[Jessica Rach| Daily Mail]

A woman who had never exercised in her life has dropped four dress sizes to become one of the UK’s top bodybuilders – after taking up pole dancing to lose weight.

Samantha Ellis, 37, of Wrexham, North Wales, dropped from from a size 14 dress to a trim size 8, and now weighs 8st 4lbs, having lost two-and-a-half stone.

The phone manager spent decades regularly tucking into takeaways but decided to make a change after seeing ‘frumpy’ pictures of herself on holiday in Dubai.

Samantha decided to go along to a free pole-dancing class in a bid to get in shape, and soon gained enough confidence to take up bodybuilding.

And just 12 months later Samantha won her first competition having made an incredible transformation to her body.

"I never did any exercise at all when I was younger - the word didn't exist in my vocabulary."

— Samantha Ellis

She now goes to the gym twice a day, six days a week, eats five meals a day and can bench press 55kg – the equivalent of a 14-year-old boy.

The fitness fanatic was crowned Welsh champion at the Ultimate Physiques competition and recently finished fifth in the final – less than two years after taking up the sport.

Samantha has now enlisted the help of one of Europe’s top bodybuilding coaches in a bid to enhance her rippling frame and bring further success this year.

Speaking of her journey, Samantha said: ‘I never did any exercise at all when I was younger – the word didn’t exist in my vocabulary.

‘I just ate what I want when I wanted, if I wanted pizza I’d eat pizza, if I wanted chips I’d have chips.

‘I’d have takeaways for dinners in work, I’d have a poor diet at home, I’d have chocolate whenever I wanted, I wasn’t really bothered about my diet at all,’ she added of her unhealthy lifestyle.

‘It changed in 2015 after a holiday with my girls to Dubai where I saw pictures of myself looking a bit frumpy and out of shape.

‘I had never really had a hobby so went along to these free pole dancing classes, which I loved. I never thought I’d enjoy it so much, but it was fantastic.

‘It didn’t really help me lose weight but it have me loads of confidence.

"I've learned that with motivation and determination it really is possible to achieve the body shape you want, no matter how daunting it seems at first."

— Samantha Ellis

‘I remember going to a workshop about a year later and I saw a girl there who does bodybuilding and I loved her body.

And this gave her the confidence change her lifestyle, revealing: ‘I changed my diet and started bodybuilding in June 2016 – a year later I had my own coach and won my first competition.

‘I’ve got the bug, I find it so therapeutic and it’s given me more energy.

‘I’ve learned that with motivation and determination it really is possible to achieve the body shape you want, no matter how daunting it seems at first.’

Samantha enjoyed pole dancing so much that she became a registered teacher and now hosts high-flying aerial hoop fitness classes two nights a week.

She also trains six days a week around her shifts at the EE store in the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre, in Wrexham.

She gets up at 5am for pre-work gym sessions, before returning in the evening when her day job finishes.

She is now being mentored by Michelle Brannan, who runs the Showgirl Fitness training organisation, as she continues to build up her impressive muscle power.

She added: ‘Since I’ve taken up bodybuilding my life has been non-stop, especially in the run up to a competition.

‘It’s exceptionally hard work but I love it. It has changed my life completely.

‘I have weightlifting which is my training but I have my fun fitness which is my pole dancing and aerial stuff.

READ MORE @ DAILY MAIL