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About us
Physical is the UK’s go-to, one-stop shop for commercial grade fitness equipment and flooring, with over three decades’ experience in the forms of exercise that now dominate our sector: functional training and free weights, small group training and group exercise.

Our extensive range of high-quality equipment and flooring is unparalleled, but it doesn’t stop there. Our #1 company value is to provide an outstanding customer experience every time, and our Trustpilot reviews say it all. Quite simply, everything we do is underpinned by our fundamental belief in honest, professional, genuinely caring customer service, all tailored to your specific needs, with a team of dedicated fitness industry experts who are passionate about what we do.

Whether you’re a local authority gym, full-service health club, boxing club, personal training business, boutique yoga studio or would-be owner of a new home gym, we’ll work with you from the ground up to create a training space that exceeds all expectations.

Product range and services
Our catalogue of 1,900+ high-quality products spans everything from rigs to racks, flooring to functional equipment, boxing kit to free weights and everything in between. You’ll find all your fitness essentials right here in one convenient place.

Our own Physical range is constantly growing and evolving, incorporating user feedback and broader trends to guarantee an incredible workout experience every time. Complementing this, our exclusive partnerships with cherry-picked specialists – including BOSU, Merrithew, Ecore and Airex, among others – ensure our catalogue is world-class from A–Z and unparalleled in its scope.

We’re there at every step of the way, too, whether it’s sharing insights or designing your gym, carefully selecting your perfect product mix, incorporating your branding or installing your new training space – and beyond, with exceptional levels of aftercare and best-in-class commercial warranties.

case study: Coached Gym, Brighton
BACKGROUND
Alan McGuinness and Sol Gilbert have been running gyms together since 2014, when the pair launched the inaugural Underground Gym in Brighton, UK. Now extended from 4,500sq ft to 10,500sq ft and spinning off to two more large sites in Newhaven (2017) and Tunbridge Wells (2018), Underground Gym prides itself on its powerful sense of community, bold atmosphere and clear intent: to welcome all, but nonetheless to be a place where you can really train.

The brand continues to perform strongly, serving a loyal community with a product members love and use regularly. However, over recent years McGuinness and Gilbert felt there was another complementary avenue they wanted to explore.

McGuinness explains: “We all know that gyms typically attract the same 10–11 per cent of users. Beyond this, there’s a far greater number of people who aren’t on a good health and wellness trajectory, but for whom going to the gym is a scary prospect.

“We’ve wanted to engage this population for a long time, but you’re never really going to attract and appropriately cater for them in a big box gym environment.

“We realised we needed to create a different type of venue: welcoming, nurturing, empathetic, holistic in its approach, coach-led and designed around small group training.”

The result is COACHED, a 3,500sq ft facility that opened in Brighton in February 2023.

OBJECTIVE
“The idea of COACHED is to change people’s health and wellness trajectory by empowering bodies and educating minds,” says McGuinness. “In the process, we know we’ll also change the lives of those around them: friends, partners, children.”

Spread over two floors, COACHED offers predominantly strength-based small group training on the top floor – at a ratio of one instructor to four members – and group exercise downstairs, once people are ready for this, at a one-to-16 ratio. There’s also a recovery suite and café.

With membership of the new high-end club starting at £150 a month, and all members going through a detailed application process to prove genuine commitment to making a change, the whole club experience needed to be a premium one, says McGuinness, not only in the level of personalised service but in the design and fit-out.

“That was one of the key requirements for us: equipment that was robust but also good-looking,” he adds. “We wanted our whole space to be visually appealing as well as highly functional.”

SOLUTION
McGuinness and Gilbert met Physical in 2022 and quickly realised this was who they wanted to work with “for the full kit-out, top to bottom: flooring and turf tracks, loads of functional kit, large storage racks, DAP, AirBikes, squat racks, sled…”

McGuinness explains: “The high quality of the Physical kit was the first selling point: everything is really well-made and looks great too.

“The option to integrate our branding was also key to our decision: we plan to open multiple COACHED locations in the future, so we’re very focused on building a strong brand.

“With Physical, we’ve been able to create a bespoke turf track for each floor: highly customised and branded centrepieces that we know are also manufactured to last. Our storage and squat racks are also custom-branded. There are flashes of COACHED branding all across the club.”

