Posted 24 July 2011 by Interview:

Ellena Reidie

How and when did you start training?

I started training in 2007. I was partying way too hard and really wanted to turn my life around and start taking care of myself. I joined a gym and within a month was dieting for my first show. I ended up competing and winning every show that year in Australia, won a trip to NY to compete at the worlds and competed in Miami. It was a full on 3 months of my life and end up claiming over 12 titles. I guess fate slapped me in the face!

Are you or have you ever been a cardio bunny and avoided the free-weight section?

I have never been a cardio bunny, and I have also never admired a cardio only physique. I actually find cardio quite boring, I’d much rather be throwing weights around in the gym, unfortunately cardio is a must during my prep.

How long do you spend in the gym during
a typical workout?

I'm in the gym all day training clients, it really depends how much time I have available in between clients but usually I will weight train for 45mins-1hour also depending on what body part I am training.

What are you most proud of?

My proudest moment was marrying my soul mate twice! We had an exotic wedding in India earlier this year followed by an intimate wedding here in Melbourne. My husband keeps me grounded and makes me laugh all the time!

Career wise I have had a few proud moments, one being a successful PT business owner, and the second winning my pro card. Winning my pro card was totally unexpected and something I had aimed for within the next few years. I had never placed at the Nationals every time I competed so my goal was just to place. I won, won the overall and was offered my pro card.

What¹s the longest break you¹ve had from training?

I have only have a maximum of 2 weeks off. During this time I try to do cardio as not doing anything would drive me crazy! Most recently I took 2 weeks off training and cardio when I had all my wisdom teeth taken out. Let's just day I didn’t handle that well.

What are the biggest obstacles or setbacks have you had to overcome in your life?

All the setbacks I have experience have been self-inflicted. During every comp prep there is always moment of weakness where I think, "I can’t do this, I wont make it, this is too hard" That’s usually a sign for me to take some "me" time and re-focus. I am my worst enemy sometimes but I always come back stronger!

How do you manage to stay motivated?

I am results driven, and usually it takes a long time for me to see the changes in my body. That’s why the last 6 weeks prior to a show I am in full force!

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

Sugar free jelly! I could not live without it during contest prep. I also have a reward meal once a week to keep me sane. Usually its spaghetti meatballs! YUM!

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

I'm really into Pauline Nordin at the moment. Her dedication to eat clean 365 days of the year is insane, I love it!

What 3 tips would you give to any woman wanting to get a feminine, CutandJacked physique like yours?

  1. Dedication: It's not easy building a beautiful physique, you must be prepared to put in the time and hard work in the gym.
  2. Focus: Create some short term and long-term goals and never lose sight of the prize.
  3. Visualisation: What do you want to change about your physique? Create your best body in your mind, visualise it changing and reaching that end goal.

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

I am a Greek curvy woman, the best cardio for me is anything the moves the butt!

What is your training routine like?

AM 45Mins Bike on empty stomach
Shoulder workout consisting of lots of presses and side raises
PM 45mins Stepper/Bike/Jog

AM 45mins Bike
Back Workout consisting of Pull ups, pull downs and rows
PM 45mins Walk/Stepper

AM 1 Hour Walk
Day off Training
PM 45mins Bike/Walk

AM 45mins Bike
Chest workout consisting of flat/incline/decline BB and DB presses, flys and pushups
PM 45mins Bike

AM 45mins-1 hour walk
High intensity leg workout. Sumo squats, box jumps, step ups, single leg press, lunges, burpees and mountain climbers
PM 45min Bike/Jog

AM 45mins Bike/walk
Arms and abs- one bicep exercise, close grip push ups, dips, push downs, leg raises and crunches.

Rest and sleep!

What does your diet consist of?

Fish, fish and more fish!

Seriously I have 5-6 pieces of fish every day. I usually start my prep with oats and a protein shake, followed by fish and sweet potato, more protein shakes and plenty of fish. I usually switch to keto the last 4-6 weeks prior to a show, which I find more enjoyable. When I do this I have full eggs, flax/olive oil, nuts, red fish, coconut oil and peanut butter.

What supplements would you use/recommend if any?

Bcaa, Glutamine, Geranium and various fat burners.
I also take plenty of vitamins and minerals as well as fish oil and evening primrose oil.

If you could teach one thing to every person on the planet about what it takes to reach his or her physical goals what would it be?

To educate people about nutrition. Not enough people understand the concept of healthy living and how to stay there.

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