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Ashley Horner is a wife, mother and a talented athlete. She is the owner of American Sled Dogs, a training facility in Virginia and the Editor-In-Chief of “Train For Her” magazine and a featured trainer on Bodybuilding.com. Ashley has written 13 ebook trainers and is the perfect example of living a fit life inside and out. As a respected and well-known voice in the fitness industry, she inspires women daily. Continue reading to learn more about this powerhouse!
As a wife, mother and fitness professional what is one piece of advice for women that say they have no time for fitness?
Before we know it our responsibilities get piled high. From our professional life to our personal life as women we like to take care of others before we take care of ourselves. A lot falls on our plates and often times we feel guilty for taking that 45 minutes or less training. What women need to realize that fitness doesn’t just happen in the gym. Fitness can happen anywhere. Even by getting in a 20-minute quick workout in on your lunch break; weights optional. http://ashletes.com/ASHLEYRESTLESS
What has Bodybuilding.com done for you?
From the moment I started working with bodybuilding.com, they have been a company with a motto that has never changed and that motto is ‘to change lives’. The individuals who make up bodybuilding.com are people who genuinely care about their customers, they are real and transparent. I believe a company with these values and characteristics trickle down all the way to each athlete who represents bodybuilding.com. It’s been great working with bodybuilding.com and getting content available for my fans, in the same sense it’s always fun traveling with the team to expos and events around the world; to be able to have a common meeting ground for other fitness professionals. I am honored to be a part of this crew & truly value their relationship and friendship, as well as the core of the company and the direction it continues to go.
What has been your most memorable experience as an athlete? Is there a physical challenge you have been working towards and recently achieved?
I take pride in my ability to be a hybrid athlete. I train for all different styles of athleticism from powerlifting to ultra running and triathlons. This coming weekend I will attempt my longest run to date and probably ever by running 280 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. This run will take 5-7 days running 40-50 miles a day. I’m doing this for my Unbroken Foundation for battered and abused women, to raise awareness & help them find beauty in strength.
What is your go to fitness move that can be done anytime/anywhere?
I’d have to say Burpee-broad-jumps. This is a full bodyweight exercise that can be done anywhere & it gets your heart rate up!
As a trained professional is there one move you see being performed at the gym incorrectly that you wished women or men would stop doing?
Guys tend to lift 30% more that what they can and sacrificing their form or doing a half ass rep that doesn’t even count. Reduce the weights and get correct form with a full rep and a full range of motion. Girls need to just get off the cardio machines. Stop doing so much cardio then weighing yourself to see if you lost a pound. Lift that iron or work on HIITs on the treadmill lasting no more that 25 minutes.
How do you hope to inspire others?
I want to look fear right in the eyes and not back down. I want to show people that it’s okay to push yourself to failure because that’s when you learn the most. We set limits and never allow ourselves to be as great as we can become. We are afraid of the ‘what ifs’ and that fear keeps us from attempting a lot of things that could unlock greatness. I want to be remembered as a girl who is not perfect nor preached to others that they need to achieve what the world has dictated what is ‘perfect’. There is no ‘perfect’ size, shape or training style. I want others to find themselves through the chaos of life.