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Kristy Ellis Nottingham Studio Success Stories

Nottingham Success Stories

I have lost almost 10kg and found real joy in regular exercise.

I have never been very athletic or enjoyed sports that much and too often my attempts to start a more active, healthier life have crashed after just the first few weeks. That’s why this time I decided to find a personal trainer who could help me change my old habits and encourage me to challenge myself over and over again. Stumbling across Kristy’s website was a bit of a lucky accident, but I knew immediately that working with her would be much more personal and effective than joining any gym.

I have been seeing Kristy 1-2 times a week and the results have been amazing! The sessions are always very well thought through and no session is ever similar to the previous one. You can be sure to feel it the next day, but you also feel so good afterwards. I admit I was a bit worried at first how I would find personal training since I had never done anything similar before, but Kristy has made me feel really comfortable ever since the first day and I haven’t regretted starting this ‘project’ even once. Together with Kristy’s support and my own hard work I have lost almost 10kg and found real joy in regular exercise, which I always thought would be impossible.

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My first month working with the trainers has been an absolute blast.

My first month working with the trainers has been an absolute blast - there’s no other way to describe it! The workouts are hard and gruelling (leaving me in not the most attractive of states!) but are so much fun, with varying exercises and circuits. I am so excited to come to each session and to crack on with working on the areas of my body that I would like to tone and shape. Having had injuries with my knee and ankle, I have been out of sport for 18 months and have lost the figure I was confident with. Since working with Natalie and Tiff for only a month, I am already beginning to wear short-sleeved tops out, which I never would have done before! I am already beginning to feel far more confident about myself and I enjoy working hard towards my aim of feeling more confident - I, of course, wouldn’t be able to do or feel any of this without the help and support of the wonderful Kristy, Natalie and Tiff.

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I have more energy, feel healthier and my confidence both at home and work has massively improved.

I wasn’t sure what to expect at first or why it would be any different than me going to the gym and trying to exercise and lose weight alone. A few weeks into the program I am confident I made the right decision. The plan is tailored to my needs and abilities, and that’s something I never had in the past. The sessions with Gemma are brilliant. I love the variety and the surprise element every time I walk in to the studio. Without her encouragement and support I wouldn’t have achieved the results I have so far. I have more energy, feel healthier and my confidence both at home and work has massively improved. I have started fitting into some of my old clothes and am looking forward to going shopping for some new clothes.

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It is a great way to start the day and I always feel much better.

I've always enjoyed exercise, so I guess that gives me a head start but I’d had PT sessions in the past that were always the same and frankly very boring!  Plus, over the last few years, I have become increasingly busy.  I work very long hours and travel a lot, which means I am not always at home in the normal hours people fit exercise in.  This resulted in me almost stopping exercise entirely, gaining weight and generally feeling a bit rubbish.

I decided to recommit and joined Kristy. I was nervous that it would be the same old PT story again.  Not the case!  What I love about Kristy’s sessions is that they are always different, fun and really target the areas I am trying to work on.  Kristy worked with me to look at the days of the week I could be in Nottingham for and fixed my sessions on those days. Sadly, it means I have to get up for a 7am session but it means I can fit in two sessions a week.  It is a great way to start the day and I always feel much better.  I’ve just had to be firm with myself; yes I am busy, but being fit and healthy is just as important.  I try and fit in a minimum of 3 exercise sessions a week: two with Kristy and one other.  Then when I am a bit quieter at work I try and do a little more – I don’t have excuses, I make it work!  I’m so happy to be client of the week – it makes all the early mornings worthwhile.

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I have much more energy and now even look forward to my training sessions!

After a month of training with Kelly, I have much more energy and now even look forward to my training sessions!  The sessions have been based around High Intensity Interval Training, but Kelly has continually changed the routine so there is no opportunity to get bored and lose focus.  My waist has shrunk and a colleague who hadn't seen me since before Xmas commented earlier today that my face was much slimmer.

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I have healthily lost 5 stone and I feel great!

Starting to exercise and wanting to lose weight at first felt like a massive step, but choosing to get the help of Kristy Ellis, my personal trainer, was the best decision I've ever made.

I see Kristy 2 or 3 times a week and have cut out all the rubbish I ate. Over time, I have healthily lost 5 stone and I feel great! It was the help and push I needed. I never felt like it was a chore to exercise or that I was on a diet – I just made small changes to gain a healthy lifestyle.

