A GROUP of residents have lost a combined total of 36 stone in a fat-burning bootcamp at the home of the Warrington Wolves.

In a bid to improve their fitness and wellbeing, 30 members signed up to the 12-week fat-burning bootcamp run by LiveWire.

The group enjoyed their final bootcamp session at The Halliwell Jones Stadium last Wednesday, with the scales showing a combined weightloss of 36st 6lbs and 23 out of the 30 shedding at least five per cent of their body fat.

It was a result of 12 weeks of hard work and guidance from LiveWire’s Fit To Tackle coaches and mentors.

Participants completed three exercise sessions a week, as well as other events aimed at improving their mental health and wellbeing. These included an inspiring talk from former rugby league player Danny Sculthorpe about his battle with depression and a healthy heart event that allowed them to be screened for heart irregularities and blood pressure checks.

Michelle Bowden, 44, from Bruche, was the biggest female loser in the group, shedding almost two stone in the 12 weeks.

Michelle said: “Even though my mental strength is strong, the course has enabled me to find my own path and a way forward that is right for me, offering me clarity. It also supported my weightloss and fitness levels and meeting amazing friends along the way.”

Fellow participant Sue Doody, 39, from Orford, said: “I’ve struggled for many years with my diet, weight gain and lack of routine which all led to quite poor mental health. Fit To Tackle has honestly been the best thing I have ever done. It’s also been the hardest thing I’ve ever done but worth every single minute.

"I’ve lost weight, found a new love for exercise and made some fantastic new friends. It really has given me a new and positive outlook on life.”

Sarah Frohawk, 39, from Orford, added: “I was really happy with my weightloss and even more thrilled with my inch loss and the comments I received after the course were amazing and such a confidence boost. I am going to continue my weight loss journey and training with LiveWire and hope to reach my target next year – I feel this isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning.

"It was amazing and I would 100 per cent recommend anyone wanting to change their lives to apply for this.”

Tom Kearney, lifestyles advisor at LiveWire and Fit To Tackle coach added: “The latest programme produced amazing results. We had participants lose up to a massive 12 per cent of their starting body weight and five inches from their waist measurement.

“The group showed determination and commitment to complete 12 weeks of fitness work including boot camps, spinning sessions, step challenges and mile runs.

“They have applied themselves fantastically and it was a pleasure to train them and be a part of their fitness journey. I’m sure this will just be a starting point to a healthier and happier lifestyle.”

Fit To Tackle launches the next 12-week programme in the new year and applications will open soon.

Visit www.livewirewarrington.co.uk/lifestyle/lose-weight/fit-to-tackle