RESULTS
The response has been hugely positive, says McGuinness, with membership reaching 35 per cent capacity in just two months. “Everyone loves the warm welcome they receive in a club that feels like it should cost more.”

He adds: “It’s also been a great experience working with Physical. As so often happens in projects like this, we had a number of challenges in the build process, but the Physical team was incredibly accommodating, working closely with us to adapt to our evolving timeframe and equipment list. They’ve been a fantastic partner.”
Coached is a welcoming, nurturing, empathetic, coach lead gym designed around small group training / Coached Gym
case study: Kirklees Active Leisure Centre
BACKGROUND
Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL) is a charitable trust operating 12 facilities, the majority including gyms, in partnership with the local council in the Kirklees area.

Market leader by membership and presence across the region, KAL enjoys high levels of cross-site usage. “With varying types and sizes of facility across the area, it’s usually only a few miles’ drive to the next site,” says health, safety & projects manager Adam McNeely.

In 2022, preparing for a refresh of a number of its facilities, KAL put its equipment provision out to tender and appointed Physical for all functional and studio equipment, as well as making Physical one of two approved rig providers.

OBJECTIVE
The first two refurbishments with the new supplier line-up took place at Colne Valley Leisure Centre (November 2022) and the flagship John Smith Stadium (December 2022).

At Colne Valley, where a 220sq m gym floor meant space was a primary consideration, the key requirements were to expand the functional training space – without compromising other elements of the offering – and to create a storage solution that didn’t cause a bottleneck. “Previously, if members were exercising on the floor in front of the storage rack, others couldn’t reach past to get the kit they needed,” says McNeely.

Meanwhile, at John Smith Stadium, the challenge was a long, thin room where the functional zone was too small and cluttered with equipment and the free weights area was the first thing you saw. “Some members are still intimidated by free weights, so this wasn’t an ideal first impression,” says McNeely.

He explains: “Here, the goal was to re-zone and create more usable functional space. We also wanted to create a premium feel for this flagship site.”

SOLUTION
McNeely continues: “We looked at current usage trends and realised we had too much cardio equipment at both sites. We felt we could steal back some of this space to expand our functional zones.

“Lead times meant we’d already ordered our main gym floor equipment, but Physical was able to design the new functional training zones in a way that really made the most of the available space.”

In both locations, Physical provided a wide range of functional equipment – slam balls, medicine balls, kettlebells, TRX, battle ropes, dumbbells, skipping ropes, power bags, foam rollers, plyo boxes and so on – stored in bespoke Exigo rigs.

It also provided a sled for the stadium, where customised turf carrying KAL’s logo and colour scheme provides a powerful new first impression; the expanded functional zone is now the first thing you see when you enter the gym.

McNeely continues: “We also asked Physical to provide the flooring for both projects, and the differentiated zoning we’ve been able to create at John Smith Stadium in particular is really powerful, with four different types of flooring for four distinct training experiences.

“At Colne Valley, we also needed to be clever with storage and Physical came up with an excellent solution. Rather than running the full length of the wall – members used to get in the way of each other all the way along – it’s a space-efficient corner rig. It also has two integrated lifting stations with the platform cut in and flush to the floor so the space is multi-purpose.”

And all of this was delivered in a tight timeframe, with a two-week window for each installation. “The Physical team were confident they could deliver on time and on budget, and they did exactly as they said they would,” says McNeely.

“There were challenges along the way, as there so often are with projects like this, but I can’t fault Physical’s speed and responsiveness in addressing and overcoming them. I believe you find out more about a company when challenges arise than if everything is plain sailing, and we very much appreciate Physical’s customer service and ability to find solutions.”

RESULTS
“Both gyms have been transformed, from the layout and look and feel to the lighting and equipment. The response from members has been very positive and converting a sales tour is easy these days!” says McNeely.

“It’s also been really pleasing to see all the new zones being well used: members have embraced the expanded functional training zones and there are no areas of the gym going untouched. But equally, we haven’t cut CV to the point where people are having to queue for machines. It feels like we’ve struck a good balance between clean functional floorspace and equipment.”
Kirklees Active Leisure is a charitable trust operating facilities for Kirklees council / Physical
case study: Sanctum Apartments
BACKGROUND
Sanctum is both the owner and five-star service department managing three luxury serviced apartment buildings in north-west London.

