Ladies take on health and fitness challenge

Pictured at their session this week are, from left, Lesley Bell, Kelly Fyfe, Sandra Whyte and Rachel Ward.

Pictured at their session this week are, from left, Lesley Bell, Kelly Fyfe, Sandra Whyte and Rachel Ward.

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Four enthusiastic ladies are on the way to improving their fitness after taking up a challenge laid down by Forfar gym Results.

As featured in the Dispatch and Herald last month, gym owner George Bertie was looking for four people with little to no previous gym experience to undergo completely free personal training programmes, tailored specifically to their needs.

After a good response to the appeal, Lesley Bell, Kelly Fyfe, Sandra Whyte and Rachel Ward were the lucky chosen applicants.

They started their new regime just over a week ago and are already noticing positive results.

The six-week training schedule, run by George and personal trainer Mark Cargill, involves the ladies coming together in a group environment to train for three sessions per week.

It also includes comprehensive back-up to help them both lose weight and increase their fitness level. Each one has received nutritional advice and individual food plans best suited to them and their progress is being recorded in their own personal workout books.

George said: “We’re now in the second week, none of them have done any gym courses before and they’ve all been working hard three times a week.

“They’ve all been quite focused and I’m impressed with their efforts. All four of them have already had good inch loss so far.

“I think the hardest part has been changing diet from a lifetime of habits to different types of foods, as well as eating habits - when they eat and what to eat after exercise.”

Each of the four participants will receive a free T-shirt for taking part while the individual who has made the most progress will win a prize at the end of their campaign.

All of them will also gain a sense of achievement and the satisfaction of knowing that they’ve taken the first steps towards the level of fitness they want.

George added: “They’re doing this because they want to, not because they have to, and that makes a big difference.”