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December 2016

The final results

22nd December 2016

Here we are then! After ten weeks of training with Alive Leisure's Platinum PT service, how much weight did Ross manage to lose?


The stats:

2.7 stone lost.

16cm lost around the waist.

13cm lost around the hips.

BMI down from 24.6 to 21.2.


To start your own transformation - contact Alive Leisure and ask about Platinum PT!

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Posted by Ross at 3:37pm


A song for Christmas

21st December 2016

Stay Another Day Artwork


It's that time of year again.  Every Christmas Ross and I as a strange kind of thank you for listening record our Christmas song to hopefuly raise a smile or two.  This year following on from our cover of Only You we've decided to perform a Christmas Classic from 1994. 

Listen to this years "Song for Christmas" - "Stay another Day"

And people seem to like it too!


Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:44am


A home for Christmas

20th December 2016

This weekend a house fire devatasted a West Norfolk's family's lives, since then Sarah Harrington and her children have been left homeless and without their posessions and clothes.

The community has rallyed round, KLFM donated toys from our Toy Appeal, the childrens school has provided new school uniform, complete stragners offered money, TV's and some items of clothing have been offered too, one local even paid for a few nights accomadation in a hotel for them but this morning on my show the most amazing thing that could happen happend

Grab a box of tissues, this is what you call community spirit!



Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:32am


Muzzy's Match

19th December 2016

This morning on the show I spoke to Ben Eves from Marham village who after breaking his leg a few years ago was the beneficiary of fund raising to help with living costs.  His mates rallied round to organise a charity football match on Boxing Day to lend their support.  Since then the event has become a little bit of a tradition every Boxing Day and now he's the organiser of the match.  Each game supports a different cause, the games so far have raised nearly £600 for a young man in Meadow House, Swaffham who was struck by a car and left for dead in Kings Lynn. He is paralysed, has no family in this country and no money so was left wearing I'll fitting clothes donated mainly by carers.  Also last year the game raised £800 for a 4 year old boy with a brain tumour, who had to spend Christmas undergoing treatment in America , the treatment and accommodation was funded by a large charity over here but loss of earnings and general living costs where not . 

This year he wants to help again.... find out who and how you can help below






Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:26am


An emotional week!

16th December 2016

It’s fair to say I’ve just finished the most emotional three weeks of the year at KL.FM!  With your help our Toy Appeal received over 1500 presents, all donated by listeners and local companies.  These presents were then distributed all over West Norfolk, Wisbech & Fakenham, the generosity of others means that complete strangers were able to make sure their children had something to open on Christmas Day.  Some families I met had it not been for the Toy Appeal wouldn’t have anything to give their children on Christmas morning.   I made the last delivery on Wednesday to Reach for a Star the local charity that makes wishes come true for children with life limiting or life threatening medical conditions, others that benefited included Social Services who received 400 presents for the children they care for, Paediatrics A&E who thanks to Swinton now have a new toy kitchen for the children to play in while waiting to be seen, looked after children in King’s Lynn & Wisbech, little ones with learning difficulties and less able children, Bridge for Hero’s and their families, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Speeda and so many more.  

Thanks if you were part of this amazing appeal!

All of the above was finished with an amazing morning at the Town Hall.  Seven young heroes, their families and some very important invited guests joined us for the KLFM’s Young Hero’s to celebrate amazing youngsters in the area who have achieved greatness, helped others, made a difference or who simply deserved recognition for the efforts and achievements over the year.  To learn more about this and the winners just look at the Young Hero page.

It was an emotional morning and very heart-warming too.

Posted by Simon Rowe at 12:55pm


It's nearly crunch time

15th December 2016

It's almost ten weeks since that first checkup at Lynn Sport at the

Alive Leisurestart of my Alive Leisure Platinum PT journey.

Since then, the scales in my bathroom say I've lost over two stone; I'm sleeping better; I'm feeling better during the day and my food bill has significantly lessened. On the face of it, things seem to have gone really well. Which is why I'm particularly nervous about the final composition test which is now less than a week away. 

