Master trainer Ashley Borden is one of the top fitness and lifestyle consultants today. She has more than 35,000 hours (20 years) of experience in personal training with a client list that includes Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Gosling, Kesha, Steelers’ Antonio Brown, NY Yankee Nick Swisher and UFC champion Matt Hughes. Additionally, 44-year-old Ashley is in phenomenal shape herself. So, what makes her one of the most elite trainers in the world and what does she credit her incredible physique to? Ashley reveals her “secrets” to success in the personal training industry along with her workout and diet regimen in this interview.
If I had to choose one shoulder exercise to do for the rest of my life, standing barbell shoulder press would probably be it! I love this movement for several reasons, but mostly because of how powerful it makes me feel when I'm doing it.
I met trainer Beth Redmond this past summer and was really inspired by her energy, athleticism and physique. She has an enthusiasm for health and fitness that is infectious and incredibly motivating. I caught up with her to learn what motivates her, how she stays fit, her tips for raising confident teen girls, and a sample Boot Camp-Challenge® workout that you can try anywhere.
I almost always train alone on a day-to-day basis and I like it— it's kind of my “quiet time,” if you will. But that means that I have mastered doing almost every exercise without a spotter, and I have to say, the hip thrust can be one of the more confusing ones to figure out— especially the first few times setting it up! Here is what I have found works for me and this is what you'll want to do:
If you’re comfortable with chin-ups (palms facing you), the next advancement is the pull-up (palms face away from you). The pull-up is more difficult to perform but is one of the ultimate strength exercises.
New to training? Great! Worried about looking like a “beginner”? Don’t be! Frustrated about “starting over”? It’s all good! Invest the time upfront in your new routine; take the moves slowly and with light weight. Before you know it, you will be stronger and ready to advance in your routine, ready for a fit 2016.
You know indoor cycling is a great cardio workout, but did you also know you can use the bike to build your glutes and also work your core?
Tiffany Ellis is a former college teammate of mine (University of Michigan softball) who lives in Southern California, and works as a full-time registered nurse at Hoag Hospital in addition to taking classes in an accelerated ADN-BSN program at Grand Canyon University. During college, Tiffany was one of the best athletes on our national championship team and also in the country (two-time All American player). She was fairly health-conscious then, but I was AMAZED at how fit she looked when I ran into her at a teammate’s wedding last spring (six years after graduating).
Bad posture plagues a majority of people— due, in part, to bad habits, long hours at desks, weakened muscles and improperly aligned muscles. The most common way this presents itself is as an anterior hip tilt. This tilt can cause an individual to look like they have a tummy pooch, even if he/she is standing up straight. It can also cause stress on the back, legs and shoulders.
Check out my killer core circuit workout that is sure to burn your belly. This workout can be done anywhere and with NO equipment and can easily be worked into your routine, so there are no excuses.