Offering stays of anything from two nights to six months or even a year, Sanctum prides itself on providing all the perks of a top-quality hotel, but with the added space that comes from staying in an apartment. Amenities include 24-hour security, fully furnished and equipped apartments, concierge, porter, reception and maid service.

At the newest location, which opened in Regent’s Park in July 2022, the Sanctum team also wanted to add an on-site gym; at its other two locations, clients have access to an off-site gym.

OBJECTIVE
Sanctum general manager Michelle Mojzis explains: “We had 8.5 x 5m available for a gym, so not a huge space, but we wanted to create a fitness offering that was free to use for our guests, and that provided them with everything they needed for a good workout before a day in the office or a day of being a tourist in London.

“We had a good idea of what we wanted in terms of equipment, but finding our supplier started with a Google search. We ended up speaking to four different companies, but quickly settled on Physical.”

SOLUTION
Mojzis continues: “Of course, price is always a factor and Physical’s equipment is great value, but we also really appreciated the way Paul [Farrell, Physical account manager] went about things.

“We put in an enquiry through the website and quickly received a response, already from Paul. He then came to see us in person – twice, in fact – and we really appreciated those face-to-face meetings. So many companies use video conferencing nowadays and that doesn’t work for us. It was also Paul who placed the orders and who followed through with us to the end. We didn’t have to deal with multiple departments, which made the whole process really simple and stress-free.

“As I say, we had an idea of what equipment we wanted, but it was Physical who completed the vision. Paul took us through all the options within each product type, so we could cherry-pick exactly what we wanted, and helped with design and layout ideas. With his expert guidance, we were able to confirm our order within the space of a quick meeting.”

That order included a treadmill, cross-trainer, upright bike and rower; a good selection of strength training equipment – Smith machine, DAP, dumbbells and barbells with storage racks, Olympic plates and benches; plus stretch mats and a stability ball.

“From order to installation and beyond, everything happened as Paul said it would: the whole thing has been very straightforward and we’ve found Physical easy and efficient to work with. They’re also down-to-earth and trustworthy – you get a real sense of it being a family business – which makes them great partners,” says Mojzis.

RESULTS
“We’ve created a space that looks beautiful and that’s well-used,” Mojzis concludes. “There are always clients in the gym, but it’s never overcrowded. It’s worked really well.

“And the value of having an on-site gym is fantastic. When people search on an engine like booking.com, they’re increasingly applying filters such as ‘fitness centre’. Offering an on-site gym has added real value to our product and allowed us to stand out.

“If we do another building, we’d certainly look to include a gym and would definitely work with Physical again.”
Sanctum owns and is a five-star service department managing three luxury buildings in NW London. / Sanctum Apartments
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Plans for the next 12 months
We continue to expand and evolve our high-quality Physical range, incorporating user feedback and broader trends to reimagine and enhance the products to deliver superior workout experiences.

2023 launches will include two new Pump sets – one rubber, one Performance PU, both with versatile multi-grip plates – and fantastic PU boxing gloves, as well as Performance bumper plates, Olympic bars and discs.
Key personnel
John Halls, Managing Director
James Anderson, Director of Sales & Marketing
Key customers
Virgin Active, Bannatyne,
Anytime Fitness, Fusion Lifestyle,
Village Gyms, Freedom Leisure,
GLL, KOBOX, Glasgow Life,
Shredquarters, Snap Fitness,
Halo Leisure, Edinburgh Leisure,
JD Gyms, Reshape,
The Pilates Movement Studio
and many more.
Testimonial
“The high quality of the Physical kit was the first selling point: everything is really well-made and looks great too.

“The option to integrate our branding was also key to our decision: we plan to open multiple COACHED locations in the future, so we’re very focused on building a strong brand.

“With Physical, we’ve been able to create a bespoke turf track for each floor: highly customised and branded centrepieces that we know are also manufactured to last. Our storage and squat racks are also custom-branded. There are flashes of COACHED branding all across the club.”
– Alan McGuinness, Co-Founder, Coached Gyms
"The Physical team were confident they could deliver on time and on budget, and they did exactly as they said they would.