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I have to thank Natalie for being a constant source of encouragement.

It's now been nearly 4 months here, which is quite frankly ridiculous as it feels like 4 weeks! But oh what a feeling! My original goal when I got back into exercise was to be able to climb stairs without wanting to die! Now I can run up them... albeit in a comically undignified manner! My burpees actually have some spring to them now! And my clothes are starting to become loose, which is my favourite thing as I have clothes I've not worn in years that I can almost fit into again. I have to thank Natalie for being a constant source of encouragement and pushing me harder than ever! Here's to the next stone lost!

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I've particularly enjoyed the variety of the sessions.

I have found my individual sessions with Hetti to be both motivational and fun. Attending twice a week should be an onerous task but I actually look forward to them, even if I do ache for a few days after. I've particularly enjoyed the variety of the sessions; no two are ever the same and I often wonder what new and differing forms of torture she is going to put me through next!! The boxing is also excellent for stress relief after a hard day.

On a serious note though, I've started to notice real results with regard to my measurements and Hetti is always at the end of the phone for some nutrition advice or added motivation

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I can't believe how many changes I have made in such a short space of time!

When I first met Kristy I was confident that she would be able to help me reach my goals. The programme has really changed my outlook on food and exercise. I am no longer skipping meals (and then making up for it by eating more later!) and I'm not craving sugary foods anymore. I have much more energy and actually look forward to the classes (even the 7am ones!) Kristy really pushes you in the class but not so much that you feel you can't continue. I can feel in just over two weeks that my strength and fitness levels have significantly improved and I have made lifestyle changes that I know I can continue with. I really enjoy setting small goals each week - they really keep you on track but because they are achievable and short-term you don't feel overwhelmed. I can't believe how many changes I have made in such a short space of time!

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I can confidently say that joining the training program was the best ever decision in my life.

I have been fairly overweight for the past 6-7 years and initially I wasn't really worried about me being overweight. But as all things change, so did my mind.  I was breathing heavily while walking, losing badminton matches due to poor stamina, not getting the size of the apparels that I like the most. I tried various things - gym, diet (various diets), but nothing worked.

One of my friends suggested I try personal training and although I was bit hesitant I thought I'd try to see whether it worked for me. I had even less hope after the taster session as I felt personal training would be too intensive and exhausting for my liking.  But I decided to enrol in the Body Transformation Program to take the challenge.

To be very honest, I wasn't expecting the trainer (Gemma) to be this friendly and caring. I feel Gemma understood my strengths and weaknesses on the first session itself. Her encouraging words and enthusiastic approach motivate me to push myself further.

Working in groups was really motivating and encouraging. It is not at all intimidating and although you are working in groups you are only working to your strengths and abilities.

I in fact started loving the session and often used to think why it can't I go 7 days a week rather than just 2 days a week :-)

The food plan Gemma gave for me is working really well.  I have followed the plan for one month now and I never feel I am starving while following the food plan. As Gemma rightly pointed out while starting the session, it is a food plan and not a diet plan. I love the food given in the food plan as it closely matches to what I usually have. It is just I am not eating anything rubbish. 

Now, I can confidently say that joining the training program was the best ever decision in my life. I would greatly recommend Kristy Ellis and the other trainers to anyone who thinks that they want to lose weight.

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My whole attitude towards diet and exercise has changed completely.

Six weeks ago, I woke up and realised I needed to make a change and lose some weight. I signed up at the Nottingham studio to begin my journey, feeling very apprehensive and nervous.

After my first session with Natalie I was amazed at how much positivity and confidence the workout and Natalie gave me, and I knew from that session I had made the right choice.

My whole attitude towards diet and exercise has changed completely, and I look forward to my sessions every week, which are always fun and different. The results are clear to see from my weigh in. I couldn't believe how much I lost in such a short space of time!

I'd like to thank Natalie for all the support and motivation she gives me. Here's to a healthier, fitter, lighter future.

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I have dropped dress sizes and I have noticed my body is getting more toned and tight.

After having children, I struggled losing the baby weight.  I was so tired that I was not motivated and so busy running around my little boys that I was not eating well either.

I felt very low in confidence and as a business woman I would avoid being in articles, socialising or attending business events because I just felt like I had nothing to wear and felt frumpy. I had a wardrobe of beautiful clothes but I could not fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes.

