Everyday Champion June - The Biggest Losers 2016
A slight twist has been added to this month’s ‘Everyday Champion’ award. Instead of giving the monthly accolade to an individual, we’ve gone one better and awarded it to the 20 members of our 2016 Biggest Loser group! Their achievements could not be ignored and all of us here at Sportspace are immensely proud of everyone involved.
What is the Biggest Loser challenge?
For those that don’t know, the Biggest Loser challenge is run and organised by the Hospice of St Francis in collaboration with Sportspace. We offer a free 12-week nutrition and exercise programme, group exercise classes and personal training sessions to all contestants. Once selected, participants are challenged to lose weight and change their lifestyles, all whilst raising as much money as possible for the hospice. All proceeds go towards helping the hospice care for local people with life-shortening illnesses.
After a gruelling 12 weeks of healthy eating, strenuous exercise regimes and campaigning for cash, this year’s group managed to lose a total of 530lb between them – the equivalent of two Arnold Schwarzeneggers! They also raised a staggering £32,000 for the hospice – the most ever raised from the challenge.
Every single contestant performed fantastically over the 3 month period – giving everything they could to help change not only their own lives but those under care from the hospice too. As with every challenge, there was a winner and at the final weigh-in, it was announced that Luke Jelfs was the ‘Biggest Loser’ for 2016. Luke, an accountant from Boxmoor, lost over 45lb (52% of his body fat) and raised over £2,700. Reflecting on what he had achieved, Luke said:
“The challenge was fantastic and I am absolutely delighted with my weight loss – as is my wife!
“It’s made such a big difference to me, to my weight, to my attitude to eating and it’s done wonders for my self-esteem.
Karen Bower, from Berkhamsted and Amy Heathfield, from Hemel, finished as runners-up.
Continuing the good work
After finishing the challenge, all of the group have vowed to remain active and keep up their fantastic work started here at Sportspace. If you are interested in entering the next Biggest Loser competition, contact the Hospice of St Francis for more information here. If you’d like to find out more information on how we can help you reach your fitness goals, check out our personal training page here.