“There were challenges along the way, as there so often are with projects like this, but I can’t fault Physical’s speed and responsiveness in addressing and overcoming them. I believe you find out more about a company when challenges arise than if everything is plain sailing, and we very much appreciate Physical’s customer service and ability to find solutions.”
– Adam McNeely, Health, Safety & Projects Manager, Kirklees Active Leisure
“From order to installation and beyond, everything happened as Physical said it would: the whole thing has been very straightforward and we’ve found Physical easy and efficient to work with.

They’re also down-to-earth and trustworthy – you get a real sense of it being a family business – which makes them great partners.”
– Michelle Mojzis, General Manager, Sanctum
updates & press releases
18 Apr 2023
Physical announces sponsorship of GLL Sport Foundation
As the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) celebrates its 15th anniversary, Physical has unveiled a package of support that sees it step into a sponsor role for the Foundation – the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme.
 
The support package comes as part of the agreement that sees Physical reappointed as GLL’s functional training and studio equipment partner. Physical has committed to creating and subsidising bespoke packages of high-quality training equipment for Foundation athletes.
 
GLL CEO and GSF chair Peter Bundey said: “The GLL Sports Foundation exists to support young people with athletic talent to achieve their full sporting potential, by reducing the financial burden of training and competition costs.
 
“Over the last 15 years, we’ve supported over 24,000 athletes at all stages of their athletic journeys, including Ellie Simmonds MBE (para swimming), Anna Hursey (table tennis), Daryll Neita (athletics), Lucy Shuker (para tennis) and Aiden Walsh (boxing).”
 
He continues: “Our support spans financial bursaries, training and gym memberships, travel, physiotherapy, and mental health and wellbeing support through a new partnership with Switch The Play Foundation.
 
“For 2023, the GLL Sport Foundation will support over 2,000 athletes with an annual budget of £1.2m thanks to the help of a number of key sponsors.”
 
Physical managing director John Halls said: “Physical is delighted to be reappointed by GLL and equally delighted to support its incredible work with the GLL Sport Foundation.
 
“We look forward to finding out the list of athletes on the GSF programme for 2023, and to playing our small part in their future successes.”
Physical has unveiled a package of support that sees it step into a sponsor role for the GLL Sport Foundation Credit: GLL / Physical
08 Nov 2022
Physical re-secures prestigious Glasgow Life contract
Physical is delighted to announce that, following a tender process, it has extended its contract with Glasgow Life for a further three years, as one of the leisure trust’s chosen suppliers of functional and studio accessories, strength accessories, rigs and flooring.

The inclusion of strength accessories – dumbbells, plates and lifting platforms – is an extension of Physical’s previous remit, with the leisure trust splitting these items out of the main strength category tender.

“We are proud and delighted to have re-secured this prestigious Scottish contract, which we believe is testament not only to the premium quality of our products, but also to the powerful relationships we build with our customers,” says Physical account manager Paul Farrell. “Over the years of working together, we’ve shown that geography need never stand in the way of responsiveness and high standards of service, with great in-person relationships built with Glasgow Life across the breadth of our team, from myself in sales all the way through to our expert installers.”

“Whenever we have a request, Physical is always so fast to respond. Distance has never been a problem,” confirms Sharon Campbell, Health, Fitness & Infrastructure Manager for Glasgow Life. “Paul may be based in the south-west of England, but the service he provides makes it feel as though he’s on our doorstep.

“It means we’re able to move projects forward quickly, meeting the deadlines of our busy trust which currently has 15 venues open and constantly being worked on.”

Farrell adds: “During the previous contract period, Physical worked with Glasgow Life to create some unique experiences within its facilities, including designing and building bespoke rigs for new concept group HIIT rooms and installing such durable custom turf that it will not need to be included in the standard refurbishment cycle this time.

“We also kitted out a strength and conditioning facility rented from Glasgow Life by rugby team Glasgow Warriors – further proof of the premium quality and durability of our extensive product range.

“We very much look forward to partnering with the Glasgow Life team on everything from refurbishments to rolling out successful concepts over the next three years.”

