Her unique approach to fitness can be attributed to having tackled her own personal struggles, transforming them into a positive philosophy and dynamic training program – making her one of the most sought-after experts in her field. Her humor-laced candor suits all types of high profile clients, from Christina Aguilera, Natasha Bedingfield, Mandy Moore and Ryan Gosling, to the likes of New York Yankee Nick Swisher and UFC Champion Matt Hughes. Borden also works as a master trainer with fellow trainers and coaches.
An avid dancer growing up, she always felt an inherent connection to fitness, yet battled a vicious eating disorder throughout her teen years. Hitting bottom at 18, Borden finally found a peaceful balance of exercise and nutrition. “After having such a profound recovery experience, I felt inspired to share my insight on exercise and nutrition with others,” she says.
Ashley uses a three-part approach with her clients: “I go through a full body assessment of all their bio-mechanics and movement patterns, and then we go through full body warm-up. After warm up, then it’s into conditioning focus. The focus of my training is bringing everybody back as closely to their anatomically correct position as possible. So the focus is on posture. Basically everybody nowadays has a weak posterior chain, because they all sit at a computer all day long.”
[quote_box_center]“Learning something new is really great for your body. Learn new movement patterns you haven’t done, like taking dance class or salsa night every Thursday, or learning a new sport.”[/quote_box_center]
Naturally, someone with as much expertise as Ashley is going to have some fitness tips about how to overcome excuses, resistance and intimidation to create your Elite Physique. Here are 4 of her Top 12 from Better Body Wannabe:
Fitness Tip #1: Plan to succeed.
When most people don’t have a sustainable workout system, it’s because they’re not pre-planning; they’re just ﬂying by the seat of their pants with their schedule. I schedule for my whole life, every week, the week before. It’s my appointments. I have it in front of me on my computer. My workouts are pre-planned, my time is pre-planned, because otherwise I won’t do it.
Fitness Tip #2: See the bigger picture.
You need to first work backward and say, “So, what’s the issue, what is the block?” It could be a mom saying “I have no time in the morning.” And I’m, “Okay, well why not?” And she’s, “Well, because I’m getting my kids ready.” And I ask “Okay, what about you getting up earlier?” “Well, I can’t.” “Why not?” “Well, I’m exhausted.” “Well why?” “Because I go to bed so late.” “Why?” “Because I don’t get anything done during the day.” “Well, why?” “Because I don’t have it planned, and I’m just running around like a chicken with my head cut off all day long, and I don’t even have it written down.” “Ooooh. Okay. So, let’s start from there.” So, you know what I’m saying, it’s a domino effect of where the problem is. You have to play detective with your life and say, “Okay what that what in the world is going on?” You know what I mean? Look at all your excuses; keep on backing up, and asking yourself why, and you’ll usually ﬁnd where the issue is.
Fitness Tip #3: Don’t do everything; do something.
You can’t play the “all or nothing” game with training and your food. I always tell people – it’s not about being perfect and doing everything, it’s doing something. So, when I go on vacation I always train in the morning. I get up, make sure I have my coffee, then I train. Whether that training is I’m outside, power walking on the beach, or want to get a lift in inside the gym. Whatever it is, I break a sweat, and I do some sort of exercise. I have one hour where I roll out with my body, I warm up and do those exercises. Then I can get into the rest of the day, and I’m totally relaxed. But I also don’t go on vacation and suddenly start eating every single horrible for you food that I’d never eat in my life. I’ll still eat dark chocolate, but it’ll be dark chocolate that doesn’t have partially hydrated oil in it. I tell people, “You go on vacation, your body doesn’t want to vacation.” And it’s not an all or nothing thing. It’s that mentality of thinking, “Oh, I’m on vacation. I am not going to take care of myself.” It’s more abusive than it is a vacation. Then you come back and you say, “What the heck did I do?” So okay, if you’re not training every day, fine, so then do this, make sure you’re pounding your water, and maybe you brought your baby roller with you and roll out every day, or you’re gonna go and do a walk every day for an hour. You do some kind of negotiation with yourself, so it’s not all or nothing
Fitness Tips #4: Layer your goals.
You have to be realistic. I mean, it’s a LIFE STYLE change, so it doesn’t happen overnight.
By Tiffany Youngren • February 8, 2013
Category: Fitness Articles
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More of Ashley’s story and the rest of her 12 Fitness Tips — the “Doer’s Dozen” mentioned in the Fitness Articles: Twelve Weeks of Trainers introduction — are featured in the upcoming book, Better Body Wannabe: 12 Top Trainers Reveal the Real Skinny on Eating and Exercising for a More Healthy, Happy, and Fit YOU, based on Tiffany’s (of Transfer of Health) interviews with Ashley and 11 other top trainers. Sign up today for pre-release chapters and the opportunity to order early.
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