Since training I have got more energy, I am definitely getting a lot of compliments and for the first time I agreed to be filmed by the BBC this week! I would never have done that before.  I have noticed I am doing more activities with my children and my eating habits have changed. I have swapped my sugary English breakfast tea for green or Jasmine tea. I was addicted to Costa coffee and jacket potatoes and I can honestly say I don’t remember when I last had a vanilla latte or a jacket potato.

I have dropped dress sizes and I have noticed my body is getting more toned and tight.  I am also getting a lot of compliments that my skin is glowing and my hair is shiny.

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The sweat and effort put in over the last 7 months have been completely worthwhile.

All my life I have been sporty - throughout school, university and in clubs -  and my job takes me to Africa where I undertake very physical work. Did I take my body for granted? Yes. I never thought it would break or fail me. However, in late September 2012 I herniated a disc in my lower back and all I can remember is the pain. My world went from international travel to a sofa, TV and living room. Everything in my life stopped. I spent nearly a year on the sofa not moving, in pain, battling with the NHS and having multiple injections to fix the issue. It turned out that exercise was the answer but I lacked all motivation; my battery was empty.

This is when in March 2014 I turned to Kristy for help. I had lost all confidence in myself, my body and what I could or could not do. Kristy has been amazing, very patient and supportive. She persuaded me to do different activities but it never felt like she was pushing. Our first sessions were just stretching as I could not do anything else. I thought I would have to give up my dream career of working in Africa. I thought that all the years of effort that I put in would all be lost as I physically could not do anything.

I am so excited to say that due to a fantastic partnership between myself and Kristy I am striving forward. I have just got my dream job in Africa and I’m thrilled that I’m now physically ready for it. The sweat and effort put in over the last 7 months have been completely worthwhile. Kristy has adapted and taken all my issues into consideration and developed with me a plan that has been very effective. I am so grateful to her as everyone has said that they have seen me return to myself - confident and outgoing - which has happened due to the power of exercise and having someone who believes in you and does not give up.

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By my third weigh in, I had lost over three stone - 3 stone in 3 months!

After joining the gym and getting nowhere fast on my own I decided to invest in personal training. I wanted someone friendly and who wouldn’t intimidate me. Most importantly, someone who could motivate me. Kristy’s profile seemed ideal for the goals I wanted to achieve.

Having spent the majority of my life fairly overweight, I really wanted this to be a new chapter. My initial goals were to both lose weight and tone up. Kristy’s enthusiastic approach was very motivating – constantly pushing and encouraging me to go that little bit further.

One area Kristy flagged was my old diet. As a result, together we constructed a new low carb food plan structured around regular exercise, one which I have religiously stuck to for the last four months. After just two weeks I felt lighter, stronger and just “good” about myself - I had also lost all the weight from my face and my waist had reduced in size. After a month, I could really see serious fat reduction around my whole body and seeing these results only motivated me further.

By my third weigh in, I had lost over three stone - 3 stone in 3 months! I definitely surpassed my own weight loss goals. I’ve lost so much weight I’ve had to buy a new wardrobe and my confidence and drive has not only been successful in the gym but has projected onto other aspects of my life. I am more focused and confident in everything I do.

My drive and enthusiasm for the gym was and still is fuelled by Kristy’s continuous positivity and encouragement. As a client, I could not recommend her any more. Thanks to Kristy, I really have made a positive change in my life, one which I hope to sustain for a long time. 

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This is giving me much more confidence in carrying out normal day-to-day activities.

I'm recovering from very major surgery to remove a tumour from the nerves in my spine. I had a year's break from exercise before my operation because it was too painful to do anything and got to the point where I couldn't walk. After my operation I had to be extremely careful with my spine and I wasn't allowed to get out of bed or even sit up in bed for the first five days. I have suffered nerve damage in my spine from the tumour and the operation and it's uncertain how much of this will be permanent. The partial paralysis in my leg makes it difficult to walk. So I really felt like I was starting from zero when I was allowed to try exercising again!  

They also found that I have another, completely independent problem in my spine where the bone hasn't grown properly. My surgeon was shocked that this hadn't caused me more problems already and I'm convinced that the reason for that is all the core strength exercises I've done in the past with Kristy. I may escape problems later in life by continuing to work on stabilising my core to support my spine.  

