Fit Factor: If they can do it, you can do it too!

THE Fit Factor Active 8 were chosen by The Journal and Real Radio from over 300 entrants, all desperate to lose weight and shape up.

Fit Factor finalists after their 12 week life changing fitness challenge

THE Fit Factor Active 8 were chosen by The Journal and Real Radio from over 300 entrants, all desperate to lose weight and shape up. They’ve lost over 30 stone between them in just 12 weeks. Some still have a long way to go and Fit Factor is just the start of the journey, but their stats show exactly what you can achieve in a short space of time if you put your mind to it

Age: 40
From: Pelton, County Durham
Job: Admin co-ordinator for NHS
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight before: 24st 12lb
Weight now: 21st 8lb
Body fat before: 55.7%
Body fat after: 48%
Inches lost from stomach: 8

“I’ve changed in every way. I feel a lot more positive. I’ve got a lot more energy. I’m a lot happier – and obviously fitter.”

Age: 40
From: Billingham
Job: Business manager at A4e
Height: 5ft 7in
Weight before: 20st 9lb
Weight now: 16st 9lb
Body fat before: 46%
Body fat after: 38.2%
Inches lost from stomach: 10

“It’s not the end, it’s the beginning of a new life for all of us. The whole experience has been fantastic. We’ve achieved so much.”

Age: 46
From: Wardley, Gateshead
Job: Port of Tyne director
Height: 6ft
Weight before: 27st 10lb
Weight now: 22st 3lb
Body fat before: 47.2%
Body fat after: 34%
Inches lost from stomach: 16
“I’m proud of possibly being part of something that can inspire others to improve their health and fitness.

“But I’m sad that the process is only 12 weeks and it has to officially come to an end. I am overjoyed that a lot of new friends have been gained, who can associate with the challenges and rewards of the process.”

Age: 40
From: North Shields
Job: Project manager
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight before: 23st 7lb
Weight now: 18st 7lb
Body fat: 36.7%
Body fat now: 21%
Inches lost from stomach: 15

“To come so far in such a short space of time has been amazing. It’s only through the support of Dave Fairlamb and his trainers and the rest of the Active 8 that I believe I’ve managed to stay focused and get the results I have.

“Also the support from my wife and family has been brilliant. They’ve been so supportive and made sure I’ve been available for as many sessions as possible.”

Age: 32
From: Redcar
Job: Security officer at Tees Port
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight before: 23st 3lb
Weight now: 19st 4ls
Body fat before: 53%
Body fat after: 40.9%
Inches lost from waist: 9

“I’m so pleased I got below 20 stone for the first time in God knows how long.

“I’m aiming for 14 stone now so I can do a skydive in October to raise money for the Christy Hospital in Manchester where my wife Eve was operated on.”

Age: 22
From: South Shields
Job: Care assistant
Height: 5ft 5in
Weight before: 19st 4lb
Weight now: 16st 9lb
Body fat before: 51%
Body fat after: 47%
Inches lost from waist: 7

“I’ve enjoyed Fit Factor much more than I thought I would. I applied because my dad Keith ‘Beefy’ Roberts was the first to sign up to the Great North Fitness Revolution and lost a lot of weight. He’s really proud of me. I’m glad I did it and a big thing is I’ve found out how much I love playing rugby, so I can’t wait to start training properly.”

Age: 37
From: West Denton, Newcastle
Job: Support and account manager
Height: 5ft 6in
Weight before: 14st 12lb
Weight now: 12st 10lb
Body fat before: 44.5%
Body fat after: 37.5%
Inches lost from stomach: 8

“It might be a cliche, but the Fit Factor has been a complete life-changing experience, and I’m so pleased that I was lucky enough to be chosen. It’s very emotional, but as well as becoming fit for life, I’ve also made some friends for life.”



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