Fit Camp Goes Green

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A Newcastle fitness course designed to shrink waistlines and improve overall health is expanding to offer more local residents the chance to get a lot fitter.

Fit Camp North East is teaming up with Greens Health Club in Gosforth to offer the specialist four week programme to local people using the clubs own facilities - and you don't even have to be a member.

Fit Camp is a four-week course of 12, one hour training sessions that help with weight loss, metabolism, endurance, stability, flexibility and shape.

And from 11th September, a new early morning Fitcamp will be available at Greens so that those signing up will have exclusive access to the clubs shower and changing facilities before work. A second Fitcamp starting on 8th September will also run concurrently at evenings and weekends at Westfield School in Gosforth.

Chris Gilkes, general manager at Greens, said, "We're very keen to support small local businesses and more than happy to offer Fit Camp at Greens. I've seen both Paul and James in action and they do such a fine job that I'm confident that people taking part in Fit Camp will get the best out of it."

Together, two local specialist personal trainers, Paul Love and James Milburn, both aged 26 run the course, offering fitness training using a range of disciplines to help local people get fitter - whatever their level.

Over 100 local people have successfully completed Fit Camp this year, benefiting from Paul and James' expert skills. The duo are fat loss experts and bring together their skills in boot camps, personal training, boxing, nutrition, pilates and weight management.

Paul Love is keen to encourage people to try the programme. He said, "The five Fit Camps we have completed have been so successful that we are now running the two courses at once and we're really pleased to be offering one at Greens Health Club. To get involved in Fit Camp you don't have to be a member of a gym so it's not a long-term commitment and that suits people who are either just starting out with a new exercise regime, or those who want to boost their current workout.

"It's more cost effective than paying for a regular personal training sessions, you get the expertise of two trainers at once and people find that training in a group like this helps encourage and motivate them to go further."

Each course has included a mix of men and women aged 20 upwards with varying levels of fitness and each one has since enjoyed reduced body fat, improved lung capacity and overall fitness.

Forty seven-year-old Paul McFarling, commercial director at Emax Group, is about to complete his first Fit Camp after seeing the benefits that others got from the course highlighted in the local press.

Travelling to Fit Camp in Gosforth from his home in Ouston three times a week for the past four weeks didn't put Paul off. He said, "I haven't done any exercise for about five years - I've become the typically late forties guy getting ready for a sedentary lifestyle just doing light running from time to time. I was always full of good intentions but more recently been dreading looking at holiday photographs and not enjoying the family jibes about my fitness levels. I'm six foot four and was always around fifteen stone but my weight has crept up in recent years. I saw an article about Fit Camp and it mentioned another guy about my age who sounded exactly like me and I thought if he can do it so can I - so I signed up

"I've spent my life in sales but found James and Paul two really personable guys who manage the Fit Camp sessions really well - there's a serious and professional element to Fit Camp that makes everyone push themselves, but there's still always time for a laugh as well. Since starting the course I've found that my general fitness is 150 percent better and I've lost over four percent of my overall body fat. And it's really noticeable - I travel a lot for work and have generally taken the escalators at the airport but now I climb the stairs - and I don't even get out of breath!    

"I'd really recommend Fit Camp - it's always a bit harder to get started in a gym on your own where you can feel self conscious about yourself - but after ten minutes with the group on this programme no ones bothered what anyone else looks like. I feel fitter and stronger and all I need now is a new wardrobe of clothes that fit!"

A second Fit Camp participant, Aidan Browne aged 27 from Gosforth, signed up to help build his stamina for the forthcoming Great North Run. A full time private landlord, Aidan was keen to follow in his dad's footsteps and give the local race a try to beat his dad's time and raise funds for St Oswalds Hospice.

He said, "I've been a member at Greens Health Club for a couple of years but haven't been actively going for a while. In June I started to run on the treadmills more often to get ready for the Great North Run but knew I needed a bit more help building my stamina and recovery times. When the Fit Camp leaflet came through my door I decided to try it. It's 12 sessions that I've been dedicated to and I know one of the trainers will call me if I don't turn up!

"The sessions themselves are great - they are filled with loads of exercises I've never done before, they are different every week and work all parts of the body. And working with the group really motivates you - in one session we had to carry three large barrels across a tennis court twice whilst the group carried on working out on a circuit - they weren't allowed to move onto the next exercise until we'd finished with the barrels - everyone else's pain definitely keeps you going.

"It's been a great help - I'm now up to 8 miles in my training now and I'm hoping to do the run in under two hours 20 minutes. I've slimmed down slightly on my waistline and feel much fitter."

It's not too late to sign up for Fitcamp and there are various special offers available at the moment. The first 20 places for Fitcamp at Greens are available for £99. Fitcamp places for evenings and weekend are £149 per person and get cheaper if people sign up with friends.

For more information about these or other Fitcamps in the future, please contact instructors(at)fitcamp.info, telephone 07951 051 970 or visit info(at)fitcamp.info.

Media contact:
Paul Love on 07951 051 970

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