Fitness Testing & Athlete Profiling in Brighton, Hove & Sussex.

Providing a full range of performance tests from VO2Max & Lactate profiles to speed testing, strength & power profiles to fully understand your athletic ability and how to direct your training.

Speed Testing

Speed Testing

Speed kills as they say. In team sports it can make a huge difference when it comes to performance; the difference between beating a defender and scoring or not scoring. Matt focuses on developing speed with athletes of all levels, by having a reliable test regularly you know you are making progress.

Complete Athlete Profile

Complete Athlete Profile

Speed, strength, power, aerobic & anaerobic endurance; we’ll analyse multiple areas of your athletic performance to fully understand your fitness level and how best to direct your training. This testing battery is specific to your sport and/or performance goals, for example rugby players carry out a different set of tests to racing car drivers and cyclists.

Team Fitness Testing

Team Fitness Testing

Evaluate and compare your players’ fitness levels with a sport-specific set of tests. We’ll provide a full team report based on individual player performances in each test. Ideal for football, hockey, rugby, basketball teams etc. looking to maximise their physical preparation whilst creating a fun and competitive environment for your athletes.

VO2 Max

VO2 Max

VO2 Max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilise during intense exercise. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness/aerobic endurance and using our specialist equipment we can test your VO2 Max either cycling, running or on a Concept 2 rowing machine.

Lactate Threshold

Lactate Threshold

Your lactate threshold is the level at which the intensity of exercise causes lactate to accumulate in the blood at a faster rate than it can be removed. This provides really important information when prescribing training programs as it sets the border between low- and high-intensity work. We can test this on a Watt Bike or Concept 2 rowing machine.

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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.