Scales and tape measureWhat if the scales in my bathroom are just inaccurate? What if my blood pressure is still far too high? Or even higher? Shaun (the personal trainer I've been working with) has taught me so much that when I think of the meals I used to eat every day, I just cringe. I'm hoping it hasn't caused any long term issues - hopefully the test will show that my body is getting back to the way it should be.

Part of Platinum PT's approach is educating you. Some personal Personal Trainerstrainers are basically drill sergeants; they bark at you while you do press-ups and leave you in agony, dreading the next session. They're scary, they're unobtainably muscly and they never seem particularly approachable.

Platinum PT is different. Yes, you work hard in the gym but you're talked through why you're doing all these things. The trainers are nice people; Shaun and I have actually become friends and you aren't abandoned between sessions; you get full support with your diet and mindset. Crucially, it works! 

Well, it seems to. I'll tell you for certain in a few days.

If you're doing the annual "new year, new me" thing - do it with Alive Leisure's Platinum PT. It's the best chance you've got of it actually working.

Posted by Ross at 2:14pm


Platinum PT is saving me money

9th December 2016

Alive Leisure's Platinum PT was supposed to help me lose weight. I'd never expected it to help me save money as wellAlive Leisure!

A lot of the programme is about education - both in the gym and in terms of how to eat healthy food without getting into fad diets or getting bored and giving up. They ask you to fill in a food diary (on which they probably expect you to lie slightly and hide the full extent of your daily calorie overload - I did) and then talk you through some changes. They explain it all to you so you actually understand why these things need to change.

MoneyIt turns out, this has led to me saving quite a lot on the food bill. For example, I'd spend a fiver a day on lunch in town. That's gone down to between 70p and a pound. And I'm satisfied well into the afternoon! For evening meals, I save a few pounds a day by cutting out the add-ons as well. No more garlic bread on the side or five pound tubs of ice cream and again, I'm still satisfied by the end of the meal. You don't lose sweet treats - you just replace them with equally tasty (and often cheaper) alternatives.

I can't promise it'll save everyone money but it has for me. Plus, I'vesupplements never heard of a personal trainer who advises you NOT to spend money on supplements and protein powder. Shaun (my PT with Alive Leisure) specifically told me not to buy them; saying it's better to focus on your diet than hope all the answers can be bought in a bottle.

And did I mention I've lost over two stone in the last eight weeks? Purely because of Platinum PT? Contact Alive Leisure to find out more.

Posted by Ross at 3:08pm


One day to go...

8th December 2016

So, after just over a week of rehearsals, we’re ready to go. Tomorrow is the day that Cinderella starts its run at the Alive Corn Exchange for 2016.

So far it’s been one hell of an experience! From the first day turning up to meet everyone, feeling like a child on the first day of school, right through til now, I’ve loved every minute. That love and excitement has been tinged with a bit nervousness, I must say, but there’s no turning back now. Tomorrow at 10am, the curtain goes up!

What have we been doing since I last wrote this panto blog? Well, mainly, learning the songs, dancing and putting everything on the stage. For the first week of rehearsals, we were in the Arts Centre, practicing, learning out lines, and working out where everyone would move around to on stage.

It was a long and intense week, going from never having met each other before, to acting the full production without our scripts in the space of four days! The culmination was a producers’ run on Sunday, where the big wigs of Jordan Productions (who put the panto on) came to King’s Lynn and made sure we were all on track. To say it was nerve-wracking is an understatement! Particularly, when like me, you haven’t done any acting since school!

Anyway, they were very complimentary, which was good and a big confidence boost.

If you’re coming along to see one of the shows, then I can give you a few sneak peaks of highlights… But forgive me if I don’t give too much away. First, there’s a bit of mechanical scenery which really is magical! If you remember back to Jack and The Beanstalk at the Corn Exchange a few years ago, the beanstalk grew up through the ground and there was a lifesize ogre… Well, it’s even better than that.

