Southampton's own Mr Motivator reveals how you can drop a dress size by Christmas

Daily Echo: Frank Mangna Frank Mangna

IT is the one time of year a daily fix of chocolate before breakfast is acceptable.

Chocoholics can’t resist peeling open a window – or two – of their Advent calendars to have a little chunk of heaven to get through a dreary December morning.

But now Southampton’s very own Mr Motivator has created an Advent calendar with a difference and promises that people using it can drop a dress size before Christmas Day.

Personal trainer and fitness guru, Frank Mangna, has banished calorie-laden calendars from Hampshire households and has urged people to download his free fat-fighting fitness calendar.

Frank, 35, said the Christmas countdown need not mean piling on the pounds and feeling podgy in your party gear.

Instead, he has created the “Fitvent” a series of 24 different 15-minute exercises which can be printed out and pinned up in houses across Hampshire – for any age and any fitness level.

And Frank said if people follow each day’s exercise routine together with a healthy and nutritious diet, people can expect to drop a dress size before Christmas Day.

Frank, who runs his own spinning studio and personal training business Studio Red in Southampton, said: “This is a Christmas present from me to the people of Southampton.

“I have created the Fitvent calendar because the Christmas period is usually the time people do overindulge and this is my present to make sure people do keep their weight down, or even lose weight.

“It might not be as delicious as chocolate, but the health benefits will be huge and come Christmas Day, people will be feeling full of energy.”

From sumo squat swings to step ups on the stairs, each 15-minute mini-workout aims to increase the heart rate.

Already, hundreds of people have downloaded the Fitvent calendar and last year more than 700 people took part.

Frank, who was a 100m sprinter and has worked for 13 years as a personal trainer, added: “I have designed each exercise so anyone will be able to give it a go around the house.

"I want everyone to have a go because everyone is free to do it and there are no excuses for not finding 15 minutes in a day.

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“There is a picture of me on the calendar so a message for anyone who downloads it is I am a motivator and I will be there saying come on I know you can do it.”

To get involved and download the free Fitvent calendar go to


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