It’s hard to not feel inspired by Esmée Gummer.
In 2009 and at the age of 18, Esmée was about to commence training at a Professional Dance College when she underwent minor surgery that took a wrong turn. She became paralysed from the waist down and was told that she could never walk again, bringing her hopes and dreams to a devastating end. Refusing to give up, Esmée endured intense physiotherapy after regaining some feeling in her legs and, despite the odds, trained her body to move again.
Esmée is now a leading fitness instructor, gaining the title of GQ Star Trainer for London in 2015, just six years after her surgery. She is a true representation of ‘mind over matter’ and it’s her unique approach to training that has solidified her presence in the UK fitness industry. Using her own experience, Esmée motivates and encourages people to achieve their goals not just physically but mentally, enabling them to feel the best possible version of themselves. Esmèe’s method is that if you can train your mind to overrule your body in a workout, then you can apply that technique to help you in any area of your life.
In 2019, Esmée co-presented BBC 3 series ‘Work It: Body Confidence Stories’ which saw her mentor and train people to overcome their issues with body confidence. She was also the digital host for The London Marathon after competing in 2018, something she never thought would be physically possible to her, and has done various presenting for Lad Bible including their coverage of the Fifa Awards.
Esmée took part in Channel 4’s gruelling ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ and reached the final where she ranked 9th out of 25. It was the first series that saw female recruits compete alongside men, making her one of the first females in history to be put through the Armed Forces selection process.
Esmée has worked on numerous brand campaigns such as Guinness’s Calcutta Cup, alongside Mark Wright and Jim Hamilton, and collaborated with the likes of Under Armour, Mazda, Bobbi Brown, Adidas, Benefit, Actimel to name a few.
Esmée is also a frequent motivational speaker and is regularly commended for her ability to get through to people. She works very closely with the mental health charity MIND and has supported them on numerous campaigns.