Former IFBB Figure Pro Ellena Tsatsos knows everything there is to know about crushing it on and off the stage!
With a wealth of knowledge and competitive experience, it’s a no-brainer Ellena would transition into posing and stage presence coaching, with her new passion to help other women achieve their fitness goals!
Here’s more from Bulk Ambassador Ellena...
I’m a former IFBB Figure Pro, posing coach, online coach and judge for various bodybuilding and fitness federations.
I’m a huge advocate for the IIFYM approach to dieting and in the gym, my workouts range from weightlifting and HIIT sessions all the way to yoga and meditation.
After competing around the world as a top amateur and pro figure competitor, my passion lies within sharing my stage experience by teaching women the art of posing and presenting themselves on stage as well as finding balance in their lives.
I love to travel, I eat what I want, have a drink and enjoy life.
All the products I recommend from Bulk Nutrients are geared towards endurance sports with a focus on clean carbs and fast recovery.
Why I love it: Proviotic capsules are so convenient. When I keep probiotics in the fridge, I forget to take them, but I always take my vitamins, so it’s a no brainer for me.
How I use it: 2 capsules in the morning with water.
Why I love it: This is new to me but fast becoming one of my favourite Bulk products. Originally, I was put off by the name as I didn’t think I needed a meal replacement but it’s perfect for my smoothie bowls and pre/post-workout.
How I use it: I usually add a scoop to my smoothie bowls.
Why I love it: I’m prone to colds and flu so I take this for immunity support but also have found my skin improved whilst taking it.
How I use it: I shot it with warm water in the morning.
Why I love it: I use Ashwagandha to aid recovery and rest.
How I use it: I take 2 capsules before bed.
In a typical training week, I aim to do...
I follow an IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) diet, this means no foods are off-limits if I reach my daily macro totals. I feel that I don’t need to have cheat meals under the IIFYM structure because I’m free to eat what I want (to a degree). When I had a more “traditional” diet I found myself craving more due to being more restrictive and made the switch.
I’m technically a pescatarian but only occasionally eat seafood. I made the change when I realised that I was eating meat products up to 6x a day and I felt I needed a break... a 5-year break!
My advice for those looking to diet is to find what works for you, everyone is different!
What is my average daily calorie intake? Right now I’m reverse dieting so calories are low at 2000 calories.
Either: Earth Meal acai bowl with acai extract, berries, coconut yogurt and fruit toppings or 3x crumpets with honey
Post work out
Earth Protein and a banana
2x English muffins with egg and a coffee
Grilled fish, pita bread wrap
Huge salad of beetroot, carrot, chickpeas, vegan feta
Vegan sausage, high protein pasta, vegan feta and peas
Earth protein acai dessert bowl similar to breakfast
Do you have any medium/long term goals you're working towards?
Health is my number one priority, however, getting back to a high level of fitness and routine is important in how I feel.
Have you had any exceptional results (in competitions or otherwise) in the last few years? Let us know what they are!
Turning pro was a huge achievement for me... thinking a return to the stage is in the near future...