Andy & Sara: In It Together

For Andy (32) and Sara (30), this 12 Week Challenge (12WKC) presented an opportunity to draw a line in the sand. “Enough was enough”, says Andy who was on a self-confessed downward spiral of unhealthy habits. For Sara, it was just as personal; “I didn’t want to be “the big girl” who couldn’t keep up anymore. Having not been members of a gym before, they were unsure where to start but knew a team environment would present their best opportunity for success, having both played competitive team sports over the years. Enter Pinnacle Health Club, the 12WKC, and the amazing Upwey community and now – 10 weeks in – it’s safe to say neither Sara or Andy could have imagined their new lease on life. Here’s their story (so far!)…

How did you feel before the 12WKC?
ANDY: Completely shot! It was time for a change in a lot of aspects of life and the 12WKC has reinvigorated me, not just with the exercise but eating habits and choices! It’s even given me the energy and enthusiasm to make changes in other areas like finance and work/life balance.

SARA: In a word: unhappy. I knew I needed to do something but didn’t know what and I was scared to put myself out there. I was nervous walking into the gym – even for the initial chat with the Pinnacle Coach and almost talked myself out of the challenge all together before the first scan.

How do you feel today?
ANDY: Refreshed, recharged, reinvigorated and reenergised! Sara and I are both happier in everyday life, we are laughing more and starting to live a better life than the one we had been living for a while! I genuinely can’t thank Ryan, our 12WKC team mates, and everyone else associated with Pinnacle enough for what the last 3 months has taught me!

SARA: I feel great and have so much more energy but it’s been far more than just exercise and going to the gym – I feel happier, more confident, proud of my achievements and am looking forward to setting new goals and reaching them too. I am enjoying the new routine and look forward to going to the gym – words I never thought I would say!

Best thing about the 12WKC so far?
ANDY: The sense of achievement. We’re in week 10 now and the sessions we’re doing I’d never have been able to do 3 months ago! I’ve also discovered that I love boxing – so much so that I went and bought boxing gear and I’ve been making Sara box with me at home!!

SARA: The people. Coach Ryan and the other 12WKC Crew make every session fun; it’s supportive but we also push each other at the same time. There have been times when I have had to push myself to get up and go but the minute I am there with everyone it’s so much easier to get through the session. I love that every session is different because I’ve been exposed to different exercises – even if that has meant I’ve had to spend time in the spin room!!

Your proudest achievement so far?
ANDY: I’d have to say the Pinnacle Park Run/Walk we did last weekend. It might not seem like a massive achievement to others but completing 3.3kms in 37 minutes proved to me that I’m doing all the right things. Previously the farthest I’d attempted to walk was 2.5kms and that took me at least 50 minutes – if not longer!

SARA: The first time we did the 1000 steps – this was a big moment for me. Having lived around the hills for most of my life I have used every excuse to not attempt the 1000 Steps. The first time we did it as a 12WKC group, we were two weeks in and I was really nervous – I even hoped it would be cancelled due to rain but it wasn’t and I went. Coach Elise and Allie (challenger from another club) were with me the whole way and when I got to the top I was ecstatic and emotional (lots of tears at the top!) Seldom have I been proud of a physical achievement and it felt like a real turning point.

Toughest part of the 12WKC and how you got through it?
ANDY: I’ve struggled with tiredness, energy levels and an injury to my quad. In previous attempts to lose weight the injury would have been all the reason I needed to pack it in and declare it “all too hard”. Coach Ryan has been fantastic – helping me train through the injury, constantly checking-in to make sure what he has planned isn’t too strenuous on the quad and suggesting suitable (and I’m sure, often harder) alternatives!

Sara has kept me on the straight and narrow at home, making sure I haven’t undone the hard work when tiredness (and laziness) have started to creep back in as a convenient excuse.

SARA: Remaining consistent, turning up three times a week and giving it my all. It’s hard to change habits and push myself week-in-week-out.

