Altrincham trainer helps radio presenter discover his match fitness for six week challenge (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Altrincham trainer helps radio presenter discover his match fitness for six week challenge
3:49pm Saturday 7th July 2012 in Business
ALTRINCHAM -based personal trainer David Williamson was chosen to overhaul the fitness and physique of BBC 5Live presenter Mark ‘Chappers’ Chapman for this year’s Men’s Health six week challenge.
Ex-pro footballer David helped Chappers to lose over a stone, tone up and regain youthful athleticism for the challenge, Chapper’s goal was to look and feel like a professional footballer. This years challenge also featured fellow sports presenters and pundits such as Chris Kamara, Ben Shephard and Alex Payne.
David put Chappers, who wanted to look athletic rather than muscle-bound, on a high protein diet and work outs using interval training on the treadmill and resistance training in supersets, where two exercises are alternated in quick succession for a cardio effect and muscle exhaustion. Over the six week period, Chappers lost 6kg, took his body fat from 21 per cent to 16 per cent, shrunk his waist by four inches and added two inches onto his arms and chest.
Chapman comments: “I’m really impressed with the results and will definitely continue training with Dave. It’s amazing what can be achieved in such a short amount of time.”
“I was the only trainer outside of London to be involved in the Six week Challenge,” says Williamson, “so I was representing the North West and you can see from the stats and before and after pictures that it was a success. I’m looking forward to working with Chappers in the coming months and to being involved with Men’s Health for future features. As a personal trainer, it’s obviously something to aspire to.”
David Williamson’s 14 year football career saw him play in Scotland with Motherwell, England with Cambridge United , and Hibernians of Malta, amongst others, and he is capped internationally for Hong Kong. After a persistent injury forced him to retire in 2006, he became interested in personal training and nutrition, including corrective techniques and gained his qualifications. David has run his personal training business for the past 5 years out of Total Fitness Altrincham and is due to open his own studio in the coming months.