Whereas the Premier League might already be on a break for worldwide fixtures, there are many leagues throughout the nation that have not slowed down at all around the summer time months.
Almost 100 MAN v FAT leagues have been working for the reason that return of grassroots soccer this yr, placing an creative spin on the gorgeous sport. It is the place the largest losers are the largest winners: the groups who shed probably the most kilos are those who get to wash in glory.
It is not a programme that judges on technical skill; it is about looking for a manner of constructing shedding weight extra enjoyable. Nearly 6,000 guys take part each week in a COVID-safe method – with people in addition to groups in a position to enroll – and 90% of contributors drop extra pounds.
Those that join participate in coaching to enhance their soccer skill, and get recommendations on how finest to strategy shedding weight, however they’re given the duty to do it themselves.
At FourFourTwo, we have been monitoring stars throughout this leagues all summer time – and right here are among the standouts in August:
Crew of the Month: Maradona Kebab
Our last MAN v FAT group to get the nod are Maradona Kebab, who’ve loved good fortunes in our MAN v FAT Eastbourne membership. As a group, they misplaced over 100kg final season! What’s extra, Damien Thomas has misplaced 34kg throughout his time with MAN v FAT, Dan Bennett 24kg and John Clark 20kg, while Alan Hanmer is 32kg down and Ashley Coley is 17kg down.
It’s clear to see that MAN v FAT is having a really optimistic affect on the south coast!
Coach of the Month: Ben Gleeson (Swansea)
Having began as a participant in our MAN v FAT Cardiff league, Ben has picked up the mantle of Coach in Swansea and has already hit the bottom working. Impressed by the efforts of his fellow Welsh coaches in Cardiff and Newport, Ben has put within the arduous yards to get the brand new MAN v FAT Swansea membership off to a optimistic begin. Making pals with native media and making certain that the phrase of MAN v FAT is unfold far and extensive, Ben’s arduous work is bound to succeed!
Gamers of the Month
One of many hardest issues we’ve needed to do while writing these MAN v FAT round-ups is to trim down the checklist of contenders to at least one or two. So, as we spherical off this collection of celebrating some unimaginable achievements up and down the nation, right here’s only a few extra names that we predict are worthy of some consideration throughout the MAN v FAT leagues.
Chris Sharpe: “At the beginning I all the time love a sport of soccer. Taking part in alongside teammates who all share the identical well being and health targets is consistently encouraging and it’s nice to see the success of group mates and opposition alike. The motivation to contribute to the group bonus targets and particular person bonus targets for weight reduction hat methods and milestones has been more practical than every other incentive all through my life, apart from shedding weight for my wedding ceremony!
“Every week after I weigh in it isn’t just for me but in addition to assist my group. You already know the primary goal is getting fitter and more healthy so it does not matter a lot what occurs on the pitch if you’re transferring in the direction of your weight reduction targets. Bear in mind, consistency is the important thing. You’ll all the time have a “unhealthy” day right here and there or an occasion that you just wish to let your hair down at, however in the event you get again on it once more the subsequent day then you’ll nonetheless see progress.”
Ross Gudgeon: “MAN v FAT was a last try to get again into soccer after a number of failed makes an attempt, principally on account of my weight and lack of health so listening to of a program that supplied me each was a no brainer. On the time of writing, I’m at present down 23.3kg, which is 3.7 stone!
“I used to be sad on the trail I used to be on. I may see and really feel the load occurring with nothing I used to be making an attempt to cease it. Now, nonetheless, I’m so comfortable and I’m grateful for this programme. Bodily I’m able to do extra and be extra energetic and I really feel like I wish to do extra. Mentally I am in such a greater place from how far I’ve come and confidence is at an all-time excessive.
“I’ve made some easy little adjustments, which make an enormous distinction in each bodily exercise and weight loss plan. Make use of your team-mates and coaches each time you’ll be able to, do not be afraid to ask something. On the finish of the day everyone seems to be there to drop extra pounds!”
Alex Mayes: “I’ve misplaced 29.8kg with MAN v FAT and, earlier than I misplaced that weight, I all the time felt like one thing was holding me again mentally. I’ve all the time stated that different folks’s opinions don’t matter to me however deep down I used to be extraordinarily self aware about my weight.
“Now, I really feel like actually like I’m on prime of the world! I’ve a lot extra vitality and my household all say I’m a a lot happier particular person to be round now I’m not so drained and grumpy on a regular basis. I’ve gone from carrying that hoodie that every one of us greater guys personal (even in summer time!) to lastly feeling comfy sufficient to decorate climate appropriately and having a lot vitality.
“If there was ever a second of my life I’ll look again on as being actually essential, it was signing up. I’ve met so many new pals which are there for not solely my health and weight reduction journey but in addition they’ve been there and supported me mentally by means of some robust occasions at house.”
Chris Smith: Chris misplaced a complete of 24.49% of his physique weight final season on the Rotherham league which is run by Rotherham United Group Sports activities Belief.
Chris stated: “I’ve completely modified my consuming habits, I’ve began to make each meal from starch which supplies me the data of what I’m consuming and placing into my meals. I ready meals so if I used to be late house which prevented me from phoning a takeaway, I additionally upped my train stage by strolling day-after-day too.
“The primary factor that helps me is the MAN v FAT scoring system. I’m fairly a aggressive particular person so every week I needed to drop extra pounds to assist the group win on a Friday.”
Rotherham United Group Sports activities Belief added: “It’s nice to see the change in Chris over the past 14 weeks and it’s superb to see the outcomes he achieved with the efforts he’s put in!”
Simon Haseldine – Misplaced 20.23% of his body weight in Salford’s final season and has misplaced once more the primary 2 weeks of the next season.
Matt Bell – Has misplaced 33KG since lockdown, is on 18.5% of his body weight misplaced on the time of writing and has been phenomenal in enacting a whole way of life change. Even while on vacation, he educated every day and misplaced an additional 5.9kg since his earlier weigh in. Matt and Si push one another very well!
Sami and Shadi El-Balbisi – Brothers who play collectively. Each have hit their 10% which implies Sami has now hit upkeep scoring. Shadi has 7kg to go to get there too and we wouldn’t guess towards him doing it this season.
Charlie Roberts: Charlie has loved an unimaginable first season, smashing all the MAN v FAT Yeovil data. He has shed round 30kg since becoming a member of MAN v FAT Soccer. You possibly can learn Charlie’s story right here.
Suppose you may match any of that? You possibly can signal as much as play a weekly sport of soccer in a MAN v FAT league you probably have a BMI of 27.5 or over, and also you’ll get skilled recommendation on methods to drop extra pounds – with the remainder left as much as you. The leagues are about eager to drop extra pounds and having fun with soccer, not having strain to stay to strict regimens. You’re not aiming for the Brisbane Olympics 2032, in spite of everything.
Becoming a member of up additionally offers you entry to SilverCloud, a web-based psychological well being and wellbeing app, and The Different Room Fitness center, a web-based fitness center with a variety of lessons, in addition to changing into a part of a supportive neighborhood of 1000’s on the MAN v FAT Fb web page. You possibly can signal as much as play with MAN v FAT from simply £27.50 a month at www.manvfatfootball.org – or discover out extra on Twitter, Fb and Instagram.