“I'm just here to help them see that ev­ery lit­tle thing they're do­ing makes a dif­fer­ence.”

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Outdoors -

Fad di­ets and ex­er­cises come and go, tack­ling the tem­po­rary needs of those look­ing to lose weight, but trainer Richard Webb wants peo­ple to see it's full lifestyle changes that lead to a life­time of con­fi­dence and health.

For 10 years, Webb has been show­ing peo­ple that fit­ness be­gins with them­selves and is some­thing they can achieve if they com­mit to it.

“It's not about the fads and what's work­ing now, and it's not about just weight loss,” he said. “It's chang­ing lifestyles and see­ing that you can change your life on your own. Some peo­ple just need that help get­ting started and stay­ing mo­ti­vated.”

Webb is a com­pet­i­tive body builder, hav­ing only one com­pe­ti­tion he hasn't placed in since 2012. He's taken first place at sev­eral com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing the Arkansas State Body Build­ing Cham­pi­onships and the 2015 NPC Europa Dal­las com­pe­ti­tion.

It was a friend who got Webb into train­ing, but he al­ways wanted to work with chil­dren to in­still fit­ness and a healthy lifestyle at an early age.

“At 4 ev­ery day I train a group of kids who have all strug­gled with their weight and con­fi­dence,” he said. “When I started out, I went in to schools with the plan to help stu­dents, but a lot of the schools thought that would step on the par­ents' toes. Now I have par­ents com­ing to me ask­ing for help for their chil­dren. One stu­dent who was over 200 pounds is now down to around 170. He was shy and was picked on, but he's stuck with it and done a great job.

“The child­hood obe­sity rate is a big is­sue, and it re­ally af­fects them when they hear other kids talk­ing about them. I hear a lot of things the kids who put on a brave face at school are hear­ing.”

For adults look­ing to make changes, Webb of­fers a Boot­camp class, which is group fit­ness, or one on one ses­sions. The Boot­camp classes, he said, get peo­ple mo­ti­vated and work­ing as a

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