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Waterhall (HQ) – Fitness Class Timetable

We coach 5 different fitness classes at HQ: STRENGTH, CARDIO, MET CON, SPEED & AGILITY and YOUTH S&C. With each class following a structured programme where you can track your progress and train in a supportive team environment. You can read more about each fitness class further down and sign up via our secure booking platform, TeamUp.

You can register up to 4 weeks in advance. When a class is full, please join the waiting list. You will be sent an email to join the class when a space comes available.

We recommend you download the TeamUP app on your iPhone or Android to make it easier.

Ascend Performance
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Christine DickensChristine Dickens
19:05 06 Aug 23
I love the small group strength training, it’s better than personal training due to the encouragement of both the coach and others in the session. It is intense but in a positive way and today I achieved another personal best - such a sense of achievement!
jez tilleyjez tilley
18:38 31 Jul 23
Great place, great people
callum blackburncallum blackburn
18:56 27 Jul 23
Small group training is great and the 1-to-1 coaching is top quality. Couldn't recommend Matt and rob enough!
Hayden QuiggHayden Quigg
06:56 26 Jul 23
Matt and Rob have created a community in which everyone who turns up is welcomed and encouraged to reach a level they may not have thought possible. Both of them are top tier S&C coaches who care about the individual, both athletically and personally.Couldn't speak more highly of them!
Tom BlackburnTom Blackburn
12:08 12 Jul 23
Highly recommend Ascend Coaching in Brighton. Matt has fixed both my long term injuries and has given me a very informative training programme. Have never felt stronger! The group sessions are also very good if you want to throw in a competitive edge!
Cana BaminCana Bamin
15:44 28 Jun 23
Ascend is by far the most professional and hard working team in the S&C industry from my personal experience. They have managed to support me several times with niggles and recovery that was needed after some tough rugby games. Not only do they have an outstanding attitude towards aiding you physically, but also show all the support psychologically and display general care towards their customers.Great team and super glad to be able to have them support me!!
Dean LukerDean Luker
14:37 28 Jun 23
Matt is a top class performance coach, used to operating at an elite level, but who also enjoys working with every-day people (like me!). He has helped me transform my fitness / strength and I’m a different person after nearly two years - no aches and pains, stronger and energetic. As well as being highly professional/ knowing his stuff, Matt’s also a really nice guy and I enjoy our sessions immensely.
JP Hamilton SavoryJP Hamilton Savory
12:25 26 Jun 23
The sessions are well structured, and importantly, very welcoming. In a short time my strength and conditioning has progressed, and I will definitely be continuing.If you're looking for experts who know how to build strong, resilient athletes from hobbyists to elite level, then give Matt and Rob a shout.They are awesome.
Tom BardenTom Barden
07:06 26 May 23
I personally could not recommend Ascend enough! It combines a great wealth of knowledge and drive to push you in every session to achieve sessions you can’t find anywhere else.Both Matt and Rob are excellent trainers and will push you to your limit, correct your form and keep a good fun atmosphere in the gym as-well.I have nothing but good things to say about ascend and easily rate it as a 5 star service, so get involved!
Sophia NSophia N
17:11 17 Apr 23
Following major back surgery, Ascend was an absolute godsend. The rehab soon turned into training and I was able to do so much than I never thought was possible. I don’t think I would have made the progress I did otherwise.I’ve since joined the Ascend strength and conditioning classes. These are amazing and I’ve really been able to work towards improving my fitness and strength. The small group training is inclusive and most importantly fun.I would recommend Ascend to everyone. They’re great. What more can I say.
stacey boxallstacey boxall
12:49 19 Mar 23
Absolutely love the MetCon sessions at Ascend. the small group classes are perfect for me as you get the energy of working out with other people (I hate exercising on my own, I don’t really know what to do and I get bored so quickly) but you also get the benefit of one to one corrections on form and technique from Rob and Matt that you just don’t get in big workout classes. The vibe and energy is always great and the session structure really gets you working hard and starting to seeing familiar faces each week makes it feel like a small community is building.Just hit my 10th session and can honestly say it’s the most consistent I’ve been with my personal workouts in years. Love these guys and what they’ve done with the space and could not recommend them more.
George SalmonGeorge Salmon
13:16 08 Mar 23
Great facility, great coaches!A tidy, well equipped gym with the most knowledgeable coaches around. I personally have been training with Matt for a fair amount of time and he has helped me so much. I've learnt so much and can say I am stronger than ever! Definitely would recommend Ascend to everyone/anyone!
Lee AllsopLee Allsop
15:21 02 Mar 23
My son Luca started at ascend performance a few months ago now and is absolutely loving it , the coaches are great and he really enjoys the sessions,Matt and his team have really improved Lucas running technique and speed it’s been great for him , would highly recommend these guys they are brilliant
chiara joneschiara jones
19:58 29 Jan 23
The group strength class was great! I thoroughly enjoyed.It still had private lesson vibes because Rob and Matt both watching everyone’s technique which I found really helpful but also because you’re in a group you feel like you push yourself a bit further. Great session!
Clarissa LoughridgeClarissa Loughridge
18:50 08 Jan 23
Today I participated in the Strength class run by Rob and Matt and it was such a good session! The two of them are very welcoming and knowledgeable and the gym was clean and tidy with a variety of different equipment to use. I will definitely be joining more classes!
Sarah JacksonSarah Jackson
13:06 15 Dec 22
What an epic space! Matt has been coaching me for the last 2 years as a professional windsurfer, where I have gone on to be 2 x Vice World Champion. He has supported my training and physical conditioning but also been a great support on the mental side too, through the highs and lows of professional sport. Matt is a fantastic and knowledgable S&C coach and I would highly recommend him, whether you want in person coaching at the Ascend Gym or online programmes for when your sport takes you away from home.
Oscar WaiteOscar Waite
22:24 14 Dec 22
I’m very fortunate to have worked with Rob for a few years at university and can preach that he’s one of the best in the game, this evening I was lucky enough to get coached by the other half of Ascend, Matt and can sat that these two are some of the most genuine and knowledgeable in the S&C space and to be honest good blokes to train with.They have a great set up for all athletes, even with various goals and I look forward to working more with them in the future to develop my fitness.