How has Pinnacle’s Nutrition App helped you?
ANDY & SARA: We used the Nutrition App a lot in the beginning to re-educate ourselves on the types of foods we should be eating to support good nutrition, how often and how much of each macronutrient we should have. Coach Ryan has also checked in with us a lot with regards to nutrition and that has kept us on the right track too!

Any healthy habits to share? 
ANDY: I’ve rediscovered a love of eggs! I think I’ve had an omelette every morning Monday to Friday since we started the 12WKC and my personal favourite would have to be blue cheese and chipotle tabasco sauce!

SARA: The biggest thing I have learnt is to be prepared. Be organised with healthy options so there is always a good choice on hand. Boiled eggs, cut up veggies, portioned out dips in the fridge all mean I make good decisions when I need to grab something quick. I also have things like natural popcorn portioned out in the cupboard so that if I do snack I’m not over eating.

I have often referred to the Pinnacle 12WKC Facebook group to ask questions and ask for inspiration and I think this platform has been incredibly beneficial. Having a forum to ask questions and see food photos and recipes has been great.

Your biggest learning so far?
ANDY: I’ve learnt that I have much more resolve and determination than I thought! And that its more than okay to put myself first rather than trying to please other people all the time. I’ve also learnt the importance of recovery sessions, daily foam rolling and a balanced diet.  My new diet is a sustainable lifestyle change rather than a short-term attempt that will ultimately crash and burn in glorious failure.

SARA: I have learnt that I hate spin classes (ha ha!). In all seriousness, I couldn’t articulate how much I have learnt as it has been incredibly eye opening. From learning a myriad of different exercise techniques and targeting specific areas to researching food and being far more aware of what I am eating and how it impacts my body – it’s been an incredible, life-changing journey.

PINNACLE: Sara & Andy have not only made each other proud, but their Pinnacle Coaches and team mates couldn’t be prouder. They’ve also helped motivate the Upwey 12WKC crew with their cheeky banter and positively infectious personalities! We’re so grateful they chose Pinnacle Health Club and can’t wait to see what else is in store for them.  

5 Ways to Stay Motivated

Our members’ success stories consistently prove that a combination of strong relationships with a Coach, an energising team atmosphere and an injection of FUN leads to more motivation and outstanding results! That’s exactly what the following programs have been designed for – and with Summer just around the corner – there’s no better time to jump on board…


Our 12 Week Challenge is a fun way to achieve results! Join a group of like-minded people who’ll soon become lifelong friends as you motivate each other to turn up to every session and make each workout count! Club vs Club challenges also help keep energy high, with three scheduled in the times you need it most.

As you have different goals for different stages in life, there are two categories in the 12WKC – Transformation & Performance. Many past Transformation Challengers have lost over 15kgs and we’ve seen six-packs appear on the torso of our extraordinary men & women in the Performance Category! However, it’s not the weight loss or physical health benefits that keep people coming back – it’s so much more than that!

Discover why so many people have told us the 12WKC changed their life! Register HERE now for the next challenge, due to start 28th Aug and save $20 with early bird rates until midnight Friday 4th August,


Remember spending every summer day outside when you were a kid, running, jumping and playing? It was exercise that didn’t feel like exercise at all. These feelings are at the heart of The Locker Room. Locker Room sessions – known as ‘Fit50’ & ‘Lift50’ – are themed 50-minute Team Training Workouts that change daily, so you’ll never get bored. They’re also facilitated by a motivating Coach who’ll push you to new limits, whether you’re an amateur athlete or self-confessed couch potato!

Ongoing support promises to keep you on-track with monthly Coach check-ins and nutrition suggestions that are based on real time feedback from your complimentary App – PHCFitCoach.


For 28 Days straight, experience the power of unprecedented support from expert coaches who’ll never let you take your eyes of the goal! Whether weight loss, muscle gain or a more active lifestyle is your end game, our 28 Day Game Changer is the perfect starting place.

