I would like to introduce you to another one of my amazing trainers Ashton. Ashton has lots of energy, loves to dance, and loves to make everyone laugh. She works very hard as a nurse along with her passion for fitness. Here is a little video of Ashton and then she shares with you some tips.
I teach boot camps because it makes a difference in people’s lives. It is so rewarding to have even a small role in a boot campers success. To know that each and every day I teach I have a chance to positively impact the lives of others is simply amazing. Whether its helping someone accomplish a fitness goal, smiling at them, chatting with them about their success or maybe prepping for a difficult week ahead, it all matters and it all makes a difference. Its not only about being healthy and fit. Its about creating a supportive, positive environment that lets people grow individually. I want to be that person who creates that environment, who keeps you coming back for more and makes your experience unforgettable.
Outside of teaching I am a RN and I work in the Pediatric ICU at the American Family Children’s Hospital. I occasionally sing for weddings and then tear up the dance floor, which I do for free :). I am married and we have an adorable puppy! Her name is Kona and she is a boxer. I play a lot of volleyball. My husband and I want to take up mountain biking as soon as he is done with grad school. We love to camp, canoe, and hike.
My most memorable boot camp moment:
It was the indoor season and we were doing partner work with heavy weights. There were odd numbers so I partnered up with one of the women. We were doing an upper body exercise, skull crushers or chest press or something, and she told me should couldn’t do it with those heavy weights. I told her I would be right there to spot her and help when needed. Thats exactly what I did. Helped her when she needed it, encouraged her along the way and pushed her to finish hard. She gave it 110% and I was extremely impressed. After the exercise she was kind of quiet, said “thank you” and we finished the rest of the work out. Later that day I was forwarded an email from her that she sent to Dustin explaining that she had went home and was so amazed by what she had accomplished in that work out that she was moved to tears. She said she had never had anyone help her or push her the way I did. She never knew how much she could actually do and how strong she was. Its pretty amazing to know that as a trainer I can positively impact a person for the day or their life with one small, simple exercise and some encouragement!
– Focus on the positive, big or small. I know you’ve heard it before, but it really does help. Use that positive focus not only during something challenging, but before and after. One those days that I really don’t want to get out of bed at 3:30am to get my work out in before my long days of work I remind myself how great it feels when I am done, how happy I feel, and that I will get to pump up my energy for the day. Later on at night I remind myself of all the positive things that occurred during the day because I got up and got my work out in first thing. A little positive energy goes a long way 🙂
– Have an open mind in the kitchen. Experiment with different vegetables, learn to use spices. Healthy food really can and does taste good! Eat those veggies people. Abs are made in the kitchen!
– Be kind. To yourself, your body and others. Simple.
Ashton teaches on the west side in the mornings.