TV’s Biggest Loser supports boot camp

LOOKING GOOD ... Biggest Loser Kevin McLernon taking part in weekly fitness bootcamp on Seaham Seafront.
LOOKING GOOD ... Biggest Loser Kevin McLernon taking part in weekly fitness bootcamp on Seaham Seafront.
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BIGGEST Loser winner Kevin McLernon found his weight loss was on the rocks.

But the Sunderland star of the ITV show, who shed an amazing 40 per cent of his body weight, hasn’t strayed from his new healthy lifestyle – he was at Seaham beach to join in the weekly bootcamp session and inspire others to shed the pounds.

LOOKING GOOD ... Biggest Loser Kevin McLernon taking part in weekly fitness bootcamp on Seaham Seafront.

LOOKING GOOD ... Biggest Loser Kevin McLernon taking part in weekly fitness bootcamp on Seaham Seafront.

The 38-year-old, from Seaburn Dene, who lost an amazing 12st 12lbs, to go from 32st 2lb to 19st 4lb, and be crowned The Biggest Loser 2012, said he was delighted to take part.

He said: “They contacted me and asked if I would go along and join in a session and I thought it was really good.

“They are doing something very positive for the community and raising money for charity at the same time. I really enjoyed it.”

The bootcamp on the beach was the brainchild of Barry Taylor, from Seaham, who has himself lost six stone in weight.

Care worker Barry, who once weighed 20 stone, said: “The bootcamp is doing really well.

“We have about 35 people taking part each week, both men and women.”

He said it was good to have Kevin joining in and offering advice and tips to the bootcampers.

Barry, 47, said in a bid to get more people up and moving, they have now started a power-walking event for those who feel they are not quite ready for the tough bootcamp sessions, which are run by Lee Kennedy.

Dad-of-two Barry said: “The aim is to keep the cost of the sessions as low as possible so it is not costing people a fortune.

“We use the money from sessions to buy equipment and if there is any left over it will go to local charities.”

The Seaham Bootcamp takes place every Saturday from 9am to 10am, no matter what the weather, at the beach car park opposite Seaham Hall Hotel and anyone is welcome to go along.

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