Ashley’s Question Corner

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Hey guys, I get a lot of questions when I’m doing training seminars or meet a lot of great people when I’m on the road. I thought I’d take some time and post some of them here. Thanks!

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in fitness?

I have always been an extremely athletic and competitive person. I come from a track and field background, I ran the 400 meter hurdles all throughout college. Once I was finished with college, I needed a new outlet to compete. I found the NPC Bikini Division and was hooked ever since! My career has quickly progresses since my days as an amateur.

2. Women tend to stay away from weights, fearing they’ll “get too big”. What would you say to girls who tend to think this way?

It takes a lot of hard work to gain muscle mass, it surely doesn’t happen overnight! I would tell them not to fear lifting heavy. Guys can’t have all the fun, now can they?!

3. What’s an average day like for a professional athlete at your level?

With travel, it wasn’t as consistent as you might think. It seems like sometimes I am away more than I am home. But that doesn’t mean there is a lack of structure. My typical day varies depending on if I am away or home.

Here’s my typical training day when I’m at home:

Upon waking, I eat my first meal and answer emails for about 30 minutes. Then I get ready to kick off my day with a sweat session at the gym.

Before heading to the gym, I pick up a medium black iced coffee, and adds in a scoop of Gaspari Nutrition IsoFusion with some Stevia. This is often time my “pre-workout mix” before lifting.

Once I get to the gym, I hit weights for about an hour and perform some post-workout stretching, and then I consume my next meal. After some bikini posing with my coach, I get back on the computer for Skype posing sessions with some clients. Once finished, I head back home to eat another meal.

After doing some work on my “FitnessRX Women” articles and posting on social media, I get in another meal before heading back to the gym for HIIT cardio, stretching, and foam rolling.

Once the gym is over, I may run some errands, then head back home to relax, take a shower, and either watch TV or browse social media feeds. Before day’s end, I have my last meal and I head off to bed.

4. How does your diet, supplementation and training plan change between on and off-season?

I slowly add in more calories in the off season. Most of which are coming from carbohydrates and fats. I will allow myself to have cheat meals two times a week in the off season as well. Training is intense in both the in season and off season. I will slowly ween myself off of cardio in the off season to the point that I am not doing cardio at all.

5. To young athletes that go to the gym, aspiring to develop a physique such as yours, what’s the best piece of advice you can give them?

Train smart. You must realize that this is a slow process and that you must be patient to see quality improvements. Changes do not happen overnight, you must stay consistent.

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