When Ella Beaumont went looking for lockdown workout videos for wheelchair users, she couldn’t find any – so she made her own. Ella, 25, who has been paralysed and in a wheelchair since birth, has now launched her own Wheelchair Workouts YouTube Channel to help anyone with an impairment stay fit and active in their homes. Her upper body workouts provide a series of exercises for strength, cardio and resistant band training.
Ella was determined to turn lockdown into a positive and since posting her first video six weeks ago, her Wheelchair Workouts have had hundreds of views and she has featured on BBC’s Newsbeat programme. She has also been approached by disability charities and gyms from around the country, keen to promote home workout videos for people with impairments.
“At the beginning of lockdown, I found very limited online exercise videos for people with impairments and the few I did were not very engaging or motivating,” said Ella. “I’m really pleased that my videos have had such a positive impact on the disabled community. My aim was to reach as many people as possible to encourage them and give ideas on how to work out at home without specialised equipment.’
Ella studied Sports Coaching Science with Disability studies at the University of Worcester and has always had a huge passion for sport and the gym. She is a regular coach at her local wheelchair basketball club, and has played wheelchair basketball to an elite level, representing Great Britain at the Under 25 world championships. Away from lockdown, Ella works out at the gym at least three times a week and so was keen to continue the same level of exercise in her living room and help others do the same.
‘Through producing the workouts, I have found that lockdown has been a really busy and exciting time,” added Ella.
To follow Ella and to start your workouts, go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPSgdS1UDK6Hcv0ZneodW0A?view_as=subscriber