Jo’s ‘1st’ Body Tone Trophy

Life Begins at 40 for  ‘Winning’ Jo

Winner of Mr County Durham Tone

Here’s  a current case Study of our Client Joanne  who’s been training  with Jamie Kennedy – Owner of FX Fitness Experience for about 2 years. Jo’s recent transformation  journey  began late last year when  she set herself a New Training Challenge – where she went on to  come 1st in her first event ‘Lady in the First Year Tone’ title on 8th May 2016.

Here’s Jamies account of Jo’s incredible fitness  journey …

This is my Client Joanne – she hit 40 in September  last year (2015) around the same time she got married.

In October, shortly after Jo’s  Honeymoon   – she decided she wanted to get back on track with her diet and training. Late last year Jo wanted to set herself a new challenge.   We both agreed it would be great to get in the sort of shape bikini athletes were in ….  So Jo set herself a challenge to get ready to enter a Body Tone Competition .  ‘Mr  & Miss County Durham bodybuilding event’ in the ‘Lady in First year Tone’ Category on 8th May 2016.

We started training hard with a high calorie diet with very little reduction in the initial phase, after all Christmas was coming up.

I started to plan her workouts to help with the areas she needed to work on. Jo’s issues were; a bad back, poor flexibility around hips and ankles (this most probably lead to back issues) and her glutes and hamstrings didn’t work very well and Jo had a poor metabolism through not eating enough. We had to go back to basics before we could progress. Our plan was to keep steady over Christmas – keep training intensity high and calories constant. With her back problems  it couldn’t happen and Jo was having to take it steady and include extra Pilates sessions and rehab work in the gym.

I weighted Jo in after some rehab work on her back in January 2016 to correct the issues we were having ( see photo bottom middle).

We changed calories and increased cardio slightly but kept a good structure to her weights plan right through the end February  for about 6 weeks (see photo middle top). At the end of March I  adapted jo’s Programme again for 4 weeks (see: top right pic ) to take her body fat down. We manipulated carbs and protein splits and decreased calories 5 days a week by just 200 cals moving to 300 less per day apart from 2 refeed days. Then we adapted calories again one week out (see bottom right pic) until the event day – Sunday 29th May 2016.

As a Personal Trainer –Jo’s story is brilliant example of consistency and knowing your body. High enough and controlled calories allow us to train effectively and build muscle and give us room to reduce calories when we need to lose fat when required.

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Jo lost no more than 2 pounds in any week, but kept chipping away and trusted in her body to do the work even when the scales sometimes  didn’t change from  one week to the next.

In the end Jo lost a stone over about 9 weeks and reduced her body fat significantly for the show (it was between 8-10% down).

The results were amazing and Jo worked consistently hard despite setbacks and injuries throughout her journey – jo’s journey! I can’t tell you how proud I was that she came 1st in ‘Lady in the First year Tone’ category in her very first competition.

”I personally  want to thank Joanne for her commitment, trust and consistency over the past 6 months and I  look forward to working on the next level to see what she can achieve next! Fantastic results Jo  from all the clients and trainers at FX – we are so very proud of what you have achieved and your inspirational journey!”  Jamie Kennedy , Personal Trainer & Owner of Fitness Experience.

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Get your Summer Body with FX



Get FX Fit with our Summer Body Personal Training Offer

Time Limited Deal – so be quick . It’s time to get your Summer Body underway. We’re seeing some  fantastic body makeover results at FX Fitness Experience with clients on our 8 and 12 week Personal Training plan. Take a look at Dan and Renee on our flyer below – they have  achieved so much in just 12 weeks. If  you want to  get started on your Summer Body – take advantage of out latest Summer Body offer with 12 sessions for £240. The plan also includes use of the fitness centre, Bootcamp classes on a Saturday at 10am, Diet plans, online workouts and support and regular weigh ins.

So what are you waiting for? Call us now on 01282 454788 to reserve your place as we are getting booked up for the Summer.

