10 MINUTES WITH NATHAN DA COSTA, DIRECTOR OF SUSSEX PERFORMANCE CENTRE
Today's spotlight is on Nathan Da Costa, Director and Head Coach at Sussex Performance Centre. Sussex Performance Centre is a demanding performance-based gym in Worthing, started by Nathan, Tom Austin and Michelle Davidson, their bespoke training methods are highly effective, and this is apparent by their ever-growing list of clients.
Nathan and the SPC team of fitness experts continue to transform the figures of Worthing. The workouts are practical, yet push the clients to the limits, leaving people with amazing core strength, looking good and feeling great. Find out what motivates Nathan and what it really takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
1) What prompted you to start Sussex Performance Centre?
After studying sports science at Brunel University, I began a career as a personal trainer at Virgin Active. After 5 successful years, I decided I wanted to create a training environment that inspired people of all ages to train with a purpose, provide enjoyment and most importantly get results. After gaining experience in a commercial gym setting, I realised people are often held back by popular misconceptions of how they should exercise, especially as we all get older. I wanted to go against this way of thinking, so I joined forces with my business partners, Tom Austin and Michelle Davidson, where we decided to take our expertise and put our lives into a business we are proud of. Since then, we have created a training environment that has proved to be hugely popular within the local area, whilst establishing great partnerships within the community.
2) Sum up Sussex Performance Centre in one sentence?
A fitness community that you won’t want to leave; where exercise is secondary to the experience.
3) Describe your typical member?
This is quite challenging, simply due to the various amount of people we have using our facility. We have youth athletes who use us to improve their physical capabilities for their sport, younger adults getting ready for summer holidays, plus middle-aged and older clientele who are looking to improve their overall fitness, health, well-being and longevity.
If I had to describe our typical member, it would be a middle-aged person looking to get fitter, stronger and feel more confident in their body.
4) What has been your most memorable transformation?
Again, hard to pick out one specifically. We have had a female client lose 40kg, a 72 year old woman build her strength to a level where she can perform 10 pull ups and even helped to build the fitness of one of our male personal training clients so he could cycle from London to Geneva for charity. We have had a countless number of people improve their health and fitness, but most importantly their outlook on exercise.
5) Why are you most proud of that transformation?
For us, changing the perspective of exercise to our clients to make it an enjoyable and consistent experience is by far the most valuable transformation. Finding the different types and structure of exercises that our clients enjoy, which is very individualized, allows them to make significant progress over time. Apart from the obvious health benefits and improvements to body image, it also has a profound effect on their mental wellbeing. We have seen so many of our clients become more confident and self-assured outside of the gym, with a big reason being their growth within the gym environment.
6) What challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?
One of our biggest challenges was getting SPC up and running. We had lots of delays along the way, especially during negotiations with Worthing College (where we are located) and it seemed like it was never going to take off. Through perseverance, we succeeded and are now very much part of the Worthing College Academy of Sport programme. Going forward as a new business, our challenge is to never get complacent and continually develop our facility, our members and ourselves.
7) What makes Sussex Performance Centre stand out from its competition?
SPC is more than a gym facility; it is a community. We have a great mix of people who use our services and interact with one another, that possibly may not do so in everyday life. As a team, we continually develop our skills, from sport science degrees to massage therapy. We work hard to achieve amazing results with our clients but don’t take ourselves too seriously. We like to have a laugh and give people honest advice without being a cult! Exercise should be challenging but also fun, so we try to make it that way.
8) What is next?
Growing the SPC brand. In the last month, we have developed our own app, which enables our clients to track their nutrition and perform workout programmes when they’re not at our facility. Our services have grown from basic personal, group and HIIT training to youth soccer and strength camps. We have also formed partnerships with Worthing College and Cancer United. We have added an additional £10,000 of equipment since we opened, including developing an outdoor training area, and we plan to add even more. We have started discussions regarding a move to a bigger facility, which hopefully will enable us to increase our brand awareness and offerings to the local community.
For enquiries on personal training sessions, 10 week programmes or HIIT classes head to the website www.sussexperformancecentre.co.uk
Sussex Performance Centre Ltd
1 Sanditon Way, Worthing BN14 9FD