Also, the Ugly Sisters have some amazing moments… At one point they perform a medley of music from a well-known female performer. It is, in a word, outrageous.

The songs are brilliant, with a good mix of brand new stuff and some older favourites too, and as ever, the choreography and the dance routines are very very good. I just wish my dancing was up to scratch! My dancing certainly isn’t one of the highlights.

I’ve had a huge amount of fun so far, and I can say that I speak for entire cast and crew when I say that we are desperate to get going and get into the run properly.

If you’ve been to see the panto every year it’s been in King’s Lynn, or if you’ve never been to one before, there is something in it for everyone. If you’re bringing the kids, then they’ll love the songs, the humour and wonder in amazement at how beautiful Cinderella is too. If you are wanting jokes for grown-ups, then they’re in there too, as well as some good old fashioned humour for the grandparents if they want to come as well. There can’t be many things that the entire family can enjoy together any more right across the generations? If you’re coming along, you’re in for a treat.

Posted by Panto Charles at 11:04am


Santa get's an Elfie

4th December 2016

On Saturday I took a trip to Aldiss in Fakenham for some more Christmas Elfies.  I'd heard on the grapevine that the big man himself was setting up a grotto for the afternoon and thought it might be nice to go meet the children as KLFM's resident Elf and to try and get an Elfie with Santa himself.

Elffie with Santa


 To see all the Elfies so far justclick.

Posted by Simon Rowe at 8:54am


Three weeks to go... Does it have to end?

2nd December 2016

Seven weeks ago, Alive Leisure laid down the gauntlet. How much Alive Leisurecan Ross from KLFM be transformed in ten weeks? Seven weeks in, the answer seems to be "quite a lot".

I was flabby ("overweight" if you're feeling polite). My BMI was far too high. Body fat was far too high. Blood pressure was far too high. Clothes were far too tight...

Now, seven weeks into this ten week challenge, the difference is unbelievable. My  cheap bathroom scales say I've lost two stone, the clothes are fitting better and, crucially, I feel so much fitter! I won't be running a half marathon any time soon but it's nice to not pant every time I run up the stairs.

The big moment of realisation that this was all going quite well was when I pulled my belt tight to put the buckle through the whole and discovered there was no hole there. The belt is not too big for me! Who'd have thought that was possible?

This kind of transformation was amazing to me but to Shaun, one of Alive Leisure's personal trainers, it's just commonplace. He sees this all the time! 

All of this sounds like it must have been really difficult but to be fair, it wasn't. You end up really enjoying it. You get to know the staff really well and you recognise loads of the other people in the gym so you have a good laugh together. What sets Alive Leisure gyms apart seems to be the mix of people in there. It's not just massive muscly men or women lifting their own bodyweight!

The training isn't too time comsuming. I've been doing about four hours a week. Two or three with Shaun and one or two classes each week at LynnSport. In the sessions with Shaun, it's usually a bit of cardio (cycling, running or using the cross trainer) and some work with the gym equipment and a few weights. Not massive ones, enough to give me a good workout and because Shaun's there to help out, I'm confident that it's completely safe.


If I can do this - so can you. Alive leisure make it so much easier! Just give them a ring and ask about Platinum PT.

Also, at the end of these ten weeks I'm definitely not going to stop going!

Posted by Ross at 4:00pm


Toy Appeal 2016

2nd December 2016

What a week so far!  I've been out with the KL.FM team all over West Norfolk and Wisbech collecting toys for boys and girls that might not have a great Christmas this year.  Children who aren't with their parents, little ones who may be in hospital, foster homes, children with social services and many other situations.  Already we have a mountain of toys which really will make a massive difference to local youngsters and their families so if you've taken time to come and see us and donate thanks very much.  Today we will be at Morrison’s in King's Lynn between 11-1, to see where we are next week click here.

The ladies circle are helping wrap the week’s presents on Saturday so thanks to them for taking time out of their own weekend to help.



Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:29am



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