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Personal Training at FX Helps Mum of Three exceed Weight Loss Goals

Here’s a True Story straight from the heart of Alyson Andrew, one of our clients who started her Personal Training Journey with the Fitness  Experience in March 2015 – just 12 months ago.

So what can YOU Achieve in 12 months? Start your Personal Training journey with the Fitness Experience ? Read on and be inspired – then get in touch to book your Personal Training Consultation

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Its fair to say that when I came to FX at the start of March last year, I was feeling a bit lost. Having previously lost 8 stone over 5 years, I was then finding it was inching back on to the point where I figured out I had gained back 2.5 stone.

My frustration was compounded by the fact that I was following a Paleo diet (having lost the bulk of the weight on Atkins) religiously, was barely eating anything and yet somehow was gaining weight. I had never embraced exercise in any form and was beginning to realise that I couldn’t manage this anymore with just diet alone. I felt like I was on a hamster wheel but simply standing still in terms of weight loss.

I was lurching between weekly losses of 5-7lb and then weekend gains of 6-8lbs once alcohol was introduced. It felt like I was in freefall, I tightened up my diet further, cut out more food groups reduced my calorie intake even more, I just couldn’t grasp what was happening and trust me it wasn’t for want of trying!

I started with Sue Kennedy    Personal Trainer in early March 2015 doing some Pilates, and then had a weekend at Disneyland Paris where eating ‘normally’ I gained 8lbs over 5 days. I was gutted and completely demoralised. Sue spotted this in me and arranged for me to see  PT Josh Kennedy, he looked at my food intake and in an eye opening session told me I was under eating and my body was in starvation mode.I told them my fears about switching off Paleo as I was frightened to death that if I changed tack I might gain and not be able to stop, as I felt really out of control. Josh sent over some food ideas which embraced my Paleo guidelines, got me started on My Fitness Pal and set the Macros to where they needed to be. I felt really well supported, able to text, email or call Sue or Josh if I was unsure of anything, and I threw myself at it. I bought a fitbit to track my activity and that helped me work towards being more active in my sedentary job too.

Since that point a lot has changed, all positively, I’ve been attending Personal Training sessions with Sue since that day on a regular basis, aiming for 3 times a week but usually twice – something I had never stuck to before. One of the things I like best about the PT sessions is that no two are the same, that’s a huge incentive to keep going as previous attempts have always stopped the moment I got bored doing the same things every week.

Sue tracked my stats, weight, BMI, body age, muscle % weekly and the difference is staggering. From starting in March 2015 I have lost 2 stone 1 lbs but the change in my body is astonishing. I have always been very conscious of having big legs and avoided all skirts and dresses, now I wear them with pride, they are a long way from perfect but a huge improvement from where they were. weight loss journey

I have lost three dress sizes and my body shape has really changed. Having lost a lot of weight in a short period 6 years ago you would think that taking over a year to lose 2 stone sounds like a lot, but in truth I think this has been the healthiest loss I have had, and the best earnt. No more huge weight swings, low mood, bad skin, hair falling out through poor diet, I feel and look better than I ever have. I’ve been this weight before but I’ve never had a leanness to me, and my skin just hung off me and I looked like a bag of bones – this is very different.

I feel leaner, stronger, fitter and actually more mentally strong too, less likely to deviate from my program of diet and exercise, more committed and genuinely feel my goals are achievable and that I am in control of them.

Before going on a holiday in August 2015 I was really worried that my resolve wouldn’t stick around long in the face of 2 weeks all inclusive in Tenerife, but I stunned myself by the actions I took whilst away, shunning elevators, always taking the stairs, swimming 40 laps before breakfast, using the gym at the hotel (THE GYM! I can tell you I have never ever crossed the threshold of a gym at a hotel before), not drinking until mid afternoon and even then completely within moderation. I stayed off wheat, something I had never managed before and came back home to find a 3lb gain, I was stunned – this would previously have been around a stone gained at least, and I lost the 3lbs within 10 days on my return to Sue at FX.

