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'If the lads in work need something lifting they call for me' SAYS BODYBUILDER WHO'S RISEN TO UK'S TOP FIVE IN JUST TWO YEARS.

Byline: KELLY WILLIAMS Daily Post Chief Reporter kelly.williams@trinitymirror.com

A PHONE store manager who "never exercised" in her life has gone from a standing start to becoming one of the UK's top bodybuilders.

Samantha Ellis fits an ultra tough training regime around her full-time job as she builds up her muscle power to achieve even further success in 2018.

She is being mentored by one of Europe's top body building competitors and coaches, Michelle Brannan.

It means an action-packed life for Samantha, 37, who gets up at 5am for pre-work gym sessions and is back in the fitness arena when her day job finishes.

As well as her role as EE store manager in Wrexham, she is also the company's regional customer leader and teaches high-flying aerial hoop fitness classes in Mold two nights a week.

Samantha said: "Since I've taken up body building my life has been non-stop, especially in the run up to a competition.

I train six days a week. It's exceptionally hard work but I love it."

Samantha's stamina-sapping routine has seen her slim down from a 14 dress size to an eight - reduced even further to a size six when she is in competition - and a 24-inch waist. But despite being petite, her muscle power is phenomenal.

"If the lads at work ever need anything heavy lifting from the stores, they always call for me," she said. "I've had great support from all my colleagues, as well as friends and family. Everyone's got behind me and they spur me on."

Samantha, from Wrexham, came fifth in the UK finals of the 2017 Ultimate Physiques competition in London, having previously won the All-Wales heats at Port Talbot. Her success was all the more remarkable considering she only took up body building two years earlier.

She said: "I never did any exercise at all when I was younger. But now I find it so therapeutic, it's given me more energy. I've learned that it really is possible to achieve the body shape you want, no matter how daunting it seems."

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