Are you up for the six-week challenge?
Personal trainer Graham Low is searching for six Echo readers who will step forward for a programme which aims to give them a new lease of life.
The Seaham-based expert is offering the chance to take as many boot camp sessions as they can fit in, as well as a diet programme and a progress check.
The 28-year-old said: “We want to hear their stories about why they want to lose weight or want to get fit or their other fitness goals.
“I think that people need that motivation to get up and do something.
“It might be that the kids are now back at school, there’s a big occasion coming up or something like that, and we’re looking for people from all ages and backgrounds.
Finding the right balance between family, work and looking after yourself can be very stressful and it’s often difficult to get the mix right.Graham Low
“People can come along to as many sessions as they want, but they’ll get out of it what they put in.
“We’ve seen some really good results, some have lost four or five stone from boot camp anybody can join in.
“But it’s not just about weight loss, it goes deeper than that.
“Many people find themselves having more energy, so they get to spend more time with the kids, they don’t feel drained and they feel more healthy.”
Graham also hopes the challenge will give people the chance to balance their work, health and home life.
The former Hartlepool footballer, who followed a career as a personal trainer after injury, added: “Finding the right balance between family, work and looking after yourself can be very stressful and it’s often difficult to get the mix right.
“We can end up sacrificing our own wellbeing to work or spending time with the family but in the end if we aren’t looking after our health then everything suffers.
“Regular exercise boosts energy levels and makes you feel more alert and happier.
“It can really make a huge amount of difference in how you perform at work and helps clear your mind and put everything else in perspective.”
l Do you fancy taking up the challenge?
The boot camps, which are held in Seaham Marina, on the doorstep of Graham’s East Coast Fitness studio within the business centre, are held on Mondays and Fridays from 6am and Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm, with a session specially tailored for women sized 16-plus.
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