Fit Factor 2015: Join our annual health and fitness competition this spring

There is still time to apply for this year's Fit Factor 2015 competition which launches next month

The Journal Fit Factors David Fairlamb, has his weight checked at his gym in North Shields
The Journal Fit Factors David Fairlamb, has his weight checked at his gym in North Shields

Entries are flying in fast for Fit Factor 2015 - but there is still time to change your life.

As part of our Great North Fitness Revolution, we are giving readers the chance to be part of our annual fitness competition which has already revolutionised scores of lives.

With help from some of the North East’s best trainers, we aim to transform the lives of people across the region who want to lose weight and get active.

For 12 weeks we will put our participants through their paces with an intensive health programme.

Fit Factor guru David Fairlamb will be putting the participants through their paces.

He said: “We have already had a great response but there is still time to enter.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change your life and I would urge people to take it up.

The Journal Fit Factor contestants being put through their paces
The Journal Fit Factor contestants being put through their paces

“We’ve had staggering results over the last three years and I’m expecting this year to be no different.

“The 12 weeks isn’t just a physical challenge, we will also help mentally prepare people by building up their self confidence and self esteem and giving them a more positive day-to-day outlook.

“I encourage anyone who has struggled to lose weight to apply and tell us your story- in three months your life could be totally transformed both physically and mentally.”

The six finalists will train three times a week - twice in one if David’s private personal training gyms and once at his Saturday beach bootcamp, on Tynemouth beach.

The training will be highly motivational and varied.

David added: “I do expect 100% commitment both with the training and nutrition which I will be constantly monitoring.”

Ian Gibson is the Fit Factor’s most successful contestant having lost five and a half stones in 12 weeks.

Ian Gibson at Gateshead Leisure centre playing squash
Ian Gibson at Gateshead Leisure centre playing squash

Today he urged anyone how has not already signed up, to fill in the online application form.

He said: “The training is planned to take into account the fitness levels at the time, which improve dramatically in the 12 weeks of the Fit Factor.

“If people are worried they’re too big or fat to do it - you’re not. I was nearly 28st - it takes hard work, commitment and support of family and friends to have a life changing experience.

“All the entrants have the same insecurities and issues with their weight so you are all in the same boat.

“There’s no posing or sniggering, unless as in my case, you fall down and crack your ribs when training with the girls from Novos rugby team.”

The participant who makes the most progress will get free VIP entries to the Great North 10k, the Great North Swim, the Great North Bike Ride and the Great North Run.

To apply for Fit Factor 2015, which begins next month, CLICK HERE and fill in the online application form.

A shortlist of candidates will be invited to pre-selection interviews so we can pick the final six.

Those entering the competition will be fully supported by David and his team, who have a wealth of experience in training people of all shapes, sizes and ages.

Deadline for entries is Thursday, February 26.

Participants must be able to attend David’s three weekly fitness sessions over the course of the 12 week training period.

They will run every Monday and Thursday from 7pm at David’s North Shields gym from next month, as well as a Saturday bootcamp session at Tynemouth beach from 9.45am.

The Journal fit factor training session with David Fairlamb Gemma Robson

Free programme helping North Shields folk fight the fat

Hundreds of residents are joining in the Great North Fitness Revolution by shedding their weight worries.

‘Weight Worries’ is a free programme based at The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields.

The new approach was introduced last October and proved extremely popular, helping almost 100 residents to lose weight through pairing a beginner’s physical activity programme with lifestyle advice.

Following its success, a second programme is set to get underway next month.

North Shields resident Bev Oakley, 46, who took part in the first Weight Worries programme, said: “My previous attempts at getting healthy were all about diets and the numbers.

“Weight Worries is totally different to what I’ve tried before, it’s about how you feel as a whole, looking at your everyday life and making small changes.

“Having completed the 12 weeks, I feel healthy, happy and I’ve dropped a dress size. Weight Worries has been a life-changer for me, I’m now hooked on exercise and it’s a natural part of my life that I couldn’t do without.”

During the 12 weeks, participants will have the full support of the Weight Worries team to offer encouragement, advice and motivational tips along the way.

All classes are exclusive to Weight Worries participants and are lower intensity and shorter duration than mainstream classes.

The team utilises the latest ‘In Body’ technology to accurately assess participants’ health and body measurements before they begin and throughout the 12 weeks. The Parks is the only venue in North Tyneside which uses an ‘In Body’ machine to assess body strength, muscle mass and body fat in a programme in this way.

Based on the results, the Weight Worries team devises the perfect mix of activities to achieve results which can be sustained after the programme ends.

Weight Worries is for adults with a BMI between 25 and 35 and who currently do no exercise. The team can quickly work out BMI results using weight and height measurements over the phone and advise whether or not you could benefit from being more active.

  • To find out more, or to register, contact the team on (0191) 643 7171.

Gateshead health hub helping residents get in shape

A health hub has opened in Gateshead town centre this week to help keep residents in good shape.

The Live Well hub provides a single point of access to a wide range of health and wellbeing services to residents in the town.

The roadshow is this week in Trinity Square to promote the advice and support available, from stop smoking and alcohol awareness to healthy eating, as well as signposting services for debt management, housing advice and volunteering opportunities.

Jo Dickinson, programme manager, said, “This is an excellent opportunity for local people to meet the Live Well team and wellness coaches, and find out more about making a change today for a better tomorrow. It’s free, on your doorstep and open seven days a week.

“Come along to see how we can help you with stopping smoking, alcohol awareness, healthy eating, being more active, increasing self-confidence and much more.”

Councillor Catherine Donovan, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing for Gateshead Council, added, “Live Well is a new way of helping people in the borough deal with the lifestyle issues that affect their health. The service can also help identify social barriers that may stop them from making changes.

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