Staff

andrew mcghee strength and running coach

Andy McGhee

Philosophy and Background

I’m the founder and owner of Pinnacle Performance. Having spent 14 years in the British Army, I’ve worked and trained in places far and wide. I’m 100% dedicated to each members needs and enjoy the challenge of helping them achieving their goals and targets using not only an evidence-based but also a holistic approach to training.

Qualifications

  • Masters Dip in Personal Training
  • UKSCA L1 Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Running Technique (Premier Training International)
  • VDOT Certified Distance Running Coach
  • Leadership in Running Fitness
  • Advanced Nutrition for Physical Performance & Weight Management
  • Intermediate Optimising Fitness for Paddlesport Tutor
  • Management of lower back pain trainer
  • Special Populations including Diabetes, Obesity, asthma and orthopaedic conditions
  • CRB Checked ( Multiple Locations )
  • Sports Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • Level 3 Coach (Inland Kayak) 5 Star Trained 3 Star Assessor
  • CRB DBS Cleared (Multiple Locations)

Experience

Over the years of training I have always used a common sense approach. Having competed and coached in athletics, golf, tennis, running, canoeing and kayaking. I have found that there was never enough emphasis in the conditioning and the application of one’s training. This led me into the career I am in now but I’ll always have a passion for kayak and canoe expeditioning, fortunately due to having 4 wonderful children and marrying my wife Carly this will have to be put on hold for a few years. The video below which I made a few years ago always reminds me of the good times!

Over the last few years I have been working with a vast range of age groups and ability levels, from professional sailors, endurance athletes, horse riders, hockey players to top ranked national tennis players. I enjoy guiding members to their own personal goals and lifetime milestones.

Athletes I currently work with or have done in the past:  Louis Sinclair (Oracle Team USA), Simon Fisher, Justin Slattery (Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team), Robert Greenhalgh (Mapfre Ocean Racing Team), Peter Greenhalgh (The Wave Extreme Sailing Series), Hannah Diamond (Crew – Nacra 17 Olympic Class – Volvo Ocean Race – Vestas), Andrew Tarboton (Crew – 49er SA), David Bartholomew (Tokoloshe), Alexandrea Rickham and Niki Birrell (Scud Olympic Class), Kees Postman (Clipper), Joanne Hamilton-Vale (Sup).

My toughest challenge so far was when myself and 3 other friends raised £9700 for the Paediatric High Dependancy Unit, Southampton General Hospital. We ran 7 marathons in 7 days around various location in Hampshire and Surrey, barefoot! The challenge finished on the 27th Sept completing over 275km. Challenge Website

Of late I’ve been working on breaking my personal best in the marathon which currently stands at 2hrs 59min, this was achieved at the Bournemouth marathon festival last year (2016). Whilst achieving this milestone which was to be my first attempt at a marathon in flip flops, I have now gone on to break personal records in the 5k, 10k and half marathon.

2018 has been an incredible year and we are not even half way there yet! In march I entered my first Duathlon and came 3rd overall and second in my age group, which enabled me to register my intent to qualify for the European Middle Distance Championships in Vejle Denmark as a Team GB Age Group Athlete. I did and I went on to compete and I came 8th in my age cat and 1st GB in age group, so I have now subsequently qualified for this years Long Distance World Championships and next years euros, the story continues….

daniel smith strength & conditioning coach

Daniel Smith

Philosophy and Background

I believe exercise to be a form of medicine, whereby an optimal dose is required in order to maximise the response and it’s effects on the body. My methods allow for better results in less training time, freeing up more time for clients to enjoy their improved health, fitness and appearance doing other things. As a coach, I utilize my education in sport & exercise science to deliver evidence-based programs that are individually designed to help clients understand their personal goals, whilst ensuring success in attaining these goals and far beyond.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Sport & Exercise Science Degree
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S – National Strength & Conditioning Association)
  • The Register of Exercise Professional (REPs) Level 3 Certification
  • UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Level 2 Certification: Weightlifting for Sports Performance, Plyometrics, Speed & Agility, Development, Planning Effective Programmes
  • Sports Massage Therapy Certification

Experience

I have worked with a variety of individuals from numerous training backgrounds and lifestyles with varying levels of experience, ranging from professional athletes to first time trainees. I’ve previously worked as a sport scientist for the professional football team, Reading FC. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: optimising body composition, muscular development, strength and power enhancement, injury pre-habilitation, flexibility improvement and cardiovascular health. I provide a comprehensive service in terms of the initial consultation and assessment, followed by intricate programming and regular correspondence, which in turn increases compliance with your training, producing quick results and progress towards achieving your goals.

jamie Strength & Conditioning Coach

Jamie Gabbidon

Philosophy and Background

I view strength and conditioning as something for everyone, and will strive to find the right balance and formulas to ensure the client is continually progressing, while enjoying their training experience at the same time. I am able to achieve this with my background and experience in a variety of different sports and training methods. I will ensure I am helping clients find the right goals to work towards in conjunction with the appropriate exercise and nutrition guidelines, while also providing an input into what I feel they have the potential to achieve. I feel it is important that clients remain realistic with their expectations and continue to make steps forward as this is what will ultimately get them to where they want to be, and more importantly keep them there. I have an open mind to all the information out there in terms of exercise and nutrition and will research and experiment with what I find to ensure I am giving clients the correct feedback and guidance.