Fitness Class details:

STRENGTH: This 55 minute adult class focuses on developing full body strength, power and muscle mass. Expect to have fun, lift heavy and see your progress by following our structured programme. These sessions are for over 16s only.

CARDIO: This 55 minute adult class focuses on developing aerobic fitness through intervals of constant work. You’ll be able to push harder for longer and recover quicker by improving your heart and lungs. You’ll also burn a fair few calories in the process! Expect to run, skip, move your body and use a range of cardiovascular equipment in this class. This fitness class is for over 16s only.

MET CON: This 55 minute adult class is the perfect mix of strength, power and conditioning all in one. If you want the best all round workout, this is the session for you! So expect kettlebells, sandbags, dumbbells, barbells, med balls, bodyweight exercises combined with interval efforts on our range of cardiovascular kit – you will be constantly challenged. This fitness class is for over 16s only.

SPEED & AGILITY: Designed for athletes, especially youth athletes (11-18), this session will improve your acceleration, agility, top speed and running technique to make you much faster on the pitch.

YOUTH S&C: Age 11-18 is the biggest window of opportunity for athletic development in anyone’s life. Which is why we teach young athletes how to move well and train properly whilst getting fitter, stronger and preventing injuries.

Fitness class timetable at Ascend Performance

Personal Training

“Perform & Rehab” is our small group personal training package where each member receives a bespoke plan that meets their specific goals. A maximum of 4 members train with 1 coach, which again creates an awesome supportive environment, keeps the quality of coaching high and the price much lower than one to one coaching. You can book a consultation via our timetable above.

Cancellation policy

You can remove yourself from any fitness class up to 12 hours before the start time. Within 12 hours, you can still remove yourself from the class but this will count as a late cancellation and you will lose the session.

Waterhall (HQ) Gym Location:

Matt Dickens MSc ASCC

Matt has worked in professional sports for over 10 years; with Olympic champions u0026amp; international rugby players to world-class motorsport racers u0026amp; alpine skiers. He is an accredited coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, has an MSc in Strength u0026amp; Conditioning from St Mary’s University and a wealth of science-based knowledge in all areas of human performance.rnrnMatt’s skills lie in getting the best out of people.  He loves coaching speed u0026amp; agility, making gains that actually transfer to performance in your sport and rehabilitating injuries back to a fitter, faster u0026amp; stronger position than you were before.rnrnu003cemu003eu0022I’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 u0022near career endingu0022 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.u0022u003c/emu003e

Rob Nitman S&C Coach, Ascend Programme Director

Rob Nitman BSc ASCC

u003ch4u003eProgramme u0026amp; Coaching Directoru003c/h4u003ernRob is an accredited Strength u0026amp; Conditioning Coach (UKSCA) who’s been working in the Su0026amp;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.rnrnRob’s motto is u003cemu003eu0022Don’t just train, perform!u0022u003c/emu003e 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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