Starting training again was daunting but after a year of not being able to exercise I was desperate to get going again. I'm very aware that things could have turned out a lot worse and appreciate having a body that (mostly) works so now I want to look after it!

Using the TRX to help with balance gives me a safe way to train and build up my strength again. This is giving me much more confidence in carrying out normal day-to-day activities, which are much harder than they were before my illness.

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My colleagues and friends are regularly commenting on my change in shape and general wellbeing.

Since teaming up with Kristy I have transitioned from no exercise following a stroke to having completed 2 walks totalling 17.5miles this week. My colleagues and friends are regularly commenting on my change in shape and general wellbeing. I have lost almost 3 stone.

Kristy made a positive impression on me the very first time we met by reflecting on how she could support me with my specific needs. We have made significant progress but never have I felt pressured beyond my ability or unchallenged. Every session is varied, enjoyable and focused on me, both physically and nutritionally. She demonstrates professionalism in all that she does from the administration of the sessions to the selection of activities and the occasional counting errors (allegedly).

I commend Kristy as a personal trainer to anyone of any age or ability; whatever your own goals are, no challenge appears too great. Oh yes and alongside all of that she is really nice. I wonder where this journey is going?

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I've enhanced all my efforts with a few changes to diet and I now feel wonderful.

In the beginning, it was tough and difficult to see how anything would change for me. However, once I got into the swing of things the results soon became evident.

My sessions with Gemma have been perfect; they're well structured, really motivating and they have benefited me greatly. I've enhanced all my efforts with a few changes to diet and I now feel wonderful.

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The best bit about training with Kristy is that it is actually FUN!

Before I started training with Kristy, I had tried on numerous occasions to introduce exercise into my ‘busy’ work and home life – often paying silly amounts of money to large gym organisations and tying myself into a year-long contract, only to find by the end of the year I had visited below 10 times! It was then I realised that I found the gym atmosphere very intimidating.

I spoke to a friend who suggested personal training sessions. I immediately took to Google and that is where I found Kristy. The service Kristy offers is perfect: no intimidating gym atmosphere, a friendly 1-2-1 personalised service and continuous support etc. I decided to join and have never looked back.

Kristy is a very strong woman who's determined and treats your goals like her own. She is creative and shares best practice as much as she can – whether that be a new recipe or something she has learnt through her continuous efforts to research on behalf of her clients! My motivation tends to dip for all sorts of reasons but Kristy has the ability to be both stern and friendly – especially when analysing your food diary!

The best bit about training with Kristy is that it is actually FUN! I can honestly say I have enjoyed every session – even the ones that included burpees!

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I've started to notice changes to my body, have more energy and overall feel fitter.

I've been trying to lose weight and get fit on and off for years through a variety of diets and gym memberships. I took the plunge in December to take my health and fitness seriously and started group training.  The first session was the hardest hour I've ever worked in my life with aches and pains for a few days afterwards. This quickly settled over the next few sessions. My muscles still ache afterwards but in a good way, and I'm now into the routine of 3 early mornings every week.  Although I've got a long way to go, I've started to notice changes to my body, have more energy and overall feel fitter. I'm sleeping better too.  The regular sessions also encourage me to think about what I eat. I'm trying not to undermine the early morning exercise with a poor diet although I do have the occasional treat. The trainers are really good; I've found they push me a bit more than I would ever do on my own in a really encouraging way.  Thanks.

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After a few weeks, my food diary began to look perfect and I didn't feel like I was on a diet at all.

Having a personal trainer was not what I expected at all. On first meeting Kristy I was surprised at how friendly and down to earth she was. I thought I would be signing up for military gym sessions and a strict diet, but not at all. 

Over our first few sessions we discussed my food and exercise routine and week by week we took something extra out that wasn't very healthy. Kristy also gave me exercise targets to reach, which really gave me something to aim for. This also meant that it wasn't a complete change straight away. After a few weeks, my food diary began to look perfect and I didn't feel like I was on a diet at all.

In our sessions, Kristy always planned something beforehand that challenged me in a different way; over 4 months we never did the same session twice.  

Although there have been a few hiccups with my exercise and food, Kristy has always been very supportive and encouraging, thinking of new and fresh ideas to motivate me. Having Kristy as a personal trainer for this time has changed my lifestyle completely, from the way I think about food (cottage cheese isn't as bad as it looks) to the way I exercise (burpees are a must) and she has also introduced me to many ways I can get involved in sport around the city. 

