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