We asked for fat bankers who wanted to get back into shape, and we got 63 of them. These were whittled down to 22, and now, after a vote-off in which over 10,000 people took part, we're down to just two.
Remember, The Matt Roberts company, which has Personal Training Clubs in some of London's most prestigious venues - Mayfair, the City, Hampstead and Chelsea - has offered two fat bankers a two-month fitness package worth £1,600 each to help them shed weight and feel better about themselves.
The two bankers who received the most votes in our public ballot are now being put through their paces by the Matt Roberts company in a bid to become more healthy and go head-to-head to see who can become the fittest - and raise some much-needed money for charity along the way.
Matt Roberts said: 'The Fat Banker competition is a good way for the bankers to engage in some healthy competition and hopefully raise a lot of money for their chosen charities. The two winners are following a fat loss programme at our City club which involves a mixture of cardiovascular and resistance work.
'They are also following a strict diet plan. As long as they stick to the guidelines they should both see some great results - both bankers are very committed and it's great to be able to help them with their fundraising as well as improving their health and fitness'.
The two winners were Stephen Green from Citigroup, who is raising money for Richard House Children's Hospice and Lee Johnson from The Royal Bank of Scotland who is raising money for The Prostate Cancer Charity.
Stephen Green (Citi)
'I've asked myself a number of times why I'm doing Fat Bankers, and the simple answer is the challenge and a chance to raise funds for charity. It's also about winning!
At Citi, I've tended to support the local community and charities where I have an interest or believe I can make a difference, such as the recent 'Urban Golf' project. I play golf on a regular basis, so why not pass that skill onto those who don't have the opportunity or didn't think they did. This is the same for Fat Bankers; I have an interest in returning to the fitness level I had 10-15 years ago (and of course the physique) hence this competition appealed.
Richard House is a great charity for whom I have supported in the past for number of reasons. The work they do is fabulous and appeals to me as I have children hence can relate to the impact they have and of course the need. They also have a great local connection to West Ham FC, where my daughters and I are keen season ticket holders'.
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'Well, I work for RBS which has a great track record in supporting employees in any efforts that benefit charities. With this culture, and given my knees are suffering after years on the rugby field as well as my weight, the opportunity presented by Here Is The City and the Matt Roberts company to endure eight weeks of pleasurable pain was too good to miss!
The fact that I will be raising money for 'The Prostate Cancer Charity' also provides a significant incentive - as prostate cancer is the most common for men.
If any of my old Rugby adversaries or colleagues see this article, I hope they will help by donating accordingly on my just giving site - I'm sure that seeing the donations roll in will reduce the anticipated pain over the coming weeks as its going to a very worthy charity.
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