My friends and family have seen a huge change in me and not just physically, although the physical changes are great my confidence and body image has improved greatly! My husband can’t believe how my resolve has changed and how I have now begun to prioritise my time at the gym instead of being quick to throw it in. He has never seen me like this and he says it’s pretty inspiring to watch and a great example for my 3 daughters. I’ve set up a bit of a home gym and my girls and I can often be found working with resistance bands, or doing squats and lunges, it’s a long way from the person I used to be.

Something has definitely shifted for me and I think it’s in my belief in myself and the team at FX, I put my faith in them at a stage when I genuinely didn’t know what else I could do, I have followed their instruction and been encouraged at every step and have truly seen amazing results. The gradual weight loss, minimising the huge weight swings I used to have, the support from the team, whilst getting leaner and fitter have all had a huge impact and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me but I know now I am in control of it and not the other way around.

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I’ve already exceeded where I wanted to get to, now setting new goals around tone, not necessarily about weight loss, that’s unheard of for me, the number on the scale was always King but not so much anymore. Now it’s about strength, fitness, health, ability, tone and how I feel, inside and out. Let me tell you fitting into skinny jeans 3 sizes down from before makes all the effort worthwhile, I might even have had a little dance in the changing room!

To sum up the difference I’d spent over 10 years as a member at a local gym paying over £130 per month for my family and never once had anyone picked up the phone to see why I wasn’t going, asked me what my goals were or suggested a PT session to get me back into it. They were just happy to take my money every month – nobody cared.

At FX it’s a family, it’s a team who are all on your side and want you to be the best version you can be, you can feel it as you walk through the door. Its in the small things they do, all the personal trainers know your name, smile and say hello, make you feel welcome and spot your progress, it all matters. It’s a magic place and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.



”At FX it’s a family, it’s a team who are all on your side and want you to be the best version you can be, you can feel it as you walk through the door.”


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What Can you achieve with an FX Personal Trainer in 2016?

Kickstart the New Year with a 4 month Personal Training plan at FX Fitness to help you make the changes you want in 2016. It’s not just about Personal Training – we’ll tailor an individual diet plan and exercise programme including online workouts and support from the comfort of your own home. Our team of Personal Trainers are some of the best in the area – with proven results.

So what are YOU waiting For?  Make that first step and get motivated with a Personal Trainer – we will change your body like we have done with Alyson, Ben, Anthony and Renee featured in the pictures on our flyer!

We only have a limited few spaces available so call in and see us to arrange your FREE consultation.

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Black Friday Deal at FX Personal Training

Black Friday Deal  – Only 10 places available

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This  Black Friday one off Personal Training deal will sell out & is the best price for Personal Training sessions we’ve had all year. Only 10 deals available at this price.

12 Personal Training Sessions for £222 (£18.50 a session instead of £20). PAYMENT in full today to qualify.

Offer available to new clients as well as existing Clients. Personal Training Sessions must be used before 15th January 2016.

If you’re an existing client and you REFER a friend to this package you get 2 FREE Personal Training Sessions!

Call in and reserve yours NOW, ring us on 01282 454788 or message us on our Fitness Experience Facebook page  . Don’t miss out!


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Fitness Experience 12 WEEK Body Makeover Challenge with USN

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At the beginning of October, The Fitness Experience Personal Training Centre, teamed up with USN  to challenge some of its members to embark on the  USN 12 week  Body Makeover Challenge. Over 50 members pledged to complete the challenge and have been given diet plans, additional workouts and weigh in to keep them on track.

It’s great for us  to partner up with USN  and the 12 week Body Makeover challenge  as we wanted to give our clients a focus on their Personal Training journey in the lead up to Christmas to get in the best shape of their life & to enter the USN Body Makeover Challenge. Its great to have  Ben Dewhurst, Business Development Executive at USN on hand to assist us and our clients too.


