The Journal's Fit Factor 2014 competition is launched

Today The Journal is launching its popular Fit Factor 2014 competition which promises to be bigger and better than ever

The six Fit Factor 2013 finalists with David Fairlamb
The six Fit Factor 2013 finalists with David Fairlamb

For the third year, the competition will help to transform the lives of people in the North East who want to lose weight and get active.

Last year’s winner lost a staggering 5st 1lb in just three months and this year it could be you who takes the positive step to slim down and improve your health and wellbeing.

For 12 weeks the chosen six participants will be put through their paces with an intensive health and exercise programme lead by Fit Factor trainer David Fairlamb.

It will not be easy, but the end results will undoubtedly make all the sweat and hard work worthwhile as you see your shape change over the weeks.

David said: “There is a lot of people out there who do not know where to start to lose weight. They may have tried lots of different ways to shed the pounds but have been unable to do so as they have had little consistency with their training or the food that they eat.

“It is proven that the Fit Factor competition works as we have had great results from those who have taken part in the past two years. Fit Factor can transform people’s lives as they learn what exercises to do and are helped to change bad eating habits.

“Those who make the Fit Factor will be given the tools to lose weight but they must be prepared to give 100% effort and commitment at all times.”

Our previous Fit Factor competitions have attracted hundreds of entries and it is expected that this year will be no different.


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.

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

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

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.

Olympic swimmer Chris Cook is again supporting Fit Factor as he will give the contestants a swimming master class. Other exercise workouts will include gym sessions as well as pilates, rugby and basketball.

You must be willing to be featured in The Journal and to disclose your vital statistics.

Chris said: “I’m delighted to be supporting Fit Factor as the success of the last two years has been fantastic. The people who take part are ready for the change, and that is a really important part of it. It’s not just about the weight loss and fitness, it’s about the overall changes that it will make to participant’s lives.

“I’m looking forward to seeing who makes it to this year’s Fit Factor, it is going to be fun.”

‘Run Geordie Run’ Mark Allison, who has recently completed his epic journey across Australia, is also backing this year’s competition.

The father-of-one, who will be holding a Fit Factor running session said: “Anything that focuses people’s mind and attention on a healthy lifestyle is a good thing. It is about making positive changes to your life and it is always good to see what progress the participants make over the 12 weeks.

“I will be taking a running session for Fit Factor and I’m looking forward to meeting the people who are chosen to take part this year.”

All six finalists will receive gift vouchers to spend in Newcastle’s new adidas store in intu Eldon Square. The participant who makes the most progress, in terms of weight-loss and commitment, will receive an exclusive prize that will be announced before the competition begins in March this year.

They will also get free VIP entries (plus a guest pass) to this year’s Great North Swim, the Bupa Great North 10k and the Bupa Great North Run.

Last year, father-of-two John Thompson, 39, from Ashington, Northumberland, won Fit Factor 2013, after dropping from 22st 11lbs to 17st 10lbs.

The mental health nurse credits the competition for turning his life around and since taking part has never looked back.

He said: “I would recommend anyone to apply for this year’s Fit Factor. It is a life-changing experience and sets you on the right goals in life. People should go for it, but they must be 100% committed to doing the exercise and follow the healthy eating plan for the whole 12 weeks.

“The first four days were the most difficult for me, but as you progress through the weeks you can’t believe how well you’re doing and how much you can push yourself. It is an emotional rollercoaster, but well worth doing.”

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