The founder and president of N2SHAPE is Ellen Yates, whose contagious enthusiasm for fitness has helped grow N2SHAPE into one of the most respected wellness-and-fitness companies in northern Virginia, Tysons Corner,
After a decade in the fitness world, Ellen launched her company in 1994 as a way to inspire and motivate people to achieve their personal fitness and health goals and transform their lives. Ellen is known for her ability to motivate her clients through a creative, entertaining, and fun approach to exercise – in one-on-one and group training sessions and in her popular Spinning, Boot Camp, Functional Training, and Trekking classes.
Ellen has been featured on national television, training world bodybuilding champion and future California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the President’s physical fitness exhibition, The Great American Workout. The Washingtonian has named her one of the top personal trainers in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Ellen excels in providing personalized attention and creating fitness and weight loss programs that are tailored to the specific abilities and goals of each individual. She can also design and deliver corporate wellness programs that help companies enhance their employees’ well-being and productivity. A firm believer in active aging, Ellen has worked with people living with Parkinson’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and sports-related injuries as well as hundreds of healthy senior citizens.
Ellen holds a B.A. in physical fitness management from Marietta College and certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research (CIAR), and the National Federal of Personal Trainers (NFPT). She completed the rigorous Pilates instructor training offered by the Physical Mind Institute. When she’s not training clients or running N2SHAPE, Ellen raises money for and contributes to local charities for children and breast cancer awareness.
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“Ellen is a focused energetic; she is a veritable Energizer Bunny.”
—Robert Surovell, partner at Surovell, Isaacs, Petersen, & Levy PLC
“While we were spinning this morning, I was thinking what a dedicated and caring trainer you are. You have a hard job, Ellie, staying ‘up’ and enthusiastic all the time when your clientele isn’t necessarily doing that in return for you. In fact, who does anything for you? Just know that you are my total inspiration, even when you mention the word cheaters in class. I know you’re talking to me because I’m sitting instead of standing. You make me always want to try harder. I don’t know what I would do without you.”
—Deb Buccolo, Assistant to the Board, Farm Credit Administration, McLean, VA
“What a wonderful inspiration you have provided. Your passion is displayed through your knowledge, dedication, humor, and the motivation shown to me and other clients. What an awesome talent God has placed upon your life.”
—Armida San Jose, Division Chief, International Money Fund, Washington, D.C.