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I love the how it makes me feel afterwards, I love reaching my goals, and I love being fit.

I joined a gym hoping I would magically come up with some personal motivation to get fit. I hadn't been happy with the pounds piling on for a while, but I wasn't doing too well on my own. Thankfully at the time Kristy worked at that gym, and I decided to try her out to see if it would make a difference. Over 6 years later and I'm a completely different person! I'm happy and healthy. I'm not tired all the time. My relationship with food has completely changed. And something I didn't think I would ever ever say: I love exercise! I love the how it makes me feel afterwards, I love reaching my goals, and I love being fit. I am focussing heavily on getting stronger these days, rather than focussing mainly on weight loss, and I love it! My muscles have grown so much that I'm almost back up to the same weight I was to start with, but almost 4inches smaller around the belly! None of this would've been possible without Kristy and her team. Her constant advise, guidance and encouragement has been invaluable. Kristy has changed my entire outlook on health and fitness, and I can't recommend her enough for that.

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My confidence is higher than it’s been in ages.

Working in London, over long days with little time to myself, my weight steadily began to creep up and to be honest at first I didn’t notice how much I had changed, not just physically but also mentally. I continuously felt heavy, tired and drained and working in the fashion industry my weight gain really took my confidence down a notch. So, when I relocated to Nottingham one of the first things I promised myself was to do something for me – and that’s where personal training with Kristy and the team came in. At first it wasn’t easy and certainly I found that the weight didn’t drop off nearly as quickly as I gained it but the trainers are incredibly supportive and keep me motivated not only to lose weight but also to get fitter. I’m building muscles I never knew I had! Already, just 9 weeks in, I’ve lost a stone and 24 1/2 cms from around my body. Almost more importantly for me though is how energised and revitalised I feel. My confidence is higher than it’s been in ages, compliments are flooding in and I am doing something for myself that I love doing. I can’t wait to keep training & improving with the team!

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She's perfect at inspiring me to keep going and do more than I thought I could.

I've been training with Kristy for a couple of years now, following several bouts of surgery. She has always managed to push me just enough to get me working hard while still allowing some leeway for my injured bits. It's a fine balance and she's perfect at inspiring me to keep going and do more than I thought I could.

I have joined in the new Body Transformation Programme as I still have a long way to go on my fitness journey. I'm finding I really enjoy it. Although it is extremely hard during the sessions, I feel great afterwards and I find the food plan easy to follow too. Working out with a couple of other people brings out my competitive streak and I'm hoping for great results!

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The monthly measurements and weigh ins are very important to help track progress.

I’ve been training with Tiff, Gemma and Hetti since December and feel much fitter and healthier as well as being overall more conscious of my health.  The training sessions haven’t got any easier as the team make sure to keep the sessions challenging, but now my muscles don’t seem to ache quite as much or for as long as after my first few sessions, or perhaps I’m just getting used to it.

The monthly measurements and weigh ins are very important to help track progress.  I had a few months of losing inches and pounds and then became a bit complacent with my diet. By a couple of months in, I had put almost all of the weight I’d lost back on again.  Previously I would have just fallen out with the scales and not weighed myself for a good few months, during which time I would have steadily gained weight again.  This time I was encouraged (repeatedly by Tiff, Gemma and Hetti on and on, until I eventually gave in) to improve my diet.  I’m now into about the third month of keeping a food diary, which really helps me to acknowledge food I’ve eaten and to think about the quality of food I’m going to eat. 

I’ve learned that I have a month or two lag between eating and drinking poorly to putting on weight so I have to think more long term about diet and fitness and not think that I’m somehow getting away with it.  Of course I’m no angel and still have treats but these are more occasional now.  The results are starting to show again and for once I’m looking forward to the next weigh in and measurements!

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I'm feeling more confident about achieving my goals.

Since joining in January (which seems so long ago!) and signing up to 3 sessions every week, I’ve tried my hardest and managed only to miss one session. At times, I’ve felt cold and tired and had to drag myself to my exercise session but I've always come out glad I went and have thoroughly enjoyed every session. Now I have more energy and feel a difference, if not on the outside, definitely on the inside. I'm feeling more confident about achieving my goals and more positive about my wellbeing. The trainers have been a good support network in this. Now I'm doing more exercise and activity during the week to supplement this! Thanks! 

