A PROFESSIONAL internet poker player has burned 15,000 calories and raised more than £300 for charity by undertaking a ‘class marathon’ at his local gym.

Antony Lampitt, of Britten Drive, Malvern, took part in every gym class scheduled across seven days at the town’s PF2 Health Club.

The 27-year-old said he had to over-eat to balance the calories he was losing from the five daily fitness classes he did in addition to another five over the weekend.

He said: “I asked the instructor and they said no one had ever done all the classes in a week – they thought I was mad.

“I lost two kilos and had to eat loads of pasta, beef, chicken and more pasta because I used around 15,000 calories from doing the classes alone.”

He did multiple spin classes, crossfit, tabata, bodypump and more – classes designed to keep the pulse high and burn calories, They lasted up to 90 minutes.

Mr Lampitt, who is a former Royal Marine planning to return to the service, added that even during his military training he had never undertaken so much cardio before so found the challenge very difficult. The money raised will now be donated to Help for Heroes.

To top off his week of ultimate fitness, Mr Lampitt was also crowned PF2 Champion for winning the PF2 annual challenge with his challenge partner, Lisa Chessman, a senior instructor and personal trainer.

“We came first by more than a minute in a gruelling challenge which really isn’t for the faint hearted,” he added.

To donate to his charity appeal, go to bmycharity.

com/AntonyLampitt before Friday, January 10.