Starting at scheduled times during most months of the year (excluding 12WKC start dates), with an interactive seminar covering nutrition, training & recovery, you’ll also receive 28 Days of unlimited Fit50 & Lift50 Team Training Sessions, Nutrition & Training Feedback via FitCoach App and complimentary Before & After Inbody Scans. But you have to be quick to register as space is limited to 30 people per club each month.

Register for the next round of 28 Day Game Changer HERE


Our dedicated Wellness studios are tranquil spaces where you can choose to work up a sweat or simply enjoy a touch of relaxation in your week. Try Reformer Pilates, Hot Pilates Circuit, Power Yoga or Hot Yoga to build lean muscular strength, flexibility and prevent injuries. If it’s greater balance, clarity and better sleep you desire, give mediation a go – you wont regret it!

No matter what takes your fancy, our expert Wellness Practitioners will guide you every step of the way so you get the greatest benefit out of every session.

To see exactly what’s on offer and book a casual session, click HERE


If you’re not getting what you want out of your workout, a Coach can kick start a new routine and get you inspired again. It’s also a great way to get some tips on proper techniques and maintain accountability each week!

Meet out expert Coaching Team HERE

If you want to know more about any of the exciting programs on offer at Pinnacle, we’d love to help. Speak to one of our awesome team members next time you’re in or give your local club a call.  And remember, we’re here for you whenever you need a little bit of something extra or just want to have fun whilst getting fitter, healthier & stronger!

Member Nicole is Ab Fab!

Joining Pinnacle Health Club one year ago – just before her 40th birthday (no, we can’t believe she’s over 30 either!) – Oakleigh member Nicole has gone from strength to strength. In Feb this year, she signed up for her first 12 Week Challenge in the gruelling Performance Category and lost 6.5% body fat, revealing those rippling abs! She also learnt a lot from her coach and discovered she could achieve much more than she originally gave herself credit for. Here’s a little part of Nicole’s 12WKC journey… 

WHY did you join this 12 Week Challenge? I entered the challenge to motivate me and to increase my fitness/strength.

WHO helped you get to the end of the Challenge?  My preference is to train early so training for me is usually alone. I aim to be at the gym by 5am most mornings which is too early for most people I know but thankfully there were always lots of friendly faces in my gym and this helped. Also, I couldn’t have achieved what I did without my fabulous Coach Heather – she helped me get through each of the weekly Performance challenges and was great at explaining how to do exercises correctly – there were quite a few that I had never heard of!

WHAT else helped you get to the end of the Challenge? During the challenge my competitive side came out. I wanted to see what I could achieve and I wanted to be placed on the weekly leader board – this was a surprising motivator. I also set goals at the beginning of the challenge and focused on achieving them.

HOW do you make you feel now compared to when you started the Challenge? I definitely feel fitter, stronger and leaner!

WHAT have you learnt about yourself during the challenge? That I really don’t like rowing! (ha!) But seriously, I learnt that I am stronger than I thought and I can push myself harder physically.

WHAT was the BEST part of the Challenge? The challenge was great at making me focus on my overall health, I ate really clean and didn’t have any alcohol plus I trained 7 times a week which resulted in a 6.5% decrease in body fat.

WHAT was the TOUGHEST part of the Challenge? For me the toughest part was actually completing the weekly challenges, some of them were very, very tough! But I felt so good when they were done.

What would you say to someone who is afraid of joining the next Challenge? Go for it, it’s such a positive thing to do; entering the challenge helped me commit to achieving my goals. It’s great to have something to hold you accountable and you can achieve pretty amazing results in 12 weeks.

Keen to be a part of the 12 Week Challenge Performance Category or prefer a more team based training? The next 12 Week Challenge is scheduled to start 21st August 2017 and will include both Team and Performance Categories. Register your interest here

How Shonira won the 12WKC

For Scoresby Superstar Shonira, you could say her latest 12 Week Challenge journey was “third time lucky”, but luck had nothing to do with it! A Pinnacle member since 2013, Shonira has brought her gorgeous energy to 12 Week Challenges in the past and achieved really good results. However, this round, she was more determined and committed than ever, and with the support of her Coach and a great team, she achieved some mind-blowing results. Read on to hear all about it… 


WHY did you join this 12 Week Challenge? I was extremely unhappy with my body and desperately wanted to lose weight because I didn’t like looking in the mirror or having photos taken of me.