We’re seeing some great results from our clients as we are now over 4 weeks in. Our challenge as Personal Trainers is to keep everyone motivated and we’re adding extra fitness challenges each week for clients to compete and get involved with


Click on this link to read more about FX Fitness Experience featured on the USN website.






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FX Fitness Score Sponsorship at Turf Moor

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It’s always great to partner and support our local Team , Burnley Football Club as  a local Burnley Business. so FX Fitness were delighted to be Official Matchday Programme Sponsors of the Burnley v Reading game at home on Saturday 26th September 2015. This game was especially fitting as we are big supporters of  Burnley lad Oliver Norwood who trains with us here at FX fitness whenever he’s home (and now plays for Reading and Northern Ireland). Although the Result didn’t go in Burnley’s favour with a 2-1 defeat, it was a great day out for Team FX Staff and family and our Matchday programme is proudly on display at the Fitness Experience Reception

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FX Nutrition Seminar hits the Spot with USN – Challenge Yourself to a Body Makeover

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Over 60 FX fitness Clients turned out on a Friday Night at Burnley Football Club to attend our FX Body Transformation Seminar in partnership with USN and the 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge. Jamie, Josh, Andy, Sue, Adam and Alex were on hand to offer advice, tips and live demonstrations on how to put good, nutritious meal plans together that hit your Macros. Ben Dewhurst from USN was also on hand to explain the USN 12  week Body Makeover Challenge that ALL FX clients were encouraged to sign up to with a chance to WIN £5000 cash (from USN not us!) Sign up to the USN challenge here and #ChallengeYourself – What can you achieve in 12 weeks?  If you want to get signed up with a course of Personal Training sessions at the Fitness Experience  get in touch now and our PT’s will help you achieve fantastic results on the 12 week challenge combined with a diet plan and online support.

View our photo gallery of our FX Nutrition Event here 


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30 Strong FX Team Smash Tough Mudder North West

Tough Mudder North West, Fx Fitness Experience, Personal TrainingA team of 30  from  FX Fitness Experience in Burnley took on the toughest, muddiest obstacle course challenge of their lives at the North West  Tough Mudder event in Cheshire on 15 September 2015.

‘Team FX’, from the Fitness Experience Personal training centre, Burnley put a team of 30 men and women from age 22 to 59 through the challenging endurance course . A family owned business meant that Mum- Sue Kennedy and 2 her sons Jamie and Josh (all Personal Trainers at the centre) undertook the course together with  25 clients and staff who train at the Personal Training centre.

Tough Mudder is a hardcore 12 mile obstacle and mud run event designed by British Special Forces to challenge the toughest of the tough. Electric shocks, icy water and endless filth – Tough Mudder is the endurance test that throws everything at its competitors. By the end of 2014 two million men and women aged 18 and over will have entered a Tough Mudder event.  It even requires entrants to sign a death waiver!FX Tough Mudder North West

For most of us running 12 miles is challenge enough. A Tough Mudder course covers 12 miles of relentlessly muddy, hilly terrain. It hurls  up to 20 sadistic roadblocks in your way from Electroshock Therapy -a curtain of live wires that emit 10,000 volts of electricity to ‘The Arctic Enema’ where participants plunge into a dumpster filled with ice water. You have to dive down to pass under a plank that crosses the tank to  emerge on the other side. At the ‘Funky Monkey’ you will find a long run of butter- and mud-greased monkey bars at various inclines. The course is so difficult (‘Probably the toughest event on the planet,’ the Tough Mudder branding shouts), you enter as part of a team. Team support is vital and Team FX demonstrated a collaborative spirit and grit and determination to get them through the course, which took about 4 hours to complete.

‘It was an amazing day with fantastic Team Spirit  with a team of mixed ability and ages who all overcame personal challenges and barriers  on the day. I am amazingly proud of every single one of them and they are deservedly proud of themselves too – what we’ve achieved today was just awesome and it makes our jobs as Personal Trainers so worthwhile to see clients achieve the impossible. Well done everyone .” Said Jamie Kennedy , owner of Fitness Experience