A Berkhamsted sports coach has had a big impact on the disabled community during lockdown with her home workout videos.
Ella Beaumont, who has represented Great Britain at the Under 25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships, started making the fitness videos when lockdown began, putting her Sports Coaching Science with Disability studies degree to good use.
The 25-year-old said: “I started making the videos because I saw my mum and sister doing the Joe Wicks workout videos and I felt a bit jealous. I wanted to do something similar, but when I looked online at workout videos for disabled people, I just felt something was missing.
“Some were quite good but they just didn’t motivate me. So I decided to make my own videos, because I wanted to learn how to edit anyway, and I bring a lot of energy to them and try to motivate people.”
Ella’s videos have been viewed around 7,000 times overall and she’s been featured on Radio 1 and ITV Radio News since she began posting videos.
“The reaction has been so much bigger than I could’ve imagined,” Ella said. “I’ve had really nice comments and feedback from viewers and its spurred me on to do more.
“I’m constantly changing up what I’m doing to keep people engaged – for example, I recently did a coin flip workout, where you flip a coin to see what exercise you have to do next. I love exercising and I think it’s great for keeping you mentally strong; it refreshes your brain. I want to spread that mindset to others.”
Ella, who has lived in Berkhamsted all her life, added: “I do think the way disabled people exercise will be changed permanently by the lockdown. I’m a big gym goer but when you train at home, it cuts out the travel, which is very difficult for some people.
“And this way you can do your training and have a cup of tea ready for you by the time you’re done.”
Ella’s workouts include strength exercises, cardio and resistant band training – she’s careful to only use equipment that people will have on hand.
“I try not to use any specialist equipment, that way anyone can join in. So I use objects around the house to improvise, which is why I’m now known as ‘Broom Girl’,” Ella laughed.