DID you achieve what you set out to? Yes, and then some! I came 1st Place in the female transformation category, winning an overnight stay at St Jermome’s Hotel in a Luxe Plus Glamping Tent! I lost 13.7kgs in total which was 11.5kg of fat and a 17.13% body weight loss. I also made some amazing new friendships which was paramount to my success.

WHO was your Coach and how did they support you during the challenge? I trained with Tim during the PM sessions. He was so amazing, always touching base with me and making sure I was on the right track. He knew about my pre-existing injuries and made sure I was working out within my capabilities. Tim made team training sessions enjoyable and always had a smile on his face – no matter what. He definitely motivated me to keep my diet and exercise on track.

WHO was your Team and what support did they provide? I met the most amazing group of people during team training and we definitely all supported each other. This motivated me to turn up to every session and work as hard as the next person. I don’t think I would have achieved the same results if I was working out alone because the best part of the 12WKC was definitely the new friends that I made.

WHAT else helped you get to the end of the Challenge? I had incredible support from my family, friends and my partner. Everyone around me knew my goals and how dedicated I was to them so every time I tried to slip off my diet, there was someone to push the candy bar out of my hands. From the very start of the challenge, I set goals and made myself a meal plan. Having everything set out means that I was more likely to stick to it and be accountable.

HOW do you feel? I feel absolutely amazing. No words can describe the difference that I see in my life after this 12WKC. I am so much happier and coming to gym is more a part of my daily routine than a chore. I look in the mirror now and I am delighted with the way I look and the way I feel. It’s given me a more positive body image and a better outlook on life. By comparing where I was fitness-wise at Week 1 to where I am now, the difference is extraordinary. I now know it’s not actually that hard to stay fit and healthy – and it can be really fun!

WHAT have you learnt about yourself during the challenge? Even though I absolutely love everything sugary and sweet in life, there is definitely such a thing as ‘too much sugar’. I have a better understanding of my limits when it comes to food and exercise and the cliché is true: Everything in moderation.

WHAT was the BEST part of the Challenge? Making some amazing friends that made training much more enjoyable. I probably wouldn’t have attended as many sessions had I not met Holly, Amanda and Elly. This amazing support network is key in achieving your goals. Also the Saturday session at Rush HQ was so much fun!!!

WHAT was the TOUGHEST part of the Challenge? Definitely the Decathlon in the Pinnacle Olympics. It was very challenging and I’m still surprised that I passed the finish line.

What would you say to someone who is afraid of joining the next Challenge? Don’t be afraid at all. It was so much fun and your team and training partners motivate you to push further. Everyone is working towards the same goals of increasing their fitness and living a healthier lifestyle. I can’t wait till the next challenge starts.

We can’t wait either Shonira! The next 12 Week Challenge is scheduled to start 21st August 2017. You can register your interest here

Meet Dan: May Ambassador

During our last 12 Week Challenge, Daniel Watts, 30, reduced his body fat by a whopping 10% and was the overall body transformation winner! An absolute crowd fave, Dan also took home the People’s Choice Award. We’re thrilled to announce him as our May Ambassador and love the energy he brings to every gym session. 

Here’s some insight into how he has achieved such greatness and his advice for anyone seeking similar results…

How long have you been a member of Pinnacle Health Club?
14 months.

What was the starting point for you?
Joining the Pinnacle 12 Week Challenge gave me something to focus on and a goal to work towards.

What results have you achieved since becoming a Pinnacle member? 
I’ve lost 10kg, reduced body fat by 10%, increased muscle mass, participated in the 12 week challenge, drastically improved my fitness, increased energy levels, improved self esteem and made some awesome friends!

What are the 3 main changes you made to achieve these results?
I have exercised more, drastically changed my diet and changed my overall attitude towards my health – I’ve made it a priority!

