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Check out Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel!

Posted on August 6th, 2015 by Active4Less | Category: Club News > Luton | Permalink

Active4less member Ryan went from skinny to fit.

For tips and motivation check out his new YouTube channel and follow him on his journey.

We are proud of Ryan and look forward to further progress.

Ryan Connolly

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Active4less fitness club in Luton recently raised over £1000 for Sence

Posted on June 15th, 2015 by Active4Less | Category: Club News > Luton | Permalink

Active4less fitness club in Luton recently raised over £1000 for Sence@Keech.

Sense@Keech is a service for young people aged 19 years upwards with sensory impairment and severe disabilities.

It is located at – and in co-operation with – the quiet and secluded Keech Hospice Care for children, near Luton, Bedfordshire, and opened in 2009.

Offering day care for up to 15 young adults, it is a unique provision, and one of the first of its kind in the UK.

Active4less fitness club in Luton decided to hold a fitness event in aid of the hospice. We held a Hour of Power masterclass at the, sold event t-shirts and took donations.

The class was a complete success and featured members of both Active4less in Luton and Active4less in Stevenage… instructed by Silva – one of the finest instructors in the county.

We will soon be holding another event. Keep an eye out on our website for more information.

Active4less Luton Charity Event

Active4less Luton Charity Event

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Member at Active4less Fitness Club in Luton loses a staggering 31 stone.

Posted on June 15th, 2015 by Active4Less | Category: Club News > Luton | Permalink

Graham Waugh, 45, piled on the pounds when depression and anxiety trapped him indoors for more than a decade, pushing his weight to a crippling 52 stone. He has now lost a total of n unbelievable 31 stone!

Fitness Club LutonOne of Britain’s fattest men who used to guzzle more than 100 pints of Coke a WEEK is opening the county’s first gym for the super obese – after he lost a staggering 31 stone.

Married Graham Waugh, 45, piled on the pounds when depression and anxiety trapped him indoors for more than a decade, pushing his weight to a crippling 52 stones.

He gorged on 12 takeaways and 21 family bags of peanut M&Ms a week, all washed down with a can of coke every half an hour – or more than 16 pints a DAY.

But determined Graham – who also used to smoke 80 cigarettes a day – turned his life around after his big brother suddenly died, spurring him to turn his life around.

He shed a stone a month thanks to a rigorous gym routine at Active4less fitness club in Luton, a strict diet and two operations – thought to be one of Britain’s biggest weight losses.

Graham is now drawing up a business plan for the UK’s first gym for overweight, obese and super obese people.

Fat Loss

He said “All I could concentrate was food. I felt like I had nothing else in my life. I would eat lunch and instantly think about what was for dinner. “I felt as if I was on death row – I know how these people feel – but now I got lucky and it worked out. It hasn’t been easy but I feel like a totally different man. I was expecting to be dead by now. I feel like I have cheated death without a doubt.”

His weight spiralled out of control when he suffered from heart palpitations aged 27 – weighing 27 stone – which caused him to panic and become a recluse.

He recalled: “I was scared. I kind of went into a hidey-hole and became a recluse for the best part of 15 years.”

“I was hidden away from people. I pushed family away. I pushed friends away. I had severe depression and anxiety and I just didn’t want to socialise with anybody.”

“I just felt that I didn’t want anybody to see me the size that I was and the only time I was really happy was when the curtains were shut at night time.

“I never left the house for about 15 years. The only time I did leave was to go to the hospital in a specially adapted ambulance.┬áMy life was dark. I was waiting for death to be honest with you, that’s the truth.”

Fitness Training Luto

Graham started a proper diet, replacing his five-meal dinner with vegetables and chicken, and cutting out fizzy drinks, fags and sweets.

As soon as he was able he joined Active4Less gym in Luton and started going for two-hour work outs at least four times a week, burning up to 4000 calories at a time.

We would like to congratulate Graham on his great success.

The team Active4less fitness club Luton.

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Active4less Fitness Club in Luton – Gym Improvements

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by Active4Less | Category: Club News > Luton | Permalink

Active4less Luton is constantly evolving.

We have recently invested in your fitness club to make it even more great value.

Check out our club improvement page to see our exciting new developments.

Keep grinding away at your goals, we hope to see you at the club soon.

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Are You Making These 3 Mistakes?

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by Active4Less | Category: Articles > Club News > Burnham > Club News > Club News > Luton > Club News > Uxbridge | Permalink

There’s a lot more to toning up than just heaving those free weights, being a cardio animal, and pushing yourself to the limit. You’ve got to know specifically what to focus on, what to adjust, and what to plan for.

Avoid these biggest mistakes and watch your body tone up, slim down and thank you later:

1. Not Focusing On Recovery

In trying to tone up, your focus should be on recovery. It’s the last, most important step in the entire process of your fitness regime. Think of it as a business.

What do you think is the most important – product creation, financial planning, or marketing and selling? In business, nothing ever happens until a sale is made.

Nothing also ever happens until your body has time to repair. I don’t how much you’ve bench pressed, how long you worked your cardio or how many group fitness classes you did today. It doesn’t matter. What matters first and foremost is how you’ll be able to recover afterwards.

So if you’re trying to be macho doing 40+ sets for 5 times a week while cross-training in other sports, good luck. The guy or gal who just spends 30 minutes doing a complete workout, 3 times a week will earn my respect a lot more.

You can train all you want. But can you recover from all of that?

2. Not Adjusting Your Diet

I think for most people, sleep is a given constant – 7 to 8 hours a day. Count yourself lucky if you can afford even this basic requirement.

When it comes to diet however, yours could look drastically different from the person next to you. That’s because you need to adjust your food intake to the level of activity you’ve done, you’re doing, and going to do in the next couple of hours. And that’s a lot to take into consideration.

The ones who constantly adjust their diet experience the biggest gains compared to those who eat as constantly as they work out. Don’t get me wrong. You need to be consistent with your protein, carb, and fat intake. But it’s their proportion you need to scale.

In general, mornings are best for high-carb intake while evenings are better for high-protein meals.

3. Not Planning Your Training

If you think your nutrition is the only the thing you need to vary, you’re in for a surprise. Your workouts need to be re-cycled as well.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be as immediate and day-to-day as your diet. Changing your training routines usually happen every 6-12 weeks. Most people still don’t get the reason for this. For them, if a program works great, why change it at all? That’s very logical. However, your mind and body is smarter than that. Once you’ve adjusted well to the exercises, weights, and repetitions you impose on yourself, the program slowly becomes more and more ineffective.

Think about the first time you ever drank coffee. The ‘buzz’ from that instant brew will always be the most intense. Same with your workouts. So to keep your body (and mind) challenged and growing, adjust your workouts – even if it means simply re-ordering your exercises.

Want more great ideas and ways to improve how you look and feel? Stop in and meet with a member of our fitness team, they would be glad to help you develop a specific plan to meet your goals!

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