She’s no ‘new kid on the block’. Ashley is a Fitness Mag cover girl, WBFF Pro and respected fitfluencer. We really love her approach to social media, where she shares a lot of healthy VS fit content using her own physique! Which goes to show that; STRONG is most definitely the new SKINNY! Live Fit!
What do you do on the tough days, when motivation levels are low?
For me my lifestyle is all about how my training and nutrition makes me feel from the inside. So even when my motivation levels are low or I’m struggling mentally I focus more on the feeling of how I will feel after I get through a workout, and I don’t dwell on the “Man I don’t feel like it today” emotions. And guaranteed, every time I feel a million times better afterwards.
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I didn’t do anything special… I just never stopped working (HARD) ————— • 47kgs vs 57kgs (103.4lbs vs 125.4lbs) • Age 21 vs 29 There’s an 8 year difference between these two photos, a whole lot of gym sessions. A ton of good food choices and the constant decision to WANT to be the best version of myself. The choice everyday has been to love on myself first and look after the only body I have BECAUSE I mistreated her before, because I deprived her of the nutrients she needed and punished her for eating a yummy treat here and there. The day I decided to love my body for everything it is instead of hating it for everything it isn’t, is the day my #selflove journey began. It’s a daily wandering with my choices and lifestyle and because I treat her the best way I can, she responds with all the love and results in return ♥️ You should try it Beautiful, I promise it’s a relationship worth fighting for ♥️ #transformationtuesday #mindset #selflove #hispic #journey #chooseyourpath #grateful #skinnytofit #strongbychoice #happy #loveyourbody
Do you change your approach to training from time to time?
Yes I do! I like to change things up now and then because I get bored easily. In general I keep the format similar , ie legs on a Monday and a Friday and 2 full body sessions a week, but within those guidelines I switch modalities up. I go on how I feel and what I feel my body is going to enjoy most when I walk into the gym.
What are you loving right now?
Right now I’m absolutely loving high intensity full body focused training. I’ve been incorporating a lot of plyometrics and stretching and I just love the fitness levels that have come with it. I love to challenge myself against the clock and get my heart rate up and work up a nice little glow!
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R E A L T A L K Don’t believe everything you see out there! 👌🏻 Sure we ALL put our best self forward on #socials, we all have a good side and a preferred angle. We all have that one flattering pose and the perfect head tilt. We.all.do.it But those preferences are not real life, those perfect angles and ab flexes aren’t real life. We are human, we have skin and folds and rolls NO MATTER HOW SKINNY OR LEAN you are! It’s always going to be there! One girls perfect posed picture is not a discredit to your own progress. Every perfect image you see is not supposed to make you feel “less than” or make you want to throw in the towel in your journey. Give credit where it’s due but don’t let that dull your fire. Don’t let it take away from YOU and YOUR goals or progress. Your journey is YOURS and unique to YOU. There is no timeline, no deadline or final destination in your journey to becoming healthier, fitter, stronger or whatever your goals are. Draw the inspiration you need by all means from those you look up to, but remember, they are only human too 😘♥️ #beauthentic #realtalk #loveyourself #hispic #happy #selflove #fitgirls #mybodyalsomybody #5secondtransformation #havegracewithyourself #socialmediaisnotreallife
How she eats
Do you get help from a nutrition coach?
I don’t. I was diagnosed with hypoglycaemia at the age of 14, so for more than half my life I’ve had to learn how to eat nutritious foods that feed my body for what it needs and keep my blood sugar levels stable. It was more of a health issue than a reason to try drop weight or anything. I eat intuitively and I listen to my body’s hunger signals. As a general rule of thumb I stick to the basics of getting a good protein, carbohydrate and fat source in my 3 main meals and I stay away from dairy, simple carbohydrates and refined sugars as far as possible.
Do you eat the same food on the days you don’t train as in the day days you do?
I typically train 6 days a week and take Sunday as a rest day and usually that would be a “cheat” meal, so I actually would eat a higher calorie cheat meal on my rest day. But that said, I don’t track calories or stick to a set meal plan at all. If I want something a little “naughty” then I have it but I have it in moderation.