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I have lost weight, my body is changing shape and it's getting more toned.

I decided I wanted a personal trainer as after losing 2 stone in weight I was finding myself not getting anywhere - I seemed to have hit a wall and needed a change of direction. After talking to a few of the team at the gym I decided on Kristy as I felt I would get on with her and she could help me achieve my goals.

We began the sessions. I went for one session a week, which was a very intense session but worth the hard work as after 2 months I am feeling the benefits of a personal trainer - I have lost weight, my body is changing shape and it's getting more toned. My fitness has improved a lot, and not only has Kristy helped me in my training and fitness she has also helped me change my diet. I feel I have changed my outlook on food as a whole. I have gained some good knowledge of training routines and my eating pattern is now very good, but a personal trainer can only do so much as I have found out it's me who is going to have to do the hard work to keep me on track.

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I was worried they would be too intense but Kristy made me feel welcome and relaxed.

I was really nervous about starting the personal training sessions. I was worried they would be too intense but Kristy made me feel welcome and relaxed. 

I think it's fair to say that Kristy has helped me find muscles I didn't know I had but I look forward to coming and feeling so much better physically and mentally.

Thank you for your continued support and I am looking forward to starting the small group sessions with you. 

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Nat makes our sessions exciting, challenging, and fun.

I have always enjoyed keeping fit but more recently, due to injury and ill health, I had lost my ‘mojo’!

I had experience of personal training in the past and really enjoyed it so I thought I would contact Kristy to see if she could help me. From the moment I met Kristy and Nat (my personal trainer) I felt very at ease and in good hands. The service provided, from diet advice, recipes, motivational e-mails to the actual training itself, has been by far the best I have ever experienced. It feels a very professional and caring set up.

Nat makes our sessions exciting, challenging, and fun (even running up and down the castle steps!)

I now feel more confident that I can achieve a good level of fitness again and am beginning to feel healthier and happier generally.

One top tip – make the energy balls (recipe is in the starter pack) – they are amazing and take away my chocolate cravings!!!!!

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I now feel like I've got more energy and I feel better within my body.

I have changed my eating habits - I've exchanged white carbs for brown. For example, I now eat wholemeal granary bread instead of white, sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, brown rice and brown pasta instead of white rice and pasta and sweet potato fries instead of chips. I've also given up fizzy drinks and chocolate. I've reduced my tea consumption from 5 cups a day to 3 a week. I have lemon in warm water first thing in the morning. My biggest challenge so far is drinking water. I have gone from drinking no water to drinking 1 and a half litres a day, which is going to increase to 2 litres.

I've also changed my attitude towards having a healthy lifestyle and I have a can do will do approach. I now feel like I've got more energy and I feel better within my body. I am also sleeping better too.

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I already feel healthier and more motivated to work out.

The main goal I had when I started on Kristy's fitness program was to "tone up" and get fitter. Even though I have only been attending sessions for three weeks, I already feel healthier and more motivated to work out. Exercises and routines suggested are very achievable and alternative techniques suggested within the classes have allowed me to work at my own pace. This in turn has helped me to continue to carry on the routines and exercises I have learnt when I am at home. Additionally, working in smaller groups during the sessions has allowed a more personal approach to working out. For example, I have found it helpful having the opportunity to set and discuss achievable weekly targets, and this has really helped to encourage me. It has been a great experience so far! 

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I have been amazed and delighted about the results that I have achieved.

I have been a member of almost every gym in Nottingham, but never achieved a 100th of what I have achieved in the last three months working with Kristy. I had no idea that I was ever going to look forward to exercise, but I have been amazed and delighted about the results that I have achieved. My recovery rate, breathing, posture and positivity about life in general have massively improved. Every day I now receive positive comments about how well I look. In three months I have dropped a whole dress size and I am well on my way to dropping another.

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The sense of satisfaction felt at the end does make it all worthwhile.

