I have always wondered how so many celebrities manage to maintain their figures all year round so when Nike invited me to the launch of Ellie Goulding’s Tighten and Tone N+TC workout, I was bursting with excitement as I was finally going to find out how to look like a Goddess 365 days of the year. Last night I joined fitness bloggers and vbloggers to train with Ellie Goulding and she treated us to a special performance of a few of her favourite songs.
I arrived at the Tobacco Dock in Wapping feeling slightly annoyed that I had left my Nikon camera at home but my smile soon returned as I was greeted by friendly Nike staff and the Nike Master trainers. Shortly after my arrival, I found myself bumping into a few familiar faces and the reality of training with Ellie Goulding became real as we were handed personalised Nike water bottles and floor mats.
Before the workout, Ellie appeared on stage and performed an acoustic set. Ellie told us that she was feeling shy which immediately made me warm to her as it was refreshing to see that despite being an international star, she was actually really…normal!
Ellie was accompanied by two fabulous backing singers, who I could not take my eyes off because they were working it! The acoustic set meant that there was no room for vocal errors but Ellie sang each song like the record, which is probably Will and Kate asked her to sing at their wedding, she is amazing.
After Ellie had finished her set, we took a huge selfie and ventured back to our mats to do the Tighten and Tone Workout with her personal trainer Faisal.
The workout was quite surreal and going to the gym this morning was a bit of an anti-climax because Nike took the meaning of working out to a whole new level. Imagine working out to live music, with Nike Master trainers exercising on huge podiums and in front of you are Ellie Goulding and her personal trainer, Faisal.
We performed cardio and conditioning exercises for either a minute or 30 seconds, with 10 seconds rest in-between exercises. High intensity interval training is a great way to burn fat and Ellie and her trainer worked us hard. “No wonder she looks so good”, I thought as I dropped down to do yet another burpee.
There is something quite empowering about training with a group of people, especially when they are laughing and smiling away despite the fact they are dripping in sweat as they endure a gruelling workout. Nike have the ability to make strangers feel like old friends and no matter how big the crowd is, the Master trainers make sure that you get the best from your workout.
After we had finished training, we tucked into salad boxes and Prosecco and I treated myself to a glass of fizz. Who am I kidding, it’s never one glass of Prosecco is it? I had two glasses and I definitely contemplated having a third.
If you want to try Ellie Goulding’s Tighten and Tone workout, download the Nike+Training Club app on your phone. The Nike+TC app has over 100 different workouts for you to choose from and they have been designed by the Master Trainers. Ellie’s Tighten and Tone workout is only 15 minutes long and you can do it in the comfort of your home.
So how do celebrities look good all year round? They train hard!