Take your performance to the next level

Strength & conditioning, performance coaching & injury rehabilitation in Brighton & Hove, Sussex and online. Contact us below to discuss how we can help you:

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Strength & Conditioning

Strength & Conditioning

Follow a professionally structured strength and conditioning training programme that is specific to you, your sport and your goals.  Matt & Rob have a combined S&C coaching experience of over 23 years with elite level athletes.  Contact us today to see how we can help you improve your performance.

Elite Athletes

Elite Athletes

We deliver the highest level of coaching & performance testing for professional athletes.  Our multi-disciplinary team have the skills and experience you’d expect at the biggest sports teams in the UK, because we’ve worked with some of the world’s best athletes throughout the last 10 years.

Speed & Agility

Speed & Agility

In our experience, it’s the single biggest thing that makes a difference in team sports like rugby, football, hockey, lacrosse etc.
That’s why we make sure we’re experts at coaching & developing speed & agility in a way that transfers to your sports performance.

Specific Sports & Goals

Specific Sports & Goals

In our planning process, we work backwards from your performance goals to build a structured & adaptable programme that works for you.  We’ll focus on what you enjoy, play to your strengths, develop your weaknesses & minimise your risk of injury.  Work with us to take your performance to the next level whilst maximising your health & wellness at the same time.

Youth Athlete Development

Youth Athlete Development

We specialise in coaching athletes of all ages and levels.  Having lead the athletic development programmes at Eastbourne College & The University of Brighton, Rob has a vast amount of experience maximising the potential of youth athletes.

Sports Massage, Soft Tissue & Performance Therapy

Sports Massage, Soft Tissue & Performance Therapy

Sports massage is a fantastic way of releasing muscular tension using deep tissue (more pressure may be applied) techniques that work towards improving blood flow to your muscles and joints, reducing muscle tone and aiding vascular and lymphatic drainage.

Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition

Food is fuel & essential part of your performance.

Sports Psychology

Sports Psychology

Mindset matters.

Let’s chat

Tell us your goals and we can discuss how we’re going to achieve them together

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“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
Plans

1 to 1 Coaching

Online Teams

Online Bespoke Programme

Pricing

1 to 1 Coaching

£60/hour

£380/day

Online Teams

£50/mo

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Delivered via Train Heroic App with video demos, specific to Rugby or Combat Sports

Online Bespoke Programme

£150/mo

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Delivered via Train Heroic App with video demos, Specific to your goals, injuries, likes, dislikes & needs, Full WhatsApp support, Monthly video check in, Ascend Athlete T Shirt.

Our team

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 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.

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