Ashley Means

Name: Ashley Means
Birth Date: 03/29/1989
Birth Place: East Hartland, CT
Current Residence: Boston, MA
Height & Weight: 5’4′ 116 lbs

1. What made you want to compete?
I am a personal trainer who helps people achieve their goals everyday. Sometimes when you are so focused on your clients you forget about you and your goals. I wanted to do something that would set a good example for my clients. I wanted to do something that I had never done before. I wanted to see what it would be like being the best I could absolutely be!

2. What do you do to stay inspired?
Everyday I look back at day one…my starting photos, my starting diet, the level of strength I had. I remind myself how far I have come. I also meet with my team every week and check in with the girls who are going through the same training as me. I see how hard they are pushing themselves and it makes me work that much harder.

3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I’ve gone to see several fitness competitions and WBFF was the most fun by far. This is my first show and I would love to continue to compete with the WBFF federation. I’m hoping to hit the stage again in April!

4. Who got you started?
I saw Janelle Nicolo at a competition over the summer and the energy and spirit she had for her girls inspired me and made me want to be part of her team. Everyone in the group was so supportive. All her competitors looked so happy onstage and I knew I had to be part of that.

5. Who do you look to for help now?
I have become so close with my teammates through this process. We talk all day, everyday and keep each other going. We open up on the hard days and share inspirational stories on the good days.

6. Where do you usually workout?
I workout at the club I personal train at, Healthworks Fitness Center!

7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
I use fish oil in the morning for my joints and Optimum Nutrition glutamine post workout to help with recovery!

8. What are your most noticeable results?
I have never seen definition like this in my upper body. I am getting cuts in my shoulders and back and it motivates me to keep going. With the show being around the corner, my abs are also starting to come in which feels absolutely incredible!

9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Fitness in general, and training for this competition in particular, has given me so much confidence that I never had before. I have never been more comfortable in my body. It makes me so happy and I try to share that with as many people as I can. I feel that if I can inspire at least one other person through my changes in my body, mind and spirit, then all the hard work is totally worth it!

10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
My biggest goal is and always will be to live a healthier lifestyle. I have learned so much about nutrition, my body, and how certain foods affect me through this process. Knowledge is power! I can’t wait to incorporate my new lifestyle into my off-season training.

11. Describe your diet.
I eat all real food! No protein powders or processed stuff for this girl! My proteins consist of white fish, chicken, lean turkey, and egg whites. I love sweet potatoes for my carbohydrate, as well as brown rice and quinoa. I am a huge fan of grilled veggies. Asparagus and zucchini on the grill are a must for me!

12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I am in the gym 6 days a week. I do 5 lift days with split body parts and 60 minutes of cardio 6 days a week. I like to keep my cardio interesting, so when the weathers nice you can find me outside!

13. What do you do for a living?
I am a personal trainer!

14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
I love my job. There isn’t one day that I wake up and wish I did something else. My next goal after the show is to get my Health coaching license.

15. Have you participated in any other sports?
I am a dancer with the Boston Community Dance Project. A lot of people will say that is not a sport, however, those people have clearly never taken a ballet class!

16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
I want to thank my family for supporting me 100% in my decision to compete. I also want to thank my four amazing roommates who dealt with my hours of food prep, bags of white fish, sweaty gym clothes everywhere, and complete exhaustion these last few weeks. You guys are amazing! Lastly, I want to thank my co-workers. A lot of you are veterans to the competition world and were so helpful in answering all my questions and concerns along the way. Thank you!

17. Do you have any hobbies?
My roommate Melissa and I have started a tradition of Sunday Funday in the city of Boston, where we live. Every Sunday we went out and explored a new part of the city. We’ve done the Harbor walk through the seaport, watched the street performers in Quincy Market, shopped on Newbury…etc. It has been something that I look forward to every week when my workouts get tough and I’m tired and hungry. Our Sunday Funday’s helped me through this competition prep and I can’t wait to continue to explore once the show is over!

18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
I think any challenge can be overcome. You just need to approach it with the right attitude. It doesn’t matter what the issue is, if you stay positive you can work through it. During the last month of this show prep I managed to get 2 flat tires in the middle of the city at night! My friends tell me I am Murphy’s Law…anything that can go wrong will. I embrace it! You will never have a boring time with me!

19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
When training for a competition, I was told the biggest struggle would be balancing your training with your personal life. I approached this prep with the mind set of, “If you can’t enjoy yourself and be happy, it’s not worth it.” Fortunately for me, training hard, eating clean, and being with an amazing group of women who were pushing themselves everyday made me happier than I have ever been. I am so thankful to have gone through this process and discovered how happy I truly can be!