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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. My 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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New photo gallery added to the website.

Posted on April 28th, 2015 by Active4Less | Category: Club News > Stevenage | Permalink

We are pleased to advise that we have recetly had a photographer at the club taking some new shots of our new and improved fitness club in Stevenage.

We are delighted with the results, let us know what you think.

Our gallery can be found here:

Keep fit, see you at the club soon. Active4less Stevenage.

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What to Do Your First Day at the Gym

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by Active4Less | Category: Club News > Burnham > Club News > Luton | Permalink

Complete gym workouts are exactly what you need if you are looking to build your whole body and get yourself in shape as a whole. Too many people focus on just one area of their body when exercising. By involving multiple muscle groups, your body burns more calories and you get in shape faster. There are literally dozens of complete gym workout routines that our professional staff can develop for you. Here is just one example that may appeal to you:

Phase 1: Cardio
The first part of any full body workout should be some cardio work. You want to get the blood pumping and get yourself all stretched and warm and ready to challenge your muscles. Not only will it warm you up, but it will help you get your fat-burning engine running. Most people run on a treadmill, but if you’re real hardcore you may want to try jumping rope. It’s a real killer!

Phase 2: Chest and Back
You’ll find that many of us start our workouts with our arms or legs, but this is a mistake. They should be last, because if you tire them out right at the start, a) your arms won’t be able to pull their weight during other exercises, and b) your legs still have to carry you around the gym for the remaining workout time. Instead go for your chest and your back first. Start with some dumbbell bench presses going for your chest. Your back can be a little harder to work, but get into some lat pull downs and some deadlifts and you’ll be seeing gains in no time.

Phase 3: Arms
Ok, now it’s time for arms. This is the favorite part of many people’s complete workout, as the arms are where most people notice their gains the most. It’s important not to forget there are 3 sets of muscles in the arm, so you want to get some dumbbell curls going to build the biceps, some triceps pull-downs for the triceps (tough!), and both forearms curls and reverse forearm curls for your forearms. Now you are glad you didn’t do this to start!

Phase 4: Legs
Your leg muscles are the largest in your body and we save them for last. During most full body workouts, unless people are looking to compete, the legs are mostly neglected. Thankfully though, they have to carry you around all day and so respond quite well to any stimulation. You can do some squats to build your thighs, and you’ll find some single footed heel raises will build your calves quickly. Lastly, it’s your hamstrings and they’ll build naturally from all the running, but you can also do some basic leg curls to really get them pumping.

Complete body workouts don’t have to be hugely time consuming or complicated; but they can be highly effective as part of an overall fitness regime. Speak with our staff for more ideas and exercises to meet your specific challenges!

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New Club – Active4less in Luton

Posted on February 5th, 2014 by Active4Less | Category: Club News > Luton | Permalink

We are delighted to offer a fantastic new fitness club in Luton. The club is fitted out with brand new equipment and has a whole range of great facilities to help Luton reach there health and fitness goals.

Memberships are only £15.95 and include unlimited use of the gym, a large fitness class timetable, a great strength and conditioning area and functional training zones, changing facilities and a sauna and steam room.

Check out the club at Wigmore Park Center, Luton, Bedfordshire. LU2 9XG.

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Making sense of body composition, weight loss and fat loss

Posted on September 16th, 2013 by Active4Less | Category: Club News > Stevenage | Permalink

We tend to use weight loss as a generic term for trying to shed unwanted fat and improve the tone of the body, but in reality this can be a very misleading term. It suggests that much of your focus on will be on the bathroom scales and results will only be acceptable if the weight drops. In practice, your weight will drop, but this is a very imprecise measure of the many changes that will occur in the body, as your dietary intact improves.

In truth we are really trying to reduce the levels of unwanted fat in the body and improve the tone or shape of the body. The tone or shape improves due to increases in the density, shape and size of the muscles.

These changes in the body can be encompassed by what we can describe as body composition.

Results are extremely motivating and help you to stick to new dietary habits. So it makes sense that before you commence any nutrition programme, you measure your baseline starting position and are measuring the right results.

It would definitely be wise to have your body composition measured and if you really want to understand the many beneficial changes that will occur in your body, you could get your blood work done.

It is simple, painless and cheap to get your body composition measured. This is best achieved via the bio-impedance method. This uses a simple device that passes a small, safe electrical signal through electrodes attached to the hands and feet. The principle being that fat cells contain less water and are less conductive to electrical signals, whereas muscle, skin tissues, organs and bones contain greater amount of water and hence conduct better.

The results of a body composition test will provide several key results that you should monitor and are more indicative of the changes that occur in your body. The key results are as follows:

- body fat measures body fat as a percentage of total body mass

- % muscle mass measures muscle mass as a percentage of total body mass

- Basal metabolism measures the total calories (energy) the body would consume while at total rest and at an ambient temperature over a 24 hour period.

The aim is to lower body fat, increase muscle mass and increase basal metabolism

We have a great tool for measuring body composition at active4less Stevenage. The GE InBody230 provides precise body composition, segmental lean analysis and body fat analysis in less than 30 seconds.

More information on this tool can be found here:

The tool is FREE on our Premier Membership or just 5 pounds for standard and non-members.

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