Fit Factor 2014: Your chance to be The Journal's biggest loser

The Journal's Fit Factor intensive health and fitness programme

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to lose weight, then Fit Factor 2014 is here to assist.

The Journal’s competition will give six people an intensive health and fitness programme worth more than £2,000.

Last year, the group lost more than 20 stone collectively in just 12 weeks, and many have continued on their weight-loss journey.

The 2013 winner was father-of-two John Thompson, 39, from Ashington, Northumberland, who lost 5st 1lb. This year it could be you who takes the positive step to slim down.

Fit Factor trainer David Fairlamb said: “Two years ago I wanted to prove to the North East, and the country, that making a decision to dramatically lose weight and turn your life around can be done in a very short space of time.

“The Fit Factor was launched. In the first year eight people were chosen, they trained twice a week with me and attended my Saturday beach bootcamp while following a very healthy diet. The final results were incredible as the eight had dropped a massive 30 stones between them.

“This was backed up in year two where I trained six people and they dropped an awesome 22 stones between them.

“This is your chance to turn your life around. Not only did the previous years’ finalists look incredible, but they also regained their self-confidence and self-esteem and had a new happy outlook on life. If you or anyone you know needs this sort of change and support in their life I encourage you to complete the Fit Factor form online.”

We’re looking for people who may have a goal in mind such as losing weight for a special occasion or physical challenge, or a particular reason to drop the pounds such as a health issue.

You can enter either individually or as a pair – for example a couple, siblings, a parent and child, two friends or maybe work colleagues. The competition is open to people aged 18 and over.

Participants must be willing to commit 100% to a healthy eating programme and a number of training sessions per week in North Tyneside, including a beach bootcamp at Tynemouth Longsands Beach from 9am to 9.45am on Saturday.

Training sessions will take place from 5.45/6pm onwards every Monday and Wednesday for the duration of the 12 weeks and participants must be available to attend every one.

To apply for Fit Factor 2014, which begins in March, fill in the online application form here


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