Look, Feel & PERFORM Your Best with our Small Group Personal Training in Brighton

Elite Strength & Conditioning coaching for every level of athlete in Sussex at our very own private gym.


Take your training to the next level

We provide small group personal training in Brighton and Hove for people who take health & fitness training seriously. Our members are guided by expert coaches (Matt & Rob) who care about getting you results and having fun in the process. We’ve worked with professional athletes for the last 12 years and our mission is to make that same level of coaching available to the public, at an affordable price.

Our small group sessions are limited to a maximum of 6 people. This gives you the attention you need from the coach, in a positive team environment whilst making it more affordable than 1 to 1 coaching. Our members also have access to a full strength and conditioning programme, which they use to track their progress via our app.

Youth Athlete Development is a particular focus for us. We love helping the next generation of athletes get stronger, move better, run faster and prevent injuries. All in all making the most of their opportunity to be the best athlete they can be. That’s why our youth prices are just £14.50 per session and get cheaper when you train more regularly.

We also provide one to one coaching in strength & conditioning, speed & agility and injury rehabilitation. Scroll down to see our class timetable, prices and register for small group training.

Register for our small group personal training in Brighton and Hove:


Our brand new gym is based at Brighton Rugby Club, Waterhall, BN1 8YR! We refer to this as “HQ” in our timetable above.

We also coach clients out of the gym at Cardinal Newman College where we lead the strength & conditioning for their rugby and football academies.

Small group personal training in Brighton and Hove

Small group personal training in Brighton and Hove:

We offer 2 different memberships:

1. Youth Athlete Development: Safe, FUN & effective training to build fitter, faster & stronger young athletes from the age of 11 to 18 years old. This is ideal for young footballers, rugby players and any budding athletes. This training not only transfers to your child’s sport, it lays the foundation for the rest of their life. Take your young superstar’s performance to the next level with professional S&C coaching.

We have 2 different types of class for our junior members: SPEED & AGILITY and Strength & Conditioning. Once we’ve established our youth classes, we’ll be launching a “Mini Athletes” programme for younger kids (7 to 12) to build the best athletic foundation in a fun environment too!

2. Adult Strength & Conditioning: For anyone who wants to make the most of their body and a healthy active lifestyle. These sessions are limited to 6 people. We run 3 different types of adult fitness class: STRENGTH, CARDIO and METCON. Each of which follow a structured programme to develop all areas of your health and fitness. Let us guide you on your journey and track your progress.

3. Injury Rehab (Launching in May 2023): Specific rehab programmes in a small group environment, guided by highly experienced coaches; just like the service you’d receive in professional sport. Also limited to 6 people.

There are multiple classes per week for each membership. Starting with the following timetable. We will then be adding 9am adult sessions, Wednesday youth sessions and a selection of classes on Saturday mornings too. So if you’re interested in these additional time slots, please LET US KNOW and we’ll make it happen asap:

Small group personal training in Brighton and Hove

Small Group Personal Training in Brighton and Hove class timetable

If you’ve read this far and would like a FREE taster session in January, LET US KNOW via the contact form at the bottom of this page and we’ll see what we can do 😉

All classes take place at Brighton Blues Rugby Club; until we open the second phase of our membership incorporating Cardinal Newman.


Youth Speed and S&C classes are based on a maximum of 8 people in a class with memberships tiered based on how often you train:

Once a week: £49/month

Twice a week: £94/month

3 times a week: £129/month

Unlimited: £149/month*

Adult S&C classes are based on a maximum of 6 people in a class with memberships also tiered based on how often you train. ALL of our members also have access to a full training programme delivered via our App:

Once a week: £69/month

Twice a week: £119/month

3 times a week: £144/month

Unlimited: £164/month*

Injury Rehab memberships LAUNCHING IN MAY 2023, will be based on a maximum of 6 people in a class with a SPECIFIC rehabilitation programme for each client:

Once a week: £89/month

Twice a week: £169/month

3 times a week: £229/month*

*It is also possible to drop in for one off sessions and buy blocks of 10 sessions to attend as best suits you.

Brighton Blues Members?

All Brighton Blues Rugby Club members receive a 20% discount on all Ascend Performance services.

Brighton Blues Senior Players will have S&C and injury rehab sessions provided on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm alongside their current S&C and specific rehab programmes. They will also have access on Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as during “Open Gym” hours upon request, when an Ascend coach is present.

Cardinal Newman Students & Staff?

Similarly Cardinal Newman Catholic School & College students and staff receive a 20% discount on all Ascend Performance services.

“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
“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
“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
“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

Matt Dickens MSc ASCC

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

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.

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.

Apply for a FREE consultation to find the solution that works best for you.


  • 1 to 1 Coaching: £65/session or £600 for 10 sessions.
  • Remote S&C Programme delivered via TrainHeroic App: £150/month
  • Remote S&C and Nutrition Programme: £250/month
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Speed & Agility

Speed & Agility

Speed & agility scores points!

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.

Book your first session NOW and see how we can take your performance to the next level.


  • 1 to 1 Coaching: £65/session or £600 for 10 sessions.
  • Half Day Workshop: £450
  • 6 Week Speed & Agility programme: £49 Currently half price just £25
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Injury Rehabilitation

Injury Rehabilitation

Injuries suck

Unfortunately away from professional sport, there’s not many people who can take you from injury back to your best performance. That’s why we use our experience with professional athletes, having successfully rehabbed all kinds of injuries (knees, ankles, shoulders, backs, groins, you name it) and offer our services to you. We specialise in solving problems that others can’t fix and see injury as an opportunity to come back fitter, faster and stronger than ever before.

Get it fixed. Contact us now.


  • 1 to 1 Injury Rehabilitation Coaching: £65/session or £600 for 10 sessions.
  • Remote Rehabilitation Programme delivered via TrainHeroic App: £150/month
  • Sports Massage & Soft Tissue Treatments: £65/session.

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