plenty of fun along the way. Our coaching is always aimed at improving your fitness in a way that transfers to performance in your chosen sport.

But we believe coaching is about more than just training hard and making gains, it’s about providing a positive and supportive environment. Similarly we like to work with good people because we try to be good people. And we love what we do because it’s so rewarding seeing people make progress that impacts both their physical performance and quality of life. As a result we’re confident some of our enthusiasm will rub off and you’ll enjoy the process too!

Strength and Conditioning uses evidence based principles of training that can be applied to anyone. Whether you’re a young footballer or seasoned pro fighter, we train towards specific adaptations, whilst moving efficiently and effectively to make gains that improve your performance.

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