What challenges have you faced along the way and how have you overcome these?
I was feeling lethargic, out of shape and lacking the confidence to get to the gym, but then I discovered Results Training at Pinnacle! The team training sessions are great because of all the other people in the group motivating and supporting one another. As I started feeling good over time – due to regular exercise and the awesome atmosphere in the gym – the things that were holding me back became a distant memory.

What have you learnt along the way?
That it’s actually not hard to lead a healthy active lifestyle. You might have to push yourself to make a change in the beginning but one you find what you love, it’s easy to stick to a regular regime. For me, MMA sessions are as fun as they are high intensity so I enjoy coming to the gym for them. Plus the Coach’s encouragement helps you to both reach new heights as well as stay motivated if you’re having an ‘off’ day.

What has been your proudest moment to date?
My change in body fat and positive attitude to training. I actually look forward to going to the gym again and that’s changed my life dramatically.

Looking back over the last 11 months, what have been your favourite moments in the gym?
Definitely the friends I have made along the way – they help keep me focused and determined but also make every workout fun. The changes in my body composition feel pretty damn good too!

What’s your advice for someone in your old shoes?
Get to the gym! The sooner you start, the sooner you will see results. Of course it takes time but if you are committed you will get the results you want and hey, you might even surprise yourself by winning a challenge or something along the way! With a good gym and good people around you, it’s easy to achieve your goals. You just have to be willing to knuckle down and do the work.

After achieving so much in such a small time, do you have any new goals on the horizon? 
I’m working towards completing a triathlon in January and running a half marathon later this year.

… we have no doubt you’ll achieve all of this and more Dan and are so glad you chose Pinnacle as your health and fitness partner!

*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time.

Meet Team Haines #12WKCCouple

Meet Mary and David Haines, one of our fave 12WKC Couples!

Seven months ago, David, 41 decided it was time to get serious about improving his health and wellbeing. He “gave up the dreaded ciggies” and joined Pinnacle Scoresby on the advice of a colleague who suggested joining a gym to give him something else to focus on. Today, hitting the gym is still as much about relieving stress and boosting his overall mood, as it is for improving his body. However, when the 12 Week Challenge (12WKC) was announced, he was ready for a new challenge!

Joining the Performance Category, Dave’s current goals are to improve endurance, continue to feel healthier overall and – in his words – not come last! Wherever he is placed, he’ll be supported from the sidelines by his two beautiful daughters and will have wife, Mary by his side in the gym…

Mary, 39 is a “Soulpreneur” and business owner of Mez’s Mantra. She’s a Reiki Practitioner, runs an essential oils business and facilitates women’s empowering workshops and meditation. She’s also a proud mum and passionate animal advocate who is regularly organising fundraisers for local animal shelters. It was Dave who motivated Mez to join Pinnacle and we’re so glad he did because she brings great energy to every session.

Now, two weeks down in their 12 Week Challenge journey, we caught up with the fun-loving couple to get some insight into what makes them tick and find out how they were travelling…

What was your motivation for choosing Pinnacle’s 12WKC?

D: To keep pushing and challenging myself and remain focused on my goals – it’s incredibly motivating seeing what others have achieved and if I can inspire someone else to make positive changes, well that’s just a bonus!

M: Dave motivated me to join with him and I’m so glad he did. My work revolves around motivating and helping others so I need to walk the walk. I’m at a stage in my life that I feel really ready and empowered to look and feel good. Plus, being the healthiest I can be will only help make me a better practitioner.

If you could sum up your journey so far, what would you say?

D: “Ouch…that really hurt” sums up this week!
The funniest moment was receiving the first COW (challenge of the week) and me laughing thinking “yeah right, this isn’t going to happen!”
The scariest was when Dave told me I was in the ‘All Star’ level not ‘Rookie – I did plead for him to reconsider. Lucky he didn’t cave because my best moment so far was surprising myself and getting through with enough time to crack the 700 meters on the treadmill!