“It’s a pleasure to deal with Paul and the Physical team,” concludes Campbell. “The professionalism, the ability to offer solutions, the willingness to invest time in supporting us with the tiniest of requests... Nothing is ever a problem for Physical, Paul is a delight to work with, and our relationship is very strong as a result.”
Physical will now also be supplying strength accessories – dumbbells, plates and lifting platforms Credit: Physical
17 Oct 2022
Physical bolsters key accounts team as it eyes further growth in the commercial fitness sector
Physical has announced the appointment of Aimee Stokes as key account manager, further growing its commercial fitness team as it eyes continued growth in this sector.

Stokes joins Physical from Core Health & Fitness, where she was employed for nine years – first as regional account manager for the south-east of England, more recently as national account manager responsible for the sale of commercial health and fitness equipment to key accounts.

Previous roles at the Amateur Swimming Association, the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) and Fitness First – as well as a degree in Sports Management and Leadership – ensure Stokes takes on her new role at Physical with a wide-ranging understanding of the sector.

“Aimee’s wealth of experience will be hugely valuable as Physical takes its support of the commercial fitness sector up yet another level,” confirms managing director John Halls.

“Her customer service, support and care skills are exceptional,” adds Physical sales and marketing director James Anderson. “Aimee has a proven track record of nurturing strong relationships, working in genuine partnership with customers. Her trusted advice and recommendations ensure facilities are developed in a way that enhances the end customer experience, as well as supporting operators’ growth plans.

“She is a natural fit for Physical, where we pride ourselves on our consistently high levels of customer service and our personal touch. We’re delighted to welcome Aimee to our team.”

Stokes says: “Physical has always been a trusted name in the commercial fitness space, but its growth over recent years and the maturity that’s now evident in its product range have made it even more of a go-to brand.

“I’m excited to join a company that really can provide everything a health club needs to create compelling training experiences, and very much look forward to working with customers – new and old – to exceed their expectations and those of their customers.”
Aimee Stokes has been appointed key account manager Credit: Physical
08 Sep 2022
Shredquarters opens club #10, eyes UK market leadership in functional training
Fast-growing functional training franchise The Shredquarters has reached the 10-site milestone with the opening of its latest club in Twickenham, south-west London, on 25 July.

The 3,500sq ft club is located directly opposite Twickenham train station in an eye-catching “high street retail-style” environment, says Shredquarters owner and founder Adam Waters.

On offer is the brand’s signature ‘Shred’ gym floor HIIT class, created with member results in mind. Also on offer at the new club are boxing, yoga and strength classes.

Physical has supplied a full complement of flooring and free weights, rigs and punchbags, TRX, battle ropes, Olympic bars and storage racks.

Twickenham is the third London site for Shredquarters. A 10-strong pipeline, signed and scheduled to open over the remainder of 2022 and into 2023, include a further four London locations – in Purley, Clapham, Kingston on Thames and Sutton – as well as five clubs in Greater Birmingham and one in Bristol.

“We continue to see huge interest from prospective franchisees,” says Waters. “I believe we’ll become UK market leader in this space within the next two to three years.”

Shredquarters’ growth comes in spite of the franchise only launching during the pandemic, and Waters attributes this success to the brand’s highly transparent, affordable model.

“Our ethos is all about getting franchisees up and running and turning a profit,” he says. “We ripped up the rule book that says you should make money from your franchisees upfront – charging a mark-up on kit and so on – because that isn’t how we believe franchising should be done.

“Ultimately, we want our franchisees to quickly enjoy a great return on investment. We want them to succeed. That’s good for them, good for our brand, and ultimately the right thing to do.

“We’re out to do things differently and we’re pushing hard for UK market leadership.”

“It’s hugely exciting to be on this journey with Adam and the team at Shredquarters,” concludes Physical account manager Paul Farrell.

“We’re delighted to have signed a five-year exclusivity agreement with this dynamic brand and are very much looking forward to continuing to support this fantastic ‘made in Britain’ growth story.”
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Tel: 01494 769 222
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Key personnel
John Halls, Managing Director
James Anderson, Director of Sales & Marketing
Key customers
Virgin Active, Bannatyne,
Anytime Fitness, Fusion Lifestyle,
Village Gyms, Freedom Leisure,
GLL, KOBOX, Glasgow Life,
Shredquarters, Snap Fitness,
Halo Leisure, Edinburgh Leisure,
JD Gyms, Reshape,
The Pilates Movement Studio
and many more.
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