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Ellie Jones Personal Trainer

by Alexandra Parren
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Ellie is a personal trainer from Manchester whose passion for fitness and nutrition helps her motivate her clients. She tells us about life as PT.

Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up. 

I tend to try anything out that will challenge me and upcoming events my clients might have on the cards to support them with their goals from park runs, obstacle races/courses, 10kms and Half Marathons sometimes or just outdoor sessions just for fun and to mix things up!

Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

I’ve always been really into fitness and eating healthily. I have definitely got better with nutritional habits as I have matured, as now my focus is on how food correlates to performance and energy levels in daily life and to align with fitness goals. I was always a very energetic child and I think sport has always been a positive outlet for me growing up. To which I am sure my teachers and parents would agree. Whether it was throwing running trainers on after school to cope with exam stress or general teenage angst or just to add a social aspect when I got into boxing training in college, I found it really helped me to remain focused and have fun while keeping in good shape. I think through my fitness career and time in industry my passion for fitness and everything health has translated well to them, and I just hope I have passed on a bit of knowledge and motivation.

What are your training goals now?

Aiming to beat my Half Marathon PB from previous years.

Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

I am a bit scared of horses, not the usual spider or insect phobia.

What would future you, tell yourself when you were starting out?

My future self would say, give yourself a break and don’t be so hard on yourself and to most importantly just look after each day and concentrate on doing that consistently and the rest will look after itself. Patience.

Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

I tend to eat food with high nutritional quality, whole grains, high fibre and protein, I don’t restrict anything in my diet and eat plenty of carbohydrates. My preference is sweet potato and quinoa (although I’m not too great at pronouncing quinoa). I mostly eat lean meats like chicken and turkey or maybe a vegetarian substitute such as Quorn. I also have steak or red meat once a week and fish (salmon and tuna 2-3 times per week). Lots of spinach and veg!  I tend to avoid processed foods, and try and cook from scratch when I can. I do enjoy chocolate from time to time. I focus more on eating well than anything else to sustain my energy levels however I am mindful of not over-eating relative to calorie consumption but militant in approach. Food is for enjoying with friends and family and to fuel you correctly. Enjoy it.

What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

I try and use motivational interviewing techniques where possible and probe enough to let people come to their own conclusions and build their own reason and WHY exercising and keeping healthy, that may come in all forms: to play with their grand kids, to look better, to feel more confident. I do whatever I can to help keep them on track and regularly catch up and check in. I just try help educate and try and ensure they enjoy their journey of improved lifestyle/ behaviour habits.

Talk us through your training regime.

I row twice a week with my university rowing club, have two strength and conditioning sessions per week and run 5km 3-4 times per week.

Strength sessions involve compound movements such as dynamic warm up then squats, deadlifts, rows, press-ups, bench press, overhead press those kind of big movements progressed when needed usually super setted and split currently between upper and lower body work outs as that is currently the most time effective way for me to get it all in, in a week. Core workouts are usually added on to every other session and at the end of a run. Then a nice cool down, foam roll and stretch.

How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

I keep my fitness up to date currently by reading research articles a lot of the time for university where I study (BSc) Exercise, Nutrition and Health. Although I prefer to read and research and make it specific to clients. I am genuinely interested and passionate to any new fitness work out, equipment I am usually up for giving it a go and seeing what it is about.

What are your top 3 trainer tips?

  1. Simplify what you know in terms of science and make it assessable for clients.
  2. Find out what motivates your client and what they enjoy doing and try incorporate those things into your training with them, so they enjoy the journey while making it an effective work out.
  3. Always do your homework as a trainer, do your research and make sure what you are advocating is science backed and is well thought out/planned to benefit your client.

If you could only do one workout for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tough question, as your body well adapt to repetition, maybe a varied Crossfit work out (good form and well structured – of course).  

Why work with Sundried?

It is made well and ethically.

Favourite fitness quote:

“The pain of discipline is nothing like the pain of disappointment” – Justin Langer.

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