SWGR’s David Kirkwood has made an incredible transformation to his body and fitness levels by joining fellow football fans in a Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) scheme which helps groups of supporters come together and achieve their weight loss goals.
The Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme is a healthy living and weight loss programme that was carefully designed to appeal to men, which has been developed and successfully evaluated in a major research project led by the University of Glasgow. It was developed to include the latest scientific approaches to weight loss, physical activity and diet.
As part of the programme, David attended 12 weekly sessions at his favourite football club to learn useful skills and techniques to help improve his levels of physical activity and diet. Each meeting involved time in the classroom and also a training session with the coaches. After the 12 sessions ended, David and other participants continue to receive regular reminder emails and attend a reunion session at the club nine months after they began FFIT.
The programme has brought about huge changes in David’s lifestyle and across the 12 weeks he lost an amazing 3st 2lb, going from more than 20 stone to 16st 11lbs and losing an incredible 25cm off his waistline.
David said: “This programme has totally changed everything I’ve done. I went from being a person who would come in from work every night and lay on the couch doing nothing, to coming in and doing something with the family every night. Coming to the football ground and doing the training with the boys is fantastic, you can’t beat it.
“Education on what to eat and portion size was a big thing for me. I’d say for about 25 years I was never below 19-20 stone, now it’s totally different.”
Fiona Baggley, SWGR’s support services director, said: “David’s transformation following taking part in the FFIT programme is a great success story and he is a role model for anyone wanting to make positive changes to their lifestyle.
“At SWGR we are big advocates of health and wellbeing both in and out of the workplace, our latest range of occupational health services provides all the options needed for employers to keep their teams healthy and happy at work and home.”
To find out more about David’s time on the FFIT programme watch his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMC82QUS9cI