A lifeguard from Queensland has revealed how she managed to shed 10.5 kilos and 12 per cent body fat in just eight weeks.
The lifeguard was awarded the prestigious title after wowing trainers with her overall transformation, which took into account both her total body weight loss and total body fat loss.
Ms Parker started at 76.5 kilos eight weeks ago and at 31.7 per cent body fat; now she weighs 66.1 kilos and has 19.7 per cent body fat.
Ellie Parker, an English woman living in Queensland, decided to take on the F45 challenge – and now she’s a global champion
She was crowned the People’s Champion based on her overall transformation, taking into account both total body weight loss and total body fat loss
‘I feel like a new person! I still cannot bloody believe it I still won’t for a while I just am so shocked!’ she wrote on Instagram.
Ms Parker went on to explain that although fitness has always been her passion and a huge part of her life and her work as a lifeguard, she never thought she would be able to turn her life back around after letting her personal exercise routine slip.
But when she heard about F45’s eight-week challenge she decided to sign up in the hopes that it might serve as the motivation she needed to get back in shape.
The challenge focuses on a complete lifestyle overhaul, with the company – which was founded in Sydney by trainer Rob Deutsch back in 2011 – providing workout classes, daily meal plans, goal tracking, and tips, advice and information about nutrition, fitness and general wellbeing.
When it comes to the workouts, F45 exercise classes are all slightly different and focus on ‘functional’ training – that is exercise that mimics or recreates everyday movement – and involve things like lifting, squatting, jumping, twisting, pulling, pushing, punching, kicking and rowing.
Ms Parker started at 76.5kg eight weeks ago and at 31.7 per cent body fat. Now she weighs 66.1 kilos and has 19.7 per cent body fat
How does the F45 form of training differ from other workouts?
F45 Training merges 3 separate leading-edge fitness training styles into one, consummate and compelling group training experience for its members.
F45 Training combines elements of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training.
The fusion of these three training concepts has led to the development of 31 different, 45 minute workout experiences, with more in development by our F45 Athletics Department.
This combination of interval, cardiovascular and strength training has been proven to be the most effective workout method for burning fat and building lean muscle.
Each exercise is featured in a workout circuit that requires participants to do 45 seconds of work at each station, before getting a 15-second break to move onto the next activity.
Average day on a plate for Ellie during the challenge
Banana cacao yoghurt bowl
Carrot sticks with almond butter
Tuna and egg leafy salad
Bounty coconut bite
Coconut vegetable curry
Classes last for 45 minutes, and those participating in the eight-week challenge are expected to workout up to five times a week.
But Ms Parker and her fellow participants didn’t just focus their efforts on training.
As well as incorporating an F45 workout into her everyday routine she also ate prepared meals from Chefgood to help her achieve her desired results, while following along with the daily meal plan provided for her as part of the challenge.
Working with prepared meals helped Ms Parker to manage her serving sizes, while the F45 meal plan allowed her to keep track of exactly what she was and wasn’t able to eat, while still giving her body enough energy to get her through her daily training schedule.
This diet plan also helped her to get rid of water retention, lose sugar cravings, build muscle and lean out.
Ms Parker’s daily diet consisted of meals such as a banana cacao yoghurt bowl for breakfast, tuna and egg leafy salad for lunch and coconut vegetable curry for dinner.
Some of her snack choices included carrot sticks with almond butter, probiotic power choc brownie balls and trail mix.
Transformed: Ms Parker revealed that these black work shorts were ‘skin tight’ on her body just five weeks before this photo was taken
As well as incorporating an F45 workout into her everyday routine she also ate prepared meals from Chefgood to help her achieve her desired results
Having achieved such success as the eight-week challenge champion, Ms Parker is now working to support other people who want to give the body-changing plan a try.
‘I’d be lying if I didn’t say I gave it my all, sweating my a**e off every day and I couldn’t have done any better,’ Ms Parker said of her achievement.
‘I hope I can help other people take the chance like I did and achieve what they thought was unimaginable, because it is possible.’
She added that she hopes her experience will inspire and motivate other people to follow in her footsteps.
‘It’s not just the physical difference that I’ve noticed as mentally I am so much more alert than I was before,’ she said.
The fitness fanatic kicked off a new eight-week challenge on Monday, April 29 and is tracking her progress and meal planning prep on Instagram.