Ellen Ector From 9 to 5 to Fitness Instructor

After 20 years as a social worker, she decided to quit her job and pursue fitness training in 2009. “I said, ‘Either you’re gonna do this fitness thing or you’ll be working for someone else for the rest of your life,’” she told BuzzFeed Life.

After 20 years as a social worker, she decided to quit her job and pursue fitness training in 2009. "I said, 'Either you’re gonna do this fitness thing or you’ll be working for someone else for the rest of your life,'" she told BuzzFeed Life.

“I haven’t looked back since… I love what I do!” She now co-owns Gymnetics Fitnessand GymJuice in Atlanta.

She and her daughter Lana also released Black Girls Workout Too!, a fitness DVD series that’s developed a strong social media following.

She and her daughter Lana also released Black Girls Workout Too!, a fitness DVD series that's developed a strong social media following.

All of the exercises can be done with little to no equipment, an intentional decision by the mom-daughter team. Ector says, “Your body is a machine.” She also says that it makes working out affordable for women who may not have the means to invest in a gym membership or buy workout machinery for their homes.

The series consists of two videos, with a third expected to release this winter. Get them here.

The fitness guru was especially interested in targeting black women after her mother died of uterine cancer at age 63.

The fitness guru was especially interested in targeting black women after her mother died of uterine cancer at age 63.

The CDC reports that 57.6% of black women 20 years old and older are obese. And obesity, according to Mayo Clinic, increases the risk of uterine cancer.

To anyone who’s having trouble getting fit, Ector says, “Be patient. You have to take baby steps.”

To anyone who's having trouble getting fit, Ector says, "Be patient. You have to take baby steps."

And because health is so much bigger than the physical, she also dropped this little gem: “Don’t use your body as a dump. Stop dumping in boyfriend problems, stop dumping in the bad food!”

And because health is so much bigger than the physical, she also dropped this little gem: "Don’t use your body as a dump. Stop dumping in boyfriend problems, stop dumping in the bad food!"

#church

Keep shining, Ellen! You’re all that and a bag of (kale) chips.

Keep shining, Ellen! You're all that and a bag of (kale) chips. 😍
Source : BuzzFeed
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