After 12 months in its new 4,200 square foot premises, Pinnacle Performance is in peak condition. In Winter 2017, the gym moved into larger premises in Hamble Point Marina. It wasn’t a big move in terms of distance, but it’s meant that the client base has been able to expand dramatically over the past 12 months.
“We originally came to Hamble Point Marina,” says Andy McGhee joint owner, “to specialise in marine sports performance. We predominantly worked with sailors and canoeists from all levels including Olympians, Para-Olympians, world class, amateur and recreational sailors. But when we got here in 2014 we were delighted to discover that our facilities were soon being used by a much wider pool of people. Then we grew and grew until we were bursting at the seams.”
The decision was taken to find larger premises on the marina and luckily one came up for grabs shortly after.
Now in its new location, the front of the gym sports a row of proud yachts out of water for the winter, on the other is the stunning Solent, making it the ideal location for outdoor training too. And the gym’s surrounded by marine businesses including chandleries, yacht brokers and a great place to eat, the Ketch Rigger.
The current building took hundreds of man hours to prepare as it was originally built as a marine workshop and was used for marine engineering. The specialist flooring needed to be laid and a mezzanine with an office and a physiotherapy /nutritionist consult room added. But these hours of hard work paid off, reflecting the same values as using the gym itself.
The ethos at Pinnacle is standard across the board, whatever your size, shape or needs. Each individual is offered training support as a gym member, or a range of bespoke packages to really move their body transformation forward.
“We have staff from different areas of sport such as duathlons, sprinting, powerlifting, sailing, and strongman, who apply their skills in training. Clients experience an integrated approach with our nutritionist, it’s more like a performance centre, sharing our knowledge to help our clients.”
Andy’s team are devolving the knowledge they’ve already shared with crew members from teams such as Oracle USA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Mapfre and more.
“When we’re training sailors we start with analysis of their crew role for example a bow-man, trimmer or grinder, and then look at what they need for that role, and what we need to help them with. That could be developing their core or upper body strength, or their grinding power. We know how to work the body harder and even though we can’t really recreate the conditions of the boat in the gym, we keep PT static, safe and relevant to their needs.”
You can tell that Andy has a military background by the use of the word PT (physical training), which peppers his conversation whether he’s talking about training elite athletes, members of the local community who want to shape-up, or anyone in between. That Army background shines through with the organisation of the different packages which have been carefully structured to give clients what they need to achieve their goals. From 1-2-1, 1-2-2 to 1-2-4, general membership, yoga, pilates, and a running club that pounds its way around the marina, Pinnacle Performance is a ‘no TV and 100% focused gym’ with plenty of parking.
“The hardest part is stepping across the threshold,” says Andy. “Once you’ve done that, you’re in the family, and we will train you up to be the very best version of yourself.” And, for those staying at the marina on a short-term break, it’s £5 for the first one-off session, and then £10 for each subsequent thereafter.
Open seven days a week 6-9 Mon/Fri and 8-4 Sat/Sun.
Workshop 7, Firefly Road, Hamble Point Marina SO31 4NB. Telephone 023 8017 2520.