noun: a colony of bees
verb: a place swarming with activity
Morzine got itself a brand new, year-round, purpose-built gym this summer, but to call the Hive a gym is a huge understatement. “We wanted one place from which to host and coordinate all of our fitness activities,” the Buzz Performance team tells me. “So we’ve created the Hive.” From here Buzz Performance will schedule their coaching sessions, nutrition consultations, classes, cycling and triathlon training, bike hire services and shop, plus much more.
Spanning a staggering 400m2 of floor space and featuring a list of facilities as long as your arm, the Hive doesn’t do things by halves. Whilst it’s true that those of us living in the mountains are slightly more health-conscious than the average person, the last 18 months have served up an important lesson in maintaining a good wellness balance for all. And that’s where the Hive comes in. “This is a space for everyone, for every lifestyle, for every fitness journey, for every sporting goal; or just for those wanting to pop in for a coffee and a chat,” Amelia Pearson, co-Founder of the Hive and Buzz Performance explains. “I am primarily a triathlon coach working with athletes of all levels. I have first hand experience of training and racing at an elite level and I have 20 years of experience in education, sports science, fitness and wellbeing,” Amelia continues. “I equally enjoy helping those setting out on their health and fitness journey. Wellness is for everyone and everyone is welcome in the Hive. The Hive will unite a range of healthcare professionals including sports, wellness and nutrition consultants who can help you with fitness, lifestyle, weight-loss goals or improve your energy levels.”
On the ground floor, beyond the Hive’s sleek welcome area, you’ll find Wild Beets Kitchen, an off-shoot of the Les Gets restaurant owned by passionate health foodie Jo Watts. “I’ve always wanted to bring the Wild Beets experience to Morzine and opening a café within the Hive is perfect!” Jo explains. What can we expect on the menu? “You can still expect to find the same style of healthy, well-rounded items on the menu as in our Les Gets restaurant,” explains Jo. “We are also looking to focus a bit more on nutrition, offering meals that are perfect before or after a work out, to replenish your body and provide the best nutrients for your fitness needs.” A sneak peek at the menu promises overnight oats and breakfast muffins, those ever-popular poke and buddah bowls for lunch (five of your five a day right there…), plus other salads and wraps. There’ll also be customisable smoothie options with extra protein additions, plus cakes and coffee. “A balanced diet should always include a treat!” believes Jo.
Elsewhere on the Hive’s ground floor you’ll find a shop selling Buzz Performance merchandise (including those iconic Buzz cycling jerseys), bike equipment plus road and gravel bike hire during the summer season. “We’ll use the space for our regular TRX, Body Conditioning and Spin classes, as well as some new and exciting classes to be revealed in our programme,” Buzz Performance director Rachael Hallewell explains. “It’s a large, bright space, it’ll be perfect for so many different classes,” Rachael continues.
The tour continues as we head downstairs to the lower floor, which will house the changing rooms (separate for males and females, including showers, toilets and a water cooler!) plus a 110m2 gym. It’s here that co-founder Joe Pearson starts to get really excited. His Sport Science & Human Movement degree and extensive strength training experience has fuelled a long term goal to have his own gym. Sourcing a range of top quality equipment including weights, treadmills and rowing machines creates a multi- functional training centre.
“BLK BOX Fitness have supplied a range of weight benches, their world famous Belfast Bars, a full set of Hex dumbbells, a huge wall mounted monkey bar rig, a set of cast iron kettlebells, resistance bands, wall balls, plyo boxes, TRX’s and a variety of other functional training equipment,” Joe explains. “We also have amazing high-end treadmills from BH Fitness, which come with huge LED monitors and total connectivity. They will also supply two dual adjustable cable machines and a variety of accessories to enhance the number of exercises on offer.” The gym will also include two Concept 2 rowing ergos, one Concept Skierg, a state of the art Drax Fit self motorised treadmill, Rogue Echo bike and Hatton boxing equipment, speed ball and punching bag. There’ll also be Sonos speakers throughout. Phew.
I find myself wondering what could possibly be left to discover on the top floor of the Hive. From here the views towards Morzine, Pleney and the Roc d’Enfer are fabulous, but who else is using this space? “It’s been a long-standing dream of mine to have an apparatus Pilates Studio of my own in Morzine,” Studio Pilates Morzine instructor Georgie Kennington explains. “I am beyond excited to be able to bring the amazing Gratz Industries Pilates equipment to the Hive. Using the reformer and resistance springs as part of your training is an absolute game changer! It will help a huge amount of people, not only to maintain strength and flexibility, but to prevent injury and to help regain strength safely after injury too.”
Several membership options are available, from short and long term memberships and even single visit passes. There’s something to suit everyone, whether you’re in Morzine for the week, the season or forever. Members can enjoy gym access between 7.30am and 8pm on week days, 9am and 3pm at weekends, whilst classes will typically take place between 9am and 1pm and 5pm and 8pm. You’ll find a full class timetable at buzzperformance.com and studiopilatesmorzine.com soon. Wild Beets Kitchen is now open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm and 9am – 3pm on Sundays.