Posted on June 15 2019
ILU founder Mary caught up with Define instructor and all around barre babe Ellena Thompson over a coffee (of course) to find out what inspires and motivates her.
What inspired you to become and instructor?
From the moment I first looked at the website to when I took my first class, I knew Define London was somewhere I’d love to teach. I was instantly warmed and welcomed in to the Define family. I became hooked on their method and beautiful studio and was so inspired to become one of the strong, bad ass instructors there.
What's different about Define London?
Define London is so much more than just a barre class. It encourages such a positive mental attitude towards exercise, and being there is about doing something amazing for yourself and your body. That being said, the workouts are also hardcore and there are so many different class concepts that can challenge your body and mind in so many different ways.
What do you love most about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is the people. I have an amazing dream team I have the pleasure of working with; and we get to workout with the most wonderful clients who never fail to put a smile on my face- no matter what time of day it is!
What's your favourite item from our current collection?
My favourite piece in the new ILU collection are the green Motivate Me leggings - the colour and fit are stunning. For out of the studio though, the Chill Time Culottes are beautiful, comfy, stylish and perfect for getting to and from class.
How do you motivate yourself?
I motivate myself by setting small goals and challenges that I know are achievable. I can sometimes feel overwhelmed if I only have long term plans and so having more frequent smaller ones to tick off really helps me. I am lucky that I get to do a job I love and so having a positive outlook is my biggest motivator.
How do you escape the city buzz?
I do actually love the city buzz but it is so important to be able to take yourself away from it when you need. If I only have a couple of hours then I will take my self on a walk through Epping forest or find a cosy spot to sit and read to shut off for a bit. But if I have a couple of days then there’s nothing better then getting to head home to Derbyshire and getting out in to the Peak District for a long walk with my family.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by so many amazing people that I am lucky to have in my life. My best friend will always be one of my biggest inspirations. She is the most vibrant and effervescent person I know and never loses that spark and joy no matter what she may have to face in life. She will always know what to say to give me a boost and to make me believe in myself.
Where's your favourite coffee place in London?
My favourite coffee spot in London is The Wild Goode Bakery which is my local spot in Leytonstone. The coffee is amazing and it has the most beautiful selection of freshly baked cakes and treats... because life is all about balance. You’ll often find me there nestled in with my book, a Piccolo and a custard tart!
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I love to travel and so there’s always loads of places I’d love to visit. But next on my list is to go to Croatia. I’d love to spend a couple of weeks getting to travel around: to hike through the mountains, see the waterfalls and also explore the beaches and towns.
Thank you Ellena, it's been great getting to know you.
Until next time,
Team ILU x