I am so pleased that I decided to sign up to the 28-day Accelerator Programme, I have gained so much and have happily signed up for a 2nd month and possibly a 3rd! I think Gemma worked out quite quickly that sport and fitness do not come easily to me. I haven't even quite mastered certain stretches, which we do as part of the warm ups! However, I do want to lose weight, get fitter and be the best version of myself possible. I have gone from drinking 2/3 glasses of fizzy pop a day to perhaps 2/3 in the whole 5 weeks that I have been on the programme, I never thought I'd break away from this ritual! I have tried in the main to cut out all refined carbs and made a real effort to eat a healthy breakfast, which previously more often than not would be missed. Although I feel like I am gasping for air throughout most sessions, they always fly by and the sense of satisfaction felt at the end does make it all worthwhile. I always thought I preferred working out on my own, but that's not true: we have great group sessions with Gemma, which as well as sweat and pain fortunately include a few laughs too!

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I've really enjoyed my sessions and always come away feeling happier.

I know I feel much fitter since I started my training sessions, and they're all doing a great job of getting the best out of me during my sessions.

My working lifestyle has presented them (& me) with some challenges along the way - it often makes it hard for me to eat correctly, even if I know how, and my lack of structure to my working hours must give Natalie some headaches in scheduling my sessions. However, this does mean I've been able to work with all the girls, and gain the positives from their various approaches and motivation, so for me it's been great.

Since I started training, my increased fitness has enabled me to run for trains I'd otherwise have missed, and I've made a conscious effort to walk much more during work trips to London, and to build in some sessions in the gym.

Thank you to all the girls, and for the much-appreciated accolade of your 'client of the week'. Apart from benefiting on a fitness level, I've really enjoyed my sessions and always come away feeling happier - and undoubtedly healthier!

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I have grown to love forms of exercise I used to hate.

When I met Kristy I said how my ambition was to have a bottom like Beyoncé’s. This was going to take quite some work and would be ‘a distance goal’ achievable at some point in the future.

I have been training with Kristy for 6 months and alas, I still do not have Beyoncé’s bottom. I have seen some amazing changes though. My fitness and strength levels have increased substantially, my body shape has changed, causing me to drop a dress size and my general outlook on life is far more positive.

This has given me the confidence to realise that, although my Everest is the current battle of 1 pound, the battle will need to be fought for a long time after and this is Kristy’s true gift as a personal trainer. I call it the ‘never give up’ mantra. No matter how small an achievement, it is praised. No matter how tired you are, you can still hold that plank for 10 more seconds. No matter how much you hate them, burpees are your friend. I have grown to love forms of exercise I used to hate, such as Tabata, none of which would be achievable without Kristy.

So although I still have my Everest to climb (and many more pounds after that), the climb is so much easier with a climbing partner who kicks your ass up the mountain, even on those days you do not want to get on the rowing machine!!!

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The results have so far exceeded my expectations!

I was a little apprehensive as I found it hard to get time to go to the gym (with work commitments and a 2 year old).  I knew something needed to be done and investing 3 hours a week in myself would pay off. Kristy was really welcoming, I’d done PT sessions before so I knew what I was letting myself in for, though in comparison the results have so far exceeded my expectations! I feel more energetic (though obviously not after each session!!!) and whilst the sessions are hard work they have also been fun. Tiff manages to push and motivate me that little bit further, which I know has helped deliver results.

The food plan was a real help and I think one of the biggest challenges, but cutting my portion sizes and ensuring a good balance of fruit and vegetables has made the difference.

Within the first week I’d lost over a kilo and my clothes are all a lot looser. In total so far I’ve lost 7kg (one stone) and 13cm around my belly in just two months.

I look forward to seeing what happens in the next few months!

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I have achieved over half the weight loss that I was aiming for.

I decided in January this year to join a gym as I needed to lose 4 stone. I chose Kristy initially because of her specific experience of weight loss training as that was my main aim. In the first sessions, she gave me all the support and confidence I needed at the time, even down to not exercising near the mirror so I didn’t get self-conscious!

We discussed my goals and lifestyle changes and Kristy was so approachable and realistic about how it could fit around my own home and work life. We worked on food diaries, which were extremely helpful in the beginning to work out the proportion of food groups I needed within a meal.

Since that first session I now see Kristy for a session once a week as the extra support and encouragement really keeps me on track. We still discuss my progress regularly and as change in my work life happens, Kristy always has suggestions on how to incorporate my exercise and healthy eating into my routine in a manageable way. I really look forward to our sessions and although they are challenging they are always fun, varied and tailored to my specific capabilities and needs.