What have you found has been the easiest way to stick to a diet, other than sheer will power?
My ultimate goal is to eat balanced and still enjoy my food without allowing any restrictions or goals to consume me. The biggest take-away for me is that your nutrition should be a lifestyle and if you are eating foods that make you feel bloated and lethargic, puffy and sleepy then why are you eating it?
I can very easily bypass something that I know tastes amazing purely based off of how I know it’s going to affect my stomach or energy levels afterwards. It’s just not worth it for me. This has taken a long time of listening to my body and of course having will power to stay away from foods. After not having bad foods for a while, then eating them again, I picked up on how terrible I felt so I choose to stay away instead. Also, importantly, because my daily “diet” is very well balanced and contains a wide variety of all the needed macro and micronutrients, I don’t easily fall off the wagon by binging because my body is not craving bad stuff.
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Don’t tell me I’m “lucky” because I’ve always been small… don’t say “oh you have good genetics” and pass off like thats all it is… I didn’t do anything special, drastic or crazy. I just never stopped working my a$$ off (or should I say on 😜). I may have never been in the position where I was overweight and had to lose weight, but I did struggle for many years with terrible body image and self destructive behavior. Until I decided to look after myself for me. 2012 vs 2016 / 47kgs (104lbs) vs 54kgs (119lbs) I feel that people over complicate the whole idea of wanting to get into shape or get fitter/stronger or whatever it might be. It’s simple: – Make healthier choices majority of the time and treat yourself occasionally – Drink enough water – Move your body – I don’t care what it is just MOVE – Reduce sugar and oily foods intake – Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it Your body is the only place you have to live, look after it, nourish it and treat it right and it will reward you. *Disclaimer – both photos were taken a day post competition #health #wellness #lifestyle #transformationtuesday #happy #loveyourself #selflove #makebetterchoices #hispic #workhard #strongbychoice
Yay or nay – her thoughts on…
Long steady rate cardio: nay
Oats in the morning. Yay
Training in a crop top: Yay
Gym selfies. Yay
Pre-workout nutrition: Yay
Intra-workout nutrition: Nay
Post-workout nutrition: Yay
Grilled hake: Yay
Fat burners: Nay
Deadlifts: YAY YAY! A must-do in your routine!
Crossfit: Yay – I did crossfit for a while last year and if you are doing it right and with the right guidance your results will be amazing!
Sports massage: Yay
Cheat meals: YAY!
Early morning training time: Yay
Training partner: Yay
Running: Yay and nay – I love it but I suffer terrible shin splints, so I struggle.
Social media: Yay
Active rest: Yay
EMS, tried it? Yes, and a yay!
There is no right or wrong way to get fit and healthy. Stick to the basics of nutrition, listen to your body and do it for you! Cut out the everyday naughty things like the carbonated drinks, the sweet snacks and overdosing on caffeine in the form of coffee (keep it to 2 a day), and you will see small changes.
Don’t ever tell yourself you can’t have something , just tell yourself you can have it right now, then plan it for your cheat meal. Learning how to balance out your treats or cheats take time, but you will get there if you’re consistent.
It’s the small changes you make that end up being big results. And it doesn’t matter what you do when it comes to training. I always say, “I don’t care if you Zumba, crossfit, ballet, swim or lift like a boss… just MOVE.”
Move your body in a way that makes you happy because if you’re not loving it you are not going to stick to it. Find what works for you and do that, everyday, and then find other things you love and do those too and then mix them up.
Lots of Love –
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Your strength and resilience are not measured by how many times you get knocked down, rejected, ridiculed or ignored. The strength of your character, strength and the resilience of your soul are measured by experiencing all of the above and still choosing to remain true to you, despite the adversity. Staying constant in who you are and not wavering on your “why”. We all get knocked down… then life sometimes kicks you in the ribs while you’re there. Its inevitable. Life = hard times BUT it’s how you DECIDE to handle those hard times, what you allow them to teach you and how you apply that moving forward ♥️ #thursdaythoughts #yougotthis #keepswimming #betterbcofhim #loveyourself #goaldigger #strongbychoice #hispic #redhead #fitness #life
Photos by James Patrick
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.