"I contacted Ashley at 135 pounds with 10 weeks to get in stage shape for the Miss Tennessee USA competition. Without hesitation, she said, “We have a good amount of time.” I sent her pictures (which I would soon realize was the key for Ashley being able to diagnose and plan what my body needed to reach my goals), and in return, Ashley sent me an easy-to-follow supplement plan, diet plan, and workout plan. Throughout the entire 10 weeks and even now, post-pageant, Ashley has been motivational, knowledgeable, and effective.
Ashley was always encouraging and motivating me to do my best, even when I was afraid I wasn’t doing things perfectly. Ashley’s plans are realistic, but also difficult. Whenever I didn’t feel like I was hitting the mark, Ashley would listen to my “excuses,” and revise the plan for the next week to make up for my missteps for the week before. However, most weeks after sending her my weekly progress pictures, Ashley sent back super encouraging words like, “You look awesome!” Even when I would tell her that I didn’t see a big change from the week before, she would point out things like, “I can see lines in your thighs! That’s what we want,” and just with that affirmation and positivity, I’d be ready to tackle another week.
Whenever I had questions about the diet or how to do an exercise, Ashley always had an easy-to-understand answer. She would also consistently respond quickly, which was awesome when I was literally standing in the middle of the grocery store and needed to know what spices were best, or where to get a certain type of protein. Ashley sent recordings of herself performing exercises, so I knew exactly how to do them; however, if I still wasn’t sure, I sent her recordings of myself doing the exercise, and then she would give me feedback on my form.
During the week of the pageant, I was between 115 and 120 pounds, I had a six-pack, and I had confidence for days. Ashley had given me the tools I needed to reach my goals. Everywhere I went people were complimenting my physique. I had total strangers asking me about my workout routine. Everyone at the pageant complimented and was impressed by my physique as well. One of the girls from the teen pageant introduced herself and said, “Everybody is talking about how awesome your body is. What’s your secret?” To which I answered, “A lot of hard work and an amazing coach.” During the one-on-one interview portion of the pageant, the judge who operates a fitness-modeling agency said, “You obviously work out. What do you do?” This was especially awesome because we only had two minutes with each judge, and I hadn’t even introduced myself yet, but he remembered me from the stage!
Since Ashley is online, working with her is a self-fulfilling mixture of having the expertise of a coach, but yet still having ownership over the process. It was awesome knowing that I’m the one that motivated myself to carry out each workout, and that I’m the one that made those meal plans a reality, but what it comes down to is this: If I didn’t have Ashley as my online trainer and nutritionist, I would not have had the confidence I did to walk on stage in front of 40 other beautiful women, a panel of judges, and a full auditorium. As I stood backstage amongst the other girls and waited my turn to walk on stage in my two-piece bikini, my mind was only centered on myself; I didn’t look around wishing I looked like any of the other girls. I was absolutely happy and confident in the body that Ashley helped me make.
I have all of the gratitude in the world for Ashley, for pushing me more than I ever thought possible, for creating the best version of myself, and for answering every little question I had about everything. I really feel like I ended this 10-week endeavor with not only an awesome body and a lot more exercise/nutrition knowledge, but I also ended up with a new friend. I look forward to continuing to work with Ashley to maintain my figure and also for future competitions!"
"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can" ~ Nikos Kazantzakis