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Weight loss delight after trio win gym challenge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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THREE members of a popular Burton gym are celebrating after shedding the pounds and coming out on top in a weight loss challenge.

Yvonne Corten, Jodie Ward and Simon Cox were ‘delighted’ after learning they had won Branston Golf and Country Club’s Biggest Loser Gym Challenge.

The trio lost more than five stone and nearly 15 per cent of body fat through a combination of diet control and exercise over six weeks at the fitness centre, based off Fairway.

Jodie Ward, from Alrewas, who works in customer services at Punch Taverns, was Branston challenge winner in the 18 to 34 category having lost four per cent body fat.

He said: “I’m delighted with my success at Branston’s gym where I’ve regained my fitness focus and I’m now training for a Birmingham half marathon in October.”

Meanwhile, vegetarian Yvonne Corten won the 50 plus category with a 3.5 per cent body fat reduction.

The retired Sainsbury’s staffer, from Tatenhill, said: “I’ve never run before and now I’m full of energy and enjoying a whole range of classes.”

Top achiever in the Branston Biggest Loser Challenge and winner in the 35 to 49 category was Simon Cox, from Stapenhill, after he lost nearly two stone.

He said: “As a late father, I wanted to be fit to run around with Hector, my new son, as he grows up so spinning at Branston gym twice a week combined with racquetball and a healthier diet plan is helping me realise that ambition.”

Designed by John Sutton, fitness and personal training instructor and gym manager Simon Wheatcroft, the Branston Biggest Loser Challenge saw participants set targets for weight loss and reduction in body fat levels, with individual exercise and dietary programmes devised to suit a variety of age ranges.

Mr Sutton said: “Weight loss on its own can be unhealthy as an exercise programme can increase weight through muscle build up so what’s really important for most people to get fit is the loss of body fat. At Branston we set up customised programmes for each person, measuring the combination of body fat levels and weight loss weekly against agreed targets.”

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