What Is Beyond The Scale
Beyond the Scale is an exciting project led by Elle and Ellie, both experts in their fields. This effort is a guide for awareness, sharing knowledge, and empowering athletes who want to understand themselves better in the challenging world of food and body image. In a world already complicated by intense training, our goal is clear – to untangle the complexities of eating problems and body image issues, exploring the what, whys, and whens. More than just making people aware, our project aims to shine a light on practical solutions, revealing simple yet effective tools to deal with historical and trauma-related aspects. The end goal is to empower athletes to achieve their best physical and mental well-being, unlocking their full potential both on and off the field.
Elle Mace is an experienced expert in eating disorders, obesity, and nutrition, holding the titles of a Level 5 coach, Master practitioner and bariatric practitioner. She's also into psychotherapy and CBT, showing her commitment to always learning and studying.
Using her qualifications and blending her work with a passion for positive psychology and neuroscience, Elle shares her expertise with clients, businesses, retreats, and training courses. Her journey wasn't easy, dealing with eating disorders and body dysmorphia for 17 years, but she came out strong, armed with newfound strength and knowledge, transforming her life into something healthier, fulfilled, and purposeful.
Qualified and running her own practice, Elle works with individual clients, groups, retreats, and businesses. She also trains the next generation of fitness and sports professionals as a CPD trainer.
The Beyond the Scale project began when Elle noticed more athletes seeking help with eating and body image issues. Collaborating with like-minded professionals like Ellie, they launched an initiative to raise awareness and equip sportspeople with tools to navigate the complexities of their relationship with food and body image!
Elle's struggle with disordered eating started at age 10 and got worse with misguided advice from a personal trainer during her teenage years. She battled anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder for a decade. Now, with three years of experience as a personal trainer, she's dedicated to the Beyond the Scale project, aiming to fill the gap in accurate information she noticed in the fitness industry.
My name is Ellie Boatman, I’m a professional rugby player for Great Britain 7s and have been professional for 2 years now. I’m also an online fitness coach as well and have my own online business.
Before I was a professional athlete I really struggled with disordered eating and poor body image for quite a few years and it really affected my life. I didn’t think I’d ever get better but I reached out for help and worked with a qualified therapist and eventually got better.
Not everyday is perfect but I’m so much more confident in my own skin and I know I need to fuel myself for my sport and my body. I now believe it’s so important to share my story and encourage other athletes to do the same as it is a huge problem in sport.
I have enrolled on Elle’s CPD course for fitness professionals learning about eating disorders and body dysmorphia in more detail and believe it is so important for all coaches to gain more knowledge in this area to help their own clients and athletes.
I wanted to make a real difference so decided to start working with Elle on the Beyond the Scale Project and provide sports clubs and athletes with the training and tools for disordered eating & poor body image.