Through Kristy's sessions and my lifestyle changes I have achieved over half the weight loss that I was aiming for. Kristy measures my waist and hips, which shows me much quicker results and therefore spurs me on to work harder! Kristy has also worked on muscle building exercises for my knees, which has made a vast improvement to my life as I now only have very occasional pain as opposed to every day. Without Kristy's ongoing support, encouragement and expertise, I am sure I would not be anywhere near as close to achieving my goals.

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We could see our body shape changing, becoming more defined and toned.

We started to have personal training with Kristy because we wanted to lose weight and tone up. We visited the gym and were greeted by Kristy. As we were shown around the gym we discovered that not only was she a personal trainer but she specialised in weight loss and toning. On hearing this, we then decided to have 5 training sessions as a tester. After the first two sessions we could easily tell Kristy had the same desire as we did to achieve our goals. Three more sessions later, we had completed our tester. We could see our body shape changing, becoming more defined and toned. We were less tired and with Kristy's help and advice we have changed our eating habits. Taking all this into account, we had decided to have 12 more sessions. Now we have come to the end of these sessions and we feel our lifestyle has changed for the better. This could only have been achieved with Kristy's support and guidance.

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I am now doing things that I never thought possible.

Since training with Emma over the last four months, my fitness levels have increased dramatically.  I trained with a personal trainer before but had a couple of months' gap before starting with Emma and I am now doing things that I never thought possible, especially with my back, shoulder and neck problems. My chiropractor has commented on the change in me and my sessions with him are now every 4 weeks rather than 3. I find now that I am not getting stiff in the time between.

My husband has now also started training with me and the competition is really enhancing my fitness – I never realised I was so competitive!  He is really enjoying the sessions too and is already noticing the difference in his fitness levels in the three weeks that he has been training.

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Every time I leave a session I feel so much better than when I arrived.

I bought into the Kristy Ellis exercise and health regime before she set up the current business. I was doing extremely well until I needed knee surgery, then had a further stroke and recently experienced problems with the other knee. Kristy was supportive and I am so impressed with the variety of exercises we have been able to implement from a seated position. This is a great opportunity to share with people with movement restrictions, permanent or temporary. Every time I leave a session I feel so much better than when I arrived and most importantly I maintain hope for improvement in the future.

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Gemma has been great as she really tailors my sessions, while guiding me with real excitement!

I've always tried to keep fit but found in the past I got bored easily. Working with Gemma means I get my own personal cheerleader as well as someone who knows what they're doing while able to vary my workouts each week! Coming into the new year I have gained weight over Christmas due to the normal overindulgence as well as being slightly ill! A new year has meant a new commitment to getting better and getting fit. Gemma has been great as she really tailors my sessions, while guiding me with real excitement! I have done sober January and can really see how this affects how I train and how I feel about my body. This and Gemma helping me has made me commit to the goal of doing the Robin Hood half marathon! I can't wait to see what the year brings and can't recommend a personal training session at Kristy Ellis Personal Training enough!

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I couldn't believe my ears when I heard I had lost 7cm around my lower waist this month

After years of 'umming and ahhring' about getting a personal trainer, I'm so glad I made the decision to contact Kristy and be introduced to Emma. I'd lost all my motivation after an indulgent Christmas and have always been afraid to push myself with exercise, but Emma's encouragement and support it helping me to overcome these obstacles. I'm already seeing a significant change in my body shape that people are noticing. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard I had lost 7cm around my lower waist this month. it really gave me a boost and I'm now looking forward to seeing what difference we can make over the coming few weeks.

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I am sleeping better and I wake up feeling refreshed.

I have been training with Kristy and Gemma for 4 weeks now: 2 weeks 1 to 1 as I was eager to get started and 2 weeks as part of the Body Transformation Programme. I really enjoy the group sessions; we work hard but have a laugh as well. Each session is different, which I like as it keeps you on your toes as you never know what you're going to be doing.

At first I had reservations around what the food plan would entail as previous so-called healthy eating plans contained obscure food items. The one I received based on my hormones was great. It includes the majority of foods I like and I have found it easy to stick to. Even though I have only been following this for a few weeks I have noticed a difference. I am sleeping better and I wake up feeling refreshed. The thing I like most is that I don't feel bloated after I've eaten. Colleagues at work have even commented on how well I look. My aim isn't about weight loss but to feel healthier and fitter. I am pleasantly surprised how quickly this can be achieved.

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