Qualifications

  • B.A (Hons) Degree in Sport and Fitness Management
  • The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) Level 3 Certification in Personal Training

Experience

On a personal level I have competed and won medals at a County standard as a 100m sprinter, while developing a greater understanding of Strength and Conditioning to take my performance to a progressive higher level. My experience has given me confidence and a greater understanding how to attain better results in a multitude of areas including body composition, strength training, flexibility and mobility, pre and rehabilitation and effective planning in peaking for major competition. I have been fortunate enough to train people in numerous sports including Running, Football, Rugby, Golf, Triathlon, Sailing and Strongman / Woman. Those experiences have enabled me to become more efficient in my planning for clients and enable them to achieve their objectives quicker.

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Ross Strength & Conditioning Coach

Ross McGowan

Philosophy and Background

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Qualifications

  • Single Honours Degree BA Sports Coaching and Development
  • 1st4sport: Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF)
  • Active IQ: Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction (QCF) (Gym)
  • Active IQ: Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • 1st4sport: Level 1 Award in Coaching Weightlifting

Experience

I have been very active from day one, taking up gymnastics from the age of 1 to 14. I began playing rugby at Trojans RFC at the age of 8 through to 17, going on to represent Hampshire from under 16s to under 18s, captain Middlesex at under 20 and represent Scotland as part of the Elite Performance squad from the age of 14 to 20.  Club honours include London Scottish, Barnes, Stains and Bournemouth.  Although having retired from rugby due to injury, I continue to pursue high levels of competition in other sports including: strongman (entering South of England U90kg qualifier 2015) and yacht racing (Velsheda, Spirit 52 and Spirit 65 racer/cruisers).  Other sporting interests include Olympic weightlifting, kayaking, boxing and basketball.

Having recognised from an early age that my natural interest and physical make up appealed to more strength based sports (rugby and sailing), I began to show interest in how specific training can lend itself to a specific sport.  Through shadowing a strength and conditioning coach on a placement year I have learnt how adapting or adopting certain training methods to aid the athlete in a positive way can have such an impact on their competition performance.  It is through working with such athletes as a Bath Academy rugby player and European karate champion, that has encouraged me to not only continue to pursue my own personal competitive goals in strongman and yacht racing, but to also progress my knowledge in the world of athlete specific training across all types of sport and strength and conditioning, and applying this knowledge to help clients conquer their own Everest’s.

joy Personal Trainer

Joy Fitzgerald

Philosophy and Background

I believe that through hard work and the proper application of exercise techniques, anyone can achieve the goals they want, whether that is injury rehabilitation, sports participation or simply a better physique.
I have a background in Sports Therapy, working within the super yacht industry for a number of years and gaining many high profile clientele.
I have a specific interest in strength training and Olympic Weightlifting and look to inspire more women in the benefits of a strong healthy body. Banishing stigma of weight training making women look like body builders!

Qualifications

  • Masters Diploma in Personal Training –  Level 3
  • HND Sports Therapy
  • Register of Exercise Professionals Level 3 Certification
  • Sports Massage Certification

Aims

  • British Weightlifting – Level 1 award in coaching weightlifting
  • British Weightlifting- Level 2 award in coaching weightlifting
  • UKSCA Accredited Strength & Conditioning coach

Experience

I am a keen athlete myself, Sailing competitively inshore and offshore from a young age. I have competed in three Maxi Transatlantic races and iconic offshore races such as the Fastnet Race and Caribbean 600. I use my practical knowledge of the sport in order to optimize training for my sailing specific clients.

Sam Miller Pinnacle Performance Nutritionist

Sam Miller

Philosophy and Background

I believe that a good, flexible diet is a key piece of the puzzle when looking to achieve long term health and fitness goals. Teaching the principles of how to structure an inclusive and varied diet around a busy lifestyle is my top priority when working with clients.

From experience working with clients from lots of different backgrounds from all over the world, I have found that empowering them through education to have the confidence to build varied diets to suit their training, performance or body composition goals is the key to long term sustainability. All too often you see people crash dieting, losing a bit of weight, then regaining the weight and then some. The term ‘diet’ implies an end or a restricted period of time. My primary objective is to overhaul the relationship my clients have with food, reshape non-optimal habits that have developed over a lifetime, and see that they get the most out of the education I provide.

Qualifications

  • BSc Nutrition (undergraduate)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma with the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) (ongoing)
  • Body Type Nutrition Academy Graduate
  • First 4 Sport Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Qualification

Experience

I first gained interest in, and realized the importance of, good nutrition whilst working at a Thai Boxing camp in Phuket, Thailand, helping professional Muay Thai fighters with weight management between fights and then often assisting further with safe weight cutting strategies for big events such as Thai Fight and Max Muay Thai.From that base, I met a wide range of people from all walks of life and have subsequently worked with clients in New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Germany and the UK. My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, martial arts performance, weight cutting strategies, body composition improvement, endurance performance, strength and muscle gain, improved eating habits, nutrition education. I can provide a softer coaching approach where habits are changed in a timely and reasonable manner, at the clients’ pace, or, for the super motivated, a more intensive approach can be applied.