M: Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance! I am planning my week by making a weekly vision board, meal prepping and repeating my mantra – “I am going to do my best”.

Biggest lessons from the first 2 weeks?

D: Pace yourself and don’t go too hard. Make sure you eat well and prepare for each session, day and week.

M: Focus on being ‘mindful’ and take one day at a time.

Keep up the awesome work Team Haines! We can’t wait to check-in and see how you are going over the next couple of weeks!

*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time.

Donna’s 12 Week Challenge Story*


Pinnacle Upwey Member, Donna Nicol, was a winner of last years 12 Week Winter Challenge. During the challenge she lost 31cms, 9.8kgs of fat, 6 visceral points, and gained 1.6kgs of muscle!* With the skills she learnt during the challenge, and her inspiring self-belief, Donna shed another 4kgs in the 3 weeks post-challenge.* Here is some of her story, and advice for any one who is considering signing up… 

What was your motivation for signing up to the 12WKC?
I actually went into Pinnacle Health Club,  Upwey to sign up for a regular membership. I saw all the signs around the club, and being competitive by nature, thought this could be a great starting point. The actual driving force for signing up was my kids. I was sick of not being able to keep up with them. I have a back injury & the excess weight made it worse. I couldn’t even get on the floor to play with my kids.

How did you feel before you started the 12WKC?
Before I started the 12WKC I was miserable. Everyday was a struggle to get out of bed.

How did you feel after the 12WKC?
I felt awesome. I had made a new lifestyle for myself & I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What results did you achieve?
I lost weight, gained muscle & improved my overall fitness.*

What do you think was the key to achieving these results?
Having a great support network. All of the coaches at the gym, my PT and my family.

Best thing about the 12WKC?
Meeting some great new people who are going through the same struggles.

Toughest thing about the 12WKC?
Making the commitment with 3 young children.

Top 3 things you learnt during the 12WKC?

  • I’m stronger and more capable than I give myself credit for.
  • Eating healthy can be really fun. Google has a recipe for everything.
  • I really enjoy lifting weights. And it is really good for you!

Advice for someone else considering the 12WKC?
Just do it. It’s 12 weeks of your life. You never know you might enjoy it. I know I did.

Registrations open for the next Pinnacle 12 Week Challenge this weekend and close Wednesday 22nd Feb. The Challenge starts 27th Feb.

*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time.

Scoresby Relaunched for Even Better Results!*


Pinnacle Health Club Scoresby has undergone a complete revamp and relaunch. The new-look club is based purely around offering the right people and programs to help you achieve the results you expect when you join a gym. How do we help you get these results? Here’s how…


Qualified coaches will take you through an initial in-depth Functional Movement Screening to identify the best strategy for your individual goals. An induction into our Results Academy gives you access to a wealth of knowledge, whilst monthly Benchmarking Sessions are designed to track, test and measure your performance in a supportive and energetic environment.


Industry leading coaches are on hand to assist you through your health and fitness journey. Whether you’re after Personal Training or just a few helpful pointers, we’ll match you with a team that’s as committed to your goals as you are.



We’ve said goodbye to old bulky equipment and created an industry-leading functional training environment that includes new lifting platforms, athletics training zone, updated and more functional ladies training zone. The best part is the new layout allows for heaps more space to train and utilise the new functional training equipment now available.



We’ve brought the best technology in the industry and combined it with new state-of-the machines to offer a stimulating workout experience. Whether you want to run around New York’s Central Park or climb Mount Kilimanjaro, we’ve got just the motivation you need.


We’ve got over 50 group training sessions a week on our timetable so there’s something for everyone from Body Pump, Pilates, Yoga, boxing, our brand new virtual cycle experience and our very popular new class Barre Attack.



You’ll be more empowered with the latest in health and fitness education, and learn effective skills to help you sustain the improvements you gain at the gym, long after you’ve walked out the front door.


More education, more access to Trainers, more incredible transformations!

For membership enquiries contact the club on 9764 9112 or pop in and see us – it would make our day! 

*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time.