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Life has a habit of getting in the way. Kids, work and a whole load of other things demand our time and attention and it’s only natural our fitness takes a backseat.

But what if we could rediscover some of our former glory?

Back2Fitness, co-founded by England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Neil Back MBE, holds the key.
Put together by Strength & Conditioning Coach Sam Yassin and his Nutrition Advisor Jack Baker – and backed to the hilt by Neil – it’s a 12 week fitness and diet plan designed for men, with everyone from your Average Joe to former elite sportsmen in mind.*
Whether you worked hard on your fitness back in the day or took it completely for granted, the programme is achievable and fits in around your commitments.
A fitter, stronger, leaner and more motivated you.

Get more out of life - get Back2Fitness!

*Please note, ladies tackling the programme will feel a benefit but, devised specifically for the guys, it’s not optimised for female physiology. This is why we plan to develop a female specific version early 2017.

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2003 Rugby World Cup winner Neil Back MBE built a reputation in the game as the fittest of the fit. In Rugby Union terms, he was professionalism personified and well ahead of the game. Four years before his sport turned pro and aiming to be the best he possibly could, Neil was following his own bespoke exercise and nutritional plan.

Neil’s 17 year senior career began at Nottingham RFC, where he spent two years before heading to Leicester Tigers. His passion for rugby and commitment to fitness and diet saw him make 339 appearances for the club and score a record 125 tries. It also saw him play for England at every level, from Schools right through to the full national team, for whom he won 66 caps, scored 16 tries and became the first forward ever to drop a goal.

Attributing his on-field longevity to a strict nutrition and fitness regime, he served the Tigers as a player and coach for 18 years and is proud to have played at four World Cups and represented the British & Irish Lions on three tours, including the 1997 series victory over the Springboks.

Neil retired as the oldest ever Test player, at 36, to have pulled on the famous red Lions jersey but by no means was he done with the game he loves. He continued to coach the Tigers for three seasons, moving to pastures new with successful coaching stints at Leeds Carnegie, The Rugby Football Club and Edinburgh Rugby before changing direction in search of a fresh challenge. Neil now works in the financial sector and is a regular rugby pundit. As a motivational speaker specialising in team-building and leadership, he shares the secrets of his sporting success but the change in his lifestyle, from elite sport to sedentary finance work, didn’t come without cost.

Like so many of us, Neil was pressed for time. Keeping all the plates spinning, he found himself skipping meals and his conditioning suffered. Over the preceding three years, Neil had effectively been ‘de-training’ his body. But then, by way of a chance meeting with Sam Yassin, Neil’s daughter’s Strength & Conditioning coach, a great idea started to take shape – Back2Fitness. Sam and Jack had their plan drawn out in detail but, for a man of Neil’s knowledge and experience, the proof had to be in the pudding. As with everything he does, he committed to the 12-week programme 100% and has not looked back.

Today Neil is 47 years old and as ripped as rugby fans everywhere remember him. His energy levels are through the roof and he’s more motivated than ever. And all for following a simple plan he could fit around all the other things he needed to do to keep his life and those of his family on track.
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With a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and coming from the country’s most elite sporting town, Loughborough, Sam Yassin is an experienced strength and conditioning coach. He is a member of the UKSCA and is currently working towards his full accreditation. Having passed his examination and LTAD (Long-term Athletic Development) case study, he is well on his way to becoming a gold standard S&C coach. Sam has long been involved in the sporting world, having competed in a wide range of sports from a young age, despite being born with bilateral talipes and having had more than 5 lower body surgeries. In his final year of university, he gained valuable insight into what it takes to be part of a professional team as he interned at Leeds United Football Club as a strength and conditioning coach.

With experience under his belt and a passion for developing the fitness of other individuals, in 2014 he set up his own fitness training business. SYPC (Sam Yassin Performance Conditioning) is an athletic development and personal training business based in Loughborough, Leicestershire. SYPC specialises in both performance and aesthetic training, sports massage, nutritional guidance, group exercise and facility design consultation.

Targeting business professionals with a hectic schedule, Sam, with the help of co-founder Jack Baker, launched ‘Rise and Grind’, a morning exercise group for those wanting to get their exercise out of the way before work.

It was these professional businessmen who Sam drew much influence from and who were the inspiration behind Back2Fitness – a programme to help ex athletes and Average Joes rediscover themselves.
Jack Baker has been a firefighter for four years and, despite having one of the most physically demanding jobs there is, still finds time to deliver gym instruction services and nutritional guidance to his clients at SYPC and Rise & Grind.

Prior to finding his career feet, Jack also competed in elite-level hockey and tennis.

Living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a high level of fitness, Jack saw the opportunity to share his fitness expertise with individuals looking to shed pounds and tone up. Two years ago he joined Sam Yassin in giving nutritional guidance at SYPC, where he now helps clients reach their physical peak and achieve their goals.

He now lends his expertise and experience to Back2Fitness, for whom he has tailored a nutritional guidance plan which caters for everyone following the 12 week programme.
Rugby legend and Back2Fitness Co-Founder Neil Back MBE Founder of Back2Fitness and Strength & Conditioning Coach Sam Yassin Co-Founder & Director of Nutrition Jack Baker